Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What's In My Handbag? Winter Ready Giveaway!! #swissherbs

*This post is sponsored by Ricola *all opinions, items and handbag are my own*
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Hi Darlings!

You would be amazed how often I am asked "Mimi, what do you carry in your handbag?" I always find it funny because as our lives change so do our handbags. When my kids were little the bottom of my bag was littered with snacks, cookie crumbs, dried up juice stains, diapers (sometimes dirty ones #dontjudgeme) lol! But now that the kids are out of my handbags and I transitioned into a designer bag junkie, my bag is now littered with much more yummy things.

During the winter you will find the likes of... a ridiculous amount of lip gloss (I never know when I want to change up during the day) some lotion because my hands are ALWAYS dry,  driving gloves (because they look cool when I have my top down), my wallet, a thumb drive (what can I say I am a blogger) my cell phone, my sunnies of course and I always carry plenty of cough drops and gum!

Naturally when Ricola asked if I would share my thoughts on their amazing #swissherbs  I jumped at the chance because Ricola is the only brand of cough drops I ever purchase for myself. I can eat them like candy (not sure you are supposed to do that) but they are so stinking good and some taste like hard candy. As you know I only share items I personally love and use so believe me when I say these are truly the best.

When the box arrived with the cough drops and info on the $100 giveaway..Oh did I not mention they are giving one of you a $100 Giftcard (Visa or Mastercard) lol YAY You!! my bad..info at the end. lol!
As I was saying, when the box arrived I opened it and it actually sang to me..RIIICOLAAAA which was hilarious because it kinda scared me. The box contained two of my fav's "Extra Strength Glacier Mint" which has a soothing syrup in the center and a bag of the  "Natural Herb Cough Drops" which by the way "are cultivated using organic farming methods without chemical pesticides to ensure optimum taste and effectiveness" What do you carry in your handbag that is a must?


GIVEAWAY ANYONE?
For a chance to win this #swissherbs Prize Pack leave me a comment below telling me how YOU get your handbag winter-ready! 
Prize Pack Includes: 
  • Ricola Soothing Relief Kit 
  • $100 Gift Card (VISA or MasterCard)
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157 comments:

  1. My winter bag holds Mentha (whatever flavor) lipgloss, gloves (sometimes 2-5 pairs), cough drops (Ricola are the absolute best!!!), a book, and granola bars- I'm hungrier in the winter- lol

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  2. Danielle M.
    I have a two year old daughter so I must keep my tablet, crayons, paper and stickers. Along with gum, cough drops, lip gloss and sunnies and hand creams . Throw in snacks such as pretzels and gram crackers thats the continents of my purse.

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  3. Mimi, my handbag is stocked with spearmint gum, altoids. Kleenex, lipstick, and chapstick, Avon hand cream, and a notepad.

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  4. Hi Mimi, I get handbag winter-ready, with tissues, hand cream, hand sanitizer, lipstick, sunglasses, cough drops, Vaseline, mascara, toothbrush and paste cause I too wear braces, car and house keys, pen and paper, gloves and side kick cell phone never leave home with it! Lol
    Happy Holidays!!
    @MsLatanya23 on twitter

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  5. I Get My Purse Winter Ready With Eos Lip Balm, Kleenex, Mary Kay Hand LoTion, And Any Minty Gum.

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    1. Ive been meaning to try the EOS Lip Balms.

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  6. When winter approaches I have to switch out a lot of things in my bag but the usual things that stay are Lip Balm for that dry weather, lotion for my hands and any ashy emergency. lol. I keep my shades because the sun still shines in the winter time! Things I add are gloves, scarf, peppermints, vitamin c.

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  7. Mimi, my handbag is stocked with spearmint gum, altoids. Kleenex, lipstick, and chapstick, Avon hand cream, and a notepad.

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  8. I get my bag ready by replacing small sweat towels with Kleenex (always handy in winter), regular chap stick with Vaseline lip moisture (love it), and regular hand lotion with Burts Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream (very dry hands in winter). Everything else pretty much stays the same! Thanks!

