I carry around a makeup bag with me every day. It’s a small makeup bag, but it’s not light, mostly because I have shoved things into it over capacity. I stuff it into whatever bag I’m carrying, even if it’s a teeny-tiny crossbody like the one I use during the week to offset my 1,000-pound laptop bag. Some days I don’t even use anything in the makeup bag, but it comforts me to have it in my possession, like a narcissistic safety blanket. This little bag is the one I’m sharing because my at-home makeup bag, the one I use to get ready in the morning, has been known to leave brothers, fathers, boyfriends, and even mothers flabbergasted by the sheer weight and seize of it. This one is marginally less shocking: it contains very little real makeup and is more like a shrine to lip balm. Here’s what’s in my dirty little makeup bag — do you have a permanent purse beauty fixture like mine?
1. Stila Convertible Color in Lillium and Poppy (at bottom): Love these! They’re really creamy, go on sheer, and look really fresh and dewy on cheeks. I don’t use them on my lips as often because they can be a little drying, but when I do, I mix it with a little bit of lip balm and it looks really pretty and natural.
2. Korres Lip Butter in Pomegranate: I love the Korres Lip Butter formula for its moisturizing qualities so I always put too much on and then become alarmed when I see myself in the mirror. It really has great pigmentation for a balm, and when applied with a light hand, this coral shade is so flattering.
3. Tarte Natural Matte Lip Stain in Exposed: This is so easy to apply and it’s the perfect nude that doesn’t wash out my super-pale skin. I love the peppermint scent and tingly feel right after applying, and it’s also surprisingly moisturizing for a matte lip color.
4. Jurlique Rose Love Balm: I just got this and I love it so much. It’s amazing for any dry or chapped skin and it’s really natural. I prefer it to the original Love Balm because it has a faint, natural scent of roses that I like a lot. However, last night my boyfriend took a sip of water after me when I was wearing this and commented that it “tasted weird.” He was momentarily frightened, as if I had poisoned him, but it was just this.
5. Lollia Believe Handcreme: This is kind of old so the packaging has suffered a little, but it’s made with super-moisturizing shea butter and smells amazing. I also looked on the website and they don’t sell this cabbage rose and citrus scent anymore! What is that? They’ve also changed the packaging and it’s way prettier, so I think I need a new one.
6. L’Occitane Fleur Chérie Solid Perfume: In searching for this I just realized they don’t make it anymore, which is tragic because I love it. They still make the perfume spray, though, which I highly recommend.
7. Mirror Compact: I think this is my mom’s.
8. Smith’s Rosebud Salve: I think every girl has owned this at some point … if they don’t constantly restock it, that is. I’m not obsessed with petrolatum-based formulas but this one is too good. It works on everything, from lips to the super-dry knuckles I get in winter (embarrassing).
9. Chanel Hydramax + Active Lip Care: This overpriced lip balm is incredibly effective and turns my most chapped lips soft and smooth, but I always hesitate to use it over something cheaper because the packaging is so nice but you have to dip your dirty fingers in it and, like, it’s Chanel lip balm.
10. La Roche-Posay Nutritic Levres: This is my favorite lip balm for when my lips are at their most chapped. It really works and it’s also soothing so they don’t hurt as badly. It’s not super-shiny, which I prefer to a glossier balm.
11. Bausch & Lomb Soothe Hydration Eye Drops: I wear contacts, so having eye drops with me at all times is sadly a must. These are great because they’re so moisturizing and, unlike many other eye drops, you can actually use them when you have contacts in.
12. Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in Baby Lips: This is not a good formula for chapped lips, but when my lips are already moisturized I love the sheer color this gives.
13. Shiseido Pureness Mattifying Stick: I don’t like to carry around powder, so this portable stick is amazing. I just put it on shiny areas and blend a little. It also helps to minimize pores, and it’s non-comedogenic so it still lets skin breathe.
14. L’Oreal MagicLumi Concealer: This is a really cheap highlighting concealer that functions a lot like Touche Éclat. It does as it says and I think it’s great for the price.