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5 Must-have beauty products for your purse

Laura Williams, M.S.Ed. is a personal trainer, freelance writer and entrepreneur who works with a wide variety of fitness clients. She's the founder of the popular website, - Girls Gone Sporty, and she's the host of the High Impact Blogg...

Make your purse a beauty survival kit

Every woman’s purse should provide an arsenal of multi-function beauty products that she can put to use in any potential beauty emergency. If you’re not ready to pull a beauty-McGyver move at any given moment, learn how to makeover your handbag, stocking it with these five essential items.

Cursive number 1Decorative bobby pinBobby pins

Bobby pins are so small, so simple and so effective that every woman should have at least two sets of decorative bobbies in her purse. If you're thinking to yourself, "I have never had a use for a bobby pin in my whole life," then maybe you're just not aware of how they can help you out in a pinch:

  • Decorative bobby pins can help you manage flyaway hairs or hold a headband in place
  • If you pop a button on a blouse or a pair of pants, twist your decorative bobby pin through the hole to keep things pulled together
  • Find dirt under your nails? Pull out a bobby pin and clean away
  • Need to roll up your sleeves? Pin them in place and look cute in the process

Cursive number 2Cream lipstick in a neutral shadeCream lipstick in a neutral shade

Depending on the size of your purse, you may not have the luxury of carrying all of your favorite cosmetics with you. That's not a problem if you pop a cream lipstick in a neutral shade into your handbag. If you need a touch-up on your lips, cheeks or even your eyes, pull out your lipstick and apply wherever needed. The creamy consistency will allow you to blend the color nicely so you don't look like a clown. Try NARS Semi-Matte lipsticks in "Catfight," "Morocco" or "Hot Voodoo" for a subtle, classy look.

Cursive number 3OPI Clear Nail PolishClear nail polish

Nails starting to chip? Hose starting to run? Buttons coming loose? Jewelry looking dull? Pull out your clear nail polish to stop these problems in their tracks. When you apply clear polish to a chipping nail, you'll still have to fix the color later, but the nail polish will prevent the color from continuing to chip. Similarly, applying polish over button thread and running hose will prevent the loose strands from continuing to fray. And, a quick coat of high-sheen clear nail polish will shine up costume jewelry and metal belt buckles in a flash.

Baby wipesCursive number 4Baby wipes

Pop a small sleeve of baby wipes into your bag to help keep you clean and neat throughout the day. Not only are they perfect for cleaning your hands after a desk-side lunch, but they effectively dab up food stains, wipe scuffs off of shoes and can even remove your make-up in a pinch.

Cursive number 5Combo compact mirror and purse hook

Combo compact mirror and purse hook

This one's pretty self-explanatory. A hand-held compact mirror will let you check your teeth, touch up your make-up and fix your hair. Plus, if you pack a mirror with a built-in purse hook, you'll never again have to awkwardly balance your purse on your lap while using a public restroom.

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