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  9. I try to get winter ready by ensuring that I have plenty of warm winter items in my bag. My gloves and maybe some extra and perhaps even a pair of socks! I live in NC so the weather changes really really quick here. ~Ciara

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  10. Lol the only time I carry a handbag is during the winter. The contents include my phone charger, tons of lip balm, 1001 different flavors of cough drops, gum and always some random toy/snack for my kids.

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  11. I have 6 kiddos, and even though there are no more little babies, my youngest is 8 so I always have packs of tissues, candy, cough drops, advil, phone, wallet, pounds of coin change, toys I've confiscated, things the kids ask me to hold, packs of small cookies or gummies lol. #dontjudge

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  12. I get my handbag winter ready with lipstick, Vaseline, hand lotion, hand sanitizer, mascara, gloves, tissues, house and car keys, toothpaste and toothbrush because I too wear braces:), cough drops, cellphone never leave home without it and sunglasses.

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    1. did you see my little portable toothpaste/brush? I love those little throwaways, they are very handy. #braceface #loveit

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  13. Mimi, I dont see my post so I will repeat.

    Cold, Pain meds. Vitamins. Extra tights. Lip Balm, Gel Cocoa Butter Vaseline. Hourglass Matte Lipstick. Hair Pins. Eye Liner. Office shoes to change into. The rest of Duane Reade

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  14. Well winter ready isn't the same for me since I live in South Florida. Our bags are kind of similar. I have my wallet, sunnies and LOADS of lip gloss. (it's an addiction. Plus I too have Puerto Rican bembas lol) I think that's HILARIOUS that the box sang to you. That's awesome.

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  15. How I get me winter hand bag (aka very large duffle bag) ready is simply having my everyday essential items that only get taken out when I need it (spare gloves, ChapStick, sun glasses, etc). And tucked in a small pocket is emergency cash and my AAA card. I have had way too many break downs in the past year not to cary those items !!

    Jazmyn Malcolm

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  16. Well since I'm called the "mother" of the group to my friends I'm always prepared for mostly everything... I only carry Hobo/ Bucket Style Large bags (my Zara and MK) purses are my absolute favs! My entire purse is organized with compact bags that serve a purpose and helps keeps things in order and my OCD under control. (don't judge me) lol -- 1. compact case contains lip gloss, eos lip balms, floss picks, a travel tooth brush, tooth paste and sugar free Stride gum (spearmint), and peppermints 2. contains small Vaseline, small palmers cocoa-butter and Curel Lotion ( I have super dry skin and I have to stay moisturized in the winter) 3. mini 1st aid kit and meds for headaches, cramps, upset stomach and antihistamine 4. "shark week" (is monthly cycle) readiness kit; most of the time I am asked by other women for Tampons etc. so I stay ready...and of course phone charger/ flash drive my iPhone, keys, wallet and sun glasses!!

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    1. Oh I forgot about Cottonelle wipes and purell hand wipes!!

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  17. First off... thanks for such a fab giveaway!

    There's not much I do to get my handbag winter ready. I usually make extra sure I have a good lip balm and hand moisturizer because the dry winter air is awful on my hand and lips. The inside of my bag is much like yours: Lip balm, wallet, sunnies, candy/gum. Oh I do keep a little pouch of doggy treats and a small bottle of water because my little dog Minnie is almost always with me

    Btw...why did I have to sing the "Ricola" when I read about the box?! #silliness

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  18. My handbag holds gum, my favorite coach wallet, lots of chapstick an extra sippy cup for my son, an extra set of eyeglasses and my cellphone

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  19. I always carry a big hobo type bag because of all the things I carry. My winter bag looks like this- my iPod, iTouch, iPad, Nook eReader (don't judge, lol), my blackberry, hand lotion, cocoa butter chapstick, thumb drive, metrocard, wallet, keys, gloves, mail I never got around to reading because I pick it up on my way to work, kleenex tissue, wipes for my eyeglasses, a small mirror, and a pen.

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    1. bwhahahahahah I forgot to put my iPad in this morning and kept looking at my pics like what is missing? LOL!! I feel ya #beprepared

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    2. I have tissues, lip balm, cough drops, lotion, allergy meds and gloves in my bag.

