Five Must-Have Beauty Items for Your Gym Bag

I’m not too fitness-obessed, but I go to the gym in my building several times a week and also see a personal trainer.  The workouts with my trainer are intense, and I usually shower after my session.  I keep a make-up case with what I call “essentials” in my gym bag, mostly with sample-sized items that one might find at the check-out at Sephora (I don’t wear make-up to the gym, save for some tinted lip balm, if that).  I really only use these items once or twice a week, so smaller sizes or hassle-free items are the most ideal.  My gym have shampoo and conditioner dispensers in the showers, so I don’t need to bring them.  Make-up/beauty product wise, I have the following:

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1. Sunscreen: I have one that is essentially for the face, but I double it up and use it on my body as well.  After a sweaty workout and shower, you’re going to have to reapply.  Mine is Shiseido’s Ultra Sun Protection Cream in SPF 50 and I go through it fairly quickly!

2.  BB/CC Cream or tinted moisturizer: I’m not a big fan of spending a great deal of time on my face after getting out of the shower.  Thus, all one really needs is to even out one’s face with just a hint of colour.  I found a sample-sized tube of Smashbox’s Camera-Ready BB Cream at the check-out area a couple of weeks ago and have been using it since.  It only has 15 mL, but because I’m only using this once a week (and a slightly-larger-than-pea-sized amount, at that), it will likely last until August.  I was pleasantly surprised to find my regular shade, light-medium available.  I would assume that it was a common colour and would be gone fairly quickly.  If you want to wear even less, wear primer!

3. Eye shadow: These aren’t samples, but regular sized chubby sticks from Clinique.  I’m obsessed with these shadows!  No sharpening is needed.  I used to use regular powder shadows, but they caused quite the mess in my make-up bag, so I gave up.  Besides, there’s no need to clean brushes.

4. Mascara: I’ve been in the habit of getting a new tube of mascara every three months since I was 14 years old.  Because I don’t feel like switching my mascara that I use during the week, I stick with small, sample sizes.  That way, I won’t feel guilty about throwing it out after three months (or about 12 to 14 uses).  The “They’re Real” mascara (Benefit) I have in my bag was, once again, from the sample bin at Sephora’s check-out.  I often use the “regular” sized version during the week.

5. Lip colour:  My rule is that a girl can never have too many lip glosses or lipsticks, so my gym-ready make-up bag has both sample and non-sample sizes.  I have at least three or four in my bag, with my favourite being Fresh’s Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal.  Like most of the other lip treatments, this one gives just a hint of colour, so you won’t look like you’re too made-up.  Another light weight favourite of mine is Bite Beauty’s Lush Lip Tint in Juice.  Of course, if you prefer a heavier look, by all means, pack a more “standard” lipstick.

I don’t really bother to style my hair after the shower.  I just give it a good blow dry, tie it back and go.  The ladies’ locker room isn’t that big where I work out, and I don’t want to take up too much space.  Other people need the mirror, after all!

What about you?  What’s in your beauty bag for the gym?  Do you wear make-up when you workout?

This list was made for IFB Project #100 (yes, it’s #100!!) over at Independent Fashion Bloggers.

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz


Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007.

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