10 Must have toiletries for travel

I love traveling, as you can to tell by my IG and Insta stories. This year I have learned so much about myself and what my own needs are, not just wants, because my goal has been to declutter and take less stuff with me (in life and) as I travel. Going to places with a baby is fun, but also takes so much more space in your luggage so here are my absolute must haves when traveling.

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I do not compromise on skincare. When traveling through the dry air of the airport and the cool/hot/or just all together unstable conditions of the airplane air, it all takes a toll on your skin. Add the stress of packing and taking care of a little one at the same time – is calling for dry patches, weird skin issues and pimples. Anyone experience this before?

We just came home from being away for 10 days, car driving, airports, multiple countries and multiple flights. My skin has remained clear, clean and super soft just like I like it! So I am sharing what has worked for me!

1.Hand Sanitizer: I brought 4-5 with me on the trip to keep in every room and every purse! I used it on the baby, with diaper changes and especially throughout the airport on all of us!

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 Babyganics hand sanitizer in this small size is super key!  

2. Cleansing brush: this one is called Mary Kay skinvigorate cleansing brush, its amazing on the price and compatibility! No cords or extra space needed – battery operated and makes an incredible difference when washing face after a long flight! I personally love this purple color because its so fun, usually it comes in white, this was a limited edition color, and the best part – it’s only $50!

3. Jergens Natural Glow tinted body moisturizer. I am as pale as it comes, and for vacation I like to have a little glow. I love this body moisturizer because it gives a great color right away, within an hour or two of applying it – which makes it super convenient when you forget to put it on “on time” and want some color on your legs before you head out the door. (which has happened to me lots of times before).

Tip: for a clean look and seamless tan – shave, then apply moisturizer all over, then apply the fake tan lotion. Especially around the elbows and knees – it will take on the tint better and will look more even once it dries.

4. Men: My husbands 1 must have when traveling is the Mary Kay Moisturizer for men. It has spf and all the anti aging my man needs. Once he forgot to bring it with him on vacation and didn’t want to use my moisturizer, so he made me contact a local beauty consultant and have her drop one off for us at the hotel!

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5. My absolute favorite cleanser I’ve ever triedMary Kay Volufirm Foaming cleanser   The real reason I love this cleanser is because of how it foams when I use my cleansing brush with it! Also, it leaves my skin feeling so smooth and this tube is so big it lasts me a really long time, about 5-6 months!

6. Eye Makeup remover! In the photo I have the full size bottle in the back, because what I take with me is the mini, it’s just perfect size for my travels. (If you need the mini eye makeup remover for traveling and smart packing, ask me! I will often have a promotion where you can’t the mini for free when you buy 2 products)

I can’t say enough about this product, honestly the best makeup remover I’ve ever used!

7. Charcoal Mask – this is a brand new product for this company and I am SO in love! I think I have a new tradition now! As I am packing up to leave I put the mask on (because I am packing it will stay on longer then it needs to, but I am ok with that!) that way my skin is super fresh and clean to go! I even had my husband do it with me! So far this mask has been with me to New York, Dublin and Paris!

On a separate note – I saw a huge difference in my husband’s pores and blackheads, I keep my skin care regiment tight, so I saw a difference but not as big as on his face!

8. Night Solution and Volufirm Lifting Serum: I couldn’t decide which one to bring so I took both with me! These two products are my absolute must have for a night routine! After I wash my face I apply the lifting serum and then the night solution serum. The vitamins and the boost is incredible! I see such a huge difference if I stop using it just for a day or two. A lot of women comment on my porcelain type skin, and honestly these two are the reason for it! I swear!

The lifting serum is the most expensive skin care item I am using right now but I think it is the one that makes the biggest difference in the elasticity of my skin and the youthfulness!

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9. Eye Cream: I LOVE this eye cream because of the cool metal tip – it calms the skin down and allows the puffiness to go down and to me that’s exactly what my eyes need after an over night flight with lack of sleep, jet leg and taking care of a baby tired.

10. Revealing Radiance Facial Peal: let’s talk about taking some skin layers off and doing a serious detox on your skin! I love this one as soon as we get settled into our apartment or hotel room. Nothing freshens up my skin better! I like to do this one at night just in case I have some redness and I leave it on my skin for about 30 minutes (which is more then you need to do) while enjoying a glass of wine and relaxing because that’s what vacation is about!

extra: my favorite deodorant right now is this one from Dove, I like how its easy to use and doesn’t leave white marks on clothes. I give it a thumbs up! Pictured in the above photo.

Another item I bring but not all the time is the Lip mask – allowing my dry lips to recover!

Here is the list of all of them again, click on the image for more details and a link is underneath for each product.

 

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Third Trimester Photoshoot

Can you stop time please!? My baby boy keeps growing and getting so long! I am sitting here looking through his newborn photos and catching baby fever just starring at my own baby!

Motherhood isn’t what I thought it would be.

I have 10 siblings, and being the oldest, I of course thought that having kids would be just like having to babysit all the time. Even though I am babysitting all the time, 24/7, being a mom is so much more then that! No one prepares you for the struggles and certainly no one can prepare you for the love that grows towards another human being.

I loved my pregnancy journey and I love being a mommy to a beautiful baby boy! As I sit and think back to my favorite pregnancy moments, I went back to my third trimester photoshoot.

P.s. take pictures earlier, maybe around 32-35 weeks if you are pregnant. I felt amazing but looking back at these now I am amazed at how big my belly was and how just huge I looked!

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Thank you for following my pregnancy journey! It was the busiest time of our life, but also one of the absolute best!

After taking a little bit of a break, I’m back and excited to share with you my favorite baby things, baby moments, experiences, set backs and celebrations!

Make sure to follow me on Instagram! CHECK OUT our story of day to day things and shout out when you find me on Instagram!

love,
L.

My pregnancy skin care

My first sign of pregnancy was weeks before I took the test. One day my skin turned crazy, my face started to sweat more and my foundation would glide off my face within an hour of putting it on.

Now that I am entering my third trimester, feeling good and getting back to work, I’d like to share my personal experience so far and what I’m using for skin care at each stage.

Of course the first thing I did was look into my skin care routine. NO! I went through all of my foundation options Mary Kay had to offer, I used finishing sprays, powders and just about anything else! Nothing made a difference. It was after 2 weeks of a struggle that I even did the unthinkable and went to look at other company’s foundation options. NOTHING helped. My skin was sweaty, red, blotchy, and the foundation wouldn’t stay on.

3 weeks later I found out I was pregnant.

1st Trimester

My skin was awful the entire time. I was sick, almost bedridden until about week 15. I could barely wear makeup because it irritated my eyes. Eyeliner was difficult to wear since my eye lids just seemed to sweat everything off.

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One of my favorite photos of our family and the belly starting to grow! 

My philosophy was to keep it simple.

Wear makeup only when needed and take it off after.

Remove items that are not safe for pregnant women from the skin care routine.

Listen to your body, your skin and pay attention to how your skin reacts. Everyone’s experience is very different!

My skincare routine 1st trimester: 

2nd Trimester

LOVED my second trimester.

Not only because I had more energy, could wear makeup again, could get my hair done and just feel like a human, but also because I could feel the baby move and it made this whole experience so much more fun and real.

Am I the only one who started to feel pregnant, like really feel it, when I could feel the baby kick inside and see the image of that same kick on the ultrasound machine?

Making a baby is a lot of work on your body, so this trimester I started on more skincare for my body, toning lotion, essential oils and more moisturizing to prevent (as much as I can those dreaded stretch marks).

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Half of how you feel is in your outfit. I am committed to dress up, wear heels (whenever possible) and look my best because when I do, I am feeling better about the growing belly, and about all the other experiences along the way! 

Get a good pregnancy massage (if your doctor is ok with it) and take some time getting pampered at the spa with a facial or mani/pedi. Gentle facials with very basic exfoliation is good for your skin at this point!

I noticed my skin changing for the better, if I had a pimple, it would go away within a day and I could add more of my supplements and vitamins for my skin. Its also when I started to use my cleansing facial brush again. Everyone’s experiences are different, so pay attention to how your skin feels and what it can handle, consult a doctor or dermatologist when in doubt.

My skincare routine 2nd trimester:

3rd Trimester

I am still at the beginning of my 3rd trimester, but so far I am happy with how its been. I get tired more, can’t put my socks on standing on one foot (even though I still try, probably because I forget that I have a belly in the way) and have more restless dreams then before.

My skin has been back to normal for the last month or so that I am able film more makeup tutorials and feel like myself again. My face seems to be filling in more so I have to look for more tricks with contouring and using a lot more of bronzer to get rid of my double chin and wide cheeks…

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Baby keeps growing. What a miracle. 

One of my now favorite things is using Grape Seed oil to moisturize my body, and to help with preventing Stretch marks. So far I don’t have any stretch marks at all, I’m thankful and hoping this continues till the end!

I haven’t taken time to exfoliate my skin much, outside of my regular cleansing routine, so I am excited to get back to my microdermabrasion routine, it will be just once a week until I’m comfortable that my skin can handle it well.

My skincare routine 3rd trimester:

all of the above in the 2nd trimester, all of my usual pre-pregnancy makeup &:

Pregnancy skin care NO-NOs:

First of all, consult your doctor about a recommendation on what is safe for your pregnancy. I am not a doctor, but here are some things to stay away from that I found in my research and study as a beauty consultant.

Second, ALWAYS check expiration dates on your personal beauty products at home and new ones you buy, anything with sunscreen and many vitamin infused products will have an important expiration date!

Beta hydroxy acids – basically anything that has medicine for acne prone skin.

Chemical Sunscreen – Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.

Dihydroxyacetone – you can find this one in spray tanning products and is harmful when you inhale it.

Formaldehyde – you can find it in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue.

Retinol – Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. It’s amazing for skin repair but is harmful to the fetus!

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I hope you find this helpful in your pregnancy journey and you don’t have to do as much research on your part! Thanks for sticking around and reading a bit about my skin journey so far!

Stay fabulous!