TripTips: Beauty Edition

Thursday 3 May 2018

I am obviously not over my recent trip. Being away for almost two weeks was a much needed break. I don't have a lot on my plate but it's the unnecessary white noise I needed to get away from. Those weeks away made me realize what is truly important in my life and that everything else didn't matter. I also promised myself to not let itty-bitty issues get on my nerves because it just isn't healthy or worth it anymore. 

On a brighter note, I wanted to share some products and tips from the trip!


1. Water your skin
My skin gets pretty weird on the plane. It feels dry, dehydrated and dull but there's this uncomfortable layer of tacky slick that just sits on top. Luckily I remembered to bring a little sample of the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask in my bag. I don't normally reach out for it because firstly, it wasn't any different to my moisturizer and secondly, I prefer sheet masks and masks that are more targeted towards blemishes and brightening. However, my moisturizer was too big to chuck into my handbag for traveling so I popped in the mask and boy am I glad that I did! I smeared it on as soon as we takeoff and it kept my skin hydrated throughout (8 hours). My skin was brighter, not tacky and plump. It has never been like that so I'm definitely bringing that with me every time. I brought a sample of the Glossier Milk Jelly Cleanser thinking I'd need it to wash off the film of oil... but nope... I didn't need it. 

2. Bloated feet
I don't know about you but my feet expand tremendously in the airplane. I've used flats before but boy did that strangle my veins. On a short haul flight, shoes where my toes are exposed like sandals or slides are perfect but on a long haul flight to London, my toes might freeze and fall off. I love using canvas espadrilles or flats that are flexible and wont suffocate my bloated feet. Trainers and sneakers are too tight for me but if they work for you, great! I just don't like the hassle of having to tie my laces because I usually take them off and hug my knees to sleep. Which brings me to my other tip...

3. No cold feet
Bring socks in your bag! I like taking off my shoes, but my feet end up cold which in turn makes me want to go the bathroom a lot. No one likes to annoy seat neighbors every now and then with frequent trips to the lavatory. So I bring a pair of socks to keep warm.

4. Look alive
I know it isn't important but I do bring at least one thing to make my face look alive during travels. Most people have healthy looking skin, but mine's pretty dull and sallow. So I bring a cream cheek color in my handbag--the Glossier Cloud Paints are my favorite for a quick pick me up. If I can't pray then obviously a mascara works wonders (currently rekindled my love for the YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Ciils Waterproof) to make eyes look more alive than they actually are. (You also want to look presentable if you're vlogging haha). 

5. Smell fresher than you feel
I'm very conscious about the way I smell and 16 hours of sitting down and sleeping can't smell good. I usually chuck in a small bottle of perfume less than 100ml but I had a sample size Glossier You perfume (current favourite scent and btw aren't samples just handy?). It's a fresh non-girly a-little-bit-manly kinda scent that's so me. I love it. 


6. Prepare for the worst (for your face)
Yes, okay a little bit dramatic. After you get your travel insurance done, have enough cash, inform the banks you'll be away, lock your bags and maybe put a tag on your bag... bring your favorite face product that combats your skin's worst travel nightmare. For me it's acne... I breakout the moment I land. I brought along my favorite serums--The Ordinary's Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% and Advanced Retinoid 2% (now renamed as Granactive Retinoid 2%) to help calm that down. I would usually bring Salicylic Acid 2% Solution but that has been too strong for my skin recently. It leaves a dry patch after I put it on. I still use it for real painful rock-hard cystic acne but on this trip I 'tried' traveling light so that had to stay.

I'll do a baby edition soon, which undoubtedly will be a whole lot more. I totally underestimated traveling with a baby!



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