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Airplane Travel Makeup Kit

September 19, 2014

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Hello everybody, Martina here! This video is all about traveling and how to organize your stuff into a small compact space. In this particular case, I wanted to share with you my airplane travel kit which includes both makeup stuff and survival stuff. I wanted to talk a bit about my airplane routine as well! Oh, and as I’m sure some of you might notice, this video was filmed in our old apartment. This might be the very last video we shot in our old apartment! I filmed this before we travelled the long ass flight to California for our L.I.N.K event and also our Kogi food truck FAPFAP (the amazing Korean Mexican food truck ) and also my Park Bom makeover with fellow Youtuber Jen fromheadtoe

Back to the video! I’m actually really happy with my new makeup mirror layout because in last apartment the mirror was so far away I couldn’t see where I was putting stuff on my face without getting up and squishing against the counter. Yes, that’s how bad my eyesight is…even with contact lenses on it’s too difficult to put on eyeliner or mascara without pressing my face up against the glass sensually. Oh makeup counter, I just love you rub little bits of left over makeup crumbs onto my clothing when I caress you with my stomach. Anyone else suffer like that? Well the point is my new apartment has a moveable mirror that acts as the cabinet for my makeup, so I’m actually able to pull it forward to apply makeup when needed! Awesome sauce!

My need for this little travel kit came up due to the long flights I tend to take between Korea and the rest of the world. Now while I know a lot of people are going to say, “why would I need makeup on the airplane? I’m leaving in jogging pants and arriving in jogging pants” let me just say, I used to be like you. However, Korea really changed my perspective towards airport fashion and travel. When you fly out of Incheon Airport everyone makes it a point to look presentable, just like the rest of Korea really. While I felt that travel was an excuse to wear my comfiest and bummiest clothing, Korea doesn’t believe in that idea. They don’t believe in that idea for grocery shopping either! Now this wasn’t because of social pressure, no one ever said anything negative to me, but I noticed that the more of an effort I made to look nice, the nicer I felt! My clothing and makeup go hand-in-hand with my attitude for the day. If I feel all lovely in a light summer dress with comfy (but cute) shoes, and very light makeup, I feel all pumped and excited for the travel day. When I used to roll out of bed and into fresh jogging pants and a hoodie I felt all frumpy and ready to go to sleep. I arrived at the airport feeling like, “UGHHH TRAVEL” while now my attitude is “OHH FRESH OFF THE PLANE AND I LOOK FAAAAAABUULOUUUSSS *flicks hair, smells like raspberry lotion, snuggles my travel pig*”

My general travel attitude now is wear something nice but very comfy to the airport and to pack a pair of comfy pants and tank top for the flight. Comfy things include light cotton dresses that don’t wrinkle, skinny jeans with a funky baggy t-shirt and wedge heels/colourful sneakers. I have a no belts, no accessory, no hard to remove shoe rule due to passing through security so often. I have a handful of dresses that fold up into little balls and never wrinkle so I also love those for travelling! I also never wear mini-skirts or shorts because I hate the feeling of the airplane chair on my legs. Hahahah! So scratchy and crumb filled and gross.

So here is my general airplane schedule based on a long 10+ hour flight.

1. I wear nice clothing to the airport and keep wearing it during the first meal service on the airplane.
2. After the first meal, I head to the washroom. Time to remove my makeup, contact lenses, brush my teeth and hair, and change into my comfy clothing (including warm fuzzy socks). I hydrate my face with all types of face cream.
3. I get up every hour to stretch, exercise, and drink a cup of water (my joints make it almost impossible to sleep on a plane without being sleeping drugged up and I hate sleeping pills). Hydration and stretching is so so so important on the airplane!
4. 6 hours into the flight I apply my face mask.
5. 8 hours into the flight I re-apply lotion to my arms, legs, and face.
6. The last meal before we land is accompanied by the lights coming on, so that’s my cue to head to the washroom to change again. There will be a crowd of people after breakfast waiting for the washroom! Time to have a towel shower! Shower wipes are awesome for this! I reapply deodorant, apply fresh BB Cream, white eyeshadow to open my tired looking eyes, a little mascara, and maybe eyeliner. I fix my hair. SHAZAAAAAAM!
7. I arrive at my chair looking fresh, and breakfast is just being served. I don’t have to worry about waiting in a huge pee lineup for the washroom, so I just sit back and enjoy my coffee. And my broken sad back and hips. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAA.

