Icelandic Skincare for Glowing Jetset Skin

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels 4-Pack

Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels 4-Pack

Thanks to friends in the beauty business, I’m grateful that I often hear the freshest skinny on the latest and greatest beauty finds, particularly when it comes to what they know I need. Small, high-quality, unique, multi-purpose products that are useful for a long or short trip around the world. I need products that won’t clog my pores and won’t leave me begging for a facial upon arrival.

The latest find is skyn ICELAND Solutions for Stressed Skin. With skin savers compact enough to throw into any carry-on bag, packing is worry-free, and skin stays rejuvenated upon arrival. Born from a life-changing mission to treat and alleviate the effects of stress on skin while promoting a full of balance, Skyn products are free of parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and sulfates. They don’t test on animals and they’re 100% vegan.

Traveling staples include:
  • Glacial Cleansing Cloths ($15)
    • With no water needed, these cleansing cloths are ideal for those on-the-go moments when you need to wash away any unwanted makeup, sweat, dirt and other impurities your skin accumulates when traveling while simultaneously refreshing skin. Perfect for the flight.
  • Arctic Face Oil ($35)
    • Arctic Face Oil is your winter solution. Delivering powerful hydration, it helps repair and balance the skin’s lipid barrier while locking in moisture. Over time, it also smoothes fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a softer, more youthful complexion.
  • Hydro Cooling Firming Eye Gels ($30)
    • In just ten minutes, this cooling transdermal gel patch infuses the eye area with highly potent actives and Icelandic glacial water to firm, tone, brighten and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. These are especially great during long flights when your skin can get stressed and tired.
  • Arctic Face Mist ($29)
    • This soothing mist instantly helps calm and stabilize irritable skin with a cooling burst of natural Icelandic mineral water. An excellent pick-me-up after a long day of traveling.

Triposo – The Latest in Travel Apps

Travel Apps

Triposo’s Events Near You Feature

Always on the hunt for the latest and greatest travel apps, we came across Triposo, built by a few ex-Googler’s. Triposo’s latest release delivers unique opportunities to see, hear, and taste the local culture near you. In essence, Triposo Events opens up the city to you suggesting things like art show openings, DJ dance parties, and theater productions. Triposo Hotels helps you find and book a last-minute place to stay without ever leaving the app and Triposo Food tells you about the local cuisine and where you can get it.

For the first time, people can upload photos and comments about their travels right into the app. For example, you may want to share a picture of the best pasta you ever ate in Sardinia or suggest other travelers to skip the lines for the headlining exhibit at the MoMA in NYC and, instead, see some other exhibit. They’ve also updated maps and added more depth to the phrasebook so have a look and let ’em know what you think!

Website: http://www.triposo.com/

Link to app: iOs and Android

 

31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World

Poffertjes – Traditional Dutch pancakes

Faced with concourses filled with ubiquitous shrink-wrapped sandwiches, greasy fast-food burgers, and processed pastries, the thought of eating at an airport is rarely appetizing. But that may soon change, as airports around the world are revamping aging terminals and the world’s best chefs, several of them Michelin-starred, are recognizing the value of serving exemplary meals before liftoff. The Daily Meal’s list of the 31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World is the culmination of a six-month-long nomination process, wherein a preliminary list of more than 100 restaurants was measured against two categories (cuisine and style/décor/service). So check out the full list below and make sure you try out some of these tasty eats the next time you’re jaunting around the world.

