Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Desktop Saviours // Beauty

Working in an office all day, in front of a computer (and a pile of paperwork) can get a bit claustrophobic and stuffy. With the weather in the UK being particularly cold we've had the heating cranked up so this can add to the stuffiness; mix that with heading out into the cold/gale force winds/torrential rain, my skin feels more dry and dehydrated.  I have a selection of beauty items on my desk to help me through the day and give me a 5 minute break from staring at the computer screen...

1. Soap and Glory Hand Maid: Touching a keyboard and phone etc all day I like to keep as germ free as possible, so using this anti bacterial hand gel really does the job. It smells gorgeous and is quite cooling so a apply this throughout the day especially before I'm about to have lunch.

2. Soap and Glory Hand Food: As well as keeping my hands clean I like to moisturise after washing my hands as they can get quite dry. This is a mini version of the S&G hand cream and I find it really nourishing. It contains shea butter and macadamia oil so my hands instantly feel soft.

3. Lip Balm: I can survive without lip balm, whether I'm at work, home or out and about. I don't have a set one that I use all the time, usually if something is on offer I'll pick it up but I tend to have a few on the go. Right now I have a choice of three: Bobbi Brown, Lush, or Nivea.

  • Bobbi Brown Lip Balm: I bought this for my birthday as a treat - it costs £15 which I think is quite pricey for a lip balm. It is nice but I find that it has a bit of a dry (?) consistency; it just doesn't seem to moisturise my lips very well and I find I have to keep reapplying it more often that others. I don't think I'd repurchase.

  • Lush Honey Trap Lip Balm This was part of a birthday present from my bestie and it is lovely! It smells a-m-a-zing and is so moisturising. You also only a small amount so despite its small size it will last quite a while, plus it is packed with nourishing ingredients (all very natural) such as almond oil, honey and white chocolate(!) Definitely recommend and will be stocking up when it runs out!

  • Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm: Despite its basic appearance this little lip balm is super moisturising, containing jojoba oil and shea butter, it lasts ages before you need to reapply. The great thing is its really cheap, price wise and can be picked up everywhere. I always have one squirreled away in my desk drawers.
 4. Face Mist: Not something I use all the time but if I'm going out after work or during the hot summer months I'll spritz this all over my face to give me a refreshing boost. I haven't got one on the go at the moment but I recommend the Body Shop Vitamin E face mist

5. Body Spray: I usually have this in my bag as apposed to having it sitting on my desk but I like to keep a body spray on me to keep fresh and smell sweet! Sitting down all day doesn't exactly work up a sweat but as I've mentioned it can be quite stuffy so having a quick spritz of a nice body spray can refresh you and put you in a better mood. I love the Body Shop ones (they call them body mists) which come in a variety of scents - link here

Hope that's given you some ideas to keep you going through the day, beauty-wise. Do you work in an office? What are your tips for survival?

Betty xXx

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