7 beauty items every woman needs in her work bag

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7 Beauty Items Every Gal Needs in Her Workbag

Is your work bag overstuffed or just a little too heavy? It is time to take inventory and only keep the essentials you really need.

There are a few mistakes you may be making when packing up your work bag. Many women carry loads of items they rarely use, from nail polish to makeup mirrors to eye shadow palettes. Still, others carry products that are just too large for how often they're used or too likely to spill.

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It's also common to accumulate too many of the same product over time. If you dump out your bag, you might be surprised to find five different lip balms. So if you want to keep your bag clean and light on your shoulder, you'll want to follow the list below.

These key beauty items will keep you looking and feeling fabulous, from your desk to dinner.

Here's what you really need in your work bag:
  1. These travel-size towelettes remove makeup and cleanse skin before you leave the office to keep skin refreshed and feeling great, even after a long day.
  2. Hand sanitizer is a necessity. These one-ounce antibacterial sprays will do the job, and they don't take up much space.
  3. You'll also want a refreshing breath spray for after lunch or before important meetings (we love this one).
  4. A roll-on perfume can be a lifesaver! These roller-balls are tiny, and you won't have to worry about spills in your bag.
  5. As far as makeup goes, always carry a travel-size mascara (try this or this) for last-minute touch-ups and to add a little more pop to your eyes before heading out of the office for dinner or drinks.
  6. Also, keep either a lip gloss (try this one) or lip liner (you'll love this one) in an eye-catching shade close at hand.
  7. Every modern gal should carry a portable charger. If you can splurge a bit, this purse can store several items, and it has a USB adapter, so you can charge your devices on the go. You're never fully dressed, without your tech!
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7 beauty items every woman needs in her work bag

MAC Lipstick in Ruby Woo, available at Nordstrom

This perfect matte red lasts and lasts -- and looks great on all skin tones.


Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture in #19 Fuchsia Pink, available at Amazon

This bold but sophisticated shade of purple was the first shade created Saint Laurent in 1979.


Dior 'Rouge Dior' Lipstick, available at Nordstrom

This is Dior's most popular lipstick ever.


Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in Pirate, available at Nordstrom

This shade with give you Coco Chanel's signature red lip.


Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, available at Sephora

Everyone loves this shade for a sheerer look.


Tom Ford Lip Color in Bruised Plum, available at Nordstrom

This pick is perfect for vampy Khloe Kardashian-esque lips.


NARS Lipstick in Schiap, available at Nordstrom

This bold pink is named for designer Elsa Schiaparelli.


Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Creme in Fire and Ice, available at Amazon

This drugstore pick has been a top seller since the 1950s.


L'oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour in Fairest Nude, available at Amazon

This shade gives life to all skin tones!


Dolce&Gabbana Beauty Classic Cream Lipstick, available at Nordstrom

This lipstick is the most used backstage at fashion shows.


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