Beauty Baggage: How To Stay Gorgeous On The Go

Ladies, if you're anything like us, managing your daily beauty load to suit your busy lifestyle can be a major issue. It always seems like we have 10 different lipsticks weighing us down, yet when we need a bobby pin or hand sanitizer, we find we've relocated them on our last "cleaning binge." We don't want to be bag ladies (or end up at the chiropractor from lugging around overloaded totes), but, hey, we're girls — we need our things!
The solution: our guide for exactly what you need for any and all of the activities in your fabulously busy life, from work to the gym ... or even a marathon shopping session. We've included our favorite product picks, as well as the perfect bags to pack your supplies in. The result: a lighter and more organized load that still includes everything you need to live your life beautifully.
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Work It

Whether you work 9-5 in a corporate office or are pursuing a more creative career, looking polished and professional while at work is always essential — what better way to let the higher-ups know that you're perfectly capable and deserving of that promotion? Stay sleek and presentable with these essentials, including eye drops to combat computer-weary eyes (or hide that hangover gaze), a tiny hand cream for a bit of aromatherapy at your desk, and bobby pins to keep your sleek chignon from self-destructing.

Kimchi Blue Structured Metal-Tip Tote Bag, $59, available at Urban Outfitters; Remington Dot Hair Clips, $2.50, available at Target; Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Lionfish, $20, available at Sephora; L'Oréal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter, $13, available at Ulta; Rohto Arctic Eye Drops, $9, available at Soap.com; Mor Cosmetics Little Luxuries Hand Cream in Lychee Flower, $14, available at C.O. Bigelow.
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Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Fact: It is about 20 times easier to go to the gym when you have a cute bag already packed with everything you need. Sadly, figuring out what to put in a gym bag at 7 a.m. (aka pre-coffee) is usually more than we can handle. To make it easy, just throw the following items into a duffel along with sneaks, socks, a top, and leggings the night before. It'll also guarantee that when you leave the gym after your sweat session, you'll be able to go out into the world without the scent (and look) of B.O. wafting around you.

Topshop Smudge Floral Holdall, $20, available at Topshop; Neal's Yard Remedies Frankincense Hydrating Facial Mist, $11, available at ASOS; Dr. Bronner's Organic Liquid Soap, $3, available at REI; Serge Normant Meta Revive Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $15, available at Barneys; Under Armour Women's Braided Headband, $10, available at Essential Apparel; Clean Original Scent Moisture-Absorbent Deodorant, $18, available at Sephora.
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Shopaholic

We don't have to tell you that a big shopping trip can be like a trek to the jungle — you need some major supplies to avoid danger. Nothing is worse than getting stuck in the middle of Bloomingdale's on a Saturday with a blister, no Band-Aids, and a full day of shopping ahead of you. Pack these essentials along on your next trip, and we promise you'll make it through even the most demoralizing swimsuit or bridesmaid dress mission. That stick-on bra will come in handy more than you could possibly know, and we think hand sanitizer is an essential —have you seen how gross some of those dressing rooms can get?

Melie Bianco Callie Cross Body Bag, $85, available at Piperlime; Korres Wild Rose Compact Powder, $28, available at Sephora; L'Occitane Lavender Organic Hand Sanitizing Gel, $7, available at L'Occitane; NuBra Super Light Adhesive Bra, $30, available at Beauty.com; MAC Casual Color in Relaxation, $20, available at MAC; Band-Aid Advanced Healing Blister Cushions, $5, available at Drugstore.com.
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Paint The Town

TGIF y'all: You made it through the week, and now it's finally time to let loose and have some fun. You want to stay pretty all night, but lugging your entire makeup bag is a definite no-no. These seriously glam picks are easy to stash and reapply, such as the perfect glossy lip stain, teeny-tiny hairspray, and pretty blotting papers. Plus, if the night goes especially well, there's always makeup-removing cotton swabs. Ahem.

No. 7 Quilted Camera Bag, $328, available at Henri Bendel; Bare Escentuals I.D. On The Spot Eye Makeup Remover, $5, available at Bare Escentuals; Tatcha Original Aburatorigami Blotting Papers, $12, available at Tatcha; Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque, $32, available at Nordstrom; Frédéric Fekkai Mini Sheer Hold Hairspray, $10, available at 3floz.com; Mason Pearson Pocket Bristle Brush, $99, available at Barneys.
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On The Road

When you finally have the chance to get out of town for the weekend, don't weigh yourself down with your entire product collection. Trust us, the TSA agent will not be amused with your plentiful stash. With a few well-chosen essentials — multi-use BB cream, lip and cheek stain, a solid face cleanser, and SPF wipes — you'll be pretty and protected with minimal spillage in your weekender. Bonus round: This sleek Clare Vivier tote, available now in R29 Shops, comes with a cute clutch to organize all your beauty bric-a-brac. Just sayin...

Clare Vivier Weekender Bag, $483, available at R29 Shops; Missha Signature Real Complete BB Cream SPF 25, $46, available at Missha; Sephora Lush Flush Lip & Cheek Stain, $12, available at Sephora;Oscar Blandi Pronto Texture & Volume Spray, $11, available at Amazon; Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm, $45, available at Darphin; Dr. T's Supergoop! SPF 30 Sunscreen Wipes, $34, available at Barneys.
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