Sunday, 8 April 2018

Hand Luggage Beauty: My Long Haul Must Haves

Hand Luggage Beauty: My Long Haul Must Haves

Here's it is, the second part of my mini travel series. If you haven't seen my first post all about what I pack in my hand luggage for a long haul flight, make sure you check that out too. In that post, I promised that I would talk about my beauty must-haves in a second blog post - so here it is. I left beauty as a separate blog post as it's my favourite thing to talk about and I also take a lot of beauty with me on the plane.

This post is mainly going to be focussing on long-haul flying. For short haul, I wouldn't take anywhere near as much as I do here. Being up in the air for 10+ hours is a long time to be sat so close to other people, with the dry air circulating around the cabin. I use all these bits to help me feel fresher and a less like a dried prune for landing.

My absolute must for a long haul flight is a toothbrush and toothpaste. Adding in the time at the airport and the flight, it's a long time to go without brushing your teeth. Not to mention, sometimes needing to brush away the taste of the weird plane food. Another must is deodorant, it's just polite to not be stinking up the plane. It also makes you feel so much better to just feel slightly clean and fresh.

For me, I never wear makeup when I'm getting on a long haul flight. I use the time as an opportunity to let my skin breath and to have a bit of a pamper on the plane. It's such a long time spent not really doing a lot, so why not give your skin a bit of TLC. I have no shame about sitting on an aeroplane with a face mask on, so neither should you. On my flight to Thailand, I'm taking a Kiehl's cleanser, a Masque Bar sheet mask, and the 7th Heaven soften socks and cuticle masques. It's the perfect time to get my skin looking ready for the beach.

A couple of things that I have packed in preparation for landing is some SPF, both for my face and for my body. I'll also apply a bit of makeup in an attempt to disguise the bags. I don't pack anything major, just a bit of concealer and mascara. Finishing with a bit of SPF lip balm - a total life saver if you want to avoid burn lips (ouch!)

Now, I know this all sounds like a lot, but it all fits into the Kiehl's pouch pictured. All you have to do is make sure all the items are less than 100ml and you'll get through security no problem.

What are your beauty must-haves for a long haul flight? I'd love for you to share them with me in the comments, or find me on Instagram and Twitter
Love, Kate xx

This post contains PR samples, however, all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

What I Pack in My Hand Luggage: Long Haul

When you're reading this, I'll be sunning myself in Thailand. I haven't been away in over two years, so this holiday is well overdue. The flight to Thailand is not a short one, so I like to be as comfortable as possible - despite the lack of leg room. I wanted to share with you my absolute must-haves for hand luggage on a long haul flight. In this post, I won't be sharing my beauty products - that will be coming in a separate blog post on Sunday.

1. Spare Clothes
For me, this is a must-have after a long flight. I get to Thailand at 2pm, so I want to land feeling semi-fresh and ready for the first day of my holiday. After sitting in the same clothes hours, there is nothing better than being able to freshen up before landing. Also, it's nice to pack more climate-appropriate clothes for when you land.

2. Flipflops
To save on space in my rucksack, I always wear my bulky shoes on the plane. For this trip, it will be my hiking trainers. Sure, it saves on space, but it is so annoying to take the shoes on and off all the time when you want to go to the toilet or get up and walk around. I cannot sit on a plane with my shoes on - I do not understand people that can do that. So, packing a pair of flipflops is perfect for wearing around the plane and when I get to my destination.

3. Travel Pillow, Eye Mask & Blanket
I seriously struggle to sleep on planes, I always have done no matter how hard I try. But, I try my best to make myself as comfortable as possible to sleep. The pillow will also be so useful when I'm in hostels and sleeper trains. The blanket I have is a Turkish towel, meaning it will double up as my beach towel and it dries so easily - making it perfect for travelling around.

4. Ear Plugs  
Again, this all adds to aiding my sleeping experience. I really hate the dull, whirring noise that a plane makes. Let alone all the other strange noises that other people on the plane are making. Also, I thought these would come in useful for the rest of the trip - particularly when staying in hostels!

