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World Traveler Skincare: Top 9 Travel Skincare Tips

Ever gotten off a plane thinking, I wonder if my epidermis is in baggage claim? Or put mentholated vaginal wash on a rash after desperately trying (and failing) to navigate a pharmacy in a foreign country? What about an epic breakout the night before a big meeting or your best friend’s beach wedding? Skincare can’t be suspended just because you’re not at home. We asked the most peripatetic people we knew…how do you keep skin happy when traveling? Holly Byerly, Senior Esthetician and Brand Educator for VMV Hypoallegenics put together these 9 top skincare and beauty tips to help keep your skin in ship shape throughout your journey.


1. Passport. Phone. Regimen.


Pack your essentials. “It’s important to maintain your routine. Travel with the products that work well for you instead of making do with hotel amenities or nothing at all. Even a week away from your regular skin care can make you regret it.” This means keeping up your daily sunscreen, too!

Holly packs SuperSkin Care Hydra Balance Smart Cleanser, Hydra Balance Cleansing Scrub and Hydra Balance Smart Moisturizer, plus Know-It-Oil, The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm and Armada Face Cover 30 sunscreen.

2. Pre-Flight: Go Lightly.


Head to your flight with a clean and freshly hydrated face, free of foundation and powder.

If you feel too naked, opt for a few dabs of Skin-The-Buff Concealer, a Sheer Lip Tint and Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara.

3. Dress Code: Flexible-Smart-Comfortable.


Dress so you can relax but not be disheveled. Being put together upon arrival helps you look peppier than you might actually feel. Light, wrinkle-free fabrics can help you sleep better and prevent lines in skin, which can get particularly deep as our extremities swell mid flight. Leggings are a great option — besides being super comfortable and easy to dress up or down, they prevent the edges of your pants from coming into contact with bathroom floors. Keep a sweater handy for temperature fluctuations. A dressier jacket in your hand carried luggage instantly makes you look more structured (and gives you more pockets!).

4. The Only 8 Makeup Items You’ll Ever Need For Travel


I like to travel with as little as possible. With these mega-multitaskers, I can do just that!

#1 & 2: Skin-The-Bluff Concealers in No More Blues (the yellow is fundamental to camouflage tired undereyes!) and N1 (my shade).

#2: Antioxidant Powder Foundation. I like the flexibility: one product for light, medium or heavy coverage.

#3: (H)Eyebrow Eye + Brow Liner. Again, one product for brows and liner…even shadowing!

#4: Skin Bloom Blush in Bellini. I use this always-flattering-all-year shade not only as my cheek color, but also as an eyeshadow. It really wakes up tired skin and eyes!

#5: Two True Hues Eyeshadow Duo. This earthy duo works well with (H)Eyebrow & Bellini for, you guessed, it, multiple options (see a trend here?)

#6 & 7: Sheer Lip Tint in Bubblegum and Velvet Matte Lipstick in Light My Fire (because who can travel with just one lipstick??). I mix a bit of Boo-Boo Balm with Light My Fire for a less intense color in the daytime, and use it by itself for a more dramatic nighttime look.

#8: Ooh-La-Lash! Volumizing Mascara. This buildable, smear-proof formula is the traveler’s dream.

5. Soar! Not, SORE…


Especially on flights longer than 6 hours, make sure your carry-on has a couple of basic hydration boosters. Mid-way through, take a moment to cleanse and rehydrate your skin. I suggest mini sizes of your SuperSkin Care Cleanser, Know-It-Oil, and Boo-Boo Balm for an in-flight skin quench.

6. Healthy Hydration


Travel with an empty water bottle and refill frequently to make sure you drink plenty of water during your flight. This is especially true for kids who need even more hydration than we do.

Avoid sugary juices or sodas, coffee and alcohol — stick to water or soda water to keep your body and skin as hydrated as possible. This is important for the flight as well as post-flight recovery.

7. Bye-Bye, Boo-Boo’s!


Nicks, cracking skin, dry insides of nostrils…if you have to pack ONE thing, it’s The Big, Brave Boo-Boo Balm.

