In-Flight Beauty

I'm only a few hours away from jetting off to Bali, but before I go and disappear for two weeks, I thought I would show you which beauty products I take with me on a plane for long haul flights. You know how they say you always have to look good because you never know where and when you're going to meet the love of your life? Well, screw that. I'm all about comfort and having your makeup on for two days straight is not comfortable. And if a guy doesn't like you without makeup on, he's not worth a second glance anyway. So, what I was trying to say is that makeup products never make their way into my carry-on bag. Well, apart from the concealer, which I sometimes use upon the touchdown. Even my glasses can't hide those nasty black under eye circles that I get after staying up for 48 hours straight. And no, I don't apply it to look good for other people. I apply it because my eyes think a zombie is about to attack me when I look myself in the mirror. True story. 

The rest of the products are all about cleanliness and moisturization. Aircrafts are full of germs and you can't really go wash your hands every time you're served with a meal, so anti-bacterial gels are my best friends. I love the ones I picked up from Bath & Body Works, because they don't only do the job but also look cute and smell delicious. For refreshing my breath, I use Colgate's Wisps, mini toothbrushes with built-in freshening beads that do the work without the use of water. You can truly take them anywhere with you, and after the use, you just throw them away. Then, to clean my face, the Bioderma Micellar Solution samples are just perfect. I pour the liquid on a cotton pad, wipe the dirt or the makeup I may have on from before off my face, and prepare my skin for moisturization.

The airplane air is extremely drying, so I always make sure to have my 'emergency kit' prepaired. I really don't need extra dehydration, since my skin is already quite dry for the majority of time. The first thing on my list is a lip balm. My lips don't get extrmely dry during the summer time, so I don't have to take any repairing lip balms with me, but I still need something that makes a film over my lips. This time, I'm taking one of my eos lip balms with me. I got tons of these last year in California (again, the hype got to me), but never ended up using them, because they're really not that special. They look and smell good, but they won't save your lips from cracking. For a two day long plane trip, they're fine, though. For my hands, I take any mini hand cream I may have lying around. L'Occitane's Cherry Blossom is coming with me today, and just for your information, it smells heavenly. Those sanitizing hand-gels dry my skin out in seconds, so a hand cream is a must. And, of course, we can't forget about the face. I always look through the box full of testers that is forgotten sitting in my bathroom, and I always find some great gems that are just perfect for my quick airplane night time routine. As you can see, I'll be testing out some Nuxe products today! 

I really hope you enjoyed this post. It is very realistic and not one of those 'I'm taking my whole skincare cupboard' with me ones. I mean, really. I've never actually seen anyone who puts on facial masks during the flight. People are either making things up to come across more glamurous, or flying in first/business class, which I clearly am not, haha. Anyway, please let me know how you liked this post and what you usually take with you for the long flights! :)

Weekly Vlog: My Future Husband, Bali Preparations & Sunday Nightmare

What a week! It truly feels like I've been on an emotional roller coaster ride for the past seven days, and let me tell you, it's not fun. You can see the glimpse of what has been happening in the vlog below. 

'You Can Only Pick One' Beauty Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Mateja to do the 'You Can Only Pick One' Beauty Tag, so in today's video, I'm going to show you my all time favourite products from several different categories. The rule is to pick only one product from each category! I'm actually quite surprised that I successfully completed the task, haha. Let me tell you, when you're as obsessed with makeup as us beauty bloggers are, it's hard to choose your favourites. It's like picking your favourite child! 

Sweat Proof Makeup

Today I'll be talking about the makeup products I use to help make my makeup stay on even when the sweat is literally dripping off my face. I was planning to write this post when I come home from Bali, since the extreme humidity there would be the perfect environment for me to test out the effectiveness of all the products I use during the summer time, but I went to see a basketball game on Thursday, and let me tell you, my face makeup has been put to the test. It was SO hot inside the sports hall! The crowds, no air conditioning, hot basketball players... Phew! I thought my face completely melted off by the time the game ended, but to my surprise, everything stayed in its place. So, I think it's safe to tell you which particular products worked for me and which products in general I normally incorporate into my daily makeup routine during the summer time.

Primer: I use it very rarely, because I have dry skin and normally don't have problems with oiliness, but during the summer time even my T-zone needs an occasional help. No one likes to walk around with a shiny face! The primers I use are Benefit's Porefessional and Etude House's Pore Ever, which are very similar. Both make my pores less visible, make my skin silky smooth and help my foundation stay on longer. If you're an oily skin gal, I would definitely recommend you to check them out. Speaking about primers, eye primers are even more important than face primers. They prevent creasing, improve the pigmentation of eyeshadows and make your eye makeup last for ages. Two of my faves are Urban Decay's Primer Potion and the Milani one.

Foundation: Light and sheer is the way to go. If it's long lasing as well, it's even better. I tend to gravitate towards Bourjois' Healthy Mix Serum all year round, but for even lighter and more natural summer application, I use a wet makeup sponge. BB creams and CC creams are great for this time of the year as well. I haven't found the perfect ones for my skin yet, so I don't use them often, but if you're not dealing with extreme dry patches, Bourjois CC cream (review here) is a great investment. I wear it when I don't have much time to do my makeup, because it's really great at covering redness and making your skin look even.   

