Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Leaving on a Jet Plane...

Hi ladies! It's been some time since my last post--I was out of town over the weekend, and am packing to leave again the morning. I thought I'd do a quick post before getting out of here, although everything in my being is looking forward to some 90 degree weather!

When packing to get away, there are a few things that I believe are absolutely necessary to pick up beforehand.

The familiarity of a razor can mean the difference between spots and irritation, and legs that are even-toned and smooth. Have you ever forgotten your razor, and after calling down to room service end up with something that looks like a two cent men's version? No bueno. The same goes for shaving cream--I like Alba's Coconut Lime version, as it never gets clumped up behind the blade, but I'll be trying out their Mango Vanilla formula this time around.

Deodorant and toothpaste also fall into this category. In warm weather, my preference is to go with a deodorant formula. Think about it--you're sweating more than usual, and instead of letting those toxins break free and release from your body, you plug them up more than ever with some anti-perspirant, sending them right back to where they came from. The hardcore formulas are thus reserved for special outings, and I instead keep a purse-sized natural formula in my bag. Toothpaste is almost always forgotten. Not a fan of the ingredients that make up many of the mainline toothpastes, I turn to organic formulas. The only problem is, many of them don't have the minty punch that I like in the morning. Enter Jason Organics--my favorite of them all...even the vanilla mint flavor packs major freshness.

And since I'll be basking in the sun, I figured I would bring along some blot powder. I'm that girl that breaks out in a sweat while blow drying my hair--so you can imagine what the sun does to me. Although one can use a regular face powder to soak up shine, I find that that the color can build up in an unappealing cakey way, after a couple of applications. MAC's Blot Powder in Medium-Dark is my answer to this issue as it adds little to no color, and does a fine job of eliminating the glossy effect.

On that note, I'll leave you with a couple of shots from this last weekend...

The first photo is the church that my dear friend was married in, while the second is a tree that I love the look of. These are the type of trees that iguanas blend into in Tonga...but we could not think of the English name for it. Does anybody know?

And who else is perplexed by how Sade stays so young looking? I want 52 to look that way for me...


Rocaille said...

Hi there, I missed you! Ugh, I envy you the sunshine sooo much, hubs told me actually you had great weather there (which means perfect for climbing outdoors in his case)in Seattle for the past 2 weeks - we're being flooded in the south!

I love my MAC blot powder, so finely milled and satiny. xxx

Tiffany said...

I love this post!
I really should try wearing a non anti-perspirant deo, but living in the tropics I have always felt super scared to do this.

Maybe I SHOULD try the Alba Bontanica. Does it smell super nice?

Have a safe trip!


Oh, I am exactly like you, the heat has "the gift" of breaking me out, just awful. And I need to try that MAC blot powder, since my skin shines as much as the sun, arghhhh. LOL.

tina_mbc said...

Omg, Sade is how old???? I had no idea!!!

Loved the post, and you 've given me a great idea, I was thinking about blotting papers and a separate face powder, but come to think of it, the blot powder would save me from an extra purchase!

Hope you have TONS of fun in the warmer climates sweetie!!! ;)


Dye-A-Graham said...

Sade is fierce...I cannot believe how good she looks...I wish I knew her secret!

Charlene said...

i had no idea Sade was 52! dang! Don't u just love her!?

lil' sush said...

hey, where are you going on vacation?

fantastic said...

@rocaille: flooded? wow...yes, our nice weather is creeping it, but not without the occasional rain/wind storm, to throw things up a bit :)

@tiffany: yes, i think it smells clean but there are other scents as well. i used to be the same way..using the clinical formulas and all!

@cherries in syrup: isn't it great how the sun does that?!

@tina_mbc: i always buy blot papers but don't finish them! hehe...maybe because i need so many in one go lol

@dye-a-graham & charlene: yes, i love her. cried from beginning to end of her concert once lol. if either of you find out her secret, do le me know!

@lil sush: text u xx

Dila said...

I just wanted to say quick hi, and I missed you! Ughh I need to update my blog and everything but anywayy I missed you girl hope everything is going greatt tc

ladyb said...

you pack just like I do, I always need to have "my" version of everything.

I need to look int Alba... always wanted to try their stuff.

What are some of your fav. natural brands?

Hope you had a great trip :)

fantastic said...

@dila: it's so good to hear from you! i just checked your space the other day to see if you were updating..i'm sure things are busy, but stay in touch! xx

@ladyb: so many! i do like alba for some things, and also john masters for their shampoo and spritzes. weleda has good moisturizers, and dr hauschka has a few good things too..thankfully there are so many more brands out there now! xx

Tali said...

I am so glad i read this.. i thought i was the only one! I blow dried my hair yesterday and went all red and sweaty and it took about 2 hours for my ears to stop being red. I sweat over anything so i live for my medium-dark blot powder (Same shade as you!) Not to even mention the other day I got so hot and sweaty I had to shower 2x in one morning over 24degree humidity....

Love the look of those trees... i feel so drawn to there especially as your from there and we come from such similar cultures.

Good to see you posting again!!! :)))) xxxxx

Mrs. Official Superficial said...

I love MAC blot powder it has saved my life a few times. Sade CD has a permanent spot in my CD player in my car.

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