Today I've got that Friday feeling, that good kind of Friday feeling that you get ahead of another three day bank holiday weekend. Oh happy day!
If like many others all over the country you're heading off into the sunset after work today to some glorious destination, whether it be to unwind or to party the long weekend away, I thought this might be a good day for a peek into what I carry on board with me when I travel. Some beauty bits to make that inflight journey a little less stressful and a little more luxurious!
Firstly and very importantly don't forget the inflight restrictions imposed on all of your beauty bits! You don't want your best dream creams, sprays and lovely liquids thrown into the bin just as you depart. So reach for the minis, the 100ml and under and pop them into a nice little clear bag. Mine, pictured above, is the smallest from a three part set that I got at Boots.
Always check the specific hand luggage restrictions for the airline you are flying with ahead of your departure. They all vary and are regularly updated.
For me beauty-wise once I get on board it's all about keeping hydrated. I get terribly dry skin anyway so adding a flight into the mix can cause havoc for days. I also like to carry things to cleanse and clean, especially after visiting the joys of the aircraft toilets! Followed by some little bits to entertain and then relax.
With that in mind lets take a look at what hides away in my little clear bag!
I love this cream because it's so very light and disappears into the skin immediately, yet it has a definite soothing and refreshing feel and perks your skin up straight away. It can work wonders on extremely dry patches of skin very quickly, restoring it to something a little more human and a little less painful. I have a teeny little pot that I think came free as a gift with purchase type of thing, but this little pot of joy has lasted for ages and has done wonders on many an occasion.
I think it's good to have a hand cleansing gel on trips. I know some people question the effectiveness of the antibacterial-ness but if nothing else they are handy for refreshing sticky hands when you can't get to water immediately. Things like that are important to a clean freak like me! The Soap & Glory one smells divine and is my current favourite for overseas adventures.
This is particularly useful for those very long haul flights when you start to feel a little sore and puffy and in need of a little refresh. Just roll this under and around the eye area and you'll feel instantly revitalised. Again mine is a tiny one that came free with something else but I've linked above to a 15ml version that you can easily pick up and take on board.
The one thing with this product is that as lovely as it is, it's pretty pricey. If this isn't really in your price range or just not what you would want to spend on an eye serum then a very good drugstore alternative is the 'Simple Kind To Eyes Revitalising Roll On' featured in my previous 'What's On My Desk' post here.
I never used to think about my cuticles much until I flew long haul to Dallas with work a little while ago and one of my colleagues was very much into making sure she kept her cuticles nicely hydrated. You know what, she has a point because they can get horribly dry and under nourished especially when flying long haul. This leads to painful, irritating dry bits that you want to pull off causing you even more misery!
Whilst a decent hand cream will do the trick recently I've been taking along a lovely cuticle oil from a company called Soap & Co. This came in a really nice set that my brother-in-law bought me for Christmas (great choice!) and having looked at the companies website in a little more detail whilst researching this post they've got some lovely products many of which are lavender scented - my favourite kind.
I've written about these lip perfectors before here and I love them. I also have a mini tube of the colour 01 Rose Shimmer and this is the one I like to travel with. It's subtle pale pinky colour will perk you up as you step off of the plane without looking like you've made any effort at all, bonus!
The 'This Works' products are some of my favourites and I've spoken about their deep sleep range previously in my 'Can't Get No Sleep' post. They do some great gift sets in which you get lots of teeny versions of their greatest products and this is where I picked up my mini rollerball at only 5ml. When you're ready to relax, or if you're a bit of a nervous flyer like me and just need something to lull you into a more serene state, then dab a little bit of this onto your wrists and neck and the soothing lavender will work its wonders.
Finally pack some fun things for your journey. I like to pick up a good magazine to pass the time or I might read the flight away with a good book on my Kindle!
I'll also take a little compact mirror for all this pampering, to make sure I haven't managed to get streaks of cream all over my face. Plus a good pen! I never have a pen and they always seem to want me to fill something in, so now I make it an essential. My pen is a little bit fancy - a lovely crystal one that was given to me as a gift and I love it!
So wherever you venture this weekend or just over the coming summer months I hope some of the above inspires your future inflight packing rituals. Don't forget to let me know in the comments section any of your travel beauty tips - I love to hear new ideas, tips and tricks.
Happy bank holiday all, have a lovely long weekend (well if you're in the UK I guess) and if you're looking for a little chuckle ahead of the end of the day then this little montage from Buzzfeed might just make you smile: