Jul 12

Flying Finnair

I like Finnair, they do stuff like this…

Finnair Flash Mob

and this…

Surprise dance on Finnair flight

So when they invited me to fly with them on my recent trip to Hong Kong, I jumped at the chance.

Despite the fact that I’ve clocked up millions of miles around the world, as an avid traveller and in my previous career as cabin crew, I had never actually flown on Finnair. I had heard lots of good things about them though; a modern fleet, friendly crew and a super chic lounge in Helsinki but the real clincher for me was the regional airport routes that they offer. I live in Manchester, an airport which doesn’t offer any direct flights to Hong Kong, which means the minimum twelve-hour trek is usually increased by at least three or four long, aircraft-bound hours – hours that could be better sleeping horizontally beforehand or saying hello to Hong Kong from a rooftop bar. Add on the time to check-in, plus the time hanging around during airport transfers and before you know it, you’re looking at a twenty-hour travail. Finnair’s service though operates from Manchester via Helsinki which means no annoying off-route stopovers and an air-punch inducing travelling time of only fourteen hours or so.

The Super-cool Finnair Lounge at Helsinki

From start to finish the service was smooth. Following an easy three-hour skip up to Helsinki, I was afforded an hour in the trendy Finnair Lounge before the onward sector to Hong Kong.

Finnair’s designer lounge with round-the-clock bar and buffet

Once onboard the crew were smiley and efficient, taking time to chat without being eager-beaver in your face friendly. I liked the fact that half of the flight attendants were from Hong Kong – before we had even taken off I heard of an amazing manicurist in Kowloon from one of the girls. Nice. The cabin interiors of the A330 were bright and modern, the seats were as comfy as they come in economy with a reasonable amount of legroom – I was happy, it was certainly a more comfortable choice than some other economy classes I have flown (I’m looking at you American Airlines). Food-wise, it could have been a little bit more exciting. The same goes for the in-flight entertainment movie selection but the zippy nine-hour flight time and lovely service more than made up for any of that.

On the way home, I found myself in the fortunate position of being bumped to Finnair’s award-winning business class – yay! for once the upgrade fairy answered my wish! It was star treatment all the way with sprawling lie(almost)flat beds giving 63 inches of luxurious legroom, silver service meal times brimming with delicious dishes and superb wines, and, once again, an attentive and intuitive crew.

So, would I recommend Finnair? Yes, most definitely. It’s a good solid option with many winning qualities, particularly when it comes to flying from airports outside of London. Helsinki airport is a dream to transfer through,  I slept for a record-breaking seven hours on both sectors (OK I took a sleeping tablet but still…) and my entire journey went without a single hitch (including a date change when I extended my trip). An excellent service all round and one that I look forward to experiencing again.


Finnair flies daily from Manchester and London Heathrow to Hong Kong. 

The below fares are ‘starting from’ return fares and include taxes and service fees:

Manchester-Hong Kong: Business class: £2326.00 Business class Campaign for Mid Week travel: £2076.00 Economy class: £667.00

London LHR-Hong Kong: Business class: £2321.00 Business class Campaign for Mid Week travel: £2067.00 Economy class: £658.00 

For more information call  0870 2414411 or visit . For up to date offers and news please follow us on twitter @finnairuk. Finnair also have daily flights to Beijing and Shanghai in China.  Finnair began flights to new destination Chongqing, China in May 2012. 

Finnair also fly to 7 other Asian cities too in Singapore, Japan, Korea, India and Thailand.

May 12

Best In-Flight Beauty Products

If you take to the air as often as I do, it’s really important to be prepared for the havoc that the in-flight environment can cause on your beauty routine. Between the hundreds of people you’re sharing the dried-up recycled air with and the onboard liquid restriction, it can be a tricky time for any beauty regime. With the right preparation and products though, it is still possible to arrive at your destination looking well-rested and refreshed. I actually quite enjoy the whole beauty ritual of settling into my seat and winding down with a glass of wine and some lovely products. Here’s some of my top picks.


