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5 Tips for Beauty and Travel

5 Tips for Beauty and Travel


Do you experience anxiety when packing your beauty products for a trip? Wondering how you'll manage to take everything you need and worrying you'll forget something you can't live without? That used to be me - but I conquered it and so can you!

infographic with travel-sized beauty products lying on a cosmetic bag with an overlay that says "5 Tips for Traveling with Beauty Products"

(Some of the products in this post were provided by Too Faced. All opinions are 100% my own. There may be affiliate links in this post which were added to make it easier for you to find the items. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission (at no extra cost to you). If you make a purchase from a link, I thank you for your support!).

Over the years, I've learned a few things - 1) I don't need to pack everything, 2) there's an efficient way to pack the necessities, 3) if all else fails, I can purchase what I need/forgot once I get there.

I also have a "master" packing list. I can make any edits and print it out so I can check items off as I pack them. Since I've been using this, I haven't forgotten anything! (I think I'm going to work on a printable copy for my email subscribers - so keep an eye out!)

various beauty products (some travel-size) sitting on a wooden table

Bottle of Too-Faced Hangover Rx 3-in-1 Primer & Setting spray and Too-Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Palette

1) Take advantage of multipurpose products.
If you can pack items that serve more than one purpose, you will save tons of room! Eye shadow can also be used to fill in eyebrows, cream blush can double as a lip color, and products like the Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray can be your primer, setting spray, and makeup refresher - all in one bottle. It's also available in a 1 oz. size, making it perfect for tossing in my travel bag. Then I can just refill it from my four ounce bottle as needed.


Living Proof dry shampoo and Restore shampoo, conditioner, and perfecting spray in travel sizes sitting on a wooden surface

2) Utilize travel sizes.
This one is pretty obvious, right? I love travel sizes! I stock up on deluxe samples from Sephora or Target's Beauty Boxes. Smaller sizes often cost more per ounce, but I look for containers that can be refilled, like shampoo, conditioner, and makeup setting spray.


various makeup pencils lying on a black & white polka-dot cosmetic bag

3) Pencil please!
Beauty pencils take up almost no space in your makeup bag. Eyeliner, lip liner, blush, highlighter/contour, lip color - even foundation can be found in a stick! And there's the bonus that they aren't liquid, so no worries if you're flying!


Too-Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow palette on a wooden surface

4) Palettes, palettes, palettes!
You can find palettes for just about every type of makeup product - eye shadow, blush, contour, lip, and more. I love eye shadow palettes for traveling. I take neutral colors like Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Collection. I can get a variety of looks while taking up very little space in my makeup bag (and it smells like coconut). With palettes you can use the colors as is or mix them to create your own custom shades. You can use them to fill in your brows, as eyeliner by applying with a dampened brush, and a shimmer/satin can double as a highlighter.


Multiple travel-sized beauty products lying on a fuzzy cream surface

5) Don't pack everything!
Yes, you heard me correctly - leave that stuff at home! If you know that you can easily buy a travel size of what you need once you arrive at your destination, don't pack those items. For instance, we always end up at Target, Walgreens, or a grocery store on our trips, so I know I'll be able to find essentials: toothpaste, mouthwash, shaving cream for Gus, etc. If we're staying somewhere that has a washer and dryer, I will buy small packages of Tide Pods or liquid Tide/Gain, too. If anything is almost empty before we leave (and I'm not planning to reuse the container), I pitch it. More room in the suitcase for fun purchases!


Do you have any packing tips? I would love to hear them - leave them in the comments or talk to me on Instagram or Snapchat!


Products seen in this post:
Too Faced HangoveRx 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray
Too Faced Natural Matte Eye Shadow Collection
Too Faced Borderline Anti-Feathering Lip Pencil
Living Proof Restore Shampoo
Living Proof Restore Conditioner
Living Proof Restore Perfecting Spray
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
Aveda Cherry Almond Smoothing Shampoo
Aveda Cherry Almond Smoothing Conditioner
Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask
Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
La Roche-Posay Toleriane Gentle Hydrating Cleanser
MAC Lip Pencil in Edge to Edge
Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Dolly Danger
Sephora 12hr Colorful Contour Eyeliner in 15 Flirting Game
Maybelline Brow Precise Micro Eyebrow Pencil Makeup
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Black


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Tuesday Brewsday: Little Miami Brewing Company - Milford, OH

Tuesday Brewsday: Little Miami Brewing Company - Milford, OH


Welcome to Tuesday Brewsday! It's been awhile since I've done a brewery post, and I'm pretty excited to be telling you all about the Little Miami Brewing Company today!

