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.
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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.
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 Professor: How 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.
BP: Should 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.
BP: What 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.
BP: What 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.
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// The Complete List // The full rundown of what’s in my work bag!
Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote: Waterproof, super strong and ultra chic, nothing is better for toting around your essentials…it’s all I’ve carried for nearly six years!
Tic Tacs: My go-to mint of choice for decades, I always have a pack in my bag and love to share with those around me.
*Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo: To give hair a boost of freshness, this dry shampoo works like a charm and also delivers impressive volume and lift!
*BECCA Multi-Tasking Perfecting Powder: Creamy and pigmented, this powder banishes shine, evens skin tone and, due to the respectable round of shades, can also be used to bronze, contour and highlight.
*SK-II Mid-Day Essence (reviewed HERE): Long a trusted companion, I love how this essence wakes my skin up and gives it new life.
*Tom Ford Shimmer Shot in Spin Spin Sugar (reviewed HERE): For moments when only liquid highlighter will do, this latest release from Tom Ford is fast becoming a favorite. Buffed into the high points of my face, it imparts a gorgeously ethereal glow.
Guerlain Radiance in a Flash: I’ve been meaning to mention this little tube of light–which I picked up this past summer–for awhile; just a dot delivers rare, shimmer-free radiance to my face when the long hours of the day have taken their toll.
*Fictions Fragrance Mini EDP Paris: She Met Him in Secret: This clever scent appeals to my love of all things literary in nature; built on the premise of an engaging book, this travel fragrance boasts notes of violet and leather (two of my favorite scents ever) for a mysterious, sensual and entrancing effect that is marvelous for a day to night transition.
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 Nudeis 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 Moonlitis 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.
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.
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
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
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!