What’s in my makeup bag – Hand Luggage Edition!

I have another fab guest blogger for you all today. Isobel is a fashion and beauty blogger London. She writes Isobel Rose which is full of great reviews, outfits and even some pictures of her trips.

Today she is sharing her makeup bag with us and she talks about the plastic bag restrictions and what she is taking with her.
It’s somewhat crazy yet entirely true that everyday the world is getting smaller. Even up to a few decades ago, the average person was lucky to be able to go on holiday abroad before they turned 25, yet nowadays air travel has become an ever-preset reality in our everyday lives.
Living on the opposite side of the world to my parents means that I am lucky enough to travel a fair bit, and have for most of my life. This means that with all of these crazy liquid restrictions and luggage allowances, I’ve picked up a few nifty tricks along the way to help me survive my rather lengthy (13 hour!) flight home. 
In recent years we have seen the introduction of the little plastic bags that restrict how much liquid we can take in our hand luggage. For a while I simply used a ziplock bag, but after getting a free, more durable plastic pocket with a new suitcase, I realised how much easier and more environmentally friendly it was. After years of practice, you’d be surprised how much I can now fit in that little plastic bag – and what’s better, I can use it over and over again! You can buy sets like the one shown, that come with a bag and several bottles/pots to decant products into, in shops like Boots, Superdrug, Primark and H&M.

The contents of the bag is obviously totally customisable according to your own needs, flight time etc, but I like to include the basics as well as a few extras in case I need to go somewhere straight off of the plane.

So here is what I would usually bring on any flight – an array of products that can keep me hydrated throughout and prepare me for anything when I get off at the other end.
I couldn’t find my usual travel pack of Nivea face wipes so I picked so up at H&M for just under £1. These are really important, especially for overnight flights as you will want to take off any makeup before you go to bed just like any other night. Travel packs like these are available in any Boots or Superdrug in their ‘Travel’ section. If you prefer a liquid makeup remover, decant a little into a little spray bottle and take a few cotton pads.
This is one of my extras that I wouldn’t necessarily bother with if I knew I was heading straight home from the airport, but I like to keep it in my bag for other times. Plus – if it’s a long haul flight (boring!) then you can always have a little play-around with your makeup 🙂
Ah, every girls best friend (especially after a lack of sleep on a long flight)! Your choice of concealer is totally up to you – although I would advise sticking with a higher coverage, moisturising formula, as the plane air will dry your skin our and a lack of sleep could leave you with some nasty under eye circles.
A spot treatment is always good to have on you in general. You never know when one of those suckers may pop up, so I always like to have one on me.
No matter how sleep deprived you look, mascara will always be your friend. It will help open up your (possibly) tired looking eyes, or just help to refresh your makeup.
Another essential for me. Just like mascara, making sure your brows look tidy will instantly frame your face and make you appear more put together. Even if I’m heading straight home, this just makes me feel more presentable!
This is an optional extra. Just like putting an eyeliner in my bag for a night out, I like to carry one to refresh my makeup on a shorter flight or to reapply before landing on a long haul flight. I prefer to take a brown eyeliner as it looks more natural and is less messy to remove.
This is a must. We all know how dry the air is whilst flying, so it is essential to keep your body moist – especially your lips! There is nothing worse than cracked, sore lips whilst also battling potential sleep deprivation and/or jet-lag – trust me!
Simply to freshen up! I personally like to take my little Travalo as it is small enough to take as hand luggage, but has a large enough capacity (65 sprays) to last me abroad. No perfume bottles = lighter baggage = more room for makeup!
I take this with me to use in the rare case that I have to do something immediately after landing or have a few hours further to travel. I take a sample size of primer (the one show I got free with a magazine) as I don’t use it that often, but it is always handy to have! 
Again this is all about keeping your lips hydrated. The reason I like to bring this in addition to a lip balm is that not only does it add colour to your lips, you can also use it to add colour to your cheeks – making you look even more fresh-faced!
Just like the concealer, a foundation will help to conceal any signs of fatigue. It can also come in handy if any pesky skin problems decide to appear during the flight, or if you are meeting someone at the other end and want to look your best. Again, try to find a sample of depot some of your own into a little jar to save you space. 
Last but certainly not least is moisturiser. This is by far the most important item you can take with you. Being on a plane for any amount of time completely sucks the moisture out of your body – so it is extremely important to keep it as hydrated as possible. However, don’t solely rely on moisturiser, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated.
I hope this little guide was useful to you guys. I know it may seem a little excessive to some of you but I like to be prepared for all situations. Flights, especially long ones, can be boring, so doing your makeup will keep you occupied and will keep you looking fresh and ready to hit the ground running when you land!
Thanks Isobel for the fab post don’t forget to check out her links below! What do you take on your long haul flights?

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  1. 1st August 2012 / 6:39 pm

    Brilliant post, I'm going away in September so this is really helpful. I have discovered that wet wipes and solid make up like lipsticks and concealers don't have to go in the plastic bag, more room for other stuff!

  2. 2nd August 2012 / 9:09 am

    I love posts like this, I love seeing peoples different routines for flights!


  3. 4th August 2012 / 1:09 am

    Some great tips, thanks! 🙂 xx


  4. 5th August 2012 / 3:38 pm

    wet wipes are such a god send on long haul flights! Enjoyed reading your blog xo

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