Beauty // 5 Step Travelling Skincare from a Flight Attendant

DSC_0085After being a long/shorthaul flight attendant for almost 2 years I’ve had my fair share of skin issues while travelling. Let’s be frank, flying can be super drying and damaging to your skin. So what exactly happens to your skin at 30,000 feet? A 7 hour flight can remove up to 1/2 litre of water from your body. I’ve narrowed it down to a select few products, tried and tested in which I now swear by. Read on to find out more…

Step 1 – Moisture Surge Moisturiser and All About Eyes Cream

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Moisture Surge extended thirst relief is a super light weight, watery moisturiser/gel that plumps skin with hydration for a full 24 hours. I’ve use many thick creams to help fix my dry and dehydrated skin and nothing I have used in the past has done the job. Hand on heart, I swear by this product. It leaves my skin baby soft and hydrated. Out of all products this is my fave. Along with this, I pair it with “All about eyes” eye cream. I find when flying as crew or as a passenger, there is a lot of sleepless nights or super early starts, leaving eyes puffy and dark. A dab of this eye cream over lids and under eyes will sort all issues out.

Step 2 – Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate

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Supercharged water-gel concentrate instantly quenches dehydrated skin and boosts skin’s moisture reservoir for a full 24 hours. The product uses antioxidant spheres containing Vitamin C and E to combat anti ageing, as we all know flying can age the skin dramatically too. I use this on top of Step 1 to lock in moisture and now and again pop it on top of my SPF makeup. There is even a concentrate for men too: Maximum Hydrator Concentrate

Step 3 – Evian Facial Spray

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This Evian facial spray is the perfect way to freshen up your skin mid flight or mid adventure when you’ve arrived to your destination. The tiny water droplets are instantly absorbed into the skin to keep it hydrated. I use this over my makeup, before I go on crew rest and before I land.

Step 4 – Midnight Recovery Concentrate

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This is the crème de la crème of elixir’s. The best one on the market. As soon as I get downroute in the evenings, my make up comes off and this oil comes on. Using a few drops warmed between my fingers I simply pat it onto my skin and Ta-Dah! Glowy skin in the morning. Sometimes if I’m doing an overnight flight I apply this, then my tinted moisturiser on top to lock in the magic. Best thing is, the formula is 99.8% natural-derived.

Step 5 – L’Oreal Clay Face Mask and Hydra Genius

DSC_0059After the excitement of a trip and visiting vibrant cities, it can clog up your skin. Once I’m back home I spend my evening using the L’Oreal Pure Clay face masks. Each mask has a different power. I use a little bit of each on different areas of the face to combat dull skin, spots and draw out any dirt/pollution. I finish off by applying a layer of Hydra Genius Aloe Water and letting it soak in. Perfect way to end a long trip.

My final and most important piece of advice is so easy and simple. DRINK WATER. I cannot say this enough. Hydrate your body and you’ll feel and see the difference. I aim to drink 1-2 litres of water on a flight and continue to drink plenty of water wherever I am travelling. 

Hope I’ve inspired you with some new skincare products. Just look after yourself, you’ll thank yourself in the future.

24 Hour Guide // Boston, MA – USA

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

My airport standby surprise resulted in flying to a city that stays close to my heart, Boston, MA. I have visited this city numerous times with my family over the past few years.

With our rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone. – boston.gov/visiting-boston

Boston as a city is unique; having visited many cities in the US, to this day,  it ranks top of my ‘favourites list’. I tend to find many US cities ‘concrete jungles’, whereas Boston with it’s heritage and contrast between old and new makes it an exciting place to explore.

DSC_0176Breakfast – Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe

As I had a full day to explore, I decided to start with a proper breakfast. From Back Bay we had a short walk to a famous diner to get our hands on some classic American breakfast.  Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe has been described as “equal parts old-school diner and neighborhood coffee shop” but among the locals, it is known for its breakfasts…Boy are they right! Getting a seat was hard enough, be prepared to wait…if you’re British bring your humour, they like to tease us a little.

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DSC_0179French Toast, Bagels and Coffee…YUM.

DSC_0183The thing I love a lot about Boston, is that everything is in walking distance. There is the option to ride the T (Boston underground) all over the city, however with the amount there is to explore, you do not want to miss out being underground on a train. Best way to see the city is to follow the Freedom Trail. This takes you to all the prominent history points and there are free tours too, which is a bonus.

