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CTV Morning Live : Travel Beauty Essentials

Ahhh, who doesn't love a nice trip away?? With weight restrictions and checked luggage charges, it's best to keep the beauty regime low-key by not bringing a ton of products (and it'll leave you extra space for all the shoes!). This morning on CTV Morning Live, Melissa Lamb and I were talking about travel beauty essentials, and looked at some pretty cool products - check them out!

Watch the video here!

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And in order, here are the fabulous products we discussed:

Mèreadesso Travel Ease Kit - mereadesso.com, Nordstrom, $45; includes their amazing Face + Neck Cleanser, cleansing cloth and All-In-One Moisturizer. The AIO Moisturizer is pretty amazing because it's your day cream, night cream, eye cream, serum, and primer all in one! Talk about being able to pack light with all those great skin care product in on convenient pouch! And the best part - the packets are resealable :)

Jack Black Jet Set Traveler - getjackblack.ca, Nordstrom, $33; Jack Black is a fantastic skin care and grooming line for men - free from parabens, sulfates, colorants and synthetic fragrance. This set is a $42 value and includes everything needed to shave and care for your skin while away on your travels. Carry on friendly.

L'Oréal Professionnel Wet Domination by Tecni. Art - select salons; embrace the wet look while on vacation - no need for heat or styling tools to achieve one of the season's biggest trends in hairstyling. Both the Extreme Splash and Shower Shine are easy to use, and recommended for all hair types.

Pureology Fresh Approach Dry Shampoo and Condition - select salons; who doesn't love a great dry shampoo - it helps to effortlessly refresh your hairstyle and absorb excess oils. But Dry Condition... this stuff is *amazing* at managing the ends of your hair, taming frizzies and smoothing your overall look. With Pureology's Ant-Fade Complex, you can be sure it's actually doing good things for your colour and/or highlights, as well. See it as a little TLC for your tresses that may be a little stressed from all that sand and sun ;)

Tia Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4x - triabeauty.ca, $515; Tria's number one seller for laser hair removal. This seriously makes it so easy to be razor-free during your travels with a few quick treatments at home before you go! With as little as one treatment every two weeks, you can be virtually hair-free in about 3 months (results vary), using the same diode that you would be treated with at a dermatologists' office for a fraction of the price. Win! (PSA - when using lasers, always use a sunscreen)

Tria Age-Defying Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser - triabeauty.ca, $285; This breakthrough anti-aging laser is uniquely designed for treating the eye area that corrects fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes for eye-opening results in just two minutes a day, for a visible younger, more radiant look. Keep that fresh, radiant, just-got-back-from-vacation look going and going. Perfect for travel because of it's ease of use and compact size. Follow up with your favourite nourishing eye cream, and remember, when using lasers, always use a sunscreen!

Ulta Haul

So I'm back from my sunny San Francisco adventure, and I truthfully cannot make a trip to the States without some time spent at Ulta Beauty. I love Ulta for many reasons, but especially because it's like a drugstore and Sephora blended into one! I think it's important to be able to see both sides of makeup together, so you can swatch in one department, and find a dupe, if you'd like, in the other (makes my life easier!). They also always seem to offer tons of gift with purchases *my favourite* My first trip there was a quick-ish one, as it's not an ideal place to bring your 5 year old son, but I did manage to get some cool products before my time was up!

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Kinda hard to see everything in this pic, so I will go one by one and let you know what I think about them all :) Most are available in Canada anyways, but I will be noting US pricing.

Starting from left to right:

Tarte "Lights, Camera, Lashes" 4 -in-1 Mascara - it was the "Deal of the Day", so it was $10USD...nearly fainted! I often talk about my love affair with Maybelline mascara, but when given the opportunity to purchase a prestige brand at this pricing, why not?? I had originally tried this mascara a couple of years ago in a deluxe Sephora sample pack, and I really did love it. Made my lashes thick and full, but not tons of length. Overall a nice, volumizing mascara, and not clumpy (I actually used the Sephora coupon enclosed in the sample box and redeemed for this mascara). One thing, I dislike the packaging - it has got a weird snake-skin, stitched pleather exterior; a little gimmicky and not a fan of that.

L'Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H - $9.99, (buy one, get one half price) - So naturally I bought two! I love cream liners and use them on nearly every single client. I love the black, as it's a lot deeper and richer in colour than a lot of department store brands, and it lasts...oh boy, does it last! I always make sure to have a few "Bronze" on hand as well, as I use those most often as a base for my smokey eye looks.

Kardashian Beauty Dry Shampoo - $13.29USD - Admittedly, I am NOT a Kardashian fan, but they do have great hair, right?? (except for that current platinum horror show) Sigh... I love dry shampoos, I have tried so many. But this one didn't do much for my hair, didn't 'revive it's style' like it claimed, and didn't seem to put any texture into my hair. The nozzle on it didn't allow for it to be sprayed easily at my roots (the spray was too 'wide'). And the smell - ack! It was way to strong - back to the store, it went.

NYX V'Amped Up Lip Top Coat - $6.99USD - so essentially this is a glossy black chubby lip pencil. If you wear it alone (who would?? I mean matte black, yes), but this is a bit patchy. It is intended to be able to "vamp" up some of your existing lip colours. Cool pinks turn to deeper cooler, mauve tones, cool reds into vampy, burgundy reds. It's actually pretty neat and can change a lot of your colours with only one product. I did try with a neutral pink/brown colour, and it did look a bit like mud, so don't do that lol... but a kinda cool product for less than $7. Here's an example of what it does:

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L to R : MAC Powerhouse (top, alone; bottom with V'amped Up Lip Top Coat)

MAC Viva Glam Gaga (top, alone; bottom with)

NYX V'amped Up Lip Top Coat - alone

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - it was "Deal of the Day" the next day, so at $10USD I bought another! You can read all about it here on one of my previous posts. LOVE IT.

NYX Butter Gloss - $4.99USD (buy one get one half price) - this is my FAVE gloss at the moment. Love the non-sticky texture, the medium coverage, the scent, the wearability. It reminds me a lot of MAC Cremesheen glass. Some interesting info: MAC's Cremesheen Glass is listed at $23 for 0.09 US fl oz; NYX Butter Gloss is $4.99USD (or $7.99CAD at Rexall) for 0.23 oz. That's wild - 1/3 of the price for most than twice as much?? NYX all the way!

So there you have it - a fairly tame #UltaHaul visit for me, but still was able to pick up a few of my favourites. With the dollar exchange being so rotten right now, it's probably not a bad thing to scale back a bit!

 

** At the time of this posting, only the Dry Shampoo was not available in Canada...NBD.