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In my purse, I have a little bag that holds Jack Black Lip Balm, 3x Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipglosses, and a decant of Tom Ford Oud Wood.

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Kylee Avatar

I just had to clean mine out the other day, I’d managed to stash 11 (ELEVEN!) lip products in there. And wondered why it was so heavy.

I usually have: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Coral, at least one Too Faced La Creme (Juicy Melons or Naked Dolly), an old MAC concealer for emergencies that I have to replace soon, NARS Multiple (Portofino for summer, G-Spot for Winter), YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (usually 9 Pink in Confidence), NARS Matte Velvet Lip Pencil in Sex Machine, sometimes a random Chanel gloss/lacque in Ming, the tiny Sephora birthday gift Watts Up!, a Rouge D’Armani Sheer or two, and if I can cram it in whatever Tom Ford/Guerlain lipstick I’m wearing for a special occasion.

Writing this all out kind of emphasizes that I have a makeup problem.

Diane Avatar

I’m probably going to be the odd one out here…

I do not carry a makeup bag. I don’t even have a spare lipstick tucked in there. Everything I wear has staying power, and I never touch up my face during the day. When I come home, I usually remove it all.

The only thing that would classify as a ‘beauty’ item in my purse would be nail clippers or a tiny file. I think I also have a tube of Blistex in there.

Veronica Avatar

Depends on what makeup bag we’re talking about, but we’ll go with my purse for brevity’s sake. πŸ˜‰ Maybelline FITMe concealer stick, Maybelline FITMe concealer, Dior Addict Lip Glow balm, Jack Black balm, Dior Addict lipstick in Rose Shocking, Covergirl mascara, and Revlon Colorburst lipstick in Lilac.

Dusty Avatar

Oooh! Oud Wood I LOVE! Jay smells SO good in it! I don’t but he does (I’m a Tuscan Leather guy). If I wear Oud Wood I end up smelling like some kind of Arabian pirate after a long night in a Turkish bath house.

At all times I have with me: MAC Brow Set in Beguile, Jack Black Lip Balm, Guerlain Shine Automatique #201, Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Concealer in Light and some kind of highlighter like Touche Eclat to brighten any dark circles that are dark enough to make me look beat down but not so much that they need concealer (I’ll often mix Touche Eclat with the Double Wear Concealer too – if the concealer is too heavy or the highlighter is too light).

Dusty Avatar

Haha! True…

Funny how scents mix with everyone differently though. I use it as an example sometimes when trying to explain why makeup works differently as well – if something as basic as a smell turns out different on two different people, why would you not think that something that sits RIGHT on your face wouldn’t? πŸ™‚ I can’t wear most fruity smells… they turn rancid on me and start to smell like actual garbage! Haha! But anything musky or really earthy warms up and softens quite a bit on me, turning kind of sweet.

Dusty Avatar

Fun science fact for you (putting it very simply): One of the reasons scents are so powerful is because there are millions of bare nerve endings in there that link right to the nervous system and the brain – basically it’s like saying there’s nothing between the outside world and your brain… through your nose.

I think that’s why when you see something familiar it might take you a second to process it and then create the memory in your imagination. HOWEVER if you SMELL something familiar it can instantly take you back to a point in time as if you were still right there… even if it was decades ago.

I’ve always found it fascinating how fast it happens. For example: If I catch even a whiff of Jovan Musk I’m suddenly a 6 year old kid – excited that my mom has come to pick me up from the babysitter after her and my went out for the night. If I’m not expecting it, I’ll get chills and happy tears will start to well up just like they would when I was a kid.

Life is funny πŸ™‚ LOL

Anne-Laure Avatar

I too see most scents turn odd like soap on my skin, but not fragrance-like, rather like Savon de Marseille! Yerk! Especially all the limited editions summery fruity fresh fragrances that smell soooo good in the bottle and on me… for 5 minutes. Si I have to stick to perfumes with a heavy note. The only light ones I can wear are all from Guerlain, because of the Guerlinade that is featured in all their scents and makes the perfumes really stick to my skin .

May Avatar

Ooo I love knowing what people have in their makeup bag. I’m nosy πŸ™‚

I have:
2 Marc Jacobs rollerball in Daisy Eau So Fresh and Oh, Lola
2 tampons
NARS Cruella lip pencil and Funny Face lipstick
Nivea lip butter
Josie Maran argan oil stick
Bath and Body Works pocketbac in Mignight Pomegranate
A mirror compact
An extra hair tie and bobby pin

artemis Avatar

Well, powder and mini-foundation, at least. I usually add pencil liner, lipgloss or lipstick or both, eyeshadows(when i use them)

Mariella Avatar

Two MAC lipsticks – Lustering and Brick-o-la and a retractable lip brus; Essence mattifying powder and a small powder brush, a GOSH pencil liner in Metallic Brass (I have one of those almost EVERYWHERE!); I think I also have a mini Pur Minerals 4-in-one and the brush to apply it but I might have taken that out and put it in my gym bag.

