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6 Beauty Items to Keep at Work

Whether there’s a big work meeting after lunch or you’re scheduled to have coffee with a potential new client, there are six beauty items to keep on hand so you always look like a shinning star.

You get to the office looking hella good, but by lunch you’re feeling less than fabulous. No problem – reach into your stash of beauty products for a quick fix. You know, the stash you keep in your top desk drawer. Because – priorities.

I definitely keep a handful of travel-sized and mini beauty products at the office for those times when I’m rushing in the morning or have evening engagements to attend.

Whether there’s a big work meeting after lunch or you’re scheduled to have coffee after work with a potential new client for your side hustle business, there are six beauty items to keep on hand so you always look like a shinning star.

Moisturizer: No matter what the weather is, every season calls for hand moisturizer. Especially at work where we’re constantly washing our hands, shuffling around paper and banging on computer keys all day.

I like to keep this travel-sized hand cream in my desk drawer. Every other time I wash my hands, I used a little amount. Keeps my hands (and manicure) soft and supple all day.

Makeup Removing Wipes: Gentle fragrance-free wipes are great to keep at your desk. If you’re office is like mines, it can sometimes get a little humid.

At the end of the day or before heading to the gym after work – just wipe your face! You’ll feel completely refreshed. I use these makeup removing wipes.

Pressed Powder: Keeping a weightless blotting/pressed powder at your desk is the easiest way to touch up your makeup.

M.A.C offers a great pressed powder that’s perfect for frequent touch-ups whether it’s after lunch or right before a big meeting. It provides shine control without adding any additional colour or texture. I use M.A.C Blot Powder/Pressed in the shade Dark.

Mascara: After a hard days work, especially on a Friday, we head out to the local pub. But before I turn my computer monitor off I layer on a few coats of the good stuff.

I keep this mini-sized version of Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara at my desk. I love big lashes so this is a must-have at the office.

Red Lipstick: Last week at work, our international agency came into town for the annual planning session. After a day of meetings, we headed out to dinner. I’m so glad I had a tube of my favourite deep red lipstick on hand.

I love glamming up a little for after-work drinks or dinner and nothing is more glam that M.A.C’s iconic classic red lipstick, Ruby Woo.  A highly pigmented, matte lipstick, this colour always makes me feel like a boss.

I usually go bare during the day while at work, but Ruby Woo is a staple in my office beauty stash. It’s perfect for after work occasions.

Nars Illuminator in Orgasm
Nars Illuminator in Orgasm

Bronzer: For days when I get in the office and I realize that I missed my corrector/concealer, I’m thankful I’ve got Nars Illuminator in Orgasm at my desk.

It does for my skin what concealer does for my eyes — glides on silky smooth to refresh and enhance my complexion for an all day goddess look.

Your Turn!

What kind of beauty products do you keep in your desk drawer at work? Leave your comments in the link below.



Alethea Robinson

Founder & Blogger-in-Chief, See Girl Work

Alethea Robinson is a freelance marketing & content writer who provides content strategy, blogging, and writing & editing services for creative agencies and small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to her freelance business, Alethea is also founder and blogger-in-chief at See Girl Work, an online community for creative, entrepreneurial-minded women. Before starting her blog and freelance business, Alethea worked in marketing and communications for over 15 years.

  • Jasmin J. Will Williams

    Hey Althea! It may not be a beauty product but I keep sunscreen at all times. Esp since I live in Texas.

    • Yes! That’s a good one to stash away. I use Clinique SPF in the morning, but I should keep a travel size in my top drawer. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Tyra Skinner

    I normally keep lipstick, eyeliner, powder foundation, and mascara in case I need to go out!
    Thanks for sharing these travel size makeup products!

    • @tyra_skinner:disqus sounds similar to my stash. I don’t wear eyeliner though. My skin is so oily that the few times I have attempted to wear eyeliner, it smudges right off about two hours in. Let me know if you have any recommendations for how to keep eyeliner on throughout the day.

  • Lasonia

    I always kept moisturizer, pressed powder and lipstick in my drawer. I never thought of the makeup remover wipes, but those would definitely come in handy. Thanks for sharing.

    • @disqus_cEoZlsRP1N:disqus yes, then we’re just about on the same page then!! My skin is so super oily, that I have to have facial wipes. I dab it a little around my t-zone area before using pressed powder to make my skin look matte again. Thanks for leaving a comment!


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