What's In My Bag

What’s In My Bag

April 9, 2017

What's In My Bag | The Beauty Look Book

It’s been a little over a month since we moved to Florida and I cannot believe how fast time flies! I’ve been sharing snippets of our weekly explorations of Tampa on Instagram Stories and I’m touched by those who’ve sent kind words of support and even restaurant recommendations. This move has been such a huge change for me as I’ve lived in California most of my life. Living in the south is such a new and different experience but change can be good and my husband and I are loving it so far. Yesterday I shared a quick what’s in my bag video on Instagram – I received so much positive feedback I thought I’d do a post on it in case you missed it. One thing that has surprised us about Tampa is that the city seems a lot bigger and more spread out than we expected. On days (primarily weekends) where we are out and about it feels like we are out for extended periods of time and because of this I’ve found it necessary to pack an extra set of clothes in the trunk since temperatures can change a lot. I’ve also had to pack some extra things in my bag since making a quick trip home isn’t always an efficient option time-wise.

I do switch up my bag contents frequently and I don’t always carry this much with me but let’s call this my weekend out and about edition of what’s inside my bag. A look at what was inside my Neverful MM bag yesterday:

Inside My Bag Truffle Pouches | The Beauty Look Book

So up first are some tech things. By popular request I’ll be doing an updated camera post on what I use to shoot my blog photos. I did one a few years ago but have since acquired a couple more cameras. My long-time favorite was the Sony NEX-6 but it was discontinued. It has held up for a long time and I love it but unfortunately dropped it and broke the lens. It is an easy replacement but since newer models have come out, I decided to try the Sony Alpha 5100 because it has a flip screen and a slightly smaller body. Review on this soon, but first impressions are that I like the design and features of the NEX-6 a lot better because of the viewfinder, dial and option for external flash. (The current version is the Alpha 6000.) Another camera I’ve used for a long time is the Canon G16, another model that has been discontinued. The more popular version which is the closest equivalent is the G7x Mark II which has the flip screen option for vlogging or selfies.

So inside my bag yesterday I carried two cameras to test outdoors. For my Sony I have an older leather camera case, similar options here and here. For my Canon I never bought a proper case. It usually stays in good condition if I put it inside my purse alone, but since I’ve been carrying more sunscreen and mini perfumes (to reduce swelling for bug bites if I get them), I try to protect it a bit more. I’ve found the Glossier bubble pouches are a cheap quick fix for now. Also inside my bag is a Gucci Card Case, iPhone case is from Gray Malin, sunglasses are by Marc Jacobs (currently 25% off at Nordstrom).

Inside My Bag, Sony Alpha 5100, Canon G16, Gucci Card Case | The Beauty Look Book

For body, skincare and makeup, I find that pouches by Truffle are essential to keeping everything organized. I tend to prefer open totes and have found that things can get cluttered and messy without dividers. I should invest in a separate purse insert/divider but for years I’ve loved the clear pouches for almost anything and everything.

Truffle Clarity Clutch Small and Mini | The Beauty Look Book

I have an older style of the Truffle Small Clarity Clutch (older ones had the red trim, current version has a white trim) to carry hand creams, skincare and sunscreen. In this weekend’s bag I had the Molton Brown Hand Cream in Pink Pepperpod, Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve (mini from this set), Fresh Sugar Sport Sunscreen (for my husband) and the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray with SPF50. I’ve still been putting a number of sunscreens to the test. I’ve found Shiseido comes highly recommended by a lot of my readers but I’ve never found a sunscreen I could convince myself to buy because the creams have a white cast. The spray version is clear and today it did a pretty good job at protecting me and by the end of the day I had no reaction or bumps like I get with most brands of sunscreen.

I also like to use the Truffle Mini Pouches because they’re more compact. Other items include the Commodity Travel Spray in Bergamot (thanks to some readers who recommended I try this brand!), Tatcha Blotting Papers, Armani Luminous Silk Powder Foundation (I’m still shade #4), Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade, YSL Tint-in-Balm (swatched here), Tom Ford Lip Balm (review here) and Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist (travel size).

I hope you enjoyed this peek into my bag! So many of you were so sweet on my Instastories I wanted to share it in a blog post. If there’s anything else you want to see on Instagram let me know. I’m new to taking video clips but I’m having lots of fun with it. Some quick notes on what’s coming up soon on the blog: an updated skincare routine (since my skin has become a lot drier since moving to Florida), sunscreen roundup (might be another week though), some more Tom Ford goodness (new fragrance, a look at the Paradiso Eye Duo and thoughts on one of the body sprays), thoughts on the new MAC Next to Nothing foundation and some loves in body care/home. Basically a little bit of everything!

Since moving to Tampa from San Diego, both my husband and I have experienced dryness in skin and hair. We’re not really sure what the cause is as we expected to be more oily with the heat and humidity. We’ve both been drinking plenty of water, we’ve made an effort to have as little sun exposure as possible, but this is kinda impossible in Florida, we’ve been eating healthy – if you have any insight on what could be the cause let me know in the comments. I suspect it could be the difference in water, but we’re both baffled!

