In-Flight Essentials

Here I am, once again, getting ready for another trip. This one is a little different since my family is leaving Singapore after over two decades to start a new adventure in Tokyo. As I’ve been preparing for this trip, I’ve been trying to think of what I want to have with me to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Usually I love flying, but this time I’m prepared to be overwhelmed with emotion as we are saying goodbye to the only home my sister and I have ever known. With that, I decided to put together a little “must-haves” for the flight. These are some of the things that make me feel safe and luxurious on a flight. I’ve done a lot of other travel posts before, so be sure to check those out by typing “travel” in the search bar. Hope you enjoy this post and comment some of your favorite in-flight essentials down below!

1. Phone Charger- Starting off pretty basic, but I always carry around a phone charger with me. Whether I plug it in while waiting to board my flight or charge my phone while actually on the plane, having a fully charged phone always makes me feel more comfortable knowing that I can reach somebody at any time. And plus, with all that free time there is lots of game playing, social media scrolling and other things that are eating up all your battery.

2. Water- I always have a water bottle with me on the plane whether it’s a plastic one or one that I’ve brought with me. When you fly, you get extremely dehydrated so it’s very important to drink more water than normal. Don’t be afraid to ask the airline staff to fill it up for you or to bring you some water. I always say I’d rather have to go to the bathroom multiple times during a flight than get off the plane with a massive headache.

3. Face Masks- Along with your body getting dehydrated on flights, so does your skin. The cabin re-circulates oxygen through the air making your skin breakout prone. One way to avoid walking off the plane with a new friend on your face is to use the time on the flight to do a face mask. I know it may sound crazy to be sitting there with stuff all over your face, but your skin will thank you at the end of the long journey.

4. Lavender Oil- This is actually something I always carry with me, but especially so on the plane. My mom got into essential oils a while back and I’ve finally caught on as well. I’ve been constantly amazed at the power of Lavender. It does everything from prevent bruising to stopping a bad bleed or even clearing up a zit. I also like to add a drop or too to my moisturizer if I need a little extra hydration. This is one thing I always find myself reaching for when I’m on a flight and I’m always glad that I have it.

5. iPad & Netflix- I think that downloads on Netflix is arguably one of the best things to ever happen. I have always carried around my iPad while I’m traveling so that I could watch a movie I’d purchased or read a book, but now I always download as many TV shows and movies as I can before getting on a flight. I love watching documentaries comedies on flights because they’re light, funny and entertaining, as opposed to watching a thriller or a horror (I could never do that). Some of my favorites for a plane ride are Mean Girls, Bridesmaids, CrossFit Games documentaries Full (and Fuller) House, Friends, and Queer Eye.

5. Wet Wipes- This is something I’ve more recently started doing, but I always have wet wipes when I travel so that I can wipe down my seat, the TV screen, the remote, the tray table and the arm rests. I can’t believe I haven’t always done this, but if you really stop and think about all the people who’ve touched those things and the germs that are on there, it’s pretty gross. So I always make sure to wipe things down the second I get to my seat. And with me being a bit of a klutz, I always find myself in need of a wet wipe.

6. Neck Pillow & Eye Mask- My parents got me a neck pillow and eye mask set from Victoria’s Secret about 5 years ago and I’ve had it with me on almost every flight since. I always find that using a neck pillow is a lot more comfortable than leaning your head all the way back on the seat or leaning it to the side. You don’t want to wake up after sleeping on a flight without being able to move your neck. As for the eye mask, it’s the best thing ever. You don’t have control over the lighting on the plane, so it does wonders when you want to take a quick nap while all the lights are still on.

7. Toothbrush and Mouthwash- I always always always have to have a toothbrush and mouthwash (and tons of gum) with me on flights, especially if it’s a longer flight or one with a layover. First of all, I’m super big on oral hygiene, and I always feel like having that minty flavor in your mouth just helps me feel a lot more fresh and put together overall. And if you’re on an overnight flight you still need to stick to your routine and brush your teeth and do all that jazz before dozing off.

