Friday, May 10, 2013

Flight essentials

I travel quite a lot-mostly with my job (which is not in any way related to the beauty industry) but 2013 has been unusually hectic for 'fun' travel too!  Last week I flew to the UK for a wedding and worked out that those flights were my 15th and 16th of 2013 so far!  And I still have 4 more flights to take this month alone.

So I thought I would share my long haul flight essentials, especially as summer holiday season is coming up.

Clear make up bag

My first essential is a clear make up bag to meet with airport safety regulations.  I have noticed this year the UK have tightened up massively on what you can take in your hand luggage in terms of liquids and if your total items don't fit into one of their plastic bags it is at risk of being disposed of.  Mine came as a set of 3 from Boots.


Christian Dior Instant Cleansing Water, Lancome Bi Facil, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Cotton Buds

Flying is SO bad for your skin.  The air is so dry it just sucks out all the moisture in your skin in minutes.  Humidity in planes is only about 3% so even though I have combination skin I try and choose products with more moisturising properties.  Also, aircraft cabins are germ utopia so the thought of sitting with a full face of make up on a 7 or 8 hour flight just feels wrong.

Christian Dior Instant Cleansing Water

I really like this micellair water from Christian Dior.  I use cotton pads to remove my make-up as soon as I get on the flight (and I decant this cleansing water into a clear smaller plastic container as the original bottle is more than 100m)  It's lovely because it feels cool and refreshing and doesn't dry my skin out-I find Bioderma does.  You could use wipes but I don't personally like them because they irritate my skin.

Lancome Bi Facil

This is a travel size eye make up remover I picked up from the airport as a set of 3.  It's really effective at removing any eye make up.  It is slightly greasy so I use the eye make up remover first before applying the micellair water.

Suqqu cotton buds

I use these handy individually packed cotton buds just to clear up any smudges under my eyes from left over mascara

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

After I have removed all my make-up I spritz my face with the Caudalie Beauty Elixir.  This is the 30ml size which is great for travelling.  This product needs no introduction in the beauty blogger world but this soothing facial spritz contains grape, orange blossom, rose, organic balm mint and rosemary to add a boost of radiance and refreshment.  I often spritz this on during the flight.  I've also read this is a great product for men to use post shave.  Admittedly I don't like the smell of it-when I have sinusitis (which is regularly) it smells like burning tyres (to me!) when I spritz it.  Luckily that smell doesn't hang around!


Eysilix, Origins Drink Up Intensive, Clarins Multi Active Night, Kiehls Ultra Facial Moisturiser, Origins GinZing eye cream

Moisturising is so important on long haul flights because without it your skin will become completed dehyrated.  Apart from the Eysilix these are all travel/trial size products which make them perfect for packing in your hand luggage

Eysilix/Origins GinZing eye creams 

There are much more moisturising eye creams available but these 2 are what I am using at the moment.  I use the Eysilix during the flight and the GinZing before I land/re-apply my make up as it adds some radiance to the under eye area.

Origins Drink Up Intensive mask

I'm not sure why I do it but I only use this on a daytime flight, never on a nighttime flight.  I think it's because even though this is marketed as an overnight mask I don't like the idea of applying it, putting the bed down to sleep and getting it all over the pillow.  But I'll happily sit with it on my face whilst I am watching a film during the flight.

This is one of Origins best sellers-I have been a fan of Origins for years.  Here's the description of the mask from the Origins website;

Skin depends on water for its youthful functioning. But all day long, skin loses vital moisture. And the busier you are, the more it loses. This intense moisture replacement mask with Avocado and Apricot Kernel Oil deeply and instantly quenches compromised moisture reserves and builds a reservoir for tomorrow. Japanese Seaweed repairs skin's barrier to prevent future dehydration and signs of premature aging.

Kiehls Ultra Facial moisturiser/Clarins Multi Active Night

I use the Kiehls during a day time flight (it's my go to moisturiser) and the Clarins on a night flight-I like the Clarins because it's not too heavy or greasy but skin feels plumped and moisturised after using it.

Smelling gooooooooooood

Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy, This Works Deep Sleep, Stress Less, Jo Malon Ginger Biscuit

Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy/This Works Deep Sleep, Stress Less

These 2 aromatherapy rollerballs are a godsend.  Quite simply I used the Aesop Ginger Flight Therapy which contains a punchy burst of ginger, lavender and geranium when I need to stay awake and alert, and the This Works Deep Sleep, Stress Less with it's soothing eucalyptus, lavender and frankincense notes when I need to sleep.

Jo Malone Ginger Biscuit cologne

I ABSOLUTELY ADORE this recent cologne from the Limited Edition Jo Malone Sugar and Spice range.  It is so so comforting and delicious.  It's not heavy, it's not sickly.  I love it, my best friend Danielle loved it when I arrived at her house last week and she wore it every day when I was there.  It was limited edition and is sold out everywhere in the UK.  I have literally scoured the streets of Dubai for a bottle for Danielle to take back to London next week and have found one for her (best friend brownie points for me!).  I wish Jo Malone would bring this into her permanent line as it is literally perfect.

Extra bits and bobs

Batiste, Elemis  Skin Nourishing hand and body lotion, Shiffa Healing Balm and Elemis lip revive

These are the extra bits I throw in-again apart from the Shiffa healing balm the rest of the products are all travel size so I just use what I have lying around at the time.


I literally could not live without Batiste in my life.  I stock pile it on trips home to the UK and it is a god send for my fine and flat hair.  I love the smell-especially of this cherry one!

Elemis Skin Nourishing hand and body lotion

I always throw a mini hand cream into my bag even though I am lazy at applying it!  This one from Elemis is light and non greasy and smells divine.  I got this and the Elemis Lip Revive from the BA Club World travel pack when I flew to NYC recently.

Elemis Lip Revive

Undoubtedly my lips suffer the most on long haul flights so if I could only pack one thing it would be lip balm.  I really like this one, it's a stiff vaseline-y texture which leaves lips soft and supple.

Shiffa Healing Balm

Once a Dubai only exclusive as it was created by an Emirati lady, you can now buy this multi purpose healing balm in Selfridges (and possibly Harrods).  It contains camomile, indian neem, lavender, meadowfoam and rosemary and is brilliant on lips, dry patches of skin, bruises and for soothing itchy skin.  It's more of a waxy texture so I much prefer this to the stickiness of Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream.

Would love to hear your long haul flight favourites-am always open to suggestion!!

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