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Summer is here! Chances are, you are planning a trip of some sort. Whether it is a quick weekend getaway to the beach, or a three-week vacation to an exotic destination, consider these "packin tips and travel hacks" by Travel Expert David Leo Yarus:
It's all about versatility! For example, think about shoes you can wear for that formal event as well as chillin' by the pool or going to the farmer's market. I recently went to a friend's beach wedding in Colombia. My khaki colored Tom's where perfect for the occasion and versatile for the rest of my trip. However, if you're bringing more than one pair, be sure to wear the larger pair of shoes/boots when you travel! Same goes for jackets: think versatile and wear or carry the larger one on the plane (this will also double as a nice pillow for your trip!). Furthermore, when you pack a pair of shoes, be sure to utilize the inside of the shoe which is the perfect spot for belts, ties, and even small electronics and will help support the shape of the shoe too!
Dop Kit: keep it as tiny and efficient as possible. You foldable combs, foldable toothbrushes, tiny sample bottles of cologne, lotion etc! This is a major space saver. I know you love your hairdryer but just about every hotel, and airb+b has these days. I will often buy small bottles and containers and fill my own shampoo/bodywash. Another great hack are using those tiny super thin samples -- you know the ones they always give you at Keihl's like the beard oil,
Use a Tile. Ever heard of Tile? It's an amazing sleek little device that acts as a mini tracking device. I always throw one in my bag. The Tile connects to an App on your phone and if you ever misplace something, you can simply pull it up on your phone and see exactly where it's located. You can always alert the "Tile" community for assistance too.
More about David Leo Yarus:
As a travel expert, David is truly passionate about the art of the hustle – using his entrepreneurial business background to stay engaged in investing, start-ups, as well as real estate renovations. David is currently an investor in Chipotle, Apple, J-Swipe, and a new exciting Mezcal Tequila company. He recently participated in BurningMan and runs and manages a Condo Association.
David keeps his pulse to the real estate market through the operations of the self storage industry. For the past several years, David has managed the operations of four self storage facilities totaling close to 200,000 square feet (www.XtraStorageCompaniesFL.com). While the management of the self storage portfolio provides a foundation, David's true enthusiasm is within the residential real estate market. As a licensed associate David has brokered rentals, sales, purchases, and has successfully purchased, fixed and flipped his own investment property. He is bullish on the South Florida real estate market and looks forward to finding more opportunities to exercise his operational skills and create value.
Beauty Essentials You’ll Want for Your Next Road Trip
Whether you’re hopping in the car, on the train or on a plane, Kneipp and Masque Bar make it easy for you to pack your vacation bag. With these mini packable products, your bag will be light and you’ll have everything you need while you’re away.
Kneipp Mini Almond Blossom Body Wash– “Soft Skin” ($6.00, Kneipp.com)
Kneipp’s Almond Blossom Body Wash, containing almond and jojoba oils, hydrates dry, sensitive skin. The plant-derived formula also cleanses gently to leave skin soft and supple.
Kneipp Mini Lavender Body Lotion – “Relaxing” ($8.00, Kneipp.com)
Suitable for all skin types, this body lotion is blended with high-quality essential lavender oil and the beautiful fragrance of nourishing sweet almond oil. When using this lotion, your skin will be soft and your mind comforted.
Masque Bar Pretty Animalz Sheet Masks ($3.99, Target or Amazon.com)
Get gorgeous, glowing skin with these ultra-nourishing, pampering and playful sheet masks that have fun, animal-inspired prints. Each mask does something special – whether it’s energize, brighten, purify, or hydrate the skin. The masks not only make at-home pampering relaxing and luxurious, but also perfect for silly selfies, parties with friends, and skin care on-the-go.
Be sure to pack your bag this Fourth of July with essentials that will keep the festivities going from the pool party to the fireworks show!
Cool off your sun-kissed skin using the KORRES Greek Yoghurt After- Sun Cooling Gel, an ultra-cooling cream gel that immediately provides long-lasting freshness and comfort to the face and body. Ideal for after sun exposure, nourishing Greek Yoghurt hydrates the skin, instantly relieving excessive heat and stinging. Cooling Gel helps reduce skin redness and prolong suntan ($26; Sephora.com).
Feel fresh all day with Lavanila Laboratories The Healthy Deodorant Collection. Get superior odor protection with this award-winning, aluminum-free deodorant that is 100 percent natural, safe, and effective. Soothing essential oils blend with beta-glucan technology to fight odor effectively, while soothing, conditioning, and nourishing the delicate underarm area. It goes on clean, with no sticky wetness, and delivers long-lasting, luxurious results. ($14; Lavanila.com)
Change up your look for the night with Hairdo’s Simply Straight Pony. Measuring 18″ long, this wrap-around piece instantly adds length, verve and volume to your ponytail. Easily place the pony high, low or to the side. This hairpiece features a strip of hair that wraps around the holder and fastens it in with a hook-and-loop strip to conceal where the ponytail meets your own hair. Made with Tru2Life® heat-friendly synthetic hair that can be flat-ironed, curled or blown out ($49; Ulta and Ulta.com).
Celebrate the holiday by popping Cuvée Beauty’s Champagne Spray! A styling spray that creates definition for a lived-in, tousled look. This signature product creates elegant movement and effortless waves for a piece-y modern silhouette. Our lightweight formula has a clean feel leaving you with second day hair every day. ($45; Revolve.com)
It’s back and better than ever! Dana’s Bakery All American Pie Box featuring Cherry, Apple, and Blueberry Pie macarons just in time for Independence Day! Whether you’re the host of the party or attending a party, these macs are the perfect dessert for any Independence Day BBQ. Available now for pre-order ($35 for a box of 12 macarons; DanasBakery.com).
Memorial Day weekend is kicking off Summer 2017. Whether you are escaping to the beach or soaking up the sun in your hometown, Mally Beauty, KMS, C.O. Bigelow and Molton Brown have the beauty essentials you can’t leave your house without
Mally Beauty More is More Mascara, $20.00
Get full and glamorous lashes this Memorial Day weekend with Mally Beauty’s More is More Mascara. The formula creates dark, full lashes with perfect definition, while the wand delivers exceptional lash building power.
Available at: www.mallybeauty.com
Mally Beauty Evercolor Poreless Face Defender Boost, $37.00
Mally Beauty’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender gives your skin a natural boost of warmth for healthy, glowing skin. Its formula offers the perfect finish, while also giving an instant glow to your face. It comes in one universal shade to suit all complexions.
Available at: www.mallybeauty.com
KMS TAMEFRIZZ De-Frizz Oil, $22.99
Formulated with humidity fighting polymers, this non greasy formula instantly smooths the hair’s surface, while also providing frizz and humidity control for up to three days.
Available at: Salons nationwide
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve, $5.50
Maintain beautiful and moisturized lips and skin with C.O. Bigelow’s famous Rose Salve. Emulsified with extra soothing rose extract, which helps ease irritation and condition the skin. Apply to lips, face, cuticles, elbows and very dry skin patches.
Available at: www.bigelowchemists.com
Molton Brown Heavenly Gingerlily Eau de Toilette, $65.00
This eau de toilette has been blended for those who enjoy the scents of Gingerlily and fragrant spices – a fragrance that allows you to escape the everyday to exotic shores. It’s the perfect scent for a long summer weekend.
Available at: www.moltonbrown.com
*Product received, all opinions are my own.
Coachella starts this weekend, so as you finish packing be sure to have these beauty necessities in your bag before you head to the desert to keep your festival style perfect all weekend long! ( I will not be attending Coachella this year, but all of these products are amazing for wherever you may be traveling!)
Keep your skin clean and fresh with KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing & Make-up Removing Wipes after a day in the desert sun. Perfect for on-the-go cleansing, these oil-free face wipes remove eye and face make-up, dirt and oil while also providing skin with mattifying, toning, pore-minimizing and moisturizing benefits. Infused with Pomegranate extract and the softening, moisturizing properties of vitamin E, these facial cleansing wipes will remove even the most stubborn face and eye make-up, including waterproof mascara. I took these handy wipes to Hawaii a month ago, and they were a true lifesaver! ($15; Sephora.com)
Take your Cuvée Essentials wherever you go for festival ready hair. A three-piece travel set to help prolong any style, the Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Balm are the basics for the girl on the move. Shampoo and Conditioner to gently cleanse, add shine and hydration. Styling balm will help protect, tame frizz, without weighing hair down. Now that’s glamour on the go! Cuvée Essentials are the best! They make my hair smell amazing, and look beyond healthy, bouncy and shiny!
