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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What's in My Vanity Kit?

I’ve seen a lot of blogs that feature the things that women (and men) have in their bags. I don’t think that I’m ready to share everything that’s in my bag so allow me to start small by sharing the items that are in my vanity purse or, as we call it here in the Philippines, my “kikay kit.” 

My purse is a bag I got from a giveaway from fellow blogger Kate Alvarez last year. I think it is a good size for my minimal kikay kit. When I travel and need a bit more makeup, I tend to bring two kikay kits: one for retouching my makeup and another that carries all the other makeup that I need if I need to put a little more on. For this post, I’m sticking with the minimal kit. 

Inside my kit are the following items: 

Maybelline Clear Smooth All in One Powder (Light) – As I mentioned in an earlier post, I use this powder on my T-Zone area. I bring this along with me for when I need to retouch (although honestly, I hardly do). 

Watson Facial Oil Blotting Paper – This is hardly used, but I do have it in case my face becomes too oily to just retouch with powder. Sometimes I use it to blot my lipstick too.  

IMagic Lip Liner – I normally don’t use lip liner but sometimes I like making my lips look a bit fuller and use this to define my mouth. This is more of a random urge kind of thing that I do so I like keeping the liner in my purse in case I feel like doing the full, Kylie Jenner thing. 

Maybelline Powder Matte Lipstick (Make Me Blush) – I’d like to think that this color comes off as nude-ish on me but gives me a bit of a glow since I’m naturally pale without makeup. 

Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade Crayon – As my sister would say, “Kilay (eyebrow) is life.” Even if I applied makeup to define my brows, I bring this along to retouch as necessary since I have uneven brows due to my thyroid condition. 

Apple & Eve 8-Hour Lip & Cheek Stain – Like I said in an earlier post, I am addicted to the whole drunk blush look and this is the product that gives me that the best.  

Listerine Cool Mint Mouth Wash – I know not everyone will agree with this but I often just gargle mouth wash and floss during the day. I leave the teeth brushing to morning and evenings because I’ve heard that there is such a thing as brushing your teeth too much. This mouth wash (the purple colored one) does the job for me during the day after a meal. 

Johnson’s Baby Cologne (Heaven) – People might find it strange that I use this cologne. I have asthma and perfume tends to make it difficult for me to breathe so I prefer cologne. I’ve used this brand and scent since I was a young girl. It is not overpowering and it just smells like I just took a shower, a normal scent that I prefer more than floral perfumes. 

Small Nail Clipper – No, I don’t clip my nails in public…but I do bring these along because sometimes a hangnail just appears on my fingers and it can be so annoying  

Compact Mirror – Something I rarely use but keep in my purse in case I need it. 

Medicine – I make sure to have some medicine in my purse in case some of my health issues act up, just to be sure. 

I know it’s not much but since I love doing minimal makeup anyway, that’s as much as I normally bring along in my bag. I think it won’t come as a surprise that I hardly use the items in my kikay kit even if I do have it with me when I go out. I tend not to bother with retouching and such during the day when I’m at work since I’m the type who forgets about things like that when I’m focused on what I’m doing. If I’m out to socialize I’d probably use it more but other than that, the kikay kit stays in my bag in case of emergencies. 

What about you? What’s in your kikay kit? 


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