Share: what’s the must-have item in your bag?

I remember someone asking this question at a workshop I attended eons ago – what is the one item you must have with you when you’re out? So let me modify the question here a little for the VivaBellas reading this – what is the one beauty item you must have in your bag when you’re out?

Is it a lip balm? A lipstick? A foundation powder? A sunscreen? A handcream? A mirror? A hand sanitizer? A pack of tissue? Or something else?

Well, mine is a comb. Heh. Many people don’t know but I belong to that category that will potentially ask anyone I’ve just met: “is my hair messy”? Okay, okay, I don’t ask. Very often, I’ll just whip out my comb and brush my hair. Friends who know me well are not surprised that this is the first thing I do when I meet them. My hair must look neat at all times! So yes, I detest fan and strong wind that mess up my hair! I do try to comb my hair in private, like in the restrooms, but some times I really can’t and I’ll be whipping out my comb when I am:
– taking a crowded lift.
– traveling up or down an escalator.
– traveling in a crowded train.
– peering into the side mirror of a car.
– looking into my reflection at a retail store.

Ha. I think you get the idea. I can be walking and combing my hair too and if I am able, I’ll be glad to bring my comb when I’m in the middle of a swimming pool too.

So tell me, if you can only have one beauty item in your bag, what must it be?

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    • Michelle says

      Omg, me too! I need to carry it every time cause I’m constantly washing my hands and if I don’t moisturize they dry up and get and ashy appearance that I hate. Well, hand sanitizer also, cause I dislike feeling my hands dirty and a nail file 😛

      • sesame says

        I need to use a hand cream whenever I’m in an aircon room. Someone just made the remark yesterday that she always see me using my hand cream.

    • sesame says

      I have a hand sanitizer in my bag all the time but guess what? I use it only when my son is with me. Haha…I don’t sanitize my hands enough.

      • Rebecca says

        its good you don’t use it all the time, it will kill good bacteria too, and as gross as that may sound, you need those for good health. Washing hands is sufficient enough…using sanitizer all the time will only weaken your immune and create super “bugs” that are hard to kill bc they have mutated…

        • sesame says

          Oh…that’s logical and good to know! I try to use only when necessary. Prefer to wash my hands.

  1. TheUndercoverGypsy says

    That’s interesting – I stopped using combs/brushes a long time ago, upon the recommendation of a several people in the curly hair forums…but hmmm, let’s see, I think it would have to be lipstick. Gotta have the lippie :)

  2. pf1123 says

    Do you think your combing habit will over stimulate the oil glands on the scalp and cause it to generate oil?

    I don’t need any beauty items in my bag. I have lip balm, lipstick and lip gloss, mirror in my bag. But I seldom use them. Too lazy.

    • sesame says

      If I brush hard, it will. But I only brush the sides, and avoid the scalp so should be okay. I guess my daily washing and blowing dry are stimulating the glands. I can’t stop though. 😛

  3. stella says

    blotter and any sort of lip moisturizer for the occasion – balm/gloss/lipstick…if i really have to choose *just one*… well, i’ll go with lips!

      • Lisa says

        Can tissue paper really be used in place of oil blotting paper?

        Hehe, also, fun post! My number one item is lip balm. I need to keep my lips moisturised.

        • Sesame says

          Yes, I don’t see why not as I don’t see any difference to the effects on my skin. I really think it’s an issue of personal preference. :)

          As for lip balm, it’s also a necessity for me!

  4. Fi says

    That one item is concealer :) I don’t use it everyday, but it’s there if I need it. Since I don’t wear makeup on daily basis, I sort of need a quick solution to impromptu client meetings, and I’ve found concealer being very useful for those situations, to provide light spot cover for blemishes and dark under eye circles.

      • Fi says

        I couldn’t when I first tried it, but I don’t like wearing makeup everyday, and sometimes there are just those days when I have to face walk-in clients. Took me awhile to master the art of blending it in without having foundation to blend it with, but now it works well for me :)

        Lightly damp face with clean damp facial tissues and dab dry (sometimes depending on the day, I’d skip the damp tissue, and straight to lightly dab face to remove excess oil), smooth the eyebrows, apply thin layer of concealer to cover areas needed (for me it’ll be the under eye and blemishes), and after I’m happy with it, I’d very lightly pinch/tap my cheeks to give a little bit of pink colour onto it. Sometimes if needed I’d dab a little bit of honey onto my lips to keep the lips moist (if I have no lipbalm with me, but I know there’s always honey at the office). And I’m ready to face clients :)

        • sesame says

          That’s really great. My skin tone isn’t so even…need some powder or tinted moisturizer for coverage.

