Beauty Bag.

I had a conversation with a friend last week about the contents of our handbags, which started after someone at a nearby table asked, “Does anyone have a bobby pin?” I did, of course. My friend adheres to the Less is Lighter philosophy; her handbag choices are small, and she carries around only the bare necessities: cell phone, keys, wallet and a Burt’s Bees lip balm. Very minimalist.

On the other end of the spectrum, yours truly hauls around a bit of an arsenal. I’m a Capricorn and a former Girl Scout, which means I like being prepared almost as much as I like breathing. (So: a whole lot.) This applies to the items (supplies? gear?) in my handbag. I’m totally that girl who always has a hair elastic or a Tide Pen.

In addition to the requisite cell phone, keys and wallet:

In My Bag

  • An iPod
  • Lavender hand cream
  • C.O. Bigelow’s lemon lip balm (great for lips)
  • Blotting papers (Clean and Clear makes a great/cheap pack)
  • Quick-drying topcoat (I hate a chip on the go)
  • Visine (it is wedding season, after all)
  • Benefit’s Benetint lip balm (the prettiest shade of deep pink)
  • The aforementioned Tide To Go pen
  • A mirrored compact (isn’t this Marc Jacobs version pretty?)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sunglasses (great for the days when you pop out to run errands sans eye makeup)
  • Excedrin (headaches never strike when you’re standing in front of your medicine cabinet)
  • Nail file
  • Nail clippers (hangnails be damned

What products/beauty items do you always have with you?


  1. You’re too funny with all your beauty essentials! Visine is a good idea though- especially during sad movies/sweet weddings!

  2. Awesome post! I need to pick up a new package of blotting papers- I think I’ll try the Clean and Clear ones!

  3. I carry around nail stuff wherever I go, too! You never know when you’ll need a file, clippers or a quick topcoat!

  4. I’m afraid to admit I’m a minimalist like your friend- I don’t like being weighed down with a bunch of stuff. But I bet it’s handy to always have what you need! 🙂

  5. They all seem like essentials to me! :p Loving the Ray Bans and the benetint lip balm is definitely on my wish list!


  6. Ha! This totally inspired me to dump my bag out and rummage through all the goodies I had inside. Found a $5 CVS coupon, score! And like, five lip balms. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.