Greetings! In case you’re wondering where I’ve run off to, I’m halfway across the globe, sitting underneath an air conditioning vent and guzzling water like a…I don’t know. What guzzles water?
I’ll be in Taiwan until the end of June, and as you can probably tell from these pictures, I’m still trying to figure out my photo setup here. It should be my priority, right? But in the past less-than-24-hours, I chose to go a-hauling instead. In my defense, I packed for this trip in an hour and forgot a huge chunk of essentials. More on that tomorrow. Today is all about my beauty routine on 12 hour flights.
First off, credit where credit is due. I wouldn’t have thought to do any of this without this video from the brilliant Lisa Eldridge:
If you haven’t seen this video already, you must watch it. Considering the fact that my skin almost always reacts negatively to plane travel, I was very pleased to find it glowy and practically flaw-free this morning (I’ve finally gotten it to revert back to its normal state. Only took two months…grumble). I won’t go into all the products that I used, but for the most part, I stuck to her routine and swapped in things I already owned. What I will do is tell you my top 5 products in this super secret bag (my absolute favorite GWP from Lancôme, über-cute and playfully chic).
There’s the requisite pack of Colgate Wisps, which I talked about here, the next best thing to brushing your teeth when you don’t want to deal with the hassle. Keep your lips hydrated with a good balm when you’re done, and keep reapplying throughout the flight to prevent them from drying out. I’m partial to a generous coat of Shiseido Therapino Oil Balm. Then, and this is the best part, bring your favorite sheet mask in a ziploc bag (TSA guidelines and all), then bust it out on the plane and enjoy your 20 minutes of blissful relaxation. I have no idea whether or not people were staring at me seeing as I took my glasses off, but that was the only time in my life I have ever fallen into a spa-like trance on a plane. If you’d prefer to be less obvious, go the Lisa Eldridge route and use a gel/cream mask.
As the plane prepares to descend, I brace myself for more weird looks and sprinkle some Not Your Mother’s Girl Powder* on my roots. A few finger-fluffs, and my formerly squished hair suddenly has new life. And finally, lipstick. Now, I know what you’re going to say, is it really necessary to bring a red lipstick? Yes! Well, maybe. If you’d like to emulate my crazy ways, slick on a coat of Kate Moss for Rimmel 01 as you touch down, and dot a tiny bit onto your cheeks. Now you’re ready to go fight the crowds at baggage claim.
Off to visit my cousin now, she’s one month old and they named her after me! I have high hopes, shall we call her mini-MM?
Love from Taipei,
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