KID TIP: Make kids “captains” of specific tasks (“you’re the water captain” or “you’re the Boo-Boo Balm captain”). This builds their self esteem, makes them feel like part of the adventure (instead of like extra luggage), keeps them focused and can be surprisingly helpful!

8. Post-Flight Skincare:


When you have a moment to yourself, cleanse your skin and apply an easy-to-mix hydrating mask:

Pour equal parts Know-It-Oil and the SuperSkin Care Moisturizer for your skin type into a glass or bowl. Apply onto skin. Leave on for 20 minutes or overnight for a more intense skin treatment.

9. Jump start recovery:


You’d be amazed at what 60 minutes can “dew.”

One facial or spa treatment can mean instant refreshment and recovery. Traveling to San Francisco? Call (415) 255 9510 to book a facial or spa treatment with Holly at Hayes Valley Medical & Esthetics. Or call (212) 217 2762 to get your “dew” at our VMV Skin-Specialist Boutique in Soho if the big apple’s on your itinerary!


While we may not be able to control the weather, the lines or baggage handling, we can take command of our own smooth sailing!


Brushes 101

By Jess Arnaudin

Using cosmetic brushes in your daily beauty routine is simple! VMV makeup ambassador Jess Arnaudin breaks down the basics…

For most women, owning an arsenal of beauty tools is both overwhelming and unnecessary. Say goodbye to cosmetic confusion with these five sublimely soft, skin-safe brushes.

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Fresh-Pressed Beauty

By Jessica Arnaudin

Let’s talk color! This season, we draw inspiration from the vibrant, farm-fresh hues abundant at our favorite juice bar. These shades deliver a juicy dose of color, look great on a multitude of skin tones, and are sure to keep you feeling radiant from day to night. After trying these energizing fruit and veggie-inspired shades, we’re sure your hearts will BEET for them too!

What You’ll Need:

These shades are wonderful for more reasons than just their flattery, vibrance, and hypoallergenic, good-for-you benefits: they are buildable (for just a hint of color) and versatile. Use them together (instructions below) for full-on, fresh-pressed glam. Or, use them individually for a pop of fresh-pressed color just where you want it — in the photo above, Sam (far left) applied all shades (she chose Danger for lips) but used a light touch; Jess went with Spitfire, very lightly applied, on lips, and went heavier with Bellini on cheeks; and Georgia chose the berry smoky eye with Chalet.

How To “Dew” Fresh-Pressed Glam:


Take a page from this purple superfood – it translates perfectly into a stunning smoky eye!

Use the darker side (Laura’s Burgundy) of Two True Hues Eyeshadow palette in ‘Chalet’ to contour eyes.

With an angled brush, smudge (H)Eyebrow in ‘Brown’ along lashline.

Finish with two coats of Ooh-La-Lash! Mascara.


Add a warm flush of color inspired by the sweetness of nature.

Highlight cheekbones with Skin Bloom Blush in ‘Bellini’. For deeper skin tones, try ‘Heat’.


Pigment-drenched opaque shades ensure statement-making lips! Like all Skintelligent Beauty lipsticks, these are infused with antioxidant green tea and virgin coconut oil for healthy hydration.

Try Velvet Matte Lipstick in ‘Spitfire’ or ‘Danger’.

Take It “Skinside”:

All makeup looks better on naturally healthy skin! Try this recipe to glow “skinside-out!”


Feed your glow with this quick and easy green smoothie designed to nourish skin from the inside out! Here at VMV Hypoallergenics, it’s no secret that we are crazy about the hydrating and healing properties of the almighty coconut. That’s why we added coconut water to this delicious blend! It provides moisture to skin that may be dehydrated from transepidermal water loss and it’s packed with electrolytes to keep you energized all day long. Enjoy this verdant blend as a morning breakfast booster — freeze leftovers in ice molds for future smoothie making!


