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TOP FLIGHT:

23 things you 
NEED WHEN
TRAVELING IN
POLITE SOCIETY 

Have vibrator, will travel: VIOLET GREY founder Cassandra Grey shares her list of indispensable travel essentials.

I would like to tell you that I was always the kind of girl who wiped her airplane seat down before settling in. I was not. Full disclosure: I was the kind of girl who forgot everything and always had to call room service for a toothbrush and a razor. If I was late (and you were waiting for me in my room), I was the girl with bad breath and hairy legs. Not sexy. But hey, it’s not about where you've been, it’s about where you're going.

At VIOLET GREY, we're on a mission to inform every discerning, hot, and well-read customer of what they need to be the kind of girl I want to be. In other words: the best at everything. Naturally, this includes mastering the art of curating a light yet effective travel beauty case. Now, if you are tired of hearing about how something becomes worthy of your consideration, I suggest you scroll ahead to my list of Violet To Go essentials. Still with me? Then let me briefly qualify the forthcoming recommendations by saying each item is VIOLET CODE APPROVED. That is to say, these products have been tested and deemed best-in-class by a committee of experts whose collective know-how makes them the industry's beauty authority.

Which brings me to the 23 best things everyone needs when traveling in polite society. Each item is, of course, VIOLET CODE APPROVED and a personal favorite of mine.

VIOLET  
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“With the exception of the headphones, all of these items can be divided into three makeup bags. I suggest grouping them into the categories—like skin care, emergency essentials, and necessities—to ensure everything is organized and easily accessible." —CG

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“The first thing you should do when boarding a plane is wipe down your seat, followed by your face with a Koh Gen Do cloth.” —CG

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“This is the equivalent of a sheet mask which has sadly become the horrid norm. Please don’t wear sheet masks in public.” —CG

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“Apply Hollywood’s It cream Bader to restore your dormant stem cells while you watch the in-flight feature.” —CG

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“Maintain a hydrated complexion with this floral spray mist (you can easily go through an entire can on the plane). I also suggest you ask the flight attendant to keep the hot waters with lemon coming.” —CG

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“If Apple designed a hand cream, this would be it. In reality, this egg-shaped moisturizer hails from Japan and makes every bag feel like first-class swag.” —CG

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“This magical product literally makes you glow after spending hours in the air. Pat a few drops into your skin for instant hydration and nourishment." —CG

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"Nothing's worse than greeting your host or lover with chapped lips and nails upon arrival. Soothe dehydrated skin on the spot with this ultra-rich, rose-scented balm." —CG

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“This cream will change your life. Massage it into shoulders, feet, or anywhere you feel tension to help relieve pain and stress."  —CG

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“This mask prevents wrinkles and guarantees you look good while you are sleeping—need I say more?”   —CG

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“For managing in-flight anxiety, I recommend meditating with the VIOLET-CODE-APPROVED app Calm. Opt for noise-canceling headphones that completely cover your ears, like this cool matte pair from Beats by Dre, over earbuds to completely block external noises (e.g., wailing infants and chatty travel mates).” —CG

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“This is actually revolutionary for treating blemishes. It’s even appropriate to wear these under your makeup in public.” —CG

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“Consider this vibrator your trusted travel companion when flying solo.” —CG

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“One should always be carrying mints, tampons, and intimate wipes. It’s chic to be the girlfriend you know can deliver in a pinch.” —CG

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“Not to be hyperbolical, but this is the holy grail of toothbrushes. Premium whitening bristles make it a must-have for a better smile. I'll be waiting for you to DM me the hand clapping and heart eyes emojis after you give it a test drive.” —CG

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“Don't let down that stunning toothbrush above with subpar paste. Instead, take your teeth-whitening routine a step further with a toothpaste formula infused with activated bamboo charcoal.” —CG

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“It's always good to have a brush, and this particular one is world class. It was invented by the Yves who is the resident hairstylist at the iconic Carlyle Hotel in New York.” —CG

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“This is an aesthetic preference as Mave’s razor calls for Gillett blades. If you are someone who values design, then this is the razor for you.” —CG

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“Apply a couple of coats of mascara before you deplane. Trust me, it will be much easier to get through customs if you bat your eyelashes.” —CG

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“Koh Gen Do makes a second appearance for its light-reflecting cover-up technology. One swipe is all you need to disguise jetlag-induced dark eye circles.” —CG

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“Consider this pot your no-makeup makeup highlighter when you want to look gorgeous in an I-just-woke-up-like-this kind of way.” —CG

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“Given that I am advising you to travel light, this compact, multitasking blush is an obvious no-brainer." —CG

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"These are perfect for that Instagram post you are planning. You know, the one that shows everyone you are going places (sans puffy eyes)." —CG