8. Makeup Basics- I’m not one to wear a full face of makeup on a flight (or any at all), but I do love having a little bit of the basics to smack on right before I get off the flight. It helps me feel alive and human after being a zombie on a flight. And if I have friends or family picking me up at the airport, I feel like having a little bit of makeup on makes me look more presentable and like I made an effort for them. The basics I like to keep with me are eyebrow products, concealer, mascara and a tinted lip balm.

9. Dry Shampoo- One of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to beauty is oily hair, I absolutely cannot stand it. And for some reason every time I get on a flight, whether it’s short or long, I always walk off with oily roots. So to combat that I always carry around a mini sized Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak dry shampoo just to spritz in my hair right before getting off the plane. I love it and the smell is also amazing.

10. Snacks!!- If there’s one thing I will always have with me no matter what, it’s a ton of snacks. After getting sick from airplane food five years ago, I’ve had a really bad aversion to it and almost never eat it. So I have to make sure I’m stocked with snacks of all kinds to keep me going. I love having healthy snacks with me like pretzels and hummus, dried fruit, protein bars, and trail mix, but I also let myself splurge a little bit when I’m on the flight with a bag of chips or some chocolate or candy, just to feel like I’m treating myself a little bit.

I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Happy traveling!!

Phuket Travel Diary

Living in Singapore, long weekends would typically consist of a quick trip to paradise, Phuket. Going about once a year for a while, it’s become one of our home away from homes. After our last trip, I decided it was finally time to sit down and share all the things I love about Phuket with all of you. I will leave all the links down below and hope you venture out to this little gem of an island in South East Asia!

Hotel:

After staying at a bunch of different hotels and resorts, we finally found our favorite and go-to place to stay: Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort. While it is about an hour drive from the airport, the resort sits only ten minutes away from the downtown area (Patong and Karon) making it super easy to get around. The resort is sprawled out over a huge piece of property with it’s own private beach, tennis courts, an amazing spa, two tropical pool, multiple eateries/bars and stunning, comfortable rooms. While the rooms may be a little older than others, they’ve been kept really well and feel modern with a vintage twist. The private beach is only a few steps away from the pool area and are lined with lounge chairs and bean bags, while crystal blue water and really clean sand. They offer a range of water activities from jet skiing to kayaking and surfing. In the middle of the day when you’re looking for a quick bite, you can just head over to Ton Son out by the pool to order anything from Thai to Italian and American. You can also head over there for before-dinner drinks where they offer classic cocktails as well as tropical/Thai cocktails. One of my favorite things at the hotel was the energizing shots they had at breakfast. Every morning they had a couple different kinds to really get your body working and wake you up. My favorite was the watermelon-chili shot which was just to die for. And what’s a trip to the beach without some relaxing time at the spa? Le Spa offers different treatments from massages to scrubs and facials, all beach and tropical themed. Our time at Le Meridien is always made even better by the super friendly and helpful staff. We absolutely LOVE staying at Le Meridien and cannot wait to spend more nights there.

Food:

Like I mentioned above, the food at the hotel is not like any others. It’s very different and authentic, but still really good. However, I love spending time around Patong and Karon exploring other places to have meals. One of our all time favorites is Eat. Bar & Grill in Karon. Priding themselves on incredible service and hearty, rustic food, the little bar/restaurant serves burgers, steaks and other unique dishes. After going there four times over our past two trips, I’ve had some of my favorite dishes there. Some that I would recommend are the burger and fries, the chateaubriand (steak), the beef tartare, the lobster cappuccino, and most importantly the mojito bucket (5 servings of a mojito in one big bucket, photo below). This year we also went to Baan Rim Pa, which is one of the only “fine dining” restaurants in Phuket serving authentic Thai food. We had the chicken and crab Thai dumplings, grilled eggplant salad, minced pork with noodle crackers, green curry with chicken and stir-fried morning glory, and a really good passion fruit mojito. The food was all really good and some of the best Thai food I’d ever had (and I’ve had a lot of Thai food). Other than those two places, we also love going to different seafood restaurants along the water front and trying different dishes. As most of you know, my family LOVES food and one reason we love going back to Phuket so often is because of the huge variety of amazing restaurants to chose from.

