How to Walk Off a Plane Looking Like a Babe

You may have been wondering where I've been. Can I first start this post by telling you how much I hate Sundays? 

Intricate backstory time.

I was all set to work on a few articles last Sunday - picked up some makeup from My Chemist Warehouse after enjoying a delightful (burnt) coffee from a local patisserie in Melbourne's inner eastern suburbs... came home and then tried playing with my camera to see if it could possibly get away with making videos for travel whilst being a total domestic babe and doing the laundry.

Quick context bites: I have a washing machine in my apartment complex, outside my apartment. I was also alone this weekend as my husband had to fly to Perth. The timer on my phone went off as I was trying to film myself - NO JOKE THE LAST THING THAT WAS FILMED ON THIS CAMERA WAS OOPSTHATSTHETIMERBRB;D. I walked out with my basket closed the door, as closing door, realized no key, NO HUSBAND, NO PHONE, NO WALLET, NO LIFE. 

TLDR; locked myself out at 2pm, took me until 11am next day to get home. My cats were mad.


Okay lets move on.

in flight beauty kit

It's taken me a little while to decide what I wanted to bring in my carry on for this upcoming trip in particular, but I think I've done a fairly alright job at narrowing my makeup collection down. I swear this is something I silently suffer before almost every trip.

Here are most of the things that are going into my kit. I have recently discovered the awesomeness of Aesop and I can tell you right now that I ain't goin' back to anything else.

Basics for a beauty kit are moisture, base and colour.

skin love

  • lightweight moisturiser

  • facial mist

  • facial wipes

  • eye cream

  • lip cream

  • hand balm

base love

  • primer

  • concealer

  • powder

  • lip balm

colour love

  • bronzer/ blusher duo

  • eyeshadow

  • eyebrow pencil

  • eyeliner

  • lipstick

  • lip stain

Oh I'm also chucking in my Carry On Cocktail kit, in my kit. I'm going on a lot of flights, I'm sure I've mentioned that.

Anyway, here's my in flight beauty routine!


I'm going to start by using some organic skin wipes to remove my make up once I board and focus on keeping my skin happy and hydrated whilst protecting it from evil airplane air. Throughout this whole routine, I inwardly chant: YOUWILLNOTBREAKOUTYOUWILLNOTBREAKOUTYOUWILLNOTBREAKOUT.

In chronological order:

Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

Step one, spritz my face with this to feel refreshed and cooled - it has such a lovely and fresh scent about it that doesn't boast pretentiousness. Just down to earth, citrusy bergamoty lovelyness. It's like i'm in a god damn garden yo. That's looked after and shit.

I intend to use this throughout the flight when it feels like my skin is dulling.

Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream

I am a HUGE fan of this cream. Although it's quite thick when you smooth it on, it get's absorbed into the skin instantly. Doesn't feel oily or greasy, it's extremely lightweight. Similarly to the facial mist, it cools and soothes my skin which can get a bit inflamed at times.

Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream

My poor lips have been a little neglected since coming to Melbourne. They're chapped and dull, but they're on their way to fullness and vigour again with the aid of exfoliation, creams and balms. I swear I'm not sponsored by Aesop. Aesop, If you're reading though I COULD TOTALLY BE YOUR POSTER GIRL, CAN YOU NOT TELL.

Pop this on before balm to let the cream absorb.

l'Occitane Precious Eye Balm 

No other way to describe this cream apart from luscious. It's thick, hydrating and I don't look like I haven't slept in months because I've used it so often. 

I may touch this up periodically during the flight.

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Dudes. I bought this less than a month ago, have torn through the product and now I'm left with just a little over half. STOP ME NOW YOU MUST DO THIS. I literally just got that MOR hand cream too. What is wrong with me. I adore earthy and natural scents when it comes to skin care, and I think you can tell just how crazy I went in store by the amount of Aesop I have thrown into my kit. YOU MUST. STOP ME.

Slather this all up on my paws from now until forever.

Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm   

I also love Lush. Not as much as much these days because I can't have baths (1) no bath 2) medical reasons), but darn it if I walk past a lush shop without having a look around. The Honey Trap Lip Balm is made from natural ingredients like shea butter and beeswax to keep your lips hydrated and squishy.

Now, I wouldn't start on my base and colour until I'm due to land, but here's how the rest of this will go - nothing too different from my normal makeup routine but here are my thoughts on a few of these products so you can see why they made the cut.

Stila One Step Correct Primer

As you can see from these pictures, I get quite a bit of redness on my face. Acne, inflammation and all that. This primer helps to reduce those red patches plus it helps keep my face from sliding off.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer

Old faithful. That is all. You need this in your life.

Apply with fingertips.

Mac Mineralize Natural Powder

I LOVE THIS POWDER. I'm a fan of matte looks - and the finish on this is fabulous. It's lightweight but heavy duty at the same time, if that makes sense. Evens out my skin tone even more, fine finish with no cakeyness and a great setter for foundation.

Every girls favourite part - colour.

Stila Eyes are the Window Shadow Palette in Soul

One of the many things I got out of my birthday loots. Versatile palette. Figure if I were to bring something with me that could do it all it would be this one. I've overused my Urban Decay Basics Palette, and it's mostly a matte palette anyway. I wan't to look shimmery and glamorous during the evening and darn it I will!

Dab this on with your ring finger.

L'Oreal something brows

Lord this is ancient and I don't even know what it's called anymore. Pick up a brow pencil you trust.

Nars Laguna Orgasm Duo

Do you want to look baben? Cult blush plus a bronzer? Is that even a question? No, it's actually a statement but whatevs. Can you like, not be silly please.

Yves Saint Laurent BabyDoll Kiss and Blush

Now that your lips are now and prepped, dab on a lip stain. These days I go for stains as opposed to glosses as they can get feel a bit heavy and oily. If you're already in a gross-ish atmosphere, don't add to your discomfort. Be a babe and be comfortable.

I've also brought a long my Rouge Volupte just in case I feel like i need a bit more intensity but will likely just stick to my stain.

I can't complete a look without defining my eyes. A habit (good and bad) i picked up from living in the middle east for most of my life.

Eye of Horus Charcoal Obsidian Pencil

Possibly the best eyeliner I have ever used, hands down. It doesn't melt, it doesn't move, its thick and applies effortlessly. And it's also a fairly intense black if you don't smudge it out. FAVE.

Eyeko Alexa Chung Eye Do Mascara

Brilliant formula that is natural looking and also extremely easy to remove. God bless you eyeko.

And that's me done. I don't like stepping off planes looking too done up. Gone are the days where I thought heavy set eyes and cakey foundation were the only way to fly. Me and my misspent youth.

Oh, you also don't want to stink.

Pick up some bottled minis of your favourite perfumes from your chemist or pick up samples. I bought the Marc Jacobs Collection for like $30 from My Chemist Warehouse a little while ago. These little guys are fabulous for flying.

Also, bring deodorant. If you've forgotten both, duty free that shit.

Aside from that, enjoy your flight and don't make yourself up too soon - your skin will hate you. Unwind and look after yourself. I'm going to be immersing myself in music, reading up tips and little known secrets about my destinations, maybe watch the odd movie or two. Definitely trying (and failing) to get some shut eye. 

I've talked about surviving long haul flights in and older post, check it out if you care to. I suggest putting together entertainment, comfort and hygiene kits.

Oh and I will be making a few cocktails! These babies arrived the other day and I'm going to be a little unorthodox and not follow the cocktail instructions. You shall see my pretties, you shall see.

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