Red brick building with red fermentor that says Little Miami Brewing Company

The Little Miami Brewing Company is located in Milford, Ohio, right next to the (you guessed it!) Little Miami River. Gus and I met my cousin and his youngest son there a few weeks ago to grab some lunch and beer.

red brick building with a USA flag

They have a dedicated parking lot, which is always most welcome at breweries (and really anywhere, am I right?).

wooden tables and chairs inside a room with red brick walls and a USA flg hanging on the wall

tables and chairs inside a room with concrete floors and glass garage doors

You walk into a pretty good sized taproom - spacious with lots of tables. The bar is on the left, and yesssss, there is also pizza!! If you walk straight through the taproom, you'll enter the covered outdoor area, which is where we sat. The Little Miami River is just over the bank. I'm not sure why I didn't take a photo of the outdoor area!

chalkboard featuring list of beer available hung above the taps

Gus and I ordered a pepperoni and mushroom pizza, and it was really good! I'm pretty picky about pizza, but I really liked this one. Gus is always down for pizza. I don't think he's ever met a pizza he didn't like!

slice of pepperoni and mushroom pizza on a blue plate

Gus went for the Blackbird Fly, an unfiltered American wheat beer with blackberry puree. He liked it a lot - which is kind of surprising because he usually doesn't like anything that is fruity.

half glass of purple-red beer in a glass on a wooden table

I had the Pterodactyl (a hefewiezen) and Cherry Creek (a cherry wheat beer), and I enjoyed both. I also liked the Blackbird Fly. I would've tried more, but they only do half pours (not flights) and 16 oz. is my limit for lunchtime.

two half pint glasses - one with a cloudy golden beer and the other with a cloudy reddish-purple beer

We both really liked Little Miami Brewing; both the beer and the atmosphere. Fifty West Brewing (another of our favorite breweries) is only about 5 miles away. Both are a good 40-45 minute drive for us, but my orthopedic surgeon's office is only a 15-20 minute drive from the breweries, so an appointment with him is always a good excuse to stop by!

If you're in the Milford/Beechmont/Loveland area, do consider stopping by Little Miami Brewing Company for pizza and beer!

Here's where/when you can find them:
Little Miami Brewing Company
208 Mill Street
Milford, Ohio  45150

Hours:
Monday 3pm - 10pm
Tuesday - Thursday 11am - 11pm
Friday - Saturday 11am - 12am
Sunday 11am - 10pm

dan@littlemiamibrewing.com
joe@littlemiamibrewing.com
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pinnable image of the tables and chairs in Little Miami Brewery, as well as the tap list

Do you have a favorite brewery? Tell me about it - we're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in following along on our food/drinking adventures, be sure to find me on Instagram and Snapchat - I share a lot there that doesn't make it on the blog.

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, non-coffee-flavored stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison
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Save the Date! Let's plan a wedding with Basic Invite!!

Save the Date! Let's plan a wedding with Basic Invite!!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Basic Invite. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you follow me on social media, then you know that my daughter is newly engaged. The proposal was so well-planned by her fiance that it went off without a hitch. He was so sweet to not only involve all of the parents in the planning, but also to have us all there for the big day.

Now they've moved into the next stage: choosing a venue and date. We've toured a few places and have a couple more on the calendar. Can I just say that wedding planning is exciting and so much fun? And stressful! It's difficult when you need to rely on others to give you what you want when you want it. When you find companies with great products who deliver in a timely manner it definitely goes a long way towards relieving some of that stress.

Four different personalized save-the-date cards lying on a wooden table
Modern Painting, Brush Frame, Blushing Gold, and Heart Beat Save-the-Date cards from Basic Invite

While they haven't agreed on a venue or date yet, they do agree that they want Save-the-Date cards. They have a large group of friends in the 28-32 age group with very busy lives who will be invited to the wedding. Many live in different towns or states, so it's especially important that they get a "heads up" on the wedding date for planning purposes. Of course, family will attend the wedding no matter what, but they're going to enjoy having a photo as well as a reminder of the date.

