#MSJTravels: St.Kitts and Nevis Edition
I was pretty bummed that I didn’t have a chance to make my yearly trek to the beach. Between my day job in marketing and running Maison Saint James it just wasn’t happening. I can’t even count how many trip invites I turned down in the last two months alone. So when my job announced that our yearly two week retreat would be located at a private house on the island of St. Kitts and Nevis I was thrilled. Cause…duh. You mean to tell me I get to go on a semi-all expense paid trip to a Caribbean island for two weeks? T’was lit my friends. I won’t go into a ton of detail - mainly because I’m writing this article as I sip a Mai Tai by the pool *laughs in spoiled*.
I’ve decided that words alone cannot accurately describe the beauty of this magical place. So here is my photo diary of my escapades. Enjoy!
Beautiful Rachel keeping me hydrated
Coconut water flows endlessly on the island of St.Kitts and Nevis
my obsession with defenders continues
Also, monkeys. I mean how freaking cute right?!
St.Kitts and Nevis naturally produces pineapples, grapes, strawberries, yams, mangos and my all time favorite: coconuts! Despite their natural crops the vast majority of their food is imported from other countries. I believe this is due to the ‘European/American’ standard of selection. Since the islands’ primary income comes from tourism, the demand for more ‘normal’ food is very high. There are grocery stores but not all of the food can be trusted as it was shipped here. Since I’ve been here my diet is predominately vegetarian since livestock (besides goat) is not native to the island. Which means the meat at the grocery store is shipped here frozen, and there is no guarantee that the meat stayed frozen the entire trip (yikes, right?).
Fresh mango juice
A locally owned coffee shop grows mangos behind the shop to make fresh mango juice every morning.
My skincare routine is a bit dramatic at home but when I head to the tropics I try to make it as simple as possible. When you are traveling your biggest enemy is dehydration which can lead to irritation. If you add in sun, and salt water you are basically starving your skin of nutrients. To combat the thirst I pack multiple face masks. They aren’t pictured here but some of my favorite include Dr.Jart’s Vital Hydra Solution or the Tony Moly I’m Real Aloe Mask . While you’re soaking up golden rays at the beach your skin endures an increased amount of salt water, sand, and overall stress. So, to counter act the sun for this trip I packed Algenist Sublime Defense sunscreen. This is one of the few sunscreens that I’ve found that isn’t chalky and layers well under my make up. That combined with an SPF of 50, and a super cute container makes it a winner in my book. If there are pictures being taken (which is like always) I add a layer of Lune + Aster Hydralyft Primer. Just to make sure I don’t look like a greasy sun baby, although that doesn’t sound that bad.
When its time for dinner I make sure to wash the beach off with my favorite gentle but powerful cleanser Fresh Soy. I follow that with the holy grail YSL Touche Eclat . I freaking love this stuff! Its like if a tinted moisturizer and a facial had a baby with SPF. I’m a firm believer in not wearing foundation daily so this clocks in just below a full coverage foundation formula. You get a fresh glow that will stay through out the night in a matter of seconds. I refuse to leave home without it. My latest mascara obsession is Kush mascara by MILK cosmetics. The brush is magic and it makes my lashes look long and full. My hair is naturally blonde so finding a formula that actually covers my lashes or eyebrows is pretty difficult. Thankfully, I’m friends with one of the best makeup artists alive, Brigette LaDawn. She also happens to be one of the official make up artists for the OWN network and the CEO of GlamourRx cosmetics. So she is pretty lit. Before I took off for this trip she slipped me some of her unreleased brow gel and I’m LOVING it! Fingers crossed and we will have the exclusive drop on her new collection! After I finish brows I finish my look off with Laneige Lip Mask. Which is actually supposed to be used as a sleeping mask but makes an amazing long lasting lip gloss.
At night I wash it all off with my Fresh Soy cleanser and follow it up with Sunday Riley Juno Oil for some added moisture. This oil has been a godsend, I have oily skin and surprise surprise more oil is all I needed. If you have oily or combination skin like me I highly recommend it for smoothing out your complexion. Since the salt water has been stripping my face of all its natural oils I’m using a lot more moisture than I would at home. I usually follow up the Juno oil with Dr.Jart Tiger Grass cream. If you suffer from redness, rosacea, or eczema this is the cream for you! Its so calming and soothing plus it smells great.
Okay, so I totally started this piece as a love letter to the beautiful island of St.Kitts but it morphed into my vacation skincare routine LOL. But, hey! I write about what’s important to me. Maybe when I’m back stateside I will tell y’all all about the amazing pumpkin soups, huge local cucumbers, super fresh ceviche and the time I basically paid a monkey to bite my co-worker. Until then, I’ll just keep sipping on this Mai Tai by the pool. Cheers!
*Not pictured: GlamourRX eyebrow gel, Kush mascara by MILK, Soy cleanser by FRESH
Skin care ESSENTIALS
Can’t leave the house without these!
*adds Carnivale to bucket list*
I met some beautiful women on this trip. Sheesh.