A couple final things that really make my life happy when traveling. I bought those fold up slipper shoes and I always toss those in my travel bag. Great on the plane and for walking or running at the airport between those holycrapweregonnamissourflightgogogogogoog moments. I also pack a mini “drug” kit that’s made for organizing your daily pill. I keep just 2-3 of all the medicine of the rainbow in there! Back relaxant, anti-diharrea, anti-nausea, pain killer, Ginger Eno, throat lozenges, cough medicine, allergy pills, you name it! And last, I have a travel wallet! It’s a normal wallet that has none of my stamp cards, bus passes, or any other things you don’t need for traveling that you accidentally pack. My travel wallet gets my bank cards, ID, and medical info and NO coins. I switch into that wallet as soon as I know I’m traveling and it makes for a nice slim wallet.

So what are your travel routines on the airplane? Do you agree with my new OMG how to look fabulous while traveling campaign or are you still firmly into your comfy jogging pants? Let me know!

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  1. I love the Open The Happy videos! Martina, you should do more makeup/hair tutorials too. I know you say your no expert but I think thats why I like them so much! You have a simple way of explaining things, plus they are always entertaining. This week I tried two of your eyeshadow styles and tried(failed) the victory rolls… Ill attempt again later, I shouldn’t try a new hair style minutes before I have to leave the apartment… Haha, my fault. Anywho… I love the videos and think your great! Keep it up!

    P.s. To be on topic I’ll also say that I’ve traveled a lot in the past and wish I had had such a helpful kit! I know for next time though!

    3 years ago
  2. OMG!!! A travel kit is such a great idea. Great for me when I have to catch a plane to China. Thanks you. XD

    3 years ago
  3. I think you’re right about dressing nicely affecting attitude. On days when I make an effort I do feel more energetic and ready for the day compared to days when I cba, then I feel sad and mopey about life.

    3 years ago
  4. I like to have eye drops and moisturiser in my cabin baggage. They are a life saver.

    I do take sleeping pills on long flights, but I avoid tea/coffee and alcohol.

    Ear plugs are another essential item.

    As far as clothing, I do dress well, but it’s all very flexible clothing with super comfortable fibres.

    3 years ago
  5. I found the eye makeup correctors at a store in Atlanta the day you posted this – was so excited. Apparently they have a web page as well – https://hollywoodfashionsecrets.com/. They have fashion tape too. I need to find a good case for the travel kit. It would work well to take to the office for touch ups as well. Throw in the lap top bag and go.

    3 years ago
  6. I don’t fly or travel far very often, so whenever I do I am definitely one of the people that wants to look good. For me, I wear a chef’s coat and checkered pants all day 5-6 days a week at work, and I really do like to look like a girl. When I fly, I wear either skinny jeans with stretch and a loose cute top with a sweater for layering, or I’ll switch out the pants for a skirt and tights. I have a couple pairs of flats that I’ll wear because they’re easy to take off and put on, though sometimes I’ll wear my boots because they zip and come off easily as well.

    For makeup and stuff, generally I apply everything I want on before I go, and set it with hairspray. Sounds weird but it works for me. I don’t do it often though. Anyways, I’ll make sure to have poweder and eyeliner for touchups no matter what. If I ever do go on a really long flight, I feel like I’ll be more prepared after reading about your routine!

    3 years ago
  7. The last time I was one a plane I was 6 I think… I’m now in college now. Not to be forgotten are the long ass 14 hour summer family road trips, and I ain’t dressing up for that. I don’t wear make up anyway, but if you expect me to actually get up an extra 15 minutes earlier at the ass crack of dawn to get ready instead of rolling out of bed already in my sweatpants 5 minutes prior to leaving, then think again. I don’t even eat breakfast because we always stop a few hours in. I just get up, grab my pillow and pre packed travel bag, get in the car, and fall back asleep until we stop for breakfast.

    3 years ago
    • ***on a plane. Not one a plane.

