One of the first YouTube videos I ever watched back in 2009 that inspired me to start my own channel, was a “What’s In My Bag” video by Blair Fowler (AKA JuiceStar07). For some reason, I’ve always been intrigued by the various contents different women carry around with them every where they go. What doesn’t Victoria Beckham leave the house without? What are Arianna Huffington’s must-haves?
Today on the blog I’m sharing the items I always make sure to have with me in my bag. I try to keep it as simple as possible but I always like to be prepared for any situation I might find myself in. Heres what’s in my bag for my everyday purse essentials:
If there’s one beauty product I can’t live without, it’s blush. If I don’t have anytime to do my makeup, the one product that can transform my look instantly is a pop of colour on my cheeks. I always keep NARS Orgasm in my purse for a quick pick me up on the go.
I always carry extra business cards with me because you never know who you’ll meet every where you go. Even if you’re just a student, it’s a good idea to make your own cards as a young professional to leave good impressions and to make it easy for someone to contact you.
Hands down (no pun intended) the best hand cream I’ve ever used. I have the world’s driest hands–especially in the winter time–and as a low key germ freak, I wash my hands a lot. I’ve never found a hand cream that has stayed on after multiple hand washes until now. I carry Nature Bare’s hand butter with me everywhere I go now but only find I have to apply once a day. I love that the butter is formulated with all natural ingredients too like mango butter, olive oil, aloe Vera, and avocado oil. I actually discovered this hand butter in my Think Dirty February beauty box. You can get your hands on an all natural monthly beauty box using my code ISTIANA5OFF to get $5 off here.
Planner and Pens
I’m barely a functioning person without my planner so this is a must-have! I write down everything I need to do and remember throughout the day, plus refer to it as the day progresses to make sure I’m on track of my schedule.
Wallet and Keys
Nothing special here, but I love this lime green wallet from Indigo because its loud colour means I’ll never lose track of it
If I’m carrying a larger bag that day, I’ll make sure to pack a water bottle to keep myself hydrated throughout the day–especially since I made it a goal to drink at least 3 litres of water a day. I also like to pack a few extra snacks like nuts and an apple or a protein bar.
I always keep a few of my favourite every day go-to shades. Kylie Jenner’s Koko is the perfect light nude pink for every occasion.
Whether your heading to a networking event, party, or find yourself with a case of stale mouth, it’s always good to carry a breath freshener. This spray is another product from Think Dirty’s February beauty box (Code ISTIANA5OFF) and I really prefer using this natural breath spray over aspartame or sugary gums.
iPhone, iPad, Headphones, and External Charger
I keep an iPad mini with me for work usually for planning things and jotting down quick ideas. It’s better than lugging around a laptop and I love writing blog posts on it during my subway commutes. Having an external phone charger is a life saver too!
A few extra things I usually have include eye drops for days when I’m so tired I can barely keep my eyes open, a lock, a USB, and a tampon.
And that’s it! What are your every day essentials? Let me know in the comments below what you carry in your bag!
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