Girls' Night Out? Here's What To Keep In Your Handbag

Don't leave home without these health and beauty basics.
Michelle Villett
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Don't leave home without these health and beauty basics.
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SPONSORED: 'Tis the season... for the GNO! Otherwise known as the Girls' Night Out. It could just be a random Saturday evening when you get all your girlfriends together, or you might be celebrating something important like a gal pal's impending nuptials. Either way, you know the drill: it's the time when you get to wear a skirt that's maybe too short, makeup that's maybe too much, and bust out some dance moves that may embarrass you when they end up on Facebook the next morning.

In other words, fun times for all!

For me, the very best part is usually the getting ready part. (I know, I just like beauty THAT MUCH.) Besides doing your hair and makeup, this involves assembling what you're going to put in your purse. Here are five beauty items you don't want to be without.

Oil-blotting papers: You probably don't have room to lug around a powder compact—and I don't really advocate powder for touch-ups anyway, since applying more layers of it is a recipe for looking cakey. Instead, bring these handy sheets to dab away shine without disturbing your makeup application.

A gloss-balm: I'm a lip balm addict. I don't know about you, but whenever I don't bring some with me, my lips get horribly dried out and unattractively chappy. Problem is, on a GNO you want your lips to look a little fancier than what a regular balm will impart. So that's where the gloss-balm comes in—you get moisturization, but also colour and shine. Yay! CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm is a good one to try.

Travel-sized fragrance: Beauty isn't just about looking good... it's also about smelling good. And I can't think of a more appropriate occasion than a GNO (especially if you happen to be unattached). Tons of fragrance brands these days offer their wares in portable mini versions, or you can buy an empty refillable bottle and decant your favourite.

A mirror that turns into a hair brush: Have you seen these things? You'll find them at most beauty supply stores, and I always have one on my person. They're no bigger than a standard compact mirror, but magically conceal a hair brush inside (you just pop out the bristles to use). Super handy for smoothing down your 'do after busting your moves on the dance floor.

Tampax® Radiant™ Tampons: With FormFit™ protection that gently expands to fit your unique shape, and a LeakGuard™ braid to help stop leaks before they happen, you'll have complete peace of mind during your period (on or off the dance floor). These even have a CleanSeal™ wrapper—the first ever re-sealable wrapper for worry-free disposal.

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*Contest ends July 17, 2012.  Approximate retail value of prize is $300 CAD. Offer open to Canadian residents of the legal age of majority. Winners will be notified by email during the week of July 18, 2012. ChickAdvisor is the contest sponsor and has sole authority to award prizes or disqualify users for any reason. Click through for full contest rules.