Geneva Avatar

Lush bubblegum lip scrub
Laura Mercier foundation primer, sample size
UD Primer potion
UD De-Slick(sample)
Ben Nye luxury powder in a small container
Bobbi Brown corrector
Milani eye tech extreme liquid eyeliner
MAC Pro Longwear concealer
MAC studio fix foundation & mineralized skin finish
MAC lipglass Love nectar, lipstick Spirit, eyebrow pencil Spiked, lip pencil Cork
CoverGirl lashblast fusion mascara
NARS cream blush Lokum, And God Created the Woman eyeshadow palette
Chanel cream blush Fantastic
OCC Lip Tars Anime & NSFW
I’m on vacation.

Jarvis Avatar

For school, I use a black Sephora bag (one of the ones free samples come in). I keep in it a mirror, makeup remover swabs, two tubes of lipstick, a copy of a poem (right now it’s Henley’s Invictus), and then I’ll rotate in the highlighter, concealer, powder, perfume and lipstick I’m using that day.

Sarah Avatar

A Topshop lip gloss and Clinique pressed powder are the only makeup products I keep in my make up bag, but I also have a Blistex lip balm, a Banana Boat lip balm, Paul and Joe blotting sheets and a compressed deodorant (i love being nosy with peoples bags!)

Danielle Avatar

I have a pretty big makeup collection, so I keep a separate makeup bag with products I use daily (lash curlers, concealer, etc) and products I want to remind myself of, like lipsticks I have put aside that are summery.

Maddie Avatar

Sample Benefit’s “They’re Real!”, sample Benefit’s Watt’s Up, RImmel’s Scadaleyes Kajal in Nude, UD Naked Basics palette, NARS Angelika Blush, Wet and Wild MegaGlo Illuminating Powder in Catwalk Pink, NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee, NYX Round Lipstick in Gala, ELF Shadow Brush, ELF Blending Eye Brush, ELF Studio Blush Brush, Sephora XL Powder Brush and a Powder puff! It all fits in a medium sized makeup bag, I swear! πŸ˜›

Nancy Dav Avatar

In my purse i carry a small makeup bag with YuBe lip balm, mac lovelorn lipstick, mac baby sparks dazzleglass, cargo bluray powder, powder puff, chanel rose initiale blush, and blotting sheets.

becca Avatar

In my purse I have a makeup bag with blotting sheets, lancome translucence pressed powder, the lip products i’m wearing that day, and a sample of chanel chance eau tendre.

Nancy Avatar

You have the neatest questions, Christine!

Lip balm from Gramen Farms (a dairy farm up the road) that beats any balm I’ve ever tried.
Bare Minerals Jack of all Trades lip balm in Sure Thing
Guerlain Rouge Automatique in #100, a mauve
Jane Iredale lip gloss in Beach Plum
Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 05 (candy?)
Laura Mercier Lip Plumper in Rose Flush
The Balm Sexy Mama anti shine powder
EcoTools travel kabuki brush
Aveda stress-fix roll on fragrance
And the item I’ve had in my bag the longest…my Pfeilring nail clippers! πŸ™‚

xamyx Avatar

Nothing. I don’t carry anything I’m not using, so I usually only have a lip balm in my purse on any given day. I used to carry a ton of products, but between items getting lost/misplaced, and carrying “extras” for my daughter (crayons, books, snacks, etc.), there isn’t much room for my things. In fact, I rarely even have an actual “purse”; it has been replaced by a backpack, and before that, it was a diaper bag, and all I get is one “pocket”.

On occasion, I will put together a small bag, but only if I plan to be out all day, and have somewhere to go later in the evening. Even then, I’ll just toss in a powder compact, a small eye palette, a lipstick/gloss, a multi-use face brush & a random eye brush (that came with a palette-I save the “decent” ones for touch-ups), & a cheek product. Everything gets put back in its proper place as soon as I get home, though.

Cat G Avatar

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment and Bobbi Brown Citrus High Shimmer Lipgloss! I don’t usually have anything but a couple lip products in my purse!

