Flying Diaries #4

When in doubt, go naked!

Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, that is. This is by far my favorite palette ever! The colors are beautiful and work wonderfully with my blue-grey eyes. I think it’d look good on most eye colors, actually.

Before the launch of the Naked 2 palette, I had read just about everywhere that the original Naked palette was amazing. I hesitated to buy it, though, because I didn’t like the shades so much. Then, when the second palette was launched, around Christmas 2011 or so, many blog writers and Youtube makeup gurus had animated discussion, trying to find out which palette was the best. Except maybe for the little primer potion which was replaced by a little lip gloss in the 2nd version, the result was a draw.

The palette, without the little lip gloss.

Not only are the colors beautiful, but they are richly pigmented, too! Which means that the palette will last forever. The colors are highly versatile, so you will be able to achieve many looks. Which is why I am taking this palette with me whenever I travel! -Ok, this sounds so snobbish… In reality, since I got it last February, the only times I left my hometown were for a few days in France and Italy in July, and now for my 1-month vacation in beautiful Minnesota-

When I travel, I always try to bring eyeshadow palettes with me. Less bulk, less chances to break. I stay clear from the all-in-one palettes, though, the ones that come with lip gloss and blush, because they generally contains mostly colors I will not use. Plus, I’d rather bring a simple tinted lip balm or tinted lipstick that I can carry in my purse. The Naked 2 palette has it all good for travelling: it is resistant, with its metal case, which means no breakage. It comes with a double-ended eyeshadow brush which has the same quality as a normal eyeshadow brush, unlike the ones you generally get for free when you buy eyeshadow (hello horrible mousse-tip ‘brushes’!). Plus, it will give you many eye makeup options!

Don’t believe me? Well, let me prove you wrong: next week, I will post 7 looks, for 7 days, all made exclusively with the Naked 2 palette!

Flying Diaries # 4

What I’ll Take With Me

I will soon leave for Minnesota, my second home. I am so so excited! If you’ve been reading this for a while, you will know that I started planning over a month ago. In fact, I started to think about the clothes I was going to wear, the makeup I’d put up before landing, … more than 4 weeks ago.

I know… control freak…

Well, I still have to wait a few days, but I have already taken a picture of all the things I’ll take with me on the plane, just to show you guys.

 

– a big bag that can easily fit everything. Mine is a Jean-Louis Scherrer.

Smartphone / IPhone, Ipad, Mp3 player, with earplugs of course. 

– the mandatory transparent bag containing liquids: mine contains blush, face cream samples, wipes, eye drops, mascara, lip balm, deodorant, …

– a little makeup pouch, for all the non-liquid necessities, such as a hand mirror, q-tips, blotting paper, …

– chewing-gum: I don’t want to take a toothpaste and a toothbrush and clean my teeth in front of strangers in a public bathroom.

– a warm scarf

– a snack: I chose dried fruit. Because of different time zones/jet lag, I will most likely not be given my meal at my normal eating time.

– a pen

– socks

– a small hair brush

– and of course my passport : I found this fun pink metallic cover in H&M.

 

What do you usually take with you on a plane?

Happy travelling!

Flying Diaries #3

In-flight Makeup

As I told you last week, I intend to take off all my make-up at the beginning of my 8-hour long flight, and put some back on before landing. This will help me look less tired (I don’t dare to write “awake”, because I don’t think I’ll look very refreshed after 19 hours of travelling, whatever I try to do). Because it is impossible to take one’s whole makeup bag on the plane, and because it is important to minimize bulk and weight, I’ll have to stick to some multi-purpose favorites that have proved their worth. Here is what I’ll take with me:

Makeup travel essentials.

First in the process: wipes. You will need them to both clean your hands throughout your journey, to take off your make-up once on the plane, and to clean your face before beginning applying any makeup on. Try to take multi-purpose wipes that will work both for your face, eyes, and hands.

Then, you will need to mosturize. This is why I included in this picture a generous sample-size face cream. The one I took is from Kiehl’s, I received it last time I bought something at this store. This one is an oil-free lotion, which works best with my oily skin. Even though it is important to stay moisturized, and so creamier options might be best, I prefer to take an oil-free lotion, and to reapply it often. I also use it as eye cream, because my eye area isn’t sensitive.

After that, I will even out my skin tone and hide blemishes and dark circles with concealer. I purposedly skip foundation, in order to save some time and room. This concealer from Make-up For Ever works very well on me. Creamy formulas work best, because drier options (such as powder concealer) will make dehidratation more obvious.

