The beauty bits that accompany me on my daily journey could easily fit even into the smallest of my purses. I like to think that it’s because I’m so low-maintenance (HA! — I can’t even keep a straight face while saying that!), but more likely that’s because I have a bad back and the less weight I carry around, the better.
Besides my wallet, phone and keys, very few are the products that you can usually find in my purse. Let’s have a look!
Let’s start with my most essential essential – that is, lip balm. My favorites are the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments ($24 for the full size), because not only are they nicely moisturizing, but also add a pretty tint to my otherwise corpse-like lips.
If I’m wearing lipstick, I’ll usually pop it in my bag for any touch-ups, but lip balm is most definitely a permanent resident in there.
Coming in a close second on a scale of on-the-go essentialness are blotting papers (I use KIKO’s — $10). Being cursed with oily skin, I love how they turn me from ‘grease ball’ to ‘freshly made up’ in an instant — and no, regular tissue doesn’t work the same!
Unless it’s a special occasion, I don’t keep very much makeup in my handbag at all. Most of the time, I’m happy with just a bronzer, which I can use throughout the day to liven up my complexion. For the longest time, I used the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder ($58 at Nordstrom) in shade 50 because of the pretty decent brush it contains, but now that I’ve almost finished it up, I’ve replaced it with the slim Urban Decay Beached Bronzer in Sun-Kissed ($28 at Sephora), paired with the Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush ($9.99).
Even though I’m not a germ freak, I like to keep hand sanitizer in my purse to use before touching up my makeup in case of a special occasion or, well, whenever I feel like I need it. My teeny, tiny one from Merci Handy is super cute and smells really nice – which is always a plus.
My last, but most certainly not least, on-the-go beauty essential is the BIODERMA Hydrabio Moisturizing Anti-UV Mist SPF 30 ($13.77 on Escentual.com).
You know, even if I put sunscreen on in the morning, its effect will most likely be gone by lunchtime, but with this genius mist from BIODERMA I can make sure my skin is protected without disturbing my makeup.
Unfortunately, I don’t think you can find it in any stores in the U.S., but I know COOLA Suncare makes something pretty similar that you can easily get at Sephora ($36).
Do you like to travel light on your daily journey, or are you one to carry anything you may need in any possible scenario?