THE HANDBAG MAKEUP STASH

Yep, there’s a tampon in this photo. That’s what kind of article this is going to be.

I used to not really get the idea of having makeup in your bag. That was before I got a 9 to 5 job that required commuting through trains and up and down streets and stairs. Life is so easy when you just hop in a car to drive to and from work- and your makeup actually remains on your face. When you’ve got a commute, it really helps to have some essentials in your bag that you can use to touch up a post-staircase face of makeup.

Here are my essentials. PS: The bag I have is from Topshop & I love it. It’s made of thick neoprene so it’s a good protector for breakable products, and it’s stylin’.

  1. Lip Options: I always keep a few lip options in my bag, including whatever I’m wearing that day. Currently on rotation are the L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Blake’s Pink (a super bright, orangey pink that’s sheer but buildable), Kat Von D Liquid Lipstick in Lolita (very matte, dark mauve), and the MAC Lipstick in Cosmo (not pictured but a perfect my lips but better shade for me).
  2. Lip Balm: I guess this counts as a lip option, but I always have a lip balm handy because my lips get super dry walking around the city. I love Carmex and Aquaphor but my recent obsession is the Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom (smells like sugar cookies & coconut & has adorable packaging).
  3. Fragrance: I love carrying a rollerball around to freshen up throughout the day – some of my favorites are by NEST. This one is the Indigo fragrance but I also love Citrine. Indigo is suuuuuper sweet and sugary, while Citrine is a citrusy but also a little woody and dark.
  4. Powder for Touch-ups: I have recently been carrying around a translucent powder to do a bit of light blotting throughout the day. I’ve been using the Make Up For Ever HD Photofinish Pressed Powder (it has a mirror!) and this random brush from Crown Brush but I feel like I can do better. Hit me up with your powder recommendations.
  5. Lady Products: Ladies, I can’t tell you how important it is to keep tampons/pads/pantyliners in your bag.  It will not only help you but it will one day help a random stranger in need. It’s just handy and the worst thing in the world is to realize you don’t have one.

What do you guys keep in your bags? Anything revolutionary?

DESKTOP ESSENTIALS

When it comes to makeup at the office, I’m a minimalist. Usually I only leave the apartment wearing a bit of moisturizer and sometimes eyebrows, so I like to have my basic essentials handy at the office just in case I have to run out for an unexpected meeting. Here’s what I recommend the modern working girl keep on hand in that top drawer.

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A Mascara; In a rush, the one product that can really change up your look is mascara. I generally just bring all of my Sephora samples to the office so they can actually get some use, so I rarely have a full size product with me. This one is theGuerlain ‘Cils d’Enfer Maxilash mascara. It’s actually really nice – it has a large rubber bristled wand, and it faintly smells of roses. A win for me.

A Lip Balm; Honestly, the most necessary item of all. I highly recommend leaving a chapstick or lip balm in the office. There is no worse feeling than unquenchable, chapped lips. My ride or die lip balm is the Carmex one, but I am a stan forAquaphor as well. Whatever tickles your fancy will do.

A Brow Savior; Brows almost tie in with lashes on the look-changing front. I recommend keeping some sort of brow product/liner multi-tasker on deck in case you need a quick smoky eye or brow touch up. This one is from OFRA and I snagged it from a friend’s Ipsy bag. It’s the OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil, and I believe it only comes in one color. It’s a nice, creamy pencil with a decent color match that definitely does the job in a time crunch.

Fragrance Options: Nothing radiates classiness and preparation like a nice scent. This is one where the Sephora samples really do come in handy. Right now I’m switching between the NEST Mini Eau De Parfum Rollerball in Indigo (a sweet, figgy scent) and the Giorgio Armani Si fragrance (a floral, musky scent) and I love both.

Those are my desktop essentials at the moment. I’m on the market for a good touch-up powder to add to the mix, if anyone has any suggestions.

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