My ~*extra*~ In-flight Skincare Routine

My ~*extra*~ In-flight Skincare Routine

I don’t know about you, but air travel always dries out my skin and leaves me prone to breaking out upon arrival at my destination (it’s the worst!). But, if I’m proactive throughout the flight, I can arrive at my destination with much more cooperative skin.

#DYK: Cabin air is often less than 20% humidity, whereas at home, humidity is 30-50% or more.

Over the last few years, establishing a skincare routine whilst flying has become a mission and I’ve settled on a lineup of products to help. So, after years of international travel, I think I’ve finally perfected my long-haul skincare routine.

Btw: Everything in this routine can be done from the comfort of your seat — no need for back and forth to the lavatory.

To start…

While I don’t travel wearing makeup, I like to start with a clean slate before I begin my skincare regimen. I love Cetaphil’s Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes because they contain aloe vera, green tea, and chamomile. My skin always feels smooth and fresh. It’s good practice to clean your skin once onboard, as well as before landing because cabin air isn’t hygienic.

Right after the first meal is served, my regime kicks into high gear ✔️

Face Masks

I always travel with face masks (including for when I arrive and am fighting dry, puffy-faced jet-lag). I prefer jelly masks focused on hydration vs. paper masks (they dry too quickly in the recycled cabin air). Most masks indicate a 10-15 minute window to let them set, but I try to go for about 45 minutes. If you feel uncomfortable applying a face mask, fear not — opt for Glow Recipe’s Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask. Gently pat the mask into skin until absorbed. Once you’ve hit the 45 minute mark, wipe it off with the Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes.

Serum

Once the mask has begun harden and lose moisture, remove it and tap the mask’s serum into skin. Now apply Ole Henriksen’s Truth Serum. Pause and enjoy the citrus scent.

Eye Cream

Next, I whip out my skyn ICELAND Icelandic Relief Eye Pen and dab the cream gently on under my eye area. I absolutely swear by their Relief Eye Cream in a jar for dark circles, so this on-the-go pen is a necessity.

Moisturizer

Now it’s time to lock in the serum and eye cream with an ultra-rich moisturizing cream. It’s a must-have for applying multiple times throughout the duration of the flight. La Mer’s Crème de la Mer is my obsession, but if the price tag is too high, grab Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.

Sleep

At this point, I’ve arrived at another critical moment in this routine: sleep. Once the eye cream and moisturizer have had time to sink into my skin and I’ve made myself comfortable (as comfortable as one can be), I turn off my overhead light, recline, and put on my Slip Silk Eye Mask. Slip’s eye mask is crafted from the highest grade mulberry silk with the perfect amount of shine, thickness, softness, and durability.

Quick side note: Right before you slip on your eye mask, add a thick layer of Carmex Classic Lip Balm to your lips.

Good morning!

About an hour before touch down, I start to prep my skin for arrival. I use Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Removing Wipes to remove excess product and any dirt from the recycled air.

Prepare for arrival…

Face Mist

Even with my routine, I’ll wake up to dry skin. I’ll mist Tata Harper’s Hydrating Floral Essence on my cleaned skin. If you’re sat next to a rando, this may be a good moment to head to the lavatory to spritz your skin and brush your teeth.

Eye Masks

Next, I apply skyn ICELAND’s Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels and leave on whilst I eat breakfast and hydrate with still water. These eye masks help my face mimic a good night’s sleep, even if I didn’t have one.

Lip Treatment

My final step is swiping on Tata Harper’s Be True lip treatment. It helps lips look fuller and feel softer.

Ps: I live and die by Glossier’s Zit Stick. This portable pen is 5% Benzoyl Peroxide with Tea Tree Oil and Capryloyl Salicylic Acid.

This may seem like a lot of products and steps, but feel free to pick and choose what works best for you. Do you have a fave I missed? Share it with me in the comments or slide into my DMs on IG or Twitter.

Happy Pride 2019 🏳️‍🌈

This weekend, I’m celebrating the final weekend of Pride Month in my This Is A Gay Sock socks from Bonobos.

Visibility of the LGBTQ matters. When the community is actually seen by society (as opposed to being unseen or invisible), people are able to see something represented, they’re better able to understand and grasp who those people are, and this creates an important shift in social consciousness.

