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Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound

Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound

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Most of us work too hard—it’s just a 2017 fact. Sitting is the new smoking (if you don’t have a standing desk, make sure you get up and roam the office as often as you can—improved office relationships are a side benefit of actually speaking to someone face-to-face), and office air is still the same old office air, computer screens and florescent lights are still skin-and-sense-dulling. Beyond going for a walk, doing a few breathing exercises, stretching, and keeping an essential-oil-heavy arsenal of beauty items in your desk drawer can sharpen your wits, improve your mood, and liven up your skin. If you’re going to practically live there, why not make it a happier life?

    FOR THE 4PM LACKLUSTER SLUMP
    (PAT LIGHTLY OVER MAKEUP)

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound goop by Juice Beauty
    Enriching Face Oil goop, $110

    This nourishing, potent miracle oil sinks
    instantly into skin and starts to work. Made with
    a pure blend of organic oils, it leaves skin
    remarkably supple, soft, and glowing. It
    turbo-charges any moisturizer, but also
    hydrates beautifully on its own. It can even
    be patted on over makeup for a midday
    pick-me-up. The Enriching Face Oil is

    formulated with USDA-certified organic ingredients and
    contains approximately 99 percent total organic content. 

    INHALE CALMING/COLD &
    ALLERGY-FIGHTING VAPORS

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound de Mamiel
    Altitude Oil goop, $44

    An inhalation essence that utterly transforms
    the experience of flying—a few deep breaths
    of it over the course of a flight clears your
    head, boosts immunity, and energizes both
    mind and body. But carry this exquisite mix of

    luxurious plant oils everywhere in your bag—for a lift in spirit,
    energy after long hours at your desk, on a train or bus, and to
    clear congestion from colds or allergies. A unique multi-tasking,
    do-it-all essential that’s life-changing.

    SIP GLOW-INDUCING
    REFRESHMENT

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Youtheory®‚
    Collagen Powder Multiple Retailers, $21.99

    Infused with vanilla so it’s
    brilliant in water, coffee, juice or
    a smoothie, this collagen packet
    nourishes skin from the

    inside out, and its single-serving packaging makes it perfect for
    the desk drawer, not to mention the makeup bag or gym tote.

    COPE WITH A DREADED
    OFFICE-MATE:

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Tata Harper
    Aromatic Irritability Treatment goop, $65

    This adorable vial of essential oils will
    make you smile every time you open your
    makeup bag, swipe a little on your palms, and
    inhale—it truly does make anyone a little less
    irritated. It also doubles as a subtle scent, not
    to mention an in-a-pinch face oil. Tiny and

    truly all-purpose-amazing.

    CLEAN EVERYTHING
    (FACE, HANDS, SCREEN, ETC)

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Ursa Major
    Essential Face Wipes goop, $24

    The company’s miracle 4-1
    Face Tonic formula is infused
    into each individually-wrapped
    bamboo-cloth face wipe—use as a pH-balancing cleanser,
    gentle-but-powerful exfoliant,

    potent skin-healer, and firming hydrator, for all skin types. The
    wipes smell subtly of orange, fir, and lavender—refreshing after
    the gym, beautiful for taking off makeup, life-changing for the
    breakout-prone.

    FOCUS, RELAX, AND STAVE
    OFF WRINKLES

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Naturopathica
    Lavender Protective
    Moisturizer SPF 17 goop, $58

    This light hydrator is so easy to apply (we
    wondered whether it was true physical
    sunscreen, given its silky feel and the
    way it sinks effortlessly into skin) that it
    turns the daily chore of trying to blend
    in your stubborn sun protection into a

    genuine pleasure. Skin-soothing lavender plus antioxidant and
    anti-inflammatory turmeric root combine with micronized (not
    nano) zinc oxide in this nourishing, mattifying, and
    ultra-protective SPF moisturizer. It smells and feels fantastic;
    used daily, SPF is the most powerful anti-ager on earth.

