Thursday, 30 August 2012

Desk Beauty Essentials

With the weather being so unpredictable at the moment, the little bag of tricks I take to work with me every day could quite easily start to brim over with lotions and potions.  I try my best to keep the amount I cart around to a minimum, but there are a few things I have to have with me to look and feel fresh throughout a long day at the office.

Hand Cleansing Gel - Desks can be dirty places so this is an absolute essential.  If I'm going to be touching my face or having something to eat I want my hands to be squeaky clean.  My current favourite antibacterial gel is Hand Maid by Soap & Glory (£2.50 from Boots, but often in 3 for 2 offers), I love it for its fresh fruity scent.

Hand Cream - Handling lots of paper and washing my hands a lot always leaves them feeling dry so a good hand cream is never far from my reach.  My favourite at the moment is Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter (£6.25 from Lush), a little goes a long way with this stuff, it moisturises really well and smells amazing, like lemon sherberts!

Facial Toner/Spritz - By the afternoon when I'm feeling a bit tired and a bit hot, I like to give my face a squirt of a nice toner.  It helps to freshen me up and keep me feeling lively for the remainder of the day.  The current bottle I carry around with me is Caudalie Beauty Elixir (£9.90 from Feel Unique).  I did a full review of it not long ago here.

Lip Balm - When I'm at work I like to have a tube of lip balm with me rather than a tub or tin for obvious hygiene reasons.  Having fuller lips, it's also really important to keep them hydrated.  My lip balm of choice for work is Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (£3.69 from Boots).  I particularly love it for its minty fresh scent.

Lipstick & Powder Compact - Simply because I never know when I'll need to touch up my makeup for a meeting.  My current powder is MAC Studio Careblend (£20 from MAC) and my lipstick depends entirely on what I've picked up that morning.

The last, and by far the most critical, desk must-have for me is a big bottle of water.  I easily get through a litre and a half during the working day, so rather than buy bottles all the time, I've invested in a bottle with a filer integrated into the cap.  Good for me and for the environment!

What are your desk essentials?


  1. Your blog is so cute! I LOVE Burt's Bees!


  2. Great post! Just followed, would love it if you could come check mine out (: (:


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