The eve of my flight to England is fast approaching, and what better way to take my mind off of stress by sharing some of my travel essentials and tips for a smooth inflight experience!
This is my third trip to England, but it is definitely the first time I’ve felt really good about everything I’m bringing in my carry-on. Previously, one or two things were missing from my bag, or I didn’t really get a good use out of everything I brought along with me and I felt like I could have used that space for other products instead.
Makeup Bag Contents:
1. Eye color & Brow color – I’m bringing both of my Urban Decay Naked Palettes (1 & Naked Basics) because one has my brow color and the other has a variety of eyeshadows so I’ll have a few different options to choose from.
2. Eyeliner – Nothing’s worse than smudgey eyeliner, so I’m bringing Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal because I know that once I put it on, it’s not coming off without makeup remover!
3. Powder – The Maybelline Mineral Power Finishing Veil is a great translucent powder that feels surprisingly lightweight and does a great job at setting my foundation and concealer.
4. Lip balm – Carmex is one of my favorite chapsticks of all time, and I especially love the cherry flavored kind! An absolute must-have to stave off dry, cracked lips on a long haul flight!
5. Tools – This is optional for some people, but it’s definitely necessary for me because nine out of ten times I find myself wishing I had a hairbrush (Conair Naturals Mini Brush), a nail file, or few bobby pins (which I like to keep neatly tucked away in a little pouch so they’re all in one place). Tweezers are also incredibly useful for stray brow hairs, too!
6. Mirror – I got my little compact mirror from Forever21 and I just love the cute little kitty cat print on the back.
7. Brushes – Instead of shoving my brushes in my checked luggage, I’d rather have them with me on the plane so they don’t get squashed. Also, my Real Techniques brushes make putting on makeup SO much easier that I’ll barely have to worry about what I’m doing! Applying makeup in-flight can be a bit tricky — especially if there’s a bit of turbulence right when you’re putting on mascara!
Alright, now let’s talk about more pressing matters, such as filling up a quart-sized bag with the appropriate products.
I don’t know how I would be able to manage a flight without moisturizing, mostly because airplane cabins can be incredibly drying from the recycled air. My top picks to keep hydrated are Soap & Glory’s Night in Shining Armour Cream, Hand Food (it smells SO amazing!), and a little pot of vaseline. Why the vaseline, you ask? I put a bit of vaseline on my eyebrows and eyelashes while I sleep to bring back some moisture and also to help promote hair growth. It’s incredibly easy and cost effective, so if you’ve got sparse brows, you should try it out!
If I’m going to do my makeup, these three products are crucial. Neutrogena’s SkinClearing Oil-Free foundation, NYX’s lightweight crease-free concealer, and a little jar filled with my de-potted Primer Potion in Eden from Urban Decay.
Next I’ve grabbed a priming eyeshadow from Forever21 that’s a really nice golden color, my Maybelline Great Lash mascara in Blackest Black, and the travel size of Yves Saint Laurent’s Manifesto.
Of course I had to put some hand sanitizer in there because airports are crawling with germs and you never know when you’ll need to wash your hands. I just tossed in a bottle of Germ-X that I’ve been working on for a little while, otherwise I would have picked up a smaller and more travel-friendly bottle. Then I had to include a travel size of Tresemmé non-aerosol hairspray, as well as a travel-sized version of Urban Decay’s All Nighter makeup setting spray. These last two are included to ensure that both my hair and my makeup are flawless once I arrive in England.
There’s nothing worse than looking more tired than you feel, so I definitely wanted to mention a few little tricks to keep your skin looking fresh during your flight!
Long haul flights are a great opportunity to pamper yourself, and I like using sheet masks to help bring some moisture back to my face. Once I get on the plane I use a makeup wipe (I really like the Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes! They’re so refreshing!) to take off all of my makeup. Then once we’re in the air and the flight attendants have handed out drinks, I’ll go ahead and use one of the masks and start watching a movie. It’s not as awkward as it may seem, mostly because the majority of the other passengers are already nodding off or are too absorbed in their own movies to notice I’ve got a damp sheet covering my face.
Once the mask feels dry, that’s when I can tell my face has absorbed most of the properties and I take off the mask. I massage any residual moisture into my skin, and then I either go to the bathroom to rinse my face or I wet a napkin and dab it off at my seat. After that, I follow up my routine with a healthy layer of night cream and a bit of vaseline on my eyebrows and lashes before tucking in for a nap or finishing off my film. I would recommend staying away from clay masks because they tend to leave the skin a bit drier, which defeats the purpose.
I hope this helped some of you out if you’re looking for tips on how to be an ultimate jet-setter or even just have a more relaxing and stress-free flight! Until next time…