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The summer travel season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend and the only downside to a long weekend is being forced to play favorites with the products in your makeup bag. Fitting the perfect outfit in a small carry-on is tough enough, but the task of packing a truncated version of my daily skincare and makeup routine for a long weekend feels downright impossible sometimes. These compact, multi-tasking products are on my summer must-have list for weekend travels or carrying around in your purse for quick touch-ups.

1. RMS Beauty Luminzer: This organic, sheer luminizer can of course be used as a highlighter on your cheeks and orbital bones, but you can also swipe a little of this under your eyes to help diffuse dark circles. RMS Luminzer is a quick way to make your skin look refreshed when you’re traveling, and the organic ingredients are actually improving your skin over time.

2. Becca Beach Tint: There are eight shades to choose from, but pick one that you want to use for both your cheek and lip color. The tube may be small, but the color is super pigmented so a little goes a long way. For added color, warm the tint in your hands first for even distribution and apply as you would a bronzer.
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For someone who declared that “the Met Ball is the most terrifying red carpet in existence,” model and actress Brooklyn Decker sure seems to hide her nerves well.  While she looked great from the neck down, wearing a beaded Peter Pilotto dress to the PUNK: Chaos to Couture themed Met Gala, what she had going on above the neck particularly caught our attention. The deep side part in her hair stayed glam with waves cascading down one side while still managing to keep true to the evening’s punk theme with studded hair pins holding the hair in place and also showing off her ear cuffs. 

In her Met Gala Diary for ABC’s News’ blog, Brooklyn Decker shared that she and hairstylist Patrick Melville discussed the hair together and came up with the “pretty side part with a punk twist”. Patrick Melville, an Aveeno celebrity hairstylist with over 20 years of industry experience, has a way of putting together gorgeous red carpet looks that can actually be replicated at home. He shared the steps he took to create the look for us to try a little punk couture hair of your own. 

  • Blow dry hair straight
  • Use large barrel curling iron to create texture; for hair closer to the face, curl towards the face
  • Once hair is curled, spray hair with a Dry Shampoo like the Aveeno Pure Renewal Dry Shampoo to break apart the curls and amp up the texture
  • Part hair towards the left side of the head and wrap the hair from the left side of your face across your scalp towards the right
  • With bobby pins of your choice (in Brooklyn’s case we used these really cool studded pins), fasten hair creating this asymmetrical look

I spent a lot of my youth questioning the need for primer. Was this all some big ploy to get me to spend more money? What do they even really do? What I’ve since discovered is that while a primer may not need to become a part of your daily beauty routine, the times you need a good primer in your life tend to be those moments where you need to look like the best version of yourself. Preferably all day and night long. 

Primer should be used when your makeup needs extra staying power, or a little extra oomph. Have a photo shoot or an event where you know you’ll be striking a pose in numerous pictures? Prime time. An added benefit to the staying power of primer is the decreased appearance of fine lines on your face, creating a more flawless complexion. Primers are also a go-to in warmer months when sweat seems to be fighting to slide the makeup off of your face. Here are my picks for four primers that are able to fight the good fight. And win.    

Korres Face Primer: A silicone-free, anti-oxidant and Vitamin-E rich option. 
Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer: Mineral-based, water-resistant primer that aims to create a “smooth canvas”.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless: Retinol, Vitamin A & C, and mulberry extract make it a uniquely potent primer.  
Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray: Lightly tinted eye primer for use under concealer or eyeshadow. 


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Do not even think about showing off your cutest sandals unless you’ve prepared your feet for public viewing — this applies to flip flops, too. But don’t think that you have to run to the salon and part with your hard earned dollars to get your feet ready. 
To start with you’ll  need some basic tools:
  • Nail Clipper
  • Pumice Stone
  • Nail Brush
Step one is soaking feet in the tub or in a large bowl of warm water. You don’t need to use any special type of soap, just something to get the skin clean. After letting them soak for a couple minutes it’s time to scrub them, The Body Shop has a great scrub called Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub. I usually follow up after the scrub with a rub down from the pumice stone, but The Body Shop scrub does have pumice in it, so you might find it worked its magic on all those rough spots. After you’ve rinsed off all the scrub stuff you should pat feet dry and finish up with a deep, soothing lotion. L’Occitane just added a foot lotion called Foot Care to their Amande (almond) line — it smells and feels amazing, and has a powdery finish that dries instantly on feet.

Photo Credit: Anna Carol (Flickr) 

Emotionally charged movies aside, the best part of indie film festivals like the Tribeca Film Festival are the understated celebrity beauty looks that populate the “red carpet”, which is usually just a small few yards outside of the venue where the screening takes place. The celebrity equivalent to dress down days in high school, if you will. At the premiere of “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”, Kate Hudson’s makeup stayed basic with a nude lip, but kicked up a notch with a smoky eye to remind us that she will always bring a little Hollywood glamour to the table (or the carpet in this case).  

As the face and Global Ambassador for Almay, Hudson’s team at Almay shared their inspiration for a budget version of Kate’s look with us featuring Almay’s makeup made especially for sensitive skin. 

Face: 
Almay Smart Shade Mousse Makeup in light/medium
Almay Smart Shade Powder Blush in pink

Eyes:
Almay Intense i-Color Defining Liner in Onyx
Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara in Midnight
Almay Intense i-Color Shimmer Kit

Lips:
Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in nudetrients

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