Real Loves

Miracles on Set

I’m finally back from Lovetown, USA (aka, Kingsland, GA). OK I’ve been back for a week and a half but a girl needs some time to catch up. When unpacking my suitcase, I took a moment of silence to honor the things that were lifesavers on set – products I will continue to turn to whenever days are never ending and environments are taxing. Let it be known these things are true miracles.

Clockwise from top:

Estee Launder Double Wear Foundation (previously discussed here) – Some mornings the alarm went off at 5:30am and I’d be out running around until 10:30pm. This foundation is superhuman and stays looking flawless until you remove it with turpentine… or Boscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil.
J.Crew Pocket Umbrella – I wasn’t expecting so much rain (silly me) so I snagged this one while on a wardrobe run to J.Crew. I like it because it always matches my outfits.
Xen-Tan Deep Bronze Luxe Sunless Tan – Since my suitcase only had room for a handful of fun clothes and accessories, I had to find other ways to feel glamorous. Some mornings for a little extra confidence, I would apply this amazing self tanner (seriously, amazing) and felt like a bronzed goddess for days.
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick – When I first tried it on, I was immediately sold on the perfect pop pink unlike any other colors in my collection. It was a fun way to glam up when I would get bored with the outfit repeats towards the end.
Victoria’s Secret Essential V-neck Tee – New favorite tee alert! OK, this is a big deal. They’re nice and long (first thing I look for) and come in lots of good colors including neons. Plus you can’t beat 2 for $26.
Joe’s Skinny Jeans in Parakeet – I know I’ve beat a dead horse with these but they were the perfect tool to keep things colorful and stylish while still comfortable for all-day shoots.
Steve Madden Troopa Boots – I picked these up right before I left and I’m so glad I did. They were perfect for days when the weather wasn’t exactly 75 and sunny (aka, most days).
Oribe Dry Texture Spray – This stuff is magical. Not exactly a dry shampoo because there’s a texturizing hold producty aspect to it, but that’s how I like it. It was a great way to add some vampiness when my hair looked sad.
Garnier Anti-Puff Eye Roller – THIS THING IS AMAZING. Seriously. 5am wake-up, puffy tired eyes – POOF GONE! Fresh, awake, and ready to face the day. This along with my Dunkin Donuts don’t-look-up-the-calorie-count whole milk iced latte with vanilla and cinnamon were my two main saviors.
Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips – I kept trying to find time to paint my nails but there was never enough time for painting AND drying. These things not only last a lot longer than polish, but there’s no drying time and they made great conversation. I may have had to do one hand in the morning while steaming an outfit, and the other at 10pm while eating dinner in bed but that’s besides the point.


  1. I don’t know which of these I like best, but they all sound like life savers! Thanks for sharing – this pale and untannable girl is going to have to try Xen Tan’s self tanner :)

  2. I’m such a fan of the Estee Lauder foundation…fabulous and loving colored jeans!

  3. These are all fantastic! Love hearing others fave products – will have to try some of these out!

  4. I absolutely LOVE those skinny jeans!! They are so bright, never thought I would want to own a pair of green jeans but they are so cute!!!!

  5. I am SO happy for you and cannot wait to hear the details about your trip. what an experience!!

    can I ask…what size tee do you recommend? I would like something that is loose enough to hide problem areas (e.g., my stomach) but fitted enough to look chic…love all of the colors!!

  6. LOVE those green jeans,and the umbrella. not enough attention is paid to umbrellas as stylish accessories so i’m glad to see you giving it a shout out here!

  7. Reblogged this on Fresh Ink's Blog – and commented:
    We love insider tips from other working gals! Enjoy one of our favorite blogger’s survival products on a photo/movie set…

  8. Really loved your post. I am usually reluctant when it comes to beauty products unless I hear how good they are from people that have actually tried them. Thanks for sharing! ;) Julia x

  9. Love your Miracles on Set list! I’ll have to try the VS tees! Thanks for all the tips!

    Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou

  10. Will have to try the Estee Lauder foundation now.
    Where do you buy your Oribe products? I need to stock up next time I get there, since it’s about half the prize in the US….

  11. Those pants are super cute; I am looking for a nice pair of bright pants myself! I am also looking for a quality self-tanner; do you feel like the Xen one actually works?

  12. Love the Niki lipstick too bad it’s always sold out!