may bag + balm

may bag + balm


bag: papersource world is your oyster pouch, $9.95
balm: julie hewett camellia balm stick, $16

this might be one of my favorite duos to date!

the bag is a discovery from best-ever online gift guide, to and from. it’s quite a surprise from papersource (i would have never thought to look for a makeup bag, there) – at 7×7 it’s the perfect size and with a price under $10, you’ve never had less of a reason to buy something this adorable in your life. it’s nothing fancy in simple canvas, but a sweetly inspiring quote makes me feel like i can tackle the day.

the balm is another big surprise from indie cosmetic brand, julie hewett. her camellia lip balm stick is ultra moisturizing and the effects really last, so i’m not constantly reapplying. it’s also refreshingly simple in packaging, ingredients, and formula. there’s no perfume or dye, it goes on perfectly sheer and leaves a subtle shine. it’s everything i’ve been looking for in a non-tinted balm. so, so good.

march bag + balm

march bag + balm


bag: sonia kashuk yarn print double zip clutch, $14.99
balm: sonia kashuk moisture luxe tinted lip balm in hint of pink, $8.99

i am dy-ing over the spring collection from sonia kashuk. we are talking brand new packaging across the board, tons of new products at incredible price points and pretty, pretty color as far as the eye can see. i love when such an accessible brand gets it so right and sonia has nailed every single spring trend.

the bag combines two of my favorite silhouettes – a dome shape and a double zip. the dome shape is ideal for stashing makeup of varying shapes and sizes and the double zip means that you can keep tools and product separate if that’s your game. then there’s the matter of the shiny gold hardware, the contrast trim and the yellow patent zipper pulls – not a detail was missed.

as for the balm, i think “balm” is a negotiable word here. this gorgeously pigmented lippie is more of a super sleek and hydrating lipstick. the tint is powerful, almost opaque, but the balm-like formula means your lips are lush and happy (no dried out weirdness).

the absolute best part about this pairing is that you can scoop it up at your local target and the total cost is under $25. (i don’t know if you’ve been doing the math, but that’s about as much as i tend to spend on one lip product at sephora or the department store counters.)

february bag + balm

february bag + balm (+ mirror!)


bag: liberty floral zip pouch from j.crew, $34.50
balm: figs & rouge cherry blossom lip tint, $9
(bonus!) mirror: liberty pocket mirror, $22.50

this month’s pairing (technically a trio) screams spring! and man am i ready for spring. the liberty of london for j.crew collection has me longing for sunshine-y days and warmer weather. when i spotted this gorgeous pouch at j.crew last week, i had to make it mine. the essential trapezoid shape is so purposeful, plus the floral print is just too good.

i couldn’t share the pouch without including the most darling pocket mirror i’ve ever laid eyes on! also printed in liberty art fabric, it comes in two color ways and has got to be the sweetest way to keep tabs on your lip color fade and flyaways that i’ve found to date.

this month’s balm is a brand newbie from the 100% pure, natural, and organic brand figs & rouge. first of all, it’s a tint in a tube (does anyone else find this to be a game changer?) beyond that, it’s a shimmering cherry shade that lasts and lasts. it tastes delicious and the moisture benefits and protection from the elements make it worth far more than its $9 price tag.

november bag + balm

november bag + balm


bag: hobo alex cosmetic, $88 – $98
balm: jouer spf 15 lip sheer in st. barths, $22

what can i say, i’m going a little luxe with this month’s bag and balm. my beloved leather bag brand (and favorite employer, full disclosure here) has added the most darling cosmetic clutch to the line this holiday season. hobo’s alex is a slim silhouette with a side kiss-lock closure for extra quirk and tucked inside is the teeniest of mirrors, ideal for lipstick checks. the bag is skinny but sizable with plenty of room for your best lip products and whatever else your touch up kit requires. alex comes in two vintage leathers and two spunky holiday prints (shown in mosaic). it’s the ultimate little luxury.

in balm land, i’m seriously digging jouer’s spf 15 lip sheer in st. barths. it may be slightly summer-esque, but the orange coral is super sheer and brings the perfect juicy pop to my no makeup look. the slim stick is surprisingly moisturizing and really brings a lot of hydration game to the table, without sacrificing a bit of color impact. the combination is light and results in a nice sheen that enhances your natural lip. if coral’s not your thing, you can scoop these up in three other colors. (fun fact: jouer’s website shows swatches on models of different skin tones so you can really get a feel for what will flatter you.)

ps – happy election day! i can’t get this song out of my head…

september bag + balm

september bag + balm


bag: sonia kashuk completely organized, $14.99
balm: maybelline baby lips in quenched, $2.99

this months’ pairing certainly won’t break the bank, ringing in at under $20 for the duo. while a low price is an attractive selling point, we all know that it can be tough to suss out quality products in the drugstore aisles and $2.99 is no bargain if the product is just going to end up in your beauty graveyard. fear not, my budget beauties, for this month’s bag is going to last you a lifetime and this month’s balm is one that you’ll surely be purchasing over and over.

sonia kashuk’s new completely organized nylon cosmetic bag is a far cry from her normal prints and patterns, but basic black has never looked better. the bag features a large interior compartment with seven slip pockets of varying sizes and an interior zip. the slips are perfect for bottles and blushes and the zip begs to collect your bobbies and hair ties. the exterior front zip pocket is the perfect place to stow your brushes and there are even five additional slip pockets on the outside (including one biggie behind that front zip). i’m convinced that this bag does everything short of applying your makeup for you and the best part is that you can toss it right into the wash when you experience that inevitable leak or spill.

