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6 Beauty Essentials You Need in Your Gym Bag

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Look your best in and out of the gym with these beauty products that give you a natural glow.

It’s tricky to look good at gym. Let’s face it: we all want to look natural while exercising, but by natural, we’re referring to a flushed, healthy glow instead of a having “I-take-gym-very-seriously” emblazoned on our bare, sweaty faces.

Seasoned gym goers will know the importance of looking fresh and ready post-routine. For those of us who are constantly on the go, the last thing we want is a heavy gym bag laden with unnecessary beauty products — no one has time to drop things off at the office during a lunchtime spin class.

The right edit of beauty essentials will leave you a subtle radiant look to face the rest of the day head-on, whether your next stop is the bar or the office.

No matter you’re a cardio devotee, a yogi, or fan of the elliptical, having these versatile essentials stocked in your gym gear means you avoid looking like a perspiring mess after working off those calories.

Waterproof mascara
Mascaras may be our magic wands in the beauty world, but nobody wants that terrifying “cried-off makeup” look as black tears streak down your face during a hot yoga session.

Try Dolce & Gabbana’s Passioneyes waterproof mascara, which offers you that feminine curl and a lightweight feel with defined lashes. Its new waterproof formula keeps your lashes hydrated and flexible, allowing easy removal with makeup remover.

Facial wipes
Foundations and powders could contribute to clogged pores once you break a sweat, leading to skin irritation or breakouts. Especially designed for gym enthusiasts, Mio Skincare’s Clean Slate workout swipes is a hassle-free product that cleanses your skin and, leaving it moisturised and fresh with mint and cucumber ingredients. 

Dry shampoo
If you can’t afford the time to shower between your workout and your after-lunch meeting, the clever invention known as dry shampoo will be a lifesaver. While it does not offer that refreshing rinse in a proper wash, dry shampoo will zap sweat along the scalp and add subtle volume. We love Aveda’s Shampure dry shampoo, an organic formula that absorbs excess oil between shampoos and gives off a calming floral aroma.

Don’t forget to pull your hair into a topknot to hide greasiness and prevent dirty hair from touching your face afterwards.

Tinted lip balm
Discrepancies in temperature and high humidity levels at the gym can result in uncomfortable dryness and chapping on your lips. To keep your pout conditioned with a subtle pop of colour, Fresh’s Sugar tulip tinted lip treatment offers moisture and an understated sheer pink tint. 

Face mist
We’ve all experienced that awkward moment when you leave the gym with an embarrassing fire engine red face, which is even worse if you suffer from exercised-induced allergies such as itching and stinging. Calm the post-workout redness with Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense. The ingredient glycerin provides intense hydration while balancing and protecting your skin, leaving it feeling revitalised and relaxed.

Mini perfume
Nothing beats that great feeling of accomplishment as you walk out of the gym and your fresh scent is blowing in the wind. A mini fragrance will give you a scent boost to carry you through the rest of your day.

Invigorating and playful, Jo Malone’s Nashi Blossom cologne is the brand’s limited edition that comes in a clutch-size (30ml). With inspirations drawn from the blossoms on the East Asia Nashi pear tree, the scent blends the spring-inspired notes of pear blossom, lemon, rose and white musk. Plus, the mischievous bottle design is simply irresistible.

Image caption (from left to right):
1. Photo credit: Thinkstock/ArthurHidden
2. Photo credit: Thinkstock/dolgachov
3. Dolce & Gabbana’s Passioneyes waterproof mascara
4. Mio Skincare’s Clean Slate workout swipes
5. Aveda’s Shampure dry shampoo
6. Fresh’s Sugar tulip tinted lip treatment
7. Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist Intense.
8. Jo Malone’s Nashi Blossom cologne


Original article written by Joanna Lam for Hong Kong Tatler.

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