The prepared girl's guide to deskside beauty essentials

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The prepared girl's guide to deskside beauty essentials

Chapped lips can really ruin your whole day you know?

Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm in Peppermint, $3.99

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If I had a penny for every bobby pin or hair tie that's mysteriously disappeared on me, well, I'd have a whole lot of pennies.

Twistband Hair Tie 12-pack, $18 

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Sephora Ombre Bobby Pin Ups, $6

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For those days when zits are just like, "Surprise!"

PER-FEKT Skin Perfection Conceal, $28

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C'mon, everyone has had that moment when you're sitting at your desk and you think, "What's that smell?" And then you realize it's you...


Oscar de la Renta Purse Spray, $57

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Going straight from the office to your evening plans? Swipe on some red lipstick and call it a day.

Marc Jacobs LoveMarc Lip Gel in Neo-Noir, $30

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Because after three cups of coffee, you could stand to freshen up.

Quikee (Icy Mint), $18

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Chipped nails are never a good look.

Julep One-Step Polish Remover Packettes, $9.99(set of ten)

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Dab a yellow or peach-toned concealer under your eyes to look bright and awake even if you've been staring at a computer for eight hours.

ELF Studio HD Lifting Concealer, $3

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A luxe, delicious smelling hand cream is the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up. It's the little things.

Laura Mercier Coconut Almond Hand Cream, $15

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If you've ever spilled coffee all over your outfit on the way to work, devoured a tuna sandwich right before a big presentation or caught a cold from a contagious cubicle mate, then you understand the importance of a well-stocked desk drawer.

Thanks to unfortunate experiences like these, I've amassed a solid stash of items essential for workday survival. I've got gum, disinfectant spray, aspirin, stain remover, plastic utensils, snacks and all of the above life-saving beauty products at the ready at all times. But shhh! Don't tell my co-workers...I'm not sharing!

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