Press samples featured include the Tom Ford Lip Balm, Truffle Clarity Clutch (small, older style) and Molton Brown hand cream.

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  • Lex April 9, 2017 at 8:50 am

    The first thing that caught my eye was your phone case! Sometimes I wish I had an iPhone just because of the cute phone cases lol.
    I’m thinking about getting a camera with a flip screen, even though I love my cell phone camera (and auto back up over wifi!!).
    Instagram videos haven’t been working well for me lately *cries* I know I’m missing out lol Hopefully things get fixed on my app soon.
    And I think it’s odd that you and your husband’s skin is drier since the move, too! I don’t have much Tampa experience, but in Orlando and the south east coast of FL, we always experience the opposite. I’d love an update when you figure it out!
    See you on Instagram, Sabrina!
    <3, Lex | journalparadise

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Lex – thanks for the sweet comments. I hear Instastories can be hit or miss depending on your reception. Sometimes when I’m in a bad area everything looks grainy!

  • TracyBeautyReflections April 9, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Are you around more A/C now? That could be the cause!

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Tracy – we are both around the a/c the same as we were back in San Diego, but we will keep an eye on it here 🙂

  • Alison April 9, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Concerning skin dryness, I don’t know if you are swimming in the Gulf or not, but as opposed to the East side of Florida, the gulf side contains a dispersant which causes skin irritation and that may still be present. It also can evaporate into the air. It’s also possible that the heat is creating a new interaction between the combination of skin and hair care products you use– similar to what might occur if one is cooking a food. We don’t think about it but no ingredient is absolutely inert. This in effect becomes a chemistry experiment and it could be making you both more reactive to the combination of ingredients which you easily tolerated in more temperate climes.

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Alison – thank you for the info, everyone here is the best for giving recommendations 🙂 I haven’t been swimming in the Gulf but I have been in our pool. Good to know about the water/air though.

  • debweeva April 9, 2017 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Sabrina, I live in San Diego but have made a lot of trips to Sarasota as my sister has a condo there. Your skin dryness could be due to the water change. As you know here in San Diego, the water is very hard and personally, whenever I travel to other locations out of area, I always notice changes in my skin. And my hair too! Am enjoying your posts on your move as my husband and I are considering a move to Florida ourselves. It sure is a big change from SoCal!

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 8:59 pm

      Hi Laura, thank you so much for the info. Good to know from another San Diegan! I miss SoCal so much but our month in Florida so far has proved to be quite a bit of fun 🙂

  • Karen Schremmer April 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Hi Sabrina- I live in St Pete. Welcome to Florida! Your skin is dry because this is the driest time of year. The humidity is around 25% today. This is also fire season, as you may have heard about the big one right now in Hernando County. In another 4 weeks or so, we will be in the rainy season. Your dryness will be gone: )

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Karen – thanks for the info 🙂 We love St Pete – such a beautiful area!!

  • Erin April 9, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    I live in Orlando and my hair and skin is SO dry. I think it likely the water. My hair texture has changed in the three years I have lived here and my skin is so scaly that it’s a constant challenge for me to stay hydrated.

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Erin! So sorry to hear your hair/skin is dry too! I’ve had normal combo skin for my entire life, my husband has more oily skin – we’ve been so dry. Thanks for confirming the water issue 🙂

  • MegLikesGoats April 9, 2017 at 5:35 pm

    I’ve noticed this in areas of the country with higher chlorine content in the water. One place I lived was so bad that my skin started flaking off (even with great moisturizes and serums) and made my hair dry/crunchy/start falling out. I purchased a WaterSprite filtration showerhead (has cartridges you can change every six months) just to see if it would help, and it made a world of difference. Not the fanciest or most luxurious showerhead, but so, so worth it to end the dry-skin nightmare!

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Meg – thank you so much for the rec, will definitely look into the one you recommended 🙂

  • suefreieh April 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It’s the tap water, its very chlorinated here to control bacteria and parasites that breed in the heat, and the constant a/c everywhere. I’m in fort Myers and had to purchase a shower head filter because my hair was always brassy and skin very dry but when I visit New York it all goes away. I’m considering a whole house water filtration system, they’re big here. Hydrate internally too with pure spring water- we got a water cooler for our home and the water is so good, with a water delivery service. It’s made a huge difference in feeling like my thirst is quenched.
    When the rainy season comes in June –yes the outdoors will be incredibly humid but I still get so dried from the constant frigid a/c. Your moisturized and yet made up face will slide off in a puddle the moment you step outside and your sunglasses will fog up come August. It’s a delicate balance here of humidity, chlorine, wind, and indoor climate control, esp the refrigerator aisles at Publix! Brrrrrr!

    • BeautyLookBook April 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

      Hi Sue – I had suspected it was the water! Thank you for your tips 🙂 We have the water delivery service on our to-do list to save trips to Costco as we’ve been going through a LOT of water bottles.

      We will look into the water filtration system for our home – thank you so much!

  • Jamie Perkins April 10, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I love those clear pouches, how do you keep them clean?

  • Viola April 11, 2017 at 1:39 am

    I love how organized and neat your bag is! I’ll definitely try your trick with putting the small things on a pouch so I won’t get confused on where things are.

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