      3 years ago
      • omg I typed now I’m in college now. THIS IS WHY I SHOULDN’T LEAVE COMMENTS. I don’t even wanna know if I made any other mistakes…

        3 years ago
  8. sensitive skin is the worst :( i get really bad rashes for no apparent reason, which sucks. if i try and use anything else than my normal cleanser/moisturiser, i get breakouts, which sucks. i have sensitive skin on my eyelids, to the point where i get eczema there, which sucks. and the worst is that no matter what makeup remover i use, of any brand at all ever, after about two seconds it begins to burn and itch. which means i have to get my eyeliner right first try, or else….

    3 years ago
  9. Martina I have been traveling for like 4 years pretty consistently and I always get this part wrong. lol Thanks Martina for the great tips!!! My next flight will be so much better yay!! I think when i flew in to Korea i wished i had soft sock shoes to run around in. Also we never go to see your coffee cupboard!!! I really want to see it!!! lol

    3 years ago
  10. This is a fantastic video! :D
    I travel a lot by plane and by train, and always feel/look like crap after I arrive at my destination. Especially when traveling by train because it takes twice the amount of time to get anywhere. For example: it takes 23 hours to get from Montreal to Halifax, and then add the 2 hours from Ottawa to Montreal AND waiting time at the stations… the grime starts to add up. *shudders*
    I do have a wee travel bag, but it’s not really compact enough, but this I’m definitely going to try!
    Also, your hair is like an awesome combo between sailor moon and mini moon in this video! XD

    3 years ago
  11. this is a really good idea!! i should really do this to save space too for when i fly back home!!

    3 years ago
  12. Oooh isn’t this the video you filmed when I was there? I like seeing videos filmed in your house. A lot more personal :3

    3 years ago
  13. When I flew to Korea, I wore a Salwar Kameez. This is an Indian outfit that consists of a tunic/dress, leggings and a scarf. This allows me to be completely comfortable (jammie level) and completely modest in whatever weird position I find myself in. Also, it is much prettier then t-shirt + whatever. The scarf doubles as a pillow or blanket. (I was told the plane would be cold, so I bought armsleeves – I was roasting)
    My travel kit wasn’t special, but I made a cool one for a friend of mine later.
    Let me see if I can remember everything I gave him.
    Everything fits in a zipper pencil pouch (for a binder).
    quart zip-lock bags (2)
    earbuds
    hand sanitizer wipes
    gum
    disinfecting wipes
    earplugs
    pen
    safety pins
    bandaids
    packs of little pills (tylenol etc)
    tiny notebook
    sunscreen wipes (he was going to Hawaii before heading to Korea)
    Tissues
    a silly expanding superhero washcloth (batman) (You always need Batman)
    And an funny table of contents card that said what everything was for: most of it was cause of the mythical screaming baby (earbuds, ear plugs, tylenol)
    I called it the Vacation Emergency Kit. I think there was alot more, but I can’t remember. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a picture before I gave it to him.
    I’ll be making one for me when I next travel.

    3 years ago
    • The Salwar Kameez sounds awesome for traveling in! They are almost always very beautiful and stylish as well (I think). As a very obviously super white person… I feel like it wouldn’t be looked kindly upon if I wore another places’ traditional mode of dress though. What do you think? Not saying I will or will not wear one, I am just curious.

      3 years ago
  14. Where I’m from (Argentina) almost everyone dresses up nicely when traveling by plane… And as for the make up, well that would be weird!! Hahaha!!

    3 years ago
  15. The eye makeup remover buds are like ModelCo’s Liquid Buds eye makeup remover – you can get these in Australia, and in a nail polish remover bud version too.

    Good idea with the hard side case – is it OK through the liquids and gels check? I use a soft clear bag but a box would be better.

    3 years ago
  16. I’m one of those, “I woke up like this and don’t care if I look like a zombie” girls. I rock my pimples, acne scars, and bushy hair. That said I might use some of this for when I go on my first actual long airplane ride.

    3 years ago
  17. I’m the kind of girl that perspires really easily, but I never break a sweat on the plane. Ever. Even during 16hr flights. So.. Just wondering why’d you be all sweaty? Teehee..

    3 years ago
  18. I think you had a discussion about this in one of your older videos, but if you don’t mind me asking, what caused Martina to get into makeup? In your older vids, Martina didn’t have any makeup or hair dye, and even Simon didn’t have his red mohawk. Did something about Korean culture change your outlook on cosmetics?

