What I’m Packing

Hello loves!  Tomorrow, March 1, is my birthday!  To celebrate, hubby and I are going to a resort in Sedona, Arizona for a week.  We’ve never visited the state, and were looking to go somewhere warm.  Naturally, with all this crazy, unseasonably cold crap we’ve been getting, it looks like Arizona isn’t going to be much warmer.  Oh well.  We’ll make the best of it!  I was trying to organize what all I would be taking, and thought I’d share what I’m packing – in terms of makeup and skincare stuff.


What I’m Packing

I am pretty proud of the fact that I do not over pack.  I have always traveled for business, so I’ve learned over the years to keep things to a minimum, as half the stuff I used to lug around didn’t get used.  I like to go through my sample stash and find things to try out while I’m away.  Especially since I don’t have travel sizes of the products I use every day.  And I’m too lazy to transfer stuff from the full size into the little plastic travel containers.  Besides, it’s fun to rummage through the tiny bottles and foil packs to see what treasures I can try out.  Sort of like shopping.



Origins Skincare Samples

I got this Origins sample set as a points perk from Sephora a while back.  It has the Checks and Balances face wash, GinZing eye cream and moisturizer, and Night-A-Mins night cream.  Basic skincare covered.



Additional Cleansing Products

I’m also bringing the Bi-Facil eye makeup remover, Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, and the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I’m really excited to try the Liz Earle.

Skin Treatments:


Skincare Treatments

I’m also trying some Kate Somerville, Dr. Dennis Gross, Caudalie, and the Dermalogica daily microfoliant powder.  Gotta keep exfoliated!



Hair Products

I don’t wash my hair everyday, so hair stuff isn’t a big deal.  I will use the hotel shampoo, but I do need a good conditioner.  I love the way the Bvlgari White Tea smells, so it’ll be nice to have my hair lightly scented with that gorgeous scent.  Add a volumizing cream, and I should be good to go.  I’ll throw my trusted Elnett hairspray in my bag as well.

Miscellaneous Fun Stuff:


Miscellaneous Random Stuff

I’ve got tons of Supergoop sunscreen from subscription boxes.  Thank goodness, because the sample size is just right for travel.  I’ve been anxious to try the Le Volume De Chanel mascara, Soap & Glory body butter, and the Amazing Concealer (it’s pretty pricey, so glad to be able to try it out first).  This Fresh Sugar Lip Polish mini has lasted me through several trips now.  I’m not super crazy about it, but the teeny size is perfect.




Going with the minimum.  Our resort is supposed to have an absolutely heavenly spa, and our package allows daily access – until 10pm!!  So I am planning on taking full advantage of that (and indulging in some treatments as well!).  And that is makeup optional of course.  The resort is nestled amongst some amazing canyons and offers daily hikes, yoga, meditation, and various types of fitness and exercise classes.  Again, makeup optional.  So I figured I wouldn’t need to be super glammed up on this trip, thus decided to keep it simple:  Ettusais BB cream, NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Anastasia DipBrow, Tarte MultiplEye liquid liner, baby sized Benefit Coralista blush, and the original Lorac Pro palette.  I love how versatile the Pro palette is.  I’m covered whether I want to keep it neutral or smoky.

I am so looking forward to our getaway!  And trying out some new products.  I’ll let you know if there are any standouts!


Jetoy Choo Choo Kitty Makeup Bag

Oh, and I’m using this adorable makeup bag!

Do you pack samples, or do you take your regular products with you when you travel?



My photography assistant today was Baby-Tini.  He says hi!

Thanks for reading!  xoxo

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  1. Stacie says

    Happy 50th Karen!!! I hope you have a great trip! I haven’t been to Sedona in over 20 years. I do hope the weather cooperates for you for getting in some outdoor activities. I love the things you picked to take on your trip. The Chanel mascara is one of my favorites! Stacie xo
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  2. Wendy says

    I may overpack clothes, but I’ve always got my makeup narrowed down! :P I always take samples- perfect opportunity to clear some out in my collection. I really want the Lorac Pro, but I just can’t bring myself to splurge since I own a good gazillion neutral palettes. Haha! I hope you have a wonderful birthday and vacation!
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  3. Lily says

    I also have that Liz Earle cleanser I received in a Birchbox awhile back, I need to try it! Let me us know how you like it!
    I love that you didn’t overpack, I always, always OVERpack! LOL!
    I try to bring samples, but most of the time I forget since I have them all stashed away.
    Hope you have a wonderful birthday getaway!
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  4. Agata says

    It looks like you’re having fun on your trip, judging by your beautiful IG pictures. I usually overpack going on any kind of vacation. if I have samples of products that I like, I usually take them with me. Otherwise, I just take my favorite full size products.

    Cannot wait to hear about the spa and what treatments you decide to get! And most importantly, Happy Birthday!
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