What’s in My Work Bag…Featuring Essentials from Dove, Jouer, Oribe and BECCA

In my work bag…
My lecturing days can get long; on one particular day, I pull twelve hours and, consequently, heavily rely on my roomy work bag to tote around essentials that keep me feeling fresh and put together.  From foundation and touch up powder to deodorant and mints (not to mention my trusty laser pointer!), here’s a peek into what I tote around on a daily basis.
Kindly scroll on for more details and swatches as well as the Bottom Line…

One product that I’ve been carrying around with me for years is deodorant; I generally only apply deodorant right after showering each night, but on long–especially warm–days, I may need extra reinforcements so I always have a Dove Advanced Care in Cool Essentials within reach. I love that it provides 48 hours of protection in addition to skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula for softer, smoother underarms. 
Official details, courtesy of Target:
Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Cool Essentials 2.6 oz combines the reassurance of up to 48 hours of antiperspirant protection with the refreshing scent of cucumber and green tea. In addition to keeping underarm wetness at bay for up to 48 hours, the 0% alcohol (ethanol) formula helps delicate underarm skin to recover from the irritation that regular shaving can cause. The formula also includes Dove NutriumMoisture and unique ¼ moisturizers, for smooth underarms that look and feel softer with regular use. If you’ve been wondering how to get soft armpits, choose Dove Cool Essentials for touchably soft, smooth underarm skin and a scent to awaken your senses in the morning. To use, apply this antiperspirant deodorant to dry skin after showering or bathing and enjoy fresh and comfortably dry skin all day long. For best results, make sure your underarm skin is cool and completely dry before applying, and give each underarm a few swipes for even coverage. At Dove, our vision is of a world where beauty is a source of confidence, and not anxiety. So, we are on a mission to help the next generation of women develop a positive relationship with the way they look – helping them raise their self-esteem and realize their full potential.

•         Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant Deodorant Cool Essentials 2.6 oz, up to 48 hours of antiperspirant protection
•         Contains Dove NutriumMoisture and ¼ moisturizers
•         Underarm skin looks and feels softer with regular use
•         Refreshing, cool scent of cucumber and green tea
•         0% alcohol (ethanol) formula is kind on underarms
•         Antiperspirant deodorant glides on easily

I recently had the opportunity to interview Miami dermatologist, Dr. Alicia Barba regarding deodorant and other skincare trends…I hope you find our exchange interesting and inspiring:
Beauty ProfessorHow do antiperspirants work? 

Dr. Barba: The way antiperspirants generally work is that the active ingredient temporarily blocks the release of sweat from the sweat ducts. The salts dissolve into the skin and forms a protective layer over the mouth of the sweat ducts, which reduces perspiration in the underarm. 

BPShould we put deodorant on in the morning or at night? 

Dr. Barba: You can put your antiperspirant on at any time of the day that is most convenient for you. If you have sensitive skin after shaving, it’s ideal to shave in the evening, and apply antiperspirant in the morning after your skin has had a chance to recover overnight. You can also look into a fragrance-free antiperspirant for sensitive skin that has moisturizers, which can be gentler on recently shaved skin. I recommend Dove Advanced Care because it offers 48 hours of protection plus skincare benefits with its NutriumMoisture formula.

BP: What inspired you to be a dermatologist? 

Dr. Barba: I had a wonderful dermatologist growing up. The power of topical products and medicines to transform the skin was intriguing to me and I identified with a specialty where “creams” are the mainstay of treatment. Intuitively I felt that as a woman I could be successful in this specialty. I do not regret it for a minute and I often encourage young women going into medicine to consider dermatology. It is now the top specialty in medicine and the hardest to get into.

BPWhat are the biggest challenges facing women and their skin? 

Dr. Barba: One of them is definitely not understanding, early on, the role that sun damage plays on premature aging, sun spots and skin cancer. The sun damage in your teens and 20s will have an effect on how skin looks in your 40s. Also, the desire for “perfect” skin based on photo shopped images in the media. No one has flawless skin everywhere like we see in magazines. Trust me, I know! I take care of some of these gorgeous men and women and I am happy to report they have the same issues as you and me.

BPWhat is one thing all women can do to improve their skin in 30 days? 

Dr. Barba: Learn to read labels and learn about the “active” ingredients in skincare. They truly make a difference and have the power to transform the skin.

