One of my favorite features in my fashion magazines has always been the one that highlights what celebrities are carrying in their bags on a daily basis. Call me curious, but I love to know what other people “can’t live without,” especially when it comes to beauty products. With that in mind, I decided to ask some cool and fashionable Bergen County girls my favorite question: What’s in your bag?
Meaghan Smeen is a makeup artist at Mania Hair Studio, 62 Park Ave., Park Ridge, and a two-time Best Makeup Artist winner in 201 Magazine. Meaghan focuses on bridal, airbrush and wedding makeup, but she offers makeup for any event as well as Special FX makeup. When she’s not behind the chair, you can catch her at the park with her two crazy kids.
Jouer Matte Moisture Tint: “This lightweight, low/medium coverage tinted moisturizer with SPF15 evens out my skin tone and keeps me matte all day.”
Glossier Balm Dotcom: “I’m Glossier obsessed! I use this on my lips and cuticles, add it to my cheekbones for a glow and to my brows to keep them in place.”
Catrice Camouflage Cream Wake Up Effect: “This is my Holy Grail product. With two kids, I never get enough sleep. This under eye brighter minimizes my dark circles and makes me look bright and awake.”
Invisibobble Original Hair Tie: “I always keep at least one of these in my bag at all times. They have great grip, won’t pull out your hair and leave dents in your hair when you take them out. They come in all different colors and look cute on your wrist!”
Katie Diamond is the creative director of Katie Diamond Jewelry, a jewelry collection that has been featured in Vogue, Refinery 29 and Who What Wear and is sold in top retail locations worldwide. She also owns the lifestyle, gift and jewelry shop “Katie Diamond” in Ridgewood. Katie’s loves include travel, food, art, yoga and wine. She lives in Ridgewood with her husband, two sons, two cats and a dog.
Tamra Copper Water Bottle: “An ayurvedic water bottle with health benefits. This is a natural antioxidant and immune booster, and it increases metabolism and aids in the production of collagen, plus it’s just gorgeous.”
Glossier Boy Brow in Blond: “After watching the Glossier ads pop up a million times, I finally bought this. I’m obsessed! This keeps my brows tamed and makes me look polished without looking made up.”
NARS Shimmer Stick in Orgasm: “This is one of those products that I’ve been using for years and nothing seems to beat it. It creates the perfect peachy glow and just makes me look a little prettier without looking too done.”
From Molly With Love Beauty Oil: “This is magical! I use it for dry skin, but also as a highlighter on my cheekbones and my brow bone. I’m really into a glowy, natural look and this does the trick.”
Oils: “I’m crazy about smelling good but in a non-perfume way. I always carry oils in my bag. I love an uplifting blend or single notes of grapefruit and orange. We also carry an ayurvedic line of oil blends in the shop. I always wear the nomad scent, which is formulated for adventurers and following your intuition.”
Rosalie Bernier is the owner of GiGi’s Boutique in Ridgewood. GiGi’s is a contemporary women’s clothing and accessory boutique for fashionista’s everywhere. When in the area, make sure to stop by and shop all the latest trends, or you can shop online at GiGisBoutique.shop. Follow GiGi’s on Instagram and like it on Facebook, @gigisboutiqueridgewood.
Trish McEvoy Instant Eye Lift: “This under eye treatment is my must-have! I am always on-the-go and this helps to lift and add brightness to my eyes, especially on those super busy days.”
OUAI Anti-Frizz Sheets: “These are my new secret weapon. I keep these in my bag daily, but especially on super humid days. A couple swipes and I’m all set to go.”
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil: “A go-to of mine. It provides a creamy texture with an amazing matte finish that lasts long. It’s so easy to wear and I always have extra’s in my bag.”
Oribe Shine Light and Reflecting Spray: “After I wash my hair, I love to spray a little amount to my dry hair as it adds just the right amount of shine, plus the smell is amazing. This comes in handy in between washes too.”
NARS Lip Gloss: “I always keep a NARS lip gloss in my bag on days when I would rather a gloss instead of a matte finish. I love their glosses; they come on super smooth and provide a mirror like shine.”
Sonie Skogerson is a veteran of the fashion industry, having spent over 10 years crisscrossing the globe for some of the biggest names in luxury sportswear. She now dresses windows as the principal designer and owner of Budget Blinds of Paramus & Westwood. Sonie is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design and has studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the London College of Fashion. She is an active member of her local Junior Women’s Club and the mother of three.
Hermès Garden Perfumes Collection: “One of these scents is always with me – at work, at CycleBar or at play.”
Caudalie Beauty Elixir Spray: “I can’t live without this before and after makeup, middle of the day or anytime.”
Beautycounter Lip Gloss in Buff: “Perfect for day or night.”
Tarte Sex Kitten Black Liquid Liner: “There are a few things I can live without. This isn’t one of them.”
By Kristin Favaloro
Kristin Favaloro is a Jersey girl with a serious makeup and skincare obsession.