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  20. Erica J.
    My handbag consist of lotion, chapstick, kleenex, multiple pens, sunglasses, gum, and my cellphone of course. Oh, and a couple of books for down time if I am waiting on one of my children while they're participating in an afterschool activity.

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  21. My handbag usually never carry much. I mainly keep lip balm and cough drops, simple but effective.

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  22. I pack the essentials--hand sanitizer, chapstick, lotion, and tissues. You can never be too ready for winter's "gifts"!

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  23. My handbag has tissue, feminine necessities, lip gloss, gum, toothbrush, wallet, spare jewelry , snacks, sunglasses.

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  24. My bag contains chapstick, lotion, hand sanitizer (mostly for after I leave the gas station), Aleve, iPhone/pod with chargers, sunglasses, usb drive, note pad and pens, mini flashlight, body spray and a few treats.

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  25. What's in my bag you ask MiMi?! Please don't laugh at the randomness found in my purse for I am a single mother of two on the go...

    In my bag I have the usual female stuff: wallet, iPhone charger, iPhone 5 adapter, shea moisture coconut & hibiscus lotion, lip gloss, work security badge, headphones, eos lip balm, lipsticks, makeup bag (for touch-ups), perfume, deodorant, comb, gum, moleskine mini notebook, female hygiene products and contact solution with spare contacts.

    Now for the odd things, dinosaur toy, hello kitty stuffed doll, mini toy water gun, my daughter's princess crown, a sock (one single sock), fruit gusher snacks, pretzel bags, bag of popcorn and a bottle of water.

    As you can tell I basically carry around a cute satchel. I actually had to sit and look in my purse for once. Things usually just get thrown in there. My friends have said since my high school years that if they ever got stranded on an island they would want me and my magical purse stranded with them. I always have at least one thing that you may need in my purse.

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    1. Oh, and in the winter I always keep mints and lozenges in my bag. I almost always have an itchy throat during the winter months because the weather is warm one day and cold the next in South Carolina. I also keep a scarf in my bag just in case the wind gets too bad.

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  26. I add gloves, cashmere wrap, shea butter cream and cough drops to get ready.

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  29. My bag contains my lipstick, kissegirl lip balm,glasses,shades,cell phone,charger, wallet, work badge, and I keep a pack of alkaseltzer cold plus for when I feel a cold coming

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  30. I work with kids, so hand sanitizer and tissue is a must! I also invest in a good lip and hand moisturizer for those dry winter days. Since it's the holiday season and I do a lot of gift shopping, I make sure to have a small notepad and pen in my purse to keep track of all my lists.

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  31. During the winter, I ALWAYS carry tissue because my little nose needs them! Along with BBW hand sanitizer, The One By Dolce and Gabbana perfume (love, love this! I'm constantly around people during this time so I love getting compliments about how I smell), hand cream, and of course lippies!! Everything else is usually in there year round like gum, water bottle, cellphone, peppermints..etc!

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    1. I need to try The One. I use Light Blue and smells divine!

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    2. That's my mom and sister's fav! I like both but got addicted to The One lol

