“I’m on my way, I’m on my way, home sweet home.” — Motley Crue
Today is my last full day in Hawaii. I head home tomorrow, and, as is the case after most vacations, I feel both a sense of sadness (crap, I have to go back to the real world?) and extreme relief (I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed).
As I rifled through the bag I’ve been living out of for the past week, I realized I learned quite a few things on this trip, some of them beauty-related. Most were born out of my bad habit of waiting until the last minute to pack.
What I Learned on Summer Vacation
- Bring Wet Ones Travel Packs to clean makeup brushes. These are convenient no matter what kind of vacation you’re planning. In humid locales, brush heads used with moist products like concealers never completely dry out and become breeding grounds for mold and bacteria. I’m so glad I remembered to toss a few of these travel-sized anti-bacterial wipes into my makeup bag for the trip. The packaging didn’t take up lots of space, and I can clean all of my brushes with a single wipe.
- Body lotion can double as shaving cream in a pinch. In my last-minute frenzy to pack, I forgot a few things, one important one being shave cream. I had to improvise because hairy bikini lines are totally not cute. Out of desperation I tried shaving with Curel lotion and my trusty Venus Breeze razor. Lo and behold, it actually worked pretty darn well. No bumps and a close shave, too.
- Face lotion doubles as eye makeup remover. Would you believe I also forgot to pack eye makeup remover? I had travel samples of both Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar ($28) and H2O+’s Night Oasis ($36) moisturizer and both did a fine job removing waterproof mascara. To use it I worked a dollop onto my lashes and lids with my fingertips, and then wiped it off with a cotton ball.
We leave Maui tonight and head back to Oahu on the ferry. Our flight back to California departs tomorrow afternoon. For the past two days here on Maui I’ve survived on a diet of swimming, resting on the beach, reading and day dreaming.
It has been a long time since I’ve had stretches of time to just let my mind wander, and it felt really good.
Every time I have to leave these warm, crystal blue waters, it tugs at my heart. This ocean has witnessed so many pivotal moments in my life; I was 17 when these waves first caressed my feet in the surf. I was so young, so hopeful and my heart always felt light and free.
These are the same warm waters that held me and El Hub afloat on our first trip together six years ago as he twirled me around and around and promised to love me forever; and, it was here in Hawaii, with waves crashing in the background, where we said our vows.
Years ago, I could never have imagined the things this ocean would bear witness to. Maybe the next time I return I’ll have a lil’ one growing inside of me. Perhaps El Hub and I will be teaching our first child to swim.
I know that my life is just a blip in time to these waters. The waves were here long before I arrived and will be here long after I’ve left this world, but this water — this ocean — bears witness to my life. Even though countless people have come and gone from these islands, have played on these shores, and even though the footprints I left on the beach were washed away seconds after I left them, I’ve made my mark. I’m a part of this ocean, and it’s a part of me.
Now it’s time to go back to work, ya’ll. Bring it!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,