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4 Essential Schoolbag Beauty Products


Essential beauty products to have in your school bag

Have you ever watched those “What’s In Her Purse” videos on Youtube? They highlight an almost universal obsession – we women love finding out what’s in each other’s purses. That’s where the inspiration for this article came from – it’s my version of “What’s in Your Schoolbag,” except instead of listing everything, I want to focus on the beauty products every busy girl should bring with her. So here’s the lowdown on my favorite practical beauty products to carry with you all day.

1. Eyelash Curler

Revlon Eyelash Curler
Revlon Eyelash Curler – $3.99

I am obsessed with my eyelash curler; it’s actually quite embarrassing. After hours of lecture, I sometimes notice that my eyelashes become droopy, so I always use my eyelash curler on breaks between classes. Eyelash curlers are great because they make a huge difference in how you look. My current favorite is Revlon’s Eyelash Curler ($3.99) because it grabs all my eyelashes and gives them an amazing curl.

Another reason I love eyelash curlers is because they’re great to bring with you to class since, unlike other makeup products, there’s no risk of spillage in your purse. One word of warning, however: watch where you put your eyelash curler in your bag. I once put my eyelash curler in the front pocket and it broke when I dropped my bag on the floor. So be careful!

2. Lip Gloss/ Lip Balm

Lip Gloss

Hot pink lip gloss
Covergirl Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Watermelon Splash – $5.49

I often bring the lip balm or lip gloss that I’m wearing for the day with me to class. If I notice that my lip gloss is smudged, I just reapply it.

Right now I absolutely love Covergirl’s Wetslicks Fruit Spritzers in Watermelon Splash ($5.49). It reminds me of the grown-up version of those cute Bonnebell lipglosses we all used as kids. What girl didn’t love those? Although the color looks hot pink, it comes off as a more sheer tinted pink. It’s a versatile shade that’s sheer enough to work on any skin tone. But the real reason why I love this lipgloss so much is because it tastes amazing – I always want to lick my lips because it tastes so good! It doesn’t have that overly artificial fruit taste; instead, it has more of a watermelon bubblegum pop flavor.


Moist Chapstick
ChapStick Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 – $1.59

If I don’t want to fuss with using a mirror during the day, I make sure to bring lip balm with me. I actually prefer lip balm over lip gloss because it requires less maintenance. But more importantly, it keeps my lips moisturized and soft.

ChapStick is an all-time classic. I’ve been using it for as long as I can remember. Although it’s only a couple of dollars, the quality is superior to anything else I’ve ever tried. I could never understand why certain girls would spend so much money on expensive lip balm when this works so well! I always use the Lip Moisturizer SPF 15 ($1.59), but many of my friends like the cherry flavored one as well.

Burt’s Bees Lip Balm

Burt's Bees Lip Balm
Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – $2.69

I was introduced to Burt’s Bees lip balm in high school. Once I felt the minty, tingly sensation, I was hooked. This product will make your lips feel fresh and hydrated. It is slightly more expensive than ChapStick, but the classic Beeswax- Lip Tube Balm is still incredibly affordable at $2.69. Unlike the ChapStick brand, Burt’s Bees offers an array of lip products from tinted lip balms to lip glosses. However, for an everyday school product I prefer to use the regular lip balm.

3. Translucent Powder

Matte Translucent Powder
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder – $6.59

Calling all oily skinned ladies: if you hate how your T-zone gets shiny during the day but hate caking on heavy face powder, I have found your golden ticket. Although I use MAC Mineralized Skin Finish Natural in the morning, I use Maybelline’s Dream Matte Powder ($7-8) to touch up during school hours. This is a translucent powder, meaning it is incredibly sheer and doesn’t contain much color. So you can pile it on and your skin won’t look cakey. But best of all, this product works wonders to reduce the appearance of oily skin. Totally a must-try.

4. Hand Sanitizer

Hand Sanitizer
Bath and Body Works Anti-bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel – $1.50

While hand sanitizer is not really a beauty product, it’s an essential for me during the day, and is too important to leave off the list! Throughout the day, you’re constantly touching dirty doorknobs and germ-filled desks. Just attending class is practically a recipe for catching a cold. Fortunately, hand sanitizer will help keep your hands clean and free of most germs.

Hand sanitizer is actually great for your complexion, too, if you’re like me and rest your chin on your hand during class. Think about it: your hands are usually covered in dirt, oil, and germs. When you touch your face, all that dirt comes into direct contact with your pores, providing a perfect breeding ground for breakouts. So using hand sanitizer is crucial.

My personal favorite is Bath and Body’s Works Anti-bacterial Deep Cleansing Hand Gel in Coconut Lime Verbena ($1.50) because it doesn’t have that harsh chemical smell.