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  32. Mimi let me start by saying I am a real life bag lady so what could easily be in 3 bags is in my purse. Getting a hand bag ready is critical because I switch bags so often there are several items that are a must regardless of the size of the handbag or where the hand bag is going.
    1. Vaseline Lip Therapy that you have pictured, not only is it a cute little mini case of Vaseline but it it is a really awesome product.
    2. My makeup bag, this could be a mini bag in itself so I won't bore you with the details of what's in it but it aids in refreshing the face, changing from day to night look after work, or switching a look mi day because I can.
    3. Some sort of hair item, I am natural which means unpredictable. Therefore a hair tie, bobbin pin, something is always in my purse in case I need to change a look quickly or of the winter weather is too harsh for my hair that day.
    4. Pens, if I do not write it down it will not be remember and ultimately will not get done so I have to keep a few different pens in my bag.
    5. Highlighter, color coding helps my brain work more efficiently so just in case I need to highlight something I have one available.
    6. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue roller, a mid day freshen up, or moving too quickly in the morning and forget to put on perfume I always have a back up.
    7. Extra pair of earrings or two, I NEVER go without earrings so if I need to make a quick change after work which requires a different look or if I somehow leave home without any on.
    8. Random jewelry, not sure why but I always have random bangles and rings in my purse.
    9. lip gloss and lip sticks, these are usually independent from my makeup bag and what girl doesn't need a few options through out the day if she chooses
    10. Candy, I have nephews who expect candy every time they see me and I unfortunately am their pusher. Shhhhhh please don't tell their mom.
    11. My cellphone, how do any of us live without them. I am trying to remember how I lived prior to cellphones and I think the cellphone secretly zapped my memory because I real life do not remember.
    12. cough drops, these are crucial during winter months. The goal is to find one that tastes good and does it's job. Once you have found that you win.
    13. Handlotion, Nivea Soft is the most incredible lotion I have ever used. Try it.
    14. Earbuds, incase I want to rock out while grocery shopping :)
    15. Something that does not belong to me. Sounds weird but I am an Assistant Director of a student life office at a university and students are always leaving this behind whether its a brush left at pageant practice, a mini iPad accidentally left in my office, or a notebook life in the cafe I always have students items with me trying to run them down and return it.

    This was a cool contest. I enjoyed reading the items in everyone else's bag.

    *forgot my iPhone charger, I never go anywhere without it. I am becoming the girl who will charge it anywhere!

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    1. * My iPad how did I forget. A Quick game of Phase 10, continue reading Daring Greatly by Dr. Brene Brown (READ IT), or respond to some emails the iPad comes in handy.

      Okay not more adding.

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  33. My bag contains lip gloss. 2 of them just in case I cant find the other. Kleenex, cough drops, and an extra pair of gloves. Living in the Midwest gloves is a must! I like to keep it simple. Too many things makes my bag too heavy. And a sisters shoulders cant take it! Lol! Smooches and thanks for the opportunity!

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  34. My winter bag includes: tons of lip balm, my Coach wallet, art pencils (as I love to work on my art all of the time!), cocoa butter lotion, and hand sanitizer. Very light and simple.

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  35. I'm a mom of 2, we live in Germany, and we travel a lot so my winter essentials include my water bottle, snacks, gum, headphones, wallet, phone, lotion, gloves, hand sanitizer, tissue, wet wipes, chargers, pain reliever, body spray and my iPad.

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  36. I have a toddler so its mostly filled with stuff for her. Cough drops, dumb dumb pops, baby vapor rub, tissue, hand wipes, wipes. Water, juice, my tablet, lip balm and gloss. Keep it simple shes 3

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  37. I ride my bike to train so its easier to have a backpack, but I might upgrade to a more stylish cross-shoulder bag. My bag has wallet, lip balm, lunch bag, teeth care product (braces are no fun), lotion, and cross stitching projects that I work on during train ride to and from work.

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  38. i work in fitness so usually my bag has a few items but still light..
    here they are.. nivea chapstick its the best, shea moisture baby ointment (yes its the bomb for everything & replaces lotion & vaseline ) waterproof mascara, bottle of water, nude lipstick, hand sanitizer, a beanie(i'm a hat junkie), wallet , keys, floss, and tissue (who does need a tissue), ipad and cell phone

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  39. I make sure to toss in Carmex, The Body Shop Hemp hand lotion, and kleenex.

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  40. Handbag organizers are my life! I have one for each season. Winters in Michigan can be rough, so I make sure to have all of my toiletries for sudden sickness, lip balm, lotion, candy, gum, extra socks, and reusable bags to put snowy shoes in!

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  41. My winter Handbag includes CarMex, Kleenex, hand cream (currently it's Nivea) and Vitamin C drops.

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  42. To get my handbag ready for winter does not take much because I carry the same items all year long. LOL
    Mentha Lip shine, notebook, Samsung Note 3, gum, cocoa butter lotion, and mints.

