Drugstore Dash: Office Beauty Essentials

If I had a nickel for every time a co-worker asked me for a nail file, I’d own at least three Chanel eyelash curlers (that’s my equivalent to hitting the beauty jackpot). But hey, someone has to be the responsible one. I’ve rounded up nine office beauty essentials to keep on your desk, that will not only give you some bang for your buck, but will totally score some brownie points with your boss and co-workers.

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Almay Intense i-color Bold Nudes ($8.29)—If you’re guilty of hitting the snooze button more than twice, then chances are slim you’ve got time to do your makeup in the morning. This eye shadow trio solves your makeup-less conundrum.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($5.49)—I feel naked without mascara, which is why I couldn’t go without purchasing this iconic tube. It’s ideal for on-the-go touch-ups and simply put, another essential you’ll want to keep in your drawer for any occasion.

Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Bronzer ($15.49)—I consider this my drugstore splurge but I swear, it’s worth every penny and here’s why: a compact matte bronzer plus brush and mirror will make it a super easy on-the-go application.

Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets ($4.99)—Avoid the tissues and bathroom paper towels—these portable sheets will absorb any excess oil and won’t smudge makeup.

Spoiled by Wet n’ Wild Clear Nail Polish ($1.99)—A double duty lifesaver, swipe on a coat before a meeting with an important client or, a quick fix for any run in your stockings.

Trim Emery Boards (Pack of 10, $1.87)—Buy these in bulk, because chances are, a co-worker will borrow it and never return it. Lesson learned.

Travel size Jergens Ultra Healing Moisturizer (.99)—No one likes to shake hands with someone who has dry (or sweaty) hands. This moisturizer is a mini-multitasker that will revive dry, itchy skin.

Vaseline Lip Therapy ($2.19)—Work office temperatures can often be hot and dry. Vaseline instantly softens and soothes dry lips and offers a hint of shine.

Revlon hair brush ($5.79)—Stressful work situations typically merit the usual “I want to pull my hair out” reaction. Avoid trying to detangle with your fingers and use a brush to  smooth tresses.

Total cost? $49.92 (including tax!) and worth every penny.

What’s your can’t-live-without office beauty essential?