Back to Work: The Beauty Products You Need With You At All Times

Tue, 8 January 2013 4:31PM

Everybody is slowly starting to head to their desks after the summer holidays, which means it’s officially back to work time. It’s especially hard on days like today – we’re experiencing 40 degree temperatures here in Sydney – where I know we’d all rather be at the beach, coconut-scented body lotion in hand.

Alas, we gotta do what we gotta do, which means getting back into work mode lickety-split. And speaking of, isn’t this exactly how you want to turn up to work each day?

Gosh Olivia always gets it right, doesn’t she? There’s just something about her particular brand of understated beauty which is, of course, perfectly polished, but appears to be somewhat effortless. It’s pretty much how I’d like to look everyday, but still look like me. If that makes sense.

There are a few beauty basics that you need to carry in your handbag, or at least stash in your desk drawer for emergency touch-ups. It’s always the day you forget to wear mascara or fill in your brows when champagne is called for after work. Which is why I’ve rounded up the beauty basics that have pride of place in my bag and around my desk. Along with upping my moisturising routine, culling my beauty products down to the necessities was one of my New Year’s resolutions and so far it’s working a treat – I feel a little bit more like Olivia already, albeit a slightly shiny and singlet-wearing version today.

Here’s what made the cut …

Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit, $55, Adore Beauty

If someone asked me what the one thing I have to do before leaving the house – aside from having a shower, of course – it would be filling in my brows. Along with two shades of powder to suit your brow colour, there are also mini tweezers, two brushes to create the brushed-up finish like Olivia here, which are perfectly shaped and groomed to perfection. Oh, and there’s a tiny mirror so you can tend to them while you’re at work.

Klorane Dry Shampoo, $12.50, Priceline

The name says it all. Dry shampoo is one of my saviours on dirty hair days, and even when it’s clean for added texture and grit. It’s sits right next to my computer for whenever an emergency spray is needed.

Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eyeshadow Quad in Delightful, $25.95, pharmacies

Olivia swears by a brown-toned eyeshadow palette by Guerlain, which unfortunately isn’t available in Australia. However, it’s important to have an eyeshadow palette on hand for when a smoky eye, or even a slick of liner calls, which is why I love this shadow quad from Revlon which incorporates varying shades of brown and soft neutrals to create a strong, or subtle smoky eye.

Avène Thermal Spring Water, $9.95, pharmacies

For days like today, or whenever you need a little refresher, a facial mist is ideal to moisturise hot and dehydrated skin. Just spritz a little on before your makeup or during the day for a quick pick-me-up. And better still, it won’t ruin your makeup.

Nars The Multiple Duo, $72, Mecca Cosmetica

I love the efficiency of a blush and bronzer combo in one that can slip straight into your handbag, especially when it’s some of my all-time favourite shades. In this case, Orgasm and South Beach. Suitable for a beautiful flush of colour on the cheeks like Olivia or a subtle shimmering glow, this duo is one product I’ll continue to buy again and again.

Lanolips 101 Ointment, $17.95, from department stores and selected pharmacies

This one is a no brainer, Primpers, due to its multitude of uses and the ability to transform the most cracked of lips into a beautiful pout. Rub it into dry cuticles or on any minor cuts or dry patches to soothe the skin. Slip one into your handbag and your desk drawer so that you’ll never be without it.

Napoleon Perdis DéVine Goddess Lipstick in Hara, $24, Napoleon Perdis

Like the aforementioned smoky eye, there’s always an occasion that calls for a slick of bright lipstick and for me, Hara strikes the perfect balance between orange and red. It gives a beautiful matte finish, bright enough to stand out but not so much that you feel like you’re wearing neon.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $38, Myer

I recently fell in love all over again with this product due to it’s thick, blacker and than black volumising formula and ability to lengthen even the smallest and finest of lashes. Seeing this picture of Olivia’s fanned out lashes reminded me all over again why I can’t live without it – defined lashes really do polish up your overall beauty look. While you’ll more than likely have to invest in a heavy duty eye makeup remover to wash it off, it’s worth it for the longevity factor. While you probably won’t need it for touch-ups during the day, it’s still an essential product to have on hand.

