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It’s taken me years to find the perfect pressed powder. This is not it. It’s really close to being it with just one caveat that is, unfortunately, a dealbreaker. I’m talking about the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder and the dealbreaker is that it will take you about as long to read the product name as it will to hit pan. It’s otherwise a lovely setting powder – absolutely translucent, sets makeup so that it looks flawless and doesn’t fade, doubles as blotting powder, plus the formula is made with anti-aging ingredients. Truth be told, this is my third one and likely won’t be my last because it is quite good but the best pressed powder I’ve found is the Beauty Pie One Powder Wonder because it does everything this one does and lasts much, much longer.

By now we’re all diligently applying SPF every morning, right? Right. But that’s only effective for a couple of hours. Dermatologists recommend reapplying sunscreen every two hours which is easy enough if you’re makeup-free on vacation. But let’s say you’re out and about on a sunny weekend or heading to happy hour on a rooftop after a day at the office. Yes, you still need to reapply. Need I remind you that UV rays are the number one cause of premature aging?

This is where one of my favorite face mists comes in to play – Kate Somerville’s UncompliKated. It’s an incredibly fine makeup setting spray with SPF 50 that swiftly solves the problem of how to reapply sunscreen over makeup. The formula dries down quickly and has hyaluronic acid to provide refreshing hydration and silicone powders to create a soft focus effect. There’s no strong scent or greasy feeling left behind or build-up from applying a fresh layer every two hours.

My recommendation? Keep one in your everyday bag and one in your travel bag. No excuses!

Photo, Beau Monde Society

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As you can see below, I could hardly contain my excitement last week as we drove into Positano. I had long been dreaming of visiting Italy and we planned the perfect combination of adventure in Rome with relaxation on the Amalfi Coast. I recapped with a list of 6 things not to be missed on the Amalfi Coast and now, the packing list.

We went at the end of April which I would highly recommend – it’s just before the busy season so we enjoyed very little crowds and perfect weather, 70s and sunny during the day and a little cooler in the mornings and evenings. So I ditched my typical uniform of head-to-toe black in favor of colorful skirts, versatile layers and strategic accessories.

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1. A sun hat with a wide brim to keep the UV rays away on the Amalfi Coast. This one is crushable so I had no qualms about stuffing it into my suitcase.

2. My leather jacket was the perfect layer for the plane, driving between cities and dinners once the sun went down.

3. I kept this modal scarf with me nearly everywhere I went in case it got a little cool. It was especially perfect to drape over my bare shoulders when we visited churches in Rome.

4. Bodysuits and printed skirts were the easiest combination for mixing and matching to make the most of suitcase space. A couple of dresses, too, because they’re the simplest one-and-done approach to outfits.

5. Comfortable shoes were essential. I brought embroidered sneakers for the long days we spent walking 11+ miles around Rome and low block-heel sandals for the cobblestone hills of the Amalfi Coast.

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6. I wore this crochet-knit sweater was the day we took a boat out. It was a little cool in the morning and this was the perfect layer over my bikini until the sun came out.

7. A full bottle of sunscreen. After my shoulders got a bit red the first day, I kept it in my bag to reapply diligently. This formula absorbs quickly and smells divine but not overpoweringly so.

8. My small straw bag was the perfect size for what I needed and nothing more. I’ll often fill up the space I have so carrying a smaller bag kept me from being weighed down. It also snapped shut which appeased everyone who warned me of pickpockets.