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This weekend is significant. We celebrate the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. On June 28, 1969, New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, the largest gay bar in the U.S. (at the time). Raids on gay clubs were common, but this time was different. Outside, protesters threw coins, then beer cans, and at some point, hurled bricks, fuel-filled bottles, and garbage bins at the officers inside. The first Pride march occurred one year later to commemorate the riots.

Fifty years ago, being gay was virtually illegal and anti-discrimination laws nonexistent. Every year since proves to be pivotal, especially now, as it’s met with the aggressive roll back of LGBTQ rights from the Tr*mp administration. I’m sad when I think back to the 2016 rally when he declared, “I will fight for you while Hillary Clinton brings in more people that will threaten your freedoms and beliefs.”

A few items to note…

Opposition to the Equality Act (H.R. 5); Transgender people were banned from serving in the military; Transgender people in federal prisons now housed by sex assigned at birth; Retracting plans to count LGBT people in the 2020 Census; Declining to appoint an LGBT liaison for the White House; Religious liberty policy could allow federal employees and federal contractors to discriminate against LGBT people; The Justice Department argued the Civil Rights Act of 1964 doesn’t protect gay workers from discrimination; State Department cancelled visas for unmarried same-sex partners of diplomats to the United States; Vice President Mike Pence has a history of discrimination against the LGBT community

Tuesday Ten: Pride Capsule Collections

Tuesday Ten: Pride Capsule Collections

It’s #PrideMonth all over the country, as well as the world. And you know what that means — brands are cashing in and launching limited-edition rainbow design collections.

Here’s a look as some of my personal favourites.

Todd Snyder New York x Champion

20% of sales will be donated to the National Park Foundation to support Stonewall National Monument.

ASOS x GLAAD

GLAAD has teamed up with ASOS and 100% of the proceeds from the ASOSxGLAAD collection will be donated to support GLAAD’s culture changing work.

American Eagle x It Gets Better

100% of sales from American Eagle’s 2019 Pride collection will benefit the It Gets Better Project.

H&M

For this year’s Pride, 10% of the global sales price from this collection will support the work of the United Nations’ Free & Equal campaign.

GAP

Gap + Pride Collection will done 15% of sales to the United Nations Foundation in support of the UN Free & Equal Campaign for LGBTI equality.

EXPRESS

Express will donate 25% of the net income to GLAAD to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.

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10% from each sale will be donated between two amazing pride charities: OutRight Action International and LGBT foundation.

Original Penguin

Original Penguin Pride collection supports ALL OUT, a global movement for love and equality.

Hollister

Up to $25,000 in proceeds from the Pride Collection will be donated to GLSEN.

Parke & Ronen

 

Do you have a fave I missed? Share it with me in the comments or slide into my DMs on IG or Twitter.

Featured image via Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune

Music Monday: 3 June 2019

Music Monday: 3 June 2019

So, there’s no denying that the singles released this week were particularly auh-mazing! First, Katy Perry officially released ~the~ BOP of the summer with Never Really Over and Miley Cyrus released a six-track EP (which was just ok, imo). But worry not, there’s also new tunes from Camila Cabello, Rita Ora, Cheryl, MIKA (finally), King Princess, and more.

Never Really Over / Katy Perry

Party Up The Stree / Miley Cyrus (feat. Swae Lee, Mike WiLL Made-It)

Find You Again / Mark Ronson + Camila Cabello

Glad He’s Gone / Tove Lo

Ritual / Tiesto, Jonas Blue + Rita Ora

Spicy / Herve Pagez & Diplo (feat. Charli XCX)

All My Friends / Madeon

Do Me / Kim Petras

Let You / Cheryl

Sad Forever / Lauv

Cheap Queen / King Princess

Cruel To Be Kind / Ea Kaya

You so Cool / Eva-Lina

Jealous / Ingrid Michaelson

Castles / Freya Ridings

Mermaid / Be The Bear

I See Red / Geowulf

Ice Cream / MIKA

Love Yourself / Sufjan Stevens

U / Goldroom + Chela

Don’t forget to subscribe to my Spotify profile to stay up-to-date on all my playlists. Have a song I should hear? Leave a comment with your suggestion!

