Vacation Is Fun, Except When You Forget Your Makeup

How to acquire what you need while you're on the road without going broke.
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How to acquire what you need while you're on the road without going broke.

A thing I like to do on the Internet is pretend I have my life in order, when in reality, I’m all dirty hair and ripped tights. I feel least on top of it when I forget something important.

I forget things a lot, like appointments, bills and my birthday. Usually, I just have to chalk it up to experience. I routinely buy a new planner and tell myself, “After today, you’ll never forget again!”

This past summer, I embarked on a two-week road trip up the east coast and forgot something very important to me: all of my makeup, skincare and hair supplies.

For the record, this is my second time posing on this car in an xoVain article. Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

For the record, this is my second time posing on this car in an xoVain article. Photography shot with the Canon SL1.

I’m normally down to go a while without makeup. I rarely wear anything besides lip color during the week. But this was a long trip, full of events where I’d surely be photographed. My life is extremely glamorous.

So I did what any sane, well-balanced woman would do: I spent almost $100 on brand-new makeup just to use for the next two weeks. I bought all of it at a drugstore off some random exit, where I spent approximately zero minutes really considering my decisions and instead just haphazardly threw anything Emma Stone told me to buy in my basket.

I’ve gone on a few road trips since then and inevitably forgotten something every time, but I’ve gotten better at dealing with it. Here’s some advice.

FIGURE OUT WHAT YOU CAN DO WITHOUT

If you’re going to a beach or somewhere hot, you can probably skip foundation. Maybe you hardly wear eyeliner anyway, so don’t buy it now. Figure out your bare necessities. Sing that song from “The Jungle Book” if it helps.

CHOOSE MULTITASKERS

Grab a lip color you can work as a blush. Revlon’s Balm Stains work really well for this, because their form makes them easy to dab right onto both lips and cheeks. Rimmel’s Lasting Finish lipsticks are a great value, as well. Plus, Kate Moss totally made each and every one of them!

Soft reds and pinks will work best if you use them as both lip color and cheek color. Your purples, blues, corals and blacks will be waiting patiently for you at home.

Revlon Matte Balm in “Sultry” in the Cadillac I spent a few days in.

Revlon Matte Balm in “Sultry” in the Cadillac I spent a few days in.

Lip colors aren’t the only versatile products in the game. You can make mascara work double-time as well. 

My favorite mascaras in the whole wide world are Maybelline. So get one of those, and an E.L.F. Small Angled Brush. Use the brush to sweep mascara on like cream eyeliner. Voila!

Instead of buying new foundation, which can be stressful, go with an inexpensive BB cream. My favorite BB right now is L’Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream. It gives you magic skin! What more could you want?

Walmart fluorescent lights doing me all the favors.

Walmart fluorescent lights doing me all the favors.

FIND DISCOUNTS

After you’ve found some multitasking products for not a lot of money, whip out your smart phone and search for coupons online. I watched a lot of Extreme Cheapskates over the Thanksgiving holiday, and it was extremely inspiring. Go forth and save!

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If you’re going to stay with your family, check with your mom or sisters to see if they have beauty products you can use. My sister’s a weirdo hippie and doesn’t really wear makeup, but my mom usually has some I can swipe. 

Also, maybe accept your forgetfulness as a sign from the universe and give your skin and hair a short break while you’re away.

None of this applies to you if you’re some Richie McMoneyBags. If you ARE Richie McMoneyBags, I’m ready and willing to be orphan Annie’d any day now. Thanks.

What do you guys do when you’re stranded with no beauty products? 

Oh, here you go. 

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