Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mile High Club part deux

Well, I fell asleep on the second leg of my trip on Sunday.  I think the massage and facial relaxed me too much.  Oh and maybe the bloody marys I had on the first flight might have added to that.  ;)

Which leads me into the next part on how to stay hydrated and treat your body and skin right while flying....

Don't drink alcohol!  Especially in the air. This is also true for coffee and tea. Doing so dehydrates you and will lead to bloating.  Swollen fingers and toes are not cute.  Especially when you're headed somewhere for a vacation and can't fit into your favorite Jimmy Choo's for a week because you had a couple of cocktails in flight.   Stick to water.  Myrick (my favorite flight attendant) gave me a Smart Water as I was deplaning.  I guess the electrolyte enhanced water is even more beneficial than regular water.  Also don't be afraid to ask the flight attendant for your own bottle of water when they roll the cart by.  I've never had one say no.  That little cup they serve you is not enough for anything over a 45 min flight.

A good eye cream is a must.  And if you're going to drink in flight I suggest something depuffing.  My favorite is Korres Quercetin and Oak Age Reversing Instant Lift Eye Cream.  The Korres website claims

"Revolutionary technology stimulates cell growth and protein synthesis to dramatically reduce eye wrinkles, significantly increase skin elasticity and reduce puffiness and dark circles. 
Skin is instantly lifted, rejuvenated and returned to its youthful state."  

What I do know from experience is that is does help with puffiness and it plumps up the minor wrinkles that I do have.  And it's not too heavy to cause millia.  I, and quite a few of my friends, can experience this if we use too heavy of an eye cream.  And it's not pretty.  

It's also a good idea to remove your contact lenses if you do wear them while flying.  The low humidity levels in the plane can dry out your eyes, throat and nose.  If you don't want to remove your contacts, I recommend the Refresh Rewetting individual eye drops.  I use these in my kit at work for sanitary reasons, but they are also great for that quart sized baggie since a couple won't take up much room.

And lastly I really enjoy the Evian Brumisateur.  It's actually great to set makeup. But I love to use it to refresh my skin after napping on the plane.  If I do happen to be wearing makeup while flying, this doesn't disturb it.  Sephora carries a carry a TSA approved size for around $12 for 2.

I am also interested in trying out compression socks for long flights.  If anyone has used these, I would love to hear your opinions on them.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Extreme Sheep LED art

This has nothing to do with hair or makeup or fashion, unless you count sheep dressed up in LED lights as fashion.  ;)  But I got a kick out of it and hope you do to.  

by Baaa Studs

Mile High Club

Okay, so I don't really belong to the mile high club.  But I am currently writing this post while 35,000  feet high in the sky.

This made me think of my favorite carry on sized products to keep moisturized while in flight (and even on the ground)  Probably the one product I cannot do without is the Nivea Creme for my hands and body.  I also use it on beach shoots in the hair. ;) I first discovered it in Greece about 10 years ago and I have yet to find anything that compares for the price.  The great thing about this is that it is a thick yet absorbant moisturizer and you can find a mini 1 oz tin at your local Duane Reade, Walgreens or CVS for usually around $1.

My new favorite flight attendent, Myrick said his top two favorites are the Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal and the Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Lotion.  The tube he just showed me is perfect to fit into that quart size ziplock baggie with a ton of room to spare for your other items.  And if anyone knows how to stay hydrated while flying it is a handsome flight attendent.  

Of course I have to have something for my face.  I am a die hard fan of Decleor Aromessence Neroli Oil

The full size bottle that I use at home is still the perfect size to carry on.  This is best used after toner and under a moisturizer.  But if you're like me and have combo to oily skin this is usually enough under my sunscreen.  The great thing about this product is that it it 100% natural.  And even though the price may seem a bit high for the size, you'll be surprised how long this will last you, as just a few drops are all you should need  (Unless you are my roommate, a model, who would love to use a bottle a week on her skin)

But in the cold winter and windy months I need a little something extra to put on top of the oil while in the sky and I usually reach for my Embryolisse 24 Hour Miracle Cream.  They offer a 1oz tube, and they do offer a 2.6 oz tube.  But by the time I am ready to board I have rolled down the top like a tube of toothpaste that TSA has never said anything my tightly filled bag.  This cream can be used as more than just a moisturizer.  You can also use it as a gentle makeup remover and shave cream.  It's even safe enough to use on babies.   Although it can be hard to find, Make Up For Ever carries it as does Alcone and Ricky's.  And if you would like to order it online, I've seen it on

As for my lips I generally use Korres Lip Butters.  I don't like heavy balms on my lips, but I do need some moisture.  And one of my favorite things about these are the different shades they offer.  Since I don't wear makeup while flying, this adds a nice pop of color while keeping my lips from drying out.  You can also use this as a cheek stain.  And when you are limited to what you can carry on, a 2 in one product is a dream come true.  

Since it is almost time to land, I will have to finish this post on the next leg of my trip.  I have a layover in the ATL airport and am scheduled for a facial.  If you ever have a layover in ATL make sure you hit up the XpresSpa in the C concorse.  You'll be pleasantly surprised.