Your thoughts?

What beauty products do you guys carry around in your school bag? I would love to know! Leave a comment and tell us “what’s in your school bag”!

Posted on on February 24, 2010 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , , , ,

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30 Responses to “4 Essential Schoolbag Beauty Products”

  1. 1
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:27 am

    I carry Burt’s Bees lip balm and hand lotion all the time. Just taking time to relax for one minute before class and get a mini-spa treatment helps take a little bit of stress out of my day. :)

  2. 2
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:22 am

    My purse contents are: lipglosses sephora sent me for my birthday, rose balm, and a mirror. Also my camera and a few lenses for it, but that’s not technically beauty stuff.

    I can’t imagine carrying around a curler and redoing my eyelashes after class. I don’t care quite that much about my appearance.

  3. 3
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    i carry lip balm and hand lotion too.. no eyelash curler here, though. Sometimes its hard to find a mirror around here, even if I thought to use one.

    About the hand sanitizer – ever since I took a microbiology class I’ve been wary of using them. They kill so much bacteria (99%!) including the “good” ones on your hands, and by constantly exposing the bacteria to the hand santizer, you are giving them an opportunity to mutate and become resitant to it… meaning we will soon have super bacteria running around that anti-bacterial soap won’t be able to kill. No point in making that happen any sooner than it has to!

  4. 4
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I like to carry around my rollerball perfume. It’s perfect for those days when a shower before class just isn’t in the cards, but I still want to smell pretty. Also, I like to keep a big hair clip in my bag so I can pull back my (potentially dirty) hair into something classy-looking, in case I have to meet with a prof or something.

  5. 5
    February 24th, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Love it, good recommendations.
    However, if you have oily enough skin that you need to touch it up between every class, I’d recommend E.L.F shine eraser papers, because you actually soak up the oil instead of just matting it down on your face.

  6. 6
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    I love that I always carry everything on this list that you mentioned, same exact powder, chapstick AND same scented hand sanitizer! great minds think alike! :)

  7. 7
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I love Burts Bees lipbalm! It’s fantastic. I am also a fan of the Bath and Body works hand sanitizers because they smell nice.

    @lia: I’ve heard this too, but mostly about antibacterial soaps. I have also read other studies that show that using hand sanitizer is better than nothing in some situations. For example, if you sneeze into your hand or use the washroom somewhere where there is no soap and water available/has run out.

    I wonder if curling your eyelashes that often would put a lot of stress on your lashes…

  8. 8
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:48 am

    I always have a hair brush with me too! a tiny one, for those windy days so when you get to class i can quickly straighten up and not look like i have a rat’s nest in my hair.
    also TISSUES!!! i wish more people would carry these so it isn’t a symphony of sniffles and snorts in the lecture hall!!

  9. 9
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I love that Chapstick! I use the same kind. It is the one thing I can’t leave home without! It is so good to my lips!

  10. 10
    February 24th, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    yeah i was also going to say something about the powder. instead of putting more and more powder throughout the day (in the end you will end up looking cakey) oil blotting sheets work the best. I use clean and clear oil absorbing sheets. they get the job done.
    i save the powder for nights out.
    hahahh literally everything else i have in my bag :)

  11. 11
    February 24th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    I second the Clean and Clear blotting papers! They don’t even mess up your makeup. My skin isn’t oily enough where I need to carry them around on a daily basis, but if I’m going out later, I’ll throw these in my bag.

    I usually carry Rosebud Salve, mini-hand sanitizer and a mini-hand lotion. I also usually have a compact mirror, a nail file and some extra hair ties/ bobby pins.

    Other than that, I usually have some spare Tylonal, a couple of Bandaids and eye drops and I keep it all in a little makeup pouch so it’s easier to move it from my school bag to my purse.

  12. 12
    February 24th, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    it’s really cool that you guys really really do listen to suggestions :) i remember making a suggestion about this a while ago, and now its here! thanks, ill definitely continue to be a loyal reader.

  13. 13
    February 24th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    i lovelove softlips chap stick!

  14. 14
    February 24th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    If you can find perm wrapping papers they are a lot cheaper then the oil blotting papers and do the exact same thing!

    Also, while hand sanitizer is good “for your complexion” because it keeps your hands free of oil you should never put it on your face!! It contains a different type of alcohol then acne washes and can really irritate and make acne worse!

    Using an eyelash curler with mascara on is also never recommended. The mascara gets stuck to the metal and can actually yank out eyelashes! Not cute!

  15. 15
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    So in my microbiology class I learned that

    Alcohol – based hand sanitars are very effective in killing almost all microbes (both pathogenic and “healthy” bacteria) on your skin and will not promote bacterial resistance.

