My kids don’t even know how lucky they are to have grandparents who live in France. We make a pilgrimage to see them every summer, reuniting in Bandol, France for some Mediterranean sea, sun, and fun. It’s the most cherished family vacation of the year.
But trying to get everyone packed days before departing is seriously stressful. And who’s last on the list to get everything together? You got it. Me. Hence, rounding up all my skin care, makeup, and hair necessities usually falls at the very end of my to-do list. In the past, this task has been extremely frustrating because all of my can’t-live-without products would bulk up into a huge bulging bundle that never fit in my suitcase, causing even more last-minute stress.
Now, I’ve wised up with these travel-friendly must-haves, tips, and tricks for beauty junkie moms like me. I bring 8 things with me on vacation that keep my beauty routine on track—without requiring an entire carry-on of their own.
Rachel Hayes has been reporting about all things beauty for almost two decades, but hopes you’d never believe that thanks to the hundreds of anti-aging potions she’s experimented with throughout her career. After serving as Cosmopolitan's Beauty Director for 10 years, Rachel jumped on the digital wave and currently works with both print and online outlets.
As a working mom in the media industry, Rachel is constantly inspired by fellow working moms who mange to quickly and stylishly pull themselves together even during life's most chaotic moments. Hence the launch of Pretty Impressed which features these "supermoms" and their fast fashion and quick beauty secrets.
Rachel is also the editor of Charlotte's Book, a resource for the latest in anti-aging, skincare, aesthetics, wellness and nutrition. Rachel has recently been published in More, Shape, Allure, Glamour among others, and has appeared on national TV including Today, Good Morning America and Extra.