Tell me, Primpers, what are the beauty products you always carry with you?

Are there any that always stay on your desk or in your bag, no matter what?

Are you a fan of Olivia’s polished beauty look?

Hayley x

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  • Posted by: soMuchPretty Master Fan // Tue, 8 January 2013 04:44pm

    I love Olivia Palermo! She always gets it right.

    At work I keep hand cream, Burts Bees Lemon Butter cuticle creme, Nivea lip balm, pressed powder compact and a deodorant. In my bag I carry my lipstick of the day, a mini Peter Thomas Roth lotion (from my last hotel stay) and some Lanolips.

  • Posted by: loopylexy Master Fan // Tue, 8 January 2013 04:49pm

    This list is fab! I really want the Nars Mutliple Duo, wish I could afford it :( Olivia is definitely a girl crush of mine!

  • Posted by: PrettyPrincess Master Fan // Tue, 8 January 2013 09:01pm

    Lanolips 101 is definitely a carry around products.

  • Posted by: adriennne Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 08:46am

    She has such shiny hair *sigh*

    In my desk drawer I have a Sukin lip treatment, mango body butter, 2 Crabtree & Evelyn moisturisers and a tube of concealer. I think I also need to include a pressed power of some kind and maybe perfume/deodorant.

    I like your list though, Hayley – I have to do my brows too!! And I love the Benefit Mascara for a really dramatic look.

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 03:09pm

    Olivia does look gorgeous. The only thing I keep on hand is lipstick, because I believe you can brighten your whole face with a slap of lippy.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Wed, 9 January 2013 06:53pm

    i always carry with me a lip balm

  • Posted by: anitas.artistry Master Fan // Thu, 10 January 2013 11:14am

    Great list Hayley.
    I’ve got Lanolips in Apples always in my bap and a mini moisturiser which I usr on lips, hands face etc.

    Has anyone used the Benefit Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit?

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Sat, 12 January 2013 01:40pm

    I really like the colours in the quad. they looks so sweet and girly

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Tue, 15 January 2013 10:13am

    Cannot survive without my Lanolips 101 ointment its such a multi-tasker! Also always shape my brows, it makes such a big difference and frames up my face perfectly. Love the shades in the Nars multiple Duo!

  • Posted by: lady Devotee // Tue, 15 January 2013 07:23pm

    I take Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme, Napoleon Perdis Autopilot Lipgloss, Body Shop Blotting Papers and a Travelo filled with the appropriate perfume.

    I try to keep my ‘carry on’ make-up to a minimum – get a bit overloaded sometimes!

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 02:02pm

    paw paw ointment, lanolips, couple of mascaras and an array of different lipglosses, and a few hair ties and bobby pins are always in my bag for work :)

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 16 January 2013 03:39pm

    I always have a tube of lip gloss n my MAC Russian Red lippie in my bag. I’d be lost without both!

  • Posted by: Jessielyn Master Fan // Fri, 18 January 2013 06:32pm

    I love avene! They also do an amazing intensive moisturiser and a lip balm.

  • Posted by: beautiful87 Master Fan // Sun, 27 January 2013 02:59pm

    i love these suggestions

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Sun, 17 February 2013 03:28pm

    great products

  • Posted by: canberra Master Fan // Fri, 22 March 2013 01:39pm

    I love Olivia’s look – its effortless and still beautiful. I always have with me at all times, deoderant, perfume, hand cream and lip gloss – love them and love the perfume that is travel size always good to freshen up during the day.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Sun, 24 March 2013 09:33am

    I love the avene thermal water. Its so refreshing and works great as a toner when my skin is irritated.
    The benefit mascara sounds so great! Id love to own more benefit products :)
    Lanolips ointment is great too. I use it for everything from dry lips/skin to rubbing into my cuticles. Always have it in my purse :)
    Great list hayley!

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 7 June 2013 10:06pm

    I always carry lip gloss, balm, perfume, under eye roll on and my lip stick of the day.


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