HP + Intel: Project Runway "Pin Your Style" Contest - Travel in Style

April 25, 2021

Traveling is a welcomed activity that usually means we get a small break from work, our usual routine, and the stressful daily do's. I enjoy traveling, as at the end of a long plane flight or bus ride, I am surrounded by my family and friends.  I have learned that traveling should be an enjoyable experience in itself, and learning how to pack smart can influence your vacation for the better.  You can have it both - comfortable yet stylish travel, with a variety of makeup looks and outfits - all without carrying lots of clunky luggage. Inspired by the HP + Intel + Project Runway: Pin Your Style contest, packing light and traveling in style can be chic, easy, and fun (be sure to enter and vote starting April 29 - more info below).
A pink dotted scarf is a perfect accessory for your luggage (yes, your bags need to travel in style too)
One helpful tip is to tie a unique ribbon around your luggage handle to help you keep track and recognize your luggage easily at the baggage claim - efficient and glamorous at the same time! A blazer, such as the Zara Basic blazer (above), is a versatile piece of clothing to include in your wardrobe as it dresses up any outfit - from the conference room to the patio cocktail hour, a structured blazer is the perfect choice.

Traveling in style also means picking the right items for your makeup bag (because bringing all your makeup collection and palettes is probably not the most efficient).  I recommend using a medium or large sized cosmetic bag so you can fit all your products into one place (nothing is more annoying than ten little baggies scattered throughout tiny compartments). I also usually carry a smaller bag in my purse for touch-ups and basic toiletries.  

1. For the face, bring a long lasting concealer (Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer) and foundation (Clinique Stay Matte Foundation).  Be mindful of the weather where you'll be arriving - setting powder is a must for setting makeup when traveling in humid and hot climates. 
2.  Try to select a cream blush (Stila Convertible Color Peony) for which you don't need a separate brush.  Cream blushes are easier to apply, easy to carry, and depending on the brand, tend to last longer than powder blushes. 
3. Make sure to include an eyeshadow palette which can give you both day and night looks (Urban Decay Naked2 palette or Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette).  Bring an eye primer (Elf eye primer) to ensure long wear - add dual use brushes and a long lasting liquid liner (Wet n Wild Mega Last Liquid Liner), and you have all the tools necessary for different looks.
4.  For your lips, bring a light balm to apply liberally (Maybelline Baby Lips Peach), a natural color for the day (Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Berry Twist) and a full on dramatic color for nights out (Chanel Coromandel). 

Makeup looks can be easily taken from day to night in a few easy moves - add an extra coat of mascara and use a statement lipstick 
Because I tend to fall asleep left and right when traveling, I sport a more messy hairstyle, such as a fish tail braid, which can handle all the movement and still look chic. For a day look, I recommend keeping your makeup simple with a cat eye liner and a pretty berry shade for lips.  A fedora hat can make you look more put together while protecting you from the elements; similarly, a light chambray shirt is casual while also being fashionable.

If attending a cocktail party or a work event, I recommend amplifying your makeup day look for the evening by thickening your eyeliner, touching up with powder and more blush and finishing off with a bold red lip.  For the night look, I rolled the fishtail braid up into a bun and secured it with bobby pins for a classic and sophisticated hairstyle.

Travel Essentials to be prepared for any change in plans
So if you're looking to travel in style, you also need a few travel essentials extras (aside from your passport and tickets, of course).  Bring some stylish sunglasses for sun protection (and just in case the best concealer can't completely hide the jet lag).  Carry a moisturizer with SPF (Neutrogena Healthy Defense) to protect yourself from the sun, some travel size makeup remover wipes (LA Fresh) and a lovely smelling perfume to freshen up (Burberry Perfume).  I usually carry with me two necklaces to accessorize both casual and dressy outfits.  I paint my nails a pretty nude color (Essie Topless and Barefoot Polish) which goes well with my skin tone and is low maintenance.   

Wearing IBD's gel nail polish in "Juliet"
Lastly, a small cross body bag can help you carry your travel essentials such as your phone, travel documents and more.  The long strap makes this purse easy to carry but you can also tuck in the strap to convert this bag into a sleek clutch.  Voila, the best transformer of them all.

For us, traveling in style means bringing the least amount possible while being fully prepared (and looking fab!) for whatever the trip may bring.  Starting April 29 to May 12, share your "travel in style" ideas or vote in the HP Project Runway contest by viewing the Pinterest board submissions on the Pin Your Style contest page.

HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™
The HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest
Want to participate?
Pin a photo of the HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™ via the Pin It button on the Pin Your Style contest page. Then, build a board that represents that week's theme. Check out the weekly Pinsetter images on the site for inspiration.
Submit your board's URL into the site to enter. Then, share your board with friends to earn the most votes! Win prizes like an HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™ and a gift card to bring your style to life by getting the top votes for your board.
Starts April 29 to May 12
 Pin Your Style - Travel in Style HP + Intel + Project Runway contest
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 


  1. Wow great post, thanks for sharing your tips for packing!

  2. Agreed, great style. Great post, Mackenzie! Good luck in the contest!