Yesterday at work, I made last-minute plans to go to dinner with old and new friends. One of my good friends from high school was in town, and we crammed years of catching up into a couple of delicious hours: we feasted on tapas, I met my friend's boyfriend, and I revealed the big news that I am a married woman. I made it to the restaurant without looking too worse for wear thanks to this mini makeup bag, in which I keep my favorite products to refresh and rejuvenate during days on the go.
I don't really retouch my makeup throughout the day, with the exception of lipstick and powder. Lately I keep two lipsticks in my bag: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick in #31 "Rose Fusain," a pigmented day-to-night choice and quite possibly my favorite lipstick ever, and MAC's "Plumful," a lighter color that is easier to wear and flattering on just about anyone. I also have a mini tube of Fresh Sugar lip balm to hydrate my lips. I purchased MAC's Blot Powder for a ball I attended two years ago, and a quick sweep of it applied with a powder puff or kabuki brush mattifies my face. When my skin feels dry, I use Boscia Pink Peppermint Blotting Linens instead of powder. These are this year's limited edition of the normal Boscia blotting linens, which I'ved used for years; they blot away excess oil without disturbing makeup, and the peppermint ones smell so refreshing. (You can still get them at a great price on Sephora here.) If my skin feels dehydrated or over-powdered, or if I just feel lackluster in general, I spritz the Caudalie Beauty Elixir on my face. It feels cooling and wakes me up. Soap & Glory Hand Food is one of the best hand creams for the handbag because it sinks into the skin rapidly. And then there are a few things I have just in case: paracetamol, a blister band-aid, peppermints, hair grips and tweezers.
The only thing missing is a mini atomizer of perfume. Travalo makes a great travel-sized atomizer; as soon as I finish what's leftover in mine, I'll fill it with my current perfume of choice, Chloe. And my makeup bag was a Christmas gift that was purchased at J. Crew. I think this bow print one is sold out, but you can find a similar style here.
What are your favorite products for refreshing on the go? I'd love to know!