Getting ready in the morning is pretty easy when all of your essentials are within reach.

But what essentials products do you carry all day, every day, just in case you travel, sleep at a friends house, or get stuck in a freak rainstorm right before a huge interview? Here are some that I keep in my purse at all times, just in case I have a beauty emergency.  

1. Hair products

I'm so fortunate that my hair dries straight naturally, so the only thing I have to do in the morning is wash and brush. But hectic days make for greasy hair, so I always carry a small canister of dry shampoo to get ride of my oily roots. For those whose hair takes a little more work, try an anti-frizz serum to keep your hair sleek, or to pat down fly-aways if nothing else. And always, always make sure to keep a few extra bobby pins or hair bands around.

2. Moisturizing lotion

I swear by Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I take it with me everywhere  go, and my face feels naked and almost shriveled without it. It's different than the lotion, which makes my face feel heavy and totally clogs my pores. If I have time for nothing else in the morning, I will always make sure I put this on before I leave, even if it makes me late. Itchy, dry skin is so unsexy.

3. Mascara

No matter what my boyfriend tells me or what I read in any magazine about natural beauty, my eyes will always look better with mascara. I have thin, light lashes so any lengthening black mascara does the trick for me. Plus, it helps widen eyes and when added on lightly can look totally natural.

I prefer Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara in black: no clumps on their thin brush and it helps my lashes look long and full.

4. Blush

Blush is such a compact tool and one sweep on the apple of your cheeks gets you a fresh faced, just-pinched look. Just make sure you pick a color that look natural with your complexion.

5. Lip products
Another issue I deal with is perpetually dry lips: no matter how many times I moisturize, whenever I look in the mirror my lips look like snake scales: all cracked. I think I carry about four different lip products, including Burts Bees Lip Balm; Zambuk, an organic lip balm from South Africa; Maybelline New York's Baby Lips lip balm; and Buxom Big & Healthy Lip Polish, which gives my lips some shine and little tingle.

6. Deodorant and Roll-On Perfume

Sweating/being sweaty might actually be the bane of my existence, so I try to always be as clean and fresh-smelling as possible. I always keep a travel size deodorant tube and roll-on perfume that I can sneak on in the bathroom without anyone else knowing. The travel section at Target is great for these!

I know if I could carry around a bag the size of my body without it breaking my back, I would bring so much more with me. But a girl-on-the-go must travel lightly, and these essentials help me get through my days without looking like I just rolled out of bed.

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Lovelies, what are the beauty essentials that you keep in your bag? Do you have anything else to add to the list?

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