In the already-exhausting process of preparing for the workday (see that routine here), I find few things more frustrating than playing Tetris with my must-bring-along beauty products to get them to fit in my bag. Well, one thing is more frustrating: realizing halfway through the day that I’m in dire need of a product I left at home because it was too heavy or inconvenient to carry. If, like me, you are a person who is pretty constantly on the go — from class to the gym, or a long train commute to the office — figuring out which products to pack in your bag in the morning can be challenging. Which leads me to my point: Make your life easier and buy yourself some miniature, transportable versions of all your favorite products. As someone who has gone (way) down the buying-in-miniature road, I’m here to help.
Using these exfoliating pads — which can be purchased in packages of five or thirty — after the Milk products listed above is a great way to create a quick, minimal-yet-effective skin-care routine when you don’t have access to your full regimen. They use glycolic, salicylic, and lactic acids, all of which help with both breakouts and aging.
When I was in Japan I noticed everyone on the bullet train wearing these eye masks, so I decided to pick them up at a drugstore and give them a try. They’re scented, heated, and use aromatherapy which sends you (me) right to sleep. They’re especially amazing if you have a long train commute or have to travel for work and aren’t great at sleeping in public.
If, like me, you can’t go a day without your hair greasing up so bad you look like Kurt Cobain, this product is essential for throughout-the-day touch-ups. Most dry shampoos can be a drag to distribute evenly and blend in (Batiste, another fan favorite, doesn’t seem to work very well on my hair, for example), so I was smitten when I finally found this one.
This is, amazingly, both a touch-up brush and a sunscreen. It has a powder base and cap stick which means it won’t spill all over your purse and ruin your day.
These Korean checkout-counter goods are pretty, yes, but they are also extremely effective and convenient to have in your bag if your hands start to feel a little scaly during the day. (Ed. note: they also make good pill holders.)
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