For many of us, COVID changed how we live our day-to-day lives. Personally, my life is the same in many ways but vastly different in so many as well. One of the things that changed the most was my beauty routine. A lover of minimal makeup looks, I, like so many others, found myself stripping down my already bare makeup routine even more. And as the world has begun to open back up, I’ve noticed that many of the changes I’ve made remain permanent. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is the three must-haves that are a constant in my rotation (and in my handbag).

One thing about living in New York City is that spontaneous plans happen very often. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve left the house in a casual outfit for Saturday morning errands only to end up meeting a friend for a coffee date that turns into a swing by their friend’s art gallery that ends with a group dinner and copious amounts of natural wine. That being said, I always make sure to have a tube of mascara, lipgloss, and a mini perfume in my bag if I need to freshen up on the go. Recently I’ve swapped the brands of my go-to’s, and below are the 3 products I love right now.

Radical Volume Effect Faux Cils Mascara

I’m a Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara girl through and through, but I find that it doesn’t layer very well overtop dry mascara. HOWEVER, this YSL tube adds extra volume and freshens up mascara you’ve already been wearing, and I love having this with me on the go.

Tom Ford Private Blend Oud Wood Eau de Parfum

This scent is a game-changer, truly. I recently discovered this earthy perfume, and it is the perfect fall scent. It’s woody and smoky, with hints of spice and a sensual amber undertone. It feels cozy and strong, but it’s not overpowering. This mini is the perfect size to keep in your bag, and I like that it’s not a rollerball (which sometimes makes it hard to keep track of how much you’re applying).

Dior Addict Lip Maximizer Plumping Lip Gloss

It almost goes without saying, but having lipgloss in your purse is a must, especially if you’re like me and your makeup routine is on the minimal side. I recently tried Dior’s lip-plumping gloss, and I have to say that I understand the hype. It provides a nice shine without feeling overly sticky and does plump your lips as much as a non-surgical product can. I opt for the beige sunrise/glow color, which is a natural, muted pinky-nude.

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