The best fast-fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

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My handbag feels like it weighs 50 pounds. That’s because I tend to lug around about 30 different beauty products at any given time (and a good 40 percent of them are probably various lip glosses, balms, stains and lipsticks). Despite this, when a beauty emergency inevitably strikes—like my nail polish chips or my eyeshadow disappears—I have just the thing that will help! Except that it’s at home.

See, it’s all in the preparation. I’m not bad now at packing for the airplane, but after chatting with my fellow beauty editor friend Kristen Vinakmens, I see the need for a handbag beauty overhaul. There are so many good prodz out there that I haven’t been using! I hit up KV (she’s worked at ELLE Canada, FLARE and Glow) for some tips on fast-fix, double-duty, 2- and 3-in-1 products. Listen and learn!

First, meet Kristen:

Kristen The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

And here are her tips…

The worst-ever red carpet mishap (don’t let this happen to you!)

BEAUTY EDITOR: What’s the worst celebrity beauty mishap you’ve seen, and how could it have been avoided?

Kristen Vinakmens: The “reverse-panda” effect where someone (I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian) wears a too-light under-eye concealer that only highlights any problems around the eyes.

Kim Kardashian Golden Globes 2011 after party The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

This could easily be fixed [by bringing] a simple mirrored compact to check the makeup in natural light (as it could have looked “normal” in her bathroom) and a multi-hued concealer compact such as Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector along with a makeup sponge to fix egregious colour-matching errors.

Lise Watier Portfolio Professional Corrector The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Kristen’s top 2-in-1 and 3-in-1 products

BEAUTY EDITOR: What are your favourite 2-in-1 (or 3-in-1, or more!) products and why?

Kristen Vinakmens: NARS The Multiple is a classic multi-tasker.

NARS The Multiple The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)You can use it for eyes as shadow, cheeks as blush or highlighter, and for lips as lipstick. You can also use it on your body to highlight collarbones or ahem, cleavage.

Some lip stains can leave lips feeling parched, but Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm includes a colour stain and a moisturizing lip balm in one so your lips never dry out.

Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)For a super-fast mani, Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure can’t be beat.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)It includes a base coat, colour and top coat in one bottle, plus a nail strengthener and growth treatment infused in the polish.

For fragrance, sometimes a scented body lotion is all you need since it has a high concentration of perfume oil. I love Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial Delicate Body Lotion, which has an ambery floral scent with a hint of vanilla.

Guerlain Shalimar Parfum Initial Delicate Body Lotion The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Kristen’s fave fast-fix beauty products

BEAUTY EDITOR: We’re seeing a lot of products lately that promise instant results (in five minutes or less!) and can be stored in your purse for beauty emergencies. Which “instant-fix” products do you love?

Kristen Vinakmens: For hair, John Frieda Full Repair Touch Up Flyaway Tamer.

John Frieda Full Repair Touch Up Flyaway Tamer The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

It’s a nourishing serum in a mascara-like tube—and a godsend for smoothing frizzies that seem to magically appear after you leave the house looking perfectly coiffed. [Buy it here for $15.99—Well.ca offers free shipping in Canada with no minimum order!]

[Editor's note: You'll need a larger-sized handbag for this one... or you can leave it on your desk at work.] For skin, I’ll spritz on Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Re-Hydrating Mist midday to freshen my makeup and moisturize my skin.

Benefit Ultra Radiance Facial Re Hydrating Mist The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

The soft cucumber scent is also a great pick-me-up.

I’m loving the new cream eyeshadows that make doing your eyes a cinch. My fave is CoverGirl’s Intense ShadowBlast, which has a built-in primer for long-wearing, crease-proof shadow.

CoverGirl Intense ShadowBlast The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Just sweep on the product over lids and into the crease and you’re good to go.

I’m also notorious for layering different mascaras to get multi-dimensional lashes. But Maybelline New York Volum’ Express The Falsies Flared Mascara does it all.

Maybelline New York Volum Express The Falsies Flared Mascara The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)The spoon-shaped brush curls and fans out lashes, while the formula builds mega-volume. A couple of coats, and I’m done.

Kristen’s best double-duty product tips

BEAUTY EDITOR: At an Oscar de la Renta show, makeup artist Gucci Westman used lipstick as blush. What do you think are the best non-traditional uses for favourite beauty products in a pinch?

Kristen Vinakmens: I love using a clear mascara for grooming unruly brows.

Sephora Clear Mascara The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Hair conditioner makes a great shaving cream—it moisturizes and prevents nicks and cuts while you shave.

TRESemme conditioner The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Lip balm is great for taming brows and moisturizing ragged cuticles.

Kiehl%E2%80%99s Lip Balm 1 The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

Vaseline works for everything from smoothing rough elbows and heels to a great lip moisturizer and eye makeup remover.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

You can also swipe it on your eyelids to create an eye gloss. [Buy it for just $1.99 here—Well.ca has free shipping in Canada with no minimum order!]

Concealer is great for priming your lips for a nude lipcolour since it cancels out the red/pink tones.

TheBalm TimeBalm Concealer The best fast fix beauty products you need in your handbag—according to beauty editor Kristen Vinakmens (and she would know!)

And sometimes, a concealer is all you need to get your perfect nude lip shade.

Thanks KV! Now, over to you guys:

Have you ever had a beauty emergency where you wished you’d had the right product in your bag?
Which fast-fix products do YOU swear by?
Do you use some beauty products for, um, unconventional purposes?

5 Comments

QuiteLight
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 1:00 pm

Burt’s Bees hand cream for smoothing flyaways, frizz, & soothing chapped noses. Devoted to their Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, but it might be too rich for less parched people.

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ana p
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 1:48 pm

Here’s a weird one, but I was surprised to see it was mentioned in a MC issue a few months back. Lansinoh. It’s designed for breastfeeding but I found it’s also FANTASTIC for dry cracked lips. It moisturizes like crazy and seals it in, all without budging because it’s so thick. The BEST cure for constantly parched lips because you only need to use it a few times to fix the issue. I use it at night and wake up with plump perfect lips. Amazing for cuticles and elbows too.

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Chelsea C
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 3:48 pm

Clean & Clear Blotting Wipes, Joe Cream Blush in Cherry, Cover FX Blotting Powder, Stila Lip Glaze(Seashell), Cherry Chapstick (other uses is to tame pesky baby hair flyaways and quick groom of eyebrows – clear chapstick would obviously be better, but when in a pinch…) and Avene Mineral Water Spray. These items are always at my fingertips

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Kat
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 6:53 pm

She said it all! Portfolio by LW, the Falsies, and Sally H. Pro Manicure, I’ll have to try some of those, especially the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain + Balm… sounds fantastic, and I know for a fact the products aforementioned work like a charm, so.. Truth to KV, that woman knows!

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Kat
Thursday, October 20/2011 at 6:54 pm

*some of those other suggestions

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