April 17, 2017
As beauty writers, we get so many new products to try every day… so you can imagine how our desks must look like. Wonder no more! Our Editor went around the room photographing everyone’s table! (There was sudden collective panic and the sound of everyone trying to clear things…) Here’s every beauty item on our tables at this very moment!
Adele Chan, Editor-in-Chief: I’d like to think I’m a true minimalist (it’s so hard to be one in this line of work!!!)…and so you see, I just have three… THREE beauty items on my desk right now. 1. A powder compact for when I need a mirror / need to touch-up before going out / my face starts feeling tacky; 2. The all-important lip balm; and 3. A fragrance in case the office gets smelly. Usually happens when people come back from lunch.
Chanel No.5 L’Eau Eau de Toilette, $237 (100ml) / YSL Beaute Fusion Ink Compact Foundation, $99 / Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy, $39.
Tami Lai, Associate Editor: I know I have a cluttered desk, but I’ve always insisted that for someone who does beauty and therefore gets multiple packages of beauty products almost daily, it’s really not that bad… right? I really just use these to make sure I look and smell decent before I head out from the office, and I guess when you have a few things each for makeup, fragrance and hair, they just add up. And why do I need a jumbo bottle of Bioderma on my table? A messy, stain-prone person like me has learnt along the way that it removes a lot more than just makeup.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $41.90 (500ml) / Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Powdery UV, $87 / Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Veil in RD 100, $46 / MAKE UP FOR EVER Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream, $56 / Marni Rose Eau de Parfum, $152 (65ml) / L’Oréal Makeup Designer Paris Superstar Duo Designer Super Liner, $24.90 / Moonshot Big Bang 10 Hand Cream, $20 / Percy & Reed Mini Eau My Goodness Shine & Fragrance Spray, $24 / Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Multi Repair Oil, $200 / Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid in Naked Pink, $39 / Benefit The POREfessional Pore Minimising Makeup, $53 / YSL Beaute Mon Paris Eau de Parfum, $229 (50ml) / Goldwell Dualsenses Ultra Volume Touch-Up Spray, available at select Goldwell salons including Chez Vous and Evolve Salon.
Amelia Tan, Associate Editor: We get so many beauty items that my desk is never, ever clear – and always permanently “in transit”; a bag to bring home here, a bag to try here, etc. As for the items that do end up on my desk though, these are either the most reliable, all-purpose ones, or really, really new. They’re also the ones I end up using the most.
I always start the day with my beloved Glossier before moving on to a cushion foundation and a dust of colour on my cheeks, followed by the subtle shimmer of highlighter. Of course, I’ll fill in my brows (yes I do makeup at my desk) and draw in some eyeliner as well – the Bobbi Brown one’s in there because it’s a dark shade shade that glides on, with purple glint when it catches the light, great for evening events. I don’t wear lipstick unless I’m out, and when I’m do, I’ll reach for a classic red lippie or my recent obsession, INGA’s Iowa lipstick in a flattering matte berry shade.
KATE Tokyo Quick Eyeliner in BK-1, $17 / IOPE Air Cushion XP Natural Glow, $45 / KATE Tokyo Lasting Eyebrow W in BR-3, $23.50 / INGA by 27A Lipstick in Iowa, $29 / Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner in Violet Sparkle, $47 / LANEIGE Silk Intense Lipstick in 330 Clean Effect, $36 / M.A.C Magic Dust Powder in Sweet Vision, $53 / Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder in Highlight 01, $68 / Dove Advanced Hair Series Regenerate Nourishment Serum-in-Oil, $16.90 / Glossier Priming Moisturizer, US$25.
Jade Yeo, Writer: Like our Editor Adele, I identify as a minimalist as well, except I’ve got one less item sitting in front of me. There’s not much I like to pile on or leave hanging around my desk, so believe it or not, two products are all I reach out for. My trusty lip glaze to infuse a little life to my otherwise dead expression, and a handy tube of aloe vera gel I’ll use to spam on any random rash or sunburn. That said, I’ll probably use it sparingly now because I just found out how expensive this stuff is a few minutes ago when I called the store.
Porcelain Soothe Aloe Recovery Gel, $128 (50ml) / 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Lip Glaze in Fruit Punch, $42.50.
Patrene Mathieu, Designer: I try to minimise the clutter on my desk the best I can, and thus, I only keep the essentials within easy access. A face mist that combats the mid-day oily T-zone, lanolin cream to moisturise my dry hands, my trusty lip crayon for an all-day lip colour, and a bottle of perfume that lets me leave the office smelling nice.
Clio Micro Fine Oil Control Fix Mist, $17.90; Lano All-Over Everywhere Multi-Cream, £10.99 / Za Lip Crayon in Red 199, $17.50 / Tory Burch Love Relentlessly Eau de Parfum, $153 (100ml).
Joanne Cheah, Designer: I keep quite a lot of stuff at my desk, but I only use a few things every day (it’s probably time for some spring cleaning). There’s Vichy’s Thermal Spa Water spray to offer some temporary respite for parched skin, Clarins’ lip oil to keep my lips glossy and moist, and the CeraVe Lotion for a no-frills hand moisturiser.
Vichy Thermal Spa Water, $19.80 / Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey, $36 / CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion, $19 for 355ml (sample size shown in picture).