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Camping Makeup 101

As I stated yesterday – I’m a glamor queen when I camp.

Well, not really a glamor queen … but I do wear makeup when camping. I feel more comfortable with makeup, I like the way I look in vacation photos better, and in general, it just makes me happy.

But that doesn’t mean I bring my full arsenal of cosmetics when I go camping. I mean, I’m not completely ridiculous. Here’s how I’ve simplified my beauty routine for camping – though keep in mind, this is what works best for me, and it’s still a work in progress.

camping makeup11) Foundation. In the last year, I have discovered the joys of BB cream, and this is particularly great when camping, because it combines all the stuff you WANT (moisturizer, SPF, etc.), plus a little tinted coverage to even out your skin tone — all in one nifty tube. I have sensitive skin, so I’m particular about my BB cream, and have been really happy with Tarte Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer, which includes an SPF 30 sunblock.

2) Contouring & color. Too Faced’s “The Secret to No Makeup Makeup” is actually one of my favorite go-to items for camping and other low-maintenance makeup days. Sometimes I’ll even skip using the BB cream (though I still slather on a moisturizer with SPF if I do), and just use the concealer and highlighter from this palette to even out my skin. (Blotchy red spots, dark circles, etc.) Then, I use the blush for color on my cheeks, and the bronzer works for a little definition on my eyes.

In lieu of packing this palette, I’ll bring a cream blush that I can blend in with my fingers and a matte bronzer that I can use on my cheeks and my eyes.

3) Finishing Touches. I’m a sucker for eye makeup, and while I can forgo fancy eye shadows when camping (I’ll just swipe a little bronzer over my lid and blend into my crease for some definition), I can’t live without eyeliner and mascara. For camping, I’ll stick with a waterproof pencil that I can work into my lash-line (no fancy winged eye necessary when camping), then finish with a few coats of waterproof mascara. Waterproof is great for camping, because it will stay put regardless of whatever activities you get into, and won’t give you that oh-so-attractive raccoon eye effect.

Waterproof mascara is notoriously wimpy compared to regular mascara, but I’ve been relatively happy with Sephora’s Full Action Waterproof Extreme Effect Mascara.

4) All the rest. I don’t go anywhere without lip balm, and camping is no exception. I also bring a good moisturizing lotion, because I have notoriously dry skin, and of course sunscreen.

5) Hair. This isn’t really part of the makeup routine — but I pretty much let my hair do whatever it wants when I go camping. I do bring a hair dryer, because I always seem to get sick if I let my hair air dry. But I keep the product to a minimum. After washing with shampoo and conditioner, I work a little Moroccan oil into my hair while it’s still damp (it helps condition and prevent tangles), and then blow dry upside down. That’s pretty much it.

A salt spray can also be great for letting your hair’s natural curl take over. I love this look, but tend to steer clear of salt spray unless I’m due to re-color my hair soon after getting home from a camping trip, as it is VERY damaging to colored hair.

For the comments: What are your camping beauty tips?

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Yes, I wear makeup when camping. Here’s why …

 

The husband and I are getting ready to go camping this weekend, and as I tend to do before any sort of travel, I made a packing list. I’m a big fan of lists. Lists are great. Lists are gravy. Lists are life.

I love lists.

For the camping trip packing list I included our gear, my clothes, shower supplies, food, etc. … and makeup.

Yes, I wear makeup when camping.

A lot of people cringe at the very notion of wearing makeup while camping. I am familiar with the judge-y, disdainful glares from other women in the shared campsite bathroom when I’m flicking on some mascara. But I just don’t care. They can camp however they want, and I’ll camp however I like. And my way includes makeup.

Here’s why (a list, because I love them):

1) Photos. I like to take photos – everyday, on vacation, just because. I’m shutter-happy. And I don’t want to look back on a photo from our camping trip and wonder who that stranger is who snapped a selfie with my husband. I want to look like myself, and the “myself” I love and recognize wears makeup.

2) Comfort. You may be thinking, “If you want to be comfortable, then WHY are you wearing makeup?” But here’s the thing about comfort: it’s different for everyone, and my level of comfort involves makeup. I feel like myself when I have makeup on; it’s part of my morning routine. Without it, I feel sluggish and sloppy and out of sorts.

What’s more, camping isn’t my forte. I never camped growing up, and I wouldn’t camp at all now if my husband didn’t love it so much. I go for him. So to make the entire experience more enjoyable for myself, I partake in various indulgences that hardcore campers would scoff at for my own personal comfort. Like makeup.

3) Because I like it. The biggest and main reason I wear makeup ever is because I like it. I wear it for me. Not to impress anyone, or attract anyone – but because I enjoy it. I like the art of putting makeup on, and trying new techniques, new eye shadow colors, new styles. I like the way I look with makeup on. I like enhancing my favorite features, covering up my blotchy skin, and piling on globs of eyeliner and mascara just because I can.

For the comments: So do you wear makeup when you camp? Why or why not? Tell us in the comments below!

TOMORROW: My camping makeup routine (because I DO simplify).

 

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Welcome to Novel Novice Distractions

Hello friendly readers, and welcome to Novel Novice Distractions — the official, and totally (mostly) non-book related sister site of Novel Novice.

For a while now, I’ve been mulling over ideas I’ve had for various other blogs and blog posts, but none of them quite fit within the parameters of what I’d already created over at Novel Novice. And I still love and adore Novel Novice … but I’ve been wanting an outlet for some of my other interests. I have an urge to share things like life advice, wedding tips, party ideas, and DIY projects. I considered starting a new blog for some of these specific topics – but wasn’t sure I’d have the energy or motivation to maintain a dedicated wedding blog, or a dedicated crafting blog. I considered writing for another website, but ultimately wasn’t thrilled with the idea of giving up the control I have running my own site. (Yeah, I’m one of those.)

And then it just sort of came to me one day. Why not create a lifestyle blog that sort of combines all of these different topics? Let it be a mish-mash. That’s what life is, right? A mix of all the things we love!

When it came time to name the blog, I labored over different options, even making attempts to set up a blog design with some of those options. But I was never truly happy until I realized I needed to stick with my roots. With Novel Novice.

And that’s how Novel Novice Distractions was born. I hope you’ll join me for the ride, and share any thoughts or ideas of what you’d like to see in the comments below.