I top everything off with powder, and my favorite is the Silk Screen by Origins. This powder is truly ideal for oily skin. It also slightly evens out skin tone, but it is not a powder foundation. More like a setting one. I will apply it with the great kabuki brush by Too Faced. It has a cap (not on this picture), and so it stays clean. I could also simply go with the little pad provided in the Origins compact, but I prefer the finish with the brush.

I will also use the brush to apply the powder blush I have chosen to take with. As you see in the picture, it is quite bright and orange. I advise wearing a brighter blush after a long flight. There is nothing worse than looking color-less and tired. It will give more life to your face.

After that, I will move to my eyes. Here you have two options: either use a highligter in the inner corner of your eyes and on your eyelid (you can also use it to highlight the rest of your face), or apply a light eyeshadow on. I would stick with a light to medium shade, because dark could make you look even more tired. On this picture, I chose Mac’s paintpot in the beautiful color Rubenesque. If you choose to take an eyeshadow, creamy formulas are best, because you’ll be able to apply them with your fingers easily (powder eyeshadows sometimes come with little mousse brushes, but those give terrible results). I’m not sure yet which option I’ll choose, because I also have a sample size Benefit High Beam highlighter which would look lovely.

Afterwards, I’ll take care of my eyebrows and eyelashes. I will brush my eyebrows in place and fix them with an eyebrow gel. The one I have been using for a while is by Natio. It works very well, even better than the Bobbi Brown one. I will then apply some mascara. It won’t be much, and I will have to be extra careful because planes are never completely stable. I’ve been using the new Kiehl’s mascara for about 2 weeks now and I really like it.

Finally, I will end the look with lip balm. I chose the amazing Rosebud Salve original balm, because it will multitask: you can use it for your hands, cuticles, lips of course, any dry area on your face (or your whole face if you have very dry skin), elbows, … You could even fix your eyebrows in place with it.

Most of these products will go in a transparent zip-log bag which will be holding all of my liquid items.

One more thing: don’t forget to trake a small mirror with you ! (much easier than trying to catch your reflection on your cell phone screen)

Flying Diaries #2

Best travel tips:

Along the years, I have read so many articles and watched so many videos giving tricks on how to travel efficiently, yet in style. It is something that everyone seems to agree on: to feel well, it is important to both think about the practical, yet to keep some style in it. I’ve done both too casual (with shapeless, but comfortable clothes, which ended up making me feel uncomfortable in my own skin) and too stylish (hello new H&M shoulder bag bought two days before the trip with a weak handle that ended up breaking in the middle of a layover. With a 15’’ laptop to carry. Plus a book. Plus magazines.). Here is what I now believe in: it is primordial to achieve a balance between reliable, comfortable items and little luxuries which will make you feel like a jet-setter, even if you fly economy. In the middle seat. Next to someone you’d rather have never met.

Here are the best tips I’ve gathered along the years:

Skin and beauty: the humidity level in a plane will reach its peak at around 20%, though it could also be much lower. To give you an idea, yesterday the humidity level in my hometown was about 40%, and in Minnesota (where I’ll go), it was about 70%. Which means that, even if you are used to dry weather, as I am, you’ll need to be extra careful. This means moisturizing often (face, but especially eye area, hands, lips and even hair), taking eye drops with you if you wear contacts, avoiding direct AC contact (even though it is so so nice to feel some air directed on your skin) and drinking lots.

This brings me to another tip: take an empty water bottle with you (that you will fill in the restrooms, once security passed) or ask for a 2nd bottle/glass when the crew member offers you one. I’ve already been extremely thirsty and had to wait for the crew member to come back. It was in a night flight. Eventually I called a hair steward, and he was seriously pissed to be asked for help.

When it comes to face/hand creams and other products you’ll want to take with you, the best thing is to either take samples or to put a little bit of your usual products in small containers. I would opt for the 2nd option, so that you know the products you are using and how your skin will react to them. Because the environment will be so dry, you might want to take richer creams with you than you usually use.

And, for make-up: minimalize as much as possible. This does not mean I will go barefaced: I intend to take off all my makeup (except possibly mascara) at the beginning of the flight and, around 8 hours later, put it back on. I’ll take concealer, liquid blush, powder (applied with a small retractable kabuki brush), highlighter, eyebrow gel, lip balm and mascara with me. To minimize, stick to products easy to carry and try to go as much brush-less as possible.