Click on items in image for shopping details and read on below for even more…
// The Complete List // The full rundown of what’s in my work bag! 
Oribe beauty…yes, please! 
Once known just for luxury haircare products,  Oribe recently launched a capsule collection of beauty  elements that streamline one’s look and I am thrilled to go in-depth on two key pieces from the line. 
The *Oribe Lip Lust Creme Lipstick in The Nude is beyond stunning.  With lush hydration,  immense color payoff and a flattering peachy beige tone, this lip color–which performs extremely well, even without lip liner– is a must for nude lip color lovers…I cannot get over how beautiful it is! 
The *Oribe Illuminating Face Palette in Moonlit is a fantastic product for adding lift to the face; with three shades of silky and incandescent powders, this palette enables one to gently bronze/contour, add an infusion of rosiness to the cheeks and accentuate the high points of the face.  You can also swirl all three hues together for a general brightening effect that looks positively lit-from-within.  With winter dullness looming in the distance, this radiant palette will remain a  contributing resident in my bag. 
Oribe Lip Lust Creme Lipstick in The Nude. 
Oribe The Nude alone on the lips. 
Oribe The Nude swatch in direct sunlight…this is reflective of a single pass…so much pigment, no?
With three shades of illumination, you can bronze, flush and highlight with a single pass of the brush. 
The packaging is intensely luxe. 
Close up.
Swatches in outdoor lighting. 
Swatches in direct sunlight. 

The *Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette. 
The twelve neutral shades in *Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette gives me a plethora of options when on the go.  In seconds, I can create an eye looks that is apropos for a daytime meeting and then add a smoky touch that effortlessly translates into evening.  The shadows–which can be applied wet (for even more intensity) or dry–are buttery smooth and resist creasing and the hues have immense blendability, allowing for a customized look that still looks entirely natural.  

Official details, courtesy of Cult Beauty
  • Ensure that your eyeshadow game is ‘en pointe’ with this covetable collection of 12 matte and shimmering shadows in a spectrum of sumptuous, wearable shades. Incredibly finely milled and packed with pigment, the payoff is incredible – applying and blending seamlessly to enhance your eyes with smooth, crease-resistant colour. With hues ranging from matte butter cream to charcoal black via shimmering cream, pink champagne and burnished bronze, it’s easy to achieve an array of beautiful day-to-night looks – and as the powders can be used both wet and dry, you can intensify the effect with a ‘cut crease’ or dramatic, winged lash line. 
Swatches of the *Jouer Essential Matte & Shimmer Eyeshadow Palette in direct sunlight. 
Introducing the *BECCA Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder. 
In terms of touch-up powder, I recently have been intrigued with the *BECCA Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder.  Finely milled and remarkably pigmented, these little compacts are extremely utilitarian…whether I want to lock concealer into place or blur imperfections, this powder is able to masterfully do the job while out and about! 

The formula comes in seven shades for endless opportunities to set makeup, banish shine, even skin tone, contour and highlight:

  • Fair: Alabaster beige
  • Light: Light yellow beige
  • Beige: Light-medium neutral beige **my perfect match
  • Tan: Rich golden medium beige
  • Warm Honey: Peachy deep tan 
  • Dark Golden: Warm golden brown
  • Deep Bronze: Deepest cocoa brown

Swatches in direct sunlight. 
Official details, courtesy of ULTA
Becca Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder is a water-resistant, pure mineral foundation that provides buildable coverage for a lightweight finish with antioxidant ingredients & to perfect the look of the skin.

This multi-tasking powder imparts a natural finish with the help of pure mineral pigments that are pressed into this silky powder.

  • A one-step powder & foundation
  • A do-it-all formula: sets concealer, highlights & contours
  • Delivers medium to full coverage that feels weightless
  • Blends seamlessly over the skin & feels as natural as it looks
  • Leaves skin with a silky, matte finish
  • Acts as a finishing powder
  • Perfect for on-the-go touch-ups to refresh your looks
  • Antioxidant vitamins A, B, C & E for anti-aging benefits & allows skin to breath


Mica, Silica, Lauroyl Lysine, Boron Nitride, Zinc Stearate, Squalane, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Trimyristin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Dipropylene Glycol, Aqua (Water/Eau), p-Anisic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Potassium Sorbate. May Contain: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 77163 (Bismuth Oxychloride).
Seven diverse shades for maximum matching power. 
In my bag. 
Protected and under control, even during a 12-hour work day. 
Applying lipstick on the go…it’s the norm for me! 
Ready for another work week. 
Last look.
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Bottom Line:  I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my work bag and would love to hear what has caught your eye! 
What are must-haves in YOUR work bag?
Good things ahead, including a Breast Cancer Awareness Month feature, a travel beauty story and a fresh FOTD as well as a host of new product procurements!
–The Beauty Professor

** Thanks to Dove and Simply Stylist for sponsoring this post. PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-16 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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  • Unknown Reply

    Hi Rachel! I don't know what there is about looking in another gal's handbag but, we are all curious, I imagine. You have a great selection and everything that anyone would need to look polished and beautiful. My bag much less but I also have a small Moleskin sketchbook for ideas and sketching scenes and faces with a couple of my favorite pens. Great and fun post. Love the bag!

    October 19, 2016 at 3:40 pm

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