Ireland-Bound Pt. 3: Gorgeous & Photo-Ready

Hey, y’all!

Part 3 of this travel-prepping series: skincare and makeup. I work too hard on my skin to slack off on my regimen just because I’m on vacation. We’ll be taking lots of photos, after all! When you have to worry about luggage weight, liquid limits, and just plain efficiency, how do you pack for a trip? Read on to find out my plan!

PS: any items marked with an asterisk (*) were part of my September Ulta Beauty Haul.

In My Carry-on

When I’m planning on checking a bag, I pack my beauty/personal items with the mentality that if my bag is lost when I arrive at my destination, what do I need with me to comfortably get through a night (or two) without it? I also factor in any items that I don’t want to subject to air pressure changes, as well as my pricier products that I want to make sure are handled with care.

The Liquids


I’m able to fit A LOT into this quart-size bag from the Container Store:

I’ll also be adding the hand cream and rollerball perfume that I keep in my purse, plus my travel size hydrating mist from Juice Beauty. I’m choosing to keep my makeup look on the more natural side, so I’m not planning on bringing any liquid lipsticks, just tinted lip balm.

The Non-Liquids


This cute bag was a nifty bridesmaid gift from a wedding I was in this year. In it I’ll be packing all the non-liquid items that I don’t want to leave my side:

  • A little mesh carrying case for my makeup sponges so they have a chance to dry between uses
  • Body and Face Mineral Sunscreens (in stick form)*
  • My small Z Palette for my eyeshadows (sticking with neutrals that I can mix and match)
  • Lip scrub
  • Silicone face scrubber (I’m leaving my Clearsonic at home)
  • Deodorant
  • Highlighter pencil
  • Brow pencil*
  • Eye Brightening Powder
  • Sample size translucent powder
  • My dome ZPalette that has my blushes, highlighters, pressed powder foundation (if I want to use it instead), and medium-sized Z Palette Travel Jars for my CC Cream so I don’t have to bring the whole tube

The Z Palette Travel Jars will be easy to pop out of the Z Palette and into my liquids bag to go through airport security. I’ll also be packing my epilator and its charger in my non-liquids bag before I leave.

Makeup Brushes


I’m certainly not bringing every brush I own, but it’s a decent collection of everyday essentials:

  • Spoolie
  • Angled brow brush
  • Small powder brush for setting my eyeshadow primer
  • A few different eyeshadow brushes
  • Harley Quinn blending brush
  • Concealer brush
  • Small blending brush for applying eye brightening powder
  • Angled blush brush
  • Buffing brush for blending
  • Highlighting brush
  • Foundation buffing brush for pressed powder foundation
  • Large fan brush
  • Stippling brush
  • Large powder brush

In My Checked Bag


I reserve the folding toiletry bag for the items I’m not super worried about getting lost or damaged. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. are all items you can expect to find in most hotel rooms. Do I prefer my own? Of course, but I can’t fit my entire bathroom into a quart-sized bag. 🙂

  • Travel-size hair primer*
  • Travel-size hairspray
  • Travel-size dry shampoo
  • Hair balm (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Micellar water (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Shampoo (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Conditioner (transferred to a travel bottle)
  • Body wash (transferred to a travel bottle)

I’m sure there are things I’ll remember at the last minute and toss in, but I’d say my beauty regimen is all set for a belated honeymoon in Ireland! Any recommendations for things to see and do while we’re there?


Sarah xoxo

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Spoil Me Sunday: Sea Salt and Vinegar

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Nope, I’m not talking about potato chip flavors, I’m talking about haircare–Himalayan Pink Sea Salt and Apple Cider Vinegar, to be exact. I got this sample a couple of weeks ago and was curious to try it out.

Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub

from dpHUE

Photo of Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub sample from dpHUE
$38 for 9 oz.; dpHUE

This scrub has 4 simple ingredients:

  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Avocado Oil
  • Aloe Vera

Just rub 1-2 tablespoons between your hands and then work it into your scalp, starting from your hairline to the middle of your head and then from the bottom up. This scrub gets rid of dead skin cells and product buildup without stripping your scalp of its natural sebum. Your hair can only be as healthy as your scalp. I don’t dye my hair, but if you do, this product also helps balance your hair’s pH after color treatment and helps the color last.

I was afraid it would leave my hair smelling like vinegar, but the smell rinsed away completely and left my scalp feeling incredibly clean. I used it after shampooing and conditioning, but the instructions didn’t specify whether to do it before or after. The only drawback for me was that the price point seems a little steep for just those 4 ingredients. I found a somewhat similar recipe for a DIY scrub here that I’m going to try out. I don’t mind a little DIY to save at least $30! Happy scalp, happy wallet, happy Sarah. 🙂

Do you have a favorite scalp scrub product or recipe? Do tell!


Sarah xoxo

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Ulta 21 Days of Beauty March 2018 Pt. 4

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Sorry I was a little delayed in getting this post up. I ordered online again, and my order arrived right before I went out of town for a wedding, but here we are. Let’s get to it!


Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask

from Redken

Photo of Color Extend Magnetics Mega Mask sample from Redken
$29 for 6.8 oz.; Ulta

I don’t color my hair, so I wouldn’t normally seek out products like this, but I got a sample, so why not give it a shot? It’s a 2-in-1 treatment + care extender that comes in dual chamber packaging; it’s intended to extend the vibrancy of your hair color for up to 4 weeks, according to their website, when used with sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner.

