Girl Talk: Workday Beauty Must-Haves

Thursday, August 28, 2008 • Permalink • 

Crabtree and Evelyn Gardeners Hand Therapy Cream
Gardeners Hand Therapy Cream

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There's nothing like early morning meetings, 12-hour workdays, and being too busy to even think to completely wreck your look. But, that's the reality of being a modern girl on the go. So, what products do fabulous working girls turn to when they need to keep their look in check during a long workday? I rounded up three of the busiest overachieving fashionistas from the Stiletto Jungle Girl Talk panel and asked them to empty their desk drawers, shake out their handbags, and dish on the must-have beauty products that get them through a long day at work.

"During the work day, I can't survive without lip balm, lipstick and pressed powder. After lunch, my lips get dry and my lipstick has pretty much faded, so I always refresh my lips with the lip balm-lipstick combo after a meal. Also, the heat of the day gets me a little shiny, so I always have to dab on some powder to kill the shine."
-- Po, 29, attorney

C.O. Bigelow Mentha Spearmint Lip Shine
C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Shine

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"I don't even have to empty my purse to to tell you... Bath & Body Works Coco Cabana body spray, Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Therapy (Gardners and La Source scents), C.O. Bigelow Spearmint Mentha Lip Shine, and Listerine Oral Care Strips. Those are the 4 things you will find in my purse at all times.

I wash my hands at work so many times during the night and with the harsh bacterial soaps hospitals use. I have found that my Crabtree & Evelyn smells good and makes my hands feel silky smooth. I don't put much lipstick on, so to moisturize and add a little shine I stick to my C.O. Bigelow, also available at Bath & Body works. Not to mention the taste is yummy. The Coco Cabana smells like coconuts so it makes me feel like I am on a tropical island instead of running around like crazy on a graveyard 12-hour shift. For fresh breath throughout the day and night I stick to Listerine Oral Care Strips. I can't chew gum because I get the instant sensation to swallow it, so I buy my Listerine Strips in bulk and use them throughout the day and night."
-- Jennifer, 31, nurse

"I am a lawyer and I spend most of my time behind my desk, but meet with lots of people either in my office or at their location. The must-have items I have at my desk include a good hand lotion. I hate having dry hands. I also have a nail file handy for any nail emergencies! The other must have is a bottle of clear nail polish... that stuff is the best if you snag a pair of panty hose. I also have lip balm in my drawer and MAC Studio Fix Powder. I feel like I am ready for just about anything with those items. I can take the shine off my face, put some gloss on my lips and have smooth hands for greeting people."
-- Tina, 34, attorney