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  43. I live in my handbags! I have everything from make up, lipstick, lip gloss, lotion, tissue, cough drops, sunglasses, kindle, phone, sometimes crayons and drawing papers, bobby pin hair ties, you never know when humidity is going to disrespect my hair. I keep mu usual in a small tote to make it easier when switching bags

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  44. I carry two bags. For now anyway. A Big Buddha and a clutch. Like many here, I've got stuff to freshen my breath. Saline drops for dry, itchy eyes. Shea butter. Two pair of reading glasses. Tissue. A piece of rose quartz, amethyst and moonstone as well as some cowrie shells. Several pens. Five notebooks: One is a journal, another has my running list of patterns and fabric needs/wants. The others are for jotting down notes, quips, quotes, clients measurements. A candy bar. Dried fruit & nuts. (I am not a pleasant person when hungry). A mini makeup kit, cell phone, wallet, teabags, hand wipes. Two bottles of roll on perfume and a mini spritz bottle of agua de Florida. Papaya tablets. Belly dance video. A bandana and an extra pair of knit gloves. And a mini crisis kit:tampon, aspirin, safety pins, Band-Aids, four quarters and two single dollar bills.Once in a while the "Fasten Your Seatbelt" sensor goes off in the car. Okay, I am definitely carrying around too much stuff.

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  45. First things first if the perfect winter bag, color size and style! Gloves, cough drops since the winter kills my throat and glasses to see where I'm going since its dark so early in NY this time of year! Makeup is always a must, protein bars to keep up the energy while Christmas shopping, cell phone and charger, MIO for my water Christmas pics of my twins for showing :-) and I'm pretty much set!

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  46. Chap sticks, hand cream, and lozenges are a must for the cold weather season in my bag.

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  47. My winter bag contains bag balm, my Mary Kay make up kit, and my measuring tape

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  48. To get my handbag winter ready I make sure I always stick in my chap stick, hand cream, and a pair of gloves!

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  49. i am sure to put in tissues, sunglasses, lip balm, and gloves.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

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  50. I usually don't change much to get my bag ready for winter, but I do try to include a thicker lotion for my hands as well as dark lipsticks.

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  51. Wooooo...my friend calls my winter bag a "domestic sac!" Lol... in a small zip loc I have 2 Throat Coat tea bags & 2 packs of hot cocoa, and 2 ginger tea bags the dry winter air kills my vocals. I also have a bag of Ricola Cherry Honey (the little one got caught sneaking them...thought they were candy), one jar and one twist tube of Carmex (cant walk anywhere without it!), Neutrogena moisturizer w/ sunscreen (sunburn still happens ladies), nail clippers an nail file, Vaseline Intensive Care Shea Butter (somebody's hands are always ashy like they made biscuits before work...lol), a sturdy comb for those windy days, insulated driving gloves, travel sized sewing kit (Im always snagging a sweater), sunglasses, and sinus/cold tablets. Almost forgot... and a ton of those little greens stoppers from Starbucks coffees! I promise I dont understand how those multiply the way they do! ;)

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  52. He Mimi. Any handbags that I am not currently using is kept in its drawstring bag. While staying at a boutique hotel in Cozumel one year, I came across a nice fragrance (at the spa). It is Orange Water. I brought back a bottle and use it to spritz on anything that needs refreshing. When I put my clothing, purses and shoes away I like to give them a bit of a spritz. However, upon becoming a Naturalista, I got more into herbs and oils. So now, I take satchets and dip them in a herb/oil combo. The smell is amazing. I hang them for a while to allow the oils to drain out, but not the smell. I enclose it in a plastic baggy and put it in the purse before closing it up in its drawstring. Talk about fresh and clean smells? Whatever fragrance you desire. Then when I use the bag, I make sure I have my special blend lotion (made especially for me), some lip balm (I am not a makeup wearer), and some mints. I do keep my driving gloves in my bag. Ah, yes, I also have a small notebook in my bag, to hold all of the receipts I collect (I don't know why I do, but I like to take advantage of the deals they put on the receipts, sue me).

