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If hand cream and lip balm are already attached to your hip, you already know how much it pays to keep those close! Even if you're not a makeup artist, having a mini vanity kit is worth it and can save you money!
WHY YOU MIGHT NEED TO CARRY A VANITY KIT
You travel all the time
Frequent fliers aside, if you're a salesperson filling a quota, you're going to need to touch-up your look while on the go. Are you part of a startup looking for angel investors or that much needed VC money? Those pitches need your ultimate focus, and you can't afford to worry about whether or not you look professional!
Work emergencies or touch-ups
Sometimes a surprise meeting or presentation is part of the job. If you're working overtime or long hours, touch-ups throughout the day are necessary–especially if you have post-work plans!
You live at the gym
If you're en route to work via your gym, you likely have a kit that's working for you. If you want to employ a lunchtime workout, have a kit at the ready.
What to carry in your bag
Carry the true essentials in your bag. This really depends on you, your lifestyle and your bag’s size. If you're a minimalist or don't have a ton of room, try hand cream, mascara and lip balm.
If you have a standard-sized tote or larger, add elements to your routine. A cordless hair straightener can fit into a medium-sized bag or backpack and is worth its weight in versatility. Bring it with you during long days at school and work. It can transform your hair from blah to polished, curly to straight and vice versa!
What to stash at the office
If you're lucky enough to have a locker or you have space in your cubicle, stash the lot there or just the things you need occasionally. Have an office? Go all out with your routine and keep it with you!
CREATE YOUR KIT
Styling your hair or touching it up? Use mini hairspray and dry shampoo! Bonus: both the hairspray and dry shampoo are TSA-approved. These are a great complement to the cordless hair straightener or the cordless curling wand!
A full skincare and makeup regimen are probably not possible to carry around. Stacked jars of cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen take barely any room! If possible, keep makeup that is in stick form, like foundation or lipstick. These are often slimmer and lighter.
Scent & Body
A rollerball or mini atomizer of your signature perfume is a great contender for your mini makeup kit. If you want to go really tiny, nab a sample of your favorite perfume at the department store! If that's not your thing, try a scented hand or body lotion.
For sensitive noses, consider unscented versions of all your essential products!