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Island of My Mind

Along with fanatically checking our Tinder accounts, daydreaming is one of our favorite pastimes. At any given moment, we’re wishing to be magically transported to one of these idyllic vacation destinations. Just in case we do stumble upon The Delorean, we’ve mentally prepared the perfect packing list for each hotspot. Bon voyage! Well, sorta.


Destination: Miami, USA

What We’d (Hypothetically) Pack:

A playground for billionaires, ball players, and a Karadashian or two, Miami boasts pristine beaches and a prominent spot in our wanderlust fantasies. Known for it’s laidback vibe, exploring South Beach’s sidewalk cafés and designer boutiques calls for an equally carefree ‘do. Post-shower, simply spritz on TONI&GUY’s Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray to create natural-looking beachy waves. Florida’s state flower may be the orange blossom, but flirty DKNY Be Delicious, a blend of crisp apple, cucumber, and sheer white amber, is the perfect scent to wear while samba-ing the night away at a Miami hotspot . Plus, it has the staying power to stand up to the city's muy caliente temperatures and humidity. Rounding out our theoretical packing list is theBalm® cosmetics How ‘Bout Them Apples?™ This creamy lip and cheek palette offers gorgeous, long-wearing color and saves precious suitcase space.


Destination: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

What We’d (Hypothetically) Pack:

Sure, it may look like we’re diligently responding to work emails—but we’re actually fantasizing about a Brazilian escape. To get into the Carnival spirit, we’d toss Vasanti’s versatile Lip and Cheek Colour Pod into our travel bag. The gel formula delivers a lightweight, creamy finish that plumps and hydrates lips and cheeks. Tall and tan, the girl from Ipanema also probably had a great head of hair. To make sure our locks are healthy and shiny, we’d bring Davines Love Smoothing Kit. A Birchbox exclusive, it comes with a trio of frizz-fighters that tame undisciplined and tangle-prone hair. Lastly, we’d make sure to pack OPI’s aptly named, The Thrill of Brazil, a vibrant red polish.


Destination: Sochi, Russia

What We’d (Hypothetically) Pack:

The Olympic Village may now be shuttered but we’re still daydreaming about a trip to this Eastern European wonderland. Before hitting up a traditional Russian banya, we’d stock our suitcase with utilitarian beauty goods designed to combat extreme temperatures and dryness. To make our hair softer than a fresh caviar blini, we’d pack Agave Healing Oil Treatment. Great for damaged or chemically-treated hair, it contains agave nectar, a traditional beauty ingredient that’s loaded with omega acids and vitamins. Knocking back a few shots of vodka is a surefire way to fit in with the locals, but it can leave lips parched and skin dehydrated. To avoid a raging complexion hangover, we’d stock up on Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm, which instantly soothes dry skin. Lastly, before we hit the slopes we'd pile on Marcelle's skin-flattering BB Cream. This do-it-all BB heals finicky skin with a nourishing blend of antioxidants, aloe, and chamomile. Bonus: It’s hypoallergenic and perfume-free. zambia

Destination: Luangwa, Zambia

What We’d (Hypothetically) Pack:

According to our in-depth research (read: Wikipedia perusing), Zambia is home to a humid subtropical climate. This, of course, can only mean one thing: major frizz. Were we to jet off to this African Shangri-La, we’d stock up on Beauty Protector’s best-selling Protect & Detangle. Beyond loosening stubborn tangles, it repairs damaged cuticles and minimizes frizz. Better yet, it provides UV protection—a must on any African safari. Next up, we’d keep POP Beauty Aqua Lacquer in Flowering Fuchsia at the ready. Made with hydrating vitamins, it heals dry lips and leaves behind a bright pop of color—but not so bright that you’ll instantly be pegged as a tourist. Completing our imaginary dopp kit is W3LL PEOPLE’s Hedonist Luminous Mineral Bronzer. A complexion-correcting formula, it comes in loose pigments to cut down on en-route luggage disasters. After all, there’s nothing like the thought of a makeup mishap to instantly snap one out of a lovely daydream.

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