beauty, skincare

On My Desk: Beauty Essentials

desk beauty staples

When it comes to keeping beauty products on my desk, I like keeping it simple – I used to have a few acrylic drawers at the corner of my desk, but I’ve since moved it to another shelf to free up more space. I spend a lot of time on my desk whether I’m working, playing video games, or putting my makeup on. And especially when I’m working and there’s paper and notebooks sprawled across my desk – I need all the space I can get!

These are the few products I like to have within arm’s reach. Mostly because I use these on a very regular basis, but also because I’m lazy and can’t be bothered to get up and/or reach any further than I have to.

aritaum ginger sugar overnight lip mask

Glossier Balm DotCom

$12 each / $30 for 3, available on Glossier. Click here for 10% off your order, new customers only.

My ride or die! I’ve been raving about the Balm DotComs for almost forever now. They’re great for preventing chapped lips in the cold (or preventing already-chapped lips from getting even more chapped). They’re my go-to at night before I go to bed, and I always wake up with soft and smooth lips!

I love that each flavor has its own little traits – the original one is colorless and scentless, while the Birthday one smells like vanilla and has purple iridescent shimmers. I also have the Rose one that lives in my coat pocket/backpack. That one is a sheer, soft pink (probably won’t show up on anyone’s lips tbh) and smells like their Milky Jelly Cleanser (though Michael thinks it smells like lychee – I think the scent is a win either way).

Aritaum Ginger Sugar Overnight Lip Mask

$10, available on YesStyle and Amazon

Since I’m at my desk before I go to bed, it just makes sense to leave an overnight lip mask here. I won this from one of Jenny’s recent giveaways, and I’ve been testing it out for the past few days. It smells like candied ginger, which I love! It’s super thick in consistency and more difficult to spread than a regular lip balm, but that’s exactly what I need in an overnight lip mask. It’s on the waxy side so even if you’re a stomach sleeper like I am, it doesn’t rub off too easily onto my pillow. Definitely a little extra for daily use, but great for when my lips are chapped.

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream

$8 for travel size / $32 for full size, available on Tatcha and Barneys

I thought I was crazy for spending $32 on a fricken’ hand cream out of all things, but it’s worth it for my perpetually dry everything hands. You don’t need to use a lot – about a pea size is enough for me. It’s pretty thick in consistency and a little sticky, but not greasy. Meaning no oil slick on my mouse and keyboard! I don’t have to worry about my pens/pencils/markers slipping and sliding away, either. Plus, the smell! I love Tatcha’s signature scent, though it only lasts for a few minutes for the hand cream. You’d think that for a brand like Tatcha, they’d find a way to make the scent to last f o r e v e r with that price point.

Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist

$20 for travel size / $48 for full size, available on TatchaSephora, JCPenney, and Barneys

I always thought Tatcha’s Luminous Dewy Skin Mist was such an overhyped product and never jumped on the bandwagon until the Sephora VIB sale last November (I’ve already used half of it up! Half!!!). I was intending on using this as a face mist for that ~extra glow~ after I’m done my makeup (no, I’m still not over the glazed donut highlighting), but it ended up shimmying its way into my skincare routine. It’s great as a refresher for when my skin feels dry and itchy, and doesn’t disturb my makeup either. I also use it at nighttime after serums and before moisturizers, and it’s one of those products where I can feel a difference in my skin right away.

One day, I hope to be rolling around in enough cash to buy this on the regular.


What are the beauty staples on your desk?


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