In Flight Essentials
It is fast approaching that wonderful time of year when everyone starts jetting off on their summer holidays and so in preparation, if you are anything like me, begin to spend the next few weeks justifying every beauty buy with “ooh it’ll be great for my holiday”- cue picking up ten different shades of coral lipstick, buying foundations in unrealistically dark shades and re-buying everything in dinky miniature form! And so in the spirit of getting everyone gorgeous for their holidays, over my next few blog posts I am going to be talking holiday beauty must haves to get everyone in the spirit. Not that I am counting or anything…
So todays post is all about kicking the holiday off in style with carry on approved in flight essentials to ensure you arrive at your destination feeling pampered and looking fabulous. All of the products below can also be popped into your handbag or gym bag all year round post holiday for on the go beautifying!
My first recommendation is the This Works In Transit No Traces Face Pads, £17. These really handy little pads have been pre soaked in hydrating Rosewater and blended with Plant Oils to refresh and cleanse the skin in one fell swoop. These ingredients are so gentle on the skin they do not affect the skins natural PH and so do not cause the irritation and tightness often found after using regular cleansing wipes, instead skin is left feeling plump and moisturised. These are great to bung in your beach bag post flight to freshen up skin on the beach, also fab when left in the fridge to relieve sun burn and cool off after a day in the sunshine. The closest recommendation i'll ever get to a face wipe so you naughty girls take note of this one!
A total in flight must have for me is the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, originally it only came in it’s usual 100ml size at £32 but it now comes in an adorable 30ml size for just £11.50. This little wonder hydrates helping to combat dryness from in flight air conditioning. It is so easy to apply and just a couple of spritzes gives skin a burst of radiance. The smell of Rosemary and Mint give it a wonderfully refreshing herbal smell that is so uplifting, especially brilliant on long haul flights or if you are suffering from travel sickness. This elixir is also fabulous used after applying make up to give foundation a more dewy, glowy finish. It is also great to mist over skin throughout the day to pep up your make up and keep it looking freshly applied all year round.
I would always recommend taking a lip balm on flight with you to keep lips hydrated, the delicate skin on our lips is quickly affected by the harsh environment inside the flight cabin and you'll want smooth lips to apply all those bright lipsticks you've picked up to go with you're new tan surely! I love ByTerry’s Baume De Rose Crystal SPF15, £35, a travel friendly equivalent of the original Baume De Rose which comes in a not so handbag friendly glass pot. This version is exquisitely packaged and looks like a lip gloss with a handy sponge applicator but still contains the original ultra rich rose balm which instantly nourishes even the driest of lips and has the same soft rose fragrance. It not only leaves lips super soft but looking full and glossy. The thick, rich formula mutes the lips natural colour giving the illusion of being a nude gloss, a perfect holiday lip.
Pack eyedrops, especially if you are a contact lens wearer or suffer with generally sensitive eyes. I use Optrex Rehydrating Eye Drops, £3.79 to help reduce redness and sensitivity and ensure I arrive at my destination feeling fresh and looking bright eyed.
I would suggest packing a lightweight foundation like a Tinted Moisturiser or BB Cream to even out your complexion and provide a light coverage. Most of these lightweight bases contain a fairly high SPF and so are brilliant to provide added protection when in the sun. I love the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser with SPF20, £34 which is also available in an oil-free formula for those with an oiler complexion or as an option when travelling to very hot destinations to reduce the likelihood of excess shine arising. This product can be applied with fingers for ease or pack a small foundation brush to quickly work into the skin.
Always look out for multi-use beauty products when holiday shopping to keep your routine hassle free and the number of products packed to a minimum. The Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge's,£19 are a brilliant holiday buy and in flight essential. They can be used as a pop of cream blush on the cheeks and sit beautifully on top of lightweight bases like the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser. They can be applied simply with fingers onto the high points of the cheeks to instantly add colour and brighten the complexion. The Pot Rouge can also be patted onto the lip and used as a stain for added lip colour. I love the shades ‘Fresh Melon’ - a subtle peach and ‘Calypso Coral’ a super brightening coral which is amazing on warmer complexions and with a cracking tan.
I would also pack any moisturiser or fragrance samples I've hoarded over the last few months for added pampering. For a long haul flight you could add in a moisturising face mask such as the Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask, £22. and simply tissue off the excess before arrival. Throw in a Mascara or Eyelash Curlers if you feel your lashes need a little added help.
Remember everything must be under 100ml’s and be sure to pick up some clear wash bags from Boot’s before you travel to be sure none of your beauty must haves end up keeping the airport security team looking lush and leave you feeling glum.