The effects of Hurricane Irene on New York were not as severe as predicted. Given all the hype and drama played up on the news leading to the actual event, it is a blessing that all that I had to report at my house is downed branches, water in the basement and a power outage. The one that has the most impact on my daily routine is definitely the power outage. I can certainly survive without TV, the microwave, stove and even the lights, but the hardest part about losing electricity is not having water. My house has a well for its’ water supply, which operates on electricity to pump the water through the pipes. I have lost power numerous times before; you would think I would be prepared. But no, inevitably I scramble around to gather up toiletries designed to be used without water that will at least help me feel better and make me somewhat presentable. Here is my list of must have supplies when roughing it without water. I am sure the rugged outdoorsy types are laughing at me not being able to stand not having running water for a couple of days(I would not survive a weekend of camping).
Face Wipes: I won’t wear makeup when I don’t have water to suds it off with, but I still need to wash my face to keep it from breaking out. These cucumber wipes are incredibly refreshing and leave skin feeling clean without drying it out.
Natural Deodorant: There is something so luxe feeling about the Lavanilla natural deodorants, they almost make up for not have running water (I said almost). All the scents are a mixture vanilla and other natural oils. Personally I like the Lavender Vanilla mixture.
Hand Sanitizer: Bath & Body works collections of perfumed hand sanitizer gels are amazing. There really is a scent for everyone. Having trouble choosing just one, pick up a couple of the 1 oz size bottles in a variety of fragrances.
Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo has legions of devotees, and some who loathe the stuff. If you are in a bind and need something to sop up oily roots this is the stuff for you. If you don’t feel like splurging for the high end salon dry shampoo, try TreSemme, which has a dry foam shampoo for under $5.
Cute Hair Accessories: When all else fails accessorize. Sometimes even when I wash my hair in the sink with bottled water (it's not as luxurious as it sounds) it still doesn’t feel clean. That’s when I break out the hair scarves and headbands.
What are your must have beauty supplies when “roughing it”?