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On the fly: Best travel-friendly beauty products

CHANTEL GUERTIN, Contributor THEFACESHOP

While you may have your daily (and nightly) beauty regime down pat, travel can throw it into a tailspin. From carry-on size restraints to space constraints, beauty products can often be left behind. Not with this packing list! Stock your bags with these must-have beauty finds.

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Style and substance: Vionic shoes are (shhhh!) also orthotics

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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I spent a year backpacking around Asia wearing a pair of flip flops I suspect were made of cardboard, covered in beautiful Thai silk and purchased for a few baht at a street stall in Bangkok.

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Find a natural mosquito repellent — and leave the DEET behind

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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Considering that DEET can eat a hole through Gore-Tex (it’s a solvent, which means it can dissolve plastics and synthetic fibers), I’m not that keen to slather it all over my body. Yet the alternative — being eaten alive by mosquitoes — isn’t all that appealing either.

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Review: Teva’s Fuse-Ion water shoes blend style with substance

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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I’m a light packer and I’m often asked what my “secret” is. It’s not rocket science — I just cut back on a few things, like shoes. I’m always on the lookout for multipurpose gear so I recently tested out a pair of Teva Fuse-Ion water shoes.

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Top mobile apps for solo travel

CHIC SAVVY TRAVELS
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When it comes to traveling solo, whether for business or pleasure, your smartphone can become your best friend — from helping you book hotels, to finding directions, to communicating in a foreign language. Here are some tips on how to plan a hassle-free trip for one, courtesy of OrbitOair.

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Travel tools & apps to help you save on end-of summer travel

CHIC SAVVY TRAVELS
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Chances are, you’ve already splurged on long weekends and summer holidays, but if you’re looking to squeeze in one last trip before summer’s end or take off in the fall, here are some last-minute-travel savings tips to enhance your vacation — and your wallet.

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Beat airport security with these must-have beauty products

MELANIE DULOS, Contributor
travelsized

Airport security these days is a bit of a kicker. We need it to be safe, yet at times it can be frustrating and annoying. However, as any savvy traveler knows, it’s a necessary evil — but a few simple tips can help you sail through security and ensure your favourite moisturizer isn’t confiscated.

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Review: The Fujifilm XP30 shockproof, waterproof, freezeproof camera

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
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I put my camera through a lot when I travel. It’s accompanied me while trekking in sub-zero temperatures to Everest Base Camp. And it’s been at my side while hiking in the jungles of Guatemala during the monsoon rains, protected from the elements by a zipper sandwich bag.

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Get natural pampering with the sweetest finds yet from Burt’s Bees

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
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The magic of Burt’s Bees skin lotions, face creams, lip balms and soaps is just how gentle they are.
That’s the beauty of the natural ingredients used in Burt’s Bees products, and latest arrivals of affordable goodies are no exception.

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Naot’s summer shoe collection and new line of purses

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
An animal print closure adds wild glamour to this clutch.

My goal: To look effortlessly chic and comfortable, while sporting a big basketball of a belly. Enter one of my favourite go-to brands for style and ease — Naot. Known for fabulous footwear that travels impeccably well, the company has just introduced handbags to their collection.

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Backpacks: Finding the right fit

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
Freerider

One of my most treasured possessions is my Arc’teryx backpack — it’s been with me everywhere and it’s held up remarkably well over the years, from monsoon rains to being tossed around on top of chicken buses, even being left to sit in a pool of diesel fuel on a ferry in Honduras.

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Get a fuzz-free beach bod with the Phillips Epilator

TANYA ENBERG, Chic Savvy Travels
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It was fear that prevented me from giving the Phillips Satinelle Soft Total Body Epilator a test drive.
Wuss, wimp, fearer of all pain, however you want to describe my aversion to physical discomfort … it’s all true. My pain threshold is low, even when the quest for beauty is at stake.

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The best $10 you’ll spend on travel gear: The backpack rain cover

VAWN HIMMELSBACH, Chic Savvy Travels
MEC Division 25L Rain Cover

When people ask me what item I never travel without, that’s easy to answer: a cheap piece of waterproof urethane-coated nylon. My trusty backpack tarp has accompanied me around the world — and has saved my gear on more occasions than I can count.

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