|Above: My desert beauty "must haves." All items fit effortlessly into my Neiman Marcus "Camp Gorgeous" bag...I'll be using this all summer, indeed!|
Packing is an inordinate challenge for me...anytime I travel, my goal is to establish the prefect balance between options and excess. Many times, this regrettably does not occur. However, sometimes, said balance is achieved!
For my most recent trip to Tucson, Arizona, I was able to carefully edit down my beauty "must haves" to a streamlined collection, perfectly tailored to an extremely hot desert environment.
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|Above: My most recent sunglass purchase...these timeless oversized Chloe "Havana" sunglasses are a rare blend of black and brown and feel very comfortable on the face. Even in intense heat, these don't slide down my nose!They keep me from squinting and protect my sensitive, contact-lens-wearing eyes.|
|Above: The Amore Pacific Color Control Cushion Compact in #104 adds protective foundation coverage that is light and lasting, especially when set with SPF 40 Sulwhasoo Brightening Powder Compact. This combination gives me a flawless finish that lasts the entire day.|
|Above: Even if the SPF protection of the Rachel K CC Cream, Amore Pacific CC Cream and Sulwhasoo Powder have a combined SPF of over 100 (is that even possible?), a SPF 50 hat made by Helen Kaminski is the final barrier to make sure that harmful rays of sun have no chance whatsoever of touching my face.|
|Above: I love YSL Rouge Volupte in #1...this pinky beige features lush full coverage and perhaps may be one of the most flattering nudes ever crafted. It creates a sophisticated lip that is polished without looking overdone.|
|Above: I am on my second tube of Tom Ford gloss in Naked...hydrating and creamy, this creates the quintessential shiny pale pout.|
|Above: Vogue and Coco Chanel's biography...poolside reading at its most chic ; )|
|Above: Purely physical sunscreen is immensely difficult to find these days...I was happy to stumble upon this SPF 50 version by Cerave. I will be using this on my body all summer long!|
|Above: The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is so refreshing when sprayed on the face...it wakes me up and imparts a natural glow.|
|Above: I always have a large silk scarf in my possession...it is excellent for extra sun protection and can also help to create a classy impromptu hairstyle.|
Bottom Line: Due to the extreme heat and rural terrain, desert vacations can be very low maintenance. Although they may not demand a plethora of beauty products, a few key items are a must. Oversized sunglasses, a protective foundation base, a wide-brimmed hat, a glossy nude lip, some fabulous reading material, serious SPF, a refreshing facial mist and a multi-purposed silk scarf collectively make my time in this arid wonderland a beautiful experience!
What are some of YOUR vacation must-haves?
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