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9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & Fashion


August 04, 2016

9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & Fashion

Sony a5100 | Adidas Sneakers | Bose Headphones | Dry Shampoo | Cleansing Balm | Organic BB+ Cream | Perfect Fit Protein | Stila Liquid Lipstick | Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 

Lately I’ve been traveling a lot, so it got me thinking…”What are my must-haves right now for when I travel?”

I rummaged through my halfway unpacked bag ( I just got back from Charleston ), and found the items that I’ve consistently taken with me for my recent stay-cation and travels. Today I’ll be leaving with Tony to Turks & Caicos for my birthday week,  I will definitely be taking these products along!

9 Items I must Travel With | Beauty & FashionPetals And Pumps | Wearing Stila Liquid Lipstick in "Baci"

{ I’m wearing the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade, ‘Baci.’ }

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones | Petals And Pumps

{ The BEST headphones! }

Items I must Travel With | Petals And Pumps | Beauty & Fashion

{ The Sony a5100 Camera pictured above, is the ‘goldilocks’ of cameras. It’s not too big, not too small & user friendly. It’s a great camera for blogging! The photos in this post were taken with this camera, except for the first one and the last two. You can see the images are clear, crisp and bright. }

{ Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade, ‘Baci.’ }


{ ABH Modern Renaissance Palette }

This travel-sized Moroccan Oil Dry Shampoo is awesome! No white residue. No funny smell. No Sticky hair. It’s great to use after I workout, a beach day, anytime I need to freshen up my hair. These ‘Stan Smith’ all white Adidas are my ultimate favorite right now. They are comfortable and cute! They go well with skirts, dresses and cut-off shorts too. The REN Cleansing Balm is great for melting down my makeup. It smells great and leaves my skin super clean. It is also good for all skin types and is NOT formulated with any of the yucky stuff like, parabens, sulphates, mineral oil or synthetic fragrance.

I LOVE these individual protein packets by Perfect Fit! I do try to get some workouts in when I’m away. So to make sure I get enough protein and fuel my body I have to have these! Perfect Protein is plant-based, organic, non-GMO and sugar-free. These packets are just so easy to travel with! I don’t like fussing too much with my makeup when I’m out-and-about. And  liquid lipstick stays on your lips for hours. Stila, in my opinion, makes one of the best liquid lipstick formulas. ‘Baci,’ is the perfect nude pink color and will go with any outfit. Finally, I can’t go anywhere without my Modern Renaissance palette! The shades and the formula of these eyeshadows are just so good!

Photo credit:  petalsandpumps.com | sephora.com 

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Acure Brightening Exfoliator

Current Favorite Organic Skin Care Products | Acure, Evan Healy + Coola

July 29, 2016

Favorite Organic Skin Care ProductsI’ve been using these products from 2-6 months. Long enough for me to see the difference in my skin and be able to talk about them with confidence.

These organic skin care products have become part of my everyday ritual.

What I LOVE about organic skincare, besides the obvious, better-for-your-skin answer. Is that these specific brands are not only better for your skin, but also for the planet, are cruelty-free, and chock-full of fresh & pure ingredients.

Evan Healy Sea Algae Serum

{ Sea Algae Serum, $39.95USD }

Just like the farm-to-table concept, Evan Healy incorporates a plant-to-skin sourcing philosophy. This brand works directly with farmers, plant distilleries & tribal villages. Not only to make wonderful hand-crafted beauty, but also to help sustain these villages, women + children, and farms. So essentially if you buy Evan Healy products, you’re not only going to have better, more beautiful skin, but you’ll be a part of something bigger!

This serum is MAGIC! Hands-down the best eye product I’ve tried so far. That’s a big statement coming from me. It has amazing ingredients such as:

…”fresh raspberry leaf extract, known for its skin firming effect, Hyaluronic acid, which holds moisture to skin forming a protective barrier. Seaweed, algae, and sea buckthorn berry oil combine to firm and nourish, Gotu Kola supports the body’s synthesis of collagen, and connective tissue maintenance…” (Click the link above to find out more about what these pure ingredients do)!

Though it has “serum” in its name, it has more of a milk consistency to me. It sinks directly into the skin, so I never have a greasy or thick creamy under-eye area, which you know is a nightmare to put concealer over! I also feel an almost instant firming feeling…every time. Which to me suggests it doesn’t lose its potency. And I’ve also noticed a brighter & firmer eye area. Seriously…THE BEST!


{ Day Cream | Normal-Dry Skin | $16.99USD }

ACURE has quickly become another favorite of mine. This sustainable company similarly uses plant and food-based ingredients to get real results. ACURE’s Mission is simple- …”feeding your skin properly as you would your body internally is the only way to optimize its function…”

I use this day cream for those days that I know I’ll be staying in at home, or when I need that extra moisture. It has a lovely citrus scent. It can be worn day/night, and under make up too because although it’s very moisturizing, it is not thick or greasy feeling.


{ Seriously Firming Facial Serum (oil), $19.99USD | Rosehip Oil, $10.99USD }

I started with these oils from the line first, and then I was hooked. After I saw and felt the difference of skin I was convinced to keep trying more from this brand. Besides my occasional hormonal break-outs, my skin has never looked more healthy.

I mix 1 drop of each oil into the palm of my hands, and apply these oils every day/night.