Sarah Avatar

I tend to just carry out lip products because I don’t really touch up my face during the day. So, of the beauty related stuff in my little side bag in my purse, I have:

-My lipstick case to hold whichever lipstick I’m wearing that day
-Two things of tinted Burt’s Bees Balm in Hibiscus and Red Dahlia
-3 things of UD’s Lip Junkie: sampler sizes of Midnight Cowboy and Wallflower and a full size one of Runaway
-nail clippers

Xero Avatar

In my makeup bag I have:
-Burts and Bees lip balm
-Offbrand lip balm I bought at a fair
-the concealer pencil from the Hard Candy Glamouflage
-a compact mirror
-a breathmint (??)
-a hair tie
-a nickel
-a bobby pin
-a worn-out mini nail file
-my bc pills
-some random receipts
-whatever lipstick I’m wearing that day

I used to have mattifying powder in there too, but it fell and some of it broke so I only use it before leaving the house now.

Laura Avatar

I always carry around blotting paper and lip balm (I rotate between Fresh, Kiehl’s, and Maybelline). When my skin is feeling really dry or irritated I bring First Aid Beauty’s ultra repair cream. Sometimes I’ll pack a lipstick and pressed powder, but that’s basically it.

DJ Avatar

The only beauty items that are constantly in my purse are:
-Urban Decay De-Slick Mattifying Powder
-LipSmackers Strawberry Cheesecake lip balm
-ELF Lip Exfoliator
-Blvgari Omnia Coral perfume travel size

I clean out the lipsticks that have accumulated in there every few days.

Wwendalynne Avatar

For the most part, I seem to carry multiple lip products in my little makeup bag. I always have Korres lip balm and usually an OCC lip tar and a couple of lipsticks. Oh and even more crazy, I always have an eyebrow pencil in my bag too. It’s a neutral coloured thin pen type pencil by Anastasia.. not a product I use whatseover when I put my makeup on, but you never know when you might lose the tips of your eyebrows, right? Told ya..cray cray.. The tails of my eyebrows are practically non-existent due to illness and drugs and plucking the crap outta them in the 90’s.. I need my security blankie.

Dana Avatar

Mac Blotpowder
Clinique airbrush concealer
Bare Minerals Wild Honey lipgloss
Mac Pinkydee lipstick
Nars Orgasm Blush (mini size)
Mac 181 mini kabuki brush
L’occitane 100% shea butter mini tin

Katie Avatar

In my actual makeup bag (opposed to the drawers of makeup) I change it by season. Right now my makeup bag has:

– Shiseido Sun Protection Foundation
– BECCA Luminous Skin Colour
– Becca Translucent Face Powder
– Chanel Brilliance Pur in Sunkissed
– Maybelline The Rocket Mascara (Waterproof)
– BECCA Eye Tints & Cheek Tints
– Guerlain Bronzer
– Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

Jen Avatar

In my makeup bag…


-Becca Perfect Skin Mineral Powder Foundation in “Bamboo”
-Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Spray (in a travel size UD Deslick bottle)
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in “Ether” – to touch up my lower lash line
-Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil in “Perversion” – to touch up my tight lining
-Anastasia Brow Wiz in “Brunette”
-Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “Aventure”

-MAC SE 129 brush
-Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens
-Hair clips
-Hair bands
-Bobbi pins

-MAC Turquatic perfume in a mini perfume case

Chris25 Avatar

In my purse I have a purple satin bag that holds a wooden mirror compact (nice find on Ebay), tubes of NARS Fire Down Below, Success, WnW Spiked with Rum, Stila Brown Sugar gloss and a packet of tissues.

Vanessa Avatar

L’oreal brow powder
MAC Fluidline and a angle brush
MAC Mineralize concealer
Sometimes MAC Sincere blush
Sometimes one lip product, which changes

I’m looking to upgrade, especially on the concealer, but i want to use up what I have first πŸ™‚

Nikki Avatar

Ugh…so much! Lol:

Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for combination skin
Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel (face primer)
Self-made quad of NYX Single Eyeshadows
Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette
Wet n Wild Silent Treatment palette
NYX Eyeliner in Dark Brown
NYX Single Eyeshadow in Black
Sephora Microsmooth Foundation Powder
MUFE Mist & Fix
16 La Femme Blushes (in two palettes)
6 MAC Lipglasses
Sonia Kashuk Synthetic Buffing Brush
Sonia Kashuk Large Crease Brush
Sonia Kashuk Large Shader Brush
Sonia Kashuk Highlighting Brush
EcoTools Bronzer Brush
Essence of Beauty Crease Duo Brushes
ELF Small Precision Brush

