Jet-setter Beauty: Flight Attendant Mika Magsanoc On Skincare Must-Haves | Clozette

This May, we’re talking travel! In our Jet-setter Beauty series, we ask goddesses in the sky a.k.a flight attendants to spill their best-kept beauty secrets.

If there's anyone who knows how to keep their skin in tiptop shape despite having an erratic schedule, it's flight attendants. To us, it's truly a mystery how they manage to look fresh and dewy despite spending hours and hours in the sky where the circulating recycled air is dry and full of germs (while wearing full face makeup, no less!). So what's their secret? In a quest to discover how flight attendants keep their skin healthy, we interviewed flight attendant Mike Magsanoc. Keep reading to learn about her trusty skincare routine and what it's like working at 38,000 feet above the ground.

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

Mika Magsanoc on her job as an F.A.

What is it like working as a flight attendant?

"There’s nothing like it! It’s definitely not rainbows and butterflies or any of those glamorous things they show on commercials. To be honest, it is downright tiring and demanding but I love every bit of it. No matter how exhausting it gets, the pros always outweigh the cons: you get to travel without having to pay for airfare and hotels; you have an allowance for food; and when there is enough time, you are free to tour and explore whichever place you find yourself in. If that’s not a win, I don’t know what is. As with anything in life, adjusting and mindset are key."

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

Photo from: @mikamagsanoc

How important is it for you to have flawless skin and on-fleek makeup on the job?

"Extremely. Feeling good and looking good plays a big part in our job — those two go hand in hand. I believe that clear skin is the first step to having a good makeup day."

All about her skincare secrets

What’s your skin type? Do you encounter any specific problems with your skin? How do you solve them?

"I have sensitive and oily skin so I have to be careful with the products that I use. I need to do a good amount of research on skincare products before I actually decide to try them, which is why I tend to stick to my tried and tested holy grails. With oily skin, it’s really the shine I mostly have problems with but it's easily resolved with an oil film."

What do you do if you have a jam-packed flying schedule and you started breaking out?

"I find that using an aloe vera sheet mask helps calm my breakouts or any redness, particularly the Nature Republic one. It’s definitely a holy grail product for me along with the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream. I always have those two in my toiletry kit. When I get a sudden pimple, before bed, I pop on the sheet mask and dab on the cream. The next morning, there will be a noticeable decrease in the size of the zit if it’s not already gone."

During long flights, do you do shifts and get rest breaks? Have you ever had to do your skincare and makeup routine in the air?

"We have crew rest for medium and long haul flights. It can range from an hour and a half to as long as six hours. I love Korean skincare and have about seven steps in my routine so I have no time for skincare during flights. Every minute of sleep counts."

In what ways does constant flying affect your beauty habits?

"Flying actually improved my beauty habits. I found that simply putting on moisturiser wasn’t enough to keep my skin happy. The air in the cabin is very, very dry. It drains the moisture from your skin, leaving the skin dull. This is what started my interest in the Korean skincare routine. I religiously followed a 10-step Korean routine for about three months and it helped bring some life back to my skin. But I do adjust it depending on where I am and my schedule. To adjust with the Philippines' humid weather, I cut it down to about six steps. When I am too tired from a flight, I have my go-to lazy routine of just four steps. Believe it or not, even flight attendants have those lazy days, just like anyone else."

Have you experienced any issues with your tresses since you started flying constantly? How did you deal with it?

"Same with my skin, my hair tends to dry out. Hair treatments and Olaplex 3, 4 an 5 saved my hair."

Can you walk us through the beauty products you love bringing along with you when you fly and when you’re not flying?

Mika Magsanoc Flight Attendant Skincare Routine

"Believe it or not, I bring these all with me: Heimish All Clean Balm (Night), Heimish All Clean Green Foam Cleanser (Day/Night), Son and Park Beauty Water (Day/Night), CosRx Blemish Serum (Night), CosRx Advance Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence (Night), CosRx Oil Free Ultra-Moisturising Lotion with Birch Sap (Day/Night), CosRx Aloe soothing sun cream (Day/Night), Nature Republic Aloe Vera Facial Mask (used once a week or as needed) and CosRx Centella Blemish Cream (used only when needed)."

Do you have any personal beauty tips you can share to all jet-setters out there?

"Double cleanse, always remove your makeup before you sleep no matter how tired you are and don’t skip sunscreen. Lastly, love yourself! Confidence makes you 10 times more beautiful than any makeup look."

Mika Magsanoc is a flight attendant with the Philippine flag carrier. She loves good food and happily juggles being a daughter, girlfriend, sister and mommy to Sophy, her 6-year-old pupper. Learn more about Mika Magsanoc's adventures on Instagram.

