Senior Writer Kelley Hoffman masters looking gorgeous despite the elements.
To celebrate my birthday this year, I escaped to a cabin in Big Sur with my boyfriend. With 70-degree days and fireplace-ready nights, I was stoked on our itinerary: a waterfall hike, beach time, and a moonlit hot springs soak—not to mention a few choice restaurant reservations. But when it came to packing, what products could take me to the forest, ocean, and dinner?
While I enjoy being removed from cell phone service, it doesn’t mean I want to disconnect from my entire beauty routine—and for a special trip like this, I wanted to be photo-ready. So when it came down to my edited selection, I found it best to focus on products that were travel-sized, multitasking, long-wear, and in liquid or cream formulas—and offered sun protection.
Here are my picks for the products that helped make my weekend memorable:
BENEFIT REAL BIRTHDAY TURN-ONS
One of the best perks of being a Beauty Insider is the free birthday gift. This year’s present is a duo of Benefit’s They’re Real! Mascara and Watt’s Up! Highlighter minis—and both helped me look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
ANASTASIA LASH GENIUS WATERPROOF TOPCOAT
Because I love They’re Real! I was excited to try this topcoat—it transforms ANY mascara into a waterproof formula. I’m happy to report it kept me streak-free all day and night.
CLARINS SUNSCREEN STICK FOR SUN-SENSITIVE AREAS SPF 30 HIGH PROTECTION UVB/UVA
Small enough to store in my pocket, this tiny stick helped protect my fair skin with SPF touch-ups every two hours as recommended, which I’d always been too lazy to do.
KATE SOMERVILLE SOMERVILLE 360° FACE SELF TANNING PADS
Perfect for faking a tan—since I knew I wouldn’t be getting any actual sunkissed action due to my SPF-and-hat discipline.
MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA EYES IN MATTE BLACK 0L
I dotted this waterproof, budge-proof eyeliner super-close to my upper lash lines for a natural look. No smears!
SUGAR LIP TREATMENT SPF 15 IN PASSION
This kept my lips hydrated while adding a dose of red. I made it work double-duty by using it on my cheeks as well.
JOSIE MARAN ARGAN OIL
The ultimate multitasker. I used the travel-sized oil as a daily moisturizer on my face, to help keep dry cuticles at bay, and to stop my hair from turning to straw.
LAVANILA THE HEALTHY DEODORANT
Recommended if you don’t want to offend your companion with beach B.O.
URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER LONG-LASTING MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY
I gave myself a spritz of this on-the-go-size setting spray as a final touch for a worry-free adventure.
OLE HENRIKSEN TRUTH TO GO VITAMIN C WIPES
These antiaging and brightening wipes moisturized and cleared off my stubborn makeup with ease. Tip: Hold a wipe for 30 seconds on your lashes to help remove the waterproof eyeliner and mascara topcoat.