Monday, January 18, 2016

My Carry-On Essentials: Jet-Set Comfort & Style

Admit it - you love to travel but long flights are never as glamorous as they seem. It's hard to keep a beauty routine going when you've been breathing in stale cabin air for 7 hours and haven't had enough time for a proper night's sleep.

Today I'm sharing with you a few in-flight essentials I like to stow away in my carry-on bag whenever I have a long-haul trip. These little luxuries make me look and feel like a million bucks, even if I'm jet-lagged!

As you can tell, skincare is an absolute essential for me while traveling. Flying on an airplane for any extended period of time can take a serious toll on our skin - especially if your skin is already very dry, like mine.

Laneige is a fantastic Korean beauty and skincare brand that recently launched in the USA. It has a wonderful range of luxury products that are offered at a great value (the line is predominately sold nationwide via Target stores). The brand is owned by AMORE PACIFIC, the luxury line that has already made its way to the USA. In many ways Laniege offers a similar range to its luxury parent brand, just at a more accessible price point.

For daily use, the Laneige Water Bank Moisture Cream ($32 at Target) is hard to beat. This cream gives your skin an instant surge of moisture. It's unscented and goes on thick enough for you to really feel, but quickly absorbs. The active ingredients are Hydro Ionized Mineral Water and Biogen, which deliver 6 moisture-maximizing minerals deep into the skin. The moisturizing effect really does last all day and helps strengthen your skin's moisture barrier.

One thing I love about Laneige products is that they come with a plastic scoop you can use to remove the amount of product you need for each single use. That way, you don't have to worry about contaminating the rest of the jar with your hands or a makeup sponge.

The Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($24 at Target) is the perfect way to relax your skin at the end of the day and is my favorite product in the Laneige line. This gel mask has an immediate cooling effect and goes on your skin more smoothly than any other skincare product I have ever tried. It's silky smooth and seeps right into your skin immediately upon application. It has a lovely botanic scent because it's infused with Orange Flower, Rose, and Sandalwood. The scent is extremely soothing and actually helps you get to sleep at night! Other active ingredients include Hunza Apricot Extract, acting as a brightening anti-oxidant, and Chestnut Extract for retexturizing.

This product is very easy to use, just apply evenly across your face after using a toner.  Once the product is absorbed completely, leave the treatment on overnight and rinse off in the morning. It's recommended to use this product once or twice per week.

The Laneige BB Cushion Compact ($34 at Target, includes refill) is the most natural looking foundation I've found on the market. It is also the best foundation for dry skin because the cushion compact retains the moisture in the product and gives your skin a dewy glow. My skin is pretty fair, so I used the "Light" color. However, I recently received a sample for this product in my Target Beauty Box, which included mini cushions in all 4 of the shades on offer: Light, Medium, Medium Dark, and Dark. Since the product blends in your skin so naturally, the 4 shades are easy to match with any skin tone.

This product also has some serious sun protection capabilities. Not only does it apply coverage like a foundation, but it is also a SPF 50+ broad spectrum sunscreen! This is perfect to bring along for any trip you're taking - skiing in The Alps or hitting the beach in Mexico.

I found that one cushion lasted me about a month. However, each cushion compact includes a refill too! So, it's actually a really great value and each purchase will last you a long time. Target has a special deal on right now for these compacts. With any $20 select skincare purchase, which would include any of these compacts, you will receive a $5 Target gift card!

The full-size versions of these products (what I've reviewed) should all meet TSA-approval for carry-on toiletries. The Water Bank Moisture Cream is 1.6 fluid ounces, the Water Sleeping Mask is 2.7 fluid ounces, and the BB Cushion Compact is .52 ounces. The perfect complement to Laneige's luxurious skincare routine when I'm "wheels up"? I brought along my Color Club nail polish and Fragonard fragrance towelettes so I could look, smell, and feel completely refreshed on a long-haul flight!

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This is a sponsored post. Laneige provided me with the Water Bank Moisture Cream, Water Sleeping Mask, and BB Cushion Compact for free for review purposes. I have since purchased another BB Cushion Compact and plan to buy more of their products!

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