Category Archives: What’s in Her Bag

What’s in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom’s Tawni Hart

This week we’re taking a peek inside Tawni Hart’s makeup bag. Tawni is the Nordstrom Beauty Director for the NE region and she’s based in Paramus, New Jersey. We have been taking a look at the makeup bags of the different regional beauty directors for a little while now and it is only fitting that the last of Nordstrom makeup bag peeks coincides with  the Anniversary Sale that is starting this Friday. I’ve made my haul list, have you? Tell us what you’re hauling from the sale in the comments.

Keep reading for a look into Tawni’s makeup bag in her own words.

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom's Laksmi Sam

Today we’re taking a peek at Laksmi Sam’s makeup bag. She is a regional beauty director for Nordstrom based in the Midwest. Like every Nordstrom gal I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, Laksmi knows her stuff! In addition to beauty, Laksmi has spent some time in fragrance as a buyer so she knows what’s hot and what’s next in the world of fragrance. One of her picks for spring and summer that she told me about when I met her is actually in her makeup bag.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside her makeup bag in her own words.

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What's in My Bag? Downsizing for Summer

After several seasons of carrying a heavy purse, I decided that for summer I would take a lighter approach. While I love my big bags, quite honestly, they can be straining on the shoulders and lugging them around can be a workout. True story: I went to my Doctor about four years ago because I was having chest pains. At the age of 25, I thought I was having signs of a heart attack. Typical hypochondriac behavior, I suppose (guilty!) Well, it turns out I wasn’t so crazy. No, not a heart attack but the pain I was having was similar and it was caused by carrying a heavy purse. If you’re interested, here’s the medical mumbo jumbo on this condition, which affects mostly women and is very treatable. The Rx: lighten your purse!

I spotted the Melie Bianco Jane bag and knew that it would be the perfect summer purse. I loved the structure and neutral taupe color, and I love it even more in use.

Melie Bianco Jane in action

I love being “handsfree” with the crossbody, and even though this purse is tiny, it still fits everything I need. I had to make a few sacrifices, but I’m considering it doctor’s orders. The interior of the bag has a zippered pouch and two inserts that just scream “fill me with tubes of lipgloss.”

It all fits...very carefully, though!

This may look like a lot, but I assure you, it all fits.

  • Boscia Blotting Linens:  We stockpile these in every scent – this is the Rose.
  • Ahava Dermud Hand Cream: This tube was actually in my January Birchbox. I use it often, and there’s still some in there! I love this for the purse, because the twist-off cap eases any spill concerns.
  • Sephora Electric Safari Pouch: This is a perfect makeup bag for small purses. I put Band-Aids, contact drops, a few brushes and powder in here.
  • Pangea Organics Lip Balm: Another Birchbox sample! They come in the best scents and are so soothing – this is Italian Red Mandarin with Rose.
  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Boy: I’ve been using this one a lot lately. I swap out my lip products frequently with this bag, as it doesn’t allow me to hoard a dozen!
  • Tarte LipSurgence Lip Luster in Glisten: These glossy pencils are so lovely. They give lips a dewy look, and Glisten is the perfect summer peach shade with a touch of coral.
  • Bobbi Brown Face Touch-Up Stick: The most useful thing ever for the purse. I use this constantly.
  • Benefit Porefessional: My second tube of this self-proclaimed “miracle” product. Can’t be without.
  • GoSmile Touch-Up Ampoule: Now that I’ve whitened my teeth, these Touch Ups are essential for mid-day polishing.

The other items are the purse usuals, wallet, phone, bus pass, keys, headphones, hair ties, etc. The sunglasses always rest on top, because that’s always the item that never wants to fit but that I refuse to be without.  Amazingly, it all fits. Turns out, downsizing doesn’t have to be inconvenient!

What's in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom's Kari Larsen

This week we are taking a look at what is inside Kari Larsen’s makeup bag. Kari is based in San Diego, CA and is the Nordstrom Beauty Director for the Arizona, Nevada and Southern California regions. I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Kari but I bet you have seen her at your local trend show if you live in her regions. Judging by the looks of her makeup bag, Kari is a true beauty product junkie with some excellent products in her bag. If this is what her makeup bag looks like, I wouldn’t mind seeing her what vanity looks like, right?

