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Pinay Flight Attendants’ Beauty Products | FN

Keeping your face smooth, flake-free, and hydrated all-day is no easy task—let alone when you’re 30,000 feet high above the ground!

As anyone who has flown would know, dry skin becomes drier (and yes, even oilier) the longer you stay in a plane, and this is especially true for flights that go beyond six hours. It’s mainly due to a bad combination of dry, recirculated cabin air that sucks moisture from the skin and other factors like the artificial pressure that causes “less blood flow to the skin, which may make for a dull appearance”, according to a clinical instructor in dermatology Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin in an interview with Allure

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But despite this skin-wrecking environment, flight attendants have always managed to look fresh and plakado throughout their volley of trips. So how do they manage to lift-off and touch-down with seemingly flawless complexions? Five Pinay flight attendants reveal what they stash in their kikay kits—plus, their pre-flight beauty rituals! 

Nikole Gapit, 25 

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For smooth, hydrated skin:  

“I make sure to pile on a ton of moisturizing products before going to work. Some of these products include the Drunk Elephant’s B-Hydra Serum, and Bobbi Brown’s Vitamin Enriched Face Base. I also love using Drunk Elephant’s A-Passioni for my retinol needs.

TRY: Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, P3,065, available on Sephora PH 

TRY: Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base, available on Rustan’s The Beauty Source

TRY: Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, P4,360, available at Sephora PH 

“Also, drinking at least four liters of water before and during a flight works! Aside from that, I spritz on Lush’s Tea Tree Water Toner Water whenever my face would feel a little bit tight [in-flight]. I also made an oil concoction composed of jojoba oil and vitamin E for my nails, hands, and arms.”

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For flawless, long-lasting makeup:  

The key to looking fresh for long haul flights is to use waterproof makeup! Invest in good waterproof eye and eyebrow products because they’re usually the first ones to melt away in a flight.”  

Jaire Natividad, 29 

For smooth, hydrated skin:  

“To keep my skin fresh and hydrated, I always have a facial spray or facial mist with me. I use it whenever my skin feels dry or when I see dry patches forming on my face. Some products that I really like are Elizabeth Arden’s 8 Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist, Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray With Aloe Herbs and Rose Water, and Nature Republic’s Aloe Vera Soothing Mist. I also spray it before and after I retouch my makeup. Another thing that I bring with me at work is an oil control blotter film. It helps get rid of the excess oil on my face. My favorite is the Gatsby’s Oil Clear Sheet.” 

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TRY: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Miracle Hydrating Mist 

TRY: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater, available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source and Sephora PH

TRY: Nature Republic Aloe Vera 92% Soothing Gel Mist, P275, available at Beauty MNL 

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For a flawless, long-lasting makeup:  

“Using a good primer and setting it with a loose fine powder is what works for me. Also, blotting excess oil and spraying facial mists help keep your make up looking fresh throughout the flight.” 

“Also, having a light base and then setting it with a loose powder looks way better for a 16-hour flight, compared to when you apply too much foundation and powder on. A heavy base has the tendency to look cakey or patchy and it will feel very uncomfortable. Just remember: less is more.”

Kim Altonaga, 25 

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For a smooth, hydrated skin:  

I usually moisturize my skin before putting any makeup on—the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream is my favorite! Then, I apply a layer of primer with SPF on my skin; I use CeraVe Ultra Light Moisturizing Lotion.” 

TRY: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, available in leading Kiehl’s stores nationwide 

TRY: CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM Ultra Lightweight, P850, available at The Skin Curator 

After putting on my makeup, I spritz on Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea. During a flight, I usually spritz The Body Shop’s Rose Face Mist on my face, just because I love its smell!” 

TRY: Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green tea, available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source and Sephora PH

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TRY: The Body Shop Rose Dewy Glow Face Mist, P495, available in leading Body Shop stores nationwide 

For a flawless, long-lasting makeup:  

“I’m currently using Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filter Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. It stays on for hours and it provides a matte finish without making my skin feel dry. Using good quality base products is key to making my make up last for hours. Also, a spritz of Urban Decay All-Nighter Make-Up Setting Spray helps keep my makeup intact, too.” 

TRY: Urban Decay All-Nighter – Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, P1,980, available at Sephora PH 

Raisa Tabusalla, 28 

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For a smooth, hydrated skin:  

It’s really difficult to keep your skin hydrated during the flight. I just try to keep my moisturizers in my carry-on and drink as much water as I can. I also make sure that the base makeup I use isn’t drying. My lips tend to get dry too often so I use Burt’s Bees for that.”

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TRY: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm, P225, available at Sephora PH 

For a flawless, long-lasting makeup:  

“My colleagues would say I’m lucky because my skin isn’t oily. I barely need to retouch my make-up, even on long haul flights. At most, I’d just reapply my lipstick. It’s still recommended to have a small makeup kit on hand though, just to make sure you can retouch during breaks. I really suggest makeup that helps hydrate the skin, none of the strong ones. Face Shop’s BB Cushions are perfect.” 

