Whether you’re schlepping a bag to the office for the day or strategically packing a clutch for a night out, keeping your purse stocked with essential beauty items at all times is a must so you can always put your best face forward, no matter what the scenario. Here are the five things we think every woman needs in her purse and should never be without.
A Nail File
Having a nail file on hand can mean the difference between a saving your mani or having a painful, bloody-disaster on your hands (literally), especially if you tend to bite during times of stress. A quality nail file makes short work of splits, cracks and breaks which, when you’re ill equipped, can be annoyingly distracting.
Our suggestion: Tweezerman Harajuku Lovers Matchbox Files
Hair Elastics & Pins
Sometimes, you just need to get it all up and away. At work, at the gym, when you’re on a sweaty, crowded streetcar, putting your hair up – completely up, with no fly-aways – can make you feel that much more focused. If you’re out and you’re not feeling like your ‘do is secure, a few bobby pins can lock it in.
Our suggestion: Goody Ouchless Elastics
Makeup Remover Wipes
Sometimes a touch-up requires more than just a quick-fix, especially if you’re the mascara-on-the-go type. Whether or not you need to clean up liner smudges or change up your lip colour completely, a trusty stock of fresh makeup wipes are key to looking fresh no matter what the time of day.
Our suggestion: Korres Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes
A Handheld Mirror
Trying to do touch-ups in your cellphone’s screen can drive you batty unless, so having an old fashioned handheld mirror in your purse is a definite must. It will come in handy for flossing purposes, quick checking your bangs on a windy day and also for spying on the people behind you on the bus.
Our suggestion: MAC Duo Image Compact Mirror
A Moisturizing Lip Balm
Remember that scene in Napoleon Dynamite when he calls his brother to come pick him up from school because his lips are chapped? We all laughed … and totally empathized. Having dry lips is not only uncomfortable, the flaking off can be very unsightly. Never be caught with dry lips as long as you’ve got at least a couple balms in your bag.
Our suggestion: Rosebud Perfume Co. Minted Rose Lip Balm
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