Food: I get it, you’re bored. You are maybe tired too. And, now that we have switched time zones, what time is it again?!? People, and I’m the first in line, have a tendency to overeat when they travel. I haven’t found a miracle tip for this yet, but all I can say is that it is important to keep watch of what you are eating. So that you try to respect your normal eating portions/hours.

Also, try not to eat too salty, because it will dehydrate you even more.

Entertainment: Depending on what flight you’ll take, you’ll have movies (and most often new ones!) to watch. I’ve already been on the website of my flight company and seen that there were some pretty sweet ones scheduled. So I know I won’t get too bored. But, then again, watching tv only works for so long.  Plus, you’ll have to get occupied during take-off and landing. In addition, you have to think about layover, bus or train rides to get to and from the airport and general waiting times inside terminals.

I always take magazines and a book with me, but it can get really heavy and bulky. I also always take a mp3 player (actually my cell phone) for both inside and outside the plane.

Here, my best tip would be to either bring electronics which are portable and can substitute for several entertainment devices (I got an IPAD a year ago and I’m excited to try it on a plane for the first time: takes care of games, magazines, books and movies. Cellphones that have games, music and films are also great). Also, if you don’t mind putting it in check luggage, try not to take extra electronics with you, such as cameras or even laptops. I left my laptop in a checked suitcase 2 years ago and it was just fine. But I made sure to wrap it in several layers of bubble wrap.

You could also, if you are stronger than me, throw away your magazines once you’ve read them. There’s little chance you’ll get back to them, after all.

Clothes: One thing you’ll need: pockets. I once travelled with a maxi-dress, thinking it would be comfortable, and it was. But it had no pockets and it was really annoying. So, it is best to stick to pants, such as a pair of jeans with a good stretch and a comfortable waistband. Leggins are also great, depending on the weather, but your tunic would need pockets.

One thing you’ll need to take with you is either a cardigan or a big soft and warm scarf. I always took both but only ended up using one (because I mostly travel in the summer). If you take both, it will be this much more bulk to carry around. For day, I’ll take the cardigan. I’ll leave the scarf for night and wrap myself in it.

If you wear ballerines or so, take socks with you, otherwise your feet might get cold. You could even buy flight socks that will squeeze your legs a little bit, so that your blood will circulate better. One thing I generally do is to take an aspirin before departure, as it makes my blood more fluid. I can because I don’t have any special health issue concerning aspirin.

And, when it comes to accessories, I don’t wear anything I’d have to get rid of as I go through security. This means no belt, no earrings and no necklace. Actually, I once wore little chandelier earrings on a long flight and they were so annoying, getting stuck in my hair and piercing through my skin. Never again.

One last thing: take a carry-on bag that is big enough to carry everything, but that is easy to take around. Crossbodies are best. And make sure you’ll have enough pockets and compartments.

Hope these tips can help you! Do you have any other great tip?

Here is a link to one the amazing Lisa Eldridge’s videos which will tell you everything you have to know about skin care and make-up on a plane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQ0LjVp0fvs

And, remember, sometimes people just get unlucky, however much they prepared: http://imabeautygeek.com/2012/07/27/f-is-for-flight-mare-when-in-transit-grooming-crosses-the-etiquette-line-ewwww/

Flying Diaries # 1

Or can a girl ever get prepared too early ?

One month from now I will be leaving Switzerland to go to Minnesota. I will stay in my second home for a few weeks. This is a long time for vacation, but I already wish I could stay longer. You see, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the North Star State. Even though I feel like I already live in an exceptional region, in the middle of the Alps, I am always melancholic when I think about my Minnesotan family, my friends, and just the general way of life around there.

Well, I will tell you more about my home of adoption later (I am sure that I will not be able to stop myself from praising it a few more times) but, for the moment, I will concentrate on my future flight there. It will last a little more than 13 hours total, counting the one layover I will have in Amsterdam. However, if I add having to check in at the airport, taking the train to get there, and the drive back home once I will have arrived in the States, then it will rather take just under 19 hours of travelling all in all. With no sleeping, because I just can’t sleep in public spaces (and I count planes in the lot).

Because I am so excited about going back to Minnesota, I have already begun to plan my makeup and clothing for the flight, as well as what I will take with me in my carry-on bag. I know, it is very early. But even though I have already taken long flights a few times, I see every new long journey as an opportunity to do better than last time in terms of both comfort and style.

So, if you want to know what to wear on the plane, what to bring with you, what to buy at the duty free shop, what kind of makeup to wear on the plane, … Stay tune! I will give you all the words of wisdom I have gotten from others along the years and I will also share my own experience with y’all (Not a Minnesotan phrase, but I just couldn’t resist).