It’s time for Beauty Spotlight Team. Previously I’ve shared posts with you from my friends in which they shared their beauty collections. This week it is my turn, and I decided to share my work beauty drawer with you. Why? I have no idea, especially since this seems to be a catch-all for random products.
First, for those of you that don’t usually read my site, you should know that I am an ICU doctor, and sometimes get called back in to work at random times of the night. Sometimes, this can be for a really long time. I have a chair in my office that folds out into a bed. For real. My employer bought it.
To go with said (uncomfortable) bed, I have a drawer designated for products. I was once much more organized about my on call bag (check out that post from when I was still in training and taking fairly regular every 4 night in house call. That’s a 30 hour shift people!) With my current job, I get to go home, sleep in my bed (though I get a lot of calls), and I go in much less frequently. Though, when I do go in I want to have some stuff to freshen up with!
So, what was in that mess of products? Most of this is from 1 drawer in my desk, though I pulled stuff out of white doctor coat pockets as well (most of the lippies, a hand cream and my ProActiv shine wipes were in my coats).
Clearly, there are a few defining themes here. I seem to be very worried about dry skin, fresh breath and pretty hair. As always, I want to have many lippie options (my purse currently has easily 30 lipsticks or glosses in it), and of course a few ways to mattify my face. I previously had more color cosmetics in my overnight call bag including shadow, liner and mascara. I no longer keep those around, as long as I don’t look super blotchy having been at work for a long time I don’t really seem to care if my lashes are curled and have mascara on.
So, I’m obviously most worried about moisture in my skin given the huge number of products I have here. And I didn’t put out a couple more simply because I thought you’d all think I’m a freak!
The air in the hospital is pretty dry, I swear I can feel a difference in my moisture level after a regular day’s work in the hospital. I try to always keep a hand cream in my pocket and I have them all over my office. That pump lives next to my computer, I used up the free one Kiehl’s sent me and repurchased it about 2 months ago.
Yeah…. so if you came into work at 2 am and didn’t leave for 12 hours, you’d really want to brush your teeth too! I have a travel brush, Scope (new bottle, not even opened yet!) and toothpaste ready to go. I bought those Colgate ready to use brushes about 2 months ago and haven’t opened them yet. I was thinking maybe I should use a travel brush 2x a year and still have it around? Is that weird or gross? I wasn’t sure. I saw these and grabbed them, hopefully they’re good.
Decent(ish) hair is also a priority, though I obviously need to bring in some dry shampoo! The shine serum is great for using just a few drops on the ends of my hair to smooth down frizzies, and ponytails are a must for a bad hair day.
Most of this came from coat pockets, but I think this is pretty self explanatory. The drops are rewetting drops, which were really important back when I wore contacts (I’m mostly a glasses girl since having my daughter 18 months ago, contacts just aren’t comfy any more). They’re definitely a must for the dry hospital environment!
The ProActiv Oil Blotter Sheets are amazing. The packet has a ton of sheets and it even comes with a refill. They suck up oil like no one’s business and don’t leave any powdery stuff behind.
Finally, I obviously need to have deodorant around. It’s amazing how applying deodorant (even when you’re not smelly and aren’t able to change clothes) makes me feel more put together. Strange, I know!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream tends to go on extra dry skin areas, my cuticles, my lips, etc. I use the Anti-Bac Gels when my hands are particularly dry. The hospital’s foam wash likes to mess with my skin, and the Bath & Body Works gels are better for me, but it is annoying to have to keep it in my pocket. So, I swap back and forth.
So, yeah. A lot of stuff in my desk drawer. I obviously should re-assess the products, and I need a few other basics in there. Like a mirror. And makeup cleansing cloths (they were in a different drawer that I forgot to search. Oops! They’re also from ProActiv).
What do you keep in your desk drawer at work?