I hope everyone enjoyed my Beauty 911 post about the beautE-Kit!

The winner of my beautE-Kit is Renae. Congrats!

Here’s Renae’s tip:

Something I resort to during a nail emergency is the rough side of a box of matches. It’s the perfect nail file and most offices have them in a cupboard next to the birthday candles. Say goodbye to snagged nails!

Genius, right?

Needless to say, there were so many tips it was hard to pick just one. Here is the runner up:

Natalie Irwin said, “I use a black Sharpie marker to fill in scuffs on my black shoes a la Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.”

In addition to these clever suggestions, here are a few other office items that double as beauty tools:

Double-Sided Tape. I cannot tell you how many times this has come in handy for me. Whether it’s a fussy necklace, a torn hem or even a pesky bit of makeup that needs to go–fast–then consider double sided tape your new BFF.

Toilet Seat Covers. Looking polished is key. However, looking like you have been polished is not. When you’re in a pinch, use a toilet seat cover to absorb excess oil. I know it’s not exactly glamorous, but if you’re in a pinch it’s a great secret to know about. Blotting papers and toilet seats covers are made of similar materials and can be used to absorb excess oil. This trick has come in handy dozens of times when I’ve been caught without powder or blotting papers.

Paper Clips & Safety Pins. You never know when you’re going to need one of these little guys… Fix a strap, missing button or torn hem. Paper clips can also be used to pin back hair and de-clump mascara.

Erasers. If you lose the back to an earring, use a piece of erase in its place (cork works too).

Tape. Forgot to roll Fido’s hair off your black pants? Did the lint fairy attack your blouse? Roll up a piece of tape (any kind will do) and run it over your clothes to remove unwanted fuzz. You can also use tape to hem pants, fix straps and prevent peep shows. Scotch tape can also be used to remove makeup, such as smudged eyeliner.

Pencils & Pens. While they make for great writing utensils, pens and pencils are also great for hair! Instead of using a rubber band that will damage your hair, twist your hair into a bun and secure it with a smooth pen or pencil.

Post-It Notes. Forgot your floss picks? Use a Post-It note instead (business cards work too). You can also fold them up to remove dirt from underneath your nails or use them to blot your lipstick.

White Out. Need to manicure your nails before a big meeting? Use white out to line the tips of your nails with for a quickie French manicure.

Stapler. If your hem is dragging, look to your stapler. If you staple something that is dark and don’t want the silver prongs of the staples to show, color the staples using a Sharpie.

If you find yourself putting one of these tools to use, snap a photograph on your phone and share it in the comments below!

XO Lauren

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