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Pro Travel Tips From Flight Attendants

Written on September 17, 2014 at 10:57 am , by

Between the grueling flight schedule and essentially living out of a suitcase, it’s fair to say that flight attendants have one tough gig. But Cabin Crew Member for Emirates Airline, Marta Bil, makes traveling look easy (and looks good while doing it). She shares her tips on staying fresh during flights so you can have a “ready-for-vacay” glow straight out of the gate.

All of the Cabin Crew members wear red lipstick. Do you have a favorite brand?
“I have a couple of favorites. Inglot Cosmetics is my personal favorite brand. But we are all wearing different brands. You must use whatever suits your skin and the type of beauty that you are because as you know, we represent over 160 nationalities in the world, so you have to find one that suits your personality or look.”

What other makeup items are you allowed to wear?
We are only allowed to use certain shades. It can be gold, brown or black. Natural shades. You must always use mascara—my favorites are Rimmel and Bourjois and either eye shadows or eyeliner or both so that it’s visible. Other than that, we have to take care of our uniform so it always looks spotless. Also, the nails are very important so we need to always make sure they’re nicely done. We can use a red color or a natural color.”

What are your must-haves for freshening up on the plane?
“There are a couple of things that I always carry with me and use anytime during the flight. The air on flights is very dry, so I use a cream under my eyes just to make sure that the skin looks good and doesn’t get dehydrated. Another thing that I bring is a facial spray like Evian Mineral Water Spray ($12, sephora.com) just to refresh my makeup. Also, it’s always good to bring a lip balm and hand cream—that’s something I never leave my house without. And of course a toothbrush and toothpaste.”

What’s your strategy for packing an organized carry-on?
“I learned the easiest way is to put the heavy stuff in first, then the pants all together on one side, shirts on the other and shoes in between with all the cosmetics bags.”

What’s the best beauty tip you picked up from another country?
“I use this product from South Africa, its called a Bio Oil ($17, ulta.com), but you can buy this all over the world but it’s not that well-known in the United States. We use it from time to time for our faces because it’s an oil and after a 14-hour flight your face gets really dry. I use it in the morning and the evening.”

Any other tips for staying hydrated on a long flight?
“The most important thing during the flight is drinking water and having a healthy diet.”

—Julie Ricevuto and Molly Ritterbeck

Jennifer Aniston Spills her Gorgeous Skin Tricks and Stay-Fit Secrets

Written on March 25, 2014 at 1:07 pm , by

Photo Courtesy of Aveeno

Jealous of Jen, much? With her year-round glow and killer body, it’s obvious why women (and men) swoon over her. Case in point: the pics that recently surfaced of the star vacationing in Mexico with her beau Justin Theroux: At 45, Aniston looks better and fitter than ever. And though many things have changed throughout the years (say, haircuts for example), one thing has remained the same: her respect for a solid skincare routine, including products by Aveeno. As the company’s ambassador, she recently narrated a series of short videos celebrating ingredients found in nature, highlighting their farm-to-formulation journey and how these actives can enhance your own natural beauty. We stole a few minutes with Aniston to chat about her involvement in the project and how she manages to look better and better as the years go by.

What drew you to becoming a brand ambassador for Aveeno?
“Well, it was just so organic and I’ve used Aveeno since I was in high school and so it just seemed like a really organic and easy relationship.”

Tell me a little bit about the “Beauty of Nature” project and why you wanted to be involved?
“Well, being a part of the Aveeno family, it was kind of the obvious go-to to have me narrate it and I wanted to do it because I thought it was an interesting element for the consumer to understand what goes in and how much detail is put into their products and how natural all of it is.”

Speaking of natural, everyone loves your effortless, natural look. How do you pull it off from a beauty perspective? 
“Oh my gosh, well I use so many different things. The main thing that helps with that is a lot of hydration, obviously, and simple, natural products. Also, being very careful about what you eat because all of that reflects. It’s the old saying, ‘You are what you eat.’ I think it’s reflected in your skin.”

Do you have one general type of product that you can’t live without?
“I love Chanel mascara and I love Chanel [Cosmetics] period. Those are really beautiful.”

So our readers really want to know, how do you stay in shape? 
“You know, I try to mix it up. I want to try Crossfit, I’m terrified of it, though. It’s very intense; very intimidating. I basically do a combination of three: I usually do my spin bike, I run and I do an elliptical—usually 15 minutes on each machine. And then I’ll do, if I have the luxury of time, about a half hour of yoga. Or I just do yoga and then there’s other times when I’ll do strength-training and that’s pretty intense. It’s kind of, what I would imagine, like a Crossfit, but it’s just basically working every part of your body against its own weight.”

Got it. So you like to switch it up?
“Yeah, because you can get bored doing the same thing. And I also think it’s really good taking a break once in a while from working out.”

We know you travel a lot for work. How do you manage to fit in time to exercise on the road?
“I just make the time. I just get up that extra hour and get it in there. It’s just such a game changer on your mood for the day. So I’ll make myself do it, but if I get down to the gym, I get down to the gym. Or if I bring my bands, you can do a lot of stuff in your room.”

Do you have any healthy eating strategies for when you’re traveling or if you’re on set?
“Oh, just a healthy, grilled clean protein and vegetables, of course. It’s pretty basic. I try to stay as light on oil as you can and salt, obviously, and no sugars.”

We always suggest packing healthy snacks in your bag so you have no excuses. Do you have any healthy snacks that you keep around?
“I do. I always have an apple with me and I have some walnuts for protein. And I sometimes throw a little protein bar in my bag.”