What can I say…a girl needs options! πŸ˜‰

Sierra Avatar

I apply my makeup at work if I have time. So eyelash curler, clear mascara, UDPP, UD Skyscraper and vintage Big Fatty mascara, Lancome foundation primer, old Maybelline concealer and cover stick, UD Glide-On Cheek Tint in Quickie, whatever BB/CC cream I’m currently trying (Right now it’s the NARS CC cream and I’m loving it!), UD Naked Skin Foundation in 3.5, a Palladio finishing powder (From my mum, but I don’t like to wear it because it makes me look ashy. >,<), UD vintage Setting Spray in All-Nighter (Sample size from Nordstrom Rack), and once that's gone I have the sample size vintage Dew Me setting spray, Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, Kat Von D pencil eyeliner in Puro Amor, Kat Von D liquid liner with the felt tip in Trooper, a glittery black eyeliner from Hot Topic, brushes, and whatever eyeshadows I want to wear that day, and sometimes a different eyeliner. =P

That was exhausting to write out! xD

Marina Avatar

– Hourglass Ambient in Mood
– Pixi lip primer
– Giorgio Armanin Gloss in 202
– Renu for my contacts
– Contact lenses case
– A mini kabuki brush
– Chloe Roll On perfume
– Nars creamy radiant concealer in honey
– A mini eyeshadow brush
– Kleenex
– Giorgio Armani lipstick in 502
– Nars lip crayon in Palais Royal
– Hourglass lipstain in Icon
– Mefenamic acid (cramps)
– A sample sized Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill
– Nyx concealer in yellow
– 2 Urban Decay eyeliner in zero and demolition
– Nars pure matte lipstick in Mascate
– Jack Black lipbalm
– Pencil sharpener
– 2 tweezers
– Fresh sugar lip balm
– Guerlain automatique in 168
– 2 Sephora leather pony tail holders
– Shout Wipe and Go
– A pill case with anti anxiety pills and aspirine
– Nars blush in Sin
– Nars eyeshadow in Kalahari

This is after my weekly cleaning. I’m a beauty survivalist!

Wendy M. Avatar

Oops, forgot to add a little sample vial of Dolce & Gabbana’s Light Blue and hot pink tweezers. Though I really should add a coupla bobby pins and hair elastic…

VickyM Avatar

Concealer for under eye circles, Labello chapstick, Rouge Volupte lipstick in Caress pink, Chanel RA Exalte, Chanel RC Camelia, Chanel RC Mademoiselle, Mac Speak lauder, Mac Crosswires, Mac Lustering, Estee Lauder Apricot Sun, LancΓ΄me LΒ΄absolu rouge 354 Rose Rhapsodie. Chanel Ecriture automatic eyeliner in noir, Helena Rubinstein Lash queen feline Extravaganza mascara, a DS clear gloss and a DS pearly white nail polish. A Chanel glossimer and some perfume samples. Jordana lip liner in Rust.

Karen Avatar

Burt’s Bees lip balm, Palladio blotting papers, Naked Basics, Smashbox Love something palette (my favorite thing in the bag), UD 24/7 in Zero, Modelco lip cheek stain in red, Revlon lip butter in Sorbet, Maybelline Fit Me concealer & powder, Eve Pearl Salmon concealer, Maybelline Colossal waterproof and Calvin Klein Euphoria. I usually carry powder foundation from NYX but I want to try the MAC one.

Dorottya Avatar

I don’t carry around much – I have a The Body Shop Born Lippy lip balm in Wow! (the plum one), a Manhattan lipstick (Take me away glossy lipstick/1) and a Catrice Camouflage Pot/Cream (it is a pot concealer). (I’m writing from Hungary, in case you’re wondering why I’m writing about some more obscure brands)

Michelle Avatar

Almost all MAC! Foundation, a boatload of eyeshadow, a shadestick, a blush, VivaGlam IV lipstick, Maybelline mascara. And a Victoria’s Secret glittery lipgloss in the tube. And I cram a few brushes in there too. My makeup bag is a Dior one that I got a set of lipstick, nail polish, and mascara in in ’95! It has lasted me to this day, it’s higher quality than any other one I’ve actually paid individually for! Not to mention the lipstick and nail polish lasted YEARS. Perhaps they made that stuff higher quality back then? I don’t know

Jennifer Avatar

Physician’s Formula mineral foundation
UD eyeliner in Perversion
YSL lipstick in Lingerie
OPI Bubble Bath
Mac blush in Dollymix
Dermablend concealer
Tiny jar of organic coconut oil for cuticles and lips

