What's in my travel makeup bag


I typically travel with only an "underseater" or a carry on (during longer trips), so I try to pack as little as possible, that includes skin care and makeup as well. Ever since I got back from Mexico I've been sticking to the same products I wore when I was there. They lasted for 8+ hours amongst the humidity and heat and I honestly love every single one of them. Check them out!






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1. Primer

Any Laura Mercier Primer works great for me but my favorite is "Radiance" which is an iluminating primer that helps to minimize the look of imperfections. It comes in travel size as well.

2. Concelear


This is my absolute favorite concelear because a tiny bit of product completely covers any imperfection. When I travel I pack the shade "peach" which makes easier to cover dark spots and dark undereye bags.


3. Foundation


Cargo Cosmetics just launched their swimmables collection which is a complete line of waterproof makeup. I really liked the foundation so I took it with me to test it out in Mexico. It passed the beach and sweat test with flying colors.

When I want a lighter Foundation or a no-makeup kind of look I opt for this powder foundation.

4. Setting Powder

I swear by this setting powder, is much lighter than laura mercier translucent powder and the pakcaging is also more compact and travel friendly

5. Bronzer

I'm a contour type of girl, but when I travel I prefer bronzer because it's easier and faster to apply, you really can't mess it up even if you're in a rush. This is my favorite bronzer at the moment.

6. Highlighter


I love this highlighter because this is the perfect golden shade that goes well with everything. I like that the stick has a built-in sponge applicator which makes it convenient to apply on-the-go

7. Lipliner

I rarely wear lipliner but I like to pack a couple just in case. I've been using these by Laura Mercier on the shades Crimson, an orangey red shade,  and Plumberry which is a deep mauve, a really good neutral for me.

8. Lipsticks

I typically only pack 2 or 3 different lipsticks. A nude, and a red are a must, I've been wearing these Laura Mercier lippies on the shades Rouge Muse and Brun Natural. Another lippie I always travel with is my Trestique Matte Color + Shiny Balm lip crayon in the shade Belize Bordeaux which is 2 in one lippe in a pretty dark bold color.

9. Eyeliner




Sometimes all you need is a red lip and a winged eyeliner. I make sure to always pack my Rimmel London Wonder Wing just in case I'm feeling bold.

10. Eye Shadow base





This is literally the best primer I've ever used. I have it in every shade.


11. Eyeshadow Palettes
These two are my current favorite palettes. The petite has every warm shade you need for an every day eye look. The Backtalk palette is super convenient for traveling because it's a eye + face palette with  3 blushes, 1 highlighter and 8 pink eyeshadows (matte and shimmers).

Where to find the best high waisted jeans

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I've been wearing these jeans a lot and every time I do, I get lots of questions about them.  I got them from a thrift store a few years ago and they're still my favorite. Sadly I can't share a direct link to buy them, but I did my research and found lots of similar styles at different price points.

 My favorite place to buy jeans has to be Levi's , the ribcages, wedgies and original 501 are all straight and high waisted, they also come in 99% cotton 1% elastane which is the thick, non-stretchy denim that feels and looks like vintage jeans.  Another great option is Topshop, they have TONS of differents styles, more like a modern take on a vintage jean. Finally H&M "mom jean is also 98 cotton and super high waisted , a great option at a much lower price point.

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Ultimamente no me quito estos Jeans,y cada ves que los saco en el blog me preguntan muchisimo sobre ellos. Yo los encontre en una tienda de segunda hace algunos anios y hasta la fecha son mis favoritos. Tristemente no les puedo compartir un link directo para comprarlos pero me puse a investigar y econtre varios parecidos a diferentes precios.

My lugar favorito para comprar jeans de cintura alta es Levi's , en especial los modelos Ribcage, Wedgie Fit y Original 501 son de cintura bastante alta y ademas son 99% algodon, es decir , el tipo de mezclilla gruesa y sin mucho stretch, como lo son los pantalones vintage. Otra buena opcion es Topshop, tienen MUCHISIMOS modelos diferentes, pero son mas como una version moderna del pantalon vintage. Finalmente los "mom jean" de H&M tambien son 98% algodon y ademas mucho mas economicos.

