5 PACKABLE CLEAN BEAUTY MUST HAVES FOR YOUR VACATION

Packing is hard. Packing for a trip out of town is even harder. Making sure all your favorite clean beauty brands make the cut for your trip is also a challenge. If you’re like me, you want to pack the whole world. Last year, right before my trip to Costa Rica, I made a promise to myself to pack lighter, to be more logical about my packing and overall improve the way I pack things. Long story short, I promised myself I’d pack less, LOL. πŸ˜‚Β  This seems minor to most, but to me it’s a big deal. I have this huge fear of not packing enough and not having clothes to fit every possible occasion or instance that may take place while on vacation. Mostly because, being a blogger means bringing along your products for styled shoots. While I’ve gotten better about packing less clothing, I’ve significantly improved in packing hygiene and beauty products too. Like with my clothes, I had to be honest with myself and really ask the infamous questions “Do I need this?” “Will I use this?”. After having a heart to heart with myself and really taking the time to address some of my packing anxiety, I’ve narrowed down my beauty products to simple 5 clean products that are small, easy to pack and don’t take up an enormous amount of space. My formula is Cleanse + Tone + Moisturize + Protect + Maintain = Five simple clean beauty products to pack for your trip out of town.

BODY BUTTER BY EARTHKISSED BEAUTY

This product is really all you need to keep your skin moisturized throughout the day. It’s thick, but very light-weight and creamy. It leaves my skin super shiny and supple to the touch. I need all day stay and this body butter always does the trick.

RAW ELEMENTS FACE & BODY SUNSCREENΒ 

I usually travel to warmer places for vacation and require body and face sunscreen protectant. This stuff is thick, clean and gets the job done.

THAYERS WITCH HAZEL

I pack the travel size bottle everywhere I go. FYI, you can get this from Target for a few bucks. For those who don’t know, this is a great skin toner and really is great at getting that excess dirt your facial cleanser doesn’t quite catch.

365 EVERYDAY VALUE ORGANIC SWEET ALMOND OIL

This light weight oil couples as a make-up remover and skin moisturizer. It keeps my face and body feeling super smooth and soft and gets that first grimy layer of make-up off with ease. Obviously it’s best to follow up with a facial cleanser and toner, just an FYI.

TRADER JOES SPA FACE WASH WITH TEA TREE OIL

I have not seen this cleanser in travel size, but you can always buy one of those plastic travel size bottles and squirt some in there. I’ve been using this cleanser for a few months now it truly is the bomb.com. It gets my face squeaky clean without the drying out feeling at the end.

I hope this helped.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

HOLIDAY PLAID MIX

Dreaming of plaid. We all know it’s no secret that I’m plaid obsessed and specifically around this time I go way overboard with the print. This year, I had the bright idea of mixing all the plaids in my closet to remix my wardrobe and try something new. I’m no stranger to print mixing, but mixing the plaids is definitely a new one for me. There’s legit a science to this because you don’t want to look like your going to a tacky day event and mixing prints can get tacky real quick if you don’t do it the right way, so today on the blog, I’ll share a few tips on mixing plaids for an effortless, fashion forward look that makes you look like one of the cool kids, yeah I said it, LOL. πŸ™‚ 😝

BLENDING LIKE COLORS

Sometimes, all you need is to mix plaids that have at least one of the same color in it. I have the color navy in my blazer and plaid pants and that same color is reflected in my shoes too. This ties it all together and the outfit flows a whole lot better that way. There are exceptions to this. You don’t have to match all the time, but if you’re a plaid mixing newbie, finding the same color in all your separate pieces is a great beginners choice. I don’t typically play it safe, as I’m sure you already know, but for this I will.

BREAK IT UP

I like to break up my plaids with a solid color. I did a white top to break up my plaid pants and jacket. You can easily break it up with a black or neutral color. This is a great way to play it safe if you’re new to the plaid mixing game.

MATCHING ACCESSORIES

Usually, I’m a little crazier with my accessories, blending whatever feels good at the moment, but for this look, I kept it simple and added a mustard yellow hat to draw in the yellow in my pants and did all over gold accessories. Sometimes, if nothing else is matching and you want to match head to toe, using your accessories to bring the whole look together is key.

SIMPLE, BUT FUN MAKEUP

So you don’t want to look like a total train wreck, so if you’re gonna mix prints, and if you’re gonna to mix plaids, your make-up look is key too. It’s kind of like your hair; I can’t stand dressing up if my hair isn’t done, it just throws the whole look off if you know what I mean, maybe you don’t, but still, LOL. πŸ˜‚Β  I’m a simple girl when it comes to make-up, with the exception of pageants, I try to keep it simple and just do a bold lip. Consider your make-up look when attempting to pull a mixed plaids look together. It’s easy for this to go south fast, so I always say keep it simple, but fun with the makeup and don’t take yourself too seriously. I opted for the Lava Lamp red lip gloss by Ouifresh. Shop this lippy here if you’re diggin it as much as I am.

By the way, my mustard yellow beret and plaid blazer are both thrifted finds. The beret was a whopping $1 and I can’t quite remember the price of the blazer, but is was dirt cheap. Say it with me guys #winning.

Anyway, I hope this helps kick start your plaid mixing adventures.

Till next time!

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie

CUSTOM RESORT WEAR WITH BEAUTIQUE STYLES

And while in Costa Rica we bring out the big guns and wear the brightest outfit possible on the beach in a sea full of people wearing your basic black and whites, LOL. Yes, I said it and yes I did it. Costa Rica wasn’t ready for me, or were they?

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. Out here super busy trying to graduate and all, so photos from Costa Rica have been on delay while I get my life together. Legit wrote a 50 page capstone paper in less than two weeks. Yes, ladies and gentleman, I’m an avid, but professional procrastinator. Too much time to think about things means I overthink, so I often wait until there is a little pressure before I delivery the best work of my life. This explains the mounting patch of gray hairs making a home front and center at the top of my head, LOL. Yup, #thestruggleisreal but only because I refuse to do better, LOL.

On another note, if you’re in need of some custom beachwear/resortwear you should definitely check out my girl Shalonda Walker of Beautique Styles. She made this fun green and orange number I was rocking at Jaco Beach in Costa Rica a few weeks back. She does custom designs for all shapes and sizes and she is so professional and quick too. I’m a forever customer, that’s for sure. You can check her out on Instagram at: @beautiquestyles. DM her for inquires.

Welp, that’s all for now everyone, I’ll be back with the first set of travel photos from my trip to CR. If you absolutely can’t wait, feel free to check out a few on our photography page on Instagram or Facebook, @craigspick.

Till next time.

Sincerely,

Deidra Marie