Laptop computer sitting on a table (with flowers in the background) with the browser open to the Basic Invite save-the-date page

We ordered samples of my daughter's favorite cards from Basic Invite. There are so many ways to personalize your cards! Since we didn't have official engagement photos or a wedding date, we created our samples using a random date and photos we had on hand. Most of the personalization options are free, but there are a few modifications that have a fee. It's so easy - you just click to edit!

  • font style and color (free)
  • background color, if applicable (free) 
  • wording (free)
  • photo, if applicable (free)
  • choice of paper: signature matte or coated are free (others have an additional charge)
  • square (free) or rounded edges (add'l charge)
  • add text or design to back of card (add'l charge)
  • adding guest and return address to envelope, choosing font and font color (free)
  • add return address only to envelope (add'l charge)

Three different Save-the-Date cards lying on an open laptop computer
Blushing Gold, Brushed Frame, and Heart Beat Save-the-Date cards

We ordered the samples on September 5, and were given an estimated arrival date of September 18. The customized samples arrived in just four days - very impressive! I can't even begin to tell you how exciting (and emotional) it was to pull these cards out of the envelope! It's really happening, folks!

Heart Beat Save-the-Date card from Basic Invite
Heart Beat Save-the-Date card: we customized the color and placement of the heart 

The quality of the paper is amazing, the printing is crystal clear, and they look just like they did when we created them online! Samples are priced at $2.99 each (including an envelope), which is a great price for a fully customized sample that you can either mail or keep as a memento. Every bride wants each detail of her wedding to be perfect, so being able to see your unique Save-the-Date card before ordering a whole batch is a stress-reliever!

Blushing Gold Save-the-Date card from Basic Invite
Blushing Gold Save-the-Date card: we customized the background colors

Next up: Gus and I will be checking out another venue this week. This might be "the one" and it's so unique! Then we will be taking a family beach vacation in October, and we have a photographer lined up to not only take the official engagement photos but to also take photos for our 30th wedding anniversary. Life is good.

Pinnable image of three Basic Invite Save-the-Date cards lying on an open laptop computer

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I love the Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser from La Roche-Posay!

I love the Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser from La Roche-Posay!


Have you read my latest morning and evening anti-aging skin care routines? If you have, then you know that one of the cleansers I've been using for the past several months is from La Roche-Posay. I want/need a cleanser that doesn't dry out my skin, clog my pores, cause breakouts, or irritate my sensitivities.

bottle of Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, blue washcloth, and grey konjac sponge sitting on a wooden surface

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Their Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser has quickly become one of my favorite cleansers of all time. I just really love the way it makes my skin feel! It's so gentle and my skin feels soft and hydrated.

close-up of Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser on a grey konjac sponge, with a blue washcloth in the background

It's similar to CeraVe's Hydrating Facial Cleanser in that it contains ceramides and is a no-foam cleanser (and also in price). However, the Toleriane Cleanser has a creamier consistency and leaves my skin feeling softer and smoother than the CeraVe cleanser.

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau (La Roche-Posay Prebiotic Thermal Water), Glycerin, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Propylene Glycol, Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Polysorbate 60, Ceramide NP, Niacinamide, Sodium Chloride, Coco-Betaine, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Panthenol, T-Butyl Alcohol, Tocopherol

bottle of Toleriane Hydrating Gentle cleanser on a floral background

Another thing I really like about this cleanser is that it is fragrance-free, paraben-free, oil-free, soap-free, and sulfate-free - making it perfect for my sensitive skin.

I dampen my face and apply one pump of the cleanser to my entire face and decollete using my hands. Then I leave it on my face for 2-3 minutes before rinsing away with a soft cloth and warm water. I use this cleanser every morning, and occasionally in the evening. If I use it in the evening, I always remove my makeup first.

bottle of Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser, grey konjac sponge, and blue washcloth on a wooden surface

Since using it, I've had less dryness from the tretinoin, no breakouts or clogged pores, and it doesn't aggravate my rosacea. I'm so pleased with it that when I need more moisturizer, I plan to try the Toleriane Double Repair Face Moisturizer. I think it's similar to the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizer that I like, so I want to see how they compare.

pinnable image of Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser on a floral background

Have you tried the La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser? What's your favorite cleanser for sensitive skin?