Anna Avatar

I carry with me…
– blotting paper
– a mini hand cream from L’OCcitane
– a comb and several hair ties
– Revlon lip butter in Juicy Papaya
– Yes to Carrots lip balm in mint
– Mac lipglass in Strange Potion
– Mac tinted lip conditioner in petting pink

eisdamme Avatar

I don’t have an actual makeup bag anymore, just the middle pouch of my purse, which end up sort of a dumping ground for whatever lip product I’m wearing that day. Right now there’s:

Elizabeth Arden 8 Hr cream
NARS Afghan Red lipstick
Smashbox Limitless Lipstain in Guava
Covergirl LipPerfection gloss balm stick in
NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
Bite Beauty Lipshine in Sante mini
Maybelline Color Whisper in Mocha Muse
Fresh Sugar Rose mini
NARS gloss in Supervixen
Urban Decay Supersaturated pencil in Naked
Revlon Colorburst gloss in Peony
MAC lipliners in Stone, Subculture and Half-Red
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain in Honey
MAC Underage gloss
Revlon Colorburst gloss in Papaya
L’Oreal Indefectible liner in Always Toasted
Bite Beauty Pepper lipstick mini
Bite Beauty Fig lipstick mini
MAC Pro Longwear Lipstain in Purposefully Red
Long Winter Farms balm in Unicorn Farts
MAC Chromagraphic pencil in NC/NW
NARS Velvet Gloss pencil in New Lover
Korres Cherry lip gloss in Beige Pink
Tokyomilk Dark balm in Clove Cigarettes
Covergirl Liquilineblast eyeliner in Blackfire
MAC Vanilla pigment
Sephora Nano eyeliner mini in Chocolate
Rohto Cool eye drops
Sephora Cinderella mirror

Christy Avatar

Usually I have a rather large makeup bag, since I put most of my makeup on after I get to work in the morning. But I was just at a convention where I didn’t want to haul all of that around all day, so I did finally figure out what to put in a small bag for carrying around during the day. Here are both:

Lipsticks: Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmerings and Word of Mouth
Lip Sunscreen: Alba Botanicals SPF 24 (I think)
Blush: Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita
Cover Girl Clump Crusher waterproof mascara (“very black”)
Concealer: Kat von D
Powder: l’Oreal Translucide
Ecotools blush brush I use for both the blush and the powder
Kiss My Face hand cream

Sunscreen (face)
-Kiss My Face SPF 40 w/Hydresia
-Milk of Magnesia
-Cover FX anti-aging
-Smashbox–not sure which but it’s a peach color
Foundation/BB Cream
-Guerlain Lingerie de Peau in Rose Clair (Beige Pale in the winter–LOVE these!)
-Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream (don’t like the way this one feels)
-Kat von D
-L’Oreal Translucide (not sure I like it)
-Rouge Bunny Rouge Florita
-Rouge Bunny Rouge Murmerings
-Rouge Bunny Rouge Word of Mouth
Lip Sunscreen
-Alba Botanicals SPF 24 (I think)
-Cover Girl Clump Crusher–both regular and waterproof mascara (“very black”)
Concealer: Kat von D
-RBR–not sure which
-Hypnose Drama Waterproof
-Sephora–something brown/bronze
-Urban Decay–something plum with more sparkle that I saw in the store, feeling iffy about it
-RBR Abyssinian Catbird, Delicate Hummingbird, Unforgettable Oriole, Eclipse Eagle, Fire-tailed sunbird, Mountain Bluebird, Capricious Nightingale, Electrifying Storm Petrel
-Urban Decay Naked 2 (depotted, in z-palette with most of the RBRs.
-Dior 5 Colour–plummy/purprles
Hand Cream
-Kiss My Face

Brushes and Tools
-Sephora Foundation and Blush brushes (55 and not sure)
-Hakuhodo for crease, lid, and concealer.
-Set of Eco Tools basics.
-Sephora eyelashes curler

Mardi Avatar

Hmm I don’t use much during the day:

Clinique lip balm
4 x Clinique chubby sticks
Natio red lipstick
Clinique double ended GWP Raspberry GlacΓ© lipstick and matching gloss
L’occitane vanilla hand cream
Hand sanitiser
Tiny little screw driver for my specs
Bosnia green tea blotting papers

Aida Avatar

– Acure lip balm (an organic brand I found at Whole Foods, this one is Dark Chocolate and Mint)
– Burberry lip gloss in Blush
– Chanel mirror compact
– a tiny sample of BareMinerals Stroke of Light
– a travel size Burberry Body perfume
– tiny bottle of B&BW hand sanitizer

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