Spring is in the air and most of us are dashing off to weekend get-aways and other sunny destinations. Nothing is more inconvenient than lugging around a bulky skin care system and a bag cluttered with makeup. No worries, I've rounded up some of the sleekest and chicest no-hassle products that will keep you looking beautiful.
I'm a huge fan of beauty products that are slim, portable and multi-task. As everyone knows, beauty sleep is key, right up there with drinking water and staying out of the sun. If you've ever experienced being too cold on an airplane to sleep, you'll love snuggling in a light-as-a-feather baby alpaca throw by Alicia Adams Alpaca. Baby alpaca is a reference to the minute size of the fiber and not to a young alpaca! This stylish hypoallergenic throw can double as a shawl at the airport and folds up to next to nothing. The ultimate in sustainable luxury, it doesn't wrinkle and it will keep you warm in the chilliest of weather yet it's light enough for summer. Daniel and Alicia Adams raise and breed suri alpacas, one of the world's rarest breeds at their farm in upstate New York. They currently carry seven beautiful natural colors, both solid and in their classic herringbone design. For more information please visit www.aliciaadamsalpaca.com.
If the thought of toting a glass jar in your bag keeps you from moisturizing during the day, then Dr. Hauksha's Rose Face Cream is a perfect solution--it comes in a convenient little tube that tucks into even the slimmest of clutches. I've always been a fan of this rich, luxurious daily moisturizer with soothing rose ingredients. Not only is it nice to have a mess-free way to keep your moisturizer with you at all times, but with extracts of 30 rose flowers in each tube, it's just the thing to protect against dryness and will also soothe red, irritated skin. If you fall in love with Dr. Hauksha's Rose Face Cream you'll want to pick up a bottle of their Rose Body Moisturizer, a lovely year-round tonic for all skin conditions. Light and fresh, you'll love the scent of roses as well as the nurturing benefits geared to sensitive skin.
Dr. Haushka also has a Volume Mascara which comes in black, pearl anthracite and aubergine--it's quite wonderful. A natural, nurturing way to add full volume to lashes and emphasize eyes, Dr. Haushka's Volume Mascara is good for your lashes with beeswax, rose and candelilla waxes. To order Dr. Haushka products or for more information please visit www.drhauschka.com.
Since we're on the subject of paring down, get ready to put away last season's clunky shades and embrace the hottest trend in sunglasses--sleek aviators. A-listers from Leonardo DiCaprio to Victoria Beckham have been spotted recently sporting aviators. This time around, aviators are classic with a twist--almost every major designer came out with their own take on the aviator this spring/summer. Solstice, whose brands of sunglasses includes Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs, Gucci, Kate Spade, and Jimmy Choo to name a few, has an aviator to satisfy just about every taste. To find a store nearest you please visit www.solsticestores.com.
Less is more when it comes to the latest beauty trends, and the easiest way to stay current is to wear a nude lip. Nude lips are an easy and pretty way to go during the day and look ultra chic at fancy events too. Luckily wearing nude lips is not as tricky as it might sound and they look good on everyone! I highly recommend Sue Devitt's Lip Intensifier Pencil, a unique formulation that moisturizes while intensifying natural color and maximizes and enhances your natural lip shape. Just fill your lips in with the Kirakira Lip Intensifier Pencil (a peachy nude) and then brush on Sue Devitt's Trinity Beach Sparkling Nude Lip Enhancing Gloss for a gorgeous sheer wash of color. The Lip Enhancing Gloss contains ingredients that promote collagen production and will give you fuller lips while hydrating and soothing plus filling in fine lines and wrinkles. Sue Devitt products can be found at Barneys or www.SueDevittBeauty.com.
Now that you've slimmed down your makeup needs, I thought I'd introduce these sweet seersucker makeup bags. Each bag is vinyl covered inside and out for easy cleaning. You can also have your initial embroidered on them if you're feeling extra preppy. These lovely bags are available in several sizes and your choice of blue seersucker, pink seersucker (my personal fav) or white pique fabric at www.theelegantsetting.com.
Still thinking of ways to travel light and stay beautiful? Nothing beats an amazing facial to make your skin glow, not to mention it definitely cuts down on the product you'll need to bring on your travels. If you're heading to Los Angeles, you might as well go to the best. Make an appointment at Ole Henriksen Face/Body--it's as good as it gets in terms of skincare. Since opening its doors in 1975, A-listers and spa regulars have flocked to Ole Henriksen to experience the healing powers of Ole's natural spa treatments. From the moment you enter this spa, the focus is on you. Unlike many things in life, the beautiful results are immediate! For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit www.olehenriksen.com.
Wishing you a light and happy May and June!
Fashion designer Mary Jo Matsumoto writes a nationally syndicated style blog at www.trustyourstyle.com. She is debuting her natural perfume, as a new as well as expanding her successful line of fine jewelry, women's couture line, and luxury handbag line. For more information, please visit www.maryjomatsumoto.com.