Tadında Anadolu - Istanbul Atatürk Airport

Tadında Anadolu – Istanbul Atatürk Airport

31 Best Airport Restaurants Around the World

1.       Porta Gaig (El Prat del Llobregat, Barcelona)

2.       Salt Lick BBQ (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)

3.       Tortas Frontera (Chicago O’Hare International Airport)

4.       Bubbles Seafood & Wine Bar (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)

5.       Obrycki’s (Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport)

6.       Crust (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

7.       Five Guys (Dulles International Airport, Washington, DC)

8.       Custom Burgers by Pat LaFrieda (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

9.       Encounter (Los Angeles International Airport)

10.   Legal Sea Foods (Boston Logan International Airport)

11.   Pink’s Hot Dogs (Los Angeles International Airport)

12.   Brasserie Flo (Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport)

13.   Plane Food (Heathrow Airport, London)

14.   Tagliare (LaGuardia Airport, New York City)

15.   Versailles Restaurant (Miami International Airport)

16.   Piquillo (John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York City)

17.   Icebox Café (Miami International Airport)

18.   Union Jacks Bar (Gatwick Airport, London)

19.   Kim Choo’s Nonja Kitchen (Changi Airport Singapore)

20.   Airbräu Brauhaus (Munich Airport)

21.   Globe@YVR (Vancouver International Airport)

22.   La Moraga (Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, Costa del Sol, Spain)

23.   Cat Cora’s Kitchen (San Francisco International Airport)

24.   Altitude (Genève Aéroport, Geneva)

25.   Columbia Restaurant Café (Tampa International Airport)

26.   One Flew South (Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport)

27.   Anthony’s Fish Bar (Seattle Tacoma International Airport)

28.   Tacañon (Benito Juarez, Mexico City)

29.   Dutch Kitchen Bar & Cocktails (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol)

30.   La Pausa (Ministro Pistarini International Airport, Buenos Aires)

31.   Tadında Anadolu (Istanbul Atatürk Airport)

Berlin Like a Local

We just caught wind of a cool little service from our peeps in Berlin. Plus One Berlin is a new hospitality model that gives travellers a local insider look at a city.  Launched in Berlin, Germany, from around €120 per night travelers can stay in an innovatively-designed space in ‘Kreuzkölln’, one of the most interesting and up-and-coming areas of Berlin, and have an experience with a well-connected and knowledgeable local of their choice. As their ‘plus one’ guests gain access to the most hidden and interesting restaurants, cafes, parties, and galleries, thus giving them a novel look at one of the world’s most changing and exciting cities.

A Local Look at Berlin Life

After booking the space via the booking enquiry form guests are given log in details to access the guest part of the website. Here they can read profiles of 28 locals and choose the date and time they want the experience. The locals have been chosen for their passion and knowledge of the city and have different nationalities, interests and professions. The guest can then choose to meet their local for a drink to get advice and quick tips (1/2 hr) or experience Berlin as their plus one (3-5 hrs). The guest is given the local’s email address so they can make contact with them prior to arrival to arrange a place to meet and discuss what they’d like to do. The rate includes accommodation and one experience with a local for every two to three night stay. Pretty cool.

Sustainable and Innovative Design

The 29-square-metre-space is innovatively designed by two Berlin-based architects, Paola Bagna (Spamroom) and JP Coss (CossA) using a combination of new and salvaged materials. The space sleeps 1-3 people and features a kitchenette (with fridge, kettle and toaster) and storage area constructed using reclaimed wood. A balcony provides an outdoor seating area and is connected to the interior through an indoor desk space and large glass windows. The space acts as an exhibition area for local artists where work changes every few months. In-room facilities include a 40-inch flat screen Cable TV, WiFi and an iPod dock. Located in the popular ‘Reuterkiez’ area of Neukölln, a vibrant and multicultural area in South East Berlin, the space is close to friendly cafes, intimate bars and popular restaurants.

Your Artsy Little Home Away from Home

Luxurious and Ecological Amenities

Each guest receives: a P1B illustrated map of the local area; a P1B key ring that gives them a 10% discount at nearby businesses; a surprise food or beverage welcome treat and luxurious ethically-sourced ILA-Spa toiletries. Handmade slippers made from organic cotton with reclaimed soles are also provided, of course.

www.plusoneberlin.com

A Girl’s Guide to Paris

Picture Yourself on the Seine...

For the ladies, all the ladies, loudah now, help me out… a ‘come on, all the ladies, let’s talk about Paris… and the New York-based GirlsGuideToParis.com! They’ve launched a new travel club designed to bring savings, insider tips and on-the-ground assistance to Paris visitors. Merci, ladies. The Girls Guide to Paris site features 4,000 pages (yes, 4,000!) of fun ideas, services and insider-tips for shopping, dining, and visiting Paris. Among its scores of tips and suggestions not found in other guides, the site provides times of the year when Hermès holds its rare sale on its signature scarves. Cause that’s mandatory, non? Optional paid levels also provide major discounts on hotels, spas, apartment rentals and more, along with VIP access and in-Paris concierge assistance. And The Girls Guide Concierge… they’re able to create special experiences not available to the average Paris traveler, such as shutting down a store for an exclusive shopping experience or arranging helicopter service for private dinner at a chateau. The site’s travel club members can also obtain invitations to exclusive fashion shows, previews at art galleries, film screenings, and private parties. Now we’re talkin’ or, rather, maintenant nous parlons. At least, according to Google translate (sorry, yo hablo espanol pero no hablo Français).

