The question asked by anyone who has the honor to hold my purse momentarily while I usually putz around with the camera. It’s usually my mom, my sister or my fiancé and they all ask in disbelief, “What the hell do you carry in here?!”
My answer? Bricks. Rocks. A frying pan to defend myself should anyone attack. The yellow pages. I mean…
My purse or handbag is simply a bag in which I carry what really is heavy: The cosmetics bag.
Lip balm: If you didn’t know this about me, well know you know. I am a certified lip balm addict. I have lost all the lip balms in my house and found myself in the kitchen applying olive oil on my pout because I CANNOT TOLERATE THE SENSATION OF BARE LIPS. Who likes dry, parched lips anyway? I rotate the lip balm in my cosmetics bag often. Sometimes I carry five different kinds just in case I’m in the mood for some vanilla/mint/pomegranate lip therapy. I generously apply it and then I stick out my lips high under my nose and inhale and relish in the scent (think Miss Piggy). Yes, I am a weirdo.
Nude/Soft Pink Lip Products. I ALWAYS carry the following because they go with any eye makeup and outfit and they can be worn alone, or combined to achieve different degrees of nude or soft pink lips –
Nude lipstick: My go-to shade is Jubilee from MAC (or Myth for when I really want to look like a corpse).
A soft pink lip stain: I am obsessed with the LipSurgence Lip Tints from Tarte! They are all gorgeous, they smell delish and they are so light and minty! This shade in Dainty hasn’t left my bag in weeks. I use it alone for some natural lips or on top of Jubilee on my bottom lip to give the nude shade some pop.
Nude-ish lip pencil: Spice from MAC is my go-to shade right now. It is dark enough to fill in your entire pout for a warm, mauve lip color, and light enough to go with practically any nude/rosy lip color.
Nude and pink lip gloss: Laugh from Tarte and Groupie from Lorac haven’t left my bag in weeks. The mint and gorgeous pale shade from Tarte and the cotton candy-smelling, bright pink from Lorac are must-haves for the spring and they glam up any look in a second.
Eyeliner: A nude pencil (Bare from Smashbox) makes tired eyes pop, look bigger and look rested. Black eyeliner (Smolder from MAC) dresses up your face with two swipes making you look put-together and can instantly take your look from day to night. You can sex up any look with a swipe of black eyeliner on the top lid, gently smudge it with your pinky for a slept-in, sexy smoky look.
Blush: Ironically, the blush I carry in my purse is a $2 Wet n Wild drugstore find. It is super pigmented, blendable and the color goes well with pretty much any makeup look. The packaging is small, compact and light; perfect for touch ups while running around.
Pressed powder: Stay-Matte from Clinique has been my trusty companion for eight years now (YES, EIGHT) helping me stay matte (as in the opposite of shiny) throughout the day. My shade is Stay Neutral and I swear by this product because it is oil-free and it doesn’t make me look cakey. I can also set my foundation with this instead of loose powder for more coverage.
Eye-drops: Every single one of my tears left my eyeballs and magically appeared on Kim Kardashian’s contorted crying face since I got Lasik about two years ago. Chronic eye dryness is a normal side-effect that if left untreated can lead to infections, swelling of the eye and blurry vision. Like lip balm, I cannot live without this. I carry Systane lubricant drops to counter the Sahara desert syndrome and Clear Eyes to keep the redness in check in the morning and when taking makeup selfies or recording for YouTube. Nobody likes to see gross red veins popping out in a makeup glam shot.
Pills: Not the fun kind (think Karen from Will and Grace LOL). I suffer from crazy Migraines so I must always be prepared for an attack. Excedrin, Aleve and some Colombian medicines help. The key is preventing them (blah blah blah)…But that’s a completely different subject. My sister and I got matching pill cases at the Eiffel Tower souvenir store and I remember that awesome sisters Euro-trip every time I look at it – places back of hand on forehead while staring out the window missing Paris –
Mint Oil (Not in photo): Whenever I feel a Migraine coming on, I dab a drop of this on my temples and behind my ears and inhale deeply. The tingly, intensely cool sensation, paired with the fresh, invigorating scent, can sometimes help stop a Migraine in its tracks (and wake your ass up for that 6 AM gym sesh). It also helps improve concentration, and can help you regroup during a stressful day. I love applying it right before yoga class for added zen (or when stuck in traffic in leu of murdering fellow drivers). I swear by this stuff. I heart Auracacia’s Organic mint oil and I get it at Wholefoods.
Handcream: As a certified germaphobe my hands are two degrees away from disintegrating after washing them twenty times a day… I’m serious! I drink two liters of water a day and pee what seems like five liters. Anyhoo, I’m OBSESSED with this Brazilian cosmetics line, Natura, that has been widely successful in Colombia. Their body lotions, creams, shower gels, skin care products and hair products are AMAZEBALLS. My grandmother is a Natura consultant (like an Avon lady) in case you want to check it out. She will be here this Sunday for a few weeks (YAAY!).
Vanilla Oil: Also available at Wholefoods. I dab this baby on my wrists and neck for a soft, powdery, musky vanilla aroma on the go. Think about vanilla sans the baked-goods sweetness = Grownup vanilla. I’ve had complete strangers stop me to ask what perfume I’m wearing. They can’t believe me when I tell them It’s vanilla oil!
Blotting paper: To counteract le French-fry syndrome that begins approximately at noon every day around my nose. The struggle is oh so real for oily skin victims…I get these green tea sheets at Sephora.
What do you shlep around in your