When It Comes to Travel Makeup…

Published in: Just For Fun, Makeup Tips/How To, Video

Hi, ladies. I’m just playing around with video on the blog. Yes, I know I’m a dork.


You can do the look I describe in the video in under 5 minutes. Great for when you’re running late and struggling to catch an early morning flight.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Sherry says:

    The video is so cute! I love reading your blog. You are a great writer. The video makes me like you even more. Just don’t stop writing b/c you have a wicked sense of humor. I’m glad you made it home safely.

  2. Barbara says:

    i really like your voice! its very girly and sweet! i love your writing, but you should do some videos every now an then. Great idea that you had, Thank you:)

  3. Indian Girl says:

    Love the glasses !! Yay for videos. Cant wait to see more !

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  4. Gloria says:

    I love the video. It’s short yet super informative, plus you look and sound great!

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  5. Gigi says:

    Your skin looks so great on camera!! Beautiful and glowing 😀

  6. JessicaF says:

    Hey – you should do more video on your blog! You have a good voice and I thought it came across as really cute AND professional – way to go!

    Still loving your blog and I know I should comment more – I’ll make it one of my resolutions!

  7. Holly says:

    aww you should do more videos its nice to hear your voice!!

  8. Ellery says:

    I agree with everybody else, your voice is adorable. It’s strange seeing you move and hearing you talk. 😛

  9. Sisi says:

    Omigod I never thought you would sound like that! You sound so cute and sweet, but from your blogging you sounded different. Love the video and your site!

  10. lesley says:

    Hah, even though this may sound weird, you have a very pleasant voice to listen to! I look forward to (hopefully!) more video blogging from you in the future~ This was very informative and it was nice to see you ‘live’ after reading your work =)

    Best wishes, and if I don’t get to you on time, Happy New Years to you and your family!!

  11. Kristen says:

    That was a great video, your skin is glowing! Can’t wait to see more, but keep up the writing too! 🙂

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  12. Madeleine says:

    I don’t really know what I was expecting,but…to listen to you was kind of…unexpected! 🙂
    I won’t be particularly original if I let myself to repeat after all the other ladies,that you have a very nice voice.
    Looking forward to see and to listen to you more 🙂

    Nice job,Karen 🙂

  13. SkinCareGeek says:

    Hey Karen – too cute!! I love the vid! I’ll admit, I was hoping to see Tabs on there too 🙂

    Happy New Year and welcome back to the mainland 😉

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  14. Karen says:

    Hi Sherry,

    Thank you for the positive feedback! I am a little camera shy so it helps to know I’m not a complete dork, LOL.

    I won’t stop writing, for sure. 🙂

    Hope you had a nice Monday… did you do anything fun?

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Thanks! It’s funny, when I hear myself I can’t believe that’s how I actually sound. Does that ever happen to you?

  16. Karen says:

    Hi Indian Girl,

    LOL, I like to call those my favorite OTT pink Elvis wanna be sunglasses. I heart them!

  17. Karen says:

    Hi Gloria,

    Thanks! I’m glad that you found it helpful. What makeup do you usually wear when you travel?

  18. Karen says:

    Hi Gigi,

    Thank you. 🙂 I feel like a goofus on camera but it’s fun to switch it up.

    Hope you had a nice Monday!

  19. Karen says:

    Hi JessicaF,

    Awww… thanks hon! I’ve got so much to learn when it comes to video blogging, but this just gives me an excuse to learn a new skill.

    I hope to talk to you soon! Happy Monday!

  20. Karen says:

    Hi Holly,

    🙂 Thank you, girlfriend! I will try to do them more often.

  21. Karen says:

    Hi Ellery,

    Thanks hon! It kinda funny to see myself on screen, but hey, it never hurts to try something new.

    Did you have a good Monday? You *are* the happiest person I know on Mondays, you know, so you have a rep to protect.

  22. Karen says:

    Hi Sisi,

    Thank you! It’s nice to meet you. 🙂 Are you a full blown makeup addict, too?

  23. Karen says:

    Hi Lesley,

    Thank you, m’dear. 🙂

    Happy New Year to you and your family, too! Got any exciting plans yet for NYE?

  24. Karen says:

    Hi Madeleine,

    You are very sweet! I’m glad to get some positive feedback, yay. I will try and do more videos in the future. 🙂

    How was your day? I hope your week is off to a good start.

  25. Tavia says:

    I really enjoy your make idea cause its so simple and fast to do it. I usually prefer more natural makeup and when I’m in a hurry i choose something simple.

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  26. Sisi says:

    Nope, not a full-blown makeup addict, though I love makeup. I think the thrifty side of me won’t let it get too out of hand, lol 🙂

  27. Luv J says:

    OMG! You’re the cutest thing ever! Yes please.. more video blog please 🙂 I’m also impressed with the quality of the vid!

  28. Miss QQ says:

    Hi Karen. LOL! It’s great to hear you speaking. Your voice is sweet and cute and brightens my day. 😉

  29. Arianne says:

    You’re too cute Karen! Love the video and tips, especially the one about the sunglasses! lol

    Oh, and I second the request to have Tabs in front of the camera too! 🙂

    Arianne´s last blog post..Look Ma, No Dark Circles!

  30. Rachel says:

    You sound a little like Reese Witherspoon!

    Travel makeup is so tricky, I normally just figure I’m going to rub it off on the plane or something, and don’t bother applying any…which is a problem when I end up seeing cute boys in the airport!