The directions say to shampoo your hair, towel dry it, apply the mask, let it sit for 3-5 minutes, then rinse. I just shampooed, wrung out as much excess water as I could, applied it, and let it sit while I finished showering. The scent was was fine, nothing noteworthy. The mask left my hair soft, shiny, and smooth after blow-drying. I have to wash my hair more frequently than I’d like because I work out rigorously six days a week, so I’m all about deep conditioning. Luckily there was a healthy amount of product in the packet, and my hair is only shoulder length, so I can get a few more uses out of the sample. So far I can’t decide if I like it better than the Saphira Mud Treatment. I do like the Saphira scent better, but we’ll see.

Maracuja Creaseless Concealer

from Tarte Cosmetics

Photo of Maracuja Creaseless Concealer sample from Tarte Cosmetics
$26 for .28 oz.; Tarte Cosmetics

This sample came with four colors:

  • Fairly Light Neutral
  • Light Medium
  • Medium
  • Tan-Deep

I used Fairly Light Neutral. Tarte’s Shape Tape concealer is incredibly popular; I own it and like it, but I just might like this better. It’s a little bit thicker, so a little goes a long way. They both settle into the small creases under my eyes a little bit, even after baking. If you apply the Shape Tape with a brush instead of the wand, they both behave about the same, though. One big difference I notice is that the Shape Tape has a strong fragrance, while I don’t notice any fragrance with the Maracuja. It blended easily with a concealer brush and the coverage was buildable. When I use up my Shape Tape, I just might have to switch to this! (PS: it’s cruelty-free!)

Beauty Steal

Eyeshadow Primer Potion Anti-Aging

from Urban Decay

Photo of Anti-Aging Eyeshadow Primer Potion from Urban Decay
$24 for .33 oz.; Urban Decay

This has been my ride-or-die eyeshadow primer for years. I was glad when they went from the bottle to the squeeze tube because the bottle wasted so much product. I was eh about going from the squeeze tube to the tube with the applicator wand. It’s nice to not have to get my fingers dirty applying it, but I have to blend it with my finger or a beauty sponge anyway, so it doesn’t save much time. As an experiment, I put this primer on one eye and the Too Faced Shadow Insurance on the other eye. By the end of the day, I honestly couldn’t tell a difference between the two, so I’ll probably just go with whichever is on sale at any given time. This time I got it half price! It’s nice to have choices. 🙂 (PS: Vegan & cruelty-free!)

Bonus Purchases

I picked up a couple of other items that weren’t on sale.

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

from Neutrogena

Photo of Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack from Neutrogena
$6.99 for 25 ct.; Neutrogena

I don’t use makeup remover wipes regularly because I prefer cleansing oil. I sometimes use them when I travel, but I tend to use the Clinique ones because they’re gentle enough to use on my eyes. These are a little more affordable, and they’re good to have on hand when swatching, so I went ahead and picked up a refill pack.

Double Entendre Eyeshadow Palette

from ColourPop

Photo of Double Entendre Pressed Eyeshadow Palette from Colourpop
$16; ColourPop

I’ve gotten a couple of ColourPop eyeshadows in past ipsy bags, and I’ve loved them both. They have good pigmentation, smooth application, and no fallout. Considering the high quality, I was pleasantly surprised to learn how affordable ColourPop’s products are. Cruelty-free, too? I’m in love! Needless to say, I was super excited when Ulta started carrying the brand. A girl can never have too many neutral eyeshadows, so I picked up this lovely little palette. It’s 12 gorgeous colors–8 matte, 3 metallic, and 1 satin. So far I’ve only tried a couple of looks with this palette, but I’m looking forward to continuing to play with it! Totally worth purchasing.

What was your favorite purchase during this 21 Days of Beauty? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Hope your week is going well.


Sarah xoxo

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Spoil Me Sunday: Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud

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Finally back from traveling again, and now I get to be home for a few weeks straight. Hooray! I was in Fort Lauderdale for the past few days for work, and I used a LOT of hairspray to make sure my hair cooperated despite the humidity. It worked until the last day when the humidity finally won out, so I’ll call that a win. I wanted to do a deep clean on my hair to get all that product out, so I used my Biolage CleanReset Normalizing Shampoo from Matrix. After that, my hair needed some moisture, so I decided to play with some mud. 🙂

Mineral Mud

from Saphira

Photo of Mineral Mud Mineral Healing Hair Treatment from Sapphire
$18 for 2.3 oz.; Saphira

This hair treatment has 26 different active Dead Sea minerals plus Keratin, Vitamin E, and Macadamia Oil to repair, moisturize, and nourish your hair. I’m not a fan of fragrance when it comes to makeup and skincare products, but I tend to like it in haircare products. This product smells absolutely lovely; it reminds me of when you get candles or air fresheners that have a sea breeze-esque scent, and it’s not overbearing. It has a very creamy texture to it and is easy to disperse through wet hair. You just leave it on for 4-5 minutes and then rinse. I put it on and then just finish showering, so I don’t exactly time it. I don’t color my hair, but it’s safe for daily use for all hair types, including color treated hair. According to the Saphira website, they’ve gotten feedback from customers that Mineral Mud even had healing results on skin issues like eczema and psoriasis. Who knew?

I originally got this as a free sample from the salon where I get waxed, but I definitely plan to purchase some when I run out. It leaves my hair feeling so smooth and healthy; I would definitely recommend it if your tresses need some extra love!

What are some of your favorite hair treatments?

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Have a great week!


Sarah xoxo