Beauty On The Go: 10 Essentials I Like to Carry

Since my middle-school days, I have been always carrying with me beauty products of some sort for touch-ups while I was out. Depending on the time and occasion, the load has varied from a simple lip balm to a huge make-up bag filled till its seams were bursting. Thankfully, my current on-the-go beauty bag contains no more than these few items:

1. Estee Lauder Double-Wear Stay-in-Place Powder foundation: this Estee Lauder gem has been a favourite of mine for three years now, as it it lightweight and non-drying, but still perfectly evens out my less-than-perfect complexion by hiding redness and the occasional pimple. The sponge and built-in mirror are perfect for touch-ups throughout the day. 

2. Benefit Boi-ing Concealer: This is also another favourite, and I use it not only to cover blemishes, but also for dark under-eye circles that appear after an exhaustingly long day where I have not nearly gotten much sleep. A small swipe of concealer and they are gone.

3. Benetint: The ever-classic lip and cheek stain. I love its versatility, which is a must when you are limited in terms of space in your make-up bag. 

4. L'Occitane Shea Butter and Rose Hand Cream: Many of you know I'm obsessed with the smell of roses, so this shouldn't come off as a surprise! I love to slather my hands with moisturizer throughout the day, after washing them, or before putting on a pair of gloves in the cold weather. 

5. L'Occitane Rose et Reines Intense Eau De Toilette Roll-On: Again with the rose! I like that the roll-on doesn't allow excessive spraying of fragrance, but just a hint to refresh the scent throughout the day. 

6. Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Pencil: Not only I love the texture of this eye-liner pencil, but I like the fact that I can take my make-up from day to night just by drawing a line on my upper eyelid and smudging it with my finger. 

7. Burt's Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm: When I wear a full red lip, I take the lipstick I used with me for touch-ups. The rest of the time, I like a tinted lip balm that gives a touch of colour and keeps my lips moisturized. 

8. Refreshing wipes: Just in case!

9. Hair Elastics: For when I'll want to have my hair out of my face; it's always preferable to using a pen as a bun holder, or resorting to intricate braiding/twisting/knotting that damages my hair and makes me look crazy (and yes, I've still done that many times because I'm the forgetful type!)

10. Make-up bag: Well, it's still better than having all your make-up thrown randomly into your tote bag, and when your crush asks you for a lighter for her cigarette, you end up taking out all of your beauty products to find it, risking to pass for a high-maintenance diva in front of her. (This particular incident happened to me... Just yesterday. Thank goodness there were no tampons involved.)

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