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  53. Hey Mimi!! My bag is as follows. I have a big Coach bag so my whole house is in there. ALWAYS have some carmex. No ashy lips here. Next gotta have the coco butter lotion. No ashy hands either. I have Eye drops for my contacts. Eyes get dry with the cold winds. One of my crochet headbands or earwarmer headbands in case my hair flies away. My fuzzy gloves and a hand warmer. And I can not forget the tissues. With 3 kids someone is bound to have a snot nose.

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  54. I also need to keep my iPad and my ID tag and multiple keys for different offices.

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  55. Fun, fun topic! My handbag has, DRUMROLL.................. Kleenex-that somehow always gets out the packaging -can't use, cellphone never charged -can't use lol, same as you, PLENTY of lip gloss: mini Vaseline, my FAV - Bath & Body works 'Peach Tart Liplicious', Nivea & tinted Revlon), iPad, wallet, hand sanitizer (not much germ phobe, rarely use), my coupon/receipt organizer which is handy this year for deals & returns, Jo Malone fragrance-smells great in the brisk air, hand cream, keys & tea bags (had a Baggie with lemon yesterday) :)

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  56. Like to keep it simple! Must have lip gloss, Aquaphor for all my ashy eczema issues, tissues, pen, gum, contact lens cleaner, diapers &wipes (3 that are 4 and under) change of clothes for infant, snacks...then something random will always end up in there. I've actually never tried Riccola drops.

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  57. My handbag always has a roller ball of perfume and mints, but for winter I usually toss in some lotion for dry skin and kleenex for those pesky winter colds.

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  58. I keep cough drops & dayquill in my purse - prepared for a cold at any moment!

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  59. I have to have a warm scarf in my bag at all times. I even put other colors of my scarves in the car in case I need to switch it up! I
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  60. What don't I have in my handbag is the question! Tissue, lotion for those dry hands, lip gloss/lipstick for those crusty lips...LOL, wallet, keys, phone, notepad so that I can remember my to do list/bills, phone charger, mints and a snack! Whew that's a lot of stuff for one girl but we must look beautiful at all times!

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  61. I get it ready with lots of tissues(must be the ones with lotion!), multiple chapsticks(need variety) and an extra pair of mittens!

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  62. Mimi, bag is already winter ready for real. Moving from LA to the Carolina’s last year is a big difference. In addition to my regular stuff this is how I winterize. I now have to have my saline nasal spray, Ricola dual action as well as the Aux Herbs because they keep me moisturize in those areas. I also have my gloves, lip balm, hand cream, mints and Kleenex handy at all times. I also have my sinus meds just in case I need them. My skin gets dry so I have nail clippers in case of a hang nail. I’m now ready for winter 24/7! Mimi, also thank you for all you do for all of us Divas. Thank you for sharing and caring and helping us continue to be creative and stylishous!

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  63. I pack kleenex, cough drogs, and hand sanitizer in my purse

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  64. To get my bag winter ready, I pack sanitizer, hand lotion, chap stick, kleenex tissues, wet ones, make up bag, cell phone, and gloves.

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  65. i have a mary poppins bag it is full of napkins vix cough drops hand sanitizer wipes! i hope i win so i can double my kit!

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  66. I add in kleenex, an extra little bottle of moisturizer, and burt's Bees lip balm!

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  67. Big bag with lots of room for lotion, tissue, gloss and whatever I may need to throw in the bag for the day - socks even (lol)!

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  68. I add lotion, tissues, and extra chapstick.

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  69. My winter bag always has an awesome lip balm (peppermint ChapStick is my favorite for the holidays lol), hand cream, hand sanitizer, mints, lipgloss, tissues, and my glasses case!

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  70. I stock my winter bag with a backup pair of gloves, Chapstick, hand lotion and tissues! And sometimes a beanie or scarf.

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  71. My winter bag is stuff with lip gloss, Halls (sorry Riccola), lotion, Kleenex, scarf, phone of course and hand sanitizer. Soon to be Lysol wipes I hate germs! Sunglasses (a must) case. LOL I will definitely start keeping Riccola if I win ;)

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  72. I live in the mid-west and when it's winter here, it's seriously cold! My winter bag consists of Neutrogena hand lotion (my hands stay dry in the winter as well), EOS lip balm, MAC lip glass, sunglasses, tissues, hand sanitizer, cough drops and mints.

