By Millie Rainer
For us women, our handbags are more than just places to stash our cash: we tend to carry our entire world in them, and thank goodness for that. Our handbags are like a little home-away-from-home, containing all the essentials we need to get through the day.
While the content of each women’s bag is as unique as she is, there are still some basic items that you’ll find in every bag. But at Eluxe, of course we think that in order to protect your own health and that of the planet, these should all be eco-friendly options!
Here’s our selection of what we think are some of the best essential organic beauty must-haves that every woman must have in her purse.
1. A Good Concealer Stick
A concealer can even out your complexion and help you hide your skin imperfections in a jiffy. Pick one in a shade that is closest to your natural complexion and watch those blemishes disappear leaving your skin looking flawless.One of our faves is Vapour Organic Beauty’s Illusionist Concealer because it comes in a convenient stick format you can apply (without any liquid mess or the need for a sponge) under the eyes, around the nose or anywhere your skin is starting to look red or tired–also fits perfectly in a purse!
2. Your Favourite Lipstick
The right shade of lipstick can make or break a look. Even applying a dash of it in a favorite shade can brighten up your makeup mood, adding a touch of glamour. If you like making your lips the focal point of your look, it makes sense to invest in a high-quality brand and a beautiful shade that suits your skin tone.
Many women with a dramatic flare find a deep red that matches their skin and stick with it. Look at the veins on your wrist: if they are mainly blue, go with a cool shade, with blue or silver undertones. If they are green, go with a warmer shade, with gold or yellow undertones. Whatever colour you choose, make sure your lippy is organic–this goes near your mouth, after all! One brand we like is Maria Akerberg, who makes richly hued shades with NO chemical nasties at all.
3. Lip Gloss
Moving your makeup look from day to night is easy–just add a bit of gloss and get ready to sparkle! While there aren’t many organic ones on the market yet, we think it’s essential to keep anything you put on your mouth as natural as possible. For that reason, we love Lisa Noto’s lip gloss in Only You. It’s a light, neutral pink that adds a touch of glam to any lipstick, but also gives lips a more sensual pout when used alone. Just put a dot in the centre of your bottom lip and smooth into the lips with your ring finger to create the illusion of fullness.
4. Eyelash Curlers
Mascara is a miracle product–it can really open up the eyes, add volume and darken colour. But once it’s on, it’s on, and sometimes lashes may sag or stick out straight. To add instant curl and open the eyes up, there’s no need to re-apply product–this can actually make lashes look spidery and overwhelmed. Instead, just give them a little squeeze of the curler. You’ll look super-fresh, super-fast!
5. Nail Polish
Got chipped nail polish and don’t want to be seen sporting shoddy-looking nails? Always keep a bottle of quick-dry nail polish in a favorite shade in your purse for touch ups. As an added bonus, a quick dry polish can also stop runs in tights–just dab on the hole before it starts to ladder. We love Void Beauty nail polish as it’s 5-free, seems to dry super-fast, and comes in a wide variety of trendy shades!
6. Hair Bands
Whether the weather is windy, rainy, hot or humid, it can affect your mane, and of course, having a bad hair day leads to drops in confidence for even the most stunning women. As all French women know, it’s simple to turn a bad hair day good though: simply tie your hair into a ponytail, a braid or a bun with the help of elastic hair bands. Keep a few in your handbag, just in case.
7. A Good Compact
To keep your face glowing, do make a point to carry compact powder with yourself at all times. Not only will this control shine and even out skin tone, but a good compact should also have a mirror built in, allowing you to do a poppy-seed-in-the-teeth check should you need it. For organic brands, we love AEOS’s compacts: they’re light, contain either organic powder or cream makeup, depending on your preference, and their mirrors are of excellent quality!
8. Multi-functional Cream
It is a great idea to keep your skin pampered all day, especially the areas that often come to the notice of others. You surely don’t want to cut a sorry figure walking around with flaky elbows, chapped lips or lizardy hands. A multi-purpose skin cream like All You Need is Me is an essential for your purse. It’s made of all natural ingredients, is quick and effective and comes in a nice, light tube. This gel-like product can even be used to smooth out frizzy ends of hair. Seriously, this is one useful tube!
9. A Nice Perfume
Scent is the one beauty product that is likely to fade throughout the day, and will need a bit of a top up. It makes sense, then, to invest in a small-sized bottle which can easily be carried in your bag. It won’t take up much space and will make sure you not only get a quick aromatherapy boost, but always turn up smelling like a dream. Looking for recommendations? Sacredself‘s I <3 My Spirit makes all kinds of organic roll-on perfumes that are fully non-toxic, last for ages and are designed to lift your spirits and boost confidence.
10. Nail File
This one’s a must-have! There’s nothing worse than an irritating hang nail that you’re picking away at in meetings, on the bus, or even over lunch. Priti NYC makes a great one–and unlike most, their crystal glass file is meant to last forever: this is not a disposable, use-once-and-throw-away product! (PS: they make some great 5-free nail polishes too!)
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