It goes without saying, that aircraft cabins have an extremely dehydrating effect on the skin. So the first part of your in-flight beauty regime should be to remove anytoxins or make-up and allow your skin to breathe. Cleansing wipes are the most practical way to go.





Elemis Fresh Skin Make-up Away Cleansing Wipes will remove every last trace of make-up while nourishing the skin with elderflower extract and chamomile.






Ideal for more sensitive types are these organic wipes from Beauty Works West which are extremely refreshing and contain aloe vera and pomegranate to sooth and detoxify the skin.





Halo Eye Make-up Remover Pads are really hard-working when it comes to shifting the likes of black mascara or the usually immovable Mac liner. And at just £1.99 from Superdrug they’re an in-flight beauty bargain too!






Comfort Zone‘s Everyday cleansing milk and hydrating softening toner are two of the products you’ll find in the Globe Trotters Travel Kit. All can be used in board and come in a handy security-ready bag. The products are some of the best I’ve come across for a long time, all are really luxurious but gentle. I’m an absolute convert.





Kahina Toning Mist is really gentle and can be used to tone skin or be spritzed throughout the flight to keep your complexion soft and dewy. Moroccan desert rose and argan oil work to reduce irritation – and smell lovely too. It also comes in a flight-friendly 50ml.









Talking of which, a hydrating spray is a great way to combat the drying effects of the aircraft cabin. Paul Mitchell’s multi-tasking Awapuhi Moisture Mist comes in a compact 100ml size and can be used to revive dry, tired skin as well as giving a boost to thirsty hair.









Keeping your skin moisturised is key if your hoping to disembarking with a glowing (as opposed to glowering) complexion. Drink lots and lots (and lots) of water and apply moisturiser regularly – more than you would normally on the ground.




Hydramemory Cream Gel 24h from Comfort Zone has the kind of deep lasting moisture that makes it perfect for in-flight. The cream plumps up skin and eliminates dry patches and can also be added as one of your Globe Trotter products.







The Cell Dynamic Travel Set from cult- beauty brand Nubo contains three ultra-luxurious formulas to boost the skin’s moisture and radiance levels. There’s no need to pack any other moisturisers for you trip as this travel-trio is so rich it will easily last for a fortnight.






Another luxury offering comes from celebrity-favourite, Rodin. Devotees include Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and SJP. A divinely-scented blend of flowers and botanicals leave skin incredibly soft and supple. Slather it on as a moisturiser or use it on your hands, it can even be shared with your other half as a soothing aftershave.





A little bit of extra of attention will help you arrive at your destination bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. Best to invest in a decent eye product to keep bags at bay, and a good lip balm to maintain a perfect pout.




Benefit’s It’s Potent Eye Cream helps reduce dark circles and brighten the eye area. It also contains apple extract to enhance hydration.










Angelica Eye Roller Gel from L’Occitane is wonderfully cooling and light. It couldn’t be easier to apply and makes for the perfect pick-me-up at the end of a long flight.








Another lovely flier-friendly product from L’Occitane is the Organic Shea Butter Lip Balm. Packed with super-softening ingredients which means a little goes a long way.











If you really want to indulge then Nubo’s Lip Perfection is the one for you. It is a super-luxurious cocktail of high-tech (yet chemical-free) cosmeceutical ingredients that not only nourishes and protects lips but also softens and plumps them. One for the wish list.








Prefer to have everything all organised for you? Then along with the Comfort Zone Globe Trotters set, you might also like…

Suki Complete Care for Calm Skin is a great mini-travel pack that has everything you need to cleanse, tone and moisturise on-the-go. Particularly good for very dry and easily irritated skin. From

Elemis Travel Collection is bursting with the brand’s best-loved products including Pro-collagen Marine Cream and Exotic Cream Moisturising Mask – perfect for a post-flight treat.

Liz Earle’s Skin Savers-Kit contains four lovely little travel miniatures. Containing a moisturiser  packed with Vitamin E and other nourishing ingredients as well as a skin tonic spritz, hand cream and balm.

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