7 Beauty Basics to Keep In Your Handbag

February 8, 2014 Beauty Edits
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As a uni student, my everyday bag is chock full of textbooks, tutorial booklets, notebooks for each subject and the latest addition will be my new laptop. This leaves very little room for other items that I actually want to carry, and the following are only 7 of the many things I want to lug around with me everywhere.

1. Aēsop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream

$40 AUD – 40ml

With SPF15, this is a lightweight sunscreen I like to use when I’m not wearing my Benefit foundation that has SPF25 (which is most days). It’s formulated with sage leaf extract to calm and soothe the skin, while zinc oxide provides the sun protection I need.

I find that SPF15 suffices for sun protection for me because I spend most of my time indoors, only exposing myself to the sun when I head to lunch every day or the odd external meeting every now and then.

2. Travel-sized Issey Miyake l’Eau d’Issey

Pop your favourite fragrance into a travel-sized atomiser (try Travalo), and spritz some on to freshen yourself up. Let’s face it, some perfume bottles are packaged beautifully, yes. But they are so impractical… see: Vera Wang Lovestruck.

Lush’s solid perfumes could also work because they’re small enough to take around without you everywhere and you don’t have to worry about leakages either.

3. Aēsop Protective Lip Balm

$19.00 AUD – 5.5g

My lip balm collection grows steadily every week, but I’m making it a habit to make use of lip balms with SPF.

Did you know that the skin on your lips is five times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face? This is why it’s even more important to protect your lips from harmful UVA.

Aēsop’s SPF30 lip balm is a dense lip balm that applies thinly to the lips, and also makes for an awesome lip stick/lip cream base!

4. Benefit Cosmetics Benetint

$55 AUD – 12.5ml

I like to use for a pop of colour on the lips, especially when I’m going for a no-make up make up look. It’s extremely buildable, so if you want a darker cherry red lip as opposed to a light rosey tint, it’s only a matter of layer control.

When used as a cheek stain, it gives me a subtle rosey glow. Have I mentioned that it smells yummy too? Yeah… If you’re a fan of Turkish delights, this might interest you!

5. Bottle of Water

Water is one of the basic human needs according to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. There are also multitudes of reasons why water is beneficial to your health and fitness, and the following are good enough reasons for me to carry a bottle around with me:

  • promotes clearer skin
  • stronger nails
  • shinier hair
  • detoxes your body

6. Sukin Organics Hydrating Mist Toner

$9.95 AUD for 125ml

Be it a mist toner, or thermal spring water (Avene and Sewame are good too) – a spritz or two on the skin can provide instant relief to those who want some intermittent moisturising.

I love Sukin’s one because it’s affordable, alcohol-free and doesn’t dry out your skin, and it also soothes with chamomile and rosewater.

It also works a treat when I’m studying at UTS library which is notorious for ice cold air conditioning both during Summer AND Winter. I feel freshened with two light spritz on the face so I can continue slaving at my books.

7. Sukin Organics Hand & Nail Cream

$9.95 AUD – 125ml

Currently my holy grail hand cream because it is light and smells a treat. It moisturises well without leaving a greasy touch, and the blend of aloe vera with vitamin E do wonders at softening my hands.

Sukin Organics have such strong environmental ethos. yet their products are still so darn affordable! It’s just such a shame that I’m not a massive fan of their lip product.


There you have it! These are my schoolbag/handbag essentials! Let me know what other items you cannot live without in the comments below!


Much love,

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