Getting Around:

While you can have your hotel arrange a car/transport for you, one way I love to get around is by taking a tuk-tuk. A tuk-tuk is motorcycle powered vehicle with seating for passengers attached to it. They’re commonly found around South East Asia and are open air. I love driving back to our hotel at night after dinner with the wind blowing through my hair and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore in the background. Depending on where you flag one down, a 10-15 minute drive can be anywhere from 10-12 SGD, which may seem a bit pricy but is normally much less than having your hotel arrange transport for you. If you are around Patong or Kata beach, it’s really easy to walk around. Whether you’re beach hopping or looking around the market, I always say that walking around is one of the best ways to explore a new destination. And the excitement of Phuket nightlife makes the evening a lot more fun and interesting.

What I Wore:

When I go to the beach, my absolute must-have is a ton of bikinis. I love mixing solids with solids and solids with prints from different brands. Some of my favorites for bikinis are Cotton On, Victoria’s Secret (now Pink), She In and Hollister (and Jolyn for suits that won’t budge). I don’t like wearing the same suit more than once a trip (I know, I’m a snob), so I love having variety in my suitcase. In addition to suits, I wear all different kinds of cover-ups and summery rompers and dresses that work at both the beach and a casual meal out. For sunglasses, I personally don’t love wearing nice/high-end glasses at the beach because I love spending time in the water and body surfing waves so I’m always paranoid that I’m going to lose a nice pair. I typically have a couple cheap pairs of Cotton On sunglasses that are perfect for the setting and look bomb in all those insta photos. For a more in-depth look, check out my summer beauty post (linked below)!

I always love a good beach getaway, and Phuket is the perfect destination for a stress-free and relaxing weekend away. Have you been to Phuket? If so, what’s your favorite thing to do there? If you haven’t what’s your favorite beach getaway destination? Comment down below!

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will talk to you soon!

Hotel:

Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort

Restaurants:

Eat. Bar & Grill

Baan Rim Pa

Airline:

Scoot

Other:

My Summer Beauty Post

Live Life Colorfully- Kate Spade Lookbook

With the sad news of Kate Spade coming out, people have been sharing the stories of their “firsts”. Their first Kate Spade wallet, their first Kate Spade purchase that marked the transition from adolescence to adulthood. My very first Kate Spade present was a white and orange wallet. It was bright and shiny, the way all of her designs were. 3 years ago, I made my own first big purchase; a beige and pastel yellow Kate Spade handbag. For years, Kate Spade has brought me true joy through her colorful and lively designs. I will be forever grateful for all of the memories she has allowed me to create and for allowing me to express myself through fashion and beauty. In honor of her beautiful life, I have put together a few of my favorite KS pieces.

My Newest Adventure- The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program

For those of you who follow me on Instagram (@swimeatlove), I announced a couple of weeks ago that I had joined the Beach Bum Lifestyle Program team as their newest ambassador. After discovering their Instagram account and website, I immediately fell in love. I was amazed at how similar their goals and passions are to mine. The BB Program isn’t a crash course on dieting or a 10 day fix to get your ideal body, but it truly is a community of amazing, inspiring ladies who are all striving to become the best versions of themselves they can possible be.

The Beach Bum Mission:

“You’ve tried every cleanse, fitness, and nutrition program out there and have come up short in being able to maintain your results. Look no further babe, we’ve got you covered! We’re here to provide you with the tools you need to feel and look your best for life! Re-energize, get fit, show yourself so much love, and stay accountable… in a way that feels easy, and oh-so-good!
This program encompasses the nutrition, beauty, friendship, inspiration, joy, and all of the things that give you an unmistakable glow!”

Looking to take what I do to the next level, I thought that joining the team would be the perfect next step. With my goal to inspire and motivate as many people as possible to live a happier and healthier life, I felt that Beach Bum gave me the perfect platform to connect with so many more amazing people. As time goes on, I hope working with Beach Bum gives me the platform to reach out and connect with so many different people.

