What Skin Care and Makeup To Take On Board Your Flight

image by Kelli Cappelli

I often get asked by clients to help them organize what to pack to travel with,
and equally importantly what to take on board their flight with them.

My celebrity clients are constantly flying around the world promoting albums and movies,
with paparazzi lying in wait with telephoto lenses, waiting to capture every detail of every arrival.
My civilian clients have often stressed for months leading up to their wedding, partied through their wedding, and now want to look gorgeous post wedding on their honeymoon.

Regardless of why you’re flying, there is a recipe for looking gorgeous when you land.

Firstly you need to understand that while you are airborne your body is losing an extra glass of water for each hour you are up there. The first place your body shows dehydration? – your face.
On long haul flights this can have you both looking and feeling hideous when you arrive at your destination.

On any flight longer than 5 hours you shouldn’t wear makeup. It will dry out, crunch up and have you looking way less than lovely on arrival. If you do have to wear foundation to the airport, take good quality cleansing cloths on board with you, and remove it.

I use skyn Iceland Glacial Cleansing Cloths 
These towelettes activate when you rub them together, giving you a water free, rinse free cleanse.
I normally cleanse again during the flight, and before landing, keeping my pores clear and refreshed.

skyn Iceland’s entire line is devoted to solutions for stressed skin.
When you travel, your skin gets stressed, so they make the perfect travel companion.

I take the skin care and makeup products that are going on board with me in the detachable clear plastic pouches that come in Stephanie Johnson travel toiletry bags. They are perfect for the airport xray machine and snap back into your toiletry bag when you arrive at your hotel.
And they look tres chic.

Now that your skin is clean, its time to deal with the hydration equation.
To combat dehydration and stress.


 I buy travel sized Arctic Face Mist, again from skyn Iceland. This magic spray infuses your skin with vitamins promoting cell renewal, hydration, antioxidant protection and much more. Plus it just feels really really nice. I spritz my face a couple of times during the flight, more if necessary. (I frequently do long haul flights to far away places, so my skin needs some extra lovin.)

Next up I always recommend a super hydrating serum.
Celebrities, flight attendants and civilians alike all love Rhonda Allison Drop Of Essence. I apply it a couple of times during the flight, giving the skin an extra hydration boost. This one also soothes, smoothes and softens the skin, helping it to look and feel supple and lovely.

Also from skyn Iceland I use the Icelandic Relief Eye Pen.
This one packs a fabulous hydration boost, and is an ideal travel companion.

Lastly my on board skin care pack has a lip balm and a mini moisturizer.

In a separate clear pouch I pack some makeup essentials, not only for arrival, but also in case the airline loses my suitcase. I have no interest in spending days makeup free, waiting for my suitcase to arrive.

The second key to arriving looking fabulous after a long flight is what you put on before landing.
A heavy foundation and powder will make you look old and haggard. A crushed mineral foundation will make you look 100.
From Perricone MD I get No Concealer Concealer and No Foundation Foundation. These two gems will even out color and skin tone, while infusing radiance into your complexion. Your skin will glow and your pores won’t look beaten up.

Next I use the amazing Nars Multiple Stick, normally in Orgasm or in Portofino.
 Dehydrated skin/jet lagged skin/ tired skin tends to take on a green or grey hue that looks ghastly on everyone, so you need to add in some warmth to counterbalance that. These shades are universally flattering on everyone, and add a little warmth back into your visage. Multiple Sticks are fantastic multi-purpose lovers, designed for use on cheeks lips and eyes.

Now all you need is a little mascara, lipgloss (try Nars Super Orgasm), and a little perfume and you can walk down that jet way looking and feeling completely gorgeous!

Cover image photographed by Kelly Cappelli
Model Ashley Black (FordRBA)
wardrobe stylist Leah Michelle
Hair Katie Hardison
Makeup Corinna Cooke

10 Of The Most Beautiful Train Stations In The World

 I Love that my country  is represented!

This is a Saturday morning re-post from one of my favorite blogs, Because I’m Addicted.

I love that in bloggie-land there are so many fascinating things to find. I would never in a million years have thought to blog about the 10 most beautiful train stations in the world.
I hope you will devote some time this weekend to searching through the blogosphere and finding new things to inspire you.

because im addicted

10 of the most beautiful train stations in the world

Rossio Station // Lisbon, Portugal

Gare du Nord // Paris, France

King’s Cross Station // London, England
Grand Central Terminal // New York City, New York

São Bento Station // Porto, Portugal
Mind the gap.

Five more gorgeous train stations (one of which has an indoor rainforest!!) from around the world after the jump…

p.s. what/where is your fave?

