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. 😂  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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Deidra Marie


Pineapple drinks on deck

So fresh and so sweet

Okay, I’ve been dragging this Hawaii trip out long enough. This is the last post about Hawaii, I swear. I couldn’t possibly skip out on sharing one of my favorite tours in Hawaii, our visit to the Dole Plantation. As many of you may have already figured out, Hawaii is one of the biggest exporters of the tastest fruit EVER, pineapples. It’s no secret this fruit taste delicious and is by far one of my favorite eats. It’s also one of the few fruits I’m not allergic to. If you haven’t already guessed it by now, you should know Charles and I literally toured Hawaii in less than 3 days so that’s why all of our post are jammed packed with activities because it was basically a non stop adventure from beginning to end with no rest in between. The Dole plantation was on of those adventures.

We had the most fun at on this visit. We tried pineapple ice cream for the first time, hoped a train ride with the Pineapple Express and toured the pineapple fields and snapped some random shots all over the landscape and inside the biggest, fake pineapple I’ve ever seen. And of course, we had to shop the pineapple gift shop because who doesn’t love buying trinkets for their family members.





All aboard

Got my ticket

Pineapple shoes were only fitting

Yummy pineapple ice cream

Waiting to board the Pineapple Express

I’m ready

What do you mean no food or drinks?

Pretty greens

Pineapple fields forever

Banana’s too

Pretty flower

Sight seeing

Gorgeous landscape

More pineapples

Happy as a pineapple

Pineapple dreaming


That’s all folks

All in all this was an amazing trip full of fun and non stop eating. We plan on visiting next year because clearly a few personal days in Hawaii is clearly not enough to grasp the full breath of this beautiful island.

Anyone ever been to Hawaii? Which island did you visit? What activities did you do? Would love to hear from you. Drop your comments below in the comment box


Deidra Marie


Headed out to the open field

Double rainbow

I believe this is the last of my Kualoa Ranch photos. This tour was definitely, hands down, without a doubt, my favorite tour. We did a bus tour around the area where they filmed some of the major Jurassic Park scenes. For those Jurassic Park fans (I referring to part I that is) some of this landscape may look super familiar. It’s mostly from the scene where the kids and Alan Grant are running away from the stampede who is running away from the T-Rex and they hide behind this huge tree log so they’re not seen. It truly was an amazing scene and the landscape was the reason why, in my opinion. Anywho, there was a pretty cool movie exhibit on the ranch as well, which was also the place where they recorded most of the hit television show, Lost. We met two retired teachers from the Charlotte, NC area and also saw our first double rainbow. It was absolutely breathtaking. It was our first time seeing a double rainbow and also our first time seeing a rainbows beginning and end. If you ever needed a sign about what’s to come, a rainbow is a great sign! Of course the locals weren’t phased by any of this. They were talking about how they wanted to see snow because they’ve never seen it before. Snow? #imoverit. LOL. 😂

ATV Tour

He hasn’t figured out theres no WiFi in the middle of nowhere, LOL 😂

Tour guide

Movie set skulls

Just grazing

He’s all alone

Cool retiree we met on our tour, she’s from Charlotte

Funny tour guide

Views from the top, or is it the bottom

Chief house

More fake movie set skulls

Gorgeous views

Riding dirty


More movie set stuff


So many movies filmed here

Tour views


Mighty Joe Young


Fake dinos

Remember this movie with the Rock? They love the Rock here.

King Kong


Rolling with the homies

Forgot which movie this was from

In awe

Hawaii Five 0

All the Hollywood films

Wall stuff

All of the lights

Army stuff and such

Pearl Harbor history

My Carlito Bear

Capturing the views

Headed back

Chinaman’s Hat

Bye Bye

Hope you liked the last of my Kualoa Ranch photos. Last stop will be the Dole Plantation. I’m excited to share these photos.

Till next time good peoples.

Deidra Marie