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Bag It: Essential Purse Must Haves and Must Get Rid Ofs:

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

It may come as no surprise that (almost) every woman identifies herself (to some capacity) by her accessories, her purse being one of them. In fact most of us have one for every season, occasion and mood. But according to the professionals, what’s in your bag says a lot about you as well. In fact, they note, that most ladies are notorious for disorganized purses and carrying around way more than they actually need, no wonder we can’t ever find anything in that bottomless abyss. They suggest, doing a general cleanup and discarding all unnecessary items (and they note, there’s probably more than you thought). So, if most of what you have is dispensable, what do you need? You asked, we answered.

Bag Basics:

1. Blotting Papers: These ideal little towelettes designed to let you shine, but eliminating midday shine should be a staple item, and a replacement for cakey, powder. They can also be used to smooth over greasy roots (for a midday hair boost), or to blot lipstick before applying a new coat and some powder for long lasting effects).

2. Lip Schtick: Experts suggest a pinkish-brown shade that universally compliments most skin tones and colors. This, they note, can enhance your look, even when you’re wearing nothing else (on your face that is). They suggest buying two: one for home and one for your bag. And, they recommend a sheer or glossy formula to add moisture as well as color.

3. Multipurpose Beauty Stick: An all-in-one color stick can act as your saving grace in emergency (beauty) situations. Professionals suggest one in mauve or bronze that can “multitask” and be used for cheeks, lids, and even lips for a classy, elegant, up-to-date monochromatic look.

4. A Cuticle Oil Pen And Nail File: Not only are your hands one of the first features people notice, but among the first they frequently come in contact with, especially for those ladies sporting around their most recent (diamond) acquisition. A cuticle oil pen can turn dry, flaky cuticles into a nail bed of moisture, making them look shiny ad healthy. A mini nail file can help smooth out snags and broken nails.

5. Eyedrops: Whether you wear contacts, work outdoors or in fluorescent lighting in heat or air conditioning, your eyes are likely to “bother” you. In fact, experts note that dry eyes are quite common for most. Not to mention that they can often lead to red, itchy, unattractive eyes that may also lead to blotchy (eye) makeup. They recommend keeping a bottle of eyedrops easily accessible to rejuvenate dry eyes without makeup.

Extra Baggage (Feel Free To Toss):

1. Pressed Powder: Using it to “freshen up” only leaves shiny skin looking pasty and chalky.

2. Petite Perfumes: Your perfume may be appealing to you (and your beloved) but could be offensive to others (especially those of us with allergies). Spray before you leave the home, and refrain from subjecting friends and co-workers to your fragrance during the day.

3. Specialty Shades: Lipsticks, eyeliners, etc., that are specialty items are best left at home (for preparing for those special moments). Experts note there’s no need to clutter your bag with any accessories you don’t rely on daily.

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