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  73. Carmex...cough drops...lotion/hand cream for starters along with all the necessities.

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  74. I'm simple. I just have my Bare Minerals Sugar Cookie lip gloss, wallet, shades, phone and keys. My days of old Cheerios in my purse are over!

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  75. My bag is always simple: wallet, phone, Carmex, hand cream, Kleenex, gum, and hand sanitizer.

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  76. I always keep cough drops year round. But then I add tissues and lotion. Definitely lotion.

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  77. My winter bag always include a pair go black gloves extra lip gloss and ginger candy

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  78. I am a mother of eight children so to be completely honest my bag is all year ready. Remember Let's make a deal? Well, that's the kind of bag I carry all year long. I have everything you can think of in my bag a few examples are.... scissors, mini sewing kit, safety pins, first aid kit, hand sanitizer, gum, mints, cough drops ( I have never tried Ricola they sound like they may be good), tissue, medicine for every symptom you can have, in small divided craft container. I carry tea bags, the yohoo and kool aid packs you add to water, crackers, rolled quarters, one change of kids clothes in a ziploc bag, gloves, phone, phone charger, reading glasses, sun glasses, paint swatches, running list of things needed for home and kids, foldable ballet slippers, tablet,lip balm, makeup, and lotion. Icould keep listing items in bag all day but this gives you an idea. I have always been the one everyone comes to to get whatever is needed when we are at church or soccer practice or wherever. I would enjoy trying the Ricola and they would be given to many to try by travelling in my bag.

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  79. Tissues (because my allergies are terrible in the winter and also have three kids), a small first aid kit (I always keep that but update it every season, lipgloss, chapstick, hand lotion (my hands get very dry too), try to keep my sunglasses, and thats about it. The cough drops and gloves are a fabulous idea though. I'm always grabbing my gloves and cough drops would be great to have in my purse :)

    I like ricola too, didn't realize they were produced with organic ingredients. That's great to know!

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  80. Hi Mimi, to get my handbag winter ready I stock up on tissues, cough drops, lip gloss , sunglasses and gloves. Thx for this aweome giveaway!

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  81. Its summer in Zim right now but in winter I always have kleenix, an extra pair of socks (my feet get really cold) gloves, avon hand lotion, sanctuary lip balm, perfume, lipstick, my tablet, mints( airwaves), oh and a book! right now i'm reading "Why men marry bitches" by sherry Argov. hand sanitizer ( i use a lot of public transport) phone and charger my wallet too!

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  82. I always have my wallet, cell phone, ipad, a small pouch for: lip gloss, mascara, blush that I rarely use,and burts bees lip moisturizer, a travel size brush, hair ties, lotion, mints, car keys and a small coupon holder (incase I run in to a deal) ...I really need to start carrying a few cough drops aswell

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  83. Hi Mimi!!!!! My winter bag has EOP chapstick, cough drops, Ziacam, Tylenol cold and flu and peppermints and two bottled of hand lotion.

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  84. I get my hand bag winter ready by packing mints, tissues and lip balm.
    kellywcu8888ATgmailDOTcom

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  85. I make sure I have a good supply of tissues & hand lotion in my handbag in the winter months. :)

    email- celeste@mail4me.com

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  86. I pack it with hand lotion, gloves, and chapstick.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  87. I don't have any kids, but you'd be amazed at the amount of "junk" in my purse. During the winter, my must haves are a great lotion and chapstick.

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  88. I am all winterized now. I have chapstick,tissues,gloves,a head band,hand sanitizer and sunglasses(because wind dries out my eyes)

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  89. Since I live in Florida, my winter handbag is pretty much the same as the other seasons. Except for the gloves, our handbags are similar. But the most important items in my bag are my chapstick and lotion. I too have very dry skin. And I keep my makeup bag in whatever handbag I carry for the day, for touchups of course!