One of the cool parts about this program is their partnership with Usana. Usana makes everything from shakes and supplements, to an amazing skincare line (Celavie). I’ve started on the Beach Bum Kit, consisting of cellsentials (supplements) and their Nutrimeal shakes, along with the Celavie skincare products. I have loved everything about using the products and the way it makes me feel. It’s a great way to supplement the life I am living.

If you are interested in being part of the Beach Bum program/community or are interesting in trying out some of the Usana products, please feel free to reach out to me however you feel comfortable. And if you are looking to do some shopping online by yourself, save 10% by using the code: aime10. I’m excited to begin this new, crazy adventure and look forward to sharing more with you as time goes on.

Links:

My Beach Bum/Usana code (save money!): aime10

My Beach Bum/Usana website: aimefukada.usana.com

The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program website: http://www.beachbumlifestyleprogram.com/

The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program IG: https://www.instagram.com/beachbumlifestyleprogram/?hl=en

The Beach Bum Lifestyle Program FB: https://www.facebook.com/beachbumlifestyleprogram/

Usana website: https://www.usana.com/ux/dotcom/#!/en-US/home

Go-To Makeup Products

Today’s post is going to be all about my recent favorite make-up/beauty products. I’ve spent the last few years growing my make-up collection and learning how to play with different colors and products, and I just wanted to share some of the products that I absolutely love. I’ll try to link as much as I can below, and will also link my Pinterest makeup/beauty board where I get a lot of my inspiration!

Face:

Moisturizer- I’ve used the same moisturizer for the last 2 years, and it’s the Curel Moisture Face Milk. It’s lightweight and not sticky, but is super hydrating. I always wash my face and use this before I start my makeup, and it works really well.

http://web1.sasa.com/SasaWeb/eng/product/viewProductDetail.jspa?itemno=107412202001&cm_mmc=google21intdyn

Primer- My favorite primer to use is the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser. It does a really good job at blurring out your pores, and the foundation and concealer that I put on top of it goes on really smoothly.

https://www.target.com/p/maybelline-174-baby-skin-153-instant-pore-eraser/-/A-15007507?ref=tgt_adv_XS000000&AFID=google_pla_df&CPNG=PLA_Health+Beauty+Shopping&adgroup=SC_Health+Beauty&LID=700000001170770pgs&network=g&device=c&location=9030966&gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E_zTo6i3tavOJMylY30hc_bAjaCcIYRcwo6ms0ow8ZhkQ_TVbEuHOxoCM8wQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Foundation- The Maybelline Fit Me Matte Foundation has been my go-to for a long time. They have a huge range of shades, so it’s easy to find your match. It’s a heavy coverage, but light weight and doesn’t make your face look too shiny (perfect for oily skin).

https://www.maybelline.com/collections/fitme?gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7EzDOtarqzJ8DZAtwFE8vMlYJRZeIPee2Z9_WMeyHYLhOKG4lFaX0WRoC1tcQAvD_BwE

Concealer- Going along with the foundation, but favorite concealer is the Maybelline Fit Me Oil-Free Stick Foundation. I love stick concealers because I think they’re really easy to use and help you put it on precisely. Just like the foundation, it leaves a matte finish and covers blemishes and scars really well.

https://www.amazon.com/Maybelline-New-York-Oil-Free-Foundation/dp/B00DRPSQ60/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1523412731&sr=8-3-fkmr2&keywords=maybelline%2Bfit%2Bme%2Bconcealer%2Bstick&th=1

Eyes:

Eye Shadow- I’ve tried LOTS of eye shadows and tested out different palettes before, but my absolute favorite is the Naked Heat Palette. I fell in love with it the second it was released, and finally got it for Christmas last year. The shades are beyond stunning and the mix of matte and glitter shades make it really easy to put together different kinds of looks. I use this for my everyday makeup as well as fancy/fun makeup looks.

https://www.sephora.com/product/naked-heat-palette-P420913

Mascara- I discovered my favorite mascara after receiving it in my Ipsy bag (check the link below to learn more about/subscribe to Ipsy) a few months ago. The PUR Cosmetics Fully Charged Mascara is one of the best I’ve ever tried. It’s super pigmented and high volume. Just one layer of it is really thick and noticeable.

