I always try to pack light when traveling. I’m proud of the fact that I have never checked a bag. Even on a 2.5 week trip to Europe in the winter, carry-on only, baby! The toughest things to keep under control are shoes & toiletries. You can never have too many. I take advantage of the toiletries in the hotels so I can keep things minimal, but with my tangly, long hair I need major conditioning, or I’ll be a hot mess.
Ouai Deep Conditioner
I am obsessed with Jen Akin’s (hair stylist to the Kardashians) Ouai brand of haircare. The packaging is Instagram-worthy,
I’ve always been a huge fan of masks. I love going to spas, but don’t have the time to go often. So, masks are my at-home remedy. I’ve used them weekly for as long as I can remember, so I’ve tried hundreds of different kinds.
I have became obsessed with sheet masks. They’ve been around for a while, but I was hesitant, because (1) they look scary as heck (2) I’m always multi-tasking in my mask, doing house work, etc. I thought a sheet mask would fall off if I moved around. I finally tried one with a friend and realized they’re amazing &
I’m always trying to buy local goods when traveling internationally. Between tracking down hard to find items, saving money on the currency exchange rate and getting VAT refunds, I have shopping down to a science (or more like a math).
In my previous post, I talked about some hard to find Germany beauty items, but this post is all about saving money. The amount I save is shockingly significant. I save about 30-40% on designer fashion and 20-40% on beauty. It’s sometimes less, like designer shoes is significantly less than handbags for example, but I’d say this is the average. There are two ways to potentially save:
Currency Exchange Rate
1- Download a currency app
I highly recommend you download the app,
Not only can shopping abroad save you lots of money, but many times you can purchase things that you simply can’t buy outside of that country. One of the first things I look for is beauty products, especially in Germany. The biggest buzz in the beauty world is K-Beauty, Korean beauty products, but did you know the product that started the whole phenomenon- the BB cream, is originally a German invention? A German dermatologist, Dr. Christine Schrammek, created this multi-purpose miracle cream to protect the skin of her patients after chemical peels and surgery while also giving them some color coverage.