TRY: Face Shop Waterproof Cushion, P1,195, available in leading Face Shop stores nationwide 

Nath Roxas, 27 

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For a smooth, hydrated skin:

“Since we can’t really use [face] masks during work, I have two power products: first would be my Aloe spray/mist from The Face Shop (it’s light and refreshing), and water! Drink lots and lots of water. When flying, we often get dehydrated, and so does our skin! On an eight-hour flight, I drink about two liters of water (preferably Summit).” 

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TRY: The Face Shop Aloe Fresh Soothing Mist, available in leading Face Shop stores nationwide 

For a flawless, long-lasting makeup:

“I like using Fenty by Rihanna for my foundation. I like this ’cause it has a matte finish and it still looks good even after a 14-hour flight. For my cheeks, I use the Glossier cloud paint (Haze) since it’s easy to blend and it gives me rosy cheeks through out the flight!”

TRY: Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, P1,950, available at Sephora PH 

TRY: Glossier Coud Paint, P1,100, available at Pretty Girl Manila

“Also, I recently started using the The Ordinary primer and I noticed a huge difference. My make up stays on and stays fresh, reducing my retouch times to just once! Also sleep has a lot to do with how fresh you’ll look! So get enough sleep or else your make up won’t stick or blend to your face!”

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TRY: The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer, P500, available at MUP Store 

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Singer Alicia Keys ‘frustrated’ that 4-year-old son didn’t want to wear rainbow nail polish in public

In a video posted on her Instagram, Grammy award-winning singer Alicia Keys said it was “frustrating” when her 4-year-old son regretted getting a rainbow-colored manicure, and lamented the “judgments” and “stereotypes” launched at men when they embrace their “feminine energy.”

“Less Labels, More Expressions. Been thinking about how over labeled and over judged we all are… can u feel me??” the caption for the video says.

“The other day I went to the nail salon with Genesis. He’s in the chair and he’s like, ‘I want rainbow,'” Keys recalled in the post. “So he tells the lady that he wants rainbow colors on his nails and she brings all these colors and paints each nail a different color.”

“And after he painted his nails, he looked at me and he said, ‘Mommy, I don’t want these on my nails.'”

“I was like, ‘Why? You were so sure, you’re good,'” Keys told her son at the time. “And he was like, ‘People are not going to like it.'”

“Can you believe this? Four years old! He’s 4 and he already understands the concept that someone’s going to judge him because he chose rainbow color on his nails,” Keys exclaimed, before encouraging her son by telling him that “so many” men paint their nails.

“That made him feel better,” Keys said. “But it just got me to thinking how completely judged we are all the time.”

Keys went on to philosophize on how there are “masculine and feminine energies” inside all of us, though unfortunately society prevents us from “explor[ing] these different sides of ourselves … these energies that are within us.”

“You know, these different energies that are within us. And even for me myself, I oftentimes express the masculine energy that is inside of me. And it’s very natural to me. That’s how I feel and all the time if that happens there’s judgments and there’s the stereotypes and there’s all the energy that comes toward that and for my boys — you know — similar,” she said.

“If they want to express the feminine energy that’s inside of them, there’s all these judgments and all these rules and stereotypes and vibes, and it’s really frustrating to me,” she continued.

Keys argued it is a “normal, ancient, powerful, spiritual understanding that we all have masculine and feminine energies” and that people should be free to express those energies.

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CVS to end airbrushing in ads for its beauty products

In the worlds of fashion, beauty and advertising, models are routinely tweaked and trimmed in photos. But critics of the practice say it promotes unrealistic ideas about body image. So CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore chain, announced Monday that it will stop “materially” retouching models in ads for its store-brand beauty products by 2020.

“The connection between the propagation of unrealistic body images and negative health effects, especially in girls and young women, has been established,” Helena Foulkes, president of CVS Pharmacy, said in a statement.

CVS to ban retouched photos from its advertisements

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To bring some transparency to its marketing, this year CVS will add a watermark — what it’s calling a Beauty Mark — to images that haven’t been significantly retouched.

CVS defines significant alterations as changing “a person’s shape, size, proportion, skin or eye color, wrinkles or any other individual characteristics.” The company plans to issue a set of guidelines for what it deems acceptable airbrushing.

CVS aims to push its suppliers in a similar direction. Those that don’t comply with the new standards will get slapped with a “digitally modified” message by 2020.

With more than 9,700 stores, CVS holds a degree of sway in the industry. Among the company’s suppliers are Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, Unilever, L’Oreal and Maybelline.

The beauty aisle should represent the “authenticity and diversity of the communities we serve,” Foulkes said.

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