It’s that time when the freshness of a new year starts to fade and you’re slumping a little lower in the office chair, wondering where your good-intentioned new years’ promises are hiding. But, while we may not be able to force you to finally book salsa dance classes, visit your grandma more often or read all of A Little Life (the irony is not lost on that 720 page count)… we can do our bit to help you master multi-tasking. At least on the beauty front. From sun-up to sun-down, we have your hard-working beauty routine sorted – so you can focus on that pressing deadline…
7:15am: Manage a manic morning with a mask
Start the day with a ThisWorks Stress Check Face Mask which shields skin from internal and external stressors. Apply and leave for 10 minutes while making breakfast, rising off once your belly is full and your skin is feeling refreshed.
7:35am: Leave the house with protection
Once you’ve woken yourself up with a hot coffee and a cold shower, be sure to apply a generous amount of Aesop’s dual action Protective Body Lotion with SPF 50. The dual action handiwork of the broad-spectrum, moisturising sunscreen will save you time and money while the refreshing aroma of spearmint, lemon and lavender aids in adding to the illusion of a good nights sleep.
8am: The perfect base to face the day
Braving the summer heat with a full face? The Alpha H Protection Plus Daily SPF 50+ hydrates and leaves skin mattified, providing a perfect base for makeup.
8:20am: Tame your mane with dry shampoo
Reach for Badlands R+Co Dry Shampoo when even a top knot won’t save you. Perfect for quick application before ducking out the door, Dry Shampoo Paste gives you a matte, textured finish that will hold through your day’s duties.
8:55am: City-living skin saver
It’s not just the sun we have to protect ourselves from, environmental factors in city settings and even inside office buildings can cause major damage on our skin. Synergie Skin Enviroshield was made for you. Add this anti-pollutant spray to your handbag for protection against the effects of airborne pollutants and infrared damage. If for some reason you needed further persuading, it doubles as a makeup setting spray and adds a dewy glow.
12:35pm: Ensure You Have A Sheer Skin Shield
Your morning SPF is wearing off and the last thing you need is a bad tan-line or a blistering sunburn in your lunch break. Cue Mecca Cosmetica’s weightless, transparent Sunbrella Super Spray with SPF 50+, perfect for on-the-go application that absorbs almost instantly.
2:25pm: Rid Yourself of That Mid-arvo shine
DermaQuest’s On-the-Go Finishing Powder is ideal for an afternoon touch up. With a built-in brush applicator and active ingredients such as Zinc Oxide, the mineral-based makeup delivers a shine-free look and doubles as a sunscreen, protecting against premature ageing.
4pm: Nail Your Conference calls
Taking a call? Make the most of your downtime by applying Jurlique’s Nail and Cuticle Treatment Oil to help strengthen dry and brittle nails, reducing signs of wear and tear and softening those stubborn cuticles.
6:50pm: Indulge in some Downtime
The ideal end to a perfectly pampered yet productive day? Perricone MD’s Refreshing Shower Mask is designed to stay in place while in the shower. Activated by the shower’s heat and steam, it protects against heat stress and other environmental aggressors.
9:45pm: Taking care of your shut eye
No beauty routine is through without an appearance from your favourite eye cream. Use the contoured applicator on Dr LeWinn's Eternal Youth Luminosity Day and Night Eye Cream to apply the product and allow it cool and brighten tired skin.
Story by Angelica Xidias