    Antibiotics-containing such as triclosan (such as the one shown here) are very bad and can promote bacterial resistance.

  16. 16
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    in my bag i always carry chapstick, lipgloss or nivea cherry kiss (its like chapstick but it gives your lips altille more color), compact mirror, bobby pins and oil blotting sheets

    joelle, thanks for the tip on using perm wrapping papers instead of oil blotting sheets! ( i pay around 5 dollars for a pack that only lasts me two weeks, so your tip will be saving me some money!)

  17. 17
    February 24th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    i carry a lipstick and lip balm. I lost my favourite lipgloss yesterday…. :(

  18. 18
    February 24th, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Hey guys!
    Yeah I’m a big fan of the Clean&Clear Oil Absorbing sheets too. I definitely recommend that product. I actually don’t know why I forgot to mention it.

    In terms of the eye lash curler, I only use it on occasion. I don’t always carry it around either because it can easily break if you’re not careful. But on the rare occasion that I need a more awake look, that’s what I use.

    Really loving the information about the hand sanitizer!!!! I had no idea! So Lia and Charlotte, thanks so much for the valuable information! That really makes me think a lot about more about hand sanitizer!

    Keep the “what’s in your schoolbag comments” coming,it is so much fun to see what you gals carry with you! – XOXO Nicole

  19. 19
    February 24th, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I bring what you have listed above and I also bring along whatever mascara I’m using, eyeliner for touchups, elastic bands, bobby pins, and also Q-tips for any makeup touchups.

    I used to bring along the regular sized eyelash curler but it makes my makeup pouch a little bulky (I put all my beauty stuff in a small zip-up bag), so I bring one that’s the same size as this: It works just as well, and it’s much more compact.

  20. 20
    February 24th, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I’m not sure if anyone mentioned it, but definitely Rosebud Salve! Nothing makes my lips feel more moisturized during the winter. I also keep a small bottle of hair gel in my bag, since I have curly hair and use it for touching up any frizz :) Also hand lotion is a must for the current favorite is Bath & Body Works Shea Cashmere Hand Cream :)

  21. 21
    February 25th, 2010 at 1:42 am

    my essentials are chapstick, a mirror, and oil-blotting sheets. I really, REALLY need the mirror because I always want to double check if i have an eye goober, or there’s a crumb on the corner of my mouth, or my eye makeup smeared in a very disgusting way, etc!

    good post idea (:

  22. 22
    February 25th, 2010 at 4:41 am

    These are all wonderful ideas!

    My personal favourites are concealer, powder foundation, lip balm, and lip stain!

    Lip stain is *amazing*. Looks uber-natural in the right shade, lasts for several hours, does not smudge, doubles as blusher in a pinch, and re-adjusts the contrast in your face, emphasising femininity.

    ( I read an interesting article somewhere that one of the key factors of perceived femininity is a higer contrast between the eyes and lips and the rest of the face, compared to the low-contrast of male skin, hence eyeliner or mascara are probably also a good idea…)

    Keep more articles like this coming!

  23. 23
    February 25th, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Those are my essential too! I use oil-blotting sheets as well. I only don’t have the eyelash curler – at all. Isn’t it unhealty for your eyelashes?

  24. 24
    February 26th, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    About the hand sanitizer, I use either Remi-D or GoSoap!. What I love about these two products is that they are a spray (not a goopy gel!) plus it’s alcohol free which is so much better and it never dries out your hands. Also great smelling! A MUST-HAVE in my bag.

  25. 25
    March 4th, 2010 at 10:20 pm

    I’m constantly emptying out my bag. I constantly find a new lippie in my stash that’s the perfect neutral shade and I dump it in my purse. I once even found 2 of the same exact lipstick in my bag when I was switching bags lol!

    The two essential items that aren’t on your list that I’d go nuts without are hand cream – I HATE dry hands – and a nail file. As a reformed nail biter, I cannot stand ragged edges so if a nail breaks I need to even it out.

  26. 26
    March 6th, 2010 at 2:35 am

    i carry my tissues,hand sanitiser and my sunscreen

  27. 27
    March 11th, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    i carry a little makeup bag, complete with a mini mascara, for touch ups, a compact with powder/mirror, lipgloss, burts bees, and breath mints, you never want to be caught with coffee breath =)

  28. 28
    June 1st, 2010 at 2:04 am

    about the face i powder i also uses maybelline :D and i already have my sanitizer!
    and i need a wipes or a tissue..

  29. 29
    September 9th, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Not only does using an eyelash curler with mascara on yank out your eyelashes, it also makes them brittle and then they break and become short and ugly!!!!

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