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.

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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

Buy it ($10)

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

Buy it ($12)

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

Buy it ($17)

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

Buy it ($27)

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

Buy it ($4)

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

Buy it ($26)

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

Buy it ($49)

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

Buy it ($8)

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

Buy it ($27)

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

Buy it ($3)

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

Buy it ($27)

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