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First Class: Here's What to Pack in Your Carry On

Like most careers, my gig comes with its fair share of both perks and drawbacks. Included in the "Perks" column, by all means, is the occasional First Class travel. And as anyone who's traveled First Class knows, it's a hard return to make to Coach. First offers not only immeasurably more personal space and comfort, but also (often) great food, limitless DRANKS and....drumroll, please...immensely fun and exlusive to First Class amenity kits, often stuffed with treats from luxe beauty brands.

I, to be honest, have a secret/not so secret love of said kits, and tend to hoard them post-travel, to no end use - until now, that is. With pending travel (in Coach, I'm sorry to say) on the horizon, I dug into my stash of sample and travel sized products to create what I'd consider to be the PERFECT personal amenity kit to take on board. Included, and seen above?

  • A toasty but not too fussy pair of socks (airplane carpeting makes me nauseous if I think too much about it).
  • Earplugs and an eye mask for overnight flights (mine is the Cat Eye Mask from Catbird).
  • Ponytail holders (I like Twistband as they don't leave creases in your hair) + bobby pin (necessary for my bangs).
  • Gum - I like Orbit - to combat popping ears
  • A moisturizing lipbalm that lends just a hint of color - for your consideration, NIVEA's new A Kiss of Care & Color, available in 5 shades including Sheer Berry, my jam at the moment.
  • Oral care essentials - namely, a toothbrush, a trusted toothpaste like Oral B and a Crest 3D White Luxe Whitestrip for a nice little pre-arrival boost. The Supreme Flex Fit version seen above stretches and molds to fit each unique smile perfectly and delivers results equivalent to a professional whitening treatment.
  • Herban Essentials Towelette (here in Eucalyptus, but also available in Lemon or Lavender) is, essentially, an elevated and ultra freshening wipe. I literally buy these in bulk and don't leave home without.
  • A sample packet or two of body or hand cream to save space - the ones above are from LAFCO's luxe line of Reparative Hand Creams.
  • A trio of skincare essentials, namely a trusted makeup removing wipe, a moisturizing and refreshing mist like MIYU Beauty's Hydrate Mi Beauty Essence and for dry skin emergencies, an intensive mask like Origins Drink Up.

Any necessary items that i missed? As always, I'm open to your suggestions so tweet 'em my way at @eye4style, or leave a comment below!

Mark Your Calendars: Space NK Spring Beauty Edit GWP

GWP are notoriously tempting, but let's be honest, few are REALLY worth going out of your way or stretching the budget for. Space NK's is one of the few exceptions. Available tomorrow, and accompanying a flurry of Spring Beauty Edit events in store, shoppers who spend $250+ will receive the gift seen above, which features a glorious selection of must-haves from 26 of Space NK's featured brands.

Included in the mix, valued at over $350, are deluxe, travel and full-size items, including Antica Farmacista Prosecco Room Fragrance (25 ml), Bumble & bumble Thickening Hairspray (1 oz), Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum (10 ml), Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color (1.7 oz), Rococo Nail Apparel Nail Polish Remover Tissues (full size) + much more.

Reserve your space (and gift!) in advance for in store pick up or shop online tomorrow at Space NK.

Luxe Must: Ryan Storer Ear Cuff

Ear cuffs have been on my radar for a few seasons now, thanks to this entirely Elven one shown on Rodarte's runway for Spring '13. In person though, Rodarte's felt a little too Lord of the Rings, and not quite enough edgy, downtown glam for my tastes. That's where Australian designer/industry darling Ryan Storer comes in. His elaborate and ornate Ear Cuffs, truly the most gorgeous I've seen, simply drip glamour, and I love that they're sold complete with a delicate, complementary stud for the alternate side. 

Much like Mansur Gavriel's much loved Bucket Bags, Ryan Storer's Ear Cuffs are a hot commodity at the moment. Stocked at just a few premium retailers globally, you can order online at Browns Fashion (where the collection was freshly restocked today), or keep a close eye on Net-a-Porter for new arrivals - and if you're willing to wait, ordering directly from Ryan Storer's e-shop in Australia will save you between 10-20% off the prices seen at retailers. On site, cuffs range between $223 and $780 Australian (a favorable conversion for Americans).

p.s. For an inexpensive fix, shop Baublebar's small assortment of ear cuffs, ranging between $28-$32, here (I'm sad to say that my favorites are out of stock!)

NYFW Beauty Best: essie for Mathieu Mirano

Designer Mathieu Mirano is new to me, though I must admit that I'm digging the vibe he put on the runway this season, with sharp leather styles, fur and glittering dresses complemented by Christian Louboutin shoes (more here). As part of the beauty look, Miss Pop for essie created an edgy split nail of black and red using Licorice and allegedly, Bordeaux, though it's looking a bit brighter than Bordeaux in my experience. I digress. For me, this mani is best expressed as modernity meets the circus, and I like it - what say you?

NYFW Beauty Best: essie for Opening Ceremony

I'm remaining pretty immune at the moment to nail art seen on the runways this season. One of the ONLY exceptions to date are the sleek negative space manicures created by nail artist Naomi Yasuda for essie backstage at the Opening Ceremony Fall/Winter ’14 show this weekend. All told, there were three asymmetrical, diagonal designs that played well in rich green, blue and gray tones. Chic and architectural - I like!

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