It’s the summer season once again and nothing excites me more than spending some time by the coast, listening to my favorite podcasts and having cocktails all afternoon! As temperatures rise in Manila, an invitation to getaway from the city is most definitely welcome.

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This time, my husband and I are off to attend a wedding in Puglia, known as the heel of the boot of Italy. Puglia is still under the radar for a lot of tourists which definitely adds to its charm. Despite it being low key, it is not short of stunning baroque cities, beautiful landscapes, rich art and culture, and delicious food.

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Admittedly I prep way in advance when I take a trip because it takes me forever to handpick what products and clothes to bring (I try to pack light but always in vain). Here’s my packing list for my getaway in Puglia:

1) Nature Source Pulling Cleansing Water

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My no. 1 rule is never to sleep with makeup on! Whether I have a light or full on makeup, I’m never leaving home without a trusty makeup remover. A new discovery from indie skincare brand Dewytree, this concoction removes makeup the gentlest way. It deep-cleans your pores in removing make-up, oil and dirt, while the sea water helps skin hydrated.


2) Best of Bright Kit

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This kit is my go-to  when I travel because it has 3 of my favorite Pixi Skintreats products and all 3 come in a travel-friendly 7ml size. I use the Glow Mud Cleanser to exfoliate once a week, while the Glow Tonic 2-3 times a week to brighten and even out skin tone. I also use it on my chest and back when I get occasional breakouts. Finally, I use the Glow Mud Mask for a spa-like treatment to keep my skin clear and glowing!


3) Goddess Mascara Black

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This Eye of Horus mascara is perfect for the hot weather! Contains natural oils and waxes that make it sweat proof! I can walk in the heat all day (or even swim with it) and not worry about getting raccoon eyes. Best part is that it’s easy to remove using oil based makeup remover or warm water.


4) HAN Bronzer – Maui

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Love at first use! This bronzer gives me a gorgeous faux tan without having to bake under the sun! HAN Cosmetics is an all-natural makeup line and their bronzers are formulated with rice powder, cocoa powder and cocoa butter. Sounds delicious!


5) Sun Mist

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Pixi’s newest addition to its mists is a definite summer must-have! I’ve been using this Mist every time I am outdoors and I love that it’s sheer and lightweight. It has Broad Spectrum SPF 30, chamomile and bamboo extracts to boot.

Straw hat, sundresses and bikinis all packed, Italy here I come!

What are your summer must-haves? Add a comment below if you have tried any of the products on my list or want to share your summer go-to items.



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