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom's Joelle Russo

Today we are taking a peak inside Joelle Russo’s makeup bag. She is a regional Nordstrom Beauty Director and serves the Northwest, Northern California and Hawaii. She is based in Northern California but I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Joelle a few times now when I’ve attended the local Seattle area trend shows since she handles my area. She is the sweetest woman ever and an inspiration to me personally, she is the epitome of style, beauty and grace… and she has my dream job! We happen to share an addiction to magazines, we both run straight to the beauty section of any magazines and tear out the pages for future reference.

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What's In Her Makeup Bag with Butter London's Nonie Creme

Today we’re taking a look inside Nonie Creme’s makeup bag, Nonie is the founding creative director for Butter London. If you haven’t noticed, I’m a big Butter London fan and a big fan of Nonie’s in particular. The woman is just amazing, she’s super creative. Remember those nail polish rings from Vena Cava during Fashion Week in February? That was Nonie’s doing. She’s a staple at Fashion Week creating nail designs for Betsey Johnson, Victoria Beckham, Vena Cava and Alexander Wang. I had a chance to meet her last fall when Butter London debuted in Nordstrom and we chatted about the brand’s spring collection. She is really sweet and I love that she engages with Butter London’s followers on Twitter. It is obvious that she loves what she does and that kind of enthusiasm is contagious.

Keep reading to see what is in Nonie’s makeup bag in her own words.

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Nordstrom's Cheri Botiz

Today we’re taking a peek inside Nordstrom’s National Beauty & Fragrance Director (otherwise known as my dream job) Cheri Botiz’s makeup bag.

Nordstrom is like my home away from home, I go there when I’m happy, I go there when I’m sad. You probably already know this but my idea of a good time is going to Nordstrom and sitting in someone’s chair having my makeup done or playing with makeup. Naturally, I was very excited to be able to show you this peek into Cheri’s makeup bag.

Can you imagine what a day in her life must be like? I daydream about it all the time! She could quite possibly be enjoying some of July’s anniversary sale exclusives as we speak. 😉

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Smashbox's Lori Taylor

This week we’re taking a look inside the makeup bag of none other than Lori Taylor, one of Smashbox’s Pro Makeup Artists. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few weeks ago at Nordstrom’s Spring Trend Show and she was kind enough to tell us what’s inside her makeup bag and why.

Lori and I chatted about what’s ahead for Smashbox in the summer and beyond. If you’re a lip stain addict like me, you’ll be happy to know that Smashbox is introducing lip stains to their line up next month… you know I’ll definitely be checking those out. They also just released their Softbox collection online which should be heading into stores soon. I have my eye on their Softbox Eye Shadow palette, Smashbox is on a roll with their eyeshadow palettes lately. I’m still enjoying their In Bloom Eye Shadow palette from their spring, which I’ll have more on that soon with swatches. For now, let’s see what Lori has in her makeup bag.

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What's in Her Makeup Bag with Stila's Sarah Lucero

It’s been awhile since we introduced our What’s in Her Makeup Bag feature but it’s back now! This time we’re taking a peek into the makeup bag of Stila’s own Sarah Lucero.

Sarah is one of Stila’s pro makeup artists. If you watched E! during awards season, you probably saw one of Sarah’s TV spots she did for the network. She gave the gals from The Hills Mad Men style makeovers (how gorgeous did Lo look??) and also used Stila’s E! Live from the Red Carpet palettes during some of her makeovers.

I am so happy that Sarah agreed to show us what’s in her makeup bag because she is such an amazing artist and I have to admit that I’m always curious about what a professional makeup artist carries around with them in their off hours. Sarah is the first lead artist for a brand that I have met, which is a bit intimidating for me but she puts you right at ease and is such a sweetheart. I was actually shocked that she remembered who I was when I saw her the second time! 🙂

Keep reading to see what’s in Sarah’s makeup bag.
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What's in Her Makeup Bag: Eva Chen from Teen Vogue

Remember when we peeked inside the makeup bags of our fellow beauty blogging ladies? We had so much fun with that so we decided to bring it back on a regular basis. Once or twice a month we will be taking a peek into the makeup bags of fellow bloggers and others in the beauty industry.

Today I’m very excited to share with you a peek inside Eva Chen’s makeup bag. Eva is a beauty editor at Teen Vogue and she’s also on Twitter showing us sneak peeks at products she’s testing out. Her tweets are among my favorites, there’s always a glimpse into something coming soon with Eva. You can find her on Twitter as @evachen212.

Here’s what Eva says about her makeup bag…

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