The Desk Edit

I thought it was time for another deskside beauty check-in. It has been a while since my last instalment and now I’ve got a more permanent set-up and a desk (!?!! – exciting stuff, though it’s squashed in next to the kitchen bin which makes for an interesting aroma throughout the day), there’s a MUJI box brimming with some of my most utilised beauty bits…

As with stereotypical deskside beauty bumf supplies, the majority of my pile concerns nourishment. Keeping my mitts, cuticles, face and any miscellaneous dry patches flake-free is top of the agenda. For hands, I’m currently squeezing my way through Clarins’ Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, which does the job. Sweet smelling and doesn’t leave my fingertips so greasy they slip all over the keyboard (though sometimes I wish it did so I’d have something to blame for my spelling errors). I like to keep an oil within arms reach for any areas which need a more ramped-up treatment and at the moment a mini sample of the Clarins Lotus Face Oil* is tending all-over despite its name. Spritz-wise I’m all about Elemental Herbology’s Flower Harmonising Mist, which aside from delivering a hydrating blast of rosewater smells awesome. And then for lips I’m been slicking on the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid with Lemon Oil – though I’m sure more ends up being licked off then actually ends up on my lips.

Slightly more random additions to the stash include Isabella Smith’s Insect Repellent which I use not only to smell a little bit fresher throughout the day but also bring in to fight away unwelcome wasps (oh the glamour). To stop myself picking away at nail colour I leave a few of Priti NYC’s Soy Nail Polish Remover Wipes in the drawer just in case and for moments of limited headspace I crack out Aromatherapy Associate’s Support Breathe Essence which I could quite happily sniff from the spout all day long. Finally – earplugs – for when the neighbour who lives above decides to sing D-I-S-C-O and stamp his foot rhythmically while he wails. True story.

*PR Sample


  • Shell B

    Love this, living in a flat aswel we know all about neighbours who like to dance and sing and run about! You are such a talented writer and love that you do this for yourself – makes it even more impressive! xx

  • Jas

    I think that is the fanciest/prettiest insect repellent packaging I have ever ever seen.

    Also: You would dedicate Muji storage space to beauty products rather than cosmetics, Ana!!

  • Anna Blush

    I love surrounding myself with beauty bits when I’m at my desk, whether I be blogging or doing uni work. Nice selection x

  • Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt

    I love the Clarins hand cream and also have one with my, together with Bath & Body works anti bac hand gel. If you’re hands are feeling great, it does a lot for my mood :o)

  • Love post!

  • Sue

    I always keep a lip balm and a non greasy hand cream on my desk. 🙂 And when I first bought Burt’s Bees lemon butter I had it sitting right next to me and even when I wasn’t using it I just smelled it every 5 minutes :D.

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  • Noisy Rain

    I would love to try the Clarins hand cream! Your pictures are always beautiful and your posts so well written 🙂 xx

  • Emily

    OO, your lipbalm sounds really nice. I love burts bees beeswax lip balm!x

  • Ivy Vijay

    Elemental Herbology’s Flower Harmonising Mist sounds very intriguing. Big fan of mists especially during summers. My first one was a bath n body works and since then I have been over all them..

  • yourdailybreak

    Lanolips is so accessible here that I have no excuse not to try it! Right now I’m absolutely loving my Malin + Goetz Lip Moisturiser. The only lip treatment that gets rid of my dry flaky (ew!) lips xo

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  • katy // rottenotter

    The mini Clarins oil is so cute! I have a similar drawer full of products sitting on my desk too, so handy 🙂 xx

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    Lanolips is amazing but sometimes the glitter washes me out 🙁

  • Sara

    The Clarins mini oil is adorable, did you get it as a GWP?

  • this looks so organised, which size muji storage is this? would love something similar but not sure which size to order! love the products too x x

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  • Kate F

    Lovely products 🙂 I am obsessed with Lanolips! I’m a makeup artist with a beauty blog & I’d love it if you could check it out 🙂

  • Emily Allen

    Unlucky with your neighbour I thought I saw earplug hehe, I always need hand cream and lip balm when typing away 🙂 xx Emmi

  • Ruby@TotalModisch

    Aw, sorry about your neigbour! I loved reading this, I really need to get the Lanolips Lemonaid! x

  • rezzie3000

    I always discover new product through your blog

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  • kamzy

    love reading your blogs xx

  • Sophie

    Such a cute little box, great round up 🙂



  • PeonyandPeach

    Love that hand cream!

  • The hand cream sounds worth a try, and I really want to try the Lanolips it’s been raved about so much I really don’t have any excuse not to try it anymore …at least that’s what I’m telling myself 🙂

  • karen

    I love seeing people’s must haves! The lemon lip balm sounds INCREDIBLE! Straight on the shopping list!

  • annarach

    A muji box on the desk is genius! My desk is brimming with unruly bottles!

  • Tarte Tanya

    I love Clarins hand and nail treatment!
    I think I need something like this for the office, great post!

  • Emma and Emily

    I’m always looking for a new hand cream!

  • Rosie Hampton

    Am I you yet?

  • I hope you do an updated version of this soon!