9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the GO!

9 Handbag Essentials for Women on the Go

When work is busy and your list of to-dos is never-ending, having the right handbag essentials is a must. Once I took time to think ahead and carefully select things I often need, it was amazing to see how my busy days felt a little less hectic. This may seem like a no-brained for some of you, but going through my work tote every week or so automatically makes my work/life schedule and routine fall into order.

If you have looked for something in your desk that is already in your bag, or you have thought something is in your bag when it’s really at home, just know that I have been there (sooo many times)! I know how annoying and time consuming that can be. So, in hopes of helping you make your work bag work for you, here is a peek inside my handbag!

Wallet

IMG_1256 Tory Burch Frida Zip Aroung Wallet

This may seem like a no-brainer, but a proper wallet that can hold all your cards and coupoons is a simple way to increase your level of organization.

EOS Lip Balm

EOS Soft Lip Balm Sphere

Chapped lips can be a major distraction, especially if you are on your way to the office for an event or important meeting.

Felt Pen

Paper Mate Flair Felt Tip Pens

Enough said.. I always need these, and in all the colors!


Erin Condren LifePlanner

Erin Condren LifePlanner, 2017-2018

I’ve talked about my LifePlanner before, and my love for it has only grown since I got mine. It is a great way for me to set and track goals in addition to keeping up with my schedule.

Sunglasses

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Ralph Lauren Art Deco Square Sunglasses

I love to have a pair of sunglasses living in my bag at all times. That way I don’t have to think about it, and I’m prepared whenever the sun comes out.

Mascara

L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Volume Building Waterproof Mascara

This stuff is the BEST drugstore mascara. It is a must for when you need to freshen up in the middle of the day.

Lip Gloss


Lancôme Lip Lover Hydration Lip Gloss

Lancôme’s Lip Lover is an all-time favorite lip gloss for me. It’s not sticky. It’s well pigmented and it lasts a long time!

Snack


Blue Diamond Almonds 100 Calorie Bags

When a meeting goes over or your lunch just didn’t cut it, a snack like this is a must in order to keep me from crashing or falling asleep on my keyboard.

Stain Remover


Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover

Nothing is worse than spilling coffee on your shirt when your day is just getting started. These things save me all the time!

In addition to these essentials, there are always non-essentials floating around in my bag, like bills, receipts or tickets (oh my!). In order to keep these from getting in the way of my essentials, I aim to clean out my work bag every week or so.  The handbag I currently use is by Kate Spade from a surprise sale. Here’s a similar one in the same color and another tote that is the perfect color for fall.  The internal pockets and compartments, along with the sturdiness of the bag really help me stay organized.

Do you have similar essentials in your work bag or in your everyday bag?  How do you keep your handbag organized? I’d love to hear all about it.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Prevent the Damage of Gel Manicures with this Alternative Nail Polish

It’s confession time!

I have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures. I love how long they last and I hate the damage gel polish does to my nails. But, I recently found an awesome gel polish alternative – CND’s Vinylux nail polish. My nails are on the thinner side, and all too often nail technicians end up digging into my nail bed or pulling off a layer of my nail with the gel polish when it is removed. Does anyone else have this issue?!

Despite the damage, I have been in a rhythm of getting a gel manicure for a few times in a row and then giving my nails some time to heal afterwards by not having any polish on them. But trying to time that schedule with life events gets annoying, especially because gel manicures require you to get a nail technician to take the polish off (note: I tried doing this myself and it was not pretty!).

The game-changing gel polish alternative

Manicures are an indulgence that makes me feel pampered and gives me time alone to relax, so what’s a girl to do?

Surely there’s a way to get a manicure that will last and not damage my nails. But for so long, I have looked for a solution without finding anything that worked. Until a couple of weeks ago, I found a game-changing product. It’s too good not to share! I went to a new nail salon and discovered CND Vinylux Nail Polish.  This nail polish looks and lasts like gel nail polish, but acts like a regular nail polish.

Let me explain.

Applying CND’s Vinylux doesn’t involve the curing phase under UV lights that you have with gel manicures. It is applied just like a regular nail polish, and it come off the same way too. This is best part! There’s no soaking of your nails in acetone or asking the nail technician to stop digging into your nail bed as they scrape off the polish.

