It’s been two weeks since my last (and first) Beauty Desk update; that was before we all went into “circuit breaker” mode and had to hurriedly sweep our work essentials home before the office closed. Then, #workfromhome life kicked in, and I hope everyone’s doing well, and keeping safe. On the beauty front, the biggest and most obvious change (for me, at least) came when the reality of not needing to put on a full beat every morning kicked in. Not gonna lie, it felt weird, and it made me bored.
That got me thinking, with the newfound freedom at home, what are the little beauty “tweaks” that we can make to our current routine — be it to improve productivity by indulging in a bit of normalcy, or just to cultivate new habits? Take this list however you may; as a Sephora shopping list for a hump day pick-me-up perhaps, or as a repertoire of beauty “things to do” to spice up your work-from-home time. Stay at home kids, but don’t forget to stay beautiful too.
Drunk Elephant A-Passioni Retinol Cream, $105
This retinol-based cream falls under a new-age of retinol products that you can wear during the day. I’ve never tried it that way because I have rather sensitive skin, but since #WFH began, I’ve decided to include tiny amounts of the cream into my daytime skincare routine; since I’m not heading out anyway, and won’t be under direct sunlight, so why not? I do still put on sunscreen, even at home, and have started to see more radiant skin and smaller pores after two weeks of daily use.
Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder, $78
One of the things I miss from working in an office environment is the air-conditioning. The heat can sometimes be a big bummer at home; I can have two fans blowing at me and I’m still perspiring and greasy… definitely not cute when there are Zoom meetings scheduled. When you’re looking shinier than usual, here’s a great tip: mist your face lightly, blot off any excess oil, then dust on a face power over the oiler areas. This powder is great because it doesn’t mattify your skin (making it look flat), but rather, simply takes away the excess shine for a naturally luminous look.
Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay – Porefining Face Mask, $69.90
You know of those pictures on Instagram where these girls have masks on and are chomping on pasta? Yeah, I want in too. The trick is using clay masks that dry down (lest it drips all over your food), and I’m happy to report that this beautiful pink one not only doesn’t dry out my (already dry) skin, the mask made it feel soft and plump to the touch after washing it off. I mean, if you’re gonna enjoy lunch, go all out and make it an ~experience~.
Natasha Denona Love Eyeshadow Palette, $98
For all the beauty girls out there who miss doing up cute daily eye looks, I feel you. I’ve been taking little breaks in-between staring at screens for work to play around with different eyeshadow palettes that I’ve neglected during rushed work mornings. This romantic palette came out as one of my favourites, with its rich pinks, mauves, and purples. I challenge myself every now and then to use colours that I never usually use — who’s to judge anyway? My mom loves me just as much even with a black eye, and so does yours.
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $46
Now that we’re only allowed basic hair cuts at salons, I make it a point to take care of my hair as well as I care for my skin. To me, that means using a quality shampoo, to keep my mane in tip-top shape, especially now that in-salon hair treatments are a no-go. This shampoo strengthens hair, and works for all hair types; I have fine hair that breaks easily, but I did realise hair fall has improved over the past two weeks.
Pai Skincare Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil, $48
Sometimes my skin feels dry and itchy throughout the day, despite already putting on a moisturiser in the morning. I’ll drip on five drops of face oil in my palm, and press the oil on areas that feel parched. This lightweight oil doesn’t clog up pores, or feel excessively greasy to the touch. It instantly nourishes skin, and keeps it moisturised for hours.
Slip Large Scrunchies, $60 for box of three
I have my hair up 100 per cent of the time when I’m home, so using these silk scrunchies at home prevents kinks from forming. It also doesn’t tug at my mane, too. I’ve tried doing a home yoga workout using it and it doesn’t shake loose easy.