Ah, the cubicle farm — mostly a necessary evil of professional ladder-climbing, but overall kind of a drag. A way to keep it fresh? Keep a little supply of beauty products at your fingertips. Think of items that will keep you feeling comfortable (hair goods, deodorant) and looking good (multi-use color). There’s a way to use beauty products in the office without venturing into unprofessional territory (i.e., don’t paint your nails at work unless you work at Essie). Whether you need a midday freshen-up, need to look put-together again after a workout or commute or you want to prep for your night out before leaving company property, this crop of products will make office work just a little prettier.
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Alison Baitz is a freelance fashion and culture writer. When she's not busy chatting about online shopping or rooting out cool new designers, she's interviewing up-and-coming musicians or sampling food for articles and calling it research. She's proud to be a part of the DC-based food zine The Runcible Spoon. Yes, she is on Twitter: @itsmealison.