Tuesday Ten: Swim Trunks

Tuesday Ten: Swim Trunks

Have you been inundated with swim truck ad emails? I have, which tells me one thing → the summer fashion show is about to be in full swing.

I like to build an outfit around my swimwear, which is why I go for something with style, but will also fit my body type. A good rule of thumb for all: solid colour trunks in dark neutrals have the most potential to pair with any linen button-down shirt to elevate your look for dinner, but also mix perfectly with a graphic tee or polo. Prints can be a little tricky, but they definitely show your personality.

I’ve sourced some of my favourite swimsuits (or is it bathing suits?) in a range of prices ($14.99–$490) and styles.

Goodfellow & Co x Target Colorblock Swim Trunk ($14.99)

boohooMAN Stripe Swim Short ($15.40)

Farah Colbert Tribal Scribble Swim Short ($46.72)

PacSun Boardies On Board Swim Trunk ($69.95)

2(X)IST Ibiza Swim Short ($75)

Ted Baker Planktn Swim Short ($95)

Mack Weldon Board Short ($98)

Paul Smith Swim Trunks ($150)

charlie Resort Short ($165)

Thom Browne Long-length Swim Short ($490)

Do you have a fave I missed? Share it with me in the comments or slide into my DMs on IG or Twitter.

PS: Be sure to check back soon for a post about everything in my summer tote.

Featured image via Humanities Truck

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Edition

Gift Guide: Mother’s Day Edition

Mother’s Day is such an important day: what do you give someone who does so much for those around her? I’ve consulted some of the best mamas I know, and here are a few gift ideas for every superwoman on your list.

Tata Harper Exclusive Mother’s Day Sets ($155 ~ $595)

Rifle Paper Co. Protective iPhone Cover ($34)

Herbivore Botanicals Jade Roller ($30)

Kindle E-reader ($69)

Everlane Folderover Crossbody ($150)

Amazon Home Cleaning Service

Urbanstems Flower Subscription ($50 ~ $119)

What are you getting the special woman in your life?

The Celery Juice Craze

The Celery Juice Craze

A search for #CeleryJuice on Instagram returns over 133k posts (not including all the variations on the hashtag). Users say that drinking the green juice has cured them of a variety of problems. Goop even shares stories touting its “potent healing properties.”

There’s something else about celery juice that could explain its popularity on social media, according to Malina Malkani, registered dietitian nutritionist and spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “The beautiful green color of celery juice also lends itself to gorgeous photos in an Instagram feed.” LOL

Celery has become the most expensive ingredient across numerous juice bars and healthy cafés. The increase in demand is partly fuelled by Anthony Williams, a self-proclaimed medical medium.

So, what are these health benefits?

Celery, while low-calorie (just 3 in a 5-inch stalk), provides a healthy dose of fiber, and vitamins C and K and potassium. Other advantages include helping with inflammation, boosting energy levels, adding anti-oxidants, improving overall health as well as a way to cleanse or ‘reset’ your body.

Despite the claims, few studies have investigated whether drinking celery juice actually improves health. Food experts say there is no evidence to prove celery as a superfood.

And with that in mind, here’s my attempt at #CeleryJuice:

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I found the taste of straight celery juice too strong, so I added one apple. Although, it’s believed the greatest benefits come when celery juice is consumed on its own. (William says celery juice is most powerful when you drink it solo.)

What are your thoughts? Do you have a cup of celery juice to start your day?

2019: A Fresh Start

2019: A Fresh Start

And just like that, Christmas has come and gone. The decorations are packed away and now it’s time to give the house a fresh restart. Between hosting guests and acquiring more stuff, the holiday season can leave our homes in disarray and us feeling a bit chaotic. It’s in this moment I find myself inspired. There’s nothing I enjoy more than a good playlist and a new candle to really kick myself into high gear.

Oh, I’m skipping the new candle and going for a simple (and fun) stovetop potpourri — all the ingredients you need for this are right in your kitchen.

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2019: My New Year’s Goals

2019: My New Year’s Goals

Happy New Year! *insert champagne bottle, glass clinking, and party popper emojis* I hope that you enjoyed ringing in the New Year. It’s officially 2019, and you know what that means: time to kick your resolutions or goals into high gear. Somehow, January 1 is symbolic and represents an opportunity to “turn it around” with a fresh calendar year.

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