Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What's in your bag?

Being a teacher is a lot like being a boy scout: you need to be prepared for any contingency, be it personal or professional.  Along these lines, I thought it might be of interest to some of my readers if I were to share the contents of my on-the-go makeup bag.  Unlike many ladies, I do not carry the entire contents of my makeup collection in my handbag; rather, I keep a small makeup pouch full of cosmetic and health items that I may need throughout the day.

[caption id="attachment_372" align="aligncenter" width="300"] My makeup bag.[/caption]

The bag I use is a no-name bag that I have had and used periodically since my high school days.  As you can see, it is full almost beyond its capacity, to the point where it's contents are straining against the bag's stitching. In the near future, I plan to buy a new on-the-go makeup bag, one that's studier and larger.

[caption id="attachment_373" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bulging at its seems![/caption]

Now lets take a gander at what I keep inside, shall we?

[caption id="attachment_374" align="aligncenter" width="300"] No, the zipper didn't break![/caption]

First, I have two pill cases and my asthma inhaler. The inhaler is a must for anyone like me who spends a protracted amount if time sat at bus stops in a traffic congested city, sometimes during the height of summer. I also live in a valley, so the air pollution gets trapped around here and irritates my already sensitive lungs. I also have half a pack of cough drops in case I get a sore throat-- tis the season, after all!

[caption id="attachment_375" align="aligncenter" width="300"] New Jack City: For Minor Ailments[/caption]

The pill cases, while they look a bit sketchy actually contain Tylanol, an antacid tablet, some motion sickness pills, and a pain tablet for when my back (which I injured in a bus accident last year) starts to seize up. The small case with Sigmund Freud on it (available from the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild) contains extra motion sickness/ nausea tablets. If you follow me on Twitter (@snnyjm) you might have read that I gashed my scalp on a door jamb at the weekend which was both excruciating and, in retrospect, hillarious. So, I've been a bit shakey since my (literal) run in and the tablets combat the swirling feeling I have been getting.

Next, I have two types of blotting papers for when my skin gets oily throught the day. The Boots ones are mine; the Clean and Clear ones were in my mom's handbag for ages and she recently gave me these to finish off for her. I've used blotting papers for ages and have found them to be more effective for sopping up excess oil than a tissue and way preferable to touching my face directly.

[caption id="attachment_376" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Oily no more![/caption]

Since I have such oily skin, I need to touch up my makeup through out the day; blotting my face down is an essential first step in my afternoon "freshening" routine.

Next I have a travel size hand sanitizer by Method. Since I take public transit everyday and work with teens, it is vital that I keep my hands clean to avoid getting sick. I spent most of my first year of teaching with one virus or another; now, I virtually bathe in sanitizer to avoid a repeat performance.

If  you are unfamiliar with the brand, Method is a cleaning products company that uses naturally derived ingredients. This hand sanitizer has a lovely fresh and slightly sweet scent while not being as harsh as some others on the market.

[caption id="attachment_377" align="aligncenter" width="300"] One must keep one's hands clean yet supple.[/caption]

Also, because I use so much sanitizer, I have to use a hand cream like Eucerine or my hands will get painfully chapped. Eucerine is very nourishing and calming for my sensitive skin without feeling too heavy. I generally hate the feeling of lotion on my skin, but Eucerine is a happy medium for me in terms of texture.

Lastly, my bag contains my cosmetic products. I change out the specific cosmetic items weekly, but the staples are always a blotting powder, a compact mirror, and a lip balm or two. My blotting powder for when I'm "On the Road" is a Revlon ColorStay in translucent that I apply with a mineral blush brush from Earth Lites. There isn't a fancy reason for the blush brush other than I hated the sponge the compact came with and the brush fit my bag. I also have a small ELF compact mirror with a nifty Hello Kitty sticker on it since the mirror in the ColorStay compact is woefully small (only half-moon shaped!) for my large face.

[caption id="attachment_378" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Face fixin's![/caption]

Lastly, I have two lip balms: a Maybelline Baby Lips that is clear and peppermint flavored and a Burt's Nourishing Lip Balm with mango butter. I switch between the two depending on what flavor sensation I am in the mood for and how my lips are feeling. When my lips are peeling, I'll use the Baby Lips; when my lips are just chapped, I'll use the Burt's.

So, save for a couple of Band-Aids which I'll add to my bag when I get home, I've managed to plan for most on-the-go personal emergencies. What do you keep in your beauty bags to stay prepared? Let me know in the comments.



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