It’s true that I change up my handbags a lot (though this fall, I have definitely been making use of my most versatile tote a TON!), but I nearly always have the same staples in my bag, no matter which one it is. There are some things I just NEED to have to get through the day. So for fun today, I’m sharing my must haves that come with me everywhere I go.
Smith’s Minted Rose Balm
I live in Alberta, so you can bet that dry skin/lips/hair are a constant battle, especially in the winter months. When I’m at work, I tend to forget to reapply my lipstick and eventually, my lips completely dry out to the point that lipstick looks less than stellar. This soothing salve (which also works incredibly well with dry cuticles) replenishes my lips, helps my lipstick go on more smoothly, and even cares for my son’s chapped lips without cause him any kind of distress. It has to be in my bag at all times.
L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer
Although I use Anastasia Dip Brow to shape and fill in my sparse brows, I don’t like to carry it (or an angled brush, for that matter) with me in my purse. The ultra-fine Brow Stylist Definer with built-in spoolie is perfect for mid-day brow touch ups. It also lasts for ages (if you’re using it only for daily-touch ups) and is under $10.
Kate Spade Wallet
I’ve had this mint-green cutie for ages (3+ years) and it’s held up to lots of wear and tear. I adore the fun minty green colour and the zippered style of this wallet – it keeps things secure and in place without being bulky. Although this one isn’t new, Kate Spade’s styles are classic – I love this current version (which is quite similar to mine), as well as this one.
A Million Tubes of Lipstick/Gloss
Ok, not really, but I do generally have several stashed in my makeup bag (which I picked up at Old Navy for $4 and I absolutely love). My go-to’s at the moment are Lipstick Queen Saint & Sinner Lip Tint in Wine, NYX Lip Lingerie Liquid Lipstick in Corset, Stila Color Balm Lipstick in Elyssa (not linked as it is no longer available), Revlon Super Lustrous Gloss in Sky Pink (an AMAZING dupe for NARS Turkish Delight, as seen here) and Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Madera (seen here).
NYX Wonder Pencil
I did not take a pic of mine, as it is worn right down to the bottom (clearly time to pick a new one up), but this amazing lip liner/concealer/overall-amazing-pencil is indispensable in my makeup bag. I have suffered from discolouration along my upper lip line since having my son, and this pencil helps to define my lips perfectly, which is so important when using a matte lipstick or a dark shade. It also quickly hides any pesky zits that pop up during the day (yay!!).
Slightly less glamorously, I always have Tylenol and Advil with me in case of headaches and of course, Kleenex, because it’s winter and I have a six-year-old. ‘Nuff said.
What tried and true products do you keep in your bag? Leave me a comment below and let me know what alway like to have with you!
Enjoy the pretty things in life,