Wednesday, October 20, 2010

My Must Have Items: Tote Bag Edition

I thought I would start this series of what are my must have items for each occasion, be it travelling for a vacation, going to a party or the mall. In this edition, I'm going to be posting the tote bag edition. I don't have a lot of tote bags, I think I only have a few of them. My current favorite is from Longchamp and I use a handbag organizer inside to keep it neat and organized.  

1. Sunscreen
This is a must wherever I go. I hate the sun and its invisible, skin damaging rays. Simply put, the rays of the sun breaks down the elastin and collagen on our skin, leading to wrinkles and premature aging. I always have a small bottle with me in my bag. The current one that I'm using is from Etude House called the Aqua Drop Sun Guard SPF 33/ PA ++. This sunscreen has a very light, fluid texture without having a greasy finish. that most sunscreens tend to have.

2. Lip Balm
I hate having dry, chapped lips so, I always carry lip balms/chapstick with me everywhere I go. I avoid licking my lips because saliva can dry out the lips, instead of moisturizing it. Of course, I can't just rely on lip balm for soft lips, but also drinking 8 glasses of water each day. My favorite lip balms are Nivea essentials and Carmex Cherry SPF 15.

3. Hand Cream
I know I have oily skin on my face, but my body has a very dry skin type. My skin is so very dry that I once had scales on it! One of the driest part of my body are my hands. Hand creams are very useful, especially after washing my hand, they feel tight. I just slab on some cream and feel moisturized instantly. My favorite is the Etude House Rich Butter Hand Cream coz' it's moisturizing and non-greasy.

4. Hand Cleansing Products
Ever had one of those experience where u touch something and ended up with sticky, smelly hands? I know, gross. Very gross. That's why it's best to prepare cleansing wipes, preferably wet ones. This comes in handy because you won't always have access to water for washing your hands. These wipes are the next best thing. If you're not fond of wipes, you can always try a hand sanitizer so you won't have to fuss about where to throw your tissue away. I'm using a local brand called Mitu for the wet wipes and Cussons Carex for hand sanitizer.

5. Oil-Blotting Film
As you would have already know, I have oily, acne prone skin type. Even though I used a primer to reduce my 'oiliness', I would still have excess oil at the end of the day. I will never leave home without this item. It's great for touching up and making my face stay matte. I'm using the Clean n Clear oil blotting film because they are more durable than sheets.

6. Medicine Case
I have been having vertigo ever since I was in the 8th grade, around 12 years now. I always have to have my medicine just in case the world spins from my perspective. I also have pain killers, cough medicine, and some cheweable antacids. I got this case at Daiso for IDR 22,000 located in Mal Artha Gading.

7. Lipstick
I usually carry a nude lipstick to match my lip tone because I sometimes have dark lip pigmentations and needed to hide them. Nude lip color is perfect for everday wear that doesn't bring too much attention, but covers the imperfections brilliantly. My current favorite is from Revlon Colorstay in Natural Cashmere. It's soft, smooth and doesn't dry my lips!

8. Compact Powder & Kabuki Brush
After touching up with the oil blotting film, I like to make sure my face stays matte for longer periods of time. Hence, I powder my face to have that matte finish that I crave for. I like using a kabuki brush because it gives me an even application all over my face. I love using Maybelline's Dream Matte Powder & Ecotools Retractable Kabuki Brush. No matter how much I use this powder, it doesn't give a cakey finish on my face.

9. Perfume

This comes in great use especially when you're taking public transportation to the mall. All those smells that are so putrid and yucky will be eliminated if I bring perfume in my tote bag. It's also great after a few hours in the mall to freshen up. I currently carry my Etude House Petit Bijou in Peach Touch, which smells really fruity and sweet!

10. Nintendo DS

I hate waiting and love video games. Put them together and you get a great combination of the 'waiting game'. Bad pun, I know, but you get it. Nintendo has always been my favorite video game console that I love ever since I started playing NES. Well, this is beneficial if I have to wait for someone to show up to meet ups and have fun while waiting!


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