To anyone who knows me, they know I am prepared asf. I hate that feeling when I’m out wherever and something happens to my friends or I; the new pair of heels I just bought cause a blister on my heel or my makeup is sweating off (because hello? Florida!) and there’s no bathrooms around to check it or my worst nightmare: I have dry hands. Dry hands are the equivalent to nails on a chalkboard for me. So, in order to curve all of these scenarios, I bring mini-everything with me. I mean EVERYTHING. At the same time it’s like a given nowadays that it’s socially unacceptable to carry big bags with you if you’re under 40 or something. I don’t agree with this but some girls have actually given me an evil side eye if I’m ever out with a “big” bag. Their expression always say “What are you, my mom or something?” Honestly, I say fuck that and fuck them, I think there all secretly jealous that I’m comfortable enough to carry around a lot and they don’t have the confidence to pull it off. Then, it of course comes back to bite me in the ass because some amusement parks (again, Florida!) and stores don’t allow big bags because they think you’re gonna steal or something. Pfft, I mean come on, me? I’d never. Other people though, yeah probably. So, when this amazing trend became popular last year, I had to buy one!
A mini backpack.
It’s from Target (duh) and the best investment I’ve ever made. It’s small enough that it’s not a “big” bag but big enough to fit all my mini-everythings. I wanted to share some of those mini’s with you guys. They’ve gotten me through some really uncomfortable situations and maybe they can help you too!
First up, my go-to because it’s cheap on its own but also comes in a sample size as a free gift with any Sephora purchases of the brand. My First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is for intense hydration for dry parched skin a.k.a me. I have the little 1.0 oz tube. It’s super convenient, and really helps me when these dry ass Florida winters gets to my precious money makers( my hands).
My “dry hands” phobia also extends to my lips because who doesn’t hate chapped lips? So, I always have my EOS lip balm in Blackberry Nectar (smells so good) and it keeps my lips soft and moisturized.
Then for those days when you’re in a rush and don’t have time for anything. I bring my Detox Dry Shampoo by Drybar. It’s a cute little 0.8 oz. can that’s perfect for on-the-go. Next up in hair care because as I’ll later explain in another post. I have the worst frizz so to keep my ‘do’ in place all day long I keep my OUAI haircare Hair Oil with me. It’s a sample size with 0.33 oz.
Now, I can’t stand when I work a long day and about half way through start to smell like old laundry so I keep one of my favorite fragrances on hand. It’s Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge. Of course, it’s a sample size as well.
Last but not least, for those times when I don’t have a mirror, I use my trusty Anastasia Beverly Hills compact mirror. I take it with me everywhere I go simply because it’s super sleek and cool and one of my fav brands so I gotta represent.
These are all sample sizes I’ve picked up over the years, I recommend all of these products in full size as well. But like I said this was just stuff I got for free with other purchases or in some subscription boxes. You can honestly find any beauty product in a mini or sample version these days and most stores like Sephora or Ulta will give you samples to try.
Other little somethings I keep in my bag that don’t take up much room and I absolutely must have wherever, especially in an emergency because well you just never know are the following:
- Hair ties
- nail file/clipper kit
- Advil, Benadryl , Midol, Tums, etc. (In a tiny pill case of course)
- Bandaids and neosporin
I keep it in my adorable and nifty Too Faced Honey & Peanut Butter case.