The only down side is that CND’s Vinylux does not stay for a full two weeks, like you can expect with a gel manicure. CND claims itself to be a weekly polish. However, I am pretty hard on my nails and I was able to keep Vinylux on for nine days with just a few chips around the edges of the polish.

 I love how long gel manicures last, but I hate the damage they do to my nails. I recently found an awesome gel polish alternative - CND's Vinylux

 

CND Vinylux Nail Polish in Cake Pop

I love the Cake Pop color for late summer or early spring, too. It has a touch of lavender in the light pink, which makes it different from a lot of pastels out there. CND has a ton of other colors though, if this one is not your cup of tea!

Do you have a love/hate relationship with gel manicures? Do you have a gel polish alternative product that you use? I would love to know if you ever tried CND’s Vinylux polish or if you have found a different solution to the damage from gel manicures. Share with me what nail polish brands and shades you enjoy as well.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

P.S. This has seriously helped strengthen my nails!

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The Best Product to Set Makeup in the Summer

The Best Beauty Product for Setting Makeup in the Summertime

Summer is here, and while that means lots of time in the sun and hanging outside, it also means… SWEAT happens! I hate being sweaty, and since I’m assuming most of my readers do too, I am sharing the beauty product I use to prevent makeup from melting (or sweating) off my face. 

I’ve shared with you my favorite tinted moisturizer foundation, and this beauty secret is from the same brand – Laura Mercier. It’s their Translucent Loose Setting Powder.

Why it rocks…

This stuff is seriously magic. I have noticed over the years, that it is especially effective in the summertime. While that dewy look can be attractive on your tanned skin, there’s a fine line between dewy and sweaty. Hopefully you do not know this from experience, like I do (ugh)! This powder sets your face and continually absorbs oils, leaving your skin looking matte, even on crazy humid days. I remember getting in the car after walking several blocks in D.C. on a hot, August day. I was in work clothes and I felt sticky all over. But to my surprise, I pulled the visor down and my makeup was exactly where I had put it on my face that morning. And somehow, I didn’t look sweaty. That’s how awesome this stuff is!

How it works…

This soft, silky and smooth product should be applied after your foundation and concealer are on. Laura Mercier has a powder puff you can use for application, but I found that method was messy for me and resulted in too much powder on my face. A little goes a long way! I prefer to use a kabuki brush and push it into the powder. Then, I tap the brush several times until I see a small amount is left on the brush and I gently brush the powder into my face. I also use a smaller brush and apply it to my eyelids to set eye makeup. It’s particularly great at preventing your eye makeup from creasing. I use it year round, especially when I have a fancy night out or event and want to ensure my makeup stays put all night long.

I recommend Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder for people with combination or oily skin and to anyone who prefers a matte finish on their makeup. This powder will only enhance a matte foundation. And, like I said, if you’re trying to avoid that “makeup falling of your face in the middle of July” you need to consider trying this stuff out.

Have you used this setting powder or something similar? I’d love to hear, what you use during the summer, how much you like it and how you wear it.

Happy Monday & Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Getting that Summer GLOW: Rodan + Fields Sunless Foaming Tan Review

An honest review of Rodan + Fields Essentials Sunless Foaming Tan

Hi friends!

Memorial Day weekend is a couple weeks away, and while it is most importantly a weekend to remember our military who sacrificed their lives, it is also an unofficial kickoff of summer. It’s often this time of year when I put on shorts for the first time and cringe when I see how pale my bare legs look. Cheers to all you out there who don’t care at all how pale you are!!

To take the edge off that cringeworthy moment, I often turn to sunless tanners. I swear, I try at least one new sunless tanning product each summer. I have never been very impressed by the higher end sunless tanning products because I feel they either aren’t worth the lengthy process or that they aren’t a good value for the results I got. My go-to sunless tanning product is often Jergen’s Natural Glow lotion because the color is pretty good and it is affordable ($10). But recently, my friend Emily, who is a consultant for Rodan + Fields, shared with me their Essentials Sunless Foaming Tan ($26) to try. So far, it’s been surprisingly effective as easy to use!

The best things about this product are – the value, easy application and the natural color! I noticed quickly that a little goes a long way. I used four pumps on each leg and two for each arm, and it doesn’t seem like I put a dent in it. I’m sure I could get more applications out of my Rodan + Fields  bottle than my usual Jergen’s lotion. So, the value of this product is really even with Jergen’s lotion. In addition, I applied my legs and arms in less than two minutes. The foamless tanning solution absorbed into my skin quickly and was easily applied evenly.

