Generally I'm not a huge fan of taking products out and about with me. Even when I'm out for the evening, I refuse to carry around any more than a small handful of products for potential touch ups; the idea of which I only turn to in seriously desperate situations. Those times of Beauty SOS unfortunately do happen though, so here's a rundown of the (very) few products that occasionally make the handbag cut...
Hand cream isn't something I reach for all that often, but when the really cold weather comes to call I like having a bottle within reach. My favourite this winter is without doubt the Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream; a sweet smelling option that leaves my hands soft and supple with no trace of grease. A tiny blob of this goes a long way and keeps my mitts in tip top condition all day. The only other skincare item that I occasionally pop in my bag is Dr Perricone's Chia Serum. I prefer to think of this as a facial oil rather than a serum and the light consistency makes it ideal to be patted over makeup for a midday pick-me-up. I'm having some issues with dry, dull skin at the moment so this is a god send; providing me with a fresh, subtle glow throughout the day.
There's few things in life that I loathe more than having to touch up my makeup on the regular. In an ideal world, I'd come home with a face full of slap that looks identical to when I left the house that morning. Unfortunately, such a world doesn't exist. Instead I opt for a tiny pot of concealer to help cover any pesky blemishes or under eye circles that become less and less camouflaged throughout the course of the day. My current cover up of choice is Seventeen's Phwoarr Paint - a heavy duty concealer with a handy little mirror hidden inside the lid - ideal for on-the-go touch ups. I also like to keep some kind of powder compact nearby, such as the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish. Using a clean cosmetics sponge, I simply dab a little product across my t-zone as and when I need it. I then go in with a miniature of my current mascara of choice, Clinique High Impact. I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I'm taking a break from using lash curlers every day, so adding an extra coat of mascara every now and then keeps my lashes looking thick and defined. It goes without saying that I keep a few lip products in my bag too, although I won't mention any here as they could probably take up a whole post of their own. I'm sure I'm not the only one constantly losing lipsticks once they fall into the black hole of my handbag!
Finally, a travel sized bottle of dry shampoo is a must; especially if like me you're rocking the full fringe look. I have a fair few of these miniature bottles lying around, but at the moment it's the Batiste Light & Blonde option that's floating around in my handbag. I don't use dry shampoo every day, but it's nice to know it's there when the greasy locks come to call (it's especially good on those days when I get caught in the rain and everything is left looking a little 'lank'). A quick spritz into my roots gives added volume, bounce and texture with no leftover residue. The golden hue of the blonde option also matches my hair exactly, so blending and 'ruffling' time is kept to a minimum. Perfect.
Nuxe Reve de Miel Hand and Nail Cream (£10.00) | Batiste Dry Shampoo Mini's (£1.25) | Seventeen Phwoarr Paint (£5.49) | Dr Perricone Chia Serum (£59.50)* | MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (£22.00) | Clinique High Impact Mascara (£16.50)