Mishmash of a post today (unlike, uh, every other day) featuring:
1. My long-haul flight skincare routine.
2. Preview of some things that were waiting for me, and for you, once I get round to blogging about 'em.
I never fly long-haul wearing makeup, but still need a no-rinse cleanser to remove sunscreen once on board and settled in. This trip it was a decant of Avène's Extremely Gentle Cleanser, but Bioderma Crealine does the trick too. Muji cottons are cheap, soft and separable into 4 plies -- they are smooth enough for my sensitive skin to tolerate and absolutely lint-free (my mother's discovery -- she finds them just as good as Shiseido's/Suqqu's, and my favourite Suqqu SA agrees :P)
Other essentials: a hair tie for ablutions / general avoidance of Ko-fro upon landing and wet wipes (these are fabulously cheap, daintily-sized Japanese ones, alcohol- and fragrance-free, from Sasa) for clean hands before...
The Routine Proper
|This all fits into the designated clear plastic bag, with room to spare. The largest of these is 30ml.|
Which consists of:
- whatever oil will absorb immediately without stickiness for your skin, massaged into face, neck and hands (for me, Desert Essence Jojoba which comes in a travel-sized plastic bottle, is most convenient)
- light-textured eye cream: Korres Materia Herba
- light moisturiser: Biotherm Travel Recharge, which is the kind of overly-specifically-marketed product I usually dismiss as gimmicky, but which actually does exactly what it promises, ameliorating the effects of cabin air. I'm grateful to Beauty Free for introducing me to this and thankfully, its unpleasant stale-airplane-interior scent dissipates quickly.
- Blistex Relief Cream, my emergency lip treatment -- a long-haul flight is an emergency as far as my lips are concerned.
- top-ups as necessary / impulse to fidget dictates: moisturising eye drops (Boots Essentials doesn't promise whitening/brightening etc., so it simply soothes and never stings), a regular light lipbalm (currently Mentholatum Q10), non-sticky light hand cream (Coen Rich Q10 White).
- multi-purpose sunscreen: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF50+ stick for when the shutters get raised. It's tempting to skip this figuring sun exposure will be minimal, but if you're sun-sensitive, being strapped to your window seat while flying above clouds for hours without protection is no fun. Also, planes get delayed, unexpected things happen, Kindles break down while your straightfoward 14-hour flight devolves into a 25-hour kafkaesque odyssey.... just bring the sunscreen, its ingredients list is another something to read.
Not strictly necessary but nice to have
I keep my nails short so don't usually have any luggage-related mishaps but like to bring a nail file just in case....) this Japanese one is delightfully compact and comma-shaped (regular readers will recognise my favourite punctuation mark, tied with the hyphen :P)
The eyebrow pencil (Shu Hard 9 Stone Grey) is a new addition -- for the first time in my life (thanks, grown-up stress moulting!) filling in brows has become a necessity rather than a case of optional polish. An evergreen necessity, purely motivated by vanity: mini eyelash curler. Curled lashes are my security blanket OKAY? Especially when wearing glasses, they open up my eyes better than any eyeshadow and a slight kink stops my lashes from being smooshed against the lenses when I blink. (This one's a Sephora freebie, I've also ones from Laura Mercier and Muji floating around, all of which work equally well.)
Flying also means slightly different beauty base zero requirements: I wear glasses, which do a fine job of hiding undereye circles, while placing more focus on the lips. So a bit of tinted lipbalm (Fresh Sugar Honey contributes the perfect warmth to liven up my cool pink-mauve lips) completes the pre-disembarkation spiffying.
Selections from the leviathan mound of birthday parcels awaiting me on my return, and then some
|French / Canadian / French-Canadian treats|
|European drugstore gems I'm eager to explore further|
|deliciously soft hand-dyed unbrushed Orkney Angora wool/angora DK|
|usual catholic mishmash of reading material|
|I was very fortunate to obtain this discontinued Suqqu single: EX-22|
|Armed with a birthday gift card, I lucked in on Liberty's Buy 3 Get 1 Free Ellis Faas offer. The lovely SA also threw in an extra concealer in my shade when I told her of my problems with the click mechamism.|