Happy Belated, America



Goodness gracious, is America beautiful or what? I’ve been busy the last ten days exploring the West Coast, and it’s given me a whole new appreciation for this country I’m lucky to call home! Lots and lots more photos to come eventually, but I wanted to share some of my favorite iPhone shots.

Happy 240th, USA!

~ Sarah

What’s In My Travel Makeup Case

June has been a bit of a crazy month, and it’s about to get crazier! The first weekend I visited my friend Stefania and we saw Selena Gomez’s Revival Tour in D.C. and the following weekend I was in Atlanta and had the honor of being a bridesmaid in my friend Sarah’s wedding! Since then, I’ve been relaxing and prepping for my next adventure: a trip to the Pacific Northwest with Nick. We leave Saturday for Vancouver, and from there we’re going to Seattle, Portland and San Francisco. Like whoa.

With all this travel, I’m really nailing down what I need for weekends away. This list doesn’t include things like dental care and skincare because duh, and also that’s very much about what you need for you. These are the items that help me feel put together, without feeling like I’m missing stuff from my vanity or that I’m hauling around too many items.

Travel Beauty Essentials | Shades of Sarah

Smashbox Primer: I’ve tried a few different primers and this is easily the best. It really smoothes things out and my makeup does not budge. I even like wearing it sans makeup just for the mattifying effect.

Blotting PapersBecause not even primer can always save me. These also won’t smudge or remove too much makeup, so they’re useful for a night out.

Pixi Palette: Again, the perfect balance. Blush and bronzer options for day, and eyeshadows and liners for night. I probably won’t use this too often on my PNW trip, but it covers all my bases when I’ll need it. I already used this palette for the concert and wedding! It’s pretty perfect. I also bring my mini travel brushes that I got for Christmas — no need for my full-sized set.

Secret Outlast Extend*: This deodorant definitely has staying power, and the travel size is perfect just in case you do need to freshen up, or end up with some chub rub.

Wet N’ Wild 1-Step Wonder Gel PolishI prefer to have my nails painted, and this polish is long-lasting. My favorite shade is “Condensed Milk,” which is a great neutral that doesn’t look too much of a hot mess when it does eventually start chipping.

Cutex Nail Polish Removal Pads*: And when I do need a full redo, these wipes come to the rescue. One pad really does remove your polish on all your nails, plus it doesn’t sting or smell too strongly. These were made for travel.

Venus Snap Razor: Another must-have in my travel bag! The little case is perfect for trips, plus it’s a reusable razor, so it’s pretty cost-effective overtime. (Also, I used to lose razors all the time while traveling, but the case helps me remember this one!)

Oh and I promise I bring lip color and eye cream with me too 🙂 What’s in your travel makeup case?

~ Sarah

*included in my Influenster Bloom Vox Box

Lake Harmony

Nick and I spent this past weekend up in the Pocono Mountains with some friends — it’s a trip we’ve been making for a few years now. It’s always nice to get away from the city and unplug a bit (I barely even get cell service!). This time we stayed in Lake Harmony, at the Split Rock Resort. They have an indoor water park, bowling and an arcade, so there’s plenty to keep us busy. We also spent a morning snow tubing after grabbing breakfast at the cutest little cafe, Terra Cottage.

My favorite part — besides the snow tubing, obviously — was taking a walk around the resort. It wasn’t terribly cold out, and there was still plenty of snow on the ground from the season’s single blizzard. There was a layer of ice on Lake Harmony, which was so cool. We walked down to the beach and even walked down on the docks. It was so quiet and so beautiful — there’s so much sky up there.

Lake Harmony
Lake Harmony
Lake Harmony
Lake Harmony

~ Sarah