  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 2 cups fresh pineapple, frozen in chunks
  • 1 ½ cup fresh spinach, stems removed
  • ½ avocado


  1. Blend coconut water and spinach until smooth.
  2. Add frozen pineapple and avocado. Blend again until creamy texture is achieved.
  3. Sip and enjoy!

Have questions? Or want to speak to a VMV Skin Specialist to find your perfect shade? LETTUCE know! Call our NYC boutique at (212) 217 2762…or drop us a PM on Facebook!



Jess is an organic beauty coach and licensed esthetician, makeup artist, yoga teacher and beauty foodie! Follow her on instagram for her beautiful photography and expert tips for health, skin and soul!

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#NoFilter: A Tried-&-True Foundation Routine For Picture-Perfect Skin

By Morgan DeTienne

Between being tagged in photos on Facebook, posting your newest selfie on Instagram and uploading a new professional profile pic on LinkedIn, there is no shortage of self-portraits floating around the Internet. Photos are the new way to introduce yourself to the world, and healthy, flawless skin says a thousand words! A gorgeous picture begins with gorgeous skin, so I’ve laid out my foundation routine for taking an Insta-worthy picture…so you can put your best face forward.

1. Avoid shine by starting out on clean skin with the Fine Finish Pore Minimizing Skin Mattifier. Almost instantly you can feel your pores tightening and the oil on the surface of your skin disappearing. It also works wonderfully as a primer! Wait five minutes before continuing so it can take full effect.


2. Use your favorite shade of the Skin-The-Bluff corrector under the eye and on the eyelid all the way to the brow. This corrector works really well as an eye shadow primer and helps when you want to build color depth, as well as covering up those blue undertones around the corners of the eye.


3. It’s sometimes difficult to find a foundation that is exactly your skin tone. If you’re like me, create your customized color by mixing two shades of the Skin Savvy Foundation. I’m quite pale, which can cause me to appear “washed out” in photos, especially when the flash is being used. I love the N1 shade for all around coverage, and then add half a pump of the N2 shade to add a little tan while still matching the color of my neck.

4. Layer a small amount of the Skintangible “BBBB Cream” Non-Makeup on top to create a perfect dewy finish. I like to use my fingers to apply Skintangible so it blends easily into the Skin Savvy Foundation.


5. If you are still feeling shiny, brush a little powder foundation on the top. Layering Antioxidant Powder Foundation on top of the creamy liquid foundation does wonders for those oily trouble spots.


Now you’re ready for your close-up, gorgeous.

Follow Morgan on Instagram for more of her great tips and beautiful photos!


Or chat beauty tips with Morgan before getting one of our allergen-free, clinically-sound facials or peels at Hayes Valley Medical and Esthetics in San Francisco!

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Wedding-Perfect Skin: 10 BRIDE Ideas To Prep Your Skin For The Big Day!

Planning your skin as well as your wedding? My, what a BRIDE idea!

Fact: Many brides give themselves about a year to book venues, find the perfect dress and plan the reception.

Fact: This year of planning will have its (warning: understatement alert) moments of stress.

Fact: Stress is a reliable trigger of myriad skin problems, from rosacea and eczema flare-ups, to severe dryness and, you saw this coming, zits, zits and more zits.

Fact:  There may not be another day in your life when you feel this beautiful, and those photos are legacy.

Why more brides don’t invest in their skin right at the beginning of their wedding planning is beyond us. The earlier you start, the more you prevent problems (preventing is always easier than treating) and the more assured you are of looking radiant and timeless on the big day.

Living proof of what a well-designed Skinvestment Plan can do: Marie generously gives us a peek into her own wedding, and shares the tips that worked for her, from skin to body and mind. Efficiency can be beautiful, no?

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Top Skin & Beauty Hacks By Our Team Of “Skinsiders!”

Learn some surprising skin and beauty hacks from those who live with — and for — this stuff: VMV experts and staff!

Got a top tip of your own? Share the goodness!

Find us on Facebook or Instagram, tag @VMVHypoallergenics and hashtag #skinthusiasm for a chance to be featured (and get your choice of a VMV product or spa service as a thank-you from us).

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