Would you be surprised to know that I’m not a camping connoisseur? While I have been camping a handful of times over the course of my life, it has never been a lifestyle for me, and I don’t really know how to do it well. Yet! But when I get the hang of it, I’m sure it will be more like this:
Instead of the reality of this:
My husband and I have had a truck and camper for a little over a year, but the reason we got them is not quite as glamorous as you’d think, wink wink. Hubs actually moved to Kennewick, WA, four months ahead of me and had to live in it until we sold one house and bought another! Before you feel too sorry for him, he is practically a professional camper. His family owned and operated an RV business all his life, until recent years, so he completely grew up entrenched in the world of RV camping. (Thankfully they weren’t in the tent-camping biz!). So, when we recently decided to go on a camping trip through parts of British Columbia and Alberta, Canada, it was going to be my first time making use of the camper, and my first time truly camping in many years.
We really wanted to see Lake Louise and Banff, not spend a ton of money, AND be able to take our two dogs. NOT super glam, I know! But the magnificence of the Canadian Rockies is legendary and had been calling my name for quite some time.
I sort of adore opportunities to not have to mess with my hair, so that was not a concern for me. I have no shame in just throwing things back in a ponytail, especially while camping, so the only hair items that were a must-bring were a travel size of Dermalogica’s Shine Therapy Shampoo, a brush, and a couple of hair elastics. I love the Shine Therapy because it smells natural, earthy, and spa-like, with ingredients such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree, and eucalyptus. It also feels great on my scalp.
Now, when it comes to skincare and makeup, I don’t feel the need to be quite so skimpy, even when camping! With skincare, though, it is pretty easy to keep things minimal.
For a super simple skincare routine, I just brought my Jane Iredale Magic Mitt for cleansing, iS Clinical Super Serum for day (vitamin C protection), and their White Lightening Serum (good for evening out pigmentation) for night, and the new SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, a mattifying, soothing sun protector with a universally flattering tint.
Prior to leaving on our camping trip, I began applying my Tantasia, Jane Iredale’s sunless tanner. All my makeup is Jane Iredale, with the exception of mascara, which is Maybelline’s Volum’ Express Falsies in Blackest Black. During the trip I used Dream Tint in Warm Bronze to even out skin tone and help hold in moisture; Eye Gloss in Champagne, which hides reddish eyelids, is crease-resistant, and has a luminous look; Lip Drink, a luxurious feeling lip balm that hydrates, moisturizes, and protects from the sun; and Just Kissed in L.A., a yummy, refreshingly tingly, sheer tint lip plumper. I also brought Moonglow, a quad color bronzer/eyeshadow/blush, to put a little on my eyelids and cheeks if I decided to. In my bag, I included makeup brushes and lip & eye pencils. While I ended up realizing that I brought too many beauty supplies, I know now how to pare it down for the next trip – Lake Wallowa in August!