Summer Purse Essentials for When You’re on the Go
It’s safe to come out now: With the long winter months (finally!) behind us, there’s no better way to celebrate than by taking advantage of all that the outdoors have to offer. Whether you’re lounging by the pool, playing a pickup game of volleyball, enjoying a picnic in the park, or just out catching up with friends, we’ve got the best bets for your bag to ensure you’re covered whenever, wherever the carefree days of summer take you!
Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers
Don’t let your face outshine the sun: Small enough to fit in your wallet, these blotting papers are great for avoiding an oily summer don’t. Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers are ideal for afternoons spent out in the heat: They absorb the accumulation of oil and sweat on your face, leaving a light, invisible powder for a freshened-up look. Available in an assortment of skin-tone choices, these papers eliminate the need for constant touch-ups and reapplying. The end result leaves you looking moisturized, not greasy, and – best of all – free from stressing your sweat.
Buy Now, $3
Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray
Flat, limp, hair can be a year-round hassle, and the hot summer months do nothing to minimize the problem. Luckily, there’s Oscar Blandi’s mini version of his Dry Shampoo. Without stripping hair of its own natural oils, the shampoo absorbs oil buildup while strengthening and increasing volume at the roots. Light enough that it doesn’t weigh your hair down, this product is particularly good for those with little time for washing and styling. Simply apply between washings to give your hair extra bounce. As an added bonus, Blandi’s shampoo can be used as a corrective for clean hair that’s been subjected to too much product (we’ve all done it) – just spray and refresh!
Buy Now, $11 for 1.4 oz
Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stick
One of the best parts of summer is the opportunity to flash a little… toe. A killer pedicure deserves – needs – a killer shoe to show it off. Unfortunately, each new pair of peep-toe wedges also needs to be broken in, giving a whole new meaning to the term “killer.” To combat the dangers of shoe rubbing, apply Dr. Scholl’s Blister Defense Stick directly to your foot, where it works to prevent against blisters and irritation. The easy, glide-on application acts as a buffer between your skin and the shoe without leaving any residue
Buy Now, $7
Supergoop SPF30 Sunscreen Swipes
Tired of sticky sunscreens? Supergoops’s SPF 30 Sunscreen Swipes with Zinc for All Skin Types (even suitable for sensitive skin) is the answer to your woes. These wipes are pre-moistened, ready to calm, soothe and protect your skin from the harsh summer rays. Not only will the non-greasy formula keep your hands fresh and dry, the Zinc Oxide and green tea ingredients in this handy purse essential will help to reduce irritation and redness. Even better, it gently removes sand while preventing signs of aging.
Buy Now, $10 for 8
Wet Ones Sensitive Skin Hand and Face Wipes
Cleanse your skin on the go! Especially with the hot summer heat causing bacteria and oil build-up on your face, it’s essential to have this handy pick-me-up stashed in your purse. Made safe-to-use for sensitive skin, this wipe is formulated with extra mild cleansers that gently moisturizes while leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed!
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Fresh Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF15
Chapped and dry lips are always a no-no. To prevent embarrassing chapped lips, the Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment by Fresh is a great on-the-go product to store in your purse. Insuring long lasting hydration and moisture, this lip treatment helps to further nourish your lips while keeping wrinkles and damaging UV rays at par. The tint is adjustable upon your preference with more or less applications. Perfect for any skin color!
Buy Now, $22.50
SmartMouth On-The-Go Packets
Now you can have minty fresh breath everywhere you go! These SmartMouth On-The-Go Packets can give you up to 12-hours of fresh breath whether you’re at the beach, out on the town, or even on the plane. They are so simple to use, just tear off the top and pore the content into a mixing cup or simply pore it directly in your mouth. This is definitely a purse must-have!
Buy Now, $7 for 10
Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50: Shaken, Not Stirred
As a self-proclaimed beauty-product diva, my first rule of thumb is more is more— when it comes to sunscreen, of course. But finding the right SPF for my sensitive skin has become quite the grueling task. Enter Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50, perfect for applying under my everyday makeup or slathering on at the beach. The fun with this broad-spectrum UV blocker (UVA and UVB rays) is in the shaker— a tiny little ball that evenly distributes the active ingredients for more effective protection. Paraben-free and ultra-sheer for sensitive skin, you know this will be the first thing I throw into my beach bag all summer!—Lindsay Leff
Buy Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 (1.7 fl oz.), $30, at dermstore.com