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My favorite places to shop in a budget

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 I'm wearing: Target Stacia sandals | Henri Bendel bag from Poshmark | Thrifted Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans (only $2) | H&M ribbed off the shoulder top (comes in three colors)



When I was editing these pictures I had one of those A-HA moments because I realized everything I'm wearing was either second hand or bought on clearance but to be honest, that's how the majority of my clothes are. Although I shop a lot, specially online,  I don't spend a lot of money shoes or clothes. I have a few stores that never dissapoint me when it comes to find the best deals:

Express Factory Outlet

Not to be confused with its sister Store Express. Although they carry similar items, Express Factory Outlet doesn't have a website and has a much lower price point and crazy discounts all year long. This is a really good place to find office wardrobe staples like blazers and pants, or very affordable casual dresses.

Here I shop once in a while for t-shirts, swimsuits and bodysuits, mostly things I don't like to spend a lot of money on. Their graphic tee selection is pretty good and last year they had really nice coats for less than $50. Keep an eye on it this winter!

This is my go to for basics like buttoned shirts, plain tees and sweatshirts. It's also a good place to find something last minute. They have lots of trendy pieces, casual clothes and office staples. The top I'm wearing in this post is from H&M and was only $8

They have it all, from swimsuits, trendy pieces and ever night gowns. I love that they carry petite, plus and maternity sizes. They truly have something for everyone

When it comes to quality Shein is not the best, but definitely a great webside for bargain finds on trendy pieces. Most things run small and often they don't look as pictured. Luckily they have a really good return policy! I recommend to always read the reviews first a double check the measurements.

They're my favorite shoe store. I love how comfy their heels are. Their price point is not the lowest, but they often have really good discount codes , and sales in low inventory I talked more about in on this post.

Who doesn't love target? It always has been a favorite of mine for home decor and kitchen staples but lately their fashion deparment is on point too. Brands like A New Day and Who What Wear are a favorite of mine. Always check their shoe clearance section, I got the sandals I'm wearing in this post for $5

Walmart definitely has been stepping up their game on the fashion department. Their next day shipping, low prices and TONS of brands to chose from makes it one of my favorite places to shop online. Walmart recently teamed up with Lord and Taylor, and now also they also offer premium brands like Vince Camuto, Calvin Klein and more.

They have E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G! accesories, handbags, shoes, women, men & kids clothes and a huge selection of name brands typically with discounted price tags. They're 365 days return policy with FREE returns via UPS has literally changed my online shopping experience forever.

I not only buy but also sell my gently used clothes here. (SHOP MY CLOSET) Most sellers offer discounts or even free shipping when you purchase multiple items. I got the Henri Bendel bag I'm wearing on this post for $70 and it came with tags and their original dustbag and box. Such a steal!

Thrift stores
I try to check my favorite thrift store at least every few months. I typically look for vintage denim, oversized blazers, sweaters and coats. I think thrift shopping it's a topic that deserves its own post!


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What I'm packing for Europe: The ultimate packing list for long trips

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I can't believe than in less than a week I'll be flying out to London!

I'm meeting my mom there and we'll be visiting different cities in Europe for the following 15 to 20 days. We did a similar trip almost 10 years ago, and I'm super excited to get to experience it all over again.

Since I like to pack light, and I never travel with anyting bigger than a carry on (most of the time I travel with this underseater suitcase) the clothes that I pick for my trips need to fall into the following criteria: Versatile, comfy, casual but easy to dress up. The idea is to pack as little as possible while at the same time having plenty of options to wear no matter the ocassion or weather. Another thing that helps me a lot is to acomplish this is to chose a color scheme, that way is easier to put together outfits. Getting ready is also faster!

Midi Dresses
Midi dresses are my favorite because you can wear them with sandals during the day or wear them for  a casual dinner paired with heels. They look really chic both ways. There are still a few sizes available of my favorite Stripes midi dress ever!