Store the Lavanila Laboratories Mini Sport Luxe Deodorant in your bag to stay fresh all day long while dancing in the sun. This deodorant was created for life in motion. Lavanila’s proprietary, award-winning beta glucan technology is infused with SmartSport™ for high-performance defense and nourishment, and bursts with long-lasting vanilla breeze freshness to break down sweat molecules and deliver superior, invisible, all-natural odor protection. I am one of those not-so-lucky ladies that usually cannot go without deodorant, so I slather it on quite a bit! Thankfully, with Lavanila, I am not exposing my skin to heavy chemicals. And it works like a charm for me! Smells so wonderful and fresh!
Travel Comfortably This Year
With NEW Products by Grand Trunk!
With Spring right around the corner, there are so many more travel adventures to be had! Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, you’ll want to stock up on products to help make your plane, train and automobile portions of your trip more enjoyable! Grand Trunk has created new and amazing travel treasures you’ll need for 2017!
From pillows to packs, you’ll travel in style with Grand Trunk. You want to look prepared for your business meetings and fabulous adventure selfies so it’s a good thing that Grand Trunk created a line of travel treasures that you won’t ever want to leave your hometown without!
Grand Trunk Travel Treasures Include:
- Puffy Travel Pillow ($29.99 each) - This puffy, portable, lightweight and machine washable pillow packs neatly into its own stuff sack. It’s created to keep you comfy on the plane, car or wherever your adventures take you.
- Hooded Travel Pillow ($39.99 each) - Wake up refreshed after a long transatlantic flight even when your neighbor refuses to pull the airplane window shade down. This cozy next pillow made of micro-fleece and memory foam provides ergonomic comfort, while the storable hood covers your eyes for instant darkness.
- The Footie Travel Blanket ($59.99 each) - Naturally eco-friendly, this blanket is an ideal companion for your business and pleasure travel adventures. The cozy foot pocket provides added comfort when sleeping on a plane, train or automobile.
- Compression Packs (Starting at $59.99) - Make the most of your space and save on baggage fees with these versatile travel organizers for compact, streamlined packing. Easy access twin compartments separate laundry and other necessities. YKK expansion zippers double the cubic volume of the water resistant internal compartment, while the exterior features durable 600D water resistant nylon with compression straps to minimize bulk.
I love to travel! My family goes camping every year at the beginning of the summer, but I am more of a tropical beach kind of girl. I could spend all day long on a sunny beach. In fact, we just returned from Hawaii last week for my oldest daughter's wedding. I usually use a beach towel on which to lay on the beach.
Beach towels don't help too much to keep sand off of me,and somebody always seems to grab my towel to dry off with. I have tried beach mats, but almost every beach mat I have ever used blows away as soon as I stand up.Thankfully, I discovered Grand Trunk's
The weather was extremely windy in Hawaii, but my Parasheet® Beach & Picnic Blanket didn't blow away because on each corner it has sand pockets that you fill with sand to help keep your blanket grounded on the beach. It is very simple and very quick to get it set up.
It also comes with stake loops to keep it grounded on firmer ground, such as when you are maybe having a picnic. I also love how I am able to shake the sand off of ithis handy beach blanket quickly and easily, and then we just shove it right back into its own little carrying bag. Measuring 7' x 7', there is plenty of room for everyone to sit
Change the way you travel in 2017 with the the new products from Grand Trunk!
About The Grand Trunk:
The Grand Trunk was founded by Jon Neff & Kevin Kaiser when their individual routes crossed paths in a small surf town in Thailand. They came from two different backgrounds but shared the common love for adventure and travel, and together began spreading that excitement through a line of Good for the Road called Grand Trunk.
To learn more about Grand Trunk and see other available products please visit https://www.grandtrunk.com/.
*Product received. All opinions are my own.
With the holidays right around the corner (literally!) it’s time to start thinking about what essentials you need to bring for your holiday travel needs.
Pack light by bringing only the most important essentials.