    3 years ago
  19. This was a helpful list and video. I often wear loose jeans on my international flying but meh, it’s not comfortable enough. I think I will try the loose long skirt or cotton dress next time, sounds comfy. Can you guys maybe film how you go about packing your suitcases? Somehow I feel you are expert flyers. I never seem to have enough room, especially flying back from America, but it could be all of the peanut butter/other snacks… :D

    3 years ago
  20. I love being able to look inside things like this. It’s like stationery. There’s just something so damn exciting about looking at rulers, or in this case, fancy feets stuff. Giggity.

    It’s a great kit that has given me a lot of ideas. Unfortunately, I rarely travel! Well, this year I am going on a short flight so maybe I’ll incorporate some of this in that trip. I agree with looking presentable but also feeling comfortable for any kind of travel. I also agree with taking a bazillion types of medication. Nothing like being trapped with a crowd of strangers and throwing up because you didn’t take travel sickness tablets!

    3 years ago
    • Oh glob travelling whilst ill is the worst! I was ill on the plane ride back home, I feel so bad for everyone on that plane who had to endure the sound of bluergh!

      3 years ago
  21. Such a great video and post Martina~ Thank you! I’m going on a 12hr flight on Monday, and even though I thought I was ready for it this has given me some good ideas! Lovely organisation, a nice variety of products, and awesome tips :D ♡

    3 years ago
  22. hehe, BB cream is ruling :D last time when i traveled 17 hours by bus, in the morning we stooped for few minutes and i need just 1 minute to wipe old make up and to put a BB cream and i’m ready to go :D

    3 years ago
  23. Yaaaay! I really missed your little make-up related videos, Martina!
    First off, those make-up remover q-tips are BRILLIANT!! Why doesn’t Korea have them yet!! I NEED THOSE SO BAD
    My current airplane travel kit consists of all kinds of moisturizer, make-up remover wipes, anti-bacterial wet wipes, a hydrating sheet mask, concealer, lip gloss and eyeliner all in a ziploc bag.
    I just flew back to Korea from the UK two weeks ago, and while my new noise-canceling earphones (and the fact that the plane was half empty and I got a whole row of seats to myself) really helped, I still managed to catch a cold and got severe indigestion from the few bites of the airplane food I tried. Bleugh. I hate flying. But at least I looked nice when I arrived in Korea! :D

    3 years ago
  24. I tend to fly a lot myself, back and forth between Melbourne and Perth. It’s only 4 hours so I hardly need any makeup touch ups. But I do it so often and I usually arrive at 1AM Melbourne time which is only 11PM in Perth. My family in Perth are super excited to see me and keep me up for hours, so I try and look a little less crappy if I can.
    I only do a lot of other travelling too and have been on about 4 or 5 international trips in the past two years.

    I’m not as organised as you! (I need to get a nifty little box like that!) But I take my travel moisturiser, face scrub, foundation stick, lip bam and lip scrub and some eye drops with me. Depending on how long the flight is I might take some eye makeup but I always ten to smudge it around when I’m sleep deprived!

    I agree with the dressing good makes you feel good! But making sure to keep it practical is a must. I usually wear skirts or dresses with stockings (Ew, plane seats) or if I’m feeling lazy just a pair of jeans and a nice shirt. And I always bring my ugg boots along because they are comfy as balls.

    3 years ago
  25. You should make a video about all your makeup table. I saw A LOT of stuff in your new apartment video.
    I traveled the most by plane when I was young… back then I only needed some lotion (hands) and candies… now I think I would need some more things.

    I really ADORE Etude House products. Their BBcreams are amazing and I absolutely want to try their tints.

    3 years ago
  26. Personally, I’m in the bum clothing category, and I’m probably going to stay there. Looking nice for short flights is fine. I can totally do that. But the only flights that I’ve been on (apart from ones to and from France about 7 years ago – I don’t really remember those, though) are the 14 hour ones between Japan and the U.S. East Coast. I get motion sick really easily, so flights are all about controlling my stomach and attempting to sleep rather than looking good. If I look kinda crappy and feel groggy and gross at the end of the flight, it’s better than spending the whole 14 hours being nauseous and throwing up. XP
    Also, what’s the deal with hydrating on flights? I mean, I know I feel icky after a flight, but I’ve never felt particularly dehydrated even when I haven’t drank that much. How is sitting on a plane for 14 hours different from sitting on your couch for 14 hours (apart from the difference in air pressure, which I don’t think affects hydration)?

