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The Mile High Beauty Club

By Grace Day, 23rd June 2016

Reading material? Check. Passport? Check. Sunglasses? In the bag. Deciding what to pack for a getaway is a challenge before you’ve even considered what beauty products to allocate to your 20×20 clear plastic pouch. As people who work in the beauty industry (and therefore like to tote around a week’s worth of lipsticks/hand creams/perfume oils at all times), narrowing down our beauty products for a flight can be stressful, to say the least. But we’re well aware that time in the sky calls for more than just slapdash makeup removal (and don’t even get us started on hand luggage restrictions)…

Today, the Edited team report on the carry-on beauty essentials accompanying us on our escapes from reality this summer.

Grace

Heathrow > Vancouver, 9hr 30m

In my carry-on: 

My iPhone and headphones, reading material, almonds, a cosy pair of socks, and a comfy jacket because I always get chilly mid-flight.

Reading material:

A well-stocked Kindle, and all of my favourite magazines. I can’t sleep when flying (no matter how tired I am!) so I like to ensure that I’ll be well entertained on board.

First order of business:

Hydration and makeup removal; I like to stick to the litre an hour rule when I’m flying, and I can’t bear the thought of sitting in a stuffy airplane cabin with a full face of makeup.

Carry-on beauty:

No matter how short the flight, I always travel with a sheet mask – they’re perfect for effortless but effective in-flight skincare. My favourite is Verso’s Deep Hydration Sheet Mask – it’s ideal for countering the dehydrating effects of recycled cabin air, and makes my skin look and feel like I’ve just had a facial when I remove it. Embryolisse’s Lait-Concentre Nourishing Moisturiser is a staple in my carry-on luggage – an ultra-soothing and hydrating cream that smells divine and locks in moisture for the duration of the flight. Another absolute essential for me is Rahua’s Voluminous Dry Shampoo; my hair can get quite flat and greasy during a flight and this is the perfect antidote. I like to keep my makeup minimal (read: practically non-existent) post-flight, but I don’t feel myself without mascara on so I always apply a few slicks of CODE Beautiful Mascara just before I land. It volumises, lengthens, and curls, so I don’t need to pack eyelash curlers.

Jade

Manchester > Dominican Republic, 11hr 45 min

In my carry-on: 

I keep it simple with my iPhone (loaded with a finely tuned Spotify holiday playlist, obviously), a bottle of water and a bar of Cadbury’s Dairy Milk (foreign chocolate is never the same and I need one last fix!)

Reading material:

Being an ex Eng-Lit student, I’m used to reading all kinds of highbrow stuff. However every year without fail, I take my favourite, well-thumbed edition of I Heart New York by Lindsey Kelk and re-read it again: it’s light-hearted and funny – chick lit at its best.

First order of business:

I’m usually too busy in the run up of my holiday to grab a mani – so I like to use the “dead time” on a flight to give my nails some TLC!

Carry-on beauty:

I tend to carry on pretty light – I refuse to go mini (stupidly, as there are some amazing travel size product’s out there) and pack most of my full size products in my suitcase. That said, I’ll never be without my This Works Energy Bank Hand Makeover to keep my hands silky soft – it’s a firm handbag favourite of mine no matter where I go. I also make sure that I have a trusty pack of Yes To Facial Wipes – I’m not normally a face wipe kind of gal, but they are great for freshening up from the comfort of my seat. Makeup wise, I like to travel barefaced – although a slick of lipstick makes me look that little more polished. My current favourite is Gerard Cosmetic’s Berry Smoothie!

Jourdana

London > Santorini, 3hr 55 min

In my carry-on: 

Sennheiser noise-cancelling headphones, silk eye mask, a big bottle of water, notepad and pen, some healthy snacks to keep cravings at bay and a one-piece – refusing to miss out on tanning-time due to missing-luggage mishaps. 

Reading material:

As I spend most of my life tapping away (reading, writing, Snapchatting, Instagramming. .) on one device or another, time that I can legitimately be off the radar (and out of Wifi) calls for a digital detox. Air miles are therefore spent with a well-thumbed book, or getting zen with my Headspace app.

First order of business:

I’m a stickler for mile-high hygiene (decanting a homemade blend of antibacterial oils and essences into a bottle to spritz around my seat area) and stash Jurlique’s Moisturising Hand Sanitiser in my bag for a more natural, anti-microbial alternative to chemical cleansers.

Carry-on beauty:

I rarely wear makeup whilst travelling, having learnt the hard way that my skin rebels against the recycled, moisture-sapping air con – becoming oily, dehydrated and exarcebated by any base makeup. Instead, before leaving the house, I thoroughly cleanse and exfoliate skin and apply a thin layer of PAYOT’s Hydra24 Masque; nourishing and undetectable, it locks in moisture, lasts throughout the flight and doesn’t leave skin looking slippery. To stop me feeling too naked without makeup,  I run a tinted gel through my brows, curl my lashes and blot lips with RMS Beauty’s Lip Shine for a pop of colour. Copious amounts of water (and avoiding airplane food) gets me through the flight and for a quick touch-up come touch-down I’ll buff skin with Edward Bess’ UnDo Perfecting Primer and brighten eyes with a quick lash curl using Kevyn Aucoin’s Lash Curler.

Rosie

Manchester > Ibiza, 2hr 45 min

In my carry-on: 

My phone, prepped with a carefully curated playlist and my Frends headphones. Plus my sunnies to hide my tired eyes behind!

Reading material:

My latest Kindle purchase: currently Girl On The Train. I’m not one for reading too much on the plane, I prefer to save that for the sun lounger, so I’ll absorb a few chapters and then gaze out of the window or people watch whilst listening to my music.

First order of business:

Spotify loaded, headphones on, water purchased and feet outstretched (as much as possible in economy!).

Carry-on beauty:

Time spent in the sky has taught me that the harsh, recycled air on-board brings out the worst in my skin – leaving it flushed, flaky and oily all at once. So to keep skin sane I apply a thin layer of Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask to clean skin before take off. The balancing formula keeps it hydrated and also helps to prevent breakouts, too. Plus the cream-gel texture isn’t visible once absorbed. During the flight I slather on copious amounts of lip balm – First Aid Beauty’s lip therapy gives nothing but moisture, ensuring that my lips aren’t parched by touchdown. Whilst I can just about bear to sit on a flight sans makeup, I can’t resist a quick touch up before disembarking. So, ten minutes before the flight is due to end, I whip out my Jane Iredale compact powder foundation and lightly swirl across skin. The sheer formula offers just enough coverage, whilst giving a natural matte finish too. A quick wizz through brows with my brow pencil and I’m ready to hit Bora Bora.