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:


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. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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