Eyeshadow: Cream eyeshadows are the quickest to apply and tend to not fade throughout the day like some powder eyeshadows do. The best I've disovered so far are Maybelline Color Tattoos (reviews here, here & here), Jordana's 12HR Made to Last eyeshadow pencils and Milani Shadow Eyez

Mascara & Eyeliner: Waterproof! I had to say goodbye to my MUD's Cake Eyeliner for a while, because it activates with water and you can only imagine what happens when I get sweaty around my eyes. Yikes. For this reason, I just got myself the Milani Eye Tech Extreme, which is supposed to be super waterproof. And when it comes to mascaras, well, I actually never had a waterproof one, haha. I just couldn't find any good formulas that would work for my lashes, but if you can find one for yourself, go for it. I'll be sticking with my new favourite, Jordana Best Lash Extreme, which does not smudge and keeps my eyelashes curled all day long. It doesn't say anywhere that it's waterproof, but I'm pretty much convinced it is by now. It. Does. Not. Budge. It survives sweat and rain. I just have the pool/ocean test left to do now. I'll keep you updated!

Lip products: During the summer time, I gravitate towards sheer lipsticks, lip glosses and lip stains (in case I'm feeling a nice long-lasting red lip). I just wrote a post about my favourite sheer summer lipsticks, so you can check out my picks here. As far as lip glosses go, I'm currently loving NYX Butter Glosses (review here) and Clarins Lip Perfectors (review here), while my go-to lip stains are Etude House Fresh Cherry Tints (review here). 

Blush: Just like with eyeshadow, I gravitate more towards cream products, as I don't want to cake on too much powder when I know I might be sweating. It's just not a good look. And I find that cream blushes also tend to give a nice glow to my cheeks, which means that I can skip the highlighter.

Powder: A very necessary step that helps me set the rest of my makeup and eliminate the innitial shininess. My long time favourite setting powder is Rimmel's Stay Matte.

Setting Spray: This is the product that goes on my face at the very end. I just purchased Urban Decay's All Nighter, and I'm happy to report it works wonderfully. I mean, you still sweat and get a bit shiny, but at least your makeup doesn't move or gets eaten by your own skin.

Blotting Sheets: This is the on-the-go version of a setting powder. In the summer, it's better not to cake on layers of extra powder whenever your face goes shiny. Blotting the oil with blotting sheets is way better for your skin. And just in case you run out of them unexpectedly, the toilet seat covers actually do the same job. :D

'On Wednesdays We Wear Pink' Makeup Tutorial

The star of today's video is the Sugar & Spice Blush Palette from Makeup Revolution, which I'm not only using on my cheeks, but also on my eyelids. Being a neutral kind of girl, I don't experiment with bright eyeshadows all that often; however, pink is the one fun shade that is still in my comfort zone and ends up on my eyes whenever I'm feeling particularly cheerful and summery. How are you liking the result? 

Sheer Summer Lipsticks

I love sheer lipsticks. They're my on-the-go essentials, as they're great for fuss free touch ups, and I especially love wearing them during hot summer days, when my makeup goes down the au naturel road. Wearing bold lipsticks while your face is melting off? No, thank you. A recipe for disaster. So, without further ado, here are my favourite sheeries - yup, made up a word again - for this time of the year, following the order of the swatches below, from left to right. 

Maybelline Baby Lips 'Pink Shock' Lip Balm: I totally followed the hype of these and bought tons of them while visiting California last year. Before even trying them out first, haha. I gave a lot of them away in my giveaways, but kept four of them for myself. You know, one for every season. And yes, I'm serious. The summery one, Pink Shock, is very moisturizing and offers quite a bit of coverage. It functions perfectly as a shiny fuschsia pop of colour on your lips. 

Clinique 'Woppin' Watermelon' Chubby Stick: Lovely light pink shade. I bought it as a part of the three for two offer on my flight back from Dubai two years ago and have been wearing it ever since. I remember I was dying to get my hands on some Clinique Chubby Sticks. They just took the blogging world by storm and were without any drugstore competitors. Of course, there's now plenty of chubby sticks on the market, but the Clinique ones are still my favourite. They are extremely buttery, have a buildable coverage, and just feel and look lovely on my lips. Unfortunatelly, I'm running low on the Woppin' Watermelon, which means that this will be my last summer with it. Oh, well. This just gives me another excuse to pick up a new shade at duty free next week. :D

Makeup Academy 'Shade 4' Lipstick: This baby is the sheerest one in the bunch. I put it on when I want my lips to look only slightly more pink than my natural lip colour. I don't think it works best with my summer tan, so it's usually reserved for late spring/eary summer days, but I thought I would mention it anyways, because it's a total bargain! It costs only one pound, despite having the formula comparable to much more expensive lipsticks.

L'Oreal Caresse 'Dating Coral' Lipstick: My current favourite lipstick. I rediscovered it in my drawer about a month ago and I now carry it everywhere with me. I feel like it really compliments my skintone at the moment, and I just love pairing it with the coraly pink blush from the Makeup Revolution 'Sugar & Spice' Palette I've been obsessing over recently. By the way, the lipsticks from the L'Oreal Caresse line are the bomb, so if you haven't checked them out yet, I would highly suggest you do. They feel like butter on your lips! I have four of them.

Revlon 'Juicy Papaya' Lip Butter: The main reason why I love this one is because it's the only peachy shade that actually suits me. I have a very prominent yellow skin undertone that 'comes out' especially when my skin turns darker, and a lot of light (peachy) shades end up looking terrible on me. This lipstick is again one of those I prefer wearing when I'm a bit paler, but it also looks great with a tan. 
Are you a fan of sheer lipsticks as well? Which are your faves?

Sunkissed Summer Tag

This year's summer weather officially sucks. But this didn't stop me and my sister from filming a very summery tag. After all, we do need to get into the summer mood before we go to Bali. I can't believe we're leaving in less than a week! Eeep!
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