For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Sam, I am the Global Brand Director for bellabox and one of the people responsible for finding products to go in your bellabox every month.
This month we teamed up with Jetstar for the Come Fly With Me bellabox so myself, Sian, our new Brand Director, and Natalie worked with our brands to bring you products that are ideal for travel.
Two of my favourite products from May were Boots Laboratories Optiva Aqua Capture Serum and Timeless Truth Masks. Optiva Aqua Capture Serum provides intense hydration without being too heavy, so perfect for keeping your skin moisturised inflight and Timeless Truth Masks can be used in flight (if you don’t mind freaking out your fellow passengers) or post flight to restore moisture. If you are using it post flight, and you received the Intraceuticals Enzyme Exfoliant, use this first so all of those lovely nutrients in the masks will penetrate further.
Travel essentials for me are facial wipes and lip balm, so Swisspers and Chapstick were a no brainer. As an ex flight attendant, my cabin bag always has everything I need for unscheduled overnights or long delays in airports, and facial wipes are super handy to have, they are great for a quick refresh after a long flight and are even effective at removing stains from clothes. Fun holiday nails can be achieved with Colour Theory in Tangerine Dream, or Sally Hansen Sugar Coat, am loving Cotton Candies, such a bright pink! Another discovery from this month is Max Factor Excess Intensity Eyeliners, this liner doesn’t move all day! Its highly pigmented and comes in a few different colours, were you adventurous enough to try Excessive Green?
Next up is Natalie, she is a busy Mum of two so loves multitasking products, and she was the one who bought you Anastasia Brow Gel this month, tell us why Natalie….
Natalie: I would have to say that this has been one of the most exciting themes we have had to work on in the last 2.5 years! "Come Fly With Me" - although I don't do much flying these days - nowhere near as much as I used to - I still love my collection of 'travel sized' skincare and makeup. Its still handy to throw in the handbag, especially for those those days when I know I'm going to be out of the house all day and not be able to get back home to reapply. An amazing product we have been fortunate enough to secure this month is the Anastasia Beauty Mini Brow Gel - this brand is taking the US of A by storm! This brand has a strong celebrity following including Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Oprah and Sharon Stone. This in turn has attracted a loyal and growing clientele, many of whom regularly jet in from around the world to keep their appointments at her Beverly Hills salon (if only!!). One of the fastest growing cosmetic brands in the world and we have also been lucky enough to be able to sell this range in our shop!
And while we are traveling, how many of us have stolen hotel amenity products??? Well now we don't have to. Appelles is an amazing luxury amenity line, that was once only available in hotels but thank god they came to their senses and not long after they launched, they also decided to launch a retail range!! Whoop whoop!! So for people like me who don't get to travel that much (anymore) I can still make my bathroom look and smell like a 5 star hotel!
Let’s welcome Sian, she has just joined the team as a Brand Director and she had some great products in the box this month as well.
Sian: Every time I go away I spend about 10 minutes trying to pour my shampoo and conditioner into these tiny travel bottles to create some much coveted space in my already overflowing suitcase. So I was very excited to receive the large sachet of WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, the perfect travel partner. Not only is it an ideal travel size it is also a multi-use product, gently washing your hair and conditioning it, saving the need to pack a separate shampoo and conditioner. I will admit I was a little hesitant to try it, as I thought it may weigh my hair down, having the conditioner included, but it left my hair feeling really bouncy with plenty of body.
For me it’s really important that my shampoo doesn’t contain sodium laurel sulfates, this is what a lot of brands include to make the product foam up. As long term use will often lead to dry brittle hair, this is another reason why I love the WEN range. It’s really comforting to know that I am not further damaging my hair when washing, but rather nourishing and strengthening it due to the herbs and natural ingredients they use.
Another product that is a travel essential is the Australian Bush Flower Travel Essence Mist, a few sprays of this and you will arrive refreshed and ready to go, even after a long haul flight. The specific flower essences have been carefully selected to refresh and center you and calm the negative effects of travel, and on top of this you will arrive smelling like a beautiful bunch of fresh flowers.
My inflight luggage will always include a really moisturising lip balm like the PURE Papaya Ointment, to keep my lips hydrated and soft.
What were your favourite items in this month's bellabox? Were you inspired by our Come Fly With Me theme? Let us know in the comments - bb Brand Managers