Deskside Beauty: ‘Think Smart, Look Amazing’

We all need some beauty rescue at the office, sitting in front of a computer all day, being exposed to UV rays through windows and radiation from the computer, germs on keyboards and phones, fine lines from squinting at the computer screen, heating and air-conditioning wreaking havoc on skin not to mention the day-to-day stress a job brings. Our skin and bodies battles through a lot at our desks!

I have a personal deskside rescue kit that I turn to in case of any beauty emergency which helps to keep me feeling fresh and energised instead of wilted by the end of the day.

In the words of Marie Claire magazine, ‘Think smart, look amazing.’

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Deskside Beauty Kit, I turn to you.

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Some weapons I use in my daily deskside beauty battle? I love La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale. It is thermal spring water for sensitive skin that contains natural antioxidants. I find this is an instant refresher if I am feeling tired at work. Gave up coffee and feeling horrible? Try the Eau Thermale-it’s an instant and natural refresher.

For oily skin, I freshen up with my By Flower Powder Pact by Nature Republic. This is a Korean brand and a compact powder I picked up on a trip there. I like it because it doesn’t make me break out. Simple as that.

To freshen up limp hair I love Percy & Reed Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray. I have a perfect desk-sized 50ml can that sits nicely by my computer and doesn’t take up too much space.

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If I need to freshen up hair that has become oily throughout the course of the day I love Big Sexy Hair Volumizing Dry Shampoo. The bottle makes me feel confident just looking at it which comes in handy before a big meeting! The smell is also nice and it’s great for giving your hair a semi-matte, rough texture to quickly swipe it off your neck when you are under pressure and feeling the heat.

For tangles it’s always a Tangle Teezer and I absolutely LOVE my travel-sized one. I have a sensitive head and also fine, baby-like hair which doesn’t want to be pulled out. The Tangle Teezer is perfect to get unruly locks under control while at the same time being very gentle.

We also can’t forget germs. They are everywhere in an office, lurking on keyboards and hiding on phones. I use Crabtree & Evelyn’s La Source Antibacterial Gel to fight off the nasties and keep my hands clean in case I touch my hair or face…which one always does! The scent is fresh and clean and reminds me of sea minerals instead of the usual horrible alcohol smell of other antibacterial gels. It’s also non-runny and feels moisturising instead of drying.

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With the recent hot weather, it’s also important to smell nice. Which is why I love the new fragrance from Hugo Boss Ma Vie Pour Femme. This is PERFECT for the office! It’s strong while at the same time still remaining feminine. It is inspired by the Cactus Flower accord which is one tough little flower. So in my mind this fragrance is perfect for the modern, working woman who can have it all-or at least try their hardest to!

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Hands, hands…one must never forget their hands. They show your age worse than your face so take care of them. Crabtree & Evelyn make amazing hand creams that feel rich without being sticky and this Lily one came in a Perfume Society box so it has been my new deskside beauty hero for the week.

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I find that with indoor heating and air-conditioning this has a drying effect not only on my skin but also on my lips. NARS really comes  to my rescue in this department with their sleek, glossy and hydrating Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in Place Vendome. This delivers high-impact shine which always gets me compliments. EVERY TIME I wear it.

As one can never have too many lip glosses, lipsticks and lip balms (yes you can), I also love to keep Bourjois Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipstick in Peach On The Beach. It also contains SPF 15 to protect my lips if I venture outside on my lunch break.

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For a more subtle look I go for a frosty pink with Lavera’s Organic Lipstick. This just feels good to put on as it is 100% natural and organic. It makes me feel like I am doing something very, very kind to my lips.

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If I am having a particularly tiring and stressful week at work I love Better You B12 Boost Pure Energy Oral Spray. It contains chromium and green tea extract to reduce tiredness and fatigue. As it is sprayed directly into the mouth, it absorbs quickly. B12 is notoriously difficult for the gut to absorb which is why this is a really innovative spray as it bypasses primary processessing by internal organs to be delivered into the bloodstream immediately.

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On the health note, I discovered an amazing juice company this week called The Juice Well. Their juices contain over 1 kilo of raw vegetables and fruits in the bottle and only keep for a few days (note in below picture where it says ‘alive until 03.08’). I love Pinamour which has a very unique taste and reminds me of the fennel candy that is available at Indian restaurants after you have eaten curry, in order to freshen your breath. It is truly refreshing and a great drink to have on hand at work.

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