News flash: Work is hard, and the days are long. By now, the eight-hour workday is essentially nonexistent, meaning that most of the efforts put into your beauty routine in the morning will be toast by the time you finally finish conquering that stack of to-dos. So, what's a time-strapped lady to do?
Because we firmly believe the gals here at R29 are some of the hardest working chicks out there, we reached out to them for the products that get them through even the most frazzled days at the office. And, boy, did they deliver. From hair volume boosters to the best-ever lip balm, these are the primpers that never leave our sides, er,
Click through for our very best tips and tricks — and the superstar products that make them possible. After all, an extra cup of coffee is nice, but without that perfect fragrance or mood-boosting red lipstick, what would we do with ourselves?
"Considering that I'm your stereotypical writer with papers and notebooks strewn everywhere, I like to make sure that my deskside beauty products are in miniature form. The two items that are by my side no matter what are MAC Liquidlast Liner (which lasts forever and a day) and Bite Beauty BB For Lips in Light Pink. This lipstick is creamy enough that it gives major color without getting stuck in all my chapped creases. And, I especially love that they're both equally tiny and sleek in their skinny, black tubes. It's the little things." — Sharon Yi, senior editor, brand experiences
Liquidlast Liner in Point Black,
"I suffer from sleepy-stare syndrome (a malady I just made up) around 3 p.m. every day. My eyes start looking and feeling droopy, causing my coworkers to concernedly ask me if I'm 'feeling okay.' That's when I grab this genius little stick from the cult French pharmacy brand — it has a cooling effect that soothes away that scratchy feeling and works some crazy magic to diminish my dark circles and brighten up my under-eye area. It's so lightweight that it doesn't feel sticky — it just melts into my skin seamlessly, hydrating and plumping the delicate skin without ruining my makeup. For added eye-opening effect, I'll apply a few dabs of my Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat to cover up the remaining shadows and delete any lingering mascara smudges." — Megan McIntyre, beauty director
Secret de Maquilleurs Radiant Eye,
"This incredible lotion moisturizes, but more importantly, it coaxes me back into sanity." — Vanessa Golembewski, associate news and entertainment editor
Stress Fix Body Lotion,
"This little pot of magic far exceeded my expectations. When Megan, our beauty director, gave it to me in a moment of chapped-lip need, I assumed she was handing over a serviceable lip balm, but nothing life-changing. Not so. This stuff keeps my lips super hydrated (but without any weird tingles), and even though I use it all the time, the tiny little container lasts forever. In fact, it's so good that I have one coworker (ahem, Kate Hyatt) who comes over all the time under the guise of discussing work but, in reality, just to steal my lip balm." — Neha Gandhi, executive features editor
Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm,
"I'm not a huge fan of having my picture taken, but last-minute photo shoots are a fact of life at Refinery29. And, since I don't wear foundation on a daily basis, I always keep a tube of Dermalogica's SkinPerfect Primer at my desk for when a camera — or an important meeting — pops up. Its neutral tint matches a variety of skin tones (amazing, since I'm a Hispanic girl with hard-to-match yellow undertones), it instantly smooths out any uneven coloring, and it makes my skin feel like actual velvet. Best of all, it's super light, so I don't feel like Miss Makeupface." — Leeann Duggan, style features editor
"I wear lipstick just about every day, but my bright red doesn't exactly look great post-lunch. So, I use these to wipe away the pigment before I dig in, so I'm not left walking around with that awkward ring around my lips for the rest of the day." — Maria Del Russo, beauty writer
Kind To Skin Oil-Balancing Cleansing Wipes,
"You know how, over the course of an especially stressful workday, you can actually feel the zits popping up on your face? Well, guess what: It's not just the stress that's making you break out — it's also that you touch your face more when you're tense. I've become obsessed with stashing pure tea tree oil at my desk for exactly this reason. Instead of picking at witching-hour zits, I put this stuff on and stop picking. The bracing scent and cooling sensation are even more satisfying (and better for me) than picking at my skin all day." — Tara Rasmus, associate beauty editor
Perfectly Pure Organic Tea Tree Oil, $8, available at Perfectly Pure.
"Is it lame to say my best trick is just my go-to red lipstick? Because, if I need a quick pick-me-up, get called into an impromptu (and important) meeting, or, well, I just didn't do my makeup today, I'll swipe it on and — voilà — I'm set. My face looks brighter instantly. I'm a devotee of NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl. It's nothing new, but hey, if it ain't broke..." — Gina Marinelli, associate fashion features editor
Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl,
"Chill pill is an essential oil full of lavender and eucalyptus. I spread it on my temples when I'm in need of a little bit of a refresh. I just tap a tiny bit on each of my temples, and tada! All better!" — Katie Lincoln, associate video producer
Pure Aromatherapy Essential Oil in Chill Pill,
"I have naturally thin, super-limp hair, but I keep a bottle of (don't judge me) Big Sexy Hair's Powder Play at my desk at all times for a little midday
zhuzh. After two years, my desk mates don't even look my way when they see me sprinkling the texturizer into my crown in between shooting off emails. Plus, it's perfect for those days when I go straight from the office to happy hour, which is, um, often." — Lauren Caruso, contributor network editor
Big Sexy Hair
Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder,
"Davines This Is An Oil Non Oil is my midday and end-of-day hair pick-me-up. It is the perfect weight, tames flyaways and frizz, and smells like vacation!" — Kate Hyatt, director of production
Davines This Is Not An Oil Non Oil, $26, available at Davines.
"NEST's sandalwood eau de parfum is one of my favorites. Its warm, woody scent really spices up my day." — Dianna Mazzone, beauty intern
White Sandalwood Eau De Parfum,
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