The New York Fashion Week shenanigans are happening as I write this post, and with endless shows, parties and events I feel that we all need some quick and fast beauty hacks to survive the fashion madness. Today, I’m sharing with you my top five hacks to survive New York Fashion Week in style and glamour.
1. Get a Good Multi-Tasking Beauty Product
It happens to me constantly. Once I’m on NYFW duties, I leave my home at 8 in the morning and I don’t come back until well past 1 at night. Thanks goodness I only cover a few shows, but for those hectic days I really need some beauty allies that can take me from a day to night look without too much of a fuss.
I recently came across a minimalistic green Cali brand called One Over One. Crafted with organic and a few safe synthetic ingredients, the whole range is designed to make you look your best without the nasties. I am particularly in love with their Cream Color in Alizarin Rose for a quick and natural look by day that I can transition into an understated contouring for the night. With two complementing colors that reminisce of a touch of sun and a pinch of flush, it is the green love child between your favorite organic bronzer and Nars’ Orgasm blush. Completely versatile, this uniquely clean formula can be used to give your eyes and lips an extra hint of color and build up your face contours, making it one of the most beloved products in my NYFW SOS Kit.
94% natural and 84% organic, this beautiful organic product is made in the USA with much love and a clean conscience. Available at OneOver.One for $36.00, it is one of those few products that I carry with me at all times.
2. Chillax with Natural Scents
Is the New York subway too gritty and nasty for your taste? Welcome to the City that Never Sleeps (and never cleans some of its tracks!). My dirty little trick is nothing but a good aromatherapy spray that I can carry on my purse and pop up when things get really dirty below the ground line. I promise: You won’t even notice the peculiar smell of dude that never showers.
I personally love the Relax Blend by EO Essential Oils. Calming and soothing, it is ideal to help me wind down when I realize it is physically impossible for me to cover two shows at the same time. A synergistic essential oil blend of lavender, lavandin, orange, vetiver, ylang ylang and frankincense gives me a bit of ohmmmm when I need it most. Just blend it with your favorite hand lotion that you always keep in your purse for a quick aromatherapy pick-me up. My favorite trick? I always scent a cloth tissue with it and I keep it in a ziplock bag in my purse. When the New York scents of the subway become too much, I take a few breathers and nobody is the wiser.
Everyone Aromatherapy Blend Pure Essential Oil Relax retails for $11.99 at the brand’s website and Target nationwide.
3. Wipe it Out with Hand Sanitizer
Oh the wonders of New York City! You get invited to a gazillion parties, but oftentimes there will be no soap in the ladies’ restroom (I wonder whether some people would actually steal it!) or you’ll need to wrestle your way to grab a quick bite in between shows.
For those very common situations, I always like to keep a great hand sanitizer with me that doesn’t take a lot of space of my purse. My absolute favorite is Young Living’s Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier. With the perfect size to carry in the most minimalistic and fabulous purses, it includes the powerful therapeutic-grade Thieves blend of essential oils to fight all the dirty bacteria that attacks you when you first set foot on the subway. Plus, as it’s made of all natural ingredients, it leaves your hands soft yet squeaky clean. You really can’t beat that!
4. Keep a Kit for your Fashion Mishaps
I have been the victim of a wardrobe malfunction more often than not. I sometimes wonder whether my body is too strange to fit the clothes, or if manufacturers actually have fun thinking all the fashion mishaps that can happen with their items. Take, for instance, the off-the-shoulder peasant tops. They keep pulling up!
To avoid embarrasing situations, I always carry with me some of the glorious ideas conceived by Hollywood Fashion Secrets. From a sponge to erase the deodorant marks to the oh-so-necessary fashion tape to tame those peasant tops, they have the most thought-out tools to help you in your New York Fashion Week wardrobe malfunctions.
Hollywood Fashion Secrets items retail at Ulta starting at $4.99.
5. Get a Pair of Foldable Ballet Flats
When designers decided to host parties in the West Village and the Meatpacking District, they forgot about the arch-enemy of high-heels: Cobblestone roads. Albeit charming, the spaces in between stones have killed more than one shoe and broken more than one ankle.
If you have to run to get to the shows, pop a pair of these in your purse. My absolute favorite are my Tieks because they are super comfortable to walk around the whole day, but any foldable ballet flats will do a wonderful job.
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