The site also offers a free member newsletter, downloadable walking tours, apps and a weekly radio show.

So check it out, ladies, and let us know what you think!

www.girlsguidetoparis.com

Melanie Brandman is… The Travel Curator

She’s something of a 007 in heels… ready to hit the tarmac. She possesses that rare blend of friendly, fierce, and intelligent. And, of course, if she’s going to advise luxury hoteliers, she must also be lethally… stylish. She is… The Most Interesting Travel Curator in the World. She is… Melanie Brandman. Yes, anyone who’s anyone in the luxe travel world knows this stunning powerhouse and she’s always fascinated us for a variety of reasons. Namely, we admire women-on-top who carry-on a smile with business savvy to boot.
An eighth-generation Australian, Brandman spent her childhood in Melbourne and Sydney and, although she’s been calling NYC home for a number of years, she began her 20+ years of public relations experience with positions at Vogue Australia, and InterContinental Hotels & Resorts,  Sydney and London. Eventually, she settled in New York City where, in 2001, she established The Brandman Agency. Today, her agency counts itself as one of the major competitors in the global luxury travel market.

La Mamounia - Marrakech

Now, Brandman brings passion to her latest project and one that gets our attention… a travel website called The Travel Curator, for the traveler who craves exciting, unique experiences. The site – Melanie’s virtual diary of sorts – is designed to cut through all of the clutter of your average travel website; instead, giving people who love travel all of her tried and tested favorites, as well as word-of-mouth travel tips and favorite must-do’s. She’s all about what’s new and what’s now, places to go, and where to go once you’re there. This upcoming month The Travel Curator will feature London and each month in the Salon Section, a celebrity or influencer will be interviewed.

Melanie Brandman - The Travel Curator

So we asked Melanie: Out of your impressive client roster, what are some of  your favorites?

La Mamounia in Marrakech — Perhaps the most iconic hotel in Morocco, La Mamounia re-opened in late 2009 after a magnificent 3-year makeover, under the direction of star designer Jacques Garcia. There are two things that I love most about this hotel:

1) It’s historical significance. Since its original debut in 1923, La Mamounia has hosted the “who’s who” of international royalty, politicians, celebrities and the jet set

2) The design. The hotel fits perfectly into it’s surroundings, thanks to its contemporary Moroccan design. The breathtaking mosaics and moldings make you feel like you are in the city center (yet surrounded by peace and privacy).  The hotel has expanded with 136 guest rooms, 71 Suites, and three incredible Riads. Their spa is something like 27,000 sq feet, every inch of it divine, as is their iconic pool, which I love for people watching. I would, and often do, recommend this hotel to anyone in search of the very best.  www.mamounia.com

Villa San Michele - Florence, Italy

Villa San Michele in Fiesole, Italy — Once a Franciscan monastery, this flagship Orient-Express hotel is located on an ancient hilltop and features facades done by Michelangelo himself. It has perhaps one of the most epic views of any hotel I have ever stayed, a rare bird’s-eye view of Florence (one of my all-time favorite cities). It’s tranquil, it’s sophisticated… the service, the gardens, and white-glove room-service (especially for breakfast) are impeccable. www.villasanmichele.com

InterContinental Hong Kong's Superb Rooftop

InterContinental Hong Kong – Everything about this hotel is dramatic, in all the right ways. When I stay at this hotel, I feel as though I am right on top of the water, like being on a yacht in the middle of one of the world’s buzziest cities. The Presidential Suites, if you can sneak a peak, are not to be missed. The service and the butlers and the staff in general are beyond accommodating. And you don’t even need to leave the hotel to eat or drink, if you so choose — Nobu and Alain Ducasse’s Spoon are two of many superb dining options on property. http://www.ichotelsgroup.com/intercontinental/en/gb/locations/hongkong

So there you have it, straight from the 007 of bespoke travel. For more of Melanie’s insider travel picks and monthly interviews with top designers and celebs, check out her website, The Travel Curator, it’s one to watch.

www.thetravelcurator.com