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I am, like, the WORST packer. Which is ironic considering I backpacked all around Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia and had to make do with (shudder) not a stitch of makeup and only a few different outfits. But that was then (PBEE: pre-beauty editor era) and this is now. I'm way more beauty-conscious. But you already knew that.
In the old days, I used to just toss everything into a bag, but now I'm like a Girl Guide and plan things out—including my face, hair and scent. I mean, think about it: a road trip actually presents special challenges (wind; sweat; lack of access to washroom facilities). So here's my guide to looking (and smelling) fresh.
HAIR: Dude. OBVIOUSLY you need one of those glamorous silk scarves to wrap around your hair like a movie star... even if you're not driving with the top down. Not your thing? Then at least go for a cute hat, because you do need something to hide windblown (or unwashed) hair. Other than that, it's really all about the dry shampoo and hair elastics. Get a beachy texture going and then pull your hair into a cute top knot, side pony or braid.
MAKEUP: Road trips are all about low-mainty makeup, so I suggest leaving that smoky eye palette at home (as killer as it is). Most of the time you'll be wearing giant sunglasses anyway, but other than that I suggest some waterproof mascara (it's sweat- and smear-proof) and powder or blotting papers to deal with that annoying shine that seems to breed like crazy when stuck in a car for hours. Oh! And don't forget lipstick. Red lipstick. You'll need it for when you wear the aforementioned scarf.
FRAGRANCE: So those salt and vinegar chips you had at 3:30 are really starting to smell, and it's hurting your beauty mojo. Can we talk about Febreze CAR Vent Clips? They're a brand new way of freshening up your surroundings (which would be your car). All you do is clip one on the air vent, and it will slowly release a continuous scent that eliminates unpleasant odours (instead of masking them). And I'm not sure how long your road trip is, but these babies work for up to 30 days (on low, under ambient conditions).
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