Y&L Style Picks: EcoTools Travel Mineral Brush Kit

EcoTools Mineral Travel Brush Kit ~ $10 on Amazon or at Target.

We are starting a new series, Y&L Style Picks, where we share our favorite tools, pieces, and products that will keep you looking and feeling stylish. To start off our series we have our favorite travel brush kit by EcoTools. This 5-piece set includes a baby kabuki brush, blush brush, concealer brush, and shadow brush that fit nicely in the canvas pouch. The handles are made of sustainable bamboo, and the bristles are 100% cruelty free (made from synthetic but oh so soft fibers). Another bonus, EcoTools is a member of 1% for the Planet, meaning they donate 1% of annual revenue to environmental causes! Currently EcoTools’ 1% goes to EarthShare and Wildlife Alliance.

These brushes are affordable and easy to find, and make fantastic stocking stuffers. The 5-piece kit can be picked up at most Targets or Whole Foods, or ordered online at Amazon for around $10. It’s so nice to have eco-friendly brushes that fit conveniently in my purse or carry-on luggage without spending a fortune. The brushes are perfect for mineral makeup, and the only brush we are missing is one for applying gel eyeliner (oh well, you can’t win them all)! We recently bought these for when we are traveling, and had the chance to test them out—we were not disappointed! Foundation and blush blend nicely, and concealer is easy to apply with this set. And if you are feeling creative you could personalize your canvas case with fabric paint or stamps.

What do you think? Have you tried these brushes out?

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Makeup Tips For Jet-Setting Ladies

Green Traveling Sundries

Green Traveling Sundries (Photo credit: Earthworm)

Whether or not you are traveling for business or pleasure you still want to get off the plane looking refreshed. Today we’ve got some tips to share to keep you looking your best even if you are on a red-eye flight!

  1. Moisturize thoroughly before you fly! Traveling dries your skin out, so the night before your flight use a richer moisturizer, and don’t skimp the day off. Pack a travel sized non-comdogenic moisturizer to freshen up with in case your skin gets really dry during travel.
  2. Pack the right stuff. Invest in nice travel bottles and containers so that you can bring your normal skin care regimen with you. Changing products abruptly can cause breakouts, and nobody wants that. We love Humangear’s GoToob bottles. You can pick up a 3 pack from Amazon for $18.24, and we promise they are worth ever penny!
  3. Skip the foundation… if you can. The day of your trip it is best to skip wearing your regular foundation and just use a moisturizer. When you are about to land apply a tinted moisturizer for a fresh look. If you simply cannot go without foundation be sure to use a primer to help it stay in place and protect your skin.
  4. Keep oil at bay. To keep oil under control and prevent skin care havoc, use blotting papers to remove oil from your T-zone during and after a flight.
  5. Don’t touch your face! We repeat, DO NOT touch your face during your travels. Your hands will be picking up all kinds of bacteria that could clog your pores and break you out.
  6. Refresh your face and neck with a rose water spray. Spritzing rosewater spray over your makeup revives tired skin and freshens up your makeup.
  7. Don’t apply makeup over old makeup. If your makeup needs refreshing go with tip #5 and use a refreshing rose water or mineral mist to reset it.
  8. Opt for a lip stain and gloss for a fresh pout. Don’t use a drying long-lasting lip color. Instead apply several coats of lip stain and follow up with a hydrating gloss or lip balm. Just before you get off the plane clean your lips with a paper towel and reapply gloss.
  9. Skip brightly colored nail polish. As much as we love bright neon nails, the truth is traveling can be rough on your hands and chip your polish, leaving your hands looking unfinished. Choose a more neutral color or just go with a clear top coat.
  10. Use a waterproof and smudge-proof mascara. To avoid raccoon eyes it is best to go with a long lasting mascara that won’t smudge onto your eyelids. For the same reason don’t use cream eyeshadows that will end up in your creases.
  11. Use a waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner. Eyeliner is a must have for me personally, so to keep it in place take the following steps: use a primer or dust your eyelids in a neutral shadow, apply a smudge-proof pencil line, and follow up with a coat of waterproof liquid eyeliner.
  12. Pack a multitasking concealer. To cover up any blemishes or dark circles just before you get off the plane pack a concealer that can do it all. We love the Multitasking Mineral Based Concealer from Everyday Minerals (click here to see it) and Jane Iredale’s Disappear Concealer With Green Tea Extract (click here to see it).

What beauty tips and tricks have you picked up during your travels?

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A Style Blog for Real Women.

Whether you are a stay at home mom running a household, a student balancing classes and a part-time job, or an entrepreneur building a business, being a woman is demanding. We are constantly juggling our domestic and professional responsibilities and striking a balance between people’s perceptions of our femininity and our independence and strength (which we and many others think are seriously linked). Fashion and style aren’t the be all, end all. There ARE more important things… much more important things. But finding and expressing our own unique style enhances our journey through womanhood and boosts our self-confidence so we can take on the more important things with resolve.

And while we at Y&L do appreciate and adore high fashion and runway style, that isn’t what our blog will be about. We will talk about style, fashion, hair, and makeup.. but with a little twist. What we want to talk about is how real women have (or can have) fabulous style. And yes to all you real women out there, even if you don’t know it yet, you have a unique style and flair buried somewhere inside of you… and you deserve to let it out. So what this blog will do is share tips, advice, and inspiration that helps you find and evolve your unique style—because sometimes the journey can get a little bumpy along the way, and we could all use a little help from a friend. So we hope you enjoy and share your style with us!