The 13 Beauty Essentials PureWow Staffers Always Have in Their Desk Drawers

Scenario: You spend a sizable amount of time getting ready in the morning only to look, well…less than fresh-faced by the time you finish your morning commute. What’s a frazzled gal to do? We polled 13 PureWow employees to find out the sneaky little items they keep in their desks in order to stay gorgeous throughout the day.

The Top-Rated Foundations That Actually Stay Put

loreal root spray

L’oreal Paris Root Cover Up

“For those moments of panic in the bathroom when I realize my grays are totally on display.” –Jillian, VP of Content

glossier balm dotcom

Glossier Balm Dotcom In Mint

“I cannot go through the day without applying lip balm at least a million times. This one gives my lips the tiniest bit of sheen but still has all the properties of an awesome lip balm.” –Rachel G., Commerce Editor

r co flexible hold hairspray

R+co Outer Space Flexible Hairspray

“I always keep a travel-size hairspray on hand, to keep flyaways and frizz at bay. Plus, it does double-duty in static situations.”

-Roberta F., News Editor

beachwaver bun wrap up

Beachwaver Wrap Up

“It makes a perfect bun in ten seconds. I’m wearing it today!” –Rachel B., Senior Editor

Buy it ($10)

rinse and co hand sanitizer
Rinse Bath & Body

Rinse Bath & Body Handy-tizer Hand Sanitizer

“No germs allowed.” –Catrina Y., Assistant Managing Editor

Buy it ($7)

aesop resurrection aromatic hand cream

Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

“Aesop hand creams are a must for work! This one is a thick cream that rubs in easily and is non-greasy. It's smells so nice, I also use it as a perfume if I can no longer smell mine at the end of the day.” –Sally H., Audience Development Strategist

blister band aids

Band-aid Blister Bandages

“Realistically, I always have bandages in all shapes and sizes…because breaking in new shoes is THE WORST.” –Abby H., Assistant Editor

clarins instant light lip balm perfector

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector In Rosewood

“I always keep Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in Rosewood at my desk. I have weirdly chap-prone lips (sorry, I know, gross), and this baby does double duty, providing the perfect dose of creamy moisture and pretty color.” –Grace H., Editor

uma pure energy oil

Uma Pure Energy Wellness Oil

“It’s a pick-me-up when you need it most. (Hello, 3 p.m. crash!) It’s also office-friendly because it doesn’t have a polarizing smell—just clean and energizing. A small step in self-care through your busy day.” -Vanessa V., VP of Partnerships

revlon insta blush stick

Revlon Insta-blush Stick

“A cream blush stick is essential for me, because you can deal without mascara, etc.…but a little blush before you head out for after-work drinks can literally change the game and make it look like your face is put together (even when the rest is MIA).” –Corley M., Executive Assistant

kiehls cactus flower face mist

Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist

“It's the best. My face gets so dry in the office and it's so easy to pull out and spritz. Way better than a 2 p.m. coffee.” -Mary D., Audience Development Strategist

secret antiperspirant

Secret Invisible Solid Antiperspirant

“Does deodorant count? I can't live without it in my drawer because sometimes I realize midday I forgot it!” [Editor’s note: same.] -Heidi Z., Accounting Manager

nars velvet matte lip pencil

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil In Cruella

"I’m always equipped with my all-time favorite red lip: This Nars crayon is the perfect true-red hue in a lasts-all-day formula, and has never failed to flatter. Plus, it makes me feel like I’m ready for last-minute after-work plans…even when that really means I’m going home to binge-watch Seinfeld reruns." - Katherine O., Editorial Assistant