A romantic tale of a girl forced to choose between her effect pedals and seven-step skincare routine
By the time you are reading this, I will be lounging oceanside in the Mayan Riviera, sipping on a cold drink and stuffing my face with tostadas loaded with guacamole.
Just kidding. That was so last week. As life seems to get in the way of deadlines, here I am, back in London, sitting in my front room staring at Michael Cera's head. Minus my hair getting stuck in a blowdryer and a reenactment of a Dukoral commercial on a trip to Chichen Itza, it was a pretty great trip.
I've never been on a beach vacation before this one: no ocean swimming, no snorkeling, no hoarding of international buffet cuisine. So what does one bring that will stay on your face while climbing up Mayan temples and swimming in crystal-clear cenotes?
You're about to find out with this handy guide!
It's like you're not wearing makeup, but you are.
In general, I don't like spending much time on makeup on holiday, but since I suffer from eye bags from hell, I always like to wear concealer. I also have a small, skull-shaped, freckly birthmark on my cheek that I usually cover up. Since I planned to be in the ocean a lot, my general thoughts regarding makeup were waterproof, waterproof, waterproof.
At Sephora, I had the best customer service from a sales associate who wanted to make sure my waterproofing was legit. She gave me a sample of Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal, a liquid designed to turn eye makeup and pencils into waterproof textures.
I know it's not designed for foundations, but she actually tested it with their Full Cover (already waterproof) Concealer. One side of the hand was swatched with the concealer mixed with the sealer and the other side was left as is. Though the normal side was still impressive, the side treated with Aqua Seal was budge-proof when soaked with water.
(Since I waited so long to write this, I stupidly forgot the sales associate's name. Repeating it three times to yourself as you walk out the door isn't gonna cut it, Mari. So if you're reading this, Yorkville location employee, shout it out, girl, 'cause you are the best.)
My initial plan was to mix Ardency Inn's Custom Colour Concentrate with the Aqua Seal for foundation if my skin was being extra terrible. I also brought Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer; I really like the formula, even on its own, and since I'm a sucker for sunscreens, the SPF is an added bonus.
For lips and cheeks, I brought my favourite multitasker, Bobbi Brown's Pot Rouge in Pale Pink. I packed EOS lip balm because I like the strawberry flavour. I'm a girl with simple lip balm needs.
Rounding things off is my favourite Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil. I'm normally a fan of their powders, but the pencil is easier to travel with, and I really love how natural the finish is.
Did Make Up For Ever's Full Cover Concealer hold up in the heat and in the ocean? The answer is yes--this stuff was pretty fantastic. If I'm being honest, it was the only makeup I actually put on my face most of the time, if any at all. Lying by the beach made me pretty lazy about everything; the only thing I cared about was what time the buffet was closing.
Also, the fact that I had eyelash extensions on from MYNC helped loads in the not needing any makeup department. Did they last as well as my gel manicure? STAY TUNED.
I brought Mario Badescu Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Enzyme Cleansing Gel. This combo has been working wonders for my skin, which is almost back to normal after an annoying stint of small bumps.
I also brought Mèreadesso's All-in-One Moisturizer which I've mentioned previously.
For sunscreen, I used Kabebo's Allie EX UV Protector SPF 50, a Japanese sunscreen that has won Cosme Beauty Awards for good reason: the texture is great, it's moisturizing, and doesn't leave a white cast. I am pretty particular about my sunscreens and I love this one.
I also really like Laneige Brightening Sun Powder SPF 50++, which is basically a powder sunblock that I reapplied throughout the day. It's really easy to apply, which is great because I am diligent and simultaneously lazy about sunblock.
My birthmark has gotten darker throughout the years and tends to get darker in the sun--which I am paranoid about--so I also picked up an Australian Gold Face Guard stick. I applied it directly on my birthmark, as well as on my lips periodically throughout the day.
Fresh's Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate was great under the Make Up For Ever Full Cover, as the concealer is especially thick. This stuff helped it go on exceptionally smoothly and, miracle of all miracles, there was hardly any creasing.
BODY AND HAIR
As you may or not know, Toronto, where I spent all of winter, has been experiencing prolonged White Witch Narnia weather. This means my skin has been particularly dry, and Lush's Dream Cream is what I swear by when I get the flakes. Combined with Dreamwash Shower Smoothie, no one would ever know that, prior to stepping on the sand, gale-force winds were attacking every fibre of my being, leaving my skin cold, angry and irritated.
Cupcake, my go-to high school acne mask has since transitioned into my "no longer in school but still have acne" go-to mask. I needed to prep my face and back (don't act like bacne isn't a thing) for the short journey of bikinis ahead.
For my hair, I brought Godiva solid shampoo and conditioner simply because I am lazy and I like the smell. It's also super-easy to pack and does what it says: cleanses and conditions.
What are your must-have beauty products on holiday? Are you going anywhere warm soon? Tell me about it!