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What’s In My Tote Bag: The Essentials Every Girl Should Know

Listen, I’m not here to gatekeep my favorite products - so let’s go through the essentials you need in your everyday canvas tote bag, according to a self proclaimed expert:

1. Lip Balm

I don’t care if you use lip oil, lip balm, Aquaphor, or lip gloss, but a lip product is vital in my tote bag. I am constantly reaching for my lip balm to help hydrate and keep my lips looking glossy, especially as the weather is starting to get colder…

Lip products I recommend:

Biossance Squalane + Rose Vegan Lip Balm $14

Kosas Plump + Juicy Lip Booster Buttery Treatment $25

2. Gua Sha

Okay, you may be thinking, “Sabrina, why would I need to carry a gua sha around with me?”. Well here’s my answer: You simply never know when you’ll need it. I use mine for headaches, neck tension, and sinus pressure anytime and anywhere so I always keep mine handy.

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3. Water Bottle

We’re staying hydrated all year round queens, so make sure to pack your reusable water bottle that you can refill on to go. This is why I love canvas tote bags because you can literally fit almost 4 hydroflasks in the no problem - we love a hydration supporter.

Reusable water bottles I recommend:

Lululemon Back To Life Sport Bottle $48

Hydroflask Wide Mouth w/ Straw Lid $48

4. Claw Clip

No matter the season, no one can deny how easy and cute styling your hair with a claw clip is! I’m the type of person who always tries to wear their hair down and ends up throwing it up by mid afternoon so staying prepared with a claw clip in my bag is a must.

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5. Sunscreen

Say it with me: Sunscreen. Is. Not. Just. For. Summer. We know you should be reapplying your sunscreen every 2 hours but it doesn’t always happen, I get it. That’s why I keep my sunscreen in my bag at all times, that way I have no excuses not to reapply throughout the day.

Sunscreens I recommend:

Supergoop! Glowscreen $36

Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free Sunscreen $48

6. A New Read

Lately, I have been in my reading era so carrying a book around with me has been a must for me. Think about it - you’re bored waiting at the DMV, you have your book. Waiting for your coffee at your local cafe, sit down at a table and read a chapter or two. Let’s reduce our screen time and find other ways to keep ourselves occupied besides Tik Tok.

Books I recommend:

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Verity by Colleen Hoover


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