in balm land, i’m way late to the maybelline baby lips party. i don’t know why it took me so long to make the $3 leap, but a feature in nylon’s beauty pages had me rushing to pick one up. it’s hydrating and much less addicting than most balms, meaning that a few applications a day replace your every-hour routine. the balm feels soft and light on your lips with a sweet lemon scent and spf20. not sure you can beat that for the super friendly price tag!

august bag + balm

august bag + balm

balm: burt’s bees lip shimmer in rhubarb, $5

it’s hard not to fall in love with thursday friday’s cheeky line of anti-status symbol bags. they each feature a well-known and uber spendy “it” bag – one look at their adorable new line of pochettes and you’re sure to see some familiar faces. the nylon lining and metal zip closure help you keep it all together inside a bigger bag or they also double as a great evening clutch!

this month’s balm was taken directly from my makeup bag. a recent burt’s bees tweet celebrated that their lip shimmer in rhubarb is the #1 shade for lips in drugstores, beating out all other brands. color me impressed, i had to get my hands on it! i picked it up at target last weekend and it hasn’t left my lips since. after ten days of nonstop wear, i can tell you that the shade is perfection (a deep fuchsia) and the formula is minty and moisturizing. at $5 it’s saving me a trip to sephora for a more expensive option for fall. love!

july bag + balm

july bag + balm

bag: j.crew printed makeup pouch, $16.99 (on sale!)

balm: l’oreal colour riche caresse stick, $7.99

i’ve had my eye on the chunky makeup pouch from j.crew since it popped up in stores earlier this spring. it’s been on my list to share with you and since it’s on sale i just had to include it in this month’s bag + balm duo. it’s made of waxed canvas and it’s the perfect size at almost 4 x 6. you can really stuff it with all of your beauty booty and it will serve you well to tote your daily essentials if you’re a big bag carrier or it’s great for overnights.

one thing you’ll want to be sure to keep inside is l’oreal’s new colour riche caresse sticks. i’m kind of cheating this month since these are not really a balm (at all) but i’m pretty in love with them. the sticks are sheer and deeply tinted with a consistency falling between a lipstick and a gloss. they are moisturizing and give a glossy finish with amazing color payoff that lasts a really long time. i’m liking these even better than revlon’s lip butters (especially for summer) because they’re a bit lighter in texture but more pigmented. win, win.

june bag + balm

june bag + balm

i went to a party at madewell in georgetown last week (celebrating the 4th anniversary of dc scout!) and completely fell in love with this little leather pouch. the details are to die for: domed shape, the tassel – you name it! it looks absolutely adorable as a clutch (surprisingly roomy, too) and either shade of ink or bittersweet would make a perfectly seasonless addition to your army of beauty bags.

smith’s salve and lip balms are true beauty workhorses. the original rosebud salve has been around for over 100 years and i’m beginning to think that there is nothing this stuff can’t cure (chapped lips, straightener burns, and dry cuticles for starters). the minted rose formula is my favorite, favorite of the bunch. it’s less sweet than the others, with a bite of mint and the deepest tint of the group. if you’ve never tried it, the tin houses a glossy, nonsticky balm that lasts forever (since you only need a dab). fun fact: they are mixed and poured right up the road from me in maryland!

may bag + balm

may 2012 bag + balm
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bag: c. wonder small floral pouch, $28

balm: bite beauty spf 15 sheer balm, $19

how cute is the nylon pouch from c. wonder? i love the shiny gold hardware and the matching floral lining. they come in five sizes and a variety of colors and prints making them uber pretty while being perfectly practical. (if you’re in the new york area, you likely already know the phenomenon that is christopher burch’s delightful shopping experience. if you’re not in the ny area, you can partake in all of the pleasures this spirited collection offers online.)

as for the balm, i’m having a moment with bite beauty as you know from this post. this balm has prime real estate on my bedside table and i have not gone a night without wearing it to bed sine it arrived on my doorstep. it has just the right balance between tug and glide when you apply it (lip balm connoisseurs will totally know what i mean by this – you don’t want a balm to be too slippy or too grippy) and feels lovely on the lips. the cream shade is a tender, nude pink, depositing nearly no color but refreshing my mouth in the best possible way.

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april bag + balm

bag: lis sartori mini makeup bag in fashionista print, $14

balm: yes to carrots color balm in rosy bloom, $6

i fell hard for this month’s bag via instagram. seeing sarah’s chunky jewels spilling out of the green zipper version had me hook, line, and sinker. clicking around, i found that lis sartori is a brilliant illustrator and we have things in common, she and i: she’s from massachusetts with a penchant for all things feminine and girly. clearly this is someone whose work i need to support. the fabric on lis’s beauty bags represents classic fashion staples and was designed by lis herself. each bag is fully lined with a bright print and your choice of contrasting zipper. they come in two sizes (mini and maxi) and lis even designed a fun patchwork version if you’re looking for something extra special.

as for the balm, i’m seriously considering renaming this series bag + tinted lip balm. i am not meeting a tinted lip balm i don’t like these days, but none so much as my most recent love affair with yes to carrots color balm in rosy bloom. this pink stick has taken up permanent residence in my beauty basket and i can’t stop swiping it on my lips. the color is too perfect, almost a sheer cinnamon and the rich, nourishing hydration factor is spot on. take into considering the wallet-friendly price point and the 99% natural make up, i’m not sure how you can justify not trying this little lady.

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