Apr 18, 2013

Top 10: Desktop Beauty Essentials

Top 10: Desktop Beauty Essentials

What are you desktop must-haves for getting through your workday? Read on to find out the top ten on my list!

1. Hair Menders
A hairbrush, hair pins and elastics are essentials in my kit. I prefer hairbrushes over combs because I feel that they groom more hair faster, unless I just jumped out of the shower--in that case a comb is better for detangling. But if I forget to include a hairbrush, I'll have the hair pins or elastics to put throw my hair up in a bun or a chic ponytail!
Mason Pearson hair brush, $109 CAD, available at eBeauty.ca

2. Rich Hand Cream
No desktop should be without a rich cream of some sort. My favourite is L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Cream--it's a staple in my beauty bag. In a pinch, it serves as a cuticle smoother and a dry spot corrector for any part of your body (especially knees and elbows!).
L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream, $30 for 150ml, available at eBeauty.ca

3. Concealer
There's days when a pimple just decides to 'pop up' while I'm sitting at my desk. This little guy helps camouflage that. I just dab a clean ring finger into the pot and tap it on the offending spot.
Laura Mercier Undercover Pot Concealer, $40 CAD, available at Sephora

4. Lip Colour
On gloomy rainy days, I like to swipe on a bold lip colour. Stila's matte, long-lasting lip colour is my go-to. Click here to check out my rave review of this lipstain.
Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Colour, $29 CAD, available at eBeauty.ca

5. Red Eye Drops
Halfway through the day, my tired eyes need a little refresher. A couple drops of this and I instantly look wide awake, and it also doubles as a blemish saviour to counteract redness. A dab on a raging pimple will turn down the redness.

6. Black Eyeliner
Eyeliner can make such a difference in the way you look. There's something about perfectly lined peepers that look pulled-together, ready to take on the next project. I prefer black eyeliner to brown simply because black makes a bigger impact.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $23 CAD, available at Sephora

7. Mirror
I keep one handy on my desk just in case I don't have enough time to run to the bathroom before my next meeting (can't risk having stray broccoli in my teeth!).

8. Baby Powder
If you ever run out of dry shampoo (see #10) or deodorant (yes, I said it), baby powder will do the trick. Just make sure you brush out the powder on your hair to blend it out. To freshen up your underarms, a sprinkle will do.

9. Lip balm
Can't say enough times I've thanked my lip balm. My current favourite is Carmex, though Burt's Bees and Blistex ones will also get the job done. This Carmex one in particular leaves my pucker super moisturized and with a hint of shine.
Carmex lip balm, available at Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada) and Wal-Mart

10. Dry Shampoo
A true lifesaver in my books, dry shampoo has saved my next-day hair countless times. Batiste's line is my favourite, since it sprays on evenly and dries quickly so I can brush it out almost as soon as I spray it. I prefer the spray kind for the office over a powder kind--there's less mess!
Batiste Dry Shampoo Diva, $9 CAD, available at eBeauty.ca

Send me your skincare/beauty questions! E-mail me at a@alexiscoronado.com. x


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