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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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  • Gosh! I really want to try out Glossier!
    I actually don’t have any specific desk essentials regarding beauty. But now that I am thinking I probably should change that. (starting with having hand cream!)

    Take care*

    • I hope you’ll be able to try some Glossier things soon! I wish I were close enough to ship some of their skincare samples to you, but shipping is astronomical overseas ;(

  • I am under the impression that the Tatcha mist is overhyped too but now that you said you love it….damn, I’m curious!

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

    • It’s so good, both for that glow after makeup and as skincare! Just pop into your sephora and spray it on the back of your hand and you’ll get what I mean!

  • Everyone’s been talking about Glossier and Tatcha and I’m getting *this* close to hauling these brands! I’m trying to be good about my spending though so I will live vicariously through you for now and just keep adding them to my wishlist!

    Stephanie |

    • Well, the spring VIB sale is always a good time to haul Tatcha 😀 I wish there were more Glossier showrooms/stores so everyone can test out their products!

  • Caitlin

    I love Glossier and Tatcha!!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

  • I love this post, Becky!! Lately at my computer desk I’ve been keeping a lip balms and hand cream. I can’t be bothered to go looking for them either, when I’m binging on my computer games haha

    • Haha, right?! Lazy girls all the way :p I really appreciate you keeping up with my blog when you’re not blogging by the way, it means a lot to me! <3

      • Of course! I enjoy your blog! I kind of want to start blogging again but I’m so lazy ha

  • hand cream and lip balm are a must! i also have lip scrub, body moisturizer, lotion and primary skincare stuff (aka lotion and face moisturizer and spf) i also have hair care products on my table but mainly hair oil and heat protecting cream. i have one small container – like a mug – where i store my eyelash curler, eyebrow pencil and eyeliners. i don’t have lots of liners so even though this sounds a lot, it’s not massive collection or anything like that. my computer desk is pretty wide so i keep several primary things on it. i basically have baskets where i store my primary beauty “weapons” and other tidbits so everything will still feel organized haha

    • I used to keep a lip scrub, body moisturizer, and skincare on my desk too haha. Now it’s all to my side, on a shelf where I can still easily reach for it but it’s not taking up any precious desk space. I wish my desk was wider, even by just a little would make a big difference for me! I got my current desk to use as a vanity at first but my makeup collection eventually outgrew it, lol.

  • The tatcha hand cream sounds amazing, but definitely really pricy. I’m not a huge fan of the dewy mist because it just makes my skin even more oily than it already is unfortunately.

    Perfect Shade of Mauve

    • ah yeah, I get what you mean! A lot of oily people don’t like the mist, though if you watch heyclaire she’s oily and she uses it just on her cheeks for that extra glow if you’re into that~

  • Wow, I feel like I really need to try that lip mask! Thanks for the recommendation!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

  • Aghh I need to try Glossier! I feel like every product gets such great reviews, I’m totally missing out! xx

    Dany | Danielle Reine

  • I am just like you (spending my life at the desk heh) and always need my go-to lip balms right where I can reach them. I am very curious about that Ginger Lip Mask, have never seen it before but it must be really nice. Great products xx

    • I haven’t heard about the ginger lip mask until recently either – the only other lip mask I have is the Bite Beauty agave one, and that one feels more like a lip balm than a mask to me. Still one of my favorites, though!

  • Those products sound very nice! I’m so intrigued by Glossier but I can’t order anything from their online store… They don’t do deliveries here 🙁 x

  • Nadia

    I do the exact same thing, Becky – I have a few products that are always within my reach at my desk! 🙂 Love these favourites of yours. I have a confession to make – I am yet to try Glossier. I am usually the last person to hop on the bandwagon because I don’t like to buy something for the sake of buying (because it’s over-hyped) but so many lovely bloggers I love and trust have been mentioning Glossier goodies that I think I really need to take the plunge. Love that your recommended Balm DotCom – it’s going to be the first one on my life 😉
    xox Nadia

  • I absolutely love the sound of the Ginger Sugar lip mask – such an essential for this winter and to be honest all year round x

  • I feel like when I’m at work my life is an endless cycle of putting on hand cream and washing it off again when I go to the bathroom, but at home by my bed I’m all about having a fancy hand cream! The Tatcha one sounds really nice, I haven’t tried it before but I’m currently using my fave Jurlique Rose one which is really thick and luxurious, and since I generally use it before bed I don’t mind having a bit more of an expensive one since it actually gets a chance to sink in and do its job! I also feel like the Luminous Dewy Skin Mist is probably really overhyped, and it’s such a small bottle too! I got a baby mini bottle in a Sephora Favourites set a few months ago but haven’t cracked it out just yet but since I have oily af skin it’s def going in my skincare routine and not with my makeup, haha.

  • Right?! I love that birthday cake smells like vanilla, but not overpoweringly sweet. I think I’m going to cry a bit when I’m done using the Tatcha mist lol, it’s so expensive but it’s so worth it.

  • Sam

    I started to keep things at my desk when it was in my bedroom (and oh yeah, it was so messy), but now that my desk is seperate, I pretty much only keep hand cream there. Aaaand half the time I forget about it tucked away in the drawer. Ahhh, I love the balm dot com too! I’m thinking of getting the trio the next time I shop there; I really want to try birthday, cherry and mint!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud