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Travel Tips: How to Pack Makeup for Travel

I’ve been traveling more for work lately. Each time I pack, my suitcase becomes more and more composed of the perfect essentials I’ll need- from clothes to jewelry, toiletries, and of course, MAKEUP! I travel to the Caribbean, specifically Riviera Maya, Mexico. The weather there is much like Miami, hot and humid. However, my makeup routine changes slightly when I’m in Mexico. You see, I work for resorts, which means I’m outdoors for the bulk of my stay. Nice, right? Oh yes. I love it! Waking up with a gorgeous view and fresh breeze of the Caribbean… morning run along the beach… beachfront dining… I digress. This type of weather calls for lightweight makeup and breathable clothing.

Here is a quick overview of what makeup, toiletries and jewelry I pack for travel. In a later post I’ll list all the products and show them in detail, plus show you how I pack them to make the most space in my luggage for other things. Did I mention I don’t like to check in my luggage at the airport? So, making space for everything in my suitcase is critical.



Vanidades Magia de la Moda 2011

I hadn’t even launched Makeupzilla and I was invited to take part of a behind the scenes experience of the 6th annual Magia de La Moda presented by Vanidades magazine and sponsored by Covergirl and Pantene. This event was part of the Fall 2011 Miami Funkshion Fashion Week. The night honored several hispanic talents who have opened the doors of opportunity like Isabel and Ruben toledo. They received a Lifetime Achievement Award prior to showcasing Isabel’s Spring 2012 Spring/Summer collection. Spring 2012?! That’s what I thought! I never knew the fashion world prepared so early, I mean, I’m still trying to catch up on this season! In case you didn’t know, Isabel Toledo designed Michelle Obama’s Inaugural dress. WOW!

I was so nervous but excited. So much fabulousness in one building! I recognized many latin celebrities I had seen in novelas (hispanic soap operas) and kept thinking “this is so cool!” The best part was heading up to the third floor to see the models get ready 🙂 no, wait! or was it watching the show front row?…it was all great! so a big thanks to Vanidades, Covergirl and Pantene!

Here are the pictures for a snippet of the night, see them all on my Facebook page.

once I went up the stairs, Pantene (hair) was on the left side of the building and Covergirl (makeup) was on the right. I stopped by Hair first, the girls were getting a sleek ponytail with long extensions and colored tips. Looks like they were using the Medium-Thick Hair Solutions line. I think I make stock up on a few!

On the makeup side, my favorite type of look for the warmer seasons, flawless, even skin with a glow, naturally tinted lips and flirty lashes. They used Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Foundation and blushes, Clean Pressed Powder, Outlast Lipstain and Lash Blast fusion Mascara.

Celeb getting dolled up by Aileen Quintana

Not only was I surprised by the Spring 2012 preview, I was also surprised to find out that people actually win beauty sweepstakes!! Silly, I know! That’s Janytzabell on the right, the winner of the “My Covergirl” sweepstakes, all the way from Boston! She brought along her best friend (since 3rd grade) along for the show and yes, that’s me in the middle 🙂 She was given a 1 year supply of Covergirl cosmetics, lucky girl! When I met her she said “I feel like I’m on cloud nine!” She read about the contest through Covergirl’s Facebook and never imagined this! How exciting!

 I finally met the Webcity Girls Lynn, Linda and Mara! These ladies are a power house and the voice of social media for the hispanic community. The handsome guy in the picture is my friend Jose 😉

Woohoo! I got a gift bag! What’s inside?

oooohhh! I see freebies!

A copy of the current Vanidades magazine, the itinerary for the night, Terra Blues Potato Chips (very healthy), a weird bottle of water from New York called NY2O, haha that just sounds funny to me, and some fun products…

Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara and Outlast Lipstain (used for the show) and travel size Pantene Medium-Thick shampo and conditioner. I ‘Like’!   ** I’ll review the products in a later post!

Let the show begin!

Host for the night, Lourdes Stephen awarding Jacqueline Blanco and Mari Ichaso, editors of Vanidades

And here she is, Isabel Toledo after the show

Commercial for Dermakine skin products

This shoot was so much fun! My good friend and film director, Valeria Nova, asked me to take part of this commercial for Dermakine skincare products (I’ve never used the products, by the way). The commercial took a full nine hours to shoot, four outfit changes and four different makeup and hair looks.

The concept was to show the beauty of natural bare skin once all of the days makeup is off.

Look #1: Glam Goddess

Hair: I went for soft loose curls achieved with a 1″ flat iron. I teased the top of her crown for some volume and finished the look with some hairspray.

Makeup: I used nudes and light browns for the eyes, rosy pink cheeks, and shimmery nude lips. I sculpted her cheek bones and nose with a matte bronzer.

Look #2: Model Diva

Hair: Sectioned the hair in half, took a ‘mohawk’ section and teased it a bit more and pinned it in place then smoothed the sides to meet in the middle. This made it look like it all came together at once. Loose curls were touched up and topped off the look with a fun flowered head piece.

Makeup: To match the beautiful purples of the dress, I chose to use different shades to create this girly look. My favorite Maybelline shadow, Eggplant was the star in this. I tied it all in with a dark purple liner and black mascara, girly pink lips and cheeks.

Look #3: Red Carpet

Hair: Using the already half up look, the bangs were combed back and used hairspray to keep them in place. The bottom half was brought up to create a a loose bun, pinned into place.

Makeup: Using deeper purples and some black liner, we now had a beautiful purple smokey eye. Still pink but more nude-ish lips and a more sculpted cheek.

This was a first for me, having to work with what I had as opposed to taking off all the makeup and starting over because of the time constraints and small team. But it all worked out beautifully!

Director: Valeria Nova     Model: Victoria Kulik      DP: Hugo Osorio     Lighting: Andres Uribe