As I was cleaning up on the weekend, I opened up the closet to find my beautiful gold AWAY suitcase starring back at me. It’s been living in my closet since I received it in late January and it made me a little sad. Thankfully, I’m not on my own. Many of us have been feeling caged up from travel restrictions in the last few months (if not longer). And while, I daydream of last years’ summertime trips to Italy and Monaco, I can do my best to maintain those vacation vibes at home with a little help from my friends:
While my go-to has always been beachy waves, amika’s Hair Blow Dryer Brush mixes beauty with efficiency with it’s handy 2-in-1 functionality. You can extend your next trip to the salon, as the 1000-watt blow dryer brush, with an oval barrel, gives you that extra root lift for volume and a smooth frizz-free style.
Scrunchies are back. Yup, if you were a child of the 80’s, you might remember all of your favorite teenage idols gracing the cover of Tiger Beat with a scrunchie in their hair. Try these Crown Affair scrunchies available in either a pack for 3 (The Scrunchie No. 001) or an oversized version (The Scrunchie No. 002). They are made from 100% silk which helps prevents breakage and creases.
Face and Body:
One way to get that “I was just on vacation glow” is to keep those dark circles at bay, which is a little hard if your work-day consists of back-to-back ZOOM meetings. TULA Skincare Glow Hour helps brighten and treat under eye circles, all while protecting you from the damaging effects of blue light. Like TULA’s original best-selling Eye Balm, it contains Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and probiotics to smooth skin and retain moisture. I like the stick for easy application.
How many times have you heard that you should wear sunscreen? Too many times to count. And while I have tried multiple lines with gel and cream bases for the body, I have always been at a loss for a sunscreen for my face. I always find them too thick causing me to break out (see Mark Zukerberg photo on his latest Hawaiian vacation surfing). Heading to the gym or just on the go? I like that HABIT’s Nº41 Mister is a touch-less, SPF 41 light mist. It is made with 16 clean ingredients and formulated for all skin tones. Spray it on the face, neck and décolleté area and let it set to dry – no need to rub it in. Sign up for the daily SMS reminders help to make it a habit.
Looking for light coverage AND a sunscreen? Check out Skinbetter Science’s sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen compact. Lightweight and easy to apply in a compact, this sunscreen can be used post procedures (read: invasive facial procedures like microneedling). I like how its 100% mineral and iron oxides provides a hint of color to your application for all skin shades. Plus, it’s a compact so it can easily fit in the narrowest clutches.
Speaking of the sun, one way to get that healthy glow without the harmful rays of the sun is by using a self-tanner. Unlike the self-tanners of the past, Neutrogena’s MICROMIST Airbrush Sunless Tan formula only reacts to your skin’s natural amino acids so the over spray will not stain your bathroom. It’s airbrush application is easy, with no rubbing required leaving your streak and oil free glow lasting for days without those orange hands.
A hallmark of a great vacation is feeling relaxed. Lucky for us, SORxSOAP can help soothe those achy muscles without leaving the comfort of your home. Say hello to the world’s first soft-tissue mobilization tool using a patented soap shape to treat a variety of muscle groups. SORxSOAP elevates your regular shower to spa-like proportions with the relaxing lavender, chamomile and menthol blend. Not sure what to do? Me neither – but it’s simple to glide the soap over your body using different pressures and patterns to ease those soft tissue knots. Great after a double workout (I mean, my trainer is the best!).
Clothing & Accessories:
With many of us working from home, we have traded our office apparel for something a little cozier. Like vacation-wear, loungewear can be quite effortless. Take this Pima Cotton Boyshort by ThirdLove for instance, its soft, breathable with a full coverage fit. It can serve as your first layer (or only layer) while you answer those morning emails over coffee. Pair it with ThirdLove’s Seamless Lounge Bra for the win. With its breathable bamboo fabric, removable padded inserts and adjustable hook and eye – this is one bra you won’t want to take off.
Remember when you were a kid and got socks for Christmas or your birthday and hated it? Yeah, these socks are practical – but certainly not boring. BooSocki reminds us to have fun. With cheeky designs like, Always Salty and Stay Chill we can wear those vacation vibes all year long. Have a special someone you want to surprise? ‘Boo’ your friends and loved ones by sending them an unexpected pair of socks for knits and giggles!