3 Editors on the Items That Get Them Through the Day

People like to joke that editors play with products for a living. Don’t get us wrongfreebies and fancy parties are part of the territorybut let’s be clear: We’re not just sitting at our desks playing with lipstick all day. At the end of the day, our jobs center around the actual writing—telling stories in a way that speaks to our audience. (And if you think writing about the 10th new eye cream launch of the year in an exciting way is easy, we can assure you it’s not.)

While the days are fun, they’re long—we’re up early, home late, and scrambling from meetings to events and everything in between while juggling tight deadlines. Which is why we’ve all come to rely on certain items to keep us calm, collected, and composed throughout the day. The products that make it into our workday bags not only help us express ourselves (like new items from Almay), but they're also the tried-and-tested favorites that have stood out from the rest of the pack, and today we’re sharing them with you in the hopes of helping you power through that dreaded 3 p.m. slump.

Need your own midday pick-me-up? Shop more Almay products to get you through your day.