By Natalie Alcala, Birchbox
Travel in style (and beauty!) with our expert's jet setting tips.
With any luck, you have summer getaway plans that will take you far, far away. And what better way to use your in-flight time than to experiment with some fun beautifiers? Sure, you may bewilder your seatmate when you bust out a sheet mask or sassy nail strips, but in the end, you'll be the one who's primped and polished as soon as you touch down. Bon voyage!
A FACIAL MIST
Beauty Benefit: Keep your skin from getting thirsty by spritzing it with a natural facial mist like Melvita's Rose Floral Spray. Distilled from rosa damescena petals, this spray works with water clover and lemon extract to rehydrate skin while helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
Freak Out Factor: The fresh floral scent of this spray will have passengers wondering where the bouquet of roses is hiding.
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A SHEET MASK
Beauty Benefit: You're stuck on a plane anyway-why not give yourself a mini facial? Masqueology's single-use masks are soaked in a nutrient-rich serum that brightens and evens out skin tone. All you have to do is unfold the paper mask and apply it to your face. Twenty minutes later, you'll be completely refreshed-no rinsing necessary!
Freak Out Factor: The slithery sheath over your face will make you look like a creepy mummy (or plastic surgery addict), but it's totally worth it.
Beauty Benefit: Did you forget to squeeze in a gel manicure before you left? Don't fret. Nail strips, like Incoco's Nail Appliqués, are dry and odorless so you can safely apply them in your seat. Just unfold your tray table, select your strip size, apply, and file down to the nail's shape using the included travel-size file.
Freak Out Factor: Achieving glossy red nails sans drying time will certainly confuse your seatmate, but they'll quickly thank you for not opting to use actual polish with fumes.
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Beauty Benefit: After hours on a plane, anyone's hair is bound to start looking a little limp. Sop up any excess oil and add volume with a little dry shampoo. For travel, we like powder formulas like LuLu Organics Hair Powder. Lightly sprinkle a dime-size amount of this rice powder-infused formula on roots and work in with your hands. The delicious lavender aroma will leave your hair smelling fresh and clean.
Freak Out Factor: Applying a mysterious white powder to your head is sure to raise eyebrows, so be prepared to explain yourself.
Beauty Benefit: Snoozed through the lame in-flight movie? Quickly de-puff sleepy eyes with soothing pads like Borghese's Eye Compresses, which have naturally moisturizing extracts like tea seed and witch hazel. Just apply a pad to each eye for five to ten minutes.
Freak Out Factor: Another mummifier, à la the Masqueology mask. At this point, your seatmate will wonder how you've managed to fit an entire spa into your carry on bag. (Tell them it's all thanks to Birchbox.)
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By Natalie Alcala, Birchbox