Nobody wants a purse that weights 10 pounds - that being said, it can be a bit of a challenge whittling down what you carry to lighten that load. I've comprised a list of some of the tried-and-true products I like to always have on hand.
Hello Kitty Compact: Well, obviously yours doesn't NEED to be Hello Kitty but every purse needs a compact, so why not have a cute one? This adorable Hello Kitty Compact from Sephora contains 2 mirrors: 1x (regular magnification) and a 3x magnification for close ups.
Smith's Rosebud Salve: I cannot sing the praises of this product enough! Moisturizes chapped lips, conditions dry spots, calms irritated skin, and soothes minor burns. Not to mention it smells just Divine. The vintage-y tin is not only lovely, it stays closed and keeps your purse, or makeup bag, mess free. Talk about a master multi-tasker!
Lumene Sensitive Touch Make up Removing Towelettes: These towelettes work wonders in a pinch. I don't usually use these day to day but you never know when you may need them so I always have them on hand... these wipes are super gentle and do a fairly good job of removing makeup. Leaves skin clean and refreshed and non-greasy.
Mission Skin Care Chapstick in Peppermint: I always wear chappy under my lipstick and this chapstick is a perfect base as it isn't heavy or greasy. It is Paraben free and keeps lips super moisturized with the added benefit of SPF 15. The light mint smell is refreshing.
Cake Beauty Milk Made Hand Cream: Dry hands can be uncomfortable. Milk Made is one of my all-time favorite skin-care lines. This hand cream is so moisturizing and soaks in quick - plus the smell is heavenly: warm vanilla with just a hint of raspberry. You're totally spoiling your hands.
L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray: L'Oreal Elnett is my favorite hairspray, hands down. Non-sticky and will not leave you with helmet head. I love to keep a travel size of this killer product in my bag for on the go touch ups.
theBalm the balm girls lipstick mai billsbepaid & Clinique "Almost Lipstick" lip color Flirty Honey: I like to keep wearably neutral shades in my bag at all times and these are just perfect for day-to-day use. Mai billsbepaid is a totally flattering nude that gives you that "my lips only better" look. Flirty honey is a totally moisturizing true sheer pink with a dewy finish.
Clinique High Impact Mascara: I always keep a travel sized high end mascara in my purse - you can usually find them in the bins by the register at Sephora. This Clinique Mascara is great for touch ups. Minimal clumping and high-impact lashes.
Covergirl Outlast Lip Liner: A liner close to your lip color is an under-rated product in your makeup arsenal. Mastering the art of lining your lips *just right* can make your lips look plumper and your makeup look finished.
True Religion Hippie Chic Perfume: I've been really feeling this fragrance. This simple perfume is a light floral; slightly sweet without being over the top. I like to keep a perfume or two in my purse in case I forget or I need a quick refresher.
True Match Pressed Powder Compact: I've been using this pressed powder for years and have yet to find one I like better. The packaging is durable and travels well and I've never had the cake shatter (and my bags take some punishment!) Great for on-the-go touch ups as multiple applications don't leave you with cake face... you know what I'm talking about.
Blistex Moisture Melt: I keep this in my bag in case I need a heavier moisturizer for my lips (hello cold season, UGH). Leaves lips SO soft and it wears forever. Can be layered on top of drying lipcolor for renewed wear.
Secret Clinical Deo Trial Size: A tried and true deo I depend on! This deo has some serious strength and will keep you dry and smelling sweet no matter what! Great for days when you -whoops!- forget, or need a little extra freshening up.
boscia blotting linens: These 100% natural linen, preservative-free facial blotting papers will keep you looking shine-free and lovely all day long without removing your makeup. They are fairly sizable so one sheet is all you need for mattifying. Their compact holder slips easily into your purse and STAYS CLOSED! The way it dispenses makes it super easy to just grab one for de-shine-ification.