There is always one thing all of us will remember to take with us just before we rush out the door to get to wherever. This is of course in addition to the usual car keys, house keys, phone and wallet. I’m talking about an addition to your handbag or backpack that would seem very frivolous to others but is an essential to you. For me this essential thing is hand cream. I cannot leave the house without hand cream. My hands get very very dry because I wash them quite often throughout the day. When I was younger I used to lick my entire hand from palm upto my fingers in order to moisten them because I did not like the feeling of dryness. It is only when I grew older that I found out that hand cream was a thing and I started to carry small tubes of it. Before I could afford hand cream, I would slather my hands with vaseline but now I prefer the cute little hand cream tubes from Innisfree. So that’s the thing for me, I cannot leave the house without my hand cream.
Curious about what women considered their essential ‘I-Can’t-Leave-the-House-Without-It thing’ was I asked a few women I know and I compiled a little list to share with everyone. In no particular order.
1. Supriya Joshi-Comedian and Writer:
Supriya: ‘Lip Balm I think. I mean I think everyone should have lip balm with them. Oh also I carry the lip I’m wearing of the day, for touch ups’
Me: which one do you use?
Supriya:‘Kama Vanilla.The one you recommended!’
2. Aliya Khan-Founder Delhi Street Style, Manager at a Law Firm:
‘For me it is concealer. I feel naked without it. I am a concealer hoarder. I juggle Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, Wet n Wild the liquid one, NYX Concealer in a jar, Sugar Stick Foundation (use it as a concealer), Colourbar Stick foundation, PAC Dermacolor.’
3. Sonia Thomas writer at Buzzfeed India
‘Lipstick? Whatever shade I’m wearing that day tbh’.
Me: Any favourite
Sonia: ‘Lakme X Masaba Hot Chocolate’.
4. Devika Manjrekar, Chef:
‘I think my MAC compact and Huda Lipgloss. Cause oily skin so need to keep dabbing. Also I eat most of my lipstick so I need to keep retouching. Apart from these my current obsession is the Forest Essentials Iced Pomegranate and Kerala Lime Body Lotion’.
5. Apeksha K editor in chief of The Punekar:
‘I never carry anything with me. But the one thing that’s always on my face is moisturiser with Apple Cider Vinegar. And body is plain moisturiser’.
6. Anuya Jakatdar, Writer and Entrepreneur:
‘It’s the Body Shop Solid Oil Lips Argan Oil Lip Balm. I’m absolutely addicted to it, and seems like a far less harmless alternative to cigarettes when it comes to solving your oral fixation. My lips dry out a lot, and I end up biting the dead skin off, so lip balm keeps them soft. I’m always on the lookout for awesome new new lip balms, I’ve tried a LOT. But I truly love this one. Like if I’m not carrying it I get restless’
Share in the comments section what you cannot leave the house without :)