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I’m hoping it’s not just me and I’m not outing myself as an irredeemable weirdo – I LOVE looking at what beauty products other people use. I love going through other girls’ handbag stashes, and when I’m in someone’s bathroom I can’t resist taking a peek at what products they’ve got in there.
(I can feel everyone revoking their dinner invites already.)
Anyway, in the spirit of mutual pleasuring, I’m posting what’s in my handbag. There are a few other Aussie ladies doing this right now too, and I’ll post some links soon so you can have a gawk at the products we have! (and whether they spin anticlockwise.)
I keep everything in a Lust Have It! makeup bag, from when they were still putting those out. I’ve found so many uses for them, unlike the flip-top boxes which are gathering dust in a corner of my room. Disappointingly, I don’t have any new European products in here, except for a repurchase of something I left at home.
I’ve mentioned quite a few of these products before – some are just perennial favourites, while others have snuck in there recently.
– Essence Fix and Matte Loose Translucent powder
– Ecotools powder brush
– Paula’s Choice Oil Blotting Paper†
I’m an oily bitch so I need these throughout the day to keep me from becoming a beacon in the light. The brush is a nice stumpy travel-friendly size, and so pretty!
I frequently leave my lips to do in the car or train – it’s the easiest to do on the go, and I have to carry the products around with me for touch-ups anyway. I’ve always been annoyed that Honey is too plain on me while Rendezvous is too bright, but it didn’t dawn on me that I could combine the two to get the best from both worlds til recently! Now my daily lip is a full layer of Honey, followed by a light layer of Rendezvous. I use Nivea lip balm underneath to soften my lips, and if it still feels dry afterwards, I add the Glossy Lip Crayon on top.
– Girlee Cosmetics black eyeliner pencil†
– Benefit Gimme Brow in Medium*
– Ultraflesh Shinebox Secret Shimmer in Nude*
I’m an eye-rubber, so I need an eyeliner with me at all times in case. Gimme Brow is great for quick touchups on the go. The illuminator stick is in there for when I discover I look tired in the middle of the day – a few waterline highlights and I’m fake perky again.
– Uriage Thermal Water spray
I have a few bottles of this at home but I picked this up as a free gift with a Uriage sunscreen in France. I’ve had some dehydrated skin issues here in the European winter – this spray is brilliant for adding moisture to the skin without disturbing makeup. It’s the only thermal water I’ve tried so far though, so I can’t comment on how well it measures up. I’m still not 100% sure I understand the concept of thermal water to be honest!
– Acorelle perfume sample†
I usually keep a perfume sample in my handbag just in case I forgot to spray, and for after pole. For a while it was a chain of Daisys by Marc Jacobs, but I think the beauty boxes have finally run out of samples, which is a pity because it’s a lovely scent.
I picked this up at a Hong Kong market a while ago, but I’m keen for a replacement – it’s too scratched and banged up for me to see myself clearly!
– Antihistamines (Zyrtec/cetirizine)
In addition to being an oily bitch, I’m also a sneezy bitch. Zyrtec is my favourite at the moment because of the lack of side effects, but it’s a bit weak and I sometimes have to OD on them if I don’t have anything else on hand.
– Swiss Army Knife (Deluxe Tinker)
Yes, I was a girl guide, so I am always prepared! If you’re looking for a utility tool for everyday use, I can’t recommend something with scissors enough – the scissors see more action than anything else on this. I’ve used them for cutting loose threads, artistically hacking singlets for pole, opening packets, trimming eyebrows, snipping off split ends… infinite uses! The tweezers are pretty darn handy too. Come to think of it, I should’ve just bought scissors with tweezers attached.
What’s in your handbag? Did we have any overlaps? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂
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