From a handy lighted mirror to the perfect standby heels, these are the items to take you from the boardroom to the bar…
December might only be a few days old, but chances are you’re already up to your eyeballs in social engagements, from spontaneous “oh go on, it’s nearly Christmas” drinks with work pals to long-scheduled festive catch-ups with everyone you’ve ever known since primary school.
If your engagement falls into the last-minute category, it’s all too easy to fall into a state of festive panic — especially if you’re going straight from the office.
Suddenly you realise you’re wearing trainers, you’ve forgotten to spritz your favourite fragrance, and let’s not even get started on the hair situ.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best party essentials to stash in your desk drawer, ensuring you’ve got a contingency plan the next time a last-minute invite comes your way…
1. The soothing haircare solution
With limited space in that drawer of yours, it pays to pick up something multifunctional - and what could be better than a hair comb that’ll also bring you a little zen before your drinks?
Hayo’u’s Xiuyan Jade Beauty Restorer Comb will not only neaten up your hair, but it also doubles up as a relaxing scalp massage tool to boost energy levels and reduce stress.
Hayo’u’s daily routines are inspired by ancient Chinese beauty rituals, but crucially, they only take a few minutes to complete.
Simply run the comb through your roots to feel all kinds of rejuvenated.
Just the thing when you’re struggling from party fatigue.
2. The luxurious fragrance
No outfit is complete without perfume, so it’s imperative to keep a gorgeous scent in your office drawer.
Given that it’s party season, you’ll want something suitably special, and the three fragrances in Elie Saab’s Le Parfum collection all fit the bill perfectly.
The headline scent is Le Parfum eau de parfum, which mixes notes of orange blossom, jasmine and patchouli, while Le Parfum in White adds blackcurrant buds and white musc to those signature notes for a more feminine scent.
Alternatively you could go ultra-ritzy with the new Le Parfum Royal, which blends mandarin and rose before revealing its trail of neroli and sandalwood notes.
All three are sure to have colleagues flocking to your desk asking for a spritz.
3. The lighted mirror
Need to re-do your makeup in a hurry, but don’t want to get your whole kit out in the office loos?
Whip out a lighted mirror from your trusty drawer, and you can do your whole makeover desk-side.
Tweezerman’s handheld mirror comes with a handy desk stand and gives you the option to switch between three light settings, so you can see what you’re going to look like away from the glare of the office strip-lighting.
What’s more, it’s small enough to pop in your handbag, so you can do any further touch-ups in the back of your Uber.
4. The emergency eyeshadow
When you don’t have time to redo a full face of makeup, a great eyeshadow is where you’ll get most bang for your buck.
Dolce & Gabbana’s FelineEyes Eyeshadow Quad features a selection of gunmetal grey shades – perfect for whipping up an evening smoky eye.
Just the right amount of shimmery, they’ll give your eyes a party-ready brighten-up in record time.
Just sweep your chosen colour over your lids (apply wet for a more dramatic look) and you’ll be ready to take on the evening.
5. The standby heels
With trainer culture at its peak and the temptation to wear them every day of your life all too real, it always pays to keep a pair of emergency heels handy when you need something a little more elevated.
Look to Uterque’s Leather High Heel Court Shoes, which feature a sculptured block heel for a stunning point of interest, while also remaining plain enough to go with any outfit you may have thrown on that day.
What’s more, the heel is high enough to dress up your look, but not so high that you’ll be hobbling around the office in agony the next day.
These would look best paired with some straight-leg jeans, a tee and a blazer to take you seamlessly into the night.
Want to add a splash of luxury to your desk drawer? The newest addition to Le Parfum, the essential ELIE SAAB fragrance range, Le Parfum Royal introduces the exceptional into the everyday with notes of orange blossom and patchouli providing luminosity and brightness.