Flying Beautifully: My 5 Airplane Beauty Essentials of The Moment

Lately I’ve been traveling – loads! From Florida (visiting my parents), to LA, to London with Kryolan to NY for a a couple of days taping TV segments, back to LA and – finally – as of 7am this morning, back home in NYC (for a short time anyway). Needless to say, it feels like I’ve been spending more time on airplanes and living out of suitcases than I have in my cozy NYC apartment. Other than my inflatable neck pillow, plush eye mask and cashmere slippers (all of which accompany me on any long flight in a perfectly sized satin Prada clutch which came with a pair of brocade flats I’ve long abandoned – along with the blisters they consistently left on my sore soles), I’ve found a few key beauty products that make any long day of airplane travel as beautifying as possible…

Collyre Bleu Eye Drops ($22.50). Makeup artist Karina Montoya of Wonderland Beauty Parlor once used these bright blue eye drops to brighten my tired eyes on a long video shoot and I never forgot about how the bold blue drops instantly revived my dry, red and visibly tired eyes. Needless to say, when I saw my travel schedule, I immediately ordered them online and they were just as quickly added to my sandwhich bag of airplane must haves. Other than having to worry about getting them on your clothes (they stain!) these blue eye drops straight from France are a hydrating and brightening eye essential.

Yes To Blueberries Brightening Eye Roller ($19.99). When it comes to looking awake straight off a red eye (or just when seriously jet lagged), Yes To Blueberrie Brightening Eye Roller is the way to go. It’s 99% naturally age-defying and antioxidant rich botanicals stimulate circulation, brighten dark circles and fight free radicals while the cooling ball rolls away puffiness and stress. Now that I’m back home, this is going in my desk drawer too.

Egyptian Magic ($37.20). Rumor has it that Kate Hudson slathers this on her face before overnight flights and, well, now I do too. (This pretty much makes us besties, right?!) I discovered this product at Liberty department store in London but with a brutal conversion rate ordered it online and immediately added it to my beauty routine. The olive oil and honey based balm is greasy, so it’s not for the easily embarassed on long flights – but for all of you for whom landing beautifully is worth the expense of having your seat mates make fun of you, this is the way to go – and, no, it won’t clog pores!

Colgate Wisps ($7.99). When brushing your teeth is impossible (or just questionably sanitary when it comes to using airplane sink water), Colgate Wisps keep plaque and bad breath at bay. They’re better than any piece of gum – although I do stock up on the new Trident Vitality Zen gum before flights as well.

Goody Spin Pins ($6.49). When it comes to keeping your hair looking its best, even when you’ve been sleeping with your head pressed up against an airplane window, Goody Spin Pins are lifesavers! Divide hair like you would if you were to make pigtails, twist each half away from your face and use the corkscrew like pins to secure each half in a bun, Princess Leah style. (Again, not for the easily embarrassed, but you’ll walk off the plane with salon-worthy style!)

What are some of your beauty essentials when traveling? I’d love to know!