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A diverse shade range is always a huge plus factor for any cosmetics company. While K-Beauty is a favourite among many, there are also those who say an improvement in shade range can be done. Perhaps Etude House heard the call when they launched the Better Lips-Talk line. The impressive (and inclusive) 60-shade range made its debut in Singapore last 1 May 2019.

Etude House Better Lips-Talk Event

The venue setup at MY SPACE @ M SOCIAL for the Etude House Better Lips-Talk launch

Etude House Better Lips-Talk Lipsticks

Etude House formulated its new lipsticks to suit a variety of skin tones. They've also enlisted six global ambassadors to model the line, including Singapore's Mongchin Yeoh (@mongabong on IG). Plus, they released an exclusive shade for the Lion City, PK003 Gentle Pink, which Mongchin models in the ads.

The Etude House Better Lips-Talk range features two textures: regular and velvet. A chic, pale pink case houses each lipstick. In addition, the lipsticks feature a magnetic cap to keep them sealed even if they get lost in your handbag. 

Mongabong for Etude House

Left: Mongchin Yeoh (@mongabong) at the Better Lips-Talk launch; Right:  Some of the shades from the Better Lips-Talk range

Whereas most Korean lipsticks have a sheerer finish, these lipsticks deliver rich colour in a single swipe. Its highly pigmented, long-wearing formula stays put on lips for hours upon wear. 

The Variants

The Etude House Better Lips-Talk Regular features a glossier finish. It has wetting oil that keeps the lips hydrated as well as a locking oil that coats the surface for long-lasting shine. The formula also contains vitamin E to help nourish the lips. The unique pigment milling technology makes colours appear more defined with a 20 per cent increase in sharpness and smoothness. It also has light-reflective pigments that help lips appear brighter and more luscious. 

Etude House Better Lips-Talk Velvet

 Left: The Better Lips-Talk Velvet lipstick texture; Right: The Better Lips-Talk Regular lipstick texture

Meanwhile, the Etude House Better Lips-Talk Velvet features velvet powder complex as its key ingredient. This fills in lines for a smoother look while keeping lips light and fluffy. Some of our favourite shades include velvet shades BE103 in Kinda Nude (a light pink nude), BE109 in Lovable Beige (a dusty pink nude), BR404 in Frightened Red (a warm, rosy red), and BR406 in Halo Halloween (a deep mauve). 

With an additional 40 shades waiting for release on the second half of the year, Etude House Better Lips-Talk is a line we have our eyes on.

Etude House Better Lips-Talk lipsticks retail for SGD18.90/~USD14 each at all Etude House stores island-wide. Selected shades are also available on Lazada and Shopee.



Is this the beginning of Fenty Skincare? Last March, Rihanna prompted speculation on a possible skincare line when she registered “Fenty Skin” at the US Patent and Trademark Office. According to the application, it will cover "medicated and non-medicated skincare, soap, body care, and personal care products”. This May, it seems RiRi will make good on her promise. A recent post on the Fenty Beauty Instagram teased the launch of the Pro Kiss’r Balm. Another teaser for the balm followed alongside the Pro Kiss’r Scrub. The new products will be launching officially on 10 May but here’s what we know so far about the lip prep duo.

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Balm

Fenty Beauty Prokissr Balm

The first of what we hope are more Fenty skincare products, Pro Kiss’r Balm is something between a lip balm and a creamy lip gloss in texture. Like the latter, it comes with its own applicator wand. The balm has a light pink tinge but goes on sheer as seen on Rihanna’s teaser. It includes rich, hydrating ingredients such as shea and mango butters to keep lips nourished. The non-sticky formula makes it comfortable to wear and the light peach-vanilla scent appealing to the taste.

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’r Scrub

Fenty Beauty Prokissr Scrub

The second addition to Fenty Beauty skincare products, Pro Kiss’r scrub comes in a lipstick format unlike most lip scrubs which come in small pots. This format ensures less mess and a more hygienic way of exfoliating your lips (no fingers dipping = less contamination). Instead of sugar, apricot seeds act as the main exfoliators. It’s lightweight, non-greasy, and fuss-free. Simply swipe back and forth and clean up with a tissue for soft, kissable lips.

With plenty of lip products such as the award-winning Gloss Bomb and Rihanna’s favourite Stunna Lip Paint in their arsenal, the lip prep duo is a good transition product from makeup into skincare. We can only imagine what comes next for Fenty Beauty and what other fun concoctions Rihanna’s cooking up for Fenty Skin. One thing’s for sure though: it will be worth the wait.