Searching Within 100 Miles

The art of making small-town life feel glamorous

  • 24th February
    2012
  • 24

I read a lot of style blogs, which means I’ve read a lot of posts where bloggers talk about their essential beauty products. Quite often, the obnoxious implication of these posts is that the girls writing them are so beautiful they don’t actually need beauty products. (“All I need is brow gel and a dab of lip balm on my cheeks!”)

I’m never going to give up trying to be one of those obnoxious girls. But so far, my number of essential beauty products still hovers around 15. I have to carry most of them with me because, makeup or no makeup, my face returns to its natural state by about noon. I have a giant purse, so it’s all good.

Here are the beauty products that I carry with me in my new, roomy Birchbox makeup bag:

- Bath and Body Works Shea Cashmere hand cream

- NARS lipstick in Heat Wave (a red lipstick for when I want bright lips)

- Tweezerman eyelash curler

- Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream (depuffs and cools my naturally baggy eyes)

- Benefit “Hello Flawless!” SPF 15 (a powder/concealer)

- Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets (duh)

- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Smoothing Stick (probably the most important thing in this list)

- Befine Lip Serum (great lip balm; not so thick that I can’t put lipstick on top)

- Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry (for when I want color on my lips, but not lipstick)

- Rubber band(s) and bobby pins

- La Fresh Acetone-Free Nail Polish Remover (I have a bad habit of picking at my nail polish if I don’t remove it right away when it starts to chip.)

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