Central Railway Station // Helsinki, Finland
Dunedin Train Station // Dunedin, New Zealand
Sirkeci Station // Istanbul, Turkey

Atocha Train Station // Madrid, Spain

Union Station // Los Angeles, California

What Skin Care To Pack When You Travel

The single best trick you can do

to make yourself look fabulous when you travel

is to have your skin look amazing.

Traveling stresses your skin.

Often you are traveling to a different climate,

so your skin has a whole different set of needs, 

that require a different selection of products that you use at home.

If you are traveling to a place more humid than home,

your normal skin care products may be too heavy. 

If you are going to a climate that is drier than home

your normal skin care routine may leave your skin parched and dehydrated.

So you need to have a plan.

I always want my skin, and my client’s skin 

to look hydrated and glowing.

The better your skin looks, 

the less makeup you need, and the better

any makeup you do use is going to look.

Pictured above, model Ashley Black (FordRBA)

has my actual travel bag 

Stephanie Johnson Jenny Train Case in Cyprus)

with many of my personal travel skincare items.

From the bottom left, Apivita single serve masks. A quickie solution to whatever may pop up. I have masks for dried out skin, masks for overly oily skin, masks for tired skin, masks for breakouts. These are conveniently packaged so they take up no space and weigh next to nothing.

skynICELAND Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.

I swear by these eye gels. I keep them in my pro kit, at home, and in my travel bags.

When I get to my hotel I take 10 mins quality time with some eye gels on to instantly invigorate and hydrate the skin under my eyes. The first place to make you look tired, jet lagged or just plain old is the under eye area. These work magic, and have you looking beyond fantastic immediately.

They also work wonders at hiding the signs of a banging hangover…

skynICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths

These towelettes activate when you rub them together, and give you a water free, rinse free cleanse.

Great for traveling, they are also brilliant after a day at the beach when you want to do a quick clean up.

Clarisonic Mia

I have a full sized Clarisonic at home, but take the slightly smaller Mia with me when I travel.

Clarisonic gives you a 6X deeper cleanse, plus it lifts away dry skin and debris on the surface of your face.

It helps beat breakouts before they start, so is a great tool to combat the effects of humidity.

Clarisonic will also clean away any sunscreen left on your face after a day at the beach. It keeps your skin glowing and healthy.

Mia comes in a variety of cool and fun colors.

Behind the Clarisonic Neal’s Yard Beauty Sleep Concentrate

This serum is luxurious and lightweight and designed for all skin types.

It supports your skin’s nighttime regeneration and works on fine lines and wrinkles. It is also very calming and soothing to your skin. And did I mention luxurious??

Inside the Jenny Train Case I have on the left, skynICELAND Arctic Mist.

This mist is instantly soothing, and is full of vitamins and antioxidants.It does all kinds of great things for your skin, and it just feels really nice after a day at the beach, a day of meetings, a day of travel – pretty much anything.

Rhonda Allison Drop Of Essence

This is a high speed hydration boost for dry or tired skin. I apply it before moisturizer when my skin, or my client’s skin needs some extra loving. It also soothes, smooths and softens.

Travel sized Hylunia Grape Seed Scrub for the body

This body scrub uses crushed grape seeds to buff away dead cells and debris from the surface of the skin, keep your limbs smooth and glowing.

If you get razor bumps or ingrown hairs its an amazing remedy. Great for guys faces too if they’re getting ingrown whiskers or just need a smoother, easier shave.

Also from Hylunia, the incredible Colloidal Silver Mist

This one heals everything. Sunburn, wind burn – almost any skin ailment. Just spray onto the area a few times and it works magic.I keep this spray at home, in my pro kit and in my travel bags – I’m never without it.

Another product I am never without, Neutrogena Facial SPF 85.

Waterproof, dry touch (makeup goes on over it beautifully) non pore clogging, long lasting, number 1 dermatologist recommended facial SPF. Stabilized with helioplex it provides balanced broad spectrum protection from UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays.

Only apply to the areas you want to look pretty. Leave out all the bits you want to look old and wrinkly.

Up top ColoreScience Sunforgettable mineral powder SPF50

I use this SPF 50 to touch up with during the day. If you have makeup on you don’t want to reapply a sunscreen lotion. This one comes with a self dispensing powder brush and performs the double duty of getting rid of shiny patches while giving you extra sun protection. I have them in all my handbags, and an extra one in my travel bag.

Don’t leave home without it.

I also pack makeup into the Jenny train case, and a few other items. Its a convenient, well organized, well structured case that looks quite chic in your hotel bathroom.

Photo credits:

Photographer Kelly Cappelli

Model Ashley Black

Stylist Leah Michelle for Vintage by Misty

Hair Katie Hardison

Makeup Corinna Cooke

shot on location at the Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale Arizona

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