Then, after waiting the recommended two to four hours for the product to set in, I noticed how lovely the color was. It did not look orange at all. It truly looked like a sun-kissed glow. As a testament, Will was out when I put on the foamless tanner. When he arrived my tan had set in and he thought it looked nice and natural (score!).

My only gripe about this product is that because it is a light, clear, absorbing foam, it is hard to see exactly where you’ve applied. While a lotion takes longer, because it is a more substantial product, you can more easily feel and see where you’ve applied the lotion. So, there is a bit of a trade off for the quick application process.

  • A tip for the first time users: If you’re applying this Sunless Foaming Tan to prepare for an event. Apply it about 24 hours in advance and take a warm shower to gently wash your body. This way any little streaks or blotchy areas will be diminished.

I also really liked how the product faded with time, did not give me orange hands and did not bleed on sheets or towels. Bleeding is a problem I have had with many other tanning products, which can be really annoying. Overall, I am sure I’ll be using my Sunless Foaming Tan over the other comparables in my cabinet throughout this summer. The color and convenience factor really make this stuff standout.

I’d love to know if you have tried Rodan + Field’s Sunless Foaming Tan or any other Rodan + Fields product. This is the first R+F product I have tried, so I’m also curious if you all have any other recommendations from this brand.

If you’d like to know more about R+F’s sunless tanner or shop R+F products, check out Emily’s website for all the details.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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Beauty Face-Off: How do two popular hydrating masks compare?

Hi friends!

How is your week going? I have been a little more quiet than normal this week, but for good reason. Will and I got engaged last weekend!! It was truly amazing and part of me is still taking it all in. So while I’m working on a recap of that whirlwind weekend and the proposal, I wanted to share my thoughts on a two hydrating face masks I recently tried.

Find out how the Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask and Boscia's Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask Compare.

The Karuna Hydrating + Face Mask came in my spring FabFitFun box, which is a seasonal subscription box. If you want to know more, check out my post about FabFitFun and what was in my spring box. I was excited to try this face mask because my skin always feels dry this time of year (pretty sure that’s an effect of the cold winter air), and I was curious to see how it compares to Boscia Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask, which I used a few times during the winter.

So, here’s the scoop! Karuna’s hydrating mask was easy to apply and use. There was no mess involved and the 20 minute application went by quickly. My skin absorbed the remaining gel quickly after I removed the mask. I applied the mask at night after I had washed my face and the following morning I decided to let me skin breathe and not use any makeup. Recently, my skin has some dry patches, but this product seems to have made them disappear for the time being!

My skin felt very refreshed and hydrated well after 24 hours of using this mask. In comparison, it reminded me a lot of Boscia’s Sake Brightening Hydrogel Mask. The Karuna Hydrating+ Face Mask sells in a pack of four for $28.  Boscia’s masks sell for $16 a piece, so Karuna’s masks are a better value. I also found Boscia’s masks were more difficult to put on since it was two pieces. At the same time, the two-piece mask makes it more accommodating to small and large faces.

Boscia’s hydrating mask has sake, antioxidants, peptides and plant extracts in it, which help prevent aging, reduce hyperpigmentation, brighten your skin and protect against free radical damage. In comparison, Karuna’s hydrating mask has hyaluronic acid and peptides to renew, aloe vera and chamomile to hydrate, and Chinese licorice and vitamin B to detoxify your skin. Since I don’t have hyperpigmentation or dull skin, it was difficult for me to tell if Boscia’s mask improved anything on that front.

Overall, the price and mask size are the only big differences between these products. I found the gel product and its effect on my skin to be extremely similar. I would say these products are tied in terms of how well they hydrated my face. I’d recommend both of these for anyone who needs a skin refresher. A hydrating mask like these can truly be a lifesaver for your skin. The best part it is, hydrated skin will diminish wrinkles and help your makeup go on flawlessly.

Have any of you used these masks? If you’ve used both, I’m curious if you prefer one over the other. Also, if any of you have dry skin like me, I’d love to know if you have any particularly helpful remedies.

Cheers!

Sarah Camille

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