The Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit

Must-have essentials for busy people

If you take a look at my personal belongings–be it in my room, my purse, my gym bag, or my desk–you’ll easily recognize that I’m a beauty junkie.

Since it’s Labor Day, I wanted to share the products that I like to keep with me at my work desk. I collectively refer to these items as my Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit. There are three main reasons for this naming:

  1. The kit contains eye and skin care essentials that provide instant pick-me-ups throughout the work day (or night).
  2. The kit contains makeup essentials that can be used to easily transform your look for a sudden presentation, lunch date, or after-work plans.
  3. I didn’t want to call it “The Workplace Beauty Kit” because that’s a misleading name. Although I keep this kit at my cubicle, I highly recommend having these products on hand in your everyday bag, in your carry-on luggage, in your car, in your locker, etc.

Sound good? Now, let’s take a look at what’s inside.

The Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit

Eye care

Skin care

  • NYX Green Tea Blotting Paper — This blotting paper is useful for reducing shine and maintaining a perfect complexion, especially on a hot day or after a post-midday workout.
  • EOS Lip Balm — Keep your lips moisturized, duh!
  • Lovely ME:EX Mini Pet Perfume Hand Cream — My hands are often dry due to constant washing, so I keep hand cream everywhere. This cute mini pet serves double duty as a cubicle decoration and much needed source of hydration.


  • Nature Republic Green Tea Fresh Pure Pact SPF25 PA++ — This is one of my favorite pressed powders to date. I like to keep powder or cushion handy for midday touchups.
  • Benefit Boi-ing Eye Bright Compact — This compact duo contains both concealer and eye brightener.
  • Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lipstick — I absolutely love this Too Faced lipstick line. I recommend having a few lip colors in your kit (bright, nude, neutral, bold) so that you’ll be ready for any occasion that pops up.
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner — Eye liner is always a must.
  • Sephora Spring in Soho Eye, Lip & Cheek Palette — This small, multi-function palette is perfect for creating a number of looks.

Tools & Things

  • Basic Fabric Band-Aids — Beauty kits should always have band-aids (or, even better, a mini first aid kit). You never know when you’ll need one for a paper cut, blister, hangnail, etc.
  • Revlon nail clipper — I recently added a nail clipper to my beauty kit because I started rock climbing. Avoiding the rock gym because my nails have grown out is no longer an excuse. This is also handy for pesky hangnails.
  • e.l.f. Mechanical Eyelash Curler — I have stick-straight Asian eyelashes, so eyelash curlers are a strict requirement.
  • Scunci No Damage Hair Elastics — I often forget to bring hair ties from home, so I keep a pack of these as backups.
  • Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball — A dab of this perfume makes me instantly energized. It also covers up how bad I probably smell after my midday yoga class.

Bonus Items (not pictured)

  • A facial mist, such as this Urban Decay Complexion Prep Spray, will provide immediate refreshment, especially for tired skin.
  • A comb or small brush is always an important tool to have.
  • An edible lip scrub, like Lush’s Mint Julips, will allow you to exfoliate and moisturize without leaving your desk.

Do you have your own Ready-To-Go Beauty Kit? What’s in it?

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