    3 years ago
    • It’s actually the air ventilation that causes the dryness- apparently they use the cold outside air to regulate the temperature inside the plane, and that outside air is extremely dry. But I’m sure it affects people in varying degrees. I’m really sensitive to it, so I can always feel my throat and nostrils dry up like whoa during a long flight.

      3 years ago
    • Actually that´s the problem: skin and eye mucose dehydration because of relative humidity.

      3 years ago
  27. I travel a lot to LA and the TSA rule is a pain in the baatos. So I recently purchased a travel kit from Thirty-One and OMG it is amazing. That bag can fit a million things but it’s small enough to be a carry on. It already has a TSA bag with containers included. So I put all my liquids there which can fit quite a lot if products. In the rest of the kit I put all my non liquid beauty/hygiene products. I can even fit my quite a few brushed and straightener. So as for my outfit I also try to look fashionable but at the same time comfortable. I also wear easy to remove shows because of the security check in. It’s also a smart idea to layer up. It may be hot outside but usually the planes get cold. I usually start applying make up a half an hour before I land.

    3 years ago
  28. Hi Martina! Where did you get your black-and-white handkerchieffy loose shirt with the tie on the waist? (seen in the Yangjae Flower Market video). The blog post here made me think of it- it would be comfy for travel I bet!

    3 years ago
  29. Martina, why are you so smart and cool?! I’ve only ever been on a plane twice (not counting when I was one and went to Hawaii). First time is when I went to Ukraine. Holy cow, what a long trip!! I wish I had this video back then to reference! Second trip was super short.
    Next year my husband and I will be visiting Japan, and that will be one looooong plane ride! So thank you for this!!
    I can definitely agree with the dressing nice to feel nice mentality. I try to do it daily :)

    3 years ago
  30. Great ideas, Martina! I’ve flown between the US and the UK 4 times and just moved to Korea so I have a bit of experience. One thing I’ve tried and loved is using a spare contacts case for facial cleanser and moisturizer. I only need a bit for the plane and it’s the perfect size container! I also always bring kleenex and a half dose of a sleeping pill to knock me out for long flights, and another contacts case pre-filled with solution so I can take them out. And fuzzy socks are a must! I like your philosophy on dressing up to go to the airport, then changing inflight. I do the same thing, but change before getting on the plane because those lavatories are tiny and I am not. My international fight uniform is a pair of solid black modal pajama pants, a ribbed tank top, and a thin drapey cardigan. It’s super comfy but doesn’t look too casual, and depending on the weather at the destination I usually change into jeans before landing.

    3 years ago
  31. I don’t travel often enough to have a travel kit. Nor have I ever been on that long of a flight. But this is really clever, and I never really thought of the whole, “dress yourself nice to feel nice and pump yourself up for the traveling experience!” mentality. Next time I travel, I will definitely be referring back to this video on what to take and how to create a little travel kit.
    Also, sidenote: I LIVE IN CANADA WHERE DID YOU GET THOSE AMAZING QTIP MAKEUP REMOVER THINGS?! I have never seen those. And I want them. GAH.

    3 years ago
    • I bought the makeup removing q-tips at Shopper’s Drug Mart. Do you have that where you’re from? I know not all provinces have one of those..it’s just one of those 24/7 a pharmacy/shampoo/drug/snack stores!

      3 years ago
    • I’m more of heck im flying, I am going to wear comfy clothes. but then again I have never really been on many loong flights. i think 9 hour to japan was the longest and i slept most of the way. But its great to have an ability to wash your face before landing.

      3 years ago
  32. First! I’ve only been on a flight once, but I’m going to Korea next year. Thanks for the advice!

    3 years ago
  33. If you ever venture into the cosmetic buisness you should make and sell these clever travel packs^^ like a Martina’s survival kit for exhausting ridiulus long flights! Now with extra space for snack=P and Martina’s drugpackage for keeping yourself high on flytrips=P err well something like that.

    3 years ago