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The 4 Essential Beauty Prep Steps to Take Before You Embark on a Big Trip

When you’re off on a major adventure to a remote spring travel destination, the last thing you want to do is spend tons of time getting ready in the hotel (or, okay, hostel). If you’re hoping to trade your normal routine for that wanderlust kind of glow, travel and beauty expert Stephanie Flor has a few tips you kind of need to know. It turns out, it’s all about the pre-travel prep. While at the Women’s Travel Fest in NYC last weekend, Stephanie (who hosts beauty travel tours all across the globe) shared her pre-adventure beauty routine. Scroll on down to discover (and copy) all her expert-approved tips and tricks.


1. Splurge on lash extensions. This one is admittedly a little bit luxurious, but if you can swing the expense (or find a Groupon), it could totally be worth it. Stephanie says, “I can go swimming with them and not have to worry about ruining my makeup. I can go with no makeup everywhere and anywhere and I still feel beautiful and confident.” The low maintenance involved in lash extensions also makes it easy to ease up on other parts of your beauty routine. Throw on some tinted moisturizer and maybe a red lipstick, and you’re off.

2. Touch up your roots. Why roots? Stephanie explains, “Just by getting your roots done you’re opening the pores of your hair, and that’s going to create a lot more volume for at least two weeks.”

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3. Treat yourself to a gel mani. Both Stephanie and Kenecia Lashae (another makeup artist who spoke at Women’s Travel Fest) warned ladies to be careful about getting manicures abroad. Kenecia recalls one time when she treated herself to a mani in Mexico City and almost came back without a finger. Yikes! If you want to keep your nails looking great throughout your whole trip, gel manicures should last for a full week or maybe even two, if you apply a top coat every few days.

4. Build a base tan before you depart. If you’re headed somewhere super sunny and have fair skin, the question often arises of how to avoid immediately burning upon your arrival. Stephanie suggests getting a base tan before you leave. Head to the tanning salon for one or two sessions, or – if you’re really not into the extra UV rays – instead opt for a spray tan. Just darkening your skin tone a few shades can do a lot to help protect you from burning.

What’s your go-to beauty routine before embarking on a big trip? Share with us on Twitter @BritandCo.

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Alright, folks. We've officially made it to fall. And if you haven't already started switching out your decor (as long as it's ready by Friendsgiving, right?) you still have time to do so. Draw inspiration from this round-up of new home products that includes harvest-inspired candles, cozy linens and textiles, and a v. practical piece of furniture. One scroll through these, and you'll have all the motivation you need to transition the seasons. Scroll on to start shopping.

Prism x LOREM Collection ($96+): Calling all Cali babes. The popular Long Beach boutique, Prism, announced a boho-fabulous collab with home decor line, LOREM, that we can't get enough of. Shop everything from plant hangers (eight options, to be exact) to artwork, all inspired by the very colorful vibes of the brands. If you were looking for a cheery way to tide you through winter, this. is. it!

Floyd Mattress (Price TBD): Fans of the cult-favorite Detroit-based brand will love their latest launch debuting on October 29. The highly-coveted Floyd Mattress will have the same made-to-last design and superior comfort as their other furnishings, tailored perfectly to fit the line's in-demand bed frame. Additional details for the mattress include a breathable foam material, highly-mobile packaging, and a low-profile design to secure your best night's sleep yet. Check back on the last week of the month to get one for yourself.

Dims 'Composed Vanity' ($595): Small space? No problem! Direct-to-consumer brand, Dims, is giving you a quick and stylish solution to your storage needs with their newest item that doubles as both a desk and vanity. The functional piece is made with non-toxic, chemical-free materials and can be assembled in seven minutes or less. Throw in four sleek shades to choose from, and this may just be your best purchase of 2019 yet!

Saatchi Art x The Citizenry Holiday Collection ($225+): Get ready to deck your walls this holiday season. Saatchi Art partnered with The Citizenry in a one-of-a-kind collection that features a curation of art across styles. Explore everything from modern to abstract creations in a selection so stunning, it's bound to spark a conversation at your next gathering.

NEST Spiced Orange & Clove Collection ($16+): If you haven't experienced the addicting aromas of the beloved NEST fragrance brand, this is the perfect time to get on board! The label recently released their latest scent — spiced orange & clove — just in time for all your gatherings. Inhale festive notes of orange pomander, spiced brandy, cinnamon, and gingered honey across their suite of candles and diffusers to bring all the good vibes to your home.

Bloomingdales x RiLEY Home ($19+): RiLEY Home gets millennials. So they teamed up with Bloomingdales to make shopping their selection more attainable than ever. Now, you can get in on long-lasting, luxurious staples like flannel sheets, bedding, printed throws, premium pet beds, and more, by shopping online and in-stores at the department store. (Trust us: These dream goods are ones you're going to be *glad* you stocked-up on.)

Italic Serene Towels ($12+): The luxury brand that prides itself on using the *same* factories namesake brands (like Calvin Klein and Lacoste) use, but without the price tag behind them, brings you a new product for fall. Treat yourself to Italic's ultra-soft towel set spun from fluffy, 100% Australian cotton, in a convenient set of six. Consider it the perfect indulgence after a long soak in the tub on a cozy FNI (Friday night in)!

Hyascent x Neiman Marcus ($169): 'Tis the season for a delightfully scented home. Warm your abode with scents like bourbon joy, cheeky rose and more in a unique diffuser that doubles more as decor than a fragrance-inducer. Fresh off the (online) shelves of Neiman Marcus, explore nine scents that last up to six months in a specialized hourglass holder. (Shhh! Your friends will never know the secret of why your place smells so darn good!)