Your 6 Holiday Travel Essentials
1. The Refresher: During this crazy time, you want to clean and refresh your face AM and PM. For one that refreshes skin and foams away makeup and impurities -
Lumene’s Bright Tough Refreshing Cleansing Foam ($10.99, CVS)
2. The Best Face Base: You want to look airbrushed, who doesn’t? For an optical line and pore minimizer with instantly beautifying effect -
Lumene’s Bright Now Line & Pore Minimizer ($19.99, CVS)
3. The Perfect Brows: For easy shaping and filling go to the all-in-1 helper -
Smashbox Brow Tech To Go ($28, Sephora)
4. The Winter Glow: Get the perfect rush of color with a silky powder blush -
Smashbox Blush Rush ($24, Sephora)
5. The Perfect Red Lip: Pucker up with the perfect pout in your favorite holiday shade -
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick ($20, Sephora)
6. The Secret Weapon: Through all the highs and lows of the holiday season, make sure you have a spot treatment on-hand to fight against any surprise breakouts -
DDF Acne Control Treatment ($46, DDFSkincare.com)
Disclaimer: I will receive samples of these products. Any opinions are mine.
Summer Travel Tips Every Traveler Should Read
According to the U.S. Travel Association, there was $645 billion spent on leisure travel in 2014. Much of that is spent during the summer, when people take trips to visit family, explore new destinations, and hit the beach. Any time of the year there can be challenges when traveling, but especially in the summer, when the weather poses different types of things to consider. The good news is there are plenty of ways to help ensure travel this summer is safe and healthy for everyone involved.
“The first thing people think of when they are going to do some summer travel is having fun,” explains Tina Aldatz, chief executive officer of SAVVY TRAVELER. “But what they should put at the top of their list is staying safe and healthy. That’s the only way to actually be able to enjoy the trip to begin with.”
Here are some summer travel tips to keep in mind when planning a trip over the next few months:
- Be a minimalist. Forget packing everything and anything you can, which will weigh you down and drag on your mind. This year, aim to be a minimalist by packing the least amount of items you can, while still making sure you have the essentials for your vacation. You will appreciate the benefits that come with being a minimalist when traveling.
- Get physical. It’s important to maintain an exercise routine of some sorts even while on vacation. This is a great time to mix up your usual workout by adding in some swimming, hiking, kayaking, or other traditional summer recreational opportunities.
- Keep hydrated. Summer months mean that it’s warmer across the country, so be sure to stay hydrated. This will help your body fight off any illnesses and keep you feeling better.
- Dress accordingly. Plan ahead to see what the weather is like where you are headed to, so you can include the appropriate clothing. Don’t overdress if it’s going to be warm, which can lead to becoming overheated during the summer months.
- Sanitize. Traveling exposes people to numerous germs that could lead them to become sick. One of the most effective ways to fight back against this is to sanitize using wipes for the hands, body and surfaces around you. SAVVY TRAVELER has made a line of eco-friendly convenient wipes, including sanitizing ones, designed for the health conscious traveler.
- Relax, too. Getting relaxation in while on your vacation is good for your health. It will clear your mind, and leave you refreshed and ready to take on the world when you get back home.
“Staying healthy is essential when you are traveling,” explains Jayne McAllister, of Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness. “The last thing you want is to spend your vacation sick or to come home from it. A little bit of effort in this area goes a long way toward keeping you and your family feeling great and enjoying the vacation.”
SAVVY TRAVELER offers a line of eco-friendly and convenient products that help to keep travelers healthy and comfortable, including antibacterial wipes, antiperspirant wipes, surface wipes, lens and screen wipes, facial cleansing wipes, foot safety shields, smile refresher wipes and more.
My thoughts: I was sent samples of SAVVY TRAVELER products to review. My family is planning a trip to Disneyland at the end of the summer, so I am excited to be able to put these convenient travel products to the test!
I received samples of the following:
Protects bare feet while traveling through airport security with soft grip bottom to prevent slipping and sliding. These are made of comfortable and breathable foam. Use them under your socks or bare feet to protect from germs. I am not flying on my trip, unfortunately, but I do plan to wear these to protect my feet in the germy hotel room!
Keep cool on long trips! These amazing wipes ore so convenient to use to freshen up after a long flight or car trip! Each individual pre-moistened antiperspirant wipe has powerful wetness & odor protection with Vitamin E. They smell very nice! Just discreetly wipe down those festering underarms before your greet anyone, and you will be good to go.
