Staycation at Crowne Plaza Changi Airport (Part 2)

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It’s time to talk more about my staycation at Crowne Plaza! Honestly, I think the plan for me was just to write one post to review the whole place, but there are so many things to write about this place – yep, even though I was there for only a weekend, there were tons to do! – so I’m breaking it up. First I told you about the lovely hotel rooms (which I can honestly just spend all day there!) and now I want to talk about the gorgeous swimming pool.

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The swimming pool reminded me of those cool up town, apartment swimming pools, and it is located on the 3rd floor. As you can see, it has a very modern feel to it, and there is even some part of the pool blocked by a “sky wall” as I call it, so if you are one who doesn’t want to tan, but still lay by the pool, it’s perfect.

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As you can imagine, there isn’t much to say about a swimming pool – I am sure you all know what to do in one! – but I spend some time just lazying around, reading magazines, relaxing and it was perfect. As you can see, it is lovely and was quiet which I liked. It’s also a great place for photographs, since there is so much cool greenery around, and there were even a few weddings going on which was nice; and an option if you’re looking for places to do your ROM ;)

My next post will probably be a favorite of yours – the food! I’ll talk all about the lounge food and drinks, the buffet dinner (yum!!!) and the brunch I had Sunday afternoon before I checked out. Stay tuned for that!




So What’s the Beauty Scene Like in… New Delhi, India?

Yay, this feature is back! Older readers will know I did this awhile ago, and I’d really love to start it up again. Today we have Kassia, a 25-year-old American living and working in New Delhi to tell us more about the beauty scene in her lovely city. She also took these awesome photos for us! Take it away, Kassia…

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Hi there! Could you give us a quick introduction about yourself?

Hello! I live and work in India, in the capital city of Delhi. I’ve been here now for about two and a half years, and before that I studied in the south of India and did a few stints of research throughout the country. So I’ve been coming to India for five years and living here full-time for half of that. I write a blog on beauty & wellness called The Neemly, where I also share peeks into my life here. In my real-life avatar I work as a researcher and strategist for brands and companies in India. I’m also a photographer – you can see my work here!

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Tell us about your city.

Delhi is a bit mad. It’s massive – I believe it’s around some 20+ million people live in the whole expanse of the city and its suburbs – and there are so many different areas that I’ve yet to set foot in even after two and a half years living here. It’s not the easiest place to live, as there are of course the stereotypical elements of traffic, pollution, and a rather packed population. But there’s a lot of beauty to the city as well – endless monuments and ruins from the reigns of different emperors and kings; many active temples, mosques, and gurudwaras; bustling markets for nearly everything: spices, electronics, clothing, vegetables, etc.; and actually many gorgeous parks and other hidden sanctuaries that are blessings in the midst of an oftentimes overwhelming city.

From your perspective, what are some of your initial thoughts of the beauty scene in your city?

There’s something of a generational divide in India right now, largely due to how the country has been developing over the last twenty years since it became more economically liberal and opened up to foreign companies. Prior to the 1990s, there were predominantly domestic brands in India and the most many women would have done in terms of cosmetics would be the very traditional look of some kajal on the eyes, a bindi and sindhoor, or vermillion powder, on the hair part if they were married. Now there’s a ton – MAC, Shisedio, Clarins, YSL, Dior, Lancome, Estee Lauder, L’oreal, Maybelline, and Sephora is finally coming next month. So you’ll see an interesting dichotomy between younger women who are really into makeup and their mothers, who might not wear any.

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The Perfect Island Holiday Scent

Greetings from Phuket, Thailand! I’m here with my Dad for a business trip slash holiday. Anyway, remember in my sad excuse for a September Favorites video, I mentioned Urban Rituelle’s Island Citrus scent, and how I would write a proper review? Well here it is:

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OK, OK, let me elaborate. But it is amazing. Notes include lime, grapefruit, orange, and base notes of bergamot and rose. In other words, it is beautiful. Yes, it’s a citrus scent, but it smells like a sweet-citrus scent and it’s delightful. The perfume is more of a body spray, so don’t expect lasting staying power – no more than 2 hours I’d say – but the bottle is so handy for your handbag, it’s great for touch ups. The spray, too, is pretty amazing. One spritz packs a punch, I tell ya! I was pretty shocked how just one spritz covered my whole t-shirt!

My friend Natsumi got me this perfume (that was part of a set with body lotion and soap) for my birthday – perfectly in time for my trip! I didn’t bring the body lotion and soap though, since I use the ones at the hotel, but they are just as lovely. She was telling me how she discovered this brand and liked that it was feminine without being too over-the-top girly. I totally agree – how classy and sweet are their packaging? Love it. Before I left, I’ve been using the body balm as a hand cream in my handbag because it’s so cute and small – looks so great in my handbag, I always smiled when I take it out.

Have you tried anything from Urban Rituelle? What do you think? If you check out their site, there are SO many products, I don’t really know where to start – so let me know which one you recommend! (Although I took a quick look and I think their Coconut & Honey perfume is next on my list – smells yum!)

What’s the beauty scene like in… Helsinki, Finland?

It’s with great pleasure I bring you another ‘What’s the beauty scene like in…?’, a feature here on Beauty Fool that I hope to be a regular! (If you’d like me to feature you and your city, just email me.) The last time I introduced the beauty scene in my hometown Singapore, and this time we have the very sweet Julie, a 21 year old American living in Finland to share her observations and to give us a little glimpse into the beauty world in Helsinki, Finland.