https://www.purcosmetics.com/fully-charged?utm_source=google_shopping&scid=scplp951455030&sc_intid=951455030&mkwid=s_dc&pcrid=176391538273&pkw=&pmt=&gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7EwpleDj4hKPSy-qo-5pDIYVzrOlfFgiaSjdOWpyfD3EbrFORDHiZzhoC2bEQAvD_BwE

Eye Liner- My favorite liner isn’t actually a black eyeliner, but it’s the Tarte glitter liners. I bought the three pack with rose gold, blue and gold, and I love them all. One side is a metallic liner and the other side is a glitter liner. I use the metallic side on my upper eye lid and the glitter side right over my eye shadow in the middle of my lid. They’re so stunning!

https://tartecosmetics.com/en_US/sale/limited-edition-tarteist-pro-glitter-liner-in-rose-gold/1043.html?dwvar_1043_color=rose%20gold&cgid=#q=glitter%2Bliner&lang=en_US&start=1

Cheeks:

Highlighter- I absolutely LOVE highlighters so I actually have three (I just can’t choose between them). The first is the Tarte Pro Glow Palette with 4 different highlighters. The second is the Fenty Beauty Match Stix in the shade Yacht Lyfe. It’s a rose gold-ish shade and I think the subtle highlight is beyond beautiful. I use this almost everyday. The last highlighter I love is more for crazy looks, and it’s the Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter in the shade Trophy Wife. It’s a really bright gold, but goes on really subtly, especially on darker skin.

https://www.sephora.com/product/tarteist-pro-glow-highlight-contour-palette-P413462

https://www.fentybeauty.com/match-stix/shimmer-skinstick/23336.html

https://www.fentybeauty.com/killawatt/freestyle-highlighter/FB30002.html

Blush- My favorite blush is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. I got this one in my Ipsy as well and absolutely love it. They’re super pigmented, so even just one swoop with the brush will get a lot on.

https://tartecosmetics.com/en_US/makeup/cheeks/blush-cheek-stain/amazonian-clay-12-hour-blush/236.html?dwvar_236_color=natural%20beauty%20%28rosy%20red%29&cgid=#q=blush&lang=en_US&start=4

Bronzer- My favorite bronzers are the two in the Tarte Pro Glow Palette, one powder (shade) and one cream (sculpt). The powder one is beautiful and goes on and blends out really well, and the cream one is perfect for a good contour.

https://www.sephora.com/product/tarteist-pro-glow-highlight-contour-palette-P413462

Lips:

Chapstick- I always use chapstick before putting any lip products on because I think it helps my lips stay fresh and the product last longer. My favorites are the Burt’s Bees Lip Balms. I love all the smells, but my favorites are Wild Cherry and Coconut & Pear.

https://www.burtsbees.com/shop/lip-care/lip-balm/?dmp=LipBalm&gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E6_mXrZEzYdZ9UX2urDNEEVgZ9ySDtL_ca8CkUe5zpqeeLt85SVVeRoCwOEQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

Lip Gloss- My favorite gloss is the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb. It’s a bit on the heavier side, but settles in nicely and lasts for a long time. It’s has a really pretty sheen over lip balm.

https://www.fentybeauty.com/gloss-bomb/universal-lip-luminizer/22513.html

Matte Gloss- My favorite matte gloss is the Kylie Lip Kit in the shade Candy K. My friend originally had this and when I tried it I knew I had to have it. I’m not a fan of bright red or pink shades, I prefer nudes, and I think this shade it perfect. I usually put on lip balm, then line the lips with the liner that comes with the kit and then fill in my lips with the gloss. I’ve heard from some people that the matte glosses crack, but I’ve found that using lip balm underneath stops it from cracking.