If you are on a long flight or car trip, your breath can get pretty stinky. You probably won't have time to brush your teeth! Just wipe your teeth and your tongue. They will make your mouth feel fresh and minty, and get rid of some unsightly plaque and 'mouth goop.'
These handy hand sanitizing wipes are so convenient! They kill 99.9% of germs. They are moisturizing and super sanitizing. While traveling, there are not a lot of opportunities to properly cleanse your hands, so be safe and take along your Klean Upz!
Everything you touch while traveling, whether it be in an airplane, surfaces in hotel rooms, door handles of a car, doorknobs, gas stations~ well, you get the idea. Everything you touch has been touched buy other hands that may have been not-so-clean. Yuck! Klean Offz surface wipes kill 99.9% of germs. I will be using these religiously when I travel to wipe down restaurant tables when my family dines out, to disinfect surfaces in our hotel rooms that the housekeepers may have missed (especially the TV remotes and light switches), and if you are on a airplane, wipe down that little tray in front of you! You just never know where disease may lurk. (I am a huge germaphobe!)
Often when I get to my hotel room, I am just tired and want to go to bed. Traveling can be exhausting and the last thing I want to do is wash my face. Take Offz are perfect! Just wipe them on your face and off comes grime, dirt, sweat and makeup! Your skin is left feeling amazingly soft because of the Aloe Vera, cucumber, chamomile, marshmallow & tea plant botanical extracts in these refreshing wipes.
Liquid Kourage Travel Bag
This clever see through carry on in perfect for keeping your toiletries as well as all of your travel essentials in one place. Since it is see through, you will have no problem locating things quickly. This bag is durable and convenient. (I am usually always cussing as I fumble through my purse to find things that I cannot see.) I love this bag!
About SAVVY TRAVELER
SAVVY TRAVELER offers a whole new way to travel that will help leave people feeling refreshed! Savvy Traveler offers a line of convenient, single-use, eco-friendly, disposable products that have been created for the "on the go" consumer. Ranging from quick-fix beauty needs like deodorant wipes, and facial cleansing wipes to surface wipe sanitizing products (even for your cellphone!), each item has been conveniently packaged and designed for the busy traveler.
About Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness
Based in Vero Beach, Fla., Jayne McAllister Travel Wellness is a company that provides corporate wellness training to businesses, which have employees who spend a lot of their time on the road. Jayne is a certified coach, who has a degree from the University of Cambridge, is a Pilates instructor, and is a certified holistic health practitioner.
For more information on SAVVY TRAVELER, visit the site at www.beasavvytraveler.com.
For more information on Jane McAllister's services, visit the site at: www.jaynemcallister.com.
Disclaimer: I received samples of these products to review and to keep. All opinions are my own.
As we bid the cold winter goodbye and warm weather comes our way, our calendars begin to fill up with outdoor activities. Whether you plan to attend Coachella Music Festival this coming weekend or any other outdoor concerts or events, we have you covered with our beauty packing list that will keep you looking your best.
Bioré Deep Cleansing Pore Strips($7.99): Perfect for the girl on the go…Free your pores of dirt oil wherever your travels take you! In just one use, these strips, using selective bonding ingredients, work like a magnet by instantly locking onto and removing deep-down dirt that can cause blackheads. www.biore.com
ESPA Introductory Collection($41):This travel friendly kit will keep skin hydrated with 5 essential items – Cleansing Milk, Refining Skin Polish, Hydrating Floral SpaFresh, 24 Hour Replenishing Moisturiser, and 24-Hour Replenishing Eye Moisturizer. us.espaskincare.com
Lavanila SPF 40 for Face ($28): Keep your face protected at all times when listening to music outside. This new generation of mineral sunscreens for broad-spectrum UVA/UVB shield is ideal! www.lavanila.com
Hair2wear Christie Brinkley Fishtail Braid ($10): Hold back your hair while dancing to the music with this fun headband braid. The classic headband gets a totally modern update with a popular fishtail braid pattern. www.hair2wear.com
Korres Greek Yoghurt Sleeping Facial ($45): After a full day of music and fun, use this super nourishing facial mask to get the ultimate beauty sleep. A weightless soufflé powered by super-charged proteins that melts into skin and works overnight for intense, immediate moisturization. www.sephora.com
Disclaimer: I will be receiving products in exchange for this post.