    10 SECONDS OF
    CUTICLE-TREATMENT/TOTAL
    ZONE-OUT

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound French Girl
    Nail + Cuticle Oil goop, $20

    A luxurious, super-effective treatment
    for healthier nails and cuticles, this
    citrus-rose-scented oil mixes potent
    botanical extracts with organic essential oils
    for serious results. The roll-on formula is

    made with argan, evening primrose, sea buckthorn, and tamanu
    oils (among others) for maximum healing; it sinks in like a dream,
    leaving your hands softer, smoother, faintly scented, and
    fully moisturized.

    SMELL GOOD AND UP
    YOUR INTUITION

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound goop Fragrance
    Shiso Mini goop, $55

    A perfume of cool air, pale sun, new life
    unfurling on the forest floor, this mystical
    perfume channels the energy of spring:
    sensual heat against cool, damp air. Shiso leaf
    (also known as perilla) is the unexpected star

    of this scent: It has a slightly spicy/fresh characteristic that’s
    green, earthy, and delicate all at once. Its complex simplicity is
    similar to Ikebana, the art of Japanese floral composition: The
    shiso note is closely hinged on the other notes, so the scent
    begins simply and then slowly opens up into spicy greens,
    crushed stems, and ancient exotic woods. Now in a brilliant,
    purse-size glass spray bottle.

    FRESHEN HAIR IN SECONDS

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Alder New York
    Organic Natural
    Dry Shampoo goop, $27

    This clean, USDA-certified
    organic dry shampoo powder is
    the kind you use sparingly, so one

    of these bottles lasts a long time. Not just a cleanser but a
    texturizer, apply this blend of refreshing eucalyptus, cleansing
    clay minerals, and absorbent, volume-boosting rice powder and
    horsetail powder by tapping a bit into the palm of your hands;
    then, using your fingers, comb it through at the roots, then use
    a brush to gently dust off any excess.

    PULL IT ALL TOGETHER INSTANTLY

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Kosas
    Weightless Lip Color goop, $24

    These hydrating,
    everyday-wearable lipsticks are
    made with organic oils and
    botanical extracts (antioxidant

    green tea, rosehip, grapeseed, and collagen-boosting sweet
    orange), plus deeply hydrating mango and shea butters. The eight
    universally-flattering shades are perfect everyday lip colors;
    depending on your style, they range from full-on dramatic to
    subtle and natural. No matter which one you choose, it’ll
    instantly compliment and brighten a natural complexion.

    NEVER BE WITHOUT FLOSS

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Cocofloss
    Cocofloss goop, $8

    Try clean, refreshing Cocofloss
    once, truly, and you’ll be forever

    ruined for regular floss. Never mind its non-toxicity and social
    impact, it’s simply better than anything we’ve tried–ever.
    Created by two Bay Area sisters, one a dentist, the other an
    artist, Cocofloss is thick, yet glides smoothly between your
    teeth, is strong but flexible, and just feels—fantastic,
    transforming a chore into a pleasure. The floss has the faintest hint
    of the coconut oil its infused with, and the mint scent is
    especially fresh and invigorating.

    INFUSE YOUR SKIN WITH ENTHUSIASM
    (A SHEER HOT PINK FOR LIPS
    AND CHEEKS)

  • Self-Care for the Cubicle-Bound Olio E Osso
    French Melon goop, $28

    This citrusy, super-moisturizing tinted
    lip/cheek balm delivers all the cushy
    hydration of the original No. 1 Balm,

    with the addition of the most flattering-to-all-skin-types
    sheer pigment out there, period. It’s the sort of your-lips-but-better color that brightens up your whole face, yet doesn’t read as “lipstick” or even “gloss”—just all-natural prettiness, pure and
    simple. Bonus:  The stick fits the shape of your lips perfectly,
    so it feels especially fantastic going on.

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