5. Book 
I always make the most of the films on planes. But, when sitting around the airport, I'll need something to keep me occupied. This trip will be solo travel, so that is a lot of time in the airport to kill on my own. So, I'm going to use this time to read a good book and, of course, have a mooch around duty-free.

6. Pen 
This might not be something that you might think of, but actually, it's so vital. When I flew to Austraila, I didn't have a pen to complete my visa form on the plan. The flight attendant could only offer me a pencil. So, despite the form saying BLACK INK ONLY, I threw caution to the wind and filled it out in pencil. Fast forward to customs, and I'm being told off by the Customs Officer for not using a pen and being told to complete it all again. He might as well have put me on the naughty step.  Take it from me, they are as strict as scary as they seem on Nothing To Declare. So, lesson learnt, I will be taking a pen with me.

7. Antibacterial Wipes 
Planes are gross. The air, the seats, the closeness that everyone is to each other. Everything. To make myself feel better, I like to have a wipe to clean down the tray table or use to freshen up my hands before food.

8. Reusable Water Bottle 
I picked up this bottle from Moutain Warehouse, it's quite rare to find a litre reusable water bottle anyway, let alone a collapsible one. What I'll do it take it through security empty, then head to a water fountain or a coffee shop and ask them to fill it up. Free water and no need to add another plastic bottle into landfill.

I'd really love to hear what you have to take with you on a long-haul flight. Don't forget, you can see all my beauty must-haves on Sunday. Find me in comments or on Instagram and Twitter
Love, Kate xx


Sunday, 1 April 2018

Empties #5

It's that time again - empties!
I can tell I haven't done an empties post in a while when my empties storage is overflowing. So much so, that I have enough products to do two blog posts. So, I'm sure you'll rest easy in the knowledge that another empties post won't be too far away! There are some real beauts in this post, so I hope you enjoy!

No7 Beautiful Skin Day Cream
No7 is such a staple brand, so I knew I would be in safe hands with their skincare. I have combination skin - dry in parts, normal in parts, blemished in parts. I'm just a bit of everything. This moisturiser was so nourishing to the skin. It's quite a thick formula, so it really hydrates the skin. The only issue is that I found it didn't sit under makeup very well. It was lovely for a makeup-free day but always felt a bit heavy under makeup. I am currently loving the Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cream which I purchased after finishing this one. It works well for hydration and it sits fine under makeup.

Would I buy it again? Probably not

Kiehl's Grapefruit Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub
I really love body scrubs, so when I was given this sample I was really excited to try it. It's a really gentle exfoliator, but it really does the job well. It leaves your skin feeling brand new. When I was last in the Kiehl's store, I smelt the coriander version of this product and I was in love, so I'd definitely want to give that one a try.

Would I buy it again? Yes - but the coriander one instead  

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads
When finding the link to this product, I was shocked to see that the packaging has changed! How long have I had these?! Shameful! These were a firm favorite of mine until the Pixi Glow Tonic came into my life. This meant that these pads took a bit of a backseat. With that said, I really love this product and the convenience of having the product already infused into a pad. Gylcolic Acid will always be a part of my skincare routine - whether it's these or the Glow Tonic.

Would I buy it again? Yes 

Green People Daily Aloe Shower Gel
You might have seen me feature this product in my Vegan Skincare post. Within that, I said that I'm not at all brand loyal to shower gels. But, I do really rate how natural this product is. It has a really lovely scent and leaves your skin feeling soft and clean. Even if I don't purchase this exact one again, I do like the idea of being more natural with my shower gel.

Would I buy it again? Maybe 

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
I love a face mask, my Sunday wouldn't be complete without one. This has got to my one of the best that I have tried. It really does what it claims. It leaves your skin feeling so soft and feeling nourished. It really does give you a glow, after shifting away all the dirt from your pores. With continued use, I saw an improvement int he texture and appearance of my skin.

Would I buy it again? Absolutely  

What have been some of the products you've been loving or not really feeling? I'd love for you to share them with me in the comments, or via Instagram/Twitter.

Love, Kate xx

This post contains PR samples, however, all opinions are my own.
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