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In this issue of The Cosmetic Report, guest contributor Kimber shares with you some of the skin and beauty products she has discovered while "on the road" that work really well and serve double duty, so that her cosmetic bag is lightweight enough for frequent travel.
Kimber, 42, has fine, wavy dark blonde hair with lighter highlights, green eyes and fair-to-light skin tone (Prescriptives color Real Vellum) that burns, then tans. Her skin type is sensitive, prone to breakouts once a month and has mild skin damage (freckles) from those Southern California summers as a kid. She has some fine lines around the eye and mouth area that can be concealed fairly well - but more noticeably has #11 lines between her eyebrows that she just can't seem to hide anymore.
There is something that happens to your skin when you're just over 40. And I do mean "just". Not two months went by before I saw the bags under my eyes looking as big as the ones I bring home from the Nordstrom Semi-Annual Women's Sale.
Call me Goldilocks. I've got fine, wavy hair that's highlighted, and my skin is sensitive. Which means I need to be careful when choosing products - the really "effective ones" can be harsh, and yet I want results! The other Goldilocks may have headed off to the Bear's cottage for some porridge and sleep, but for this working woman, it was off on planes, trains and automobiles while finding a portable solution that's "just right" for on the road - whether it's the boardroom, the ballroom or the bedroom.
What did I find? Oh, so many wrong answers, but also some wonderful "just right" products, as long as I didn't let brand loyalty stand in my way.
I've measured products on a 50/30/20 scale: 50% in effectiveness, 30% in travel-friendly packaging (after all, what good is a great eye cream if the only thing it moisturizes is the bottom of your travel bag because it broke during transit?), and 20% if the product is multipurpose. I mean, ya gotta be able to pick the bag up! Ready?
Add these must-haves to your favorite eye pencil, lip pencil and mascara and you're good to go just about anywhere!
Other "just right" products a girl's gotta have in her travel kit include:
Philosophy Strawberry Milkshake - yummy smelling shampoo, conditioner and body wash with vitamins that leave hair and skin clean and soft.
Rosebud Perfume Company Rosebud Salve - great lip balm that can serve as a first aid balm if your elbows, knees or heels need a little relief from dryness, or if you get a couple of mosquito bites or burns.
Schick Intuition - not only a packing saver, but a timesaver - soaps, shaves and moisturizes at the same time.
Deodorant/Anti-perspirant - just take your favorite. But make sure you take one that works! Nothing is worse than a pongy person sitting next to you on a long flight! P-U!
Robert Craig No More Bad Hairdays Kit - comes with twelve test strips, three shampoos for different water (soft, moderately hard and extremely hard) and a spray-on, leave-in conditioner. If you're traveling a lot and your hair is color-treated, water can play havoc. These travel-sized shampoos really do perform mini-miracles, and the spray-on conditioner is nice, too.
We hope you enjoyed this issue of The Cosmetic Report!