First-Class Beauty: Don’t Leave Home Without Them

I am currently on holiday in the States and as I post this from America’s sunny heartland I want to let you know some of the products that have travelled with me along the way.

Before I left:

Burt’s Bees Naturally Nourishing Milk & Honey Body Lotion

I slathered myself in Burt’s Bees. I love Burt’s Bees because it is natural and I like to use it before travelling because I know that it is going to be sitting on my skin for awhile. It is also scientifically proven to provide moisture for up to 24 hours which is about the time that I would be travelling so it seemed perfectly suited for me.

Also, as I was going to the U.S. and Burt’s Bees are from Maine-this seemed even more appropriate to use. In this formula, milk nourishes while honey helps to soften skin; plus, coconut and grape seed oils and vitamin E deliver beneficial nutrients to the skin. And it smells delicious too.


On the plane:

PitRok Crystal Deodorant Wipes

Here are some nifty little wipes that I got out of a Latest in Beauty box  that can be used as a natural deodorant in place of your regular roll-on or solid stick deodorant with all-natural mineral salts and no aluminium (yay!). They are really great for travel and I used them to wipe my hands off as well after eating on the plane (I am not sure if you are supposed to use these for that purpose but they worked!). Even if you don’t use them as deodorant wipes they can double as wipes for anything such as a spilled glass of wine (yes- I have done that on a plane before and it didn’t make the guy sitting next to me very happy) or to dry your hands with if there are no paper towels. You never know.


Inner Me: Daily 4 Me For the Hectic 30s

Health is wealth and that’s the truth. I hate flying long haul simply because it makes me feel unhealthy – as anyone would feel after travelling for that long and not sleeping or eating properly. I have also recently discovered (in a Latest in Beauty box) the dietary supplement pack made by Inner Me called Daily 4 Me for the hectic 30s. I love these to travel with because they are pre-packed and idiot-proof. They contain strips of four vitamins for each day; an Advanced multivitamin with added B Vitamins and Vitamin D3, High Strength Omega 3, Co-Enzyme Q10 100mg and Lactospore® 15 billion complex capsule with Aloe Vera, Spirulina & Alfafa.

The box comes with a month supply and I took two weeks worth to the States-no bottles to deal with or a million different vitamins hanging around in my bags! I also like that these come together in a pack so I feel like I am getting all the vitamins I need without overdosing on anything.


Moa Green Balm

I love this little 100% natural balm. It can be used for (almost) anything and I used it on the plane on my dehydrated lips and parched hands from that crackling dry plane air. You can even use it as a cleansing balm and I did this in the restroom while changing planes on a layover in between two long flights. It is gently cleansing without stripping your skin which is not what you want at all when flying, as your skin is already dehydrated and needs a barrier to protect against the circulating air in the cabin.

I also used this on my mother who spends a lot of time in the garden and has gardening hands. Yep, she loved it too.

I also love the packaging of the Daily Cleansing Ritual. Who wouldn’t like to open that everyday? Perfectly stylish for travelling.


Mrs White’s Legs In The Air

I always get achy on the plane and usually stick with Tiger Balm but this time decided to switch things up and try a little British brand called Mrs White’s who makes ‘Legs In The Air’.

Mrs White’s Legs In The Air is all-natural and is designed to increase circulation when flying or on long journeys. It is slightly tinted as well to give you a bit of colour although I always wear several layers when travelling because I tend to get cold very easily. This has a slight peppermint scent and although it’s not as potent-feeling as Tiger Balm, it probably also doesn’t offend your neighbour with any strong menthol smell so is great to use on the plane.


Skeyndor Corrective Eye Expression Lines Eraser

Skeyndor is a Spanish brand and I have been using this for slight expression lines under my eyes and really like this product. I took it on the plane with me to dab it under my eyes every couple of hours when I could feel my skin getting dry. I was quite liberal with the application and used a thick layer of it so it almost sat under my eyes like a mask.

Skeyndor is relatively pricey at £63.00 for the eye cream but you get a lot for that money as you get 20ml of the formula instead of a usual 10ml or 15ml. The reason for the price is that it took three years to develop, with over 200 combinations tried before the final formulas were developed. That’s a lot of testing! So you can see that a lot of effort and time has gone into this product. This product also contains some pretty cool ingredients. One is a peptide complex based on the famous snake venom ingredient that slows down the link between the nerve and the muscle. It also contains hyaluronic acid (the miracle ingredient) to help soften lines and also contains tissue redensifiers that help to fill out and plump your face. This is a truly scientific product. The hyaluronic acid is medical-grade which provides the deepest penetration to get at those pesky wrinkles. You won’t be sorry you bought this.


On the layover:

I had a ten-hour layover with no one to see in North Carolina on my trip to America so I tried to occupy my time with these products.