Satin dress
I always make sure to pack a satin dress just in case I have a fancy dinner, or a date night. Just pair them with heeled sandals and you're ready to go. If you want to use them during the day , pair them with a jacket or t-shirt and sneakers. This black satin dress is my favorite, runs small so size up.



Short dresses
These are a must for hot days. Remember the #1 rule: The dresses you pack need to work for day and night, you should be able to dress them up and down efortlessy. Cami dresses are also a great option.  This wrap dress goes everywhere with me.



Denim dress
Lately I'm super into denim dresses like this one , they're very form flattering, look good with sneakers and sandals and you can wear them a few different ways. This black version is also a favorite , I'm taking both on this trip.



Jumpsuits
"One piece" clothing items like dresses and jumpsuits are perfect for those moments when you need to get ready in a rush. I love jumpsits because they look super chic with heels but they're really confy to walk around all day long too. I wore this one for an 8 hour road trip to Nashville, it's the comfiest thing, and IT HAS POCKETS



White buttoned shirt
A timeless basic. You can pair it with jeans, shorts,skirts, buttoned up or knotted on the front wear it over a midi dress. Possibilities are endless



Striped tee
Stripes look good with everything! An stripped shirt looks really cute with dark pants, cotton shorts, jeans etc.



Basic tees
I always pack a black and a white tee. I love wearing them tucked in or knotted on the front. I usually get my tees HERE for less than $5.



Camisoles
I love camisoles, you can't go wrong with them. You can dress them up or down (number #1 rule remember?) I usually pack a few in different colors and it's what I wear most of the time. All my camis are from this store who carries them in petite, full bust and regular sizes.



Denim short
During hot days shorts and a t-shirt are my go-to. Donwside is that when you have to walk a ton these may not be the most confortable option. These 3 linked below are my faves, all of them are true to size.



Paperbag short
For those days when you need a short that is loose, airy and comfy. I like pairing them with camisoles and sandals for a comfy yet polished look. These come in two colors and are currently on sale. This is the one I have and it's currently on sale, size down one or two sizes.



Jeans
I typically wear these while I travel just because they take a lot of space in my suitcase. Mom jeans  are my preferred option because they're a little bit baggy and super high waisted which makes them very comfy as well. They also look really chic paired with jeans or sneakers. All my mom jeans are second hand luckily they're back in style and available everywhere.




Block heels
I like dressing up so I always pack a pair of heels, specially for dinner or going out at night. In Europe a lot of streets are cobblestone so block heels are a safer and confier option



White sneakers
On my last trip I wore these sneakers and walked miles on them, so I'm planning to take them with me again. They are canvas and get dirty easily so I've been debating if I should take my leather chuks instead



Every day shoes.
Every trip I pack ONLY 3 pairs of shoes: heels, sneakers and my "everyday shoe". The last one can change depending where I go.  This time I'm taking these chunky sandals, they're not only trendy and look cool with everything, they're also super comfy.



Linen or knit pants
For those days when you don't want to wear dresses but it's too hot for jeans linen pants or cotton pants are a lifesaver. I just got these and I'm obsessed, they run big so size down.



Cardigan
Sometimes it gets chilly at night, so I always make sure to pack a cardigan. I like them in neutral colors like brown, black or gray



Leather jacket.
Another option to keep me warm on a chilly day but more chic than a cardi. It's also a better option for the nights I dress up, I can pair it with my jumpsuit, over a cami paired with jeans and heels, or over a midi dress. This brand has the cutest jackets .


a cute backpack
A back pack that doubles as a tote and fits a lot of stuff is a MUST . This one fits my camera, wallet, sunscreen, a little makeup bag and it still has plenty of space left just in case I buy a souvenir, or if I want to pack a sweater.



Scarves
Some places in europe have an strict dress code where you can't show your shoulders/arms. It's always a good idea to keep a scarf of pashmina in your purse to make sure you can visit those places while wearing a cami or sleeveless top. They are also a great hair accesory, belt, top, etc.




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