A slightly different post from my norm, I want to shift things a bit to be a bit more on the personal side. I’m not sure about you, but my desk feels like a very personal and private space, even though I don’t really keep much in here. Today I’m sticking to the beauty side of things, so consider this the products I reach for throughout the day. I wanted to photograph what these look like inside of my desk, but the drawer itself doesn’t fully out by design, as I have the Malm Dressing Table from IKEA. I took the glass top off of mine, as it’s uncomfortable for my wrists to rest on, but I did use it back when it was originally my vanity and not my work desk. I plan to get a new desk for my office set-up some time in the future now we’ve moved, but for now, this is my desk and I don’t have a proper beauty set up until then.
If you’re interested in seeing the tech bits and pieces I keep in my desk, let me know. I don’t have a ton that stays directly in my desk, but I have a lot of techy bits and pieces as I’m a gamer and video editor – so tech has slowly integrated into my world. I also keep some of my medication in my desk, but I don’t feel comfortable sharing them as I don’t want to endorse medication as I’m not a health care professional. Even if I try to put a disclaimer about it, I don’t feel comfortable showing off medicine or herbal remedies in a role of potential influence. So I’ve restricted this post to not contain them. If for whatever reason you have health issues, I encourage you to speak to a qualified health care professional, as I’m in no way qualified to talk about it and I don’t want to mislead anyone. Without further ado though let’s jump in.
Starting with stationery, I keep two notepads in my desk that I reach for often. The first is a really cute light blue notebook, that I use general note-taking, including shopping lists, step-by-step processes for things I need to get done and so on. This is helpful to keep in my desk as this is where I spend most of my time.
The second is a pretty doll-like patterned notepad, which is where I note down when I open the cosmetic products I use. I thought the packaging was adorable and really fit the ‘beauty’ vibe, so when I was looking for a notepad for writing down blog-related things, this particular design really grabbed me. I often forget to note everything, but this helps me to keep track of how long I’ve been actually using products as I sometimes looks my sense of time or incorrectly remember how long I’ve actually been using products. Sometimes what’s been 2 months has actually only been 3 weeks, or 6 months, it’s a bit bizarre, I know. So this helps me keep my posts in context when I discuss them, and gives me an idea of how frequently I open up new products, and what kinds of products I open up more frequently than others. For example, I open up lip balms more than most other skincare products, but emulsions are my slowest: I’m still working through my It’s Skin and Tony Moly emulsions I reviewed earlier this year and had already been using for a long time before that.
Moving on to my desk essential products, these are the products that I reach for throughout the day and night, and I want within easy reach, so I don’t have to get out of my chair too often to go get them. These sit towards the left side of my desk drawer, where my tech bits for my drawing tablet sit on the right hand side – since my tablet sits on the right hand side of my desk.
The first section contains my two most grabbed for products, with the first being the Paw Paw Papaya Moisturising Balm, which I put in my desk last night and haven’t started using yet. This is put here to sit alongside my current lip balm, as I want to try it as a night time lip treatment. I can’t give a first impression yet obviously, but I didn’t want to omit this from the post.
A product I re-purposed a bit to work for me, is the Creation’s Garden Anti-Aging Eye Serum, which I reviewed earlier this year. I address this in the review itself, but this sits in my desk as an eye area refresher rather than as a dedicated eye cream/serum. So it sits in my desk as this is where I spend most of my time, and working in front of 3 monitors really tires out my eyes, so I find I need something to give my eyes a little bit of relief. It does the job relatively well, but how often I use this depends entirely on whether or not I wear makeup that day. This little guy is nearly empty though, so I need to buy a new roll-on eye serum to try. If you have any suggestions of cruelty-free products, please let me know, I’d love to get ideas.
A product I reviewed very recently is my go-to lip balm right now, which is the Simple Kind to Lips Essential Lip Balm SPF 15. This spends most of its time either in the desk in the plastic container you see above, or directly on my desk next to my Blue Snowball Microphone where I can see it and grab it. I won’t go over this product too much as I’ve reviewed it so recently, but this is the product I use the most of all the products I’m talking about today.
Moving the middle section, the hand cream sitting in my desk right now is the back up of the Soap & Glory 2-in-1 Moisture Mask and Hand Cream, which I reviewed quite a while ago… 3 years ago in fact. Hand cream is one of those products that for me, I just cannot seem to get into the habit of using often, hence why it’s taken me so long to get to this back up. I’m also hesitant to use hand creams at my desk because I use my mouse and keyboard so much. The idea of a greasy, sticky or just not-clean mouse or keyboard unnerves me so I find I only use hand creams when I know I’m not going to be touching my mouse and keyboard for 10 minutes or so… You can imagine how often that happens.
Two beauty tools I keep in my desk separate from my main beauty tool section, are a compact mirror and a set of tweezers. I think my compact mirror is from Boots, and my tweezers I can’t remember anymore. I don’t get my brows treated professionally after an allergic reaction I had, so I keep my brows in-check by myself, and it’s always when I’m done doing my makeup that those stray hairs come out to play. So I keep these in my desk for those moments I want to just get rid of them before I have the chance to lose sight of them. They’re like spiders, you see them, but if you look away, you know they’re gonna dash.
The last section of my desk that gets the least amount of use as far as beauty products go, but they’re essential nonetheless and products I always want within easy reach. The first is my Boots Skin Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets for blotting excess oil. They do their job as far as I’m concerned, but I admit I forget to use them. I only use them on days I’m not wearing makeup as I prefer to use a mattifying powder over my makeup instead, and these are used for days I don’t want to use any makeup at all.
Secondly, I have my last sachet of Dermactin-TS Collagen Gel Under Eye Patches, which I’ve been meaning to use for months. I find this gets forgotten about because I reach for my roll-on eye serum instead and because I stream at night and then do my night time routine immediately after I’m done, I struggle to find a good moment to fit this in to my unconventional routine. I may take this home with me over Christmas so I finally use this up, but we’ll see if I can finally remember before then.
Finally, a beloved product to me is the COSRX Acne Pimple Master Patch(es), which don’t get used often purely because I’m terrified to run out of them. It’s silly, I know, but these are great for days or nights I take off streaming or don’t plan on going outside, and want to spot-treat specific pimples. Fortunately, my skin has been in really good condition lately, but these are always going to be welcome in my life because you never know when your skin might break out again. I plan to make use of these more, as soon as I remind myself I can just buy more when they run out.
And these are the beauty related products that I keep in my desk. I’m not sure if this kind of post is interesting to read, but I want to write it anyway and gauge your perspective on it. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, it really means a lot to me. I hope you are happy and healthy, and I’ll speak to you again soon.