In Flight Essentials

Recently I jetted off to Shanghai to perform some concerts that were be broadcast on Chinese radio and television. I think we can all agree that long distance flights are an experience that nobody enjoys: leg and back cramps, airplane food, exhaustion and of course, air conditioning that dries out our skin. Even if I didn’t have to be made up and ready to go the day I land, I’d still want to make sure my skin doesn’t get too dehydrated. By no means am I a skincare expert, but over the years I’ve picked up some tips and tricks that have really helped my skin.


The first thing I do when I get to my seat is take off all my makeup – there’s nothing worse than the feeling of day old foundation on your skin and for this, I like to use a micellar water infused cleansing wipe. Next, I bring out the oh so sexy sheet mask and leave that on for around half an hour. Note: people will likely give you odd looks but who cares when you step off the plane with glowing skin? On shorter flights (less than 8 hours) I’ll use something slightly less conspicuous such as the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask or the Lancome Hydra Intense mask. After I remove the mask, I pat the excess product away and apply a night moisturiser.

My lips are constantly dry due to my love affair with matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks. I used to be a die hard fan of the Lucas Paw Paw ointment but a makeup artist told me that products that are vaseline based don’t actually help heal the lips and will in fact dry them out even more over time because the slippery feeling isn’t really the product sinking in. Since then, I’ve tried lip balms from various brands and some of my favourites have included the Dior Creme de Rose (absolutely divine, except for the price), Nuxe Reve de Miel and my current Philosophy Kiss Me Goodnight. These all leave my lips feeling soothed and hydrated, even after 8 hours of sleep, so I apply religiously throughout the flight.

Finally, I use a night eye cream  – this one by Kiehls is great – and gently tap it in to the skin around my eyes before trying to get some shut eye. And of course, I’ll always drink plenty of water.

What are your long haul flight survival tips?

These are a few of my favourite things


For my first ever blog post, I thought I’d share some of my favourite products currently. Generally my makeup aesthetic leans towards natural looking skin with a focus on eyes, or a bold lip, but if you follow my Instagram you will know that I’m not averse to slapping all the products on at once!

The Dior Air Nude Serum Foundation has been a firm favourite of mine since last spring – it offers medium coverage with a very skin like finish, not dewy nor matte. I use the dropper directly on my face and buff it in using the Tarte airbrush kabuki brush and it’s super quick application with a long lasting result.

Next up is bronzing and blush. I know all the hype is about contouring/strobing/colour correcting, but for an everyday look I prefer just a light dusting of a neutral bronzer with a big brush for a bit warmth and depth. I picked up the Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow when I was in London last year and it was so worth the money, and the half day it took dragging my poor friend to Selfridges. The texture is very finely milled and it blends like a dream, and the highlighter is the perfect everyday glowy-but-not-like-a-discoball colour for my cheekbones. I’m a total blush addict and I think I may just own every peachy coloured blush on the market. Currently I’m rotating between Nars Gina, Tarte Blissful and Chanel Malice and big surprise, they’re all peachy toned. The Chanel has a beautiful subtle gold shimmer running through it so on days when I want to be extra glowy, I’ll blend that over my cheeks and sweep it lightly over my cheekbones too.

Can we all take a moment to admire the beauty that is the Tartelette in Bloom palette? I’m a sucker for bronze eyeshadow and the shade Firecracker is stunning. I sweep it over my lid and blend out the crease using one of the burgundy matte colours, and the two dark colours can be used as liner. I love having mascara loaded lashes (subtlety? No I’ve never heard of it…) and the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes mascara delivers exactly what its name says. Admittedly it didn’t impress me when I first used it but a few weeks after opening, it’s now one of my all time favourites and I will be very sad the day it completely dries out.

I own more lipsticks than any human needs or should have, and I’m embarrassed to say that I hardly ever wear the bold bright colours. I love the look of a pop of colour on the lips but I never feel like I can pull it off, but lately I’ve made an effort to wear a bold lip and I’m loving it! My go to currently is the Estee Lauder lipstick in Restless, from the collaboration with Kendall Jenner last year. It’s such a beautiful bright orange-red, more orange than MAC Lady Danger but less so than MAC Morange. Estee Lauder’s matte formula is incredible – there’s no shine at all and yet it doesn’t feel dry nor does it drag on the lips during application.

So there you have it! These are my current favourites and I have plenty more to ramble on about – what are your beauty obsessions?

Jenny xo