Open-Thread Thursday: Sales — Question of the Week, Travel Edition

By Voxy  

UF00045347 by UF Digital Collections.My little paws are getting tired from typing all of these Sales! ;) Fortunately, or un-, they are starting to decrease in number as we approach Christmas. There will be one or two late-breakers, for sure, but we are coming to the end of the main wave.

New since last post:

SkinStore: 20% off (some exclusions) through 12/18; use code DEC20.

HauteLook: Blinc, starting today 12/17; Lotus (organic cosmetics) starting Monday 12/21.

Also, today is a collective retailer Free Shipping Day. Check out to see if one of the retailers you’re interested in (not a lot of beauty, but plenty of other retailers) are offering free shipping on purchases made today. Usually this is free expedited shipping so that gifts will arrive before 12/24. There is some fine print; some retailers have minimum purchases for free shipping and some shipping charges are not quite free. And, on the free shipping train, MAC is offering free two-day shipping today through Saturday 12/19 only, using checkout code 2DAY.

Previously announced sales still going on:

YSL‘s F&F sale: 20% off through 12/20, plus free shipping. Use code FF2009. • DDF Skincare: 25% off, plus free shipping and samples, through 12/24. Use code DDFHOLIDAY SkinStore: 20% off (some exclusions) through 12/18; use code DEC20. • Borba: 20% off through 12/18; free shipping with $50 purchase. Code: HAPPYHOLIDAYS. Stila: 20% off through 12/18; free shipping with $50 purchase; code TWITTERBFF • Tarte: 25% off through 12/31 with code ECOSCENE25 • Too Faced: 30% off through 12/31 with code LUCKYBREAKS

Question of the Week: Travel Edition!

‘Tis the season when many people travel to visit friends and family. Since my family is within driving distance, I have the luxury of not needing to worry about packing everything into a small suitcase for air travel — I can load up the car with bags and bags of things if I like. You would think that would make it easier for me to choose what I do and don’t want to take with me on the trip, but no.

So the Q of the W is this: When you travel, what are the makeup/beauty/skincare things you always take with you? What are the things that you leave at home?

(Yes, I will be mining your comments for advice on what I should do myself; if left to my own devices I tend to take everything including the kitchen sink, but I’m sure I don’t really need to do that, and isn’t that what palettes are for?)

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  1. avatar ab_grp
    Posted December 20, 2009 at 9:09 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Voxy: You seem to have that entirely under control, which I envy because I am still a hot mess.
    I will remember that Origins product; it sounds lovely!  

    Oh, haha, no, though that’s a very kind assessment. I wish that were the case. I am more the type who makes her SO run out at 1 AM to find a drugstore near the airport to buy Vaseline because she’s forgotten it despite using it every day (should I add that we had to leave the hotel airport at 4:30 AM for a flight?). And the type who forgets her glasses or extra contacts. And the type who forgets deodorant and has to make a quick run out when it’s least convenient. But, I do recommend the lavender and vanilla souffle, if you like those fragrances. I can’t describe how peaceful it makes me feel. And, clearly, I need that!


  2. avatar ab_grp
    Posted December 19, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I think it depends on the purpose of the travel. For business, I try to take something like the Sephora Ultimate Blockbuster palette (and I would take that for pleasure trips involving nights out). I also take the Philosophy Booster Caps and a masque. A must for business travel is the Origins Calm to Your Senses Lavendar and Vanilla Souffle. I put it on before bed and feel instantly relaxed.

    For football game travel, I try to keep it very simple. That’s when I take the 3-in-1s.

    I try to stick with my regular skin care components, and the hoarding mentality ensures that I have plenty of whatever I need ;-) I don’t mind bringing shampoo and conditioner samples with me. Vaseline is necessary because I use it to remove my waterproof mascara. And, no matter what lipsticks I take, I always have Chapstick with me.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted December 20, 2009 at 5:40 pm | Permalink | Reply

      You seem to have that entirely under control, which I envy because I am still a hot mess.

      I will remember that Origins product; it sounds lovely!


  3. avatar Inthelab
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Peach or rose blush? This is why the good Lord allows us to have lovely neutral shades ;^D. On a trip, I can live with just my Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut blush.
    “Do you take your regular products with you, or are there products you just use on the road?” A mix. I have duplicates of some basics (my fave powder LM es and blush, for example) that live in my makeup bag. Other stuff I pack when I go (like the foundation stick). For skin care, I decant cleanser and toner into little bottles, and use the GWP goodies accumulated over the year, as well as samples I get from my day spa and derm.

    I used to put the GWP lipsticks, blushes, and es palettes in my travel bag, but then once found myself about to be interviewed wearing plum blush (really, not my shade). After that, I decided I could afford to keep duplicates in the travel bag, and give the unsuitable GWP makeup to my daughters.


  4. avatar Inthelab
    Posted December 17, 2009 at 9:08 am | Permalink | Reply

    I have 2 travel kits prepared, one for skin/personal care and one for makeup. I check each kit prior to travel. For the skin care, I have mini bottles of cleanser, toner, moisturizer with SPF, night cream, eye cream, lip balm, hand/body cream. To keep my skin calm, I eschew my AHA and Retin A in case I get a weird flare-up from flying or change in climate. If I’m going to a sunny spot, I’ll add more sun protective products, like a stick.
    In my makeup bag goes sample sizes of fragrance, foundation stick, one blush and portable blush brush, one eye shadow palette (and portable 2-ended brush), eye shadow base, concealer, lipliner, mascara, lipstick, maybe a gloss. I limit myself to one neutral blush and 1 e/s palette based on my wardrobe. I always have another lipstick or 2 in my purse, as well as pressed powder I can use as finishing powder.
    I also don’t stress if I forget something: good excuse to buy a new item.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted December 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Permalink | Reply

      See, you are much better at that than I am. I have real problems limiting myself (as the existence of this blog testifies) — I could take one peachy and one rosy blush, but never just one or the other. I would seriously feel anxious. (I have scarcity issues.)

      Do you take your regular products with you, or are there products you just use on the road? And if they’re your regular products, do you throw in the whole container, or get it in a travel size if possible, or have a second set of cosmetics dedicated to travel? (I do a little bit of that last one — I have some things that are duplicates that just live in the travel bag, but I wonder if I should do more.)

      Since that Smashbox palette contains lip, eye, and cheek colors, theoretically I ought to be able to take just that palette and be OK, but it would set off my neurosis alarm bells. A lot.


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