Anyone else scared of flying? Say what you like about how it’s the safest mode of transport. The fact is there is NO REASON why these things should stay in the sky!
Having said all that, flying is useful and incredible and necessary so one must man up. Since I’ve spent most of my life in a different continent to my family, I’m a frequent flyer. But things really escalated when I moved to Australia a few years ago- we’re talking 23 hour flights to the UK and West Africa. Suddenly a tube of lip balm in my carry-on wasn’t going to cut it. If the plane went down, would I want to meet my Lord and Saviour looking a hot mess? No ma’am I would not.
And so my globetrotting beauty kit was born.
From the top down:
Simple Baby Wipes– I cannot stress the importance of having these on any long flight. Perfect for if you want to remove/refresh your makeup once you get on board, or for a quick “ho-bath” (please don’t make me explain what this is… please) during a stopover. So cheap and so essential.
Olay Complete Beauty Fluid– Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. There is nothing drier than recycled cabin air, so you need to slather on a decent moisturiser to keep you glowing and fabulous on board.
Avene Eau Thermal Spring Water– I swear by this stuff. It’s canned pure water from a thermal spring in France. On those long flights when your skin is drying out and even your eyeballs are starting to feel scratchy, this is an absolute lifesaver. Just close your eyes and spritz gently, and your face will be perfectly misted with what feels like bottled unicorn tears. I know you’re worried that people will stare, thinking “LOOK at this chick in Economy class spritzing like she’s a celeb!” Let. Them. Stare. You didn’t ask to be this fierce.
Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment– I became obsessed with this amazing unguent when I was living in Australia. Over there it’s a staple product in every handbag. It’s literally magic- use it on dry skin, pimples, chapped lips, rashes, unruly eyebrows, the plague (true story bro. Ok maybe not). I use it as a heavy duty lip balm/ clear faux mascara on flights, and also smear it on any dry patches of skin.
Sleek Be Beautiful BB Cream– Sigh. All you fresh-faced gals who never wear makeup may not understand this, but I don’t like being seen in public without my face on. Without makeup on I look like Dennis Rodman on a very bad day. I’m not about that life, so I take care of my skin and use makeup to enhance my face. Flights are no exception, so I love this BB cream to even out my skin tone and present a glowing, flawless visage. I have quite oily skin so I usually then dust my face with some translucent setting powder.
Clean Eau de Parfum in “Warm Cotton”– You know the fresh scent of your skin straight after a shower? Like fresh clean soap and laundry straight off the drying line? That’s exactly what this smells like. This handy little rollerball is perfect for long flights when you have to go without a shower for a day (this is torture for me). A quick dab on each wrist and bam! Fresh as a daisy with no cloying or heavy fragrance.
Body Shop Unperfumed Elderflower Eye Gel– Once again in case you didn’t hear me the first time- MOISTURISE. This light, fast-absorbing gel is amazing for tired eyes. Another quick tip? If you’re a contact lens wearer like me, be sure to carry soothing eye drops and wear your glasses.
Rexona Women Cotton Fresh Deodorant– TRAVEL STENCH. Enough said.
Cuticura Antibacterial Hand Gel– Escalator hand-rails, questionable airport bathrooms… I’m a germophobe so a quick squirt of this germ-slaying gel calms me every time.
Nivea Smooth Nourishing Hand Cream– This is hands down (pun totally intended) my favourite hand cream at the moment. It’s rich and soothing and smells like a meadow of dreams. Perfect for frequent re-application during long flights.
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain in Sweetheart Valentine– When you’re tired and feeling less than glorious after hours on a plane, there’s nothing that perks up your face more than a pop of colour. I love lipstains because they do what they say on the pack- they stain. They take seconds to slick on and you don’t need a mirror. This is a gorgeous deep pink, and it’s so highly pigmented that it shows up brilliantly even on chocolate skin like mine. It also doubles as a sheer cheek-stain. Winning at life.
So there you have it! What are your high-flying essentials?