A legal stash for your desk
Who has gotten to the office when you realize that you’re not actually wearing mascara *hands raise* or when it’s been a long day and you look up while washing your hands in the bathroom and you think did I even put blush on today? *more hands* or when you accidentally flip the camera on your phone and think dang who is the ghost? *even more hands*
I get the ghost shock all the time, I am incredibly pale and I have a tendency to rub my face when I get stressed so I rub off all of my makeup. Thank goodness I have a small makeup bag in my desk drawer with some essentials to fix all of the Geez Katherine you’re so pale are feeling ill questions. When I started my job, my mini makeup bag wasn’t the first thing I brought, but it definitely made it’s way to my office within the first week. I’ve switched out a few things over the years but the basics are still in there, most of my items are travel size that I keep an eye out for at the line at Sephora (can anyone get through that checkout line without buying anything? slow clap for the marketing department), but if my essentials don’t come in travel size the full size gets thrown in the bag. Choosing travel size keeps the bulk and price down I also look for items that do double duty or for palettes that have it all!
Bags: I have one from Jon Hart with my name on it because it was a gift and the perfect size. If you don’t want your makeup bag screaming girlygirlygirly check out this understated one in navy. This elephant printed bag just makes me smile. This floral print is first class – pun intended. Here are some other cute ones:
Brushes/Tools: I refuse to spend a ton of money on brushes. I bought a $40 brush and almost had a heart attack when I checked out. I love buying brushes in a set because you don’t really have to think about making sure you have everything you need. I do take good care of my brushes, I clean them daily and wash them monthly, and keep them in a case but I’m still not going to splurge on brushes. This set is 10 pieces is under $40 or this set is higher end but it’s only 7 pieces under $100. If you want your own mirror to use this dimmable one is incredibly cool. Check out some other brush sets and tools below:
PS if I ever suggest buying a $115 makeup brush please slap me
Blush/Bronzer/Foundation: I don’t keep foundation in my bag, I personally think that if I need to touch up foundation then I should just go home because I’ve probably cried too much or my day is just shot and I need to cut my losses. Instead of foundation I have a concealer that is the bomb.com and will work for under eyes to cover blemishes. A blush/contouring mini combo was practically made for work, it also comes in a blush/bronzer mini combo. Blotting papers are also a staple because there is a reason we’ve all been using these since middle school right? But these black charcoal papers are better for your skin than those other blue ones. More perfect choices here:
Eyes: I keep a palette of two shades in my desk, eyeliner, and mascara. That’s it. You can of course keep as many shades as you want but I feel like if I’m putting makeup on at work I need it to be quick and I don’t have time to decide between shades. I have friends who get to work early after working out and they only do their makeup at work – they have an entire 12-24 shades and I get it. I’ve thought about adding a eye shadow stick to the mix because I sort of want a reason to buy it and I had one like it in the 90s. See my non 90s picks:
Lips: This category is where my wallet starts crying because I think a new lip gloss is going to change my life. Yes. I’m 12 years old. Even if I think I’ve found the perfect combination of lip color (rosewood) and lip gloss (in blush) I will purchase a lipstick the next day because it’s a slightly different shade! Obviously only I can see the difference but I swear it’s different! There are also three different products that I’ve tried and can be used for both lip and cheek stain: benetint, bobbi brown pot rouge, nars stick tint. The benetint is my favorite but it also comes in a lip balm in case you don’t want to chance spilling the stain on your white button down… not that I’m speaking from experience or anything.
There was a lot of ideas in this post but my main suggestion is to take what you usually use and pair it down to the essentials. Try and find travel sizes or pick up some of the multi-use products. If you’re like me and you tend to overbuy on makeup you can probably pick out a few things from your stock and make your own bag from what you have. Or you can always use this post as your excuse to buy more makeup…