Credit card commercials ask “What’s inside your wallet?” but more importantly, you should ask yourself are you prepared for a fashion emergency that a credit card can’t fix?
Look inside your purse, desk drawer, or car console. If all you have is some wadded up napkins, a pen, and an empty bottle of Advil, you’re probably not prepared for the many flubs, blunders, and forces of nature that plague us. So find out what’s inside your fashion emergency kit and be prepared for any contingency great or mini.
If you have a true emergency kit, it typically comes with rubbing alcohol, band aids, scissors, pain killer, and some sort of anti-itch cream for allergic reactions. Definitely keep that in stock, because when a paper cut or bee sting comes your way, you don’t want to rely on the office admin or your boss to play Nurse Jackie.
Think about your fashion needs from head to toe; don’t forget everyone is different, but these are the general items you need to sew up any problem and keep everyone in stitches with your about face, and not all about a gloppy, goth look.
1. A real tear jerker
What if you receive bad news at work like a relative is in the hospital, or have a sneeze attack (or hilarious joke for that matter) that brings you to saline city? Puffs and Kleenex might dry your tears, but they only smear around the remainders of your mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow, gobbing up your concealer around your eyes for a look that won’t impress your professor or your boss. Therefore, you need in your E-kit a teeny tiny face wash, toner, moisturizer, and to top it off, a replacement mini mascara, mini eyeliner, and mini eyeshadow compact. If this list is already starting to overwhelm you, don’t despair.
Yes to, Ponds, and No7 all have cleansing wipes that will do in a pinch, some with toner and moisturizer included.
For $6.99 Boots No7 4-in-1 cleansing wipes are non-irritating and filled with good-for-you stuff, like vitamin B5 and witch hazel.
Even more gentle, for sensitive skin Say Yes to Cucumbers has an On-The-Go Facial Towelette for $2.99 or a full size package of 30 wipes for $5.99.
The Ponds Evening Soothe smells especially lovely and boasts a white tea and chamomile scent that can certainly calm down your skin and get you ready to reapply.
2. Oooh, that smell…
So it’s really hot outside, the heats on high because it’s cold outside, or you’ve been heating up your bum on heated seats on the way to work. You wear a non-breathable fabric, or your many layers simply keep you so cozy you’re sweating up a storm. Unless you’ve been jogging, no one else might notice initially, but throughout the day, bacteria will build up, causing icky odor to emit from your…pits. As embarassing as it is to read about, it’s even more embarassing to be the one talked about, and your colleagues will think you’re not self aware. The most sanitary option is to wash off the offensive odor with soap and water, dry, and reapply deoderant. This may be accomplished if you have a discreet bathroom, even with handsoap or facial wash. If not, take one of your cleansing wipes, and reapply mini-deoderant. If you’re out of either, hand sanitizers will temporarily kill odors due to anti-bacterial agents. Be careful if you use Purell or a sanitizer with alcohol, especially if you have sensitive skin or you’re prone to razor burn.
I won’t let you turn around…And tell me now I’m much too proud…All you do is fill me up with…dirt?
Chances are, the day you wear your new, crisply pressed white Oxford or off-white silk blousy top, you’re sure to be butterfingers with the coffee, spaghetti sauce, or even Butterfingers. Keep a Tide To Go Instant Stain Stick (under $5) in your E-kit, and be careful to follow the package directions. For that matter, keep a spare full-coverage blazer or cardigan hanging in the back seat of your car, the back of your office door, or if you’re cube bound, on the back of your chair. This will come in handy to cover up if you can’t get clean, and to keep you warm and cozy in winter.
4. Let’s make up
Apply, reapply, apply again. Some stay-put makeup really shouldn’t come off in the course of eight hours, like your foundation, mascara, and eyeliner. However, you never know if the waterworks will shower or your lip gloss will get licked off.
Most department store brands offer sample sizes of foundation, and small compacts with everything from powder, eyeshadow, blush, and lip gloss. Tiny tubes of lipstick also come in those fun gift with purchase deals.
If you haven’t gotten a freebie, representatives from your favorite brands like Sisley and La Mer will often provide you with samples if you simply ask for travel sizes. This is a sales incentive for them as it gets you hooked on new products or offers you with customer loyalty.
In a New York Mini
Minnesota’s Aveda makes baby-sized shampoo, lotion, and most of their hair products, especially around the holiday season and for travel.
Sephora also offers many mini bottles and tubes when you earn enough loyalty points with a beauty insider card.
A teeny tiny toothbrush is your ticket to fresh breath. Keep it together with a teeny tiny tube of toothpaste, and some teeny tiny Scope. That way, if you have a particularly pesto-with-garlicky lunch, you won’t offend your friends with fiendish fumes.
A box of floss won’t hurt you either, and you don’t want flecks and specks peppering your pearly whites.