DSC_0188The beautiful contrast between old and new, right in the heart of the City. Above is Trinity Church a short walk from Back Bay.

Boston Public Gardens

Continue walking past Trinity Church you will come across Boston Public Gardens. We were heading towards Quincy Market and had the opportunity to walk through this quaint park. Boston Public Gardens is adjacent to Boston Common. We did have a little wander through Boston Common, but came upon a large rally, so we were advised to divert by the police for our own safety.

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DSC_0197Quincy Market / Faneuil Hall / Freedom Trail 

Quincy Market is a shopping district in Boston made up of 3 historic market buildings and a promenade. If you are looking for food and shopping, look no further. We walked though the main market hall (middle photo) and safe to say, it was food heaven! Offering local foods famous to Massachusetts such as: Boston Cream Pies, Clam Chowder and Maine Lobster Rolls – every kind of food your heart desires.  After visting Quincy Market, we were back onto the Freedom Trail onto our next location.

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DSC_0210Christopher Colombus Waterfront Park / Harbour

Down to the waterfront to the historic harbour where the famous Boston Tea Party happened. The New England aquarium is also situated at the harbour front.

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DSC_0223North End – Little Italy 

As mentioned before, Boston is easily accessible by foot. From the harbour, we walked slightly back on ourselves and ended up in North End, Boston’s Italian neighbourhood. It is a maze of narrow streets with some of the city’s oldest buildings. On the Freedom Trail, you will pass historic sites like the 1680 Paul Revere House and the Old North Church, which played a key role at the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

Italian restaurants, coffee shops, pastry shops and delis pack the area, especially on Hanover Street. We stopped off at Caffe Vittoria, the first Italian coffee shop in Boston. Just a few stores up the road you will find the famous Mike’s Pastry shop. You can get your cannoli fix there, just be prepared to queue up… it’s super busy!

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DSC_0237Other Recommendations:

  • Harvard University – Especially if you’re a Legally Blonde fan
  • Boston Trolley Tours
  • Boston Duck Tours – On Land and Water tour
  • Fenway Park
  • TD Garden
  • Salem – If you have time, get on a 35 min train to learn about the historic witch trials
  • Gilette Stadium – Home of the best NFL team, The New England Patriots of course!
  • Prudential Center Boston Skywalk

Hope you enjoy exploring Boston.

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48 Hour Guide // Seoul – South Korea

I was able to venture to a country I had never expected to visit in my lifetime…South Korea. This guide provides a short but sweet itinerary for spending 48 hours in Seoul. I stayed just outside Seoul in a place called Incheon which took about 1hr 45mins by train to the centre. Unfortunately, because of this I wasn’t able to fit in everything I had planned (if you are centrally located, this would be easier). This is therefore a mix of what I did and what I recommend to do in 48 hours.

Seoul.jpgGyeongbokgung Palace 

The Gyeongbokgung Palace was built in 1395 and is one of the largest palaces in South Korea. It was destroyed by the Japanese in the early 20thcentury and has been gradually reconstructed since then.

Gyeongbokgung Palace is a huge collection of Traditional Korean style buildings behind the Gwanghwham Gate, with architecture that is reminiscent of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Just behind the Palace sits the beautiful Bukasan Mountain.

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DSC_0134Gwanghwham Gate & Changing of the Guards

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DSC_0125Bukchon Hanok Village 

A mix between old and new. Explore the streets of Bukchon with traditional Korean neighbourhoods overlooking a modern city.

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IMG_6405.jpgMyeong-dong Shopping District 

Myeong-Dong is a lively shopping district in the heart of Seoul. If you’re into your Korean beauty trends, this is right up your street. Filled to the brim with food stalls and local street sellers there is something everyone will enjoy. You will also find your favourite western shops eg. Zara, H&M etc. Continue walking up and you’ll find the road ventures off into little streets just as lively and colourful. If crowds aren’t your thing, this won’t be for you. Myeong-dong attracts over 1 million people daily…just bear that in mind.

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DSC_0172Eat: Korean BBQ

Meat. BBQ. What’s not to love? Simply order off a menu and cook it yourself on grills built into the dining table. Do not pass on the opportunity to experience this authentic Korean Cuisine .

My other recommendations:

  • Cheonggyechon Stream
  • Dongdaemoon Market
  • Namdaemun Market
  • Gangnam…Yes do it Gangnam Style 
  • Seoul Tower

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