Every gal has a stash of beauty essentials in her purse. If you were to take a peek into my bag, these are the four things you’d always find:
Hand cream – The weather or constant hand washing can take its toll on our hands leaving them uncomfortably dry. And that’s why a hand cream is a must-have in my purse at all times to keep my hands moisturized and touchably soft.
My favorite : Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Complete Comfort hand cream ($5.99) whose lightweight formula works quickly to banish dryness without a greasy or thick feel and holds up well to hand-washing. It also has a few antioxidants in the mix (score!)
SPF lip balm – SPF is just as important for the lips as the rest of our face to protect them from UV exposure. So before slapping on a lipstick/gloss, I make sure to coat my lips first with a lip balm SPF 15 or higher.
My favorite : Softlips Pure 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balm that offers reliable broad-spectrum protection with its zinc oxide based formula whose subtle tint helps offset the white cast. It also treats lips to a conditioning blend of natural, non-fragrant plant oils and waxes. And the price ($3.99) makes this an all-out natural beauty bargain!
Lipstick – Lipstick is definitely a purse staple for me. Adding a pop of color to lips can brighten up a washed out face and polish our overall look instantly! Keep it soft and sheer at work and then turn up the glam at night with full-coverage, bright shades. And now that we are headed into the fall/winter, don’t shy away from the hottest shades of the season like ravishing reds and deep burgundy.
I don’t have a single favorite in this category (obviously!) but a few of my current picks are MAC Hot Tahiti, Revlon Colorburst lip butter in Peach Parfait and Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in Honey Bear.
Hand Sanitizer – It’s the worst when you need it and don’t have it. This one is not exactly a beauty essential but I never leave home without a pocket-sized bottle of hand sanitizer to avoid that icky feeling of having dirty or sticky hands and nothing to do about it.
My favorite weapon of choice against germs and grime is Bath & Body Works PocketBac anti-bacterial hand gel in Japanese cherry Blossom.
What are a few things you always carry?