It is one of my favorite features in any magazine... And I have been absolutely loving that so many bloggers and YouTubers are doing it as well!! I don't know why I'm so fascinated by seeing what someone else carries in their handbag (or murse, for the men in my audience) but maybe it's because the contents of a person's bag are so personal (and usually hidden) that it seems exciting to see what's inside, even if the items are the same mundane things everyone else carries!!
So, last night I dumped out my bag onto my kitchen floor... And this is the story it told (minus a bit of arranging for aesthetic effect!!)
A Big, Roomy Bag
For most everyday activities (class, errands, etc.) I carry a big bag. This was the Gucci Jockey bag I carried this week. It holds all my essentials, is easy to match with lots of outfits, and fits comfortably on my shoulder so I can have my hands free for books, etc.
I never know if I'm going to need to study in between classes, or if I might have some free time to edit videos for my blog, so I almost always carry a set of headphones in my bag.
I recently bought this super sparkly wallet from Deux Lux. It's not a designer wallet, but I am telling you... It makes me feel so cheerful when I pull it from my bag and see how sparkly and glittery it is!! It folds in two, and holds a lot... Cards, cash, change, and has lots of space for all those annoying coupon/savings cards that every store gives out!!
#1 - The Necessities
I have to have Kleenex in my bag... Always, always, always. They always come in handy, and then can be nice ice breakers... You never know what dashing gentleman might need one!!
These are one of my top 10 favorite inventions ever!!! Basically, if you eat or go more than 6 hours without brushing your teeth, you will love these!!! They are amazing little disposable tooth brushies with a mouthwash bead in the center and toothpick ends. They make your mouth feel clean and fabulous, like you've just brushed your teeth!!
CND Mini Scentsations Sparkling Champagne Lotion
This lotion smells just like a flute of bubbly champagne... Fresh, slightly fruity, and reminiscent of a night full of flirting!! My hands get dry, especially in Winter, and this lotion helps keep them soft.
I don't file my nails when I have Shellac (this is a huge no-no, it will break the "seal" the Shellac has formed to your natural nail and the Shellac will lift away from your natural nail) but when my nails are natural I always keep a file handy in case of hang-nails.
#2 - Get Organized
My Third Arm aka My Phone
I recently split away from my Blackberry and got a Motorola Droid 2 Pro. So far, I absolutely love it!! I am hoping to film or write a review here on my blog soon... The Droid took a while to get used to, but it's very fast.
Louis Vuitton Agenda
This is my organizer for everyday life... It's not big enough to write all my assignments in, but it holds all my weekly events, to-do lists, and addresses. It's the perfect size, and I love that it snaps shut so I can stick papers/receipts/appointment cards in the pages without them falling out.
#3 - Cosmetics
Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder in Translucent 3
The perfect powder to touch up shine during the day... It refreshes my makeup and makes it look matte again. The size is fairly small, so it fits easily into a clutch for evenings out.
Tarte Mineral Powder Bronzer in Hotel Heiress
Sometimes I look in the mirror halfway through the day and my skin looks colorless... I brush on this bronzer on my forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin and it brightens up my whole appearance!! It has the slightest hint of shimmer, which makes it ideal for when I have no makeup on and need a 5-second improvement to run errands.
Sephora Professional Twist-Up Brush
I like the size and portability of this bronzer brush. It can also be used for powder or blush. It does shed slightly... But I haven't found a travel brush that never sheds, so for right now I'm content with one that sheds the least of the brushes I've tried!!
Shiseido Blotting Linens
An absolute must-have for any handbag I carry. I don't know if I could survive without touching up with these every afternoon!! They freshen up my makeup and make my skin look matte and flawless.
Travel Tube of Estee Lauder Projectionist Mascara in Black
I am a longtime fan of Estee Lauder mascaras and I love having mini cosmetics to tuck in my handbag!! Although I don't have to touch up my lashes every day, there are some days when I forget to apply mascara in the morning or when my mascara has worn off after a long day.
#4 - Fixer Uppers!!
Wet Ones Antibacterial Hand Wipes
My mom bought me big boxes of these hand wipes for a camping trip last summer. I just love them!! They're great to have during cold and flu season after touching door handles and chairs and desks all day, or after touching exercise equipment and weights at the gym. They smell nice and fresh, not too overwhelming, and are the perfect size to stick in a handbag.
I think I go through more Band-Aids than a mom with four children. I'm always ending up with a paper cut from books, papers, or folders at school. But most of all?? Band-Aids are the perfect solution when I (or anyone around me) gets blisters from wearing a new pair of shoes!!
Tide To-Go Mini Instant Stain Remover
This is another item I seem to use on a near-daily basis. Highlighters, pens, coffee, Crystal Light... They've all ended up on my tops or jeans or bags... And they've all been removed with a Tide To-Go pen!! What a genius invention, Mr. Tide :)
Clear Eyes Redness Relief Drops
Fluorescent lighting and staring at a computer screen often give me these glamorous red eyes. These eye drops feel so cool and soothing... And they really help take away the redness.
Opti-Free Replenish Contact Rewetting Drops
I love using these drops mid-day to freshen up my contacts and soothe my eyes. It might seem excessive in combination with the Clear Eyes drops, but computer screens honestly wreak havoc on my eyes!!
EO Hand Sanitizer
I bought this hand sanitizer at Whole Foods, and I can't get enough of it!! It smells like lavender and is very herbal... I'm a huge lavender fan, so I love how calming and soothing this hand sanitizer smells.
#5 - Ponies, buns, and pin-backs!!
If there is one thing I hate, it's bangs and shorter layers hanging in my face when I'm reading or working on something. So I always keep this little coin purse filled with stretchy thin headbands, hair ties, bobby pins, and mini claw clips in my bag. It comes in handy more times than you could imagine!!
#6 - Lip Service
I know there's a lot of lip glosses in this little bag, but I like having a variety to choose from!! The Hello Kitty zippered pouch was a Christmas gift from my friend Samantha!! She knows me too well :)
Lip Smackers Sugar & Spice Lip Balm (on top)
From L to R:
MAC Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks
Philosophy S'mores Lip Gloss
Philosophy Melting Marshmallow Cream Lip Gloss
Clinique Lip Gloss in Voluptuous Violet
Liplicious Cup Cakes Lip Gloss in Coconut Cream
LipFusion inFATuation in In The Flesh
Liplicious Tasty Lip Jewels in Crystal Candy
What items are always in your bag?? What do you never leave home without??