  31. Karen says:

    Hi Tavia,

    Simple always wins when I’m crunched for time. What are your favorite products for a natural look?

  32. Karen says:

    Hi Sisi,

    🙂 I hear ya. My BFF is very selective of the makeup she has so I can appreciate the beauty of a streamlined makeup bag. What makeup lines are your faves?

    I have a thrifty side, too, mostly with clothes. I’m all about House of Old Navy!

  33. Karen says:

    Hi Luv J,

    Awww, thanks! I will try to do more in the future. They are kinda fun! Got any topics you’d like me to cover?

  34. Karen says:

    Hi Miss QQ,

    You are so kind, hon. Thank you for that complement. A big smile and hug to you!

  35. Karen says:

    Hi Arianne,

    Tabs is quite a diva, but I think I’ll be able to get him in front of a camera. I tried to today but he insisted on having his own “beauty team” of hair and makeup people around. LE SIGH!

  36. Karen says:

    Hi Rachel,

    Funny you should mention Reese… I’ve had a few people tell me that I look like her, LOL.

    AH! Cute boys at the airport! You never know if you’re gonna end up sitting next to one. How about an uber-mininal version of travel makeup with just lipgloss and blush? 😉

  37. Anna says:

    Awwww Karen, your voice is so sweet. Weird to see you talk,- not in a bad way though ! Must do more vids and tutorials. You rock !!

  38. Karen too says:

    What a fun surprise with the video! I think you did a great job with it. I’m looking forward to more to come!! I’d love to see some makeup tutorials on video. And I second the request to get Tabs on camera. 🙂 Did he get anything nice for Christmas this year?

  39. Karen B says:

    That final tip is worth gold, lots of it!
    You’re so cute in that vid dear, your voice sounds exactly like I imagined, weird huh? Usually I’m way off in things like that… lol

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  40. YadiQ says:

    this was cool- its also great to put a voice to the face !!!

    too bad we all live so far away i think we’d all make a crazy group of make up crazed friends!

    i think video would be a great addition to the blog!

  41. Marissa says:

    I loved the video blog! You mentioned cream blush in it – I wanted to know what your favorite kind is.

  42. Jen says:

    That was so refreshing. Work has been killing me lately but I had to make a pause for this video… I have been wanting to hear/see you in action. It feels like we are all old friends on here… and hearing/seeing you sure add to that feeling. Keep the videos up! 🙂 And thank you for sharing a little piece of you with us!

  43. Dao says:

    Hey hey hey! I finally hear your voice, you sound so sweet! Totally love the vid, you look so cute *hug* 😀

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  44. Barbara says:

    :)yes Karen, the same with me, everytime i hear myself i have the feeling it cant be me. My voice is not very feminine, and my accent from the south of portugal stands out a lot, LOL

  45. Nell says:

    Hello Karen,
    what a nice way to get to know you better. You are lovely, I really enjoyed that video! Do more of them, please!

  46. Paula says:

    Wow Karen that was very shocking, to hear you and be able to watch you while talking… I agree with everybody else, your voice is very girly and adorable, and the way you move is just so sweet… plus your skin looks glowing on the camera. Loved it, girl!

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  47. Lilan says:

    Miss Karen, you are absolutely adorable!! Love the quick makeup tips, they’re perfect for on the go.

    Although, I’d probably use the 5 minutes I have to sleep vs. makeup if I’m getting ready to board a plane – I usually sleep on flights anyway. 😉

    Hope your day is going well! And cheers to 2009!

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  48. Great job! I didn’t like Vimeo that much, I use Blip.tv

    Video tutorial of that look please:)

  49. Kristine says:

    I love the quick makeup tips. Very helpful and always beautiful. Love this video, hilarious! More videos please 🙂

  50. 53 says:

    Hey, I’ve been the silent reader for the past year. Seeing you in the video is so nice! You’re easily lovable!
    You should go straight to TV with all that beauty knowledge of yours!
    You can totally take over sandy g. XP

  51. Marisol says:

    Yay video blogs! I hope you continue to do more of these. Although you are a phenomenal writer, I enjoy seeing more of your personality come through the videos.

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  52. Fabienne says:

    This is my favorite look of you, but that’s because I like simple, I-woke-up-with-perfect-skin-complete-with-a-flush look 🙂 Thank you for the tips, it’s not too far from my everyday look (I’m a busy student, hehe)

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  53. Claire says:

    I love travel tips! Some things I’ve learned over the years…

    –New airplane liquid laws + dry airplane air = majorly dry skin! Little bottles of refreshing toners are nice, but a super cheap way to stay hydrated is little sample packs of moisturizer! Everyone knows that on many beauty websites and in many department stores, you can choose several beauty samples. On your next beauty haul, choose the moisturizer! You can save them up for your next airplane flight to stay awake and refreshed, without have to spend money on those little travel sized bottles of moisturizer.

    –The liquid laws can also wreak havoc on your beauty routine if you love liquids; meanwhile, if you love powders, those tend to break up in luggage during flights… I have lost too many good eyeshadows that way! The best solution are creams! You can get cream-to-powder foundations, cream eyeshadows, cream blushes, cream eyeliners, cream EVERYTHING! These don’t count as a liquid, but they also won’t break up into little pieces in your luggage!

    –A final tip: please don’t put on a full face while sitting between or beside several other people. If necessary, go into the bathroom. No one wants to watch you cover up your dark circles! And ESPECIALLY DO NOT apply perfume! The nice fellow sitting next to you would rather not smell like floral citrus the whole day! It’s just common courtesy.

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