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Tuesday Brewsday: Wooden Cask Brewing - Newport, Kentucky

Tuesday Brewsday: Wooden Cask Brewing - Newport, Kentucky


What's better in hot weather than an ice cold beer? Of course, it's also good in cold weather. Or any weather!

Earlier this summer, I was finally able to convince Gus to stop by Wooden Cask Brewing Company in Newport, Kentucky. I've been wanting to go for awhile now, but he argued that "it would be hard to find a place to park" (knowing that a lot of the parking in Newport is street parking). If you worry about that sort of thing, let me start off by laying that worry to rest. The brewery has it's own parking lot, and it's big.

four small glasses of different types of beer sitting on a wooden bar

Their building is HUGE. I was expecting something the size of Darkness Brewing in Bellevue just because most spaces in the area are on the smaller side. Not only is it a large building, but it's beautiful. Apparently, back in the 40's and 50's it was the Flamingo Club (with illegal gambling). Then in the 80's it was the Jockey Club with live punk bands. More recently, it housed the Yellow Cab company (which explains the size of the parking lot!). Quite a history!

brown brick building with the words Wooden Cask Brewery

glass door that says "Wooden Cask Brewery Tap Room Entrance"

Inside, there are lots of tables with seating, couches, and of course, seats at the bar. Interesting tidbit: The bar top is wood from six bowling lanes that were on site.

tables with wooden tabletops and metal chairs and stool with a tv on the wall

wooden casks stacked along a wall

Right before we stopped here, we ate dinner at the Newport Pizza Company (NPC) - which is right around the corner. We both had a bottle of Wooden Cask's Girl Next Door blonde ale with our meal and liked it so much, I think that's what convinced Gus to stop by.

They don't serve food at Wooden Cask, but there are quite a few local restaurants that will deliver to the taproom (including NPC).

taps with a list of 18 different craft beers

We loved the atmosphere at this brewery. It's cozy but very open and spacious. I'm not one for being crammed into a crowded space with a lot of other people, so I appreciate the roominess this taproom offers.

I (we) also really liked several of their beers. They always have 18 craft beers on tap - including a seasonal cider. Three of the brews I tried were what I would call "favorites" - meaning if I see them on tap somewhere, I'm going to order them. But their Reformation is my most favorite. I do love me a good chocolate Scottish stout!

four numbered glasses of beer
Kentucky Farmhand, 7th Street Runoff, The Scotsman, Reformation

My favorites*:
  • Reformation (Scottish stout) IBU: 32, ABV: 7.5%
  • Girl Next Door (blonde ale) IBU: 20, ABV: 6%
  • The Scotsman (Scotch ale) IBU: 30, ABV: 8.5%
Gus' favorites*:
  • Kentucky Farmhand (pale wheat ale) IBU: 20, ABV: 5.2%
  • Girl Next Door
  • The Scotsman

Definitely stop by Wooden Cask Brewery when you're in the Newport, KY/Cincinnati, OH area - you'll be glad you did! Pick up a t-shirt, too - it's one of my favorites - so comfy!!

Here's where/when you can find them:
Wooden Cask Brewing Company
629 York Street
Newport, Kentucky  41071

Hours:
Monday - Thursday 3pm - 10pm
Friday - Saturday 12pm - 11pm
Sunday 12pm - 8pm

859-261-2172
info@woodencask.com
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infographic with a photo of four glasses of beer at the top and a brown brick building that says "Wooden Cask Brewery" at the bottom

Do you have a favorite brewery? Tell me about it - we're always looking for new ones to try! If you're interested in following along on our food/drinking adventures, be sure to find me on Instagram and Snapchat - I share a lot there that doesn't make it on the blog.

*A note about our beer preferences:
Me: witbier, Hefeweizen, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, white ale, chocolate stouts, Kentucky common ale, ginger beer, some saisons, and some Scotch ales
Gus: witbier, Hefeweizen, blonde ale, red ale, Belgian tripel, Kentucky common ale
Buddy: IPA, fruit beer, Berliner Weisse, Gose, blonde ale, red ale, stouts (especially coffee-flavored), porter, Belgian tripel, Belgian quad, saison

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