Thank the good lord, it’s finally vacation season! By the end of a NYC winter, most people I know are willing to share a queen-sized bed with four other people if it means getting out of the city and hitting someone’s uncle’s beach house for the weekend. I love a spontaneous weekend of travel, but let’s talk cons: they can seriously wreck your beauty routine.
When I manage a jet-setting (or, let’s be real, couch-surfing at your cousin’s place) weekend, I generally prepare to be a little haggard when I return. Sun, no sleep, heavy drinking and mani-pedi destroyed by sand and 6-inch party heels. And that’s assuming you had time to schedule a fresh pedicure before the last train out. It’s a rough life, but these 2 products change EVERYTHING.
Nügg Face Masks are just the cutest little things I’ve ever seen. They’re not just small enough to pass the 3 oz travel rule. They’re roughly the size of a lip balm; tiny enough to shove in your pocket before jumping in a cab to the airport. Nügg Face Masks don’t need to be refrigerated and each single serve capsule has enough goodness for two treatments. Prepare to be the most popular girl at your timeshare.
You may be thinking, “They’re cuter than those mini jam packs you get at IHOP, but do they work?” Nügg-ets adorable packaging hides a formula that’s more than 90% natural and packed with miracle workers like jojoba and cranberry oils, aloe juice and spirulina extract. These ingredients are blended with a breakthrough natural oil dispersion, avoiding chemical surfactants or emulsifiers that can block your skin’s absorption of the good stuff. The lightweight gel that results feels luxurious and of spa quality, even if you stash these packs in the bottom of your makeup bag.
Six different treatments are available: Soothing, Hydrating, Exfoliating, Deep Cleansing, Revitalizing, and Anti-Aging. The peppermint-scented Revitalizing formula is a crowd favorite, but I’m partial to the chamomile and shea-fueled Soothing mask for keeping your skin happy after a day in the sun. Trust me, you’ll want to try one of each. www.nuggbeauty.com.
While you’re taking a ten minute party break to fix your face, you may as well take the time to make your nails beach-ready. The NEW! Sephora FORMULA X Press Pods are a snack-sized manicure that is approximately the size of your pinkie fingernail.
Each Press Pod has a built-in brush and is filled with FORMULA X Lacquer in one of 24 different cream or metallic colors, from metallic silver to tangerine orange. You snap the tip off to reveal the brush, give the pod a tiny squeeze and paint away. I was more than a little skeptical that this teensy-weensy pod would cover all ten of my nails, and thought the best part would be snapping off all the caps (which is totally satisfying in that bubble wrap-popping way).
I was wrong. I had polish for two full coats on each hand, with quite a bit of product left over. Keep a few pods on hand for emergencies, and you’ll never be caught with bare toes if your vacation requires an impromptu beach party. And if you’re like me, and your closest vacation prospect is a Pinterest board of the French Riviera, Press Pods are also fantastic for test driving trendy greens and blues that you don’t necessarily want to own.
These are the vacay essentials you didn’t know you needed, but they make a huge difference when you’re far from home and feeling haggard. Bon voyage!
Will you be bringing these bite-sized goodies on your next trip this summer?
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