MitoQ Antioxidant supplement

These little miracle-worker supplements are chock-full of antioxidants and the perfect way to combat free radical damage that has occurred on a long-haul flight. I took these while waiting for my next flight and felt like I was really helping my body out. MitoQ is a Mitochondrial Targeted Antioxidant that delivers antioxidant CoQ directly to your mitochondria (which age), supporting their natural function and restoring their health. This means they can get on with their job, eliminating free radicals, preventing oxidation, and keeping your skin and organs healthy. And MitoQ does this 847 times more effectively than any other CoQ formulation on the market. That’s amazing! Certainly needed during a long-haul flight.


B. Treated Blemish Gel

I used B. Treated Blemish Gel from Superdrug (who doesn’t know Superdrug if you live in the UK?) on a small spot that had cropped up during the flight. My skin is very sensitive to stress and environmental factors and it shows if it is not being properly treated. I used this gentle clear gel-based spot treatment on my spot to prevent it from getting any bigger which I am happy to say it did not! The gel contains Salicylic Acid which is scientifically proven to unclog pores and eliminate spot-causing bacteria to help prevent breakouts. It has been clinically proven to help clear imperfections, reducing both redness and inflammation in just two hours. And as this is Superdrug’s own brand, you can get it for under a tenner. Beauty that doesn’t break the bank!


Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Serum 30ml

I am pretty excited about Superdrug’s Optimum – PhytoCellTec products because I just recently did a post on stem cells from the Swiss Apple (which Superdrug also makes at a sliver of the price of competitors). I wanted to try out a different plant stem cell based serum so went for the Optimum Super Antioxidant Grape Serum. As there are a billion free radicals floating in the air when you fly, I tend to grab onto anything that says antioxidant as this is what is going to be your army against those nasty free radicals. This particular serum is targeted to 25+ and helps protect against free radicals. Perfect for the plane.

If you are on a budget, this serum is very reasonably priced at £14.99. Seriously – this serum contains the same/similar ingredients as much higher competitors (I am talking close to £300 here) so it’s definitely worth a second look at.

The stem cells used of this particular grape are known for having a high UV resistance (good for if you are sitting next to a window on the plane). Stem cells are responsible for creating new cells and fixing damaged ones. Of course as we age we lose stem cells. However, scientists have found that plant stem cells work similarly as human stem cells so to have them in our serums is fascinating and fabulous news in the world of skincare.


At the final destination:

Tea MD

This is a U.S. brand of natural face wash that contains no harsh chemicals and has all-natural ingredients including Rose Hip Seed Oil (one of my faves) and Seaweed Extract. The face wash is very cooling to the skin due to peppermint oil and also contains tea tree oil which as we know, is a great for acne. As I am certainly prone to a spot or two, I do like to use cleansing products with tea tree oil to prevent breakouts. The best thing I found about this cleanser was its cool, minty feel which is great in the hot weather and perfect to revive your skin after a particular long flight. Peppermint oil is renowned for its therapeutic effect on skin disorders and for its cooling sensation.


Nip + Fab Viper Venom Body Serum

Once I arrived at my final destination and after having showered, I slathered on Nip + Fab Viper Venom Body Serum. It’s serum for the body which is brilliant. Why shouldn’t the body have what the face gets? I love this product because it is a refreshing gel-like formula that feels so nice when you put it on. The serum contains age-defying syn®-ake peptide + skin tightener ST to help diminish the appearance of wrinkles and tighten skin. I found it very refreshing and cooling after a long flight. Vitamin E in the serum also helps to combat free radical damage.


Cocoa Brown Lovely Legs

Having come from the UK I was feeling particularly pale around all these bronzed Americans so for a quick fix, Cocoa Brown lovely legs has pretty much saved me. This is a spray on, wash off colour for pale legs that makes you look like you have been out in the sun. I sprayed mine directly onto my legs and then blended with a tanning mitt. I also tried applying this right after moisturising when my skin was still damp and found it worked even better and blended well. Just look at the difference in colour in my legs below! A suntan without the sun damage? Can’t get much better than that.

So this comes highly recommended for anyone who is going on holiday and is planning to wear shorts!


Glo & Ray

Glo & Ray are another little colour-enhancing miracle product I love. I actually got several compliments on my skin when I wore this as a finishing powder. It set my make-up and made my skin a nice soft matte texture. I LOVE this powder and carry it with me everywhere and use it everyday. The powder comes in a compact so I find it’s perfect for handbag use because it has a mirror. Again, a travelling necessity.


Nails Inc.

Oh, Nails Inc. how I love thee. I have recently gotten my hands on two Gel Effects polishes directly before I left on holiday. I have taken both of them with me and have been really impressed with the gel effect and also the lasting finish of the nail colour. I put this to serious work as well and was happy with the chip-free outcome. The colour below is perfect for summer and looks nice against a (fake) tan. The below colour is Soho Place.


Laura Mercier

This metallic crème eye colour has been a little travelling buddy of mine on this holiday. It is a gorgeous copper colour and doesn’t crease or smudge and develops into the most luscious creamy metallic sheen on your eyelid. EVER! Tiny and perfect, a great size for travelling and since it is a crème base, it won’t crumble like a powder in your hand luggage.


Sure, the most important thing on your holiday is to have fun. But why not look and feel good too?


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