Postcard Series: Victoria Moorhouse

Digital Beauty Editor at InStyle.com

Travel- hate it, love it? Love it! I wish I could do more of it (life happens!). I’ve made it one of my 2017 goals to travel, whether it’s visiting a new place or just wandering into a new restaurant in my own city. This year I’m going to Iceland and London. 

 

It’s not a vacation unless…I’m able to unplug. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about sharing an Instagram picture here or there or being able to look up directions on Google Maps, but I like to be able to throw my phone in my bag and be present in the moment without having to worry about answering emails or checking other notifications. Also, seeing the world through my own eyes instead of my iPhone camera is pretty nice. 


Planes, trains or automobiles? Oh! Can I pick all of them? Planes obviously for longer distances, and I strangely enjoy planning what I’m going to wear to the airport. Plus, teeny-tiny travel-size beauty products make me happy. I like  that you can relax on a train—i.e. read a book or zone out to a Spotify playlist—while still seeing the world. Automobiles? I grew up traveling long distances to swim meets on buses (and made life-long friends in the process!), so I don’t mind driving as long as we can stop for snacks and there’s a movie to pop in. 


Checked bags or carry on? Carry-on, for sure. Easier to get around and you don’t have to wait for your suitcase to show up in baggage. Mine is strangely always one of the last to appear. Also, carrying a heavy bag just isn’t fun. 


Travel beauty- bare or elaborate? It usually takes me longer to pack my beauty products than it does my clothes, so I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle. I carry a lot of product, but it’s mostly skincare and “in case of an emergency” products. I always have a cleanser, SPF, moisturizer, an exfoliator, serum, a face mask, a spot treatment, and a mist for the plane. As for makeup, I take one palette that holds all my eyeshadow, blush, highlighter, and bronzer, some concealer, a brow pencil, and foundation. Hair? It’s even more minimal. Shampoo, conditioner, and some texture spray. 


In general my beauty routine is…formulated. My morning routines are dictated based on my workout schedule. So if I have spin before work, it’s probably going to be a simple day of clean skin, brows, and some lipstick. If I have more time, I’ll bust out the eyeshadow and my curling wand. The evening is very thorough, and I go through a pretty extensive skincare routine. Not only do I like the way my skin feels and looks afterwards, but the regimen really calms me down after a long day. 

 

I must pack __________ when traveling? My running sneakers. It’s yet another way to explore and see new things. 


Best travel tip? Face wipes are your best friend. Travel plans change and sometimes you don’t have time to start from scratch…. or feel like wearing makeup anymore. Also, I’m going to sound a grandma, but keep some snacks in your handbag. Getting lost while being hungry is the worst. 


Upon arrival at my destination…I sit down and relax for about 30 minutes before embarking on any plans. I like to get my room in order, repack my handbag with essentials, and breathe. 


Favorite travel spot? I have a ton of favorites, but most recently, Portland, Oregon ranks high up on the list. My mom and I have always been interested in traveling through the Pacific Northwest, so we finally planned a trip  together. 


What are your 3 must see/do things in this city? So many things—and so many of them involve eating! We drove to Cannon Beach to see Haystack Rock. I’m pretty sure I teared up when we were walking down the beach—it was so beautiful! We spent hours at Powell’s City of Books, a famous bookstore that claims it has over two million volumes in its inventory. There’s a small cafe inside, so we loaded up on coffee, pastries, books, and magazines. As far as food is concerned, I could go on for days, but I loved Salt & Straw, and ice cream store that sold Thanksgiving-inspired flavors like Turkey and Mashed Potatoes. 


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