My Summer Bag Basics

We are in the heart of summer and I am constantly on the go, from morning to night. Meetings, product launches and seeing friends are on my daily agenda. I need my bag to hold the items that will keep me feeling and looking fresh all day long. Here are the 15 items that I currently cannot live without. What are your summer bag basics?

Sunscreen
I burn so fast that I need to have it on hand all the time. I use Kinesys SPF 30. It smells great, dries super fast and is non greasy.

Wallet

What would I do without money…not a lot! Mine was from Winners – they have a great selection and at good prices.

Note pad and pen

I keep it with me and write down the names of great restaurants, shops and any other pertinent info that comes my way. Notepad was $3 and pen was sent to me with my bombshell bargains order.

Sunglasses
Keeping those harmful rays out of your eyes is important. I am not sure where I purchased mine from as they are quite old.

Blotting Sheets
Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are so fabulous. They soak up excess oil and cut the shine but they do not add any additional makeup or powder to your face.

Perfume

My favourite will always be my Chanel Allure Sensuelle. When it is a little sticky out or I am going from day to evening – a little squirt makes me feel and smell great.

Lip Balm

My current choice is Yonder and Green Moisturising Lip Balm as it keeps my lips feeling soft and supple. I like this product as they use high quality natural ingredients and I kind of liked the idea of it being vegan friendly too.

Cheek Stain
When I am going from day to evening and don’t have the chance to go home I dab a little Tarte Tickled onto the apples of my cheeks to add just a touch of colour to my face. This product is really easy to just pop into your bag and apply when needed.

Breath Freshner
I love those little Listerine Pocket Paks. So tiny yet so tough. No one likes coffee breath!

Headache Tablets
I am prone to migraines and headaches so I keep a little container of Tylenol Extra Strength with me at all times. There is nothing worse than being in a meeting and having a headache start.

Hand and Body Lotion
I have several travel size bottles of lotion that can be thrown into my purse at the last minute. My current favourite is J.R. Watkins Apothecary Aloe and Green Tea. It is very refreshing – perfect for hot summer days and evenings.

Gloss
Summer is all about gloss! I have two in my bag at the moment: Rimmel Light Beam in 100 in the Mix and MAC Lipglass in Young Spark. The Rimmel gloss is so funny – it has a little mirror on the side and it has a light inside so you can apply at night! What will they think of next?

Eyeshadow
I would not usually say that eyeshadow should be an item in my bag…but this dual-ended eyeshadow wand from DaLish is fantastic. Swipe a little on your lid and gently smooth and you are done. Smart!

Hair Smoother
When the weather outside gets a little humid – as it is not, my hair gets a mind of its own. I like to be able to smooth it down and stop those stray flyaway hairs from sticking straight up! Recently I was introduced to Herbal Essences Shimmery Nights and it is great for those naughty stray hairs and it also adds a little shimmer to my coif too!

Business cards

You never know who you are going to meet – whether it is a potential client, employer or cute guy

7 Responses to "My Summer Bag Basics"

  1. Anonymous  Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 11:48 am

    Some of my must haves in my bag are:

    - Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets. These are awesome!! :)
    - Carmex SP5 15(the new Cherry flavor = yum!)
    - Johnson’s Soothing Naturals Intense Moisture Cream
    - Gum
    - Jane Oil Free Finish powder(for touch ups)
    - Wallet(duh!)
    - Cell
    - Planner
    - Wide array of MAC lip glass
    - IPod suffle
    - Digital Camera(you never know when you’ll need it)

    and that’s about it :)

  2. Nina  Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

    Love Love Love your handbag! Please give info!?!

  3. Ellen  Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks Nina for asking! It’s my new pride and joy…Cole Haan Rouched Satchel from Fall Collection.

  4. The Mommanista  Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Beautiful bag, I love the ruching!!

    I need to carry:
    *wallet
    *sunglasses
    *keys
    *about 7 lip-glosses
    *face powder
    *blush
    *eye-lash curler (I use the little black sephora one)
    *Advil
    *nail glue (yah never know!)
    *day-book (no palm for me!)
    *cell phone

  5. manasvi  Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 4:09 pm

    I adore Kinesys… Very nice as a base for a light powder. I actually picked it up on a whim at costco for an ungodly good price.

  6. Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog  Saturday, August 4, 2007 at 2:35 pm

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  7. happy  Tuesday, February 5, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    You should need to add these lips makeup for upcoming season!

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