  5. Flor says

    Lip balm. I am addicted to it. I have 1 in my bag, 1 in my office, 1 behind the sofa and 1 next to my bed.

  6. says

    I am newly addicted to face mists…..I think I would make it an essential must have along with a pack of simple tissues so that I can wipe off the dirt while traveling…..

    • sesame says

      These days I hardly spritz during the day. I spritz before applying my skin care products and then during the night.

      • says

        being winters even I am using the mists if my skin gets dried before moisturizing and then apply the oil but it would be very useful in summers here for me coz the summers make you sweat like a pig in India :(

        • sesame says

          Oh you apply oil even after moisturizing? That’s interesting. I usually use one or the other, very rarely both together. My skin is combination, so can get a tad oilier although the cheeks are a bit dry sometimes.

  7. Shimin says

    The most important thing is concealer! I need to cover the capillaries and red bumps on my face.

  8. says

    Ehh… 1)You have never asked me about your hair 2)I have not seen you whip out the comb when we meet up. 3)I have not seen your comb until this post.

    I’m the type who find touching up a hassle so most of the time I don’t bring any makeup with me. If so, it’s just lipstick and concealer.

    One thing I cannot leave the house with is a pack of tissues! My nose waters very easily, it can be a hot day but 15mins in the MRT and I will start to sniff!

    • sesame says

      I combed my hair various times before you arrived. Didn’t want you to see me in action! Hahaha…

  9. fwy says

    My Mentholatum Lip Pure Lip Balm, a packet of wet tissue and a small handheld mirror. I bought one the other day at ArtBox. They have really cute looking ones. A comb? I don’t even use a comb when I am drying my hair with the hairdryer. In fact, I had stop using a comb for 2 years maybe? I was told the more you comb the more hair you will lose.

    • sesame says

      Stop using comb since 2 years ago??? I wish I can stop combing my hair. I can’t leh. My hairstyle just needs combing!

      Oh the stuff at Artbox are lovely….all so cute!

    • sesame says

      Tissue is a necessary…but still next to comb for me. Think cos it’s easy to buy. Cannot buy comb all the time. Heh.

  10. says

    Erm, for me, it’s more of a case of must-haves rather than 1 item only =X In order of preference, i must have these items in my bag all the time:

    – lip balm
    – tissue paper
    – eye drops
    – aloe vera gel
    – hand cream (mini tube)
    – plasters (for blisters)
    – mirror
    – lipgloss

    I’m the opposite of you, i never comb my hair except right after my shower @ home ;p

    • sesame says

      At one point, I had a couple of lippies in my bag but I end up not using them but turning to my lip balm instead. So now I only carry one around.

  11. says

    A mirror.. hehe coz I’m vain.
    I need to know my hair is ok, my foundation does not streak, my lips do not crack, and no spinach stuck between my teetc hehehe.

    • sesame says

      Funny thing for me is, I carry a mirror around in my bag but I hardly have use for it. Hardly ever whip it out.

  12. Suzy says

    1. sunscreen
    3. moisturizer
    2.lip balm/and or lipstick..which I rarely wear but always lip balm
    3. tinted moisturizer to apply if
    I go work out during work
    4. last….tissue…to blot my oily faceeeeee…:D

    • sesame says

      Wow, first item is sunscreen? That’s really good! I tried carrying a small tube of sunscreen around one point of my life but found it almost impossible to reapply over my makeup. So I just gave up.

  13. Di says

    come to think of it…not one product in my bag stands out a a “must have” for me…but somehow i still carry everything! hehe time to unload some of it, i think! :)

    but i definitely have tissue, lip balm, eyedrops, hand sanitizer and hand cream in my bag…:)

  14. says

    TOO MANY THINGS! But most important:

    – hand cream
    – blotting papers
    – lip balm, lipstick AND gloss
    – tissues
    – compact foundation

  15. Denden says

    hmmm I always need stuff in my bag.

    -a mirror (always get paranoid and think I have something on my face.)
    -tissues (I have really bad allergies)
    -lip balm (always need this)
    -hand lotion/or sunscreen (I hate having dry skin)
    -and pads (you never know ^-^)

    • sesame says

      Mirror is one item I carry all the time but I hardly use. I prefer to check using the mirrors in the toilet. But it’s a good thing to carry as we may need it to check our teeth or lips occasionally.

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