Candy K | Lip Kit

 

Brushes:

The best brushes I’ve ever used was from an It Cosmetics set. All of the brushes are super soft but do a really good job at blending, shading or whatever else you’re using it for. The set comes with brushes for your face and eyes, so you’re all covered.

https://www.ulta.com/your-airbrush-masters-6-pc-advanced-brush-set?productId=xlsImpprod11061200&sku=2274529&cmpid=PS_Non!google!Product_Listing_Ads&cagpspn=pla&CATCI=aud-370516521359:pla-332919100964&CAAGID=38703936941&CAWELAID=330000200000188544&CATARGETID=330000200001158132&cadevice=c&gclid=CjwKCAjwwbHWBRBWEiwAMIV7E7QQ9myF7P8TZD5SC2vNTKVI-ZyLzzDPW8NHHKj4cZpHRXbvXTK_0xoCMIcQAvD_BwE

 

My Pinterest beauty board: https://www.pinterest.com/aimefukada/beauty/

Ipsy: https://www.ipsy.com/new?cid=ppage_ref&sid=link&refer=xk1kw

February IPSY Bag- Unzipped

*This is not an ad, I just LOVE this brand*

I have heard about Ipsy for a while, and have been intrigued by it. But it wasn’t until last November that I gave in and subscribed. After getting my first bag, I was obsessed! I couldn’t believe that for only $10 a month, I was getting 5 brand-name products as well as a super cute little pouch. From Benefit to Tarte, my bags have been filled with products that I love. For those of you who don’t know how Ipsy works, you sign up and create an account where you can check all of the products, brands, shades, colors, etc. that you love, and Ipsy then puts together a monthly bag with 5 products that fit your preferences. Each month, they also choose a theme.

Today I wanted to share my thoughts on the February Ipsy bag and the products I received. The months theme was “unzipped”, which was all about feeling sexy and confident no matter what size, shape or age you are. As most of you know, I’m a huge advocate for positive body image and self love, so I could not have loved this theme more (especially during the month of Valentine’s Day). The pouch was light pink with black lace (super sexy;) and was filled with 5 products I absolutely loved!

1. Jersey Shore Cosmetics- Apple Harvest Hydrating Lip Balm

I was super excited when I saw this in my bag this month since I had just ran out of my favorite lip balm (and it’s winter so my lips are dying). The apple smell is super strong, but not too overpowering. Made with sunflower oil, beeswax, coconut oil and cocoa butter, it’s extremely hydrating (even with just one layer) and goes on your lips super smooth.

2. Pur Cosmetics- Mini Fully Charged Mascara

Mascara’s are one of my favorite beauty products, and I love trying out new ones. This Pur Cosmetics mascara is very pigmented and spreads your eyelashes out well. While no mascara will ever pass the Benefit They’re Real (will always be number one in my heart), this one is definitely coming in a close second.

3. Luna by Luna Cosmetics- Baked Highlighter in Electra

I had received a Luna eyeshadow in one of my previous bags and loved how it looked on me, so I was happy to get another one of their products. This came in a really generous size and was a stunning color! I tried this on right away and loved how smoothly it blended in. Since this is a baked highlighter, I put a tiny bit of liquid highlighter over it, and it was the most beautiful glow I’d ever seen.

4. Luxie Beauty- Blending and Shading Eye Brush 249

I had never heard of Luxie Beauty before, but I was in the need of a new eye brush so was happy about this. It’s a double sided brush, with one side for blending and one side for shading. The really soft tips makes it really easy to blend. Love this brand and I hope I get more products from them!

5. Make Up Forever- Aqua XL Eye Pencil in M-10 (Matte Black)

This products kind of intimidated me when I first saw it, but I actually really like it. It’s a fairly pointed tip, but soft, making it easy to use for blending. I wasn’t a huge fan of it for my bottom lash line, but I used it on the top for a smokey eye look, and it worked super well.

If you are interested or have been thinking about trying Ispy out, I highly recommend doing it! The subscription is super easy to navigate, but more importantly Ipsy does a great job at making it easy to skip a month or to cancel your subscription (I hate it when brands try to trick you into spending money by making it hard to cancel your subscription). Ipsy stands for so many things that we need more of in this world, and I can’t wait to support their business more and continue to get my personalized bags every month.

If you try Ipsy out, let me know what you think in the comments below!

Website: https://www.ipsy.com/glambag#/