How can we look “polished” on the go?

A friend’s recent Facebook comment cracked me up — she said on the first day of her attempt to dress a bit sleeker looking, she forgot to wear deodorant; this was proof to her that it was impossible for her to be “polished” no matter what she tried. I used to be much the same — i.e. a frizzy mass of imperfect skin, hair, makeup, and fashion. But I’ve found a lot of little “polished” tricks over the years.

The strongest example is with deodorant! During my Frazzled Summer Heat Wedding Gear-up Insanity I forgot deodorant approximately once per week, and keeping a stick in my car always made it melt, so I got a packet of DermaDoctor MedETate wipes. Even after that hectic season, I now always carry one with me and keep a couple in my desk at work.

And, now that I walk to work most days, and my hair sometimes loses its oomph or straight look while I work, I now have a crappy half-inch straightener (a relic from when I had bangs) in the bottom drawer of my desk. I’m also never found without my purse hook, which keeps my bag from drooping on the floor getting dirty or just looking sloppy.

In addition, I now carry a small cosmetics bag with every essential imaginable, so I can touch up anything that needs touching up on the go. (I don’t always use it, but the fact is that I COULD if I wanted to.) But I have this grandiose idea of the perfect interchangeable on-the-go kit, with little spots for mascara, tweezers, brow wax, you name it!

I’m a sucker for all kinds of products designed for gals on the go, like Trish McEvoy’s refillable pages, Too Faced’s Glamour 2 Go, and the above-pictured Dior Deluxe Travel Palette. I carry a little makeup-and-more bag that I keep stocked with pre-moistened glasses cleaning wipes, Similasan individually-packaged eye dropsHello Kitty Band-Aids, miniature Anastasia tweezers, a tiny Burt’s Bees comb, a combo nail file and emory board, my awesome O Hui compact, at least a couple retractable makeup brushes (including my über-fave Baby Buki),  a tiny sample mascara tube, hair ties, a sample perfume tube, tampons… all in my petite Coach makeup case which fits in my purse. Oh, and in the winter I’ll hit up a Whole Foods for a free sample of Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, and carry that teensy tube around all season.

I’m curious to know if any other ladies out there have tricks to look more polished/together themselves — I doubt this post will get enough hits to really say, but I’d love to hear from you if you have any input! What’s your tip for staying smooth-looking even when life on the go leaves you frazzled?

3 Replies to “How can we look “polished” on the go?”

  1. I am in love with my newest product find – Coppola’s Keratin Complex Infusion Therapy products. Naturally, my hair looks very unpolished — it’s super thick and tends to be frizzy. I haven’t had the full keratin service, but just using the Infusion and Intense RX products have made my hair look like I have. It’s definitely given me more polish.

  2. Ooooooh! I might have to track that down — I seem to recall us having similar hair texture! (“Super thick and tends to be frizzy” is exactly how I’d describe mine too.) I’m getting a cut from a brand new stylist tomorrow, so I’ll have to see if a combo of products and shaping can help me out. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Okay, I have another great polished pointer that I failed to mention — GET A REALLY GOOD HAIRCUT. I finally just got a cut after many months of growing my locks out for my wedding, and it was FANTASTIC! (As I mentioned on Twitter just now, I’m kind of rocking a modified The Rachel but it’s SO GREAT to take some bulk out of my hair and get the ends cleaned up. Makes a huge difference on the polish spectrum!

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