You know those articles in magazines – the ones sharing all of the goodies inside a celebrity’s purse? I personally think those are fun to read as I love seeing what others carry around and the products they like etc. HOWEVER, that can’t possibly be what their purse typically look like? Can it?!
To keep it real, my purse is a trash can and what my family refers to as “the bag”. “The bag” hauls around everything that the kiddos and hubby throw inside – water bottles, bags from the dentist (anyone else admit to carrying these around for months?), weird crumbs, candy wrappers, a warm string cheese, expired coupons, a lip balm with no top and the list goes on…
With that said, I thought I would share The Real (as pictured above) and the I Wish (as pictured below). A girl can dream, right?! In all seriousness, though, I do think it’s fun to hear about what others keep inside their purses and what products they enjoy.
So today I thought I’d share some of my favorite purse products. Products that I hope to one day have neatly stored in my purse.
Stay tuned for more “What’s in My Purse” posts. The whole Hip2Save team will each be taking a turn to share the little treasures inside their bags!
What’s in my Clean and Nicely Organized Purse…
If you’re trying to reduce your sugar intake, Stevia is a great alternative. However, keep in mind that many of the brands out there don’t have the best taste and often have a really bad aftertaste too. I have tried quite a few and by far my favorite brand is the NuNaturals liquid Stevia. I actually carry a bottle around in my purse and use it often to sweeten my beverages when I’m out at a restaurant (coffee, iced tea etc.).
Best on-the-go snack ever and I really love that I can quickly read through and pronounce every single ingredient! Amazon often offers up fantastic deals on Larabar gluten-free bars. You can also make your own! I like these bars SO much that I did just that ===> check out the recipe here.
Archer Farms Roasted & Salted Cashews
I usually always have nuts in my purse. They are a yummy and I’m often snacking on them while running errands. I don’t know what it is about the Archer Farms cashews, but they are SO good. Just the right amount of saltiness. Love ’em!
Gum and/or other Breath Fresheners
Gotta keep the breath fresh while out and about, right? Many of the gum flavors that sound so darn delicious end up losing their flavor within literally a minute or two. My favorite gum that tends to keep its flavor and tastes great is the Orbit Sweet Mint Gum!
Also, if you’re not a gum chewer, another option is the Listerine Pocketpaks Breath Strips. They are strong, but definitely keep your breath fresh.
Platypus Orthodontic Flosser
OK – so this is only for us braces peeps, but I had to share because these flossers ROCK! I honestly don’t know how I would live without them. Adult braces are HARD to deal with ~ the food… oh the food. It literally gets stuck in every single bracket and crevice. Eeeek – drives me nuts!
Thankfully these flossers have come to the rescue. Now keep in mind that they are not very budget-friendly, but the price is still worth it in my opinion. They make the whole flossing process SO much faster when you’ve got braces and I’m all about saving myself time! The Spatula end fits under your arch wire – which makes flossing so easy!
In my area (Boise, Idaho), I’ve found these at ShopKo and Albertsons. In addition, you can buy these on Amazon here. You can also check their store locator here.
Because if you’ve got kiddos, wet wipes are
often always the answer! I usually carry the Kleenex brand in my purse – I find them to be thicker and they definitely help to get the job done. You can get yourself stocked up by purchasing a whopping 24 Kleenex Fresh on the Go Moist Wipes 10-count packs from Amazon.com!
Tide Pens To Go Instant Stain Remover – Because I am a coffee addict. Need I say more?
The Wet Brush
These Wet Brushes are great for those of you who have fragile hair like my daughter and I do. They make brushing through tangles much easier. This is the only brush that my daughter will use as she has a very sensitive scalp and literally complains if I use any other brush on her hair.
I’m a huge fan of BB Cream since it’s basically a product that does multiple things – all in one bottle! It’s a moisturizer, adds natural coverage, and feels like you’ve got hardly anything on your face. I honesty have not found a brand that I’ve fallen madly in love with. The two I often use currently are the L’Oreal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream and Clinique Age Defence BB Cream SPF 30 (definitely MUCH more expensive than the L’Oreal).
A GOOD Mascara
I am emphasizing GOOD because, if you wear mascara, you likely know that there is way more bad than good out there. I have tried lots of different brands and many expensive brands over the years – never satisfied. Until one day a couple of years ago – the day I purchased a tube of CoverGirl mascara, and I have never looked back. Seriously.
CoverGirl Masacara is the BEST. Not only does it work well, but it doesn’t cost a lot – very budget friendly. I have tried a few of the different CoverGirl lines and have been very pleased with most of them. NO more eyelashes clumping together and becoming one VERY long and thick eyelash.
Have you heard of a unibrow? There’s also something called a unieyelash. I’ve had lots of experience with them – they are not pretty. Thankfully, when I found CoverGirl, I was able to say goodbye to them for good.
I currently am using the CoverGirl Clump Crusher Lashblast Mascara. Great stuff!
Burt’s Bee products
There are a couple of Burt’s Bees products that I use often! One of my fav products is the Burt’s Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream. This stuff is awesome! I have pretty dry skin and this cream definitely helps with that. It is on the thicker side, so a little goes a long way. The scent smells SO good (think sweet almonds) and I love how my hands feel after using this cream.
I also am a fan of their lip products. They seem to stay on well compared to other brands and keep my lips moist.
Bumble & Bumble products
I have really fine AND thin hair. It’s limp, hardly grows and is the type of hair that is very difficult to add volume too. If you’re in the same boat, I definitely recommend trying out Bumble & Bumble products. Their products are on the pricier side, but well worth it in my opinion. Here are a couple of my favs…
Bumble and Bumble Pret A Powder Dry Shampoo
I’ve tried a lot of dry shampoo products and they typically weigh-down my hair and actually make it feel greasy – basically they do the opposite as to what’s stated on the bottle.
The Bumble & Bumble Pret A Powder has been one of the only products that actually works for me. It’s a powder that I basically rub in around my scalp. This powder makes it easy for me to go days without washing my hair, plus gives my lifeless hair some body and volume! Yay for that!
Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry
If you’re also dealing with thin/fine hair, this Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray does the trick. It makes your hair feel and look MUCH thicker. It gives your hair grit – not sure if that makes sense? I’m guessing for many of you with thick hair, grit likely isn’t a good thing. HOWEVER, for us thin hair gals, I personally LOVE the feeling of grit in my hair – it means no limp and flat hair strands, but instead body and style!
I love the small roll-on perfumes as they are the perfect size to throw in your purse! I’m a BIG fan of the various Pacifica roll-on perfumes – they smell great. Many of their scents smell like you’re on a tropical vacation. Some of my favorites include – Pacifica Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Pacifica Malibu Lemon Blossom, and the Pacifica French Lilac Perfume.
Glass Nail File
If you hate that nails-on-a-chalkboard sound when filing your nails, you may want to grab a glass nail file. Not only that, but these glass files are much gentler on your nails, so if you have soft and fragile nails these glass nail files are great. You don’t have to apply nearly as much pressure as the typical files out there and they get the job done.
Happy Purse Organizing ALL!