Rosehip oil balances the oils in your skin because of its low pH. It also contains essential fatty acids and vitamin E. The Seriously Firming Facial oil, contains rich antioxidants, organ oil, borage oil and cranberry. All of these ingredients work together to help revitalize the skin, restore moisture, soothe inflammation, and get rid of free radicals.


{ Brightening Vegetable Peel, couldn’t find on websites. Use Facial Scrub. | Brightening Facial Scrub, $9.99USD }

I couldn’t find this peel anywhere, I’m sorry! BUT I found it at my local Whole Foods market. If you, can I suggest you look for it there. If you have sensitive skin and never got along with peels, then you must try this one. I found that It’s gentle, yet effective in brightening, clearing and smoothing my skins texture.

Okay, so I love using this scrub! It smells like kale & lemons- haha, but totally worth it (the natural scent doesn’t bother me)! It contains sea kelp and lemon peel to gently exfoliate your skin, and French green clay removes oil and impurities. My skin looks & feels squeaky clean after I use this 3 times a week. I’m ADDICTED! It’s good for all skin types.

Acure Brightening ExfoliatorACURE Brightening Exfoliator

Deep Steep

{ Body Butter, $10.95USD }

Deep Steep, is one of my favorite go-to natural brands for the body. Specifically, I enjoy the Body Butter, Bubble Bath and Sugar Scrub. It’s like a luxurious treat when I use Deep Steep to take a bubble bath, or to moisturize my skin. The scents are beautiful and subtle. Never overpowering. (Deep Steep products are formulated with no phthalates, parabens or chemical preservatives. Non-GMO, gluten-free, 100% vegan and cruelty-free).

And finally, COOLA is my favorite plant-based, non-toxic sunscreen brand. Sunscreen, as you should already know, is important all-year-round. Not just in the summer.

COOLA Rösilliance Organic BB+ Cream

COOLA Organic Skin Care

{ BB+ CREAM, $52.00USD| Shade: Medium/Dark }

I have been blown-away by the Rōsilliance™ SPF 30 BB+ Cream. I’ve finally found the perfect everyday sunscreen for me! This moisturizer is lightly tinted. It has a lightweight serum texture, that just sinks beautifully into my skin. I notice it also helps even my skin tone and it also gives my skin a hydrated glow.


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It Cosmetics Makeup Brushes

Beauty Spotlight: IT Cosmetics Makeup Brushes

November 04, 2014

In my new P+P series: Beauty Spotlight, I will feature a product + review it!

It Cosmetics Makeup Brushes

My first Beauty Spotlight (review) goes to It Cosmetics.

You don’t have to be a makeup junkie to know that good makeup brushes are an essential part to applying your makeup flawlessly. The better the brushes are, the easier they pick up the product + the smoother the product goes onto your skin. Blending is another key to a flawless face! Fluffy, dense, smooth brushes will practically do the work for you – blend, blend, blend.

There’s nothing I hate more than those makeup brushes that poke my face when I’m applying my makeup…or better yet, those brushes that leave you with a hairy face! >>You know what I mean. A brush that leaves more hairs on your face than you woke up with is a NO-NO!

I was in need of new (GOOD) makeup brushes. And because I’m a fan of QVC‘s beauty shows, I already knew how desirable It Cosmetics brushes are. So I decided to pop-in to my local ULTA beauty store to purchase a few.

IT Cosmetics brushes are wonderful! They are cruelty-free, fluffy, luxuriously soft + dense brushes (dense brushes=more hairs. More hairs help to pick up the product and lay down it flawlessly).

It Cosmetics Brushes

#115 | #114 | #315 | #227

Makeup Brushes

I’ve been using my new brushes for about 2 weeks now + they are even better than I had hoped they would be!


They feel luxurious + soft on my face.

The product picks up great + lays down effortlessly.

I found that they easily follow the contours of my face.

Easily blends in my makeup.

High color payoff.

Most of the brushes I purchased can be use with cream or powder products (= multipurpose), I love that.

The brushes are easy to hold with a rounded comfort-grip handle.

They clean + dry well.


They are more expensive than your usual brushes. But you get what you pay for.

But I’m sure, with proper care, these will be the last makeup brushes I’ll ever need to buy again!

Beauty Spotlight brushes

Go here to get the deets on my mirrored makeup storage ↑

Overall, I’m very happy with my brushes + they are a great addition to my everyday makeup routine!


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Flash Tattoos: Jewelry-Inspired Temporary Tats

August 02, 2014

photo-51How cool are these Flash Tats?! Temporary tattoos have definitely come a long way from the gum ball machine version (you know what I mean –  the lick it & stick it kind you used to get back in the day. You needed sand paper to get those darn things off…Ouch!).

These are the grown up, pretty-girly version – and I love!

The Flash Tattoos typically last 4-6 days depending on where they are placed and how well you take care of them. They are easily removed by using coconut or olive oil to rub the tattoo off.

Each Flash Tattoo collection is unique just like you & includes 3-4 sheets of various metallic designs. Place Flash anywhere and have fun creating your own super cool look. Use them all at once, or just a couple at a time and share with your gal pals!

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These shimmering tats are the perfect addition to ANY of your summer festivities. Think: pool party, al fresco dining, festivals, girls night out — and really, any chic event. You will glisten wearing these and surly stand out!

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photo 1.PNG-4{ Part of the Sheebani collection. I love, love, love elephants AND this collection! }

Photos:  Flashtat.com

Would you try these jewelry-inspired tattoos?

Xx- Kristen