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Hi there! How about a quick introduction about yourself?

I’m a 21-year-old American woman who moved to Finland 3.5 years ago to follow her dream. I had literally nothing to do after high school so I decided to go back to my roots and live in Finland as an au pair. Since that first year I’ve stayed in Finland, the place I truly want to be, and I still work in childcare, which I hope to do until I die. I in truth do not actually wear make-up as a personal choice, but all that energy gets spent on healing and bringing energy to my body :)

Tell us about your city.

Helsinki is the capital of and biggest city in Finland with just over half a million people. It lies on the Southern coast of Finland, about as far North as the base of Alaska. Helsinki’s a very international city, with immigrants and tourists from all over the world, as well as students and workers from the rest of Finland. One look tells you exactly where you are in the world – somewhat but not quite Russia, Scandinavia, or Europe, but with influences from all three. There are loads of parks and beaches, which is where people mostly spend their time. In the Winter, we have very little sunlight at all, so in the Summer, when the Sun sets around 23.30, helsinkiläiset (the people of Helsinki) are outside enjoying it for as long as possible.

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Skincare and Makeup Tips for Flight Attendants

Hey Renee! I was wondering if you had some advice for me. I am a soon-to-be air stewardess and I will be exposed to very dry atmosphere most of the time. So do you have any advice on how I can keep my skin healthy? Our thick makeup doesn’t help either. I’m worried about my skin because I can’t afford to look like I sped up my aging process! – V

V wrote to me a week ago after reading my post, Beauty Tips for Long Flights and she wanted to know more specific tips for those who are in planes very frequently – aka, working in one! I can relate to air stewardesses who are wary about speeding up the aging process – those working full time in cold, dry offices also have the same complaint (like my friends!). Thing is, unfortunately, I’m aware about the makeup stewardess are required to wear daily, so it’s quite a challenge. No worries though, I have a few tips up my sleeves.

Here’s an idea to start you off - even though it’s just a plane, you can actually just research “winter skincare tips”, because, as you’ve guessed it, one of the main factors is the extremely dry temperatures. They have tons of tips for dry climates and would definitely help in your work environment!

Before the Flight

First of all, it’s vital that you start by cleansing your skin very well before your flight. Try switching to a cleanser made for dry skin. While in the shower, avoid very hot water as it will just dry out your skin more. Instead, opt for a luke warm temperature, and really clean your face well. Basically, leave the cleanser on your face for at least 30 seconds to really let it work.

I’m not sure if they give you makeup to wear or if it’s your own, but if it’s your own, I highly recommend finding a mineral/organic foundation, as this will not clog your pores and irritate your skin. Find formulas made for dry skin, preferably a tinted moisturizer made for dry skin. Since you’ll be traveling a lot, you can go overseas and find winter-related skin care products that would cater to extremely dry weather conditions.


During the Flight

As for a face mist, you can always try it on top of your makeup. From what I know, the one I reccomended by Clinique in that post says it can be used while you have makeup on. I consulted my friend who uses it over her makeup and she said it still works, though she’s not on a plane everyday, so I’m not too sure. Either way, you can always give it a try – with products, it’s all about trial and error! Just make sure you spritz it a little distance away from your face. After misting, take a facial tissue and gently press it over your face, so that it doesn’t smudge your makeup, just in case.

After Your Shift

Now I’m totally ignorant on this, but I believe that you only “freshen” up (aka, take a shower) in hotel rooms, or at the airports once the flights are done, especially for overnight flights? Someone please educate me on this! For long-haul flights, is it expected that you leave your makeup on? If so, there are some ways to cleanse your skin even if there is hardly a shower available. It is ideal to remove all makeup and cleanse before you sleep, so even though I can imagine it’s quite a hassle, please try to cleanse your face morning and night – this will already make a big difference.

For removing your makeup on board, buy a packet of cleansing wipes and use them to remove every trace of makeup (you can find these at drugstores, they work very well! I recommend Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes.)

After removing all makeup, once again, cleanse your face with your cleanser and leave it on for some time – the longer the better! After that, wash it off and pat dry. Apply moisturizer immediately after, and let your skin ‘breathe’, meaning no more makeup or products on it until the morning.

In the morning, cleanse thoroughly once again, moisturize and then apply your makeup.

This is also optional, but it may be a good idea to buy a primer (a natural one) that can go on as a ‘base’ after your moisturizer, as a way to protect your skin from the foundation that is coming on the next layer. I used to do this when I did some modeling – at photoshoots they would LOAD on layers and layers of foundation like no body’s business and I was always scared my skin would break out. So I would always ask the makeup artist to apply a primer that I brought from home, and that helped greatly.

If it’s short flights, I think applying a normal skin care and makeup routine you do everyday is fine, as long as you remember to cleanse twice a day thoroughly. It’s the longer flights that are a bit tricky!

So in conclusion, just remember:

  • Cleanse your face twice a day for the best results.
  • Moisturize your face thoroughtly.
  • Try finding products made for very dry skin.
  • If possible, buy organic/natural/mineral alternatives to makeup, as they are less harsh.
  • Buy a primer to go under your heavy makeup.
  • Try out a facial mist and see how you like it.

What do you think of my tips? I hope that has helped you, V, and any other flight attendants! If you have any more questions on the topic, leave a comment and hopefully myself and my readers will have extra tips and ideas for you! :)