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This is real, people. If you're also a slave to retail then you know how tiring and stressful it can get. Here's what I have been using to keep myself in tip top shape - or close enough to that. 

Ever since I started working again in retail this summer, I really came to realise and appreciate what people do for us when we're out and about shopping. It may seem as not much - but wow, from the constant tidying to unpacking, sorting things out, stock intake, tiding again and of course dealing with customers, it can get stressful at times. 

I also noticed that it has taken a toll on my body and mind, especially on busy days when you should be able to split yourself in 10 to complete all the tasks you have to do. Does anyone else feel this way? 

I have been reaching for these four products the most because I needed help here and there to deal with the not-so-glamours side of working around clothes and hangers all the time. Actually, I don't think there's a glamorous side to it at all but that's beside the point. I do like my job and I do consider myself lucky to have one as a student since many are struggling to even find one these days. 

So let's end this mini life lesson/ rant and get to it! 

I think I mentioned this before when I talked about this oil for weak nails, but ever since I started working in retail, my nails have become really bad, to the point that I stopped wearing any varnish. My hands have also become incredibly dry so I was on the hunt for a day cream I could carry in my handbag and use whenever I was on break to restore some moisture. With this particular one by Orly I get two issues tackled in one go which is a plus since I can't exactly carry an oil in my purse with the constant fear of it spilling and causing a mess. 

This. This is the saviour of everything. Even though I work out regularly and walk a lot, I have had muscle and joint pains for ages. I can push myself too hard sometimes but I also can't help having a tense neck and ankles. I decided to try this product out of curiosity because hey, it never hurts giving a shot to new things, and I was pleasantly surprised when I found myself reaching for it daily. It's so relaxing and I do really feel like it helps out after a long and tiring day at work. It's a cheaper massage treatment at home. It is recommended to be used three times a day but ain't nobody got time for that! I use it twice maximum, once before going to work if I have the luxury of some extra time. I do find it even more soothing on the skin but it has a strong scent so if you don't want to smell of menthol all day then I'd stick to applying this at night. 

Another handbag staple lately. I already featured a couple of Lanolips products on here in the past, I really love this brand. The latest obsession is this creamy treatment I have been using daily since the air conditioning at work does have an effect on my lips, drying them a lot and making it harder to wear things like matte lipsticks and lip stains. (tragic, I know)
I like the fact that it's in a squeezy tube which means my dirty fingers don't have to touch the product or my lips. It lasts nicely and it doesn't look greasy but more like a gorgeous natural gloss. 

and last but not least...

This is what really helps me in the evening. I know everyone is different but if I have a stressful day at work or I have something in my mind at night, there's no way I can go to sleep or relax. If you follow me on twitter and you're a night owl, you may have seen me post at incredibly weird times like 2 am going 3 because I just couldn't close my eyes and drift away. This is what has been helping me out lately. I massage it into the hollows of my chest and the inside of my wrist. I don't now how but it soothes insomnia and anxiety a lot for me. I just take some deep breaths and before I know it I start getting sleepy. I definitely reccommned it! 

I'd love to know what helps you out during your work days and any other alternarives you would use to the products I mentioned! 



  1. I, too, am a tired retail slave. I wish I could split myself into 10 right now too, it's soooo busy! Lip balm is so essential with the horrible air con, as is a good face cream. The muscle roller sounds magical though, I neeeed one! x

    Stephanie |

  2. These sound great! I'm not a retail worked but could deffo do with these!

  3. You have a beautiful blog! I really want to try the Pur Essentiel roller! My left knee is really giving me havoc after high impact workouts recently, so maybe this would help! x

    Martha Jane |

  4. I think I'll try the Orly cream, my hands get really dry, so this may work well for me!

  5. Hand cream from L'Occitaine, facial spritz to refresh and wake me up (also from L'Occitaine) and Eight Hour cream - for everything!


  6. I am going to have to check out the sleeping balm I have such trouble diving off perhaps it will help. x

  7. I used to work in retail and I remember the stress! Definitely want to check out that sleeping balm though as I still have trouble getting to sleep when I'm stressed out.

  8. I'm not a retail worker, but could do with the products!


  9. My hands are too dry, and sometimes I wish I can get a perfect product to solve my problem. These look good though.

  10. I am a big fan of Lanolips, especially the lemonaide balm x

  11. I am keen on that sleeping balm, sounds just like what I need at the mo! :)

  12. I don't miss working in retail at all!! I love the sound of the Orly hand cream - great to have something for your nails and hands all in one go :)

    Jess xo

  13. When I was working in retail I was so tired from the day that I went straight to bed. The sleeping balm sounds lovely and perfect to end a pamper night :)

    Pink Frenzy

  14. Love all these products! Great blog!


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