A little while ago, I blogged about matching your nail polish to your outfit. Over the holiday weekend, I was in Bermuda and had a new, but similar thought: What if you picked your polish based on your surroundings? That is, in fact, what I did. The beautiful blues of the Atlantic offshore inspired me to choose the Deborah Lippmann’s periwinkle I Know What Boys Like shade. It paralleled some of the deeper blue tones in the water and felt like it was an incredibly appropriate choice.
Would you ever base your polish on where you are?
My next polish change is going to be of the more classic variety: a pure cherry red.
Amanda Graber, our new director of PR & strategic partnerships, just jetted off to Georgia for the weekend and we were dying to find out what she packed for a few days in the hot, humid, sticky South. From mascara to maxi dresses, here’s what she brought with her.
Tibi dress, Stella McCartney ’Sheer Stella Eau de Toilette’, Stila Glamoureyes, No-Ad sunscreen, Christine Chin sunscreen, Essie polishes, hair tie
Maxi dresses: The Georgian heat is a killer so less-is-more is definitely my moto when I’m there. I’ll be packing this Yumi Kim dress because it’s effortless and airy.
Hair ties: Alex and Isabelle are my fave, they do the trick. (Hair must be up at all times in the South.) Plus, they also look pretty.
Suncream: No-Ad suncream is my go-to when it comes to SPF on my body. I love that it’s not oily and smells amazing. For my face I use beauty guru Christine Chin SPF 25. (Side note: She gives the best facial in NYC.)
Mascara: Stila Glamoureyes is absolutely perfect for vacation, it stays on all day and makes your eyes really pop.
Perfume: I like to alternate my scents throughout the seasons, so for summer I am wearing Stella McCartney’s ‘Sheer Stella Eau de Toilette. I adore the vintage-looking bottle it comes in because it really dresses up my vanity table.
Nail Polish: I don’t like to wear too much makeup during the summer and let my hands do the talking. I am a true Essie gal and I try to pick a new color every time I visit the salon especially in the summer when you can be more adventurous with color. I also love mixing polishes and one of my favorite combos is Sugar Daddy and Fed Up.
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Bermuda is one of my favorite places in the whole world. Just an hour and a half flight from New York City, it’s my perfect summer getaway. I can’t wait to be on the soft pink sand beaches for the next couple of days hanging out with friends (and always under an umbrella, of course—that’s me below!). Here are a couple of the essentials I’m taking along with me, now I just need the weather to cooperate. Fingers crossed for nothing but sunshine.
Victoria’s Secret Daisy Triangle Top and Adjustable Hipster Bottom: Somehow every year I always manage to loose either a top or a bottom of a swimsuit, so I buy one new one every summer. This bikini is my latest purchase; I love the color and the adjustable bottoms.
Japonesque Tweezers: I never travel without tweezers. For years and years I was a Tweezerman devotee, but since discovering Japonesque, I have a new favorite.
Havaianas Slim Sandals: I first discovered this Brazilian flip-flop brand while living in Argentina in 2003 and have been addicted ever since. In the summer, I usually walk to work in them (I currently have about five different pairs to choose from) and they are a must for Bermuda beach-going.
Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencil in Crime: In the winter, I love deep red berry-stained lip colors, but for summer, I am all about brights. As we proved last week, this hue is perfect for anyone and I think there is nothing more appropriate than rocking a bright pink pout when you’re somewhere tropical.
Ray-Ban Aviators: Many sunglasses styles come and go, but these are a classic.
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer: I love the healthy, dewy skin look so I always keep my eyes peeled for products to help give me that radiant glow. With this Luminizer, it was love at first sight—I just swipe it on top of my cheekbones and instantly look more fresh-faced.
Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+: I am a true nut about sun. I am as pale as can be, so I prefer to spray tan and load up on the SPF when going outdoors. This ultra-lightweight and fast-absorbing sunblock is the perfect addition to my daily regimen; I put it on my face, décolleté, and the tops of my hands before doing anything else in the morning and I definitely wouldn’t leave home without it.
To help me organize all my belongings, I’ll be packing my makeup in our chic new travel pouches. Just spend $50 in our Shop, use the code ‘birchboxtravels’ at checkout, and it will be yours!