“Pack your purse”

Be prepared for any emergency ― fashion or otherwise.

So you’ve picked out a fantastic clutch to go with your look, and now you’re trying to figure out what to put in it. We’ve got you covered with our well-packed purse.

Benefit’s Justine Case (www.benefitcosmetics.com) is the perfect kit to hold all of your touch-up needs.

“You have everything you need in one kit,” explains Sara Reischman of Benefit. “You’ve got concealer, lip and cheek stain, under-eye cream and lip gloss. It’s a perfect product to throw in your handbag.”

Hollywood Fashion Tape (www.hollywoodfashiontape.com) is a must for any fashion emergency. The easy-to-use, clear double-stick tape adheres to your body and clothing. But also throw in a couple safety pins in your purse. You never know when they’ll come in handy.

For your hair, stick a mini hair spray in your bag to combat any flyways. A Ted Gibson Hair Styling Sheet can also help fix any hair emergencies.

No room for your wallet? Try using a pretty business card holder instead. They’ll hold your basics – driver’s license, credit card, cash, etc. – and still look cute in your bag.

Some standard items to keep in your purse include: tissues, hand sanitizer,
hand cream, OTC anti-inflammatory, safety pins and Band-Aids.

And if you find yourself with some extra room, throw in a solid perfume or mini perfume to freshen up and some clear nail polish to fix any chips you get during the night.


We’ve loaded this gold clutch by Kaia Peterka with everything you’ll need (clockwise from top left):

  • Shaper mini hair spray
  • Tissues
  • Purell hand sanitizer
  • Digital camera
  • Fully charged cell phone
  • Benefit Justine Case
  • Bliss hand cream
  • Hollywood Fashion Tape
  • Advil
  • Tide To Go
  • Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
  • Kate Spade business card holder
  • Glide Floss To Go
  • Listerine Breath Freshening Strips
  • Bobby pins
  • Krazy Glue To Go
  • Go Smile Teeth Whitening
  • Ms. Manicure mini nail files
  • Band Aids
  • Safety pins
  • Hair tie
  • Ted Gibson Hair Sheet


Article published in The San Fransisco Chronicle’s “Prom Guide” custom publication in March 2008. Download PDF of original article to view full layout with PHOTOS!

© Gabriana Marks 2012.

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