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  90. Travel packs of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, LOTS of lip balm and hand lotion are a must!! This time of year there's also mini candy canes and cough drops!

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  91. lriley999@gmail.comDecember 19, 2013 at 8:45 AM

    Since I'm not working right now, the only thing I have in my purse is lip gloss, hand sanitizer, and money for food.

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  92. Hey Mimi!! I always have a hardcover notebook, I am forgetful, and need to remember things! lol Always have several lip balms, and always 2 types lotion, pens, phone...and ginger candy~

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  93. My winter bag needs mints, lotion, hand sanitizer, and tissues! Nothing like feeling clean and smelling great. And an extra scarf and gloves if the person I'm out with needs. :)

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  94. Mimi
    I switch purses all the time. But I never step out of the house without my Burts Bees chapstick, Sauve lotion, my brass knuckled (plastic...LOL) covered Andriod, sun shades (glasses), my They're Real masscara and a apple. Fruit junkie. And of course my wallet just in case a run across a good sale or the Goodwil is calling my name.

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  95. Mimi,

    In my winter bag-- I have a four year old , so I am still in the stage of having kids stuff in my bag and then my lip gloss, makeup, candy, bottle water, and bills and my wallet.

    Carmelle B

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  96. I often switch bags, but I get them winter ready with lip balm, lotion, antibacterial gel or wipes, gloves, kleenex, peppermint, a few treats for the kiddo and a great pair of sunglasses.

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  97. Well, I still have little people at home (no dirty diapers though or judgment lol), so I might have a trinket or two somewhere in the bottom. I absolutely have my Kiels' Creme de Corps, cell phone, CHARGER and earbuds, gumand lots of lip gloss. I keep a bright colored card sleeve and hair elastics for those moments when I get tired of having my hair down. Oh!!! I keep a pair of sunnies, Kate Spade reading glasses and and a book (and coupons).

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  98. I always keep at least two EOS lip balms, tissues, hair elastics, bobbie pins, Cell Phone Charger, Tic Tacs, Gum, an extra Pacifier (For the little one), an extra pair of glasses and hand lotion! WOW I never realized how much Ii carry everywhere!

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  99. First on the list is my meds (don't go anywhere without inhalers!) Kleenex, paper, pens/pencils, lipstick and/or lip balm, grocery bag(s), wallet, and card wallet. Plus whatever I put into the bag after I leave, including notes, ads, etc.

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  100. For the winter, I must have lotion and Vaseline! I also carry wet wipes, gum, tissue (my allergies kick my but all year), hand sanitizer, and a pair of sunnies!

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  101. My luggage (purse) as my friends call it contains everything but the kitchen sink....lol. I have my wristlet, hand sanitizer, lotion, carmex (MUST HAVE), travel size perfume, q-tips, medicine, coupons, car keys, a gazillion receipts, candy and last but not least MY TASER!

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  102. I got my bag winter ready with carmex lip balm, lubriderm lotion, some lip gloss, and hand sanitizer.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

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  103. It seems like we all have the same essential things in our handbags for the winter. I must have a thick hand cream, a moisturizing gloss, hand sanitizer and/or sanitizing wipes, if nothing else!

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  104. The thing I must always have with me is Softlips lip balm. It has been my favorite for years. During Winter, I like to carry a small lotion. I have a small purse so I usually just mooch anything else I need, like tissue or sanitizer.

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  105. In the winter a thick hand cream is a MUST! I usually have a Bath & Body works True Blue Spa
    Travel-Size Super Rich Body Cream. It's AMAZING!! I always have a lip gloss, Chapstick and Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. All this along with my year round supplies: hand sanitizer, travel size perfume, make up bag (with whatever make-up I am wearing that day), iPod, cell, wallet, a few pens, and keys.

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  106. In addition to what i carry in my purse through the rest of the year, in the winter, blistex, vaseline, vs handcream, ricola candy and kleenex are a must!

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  107. My winter handbag contains kleenex, cough drops, hand sanitizer, lip gloss, lip balm, nivea lotion, and then my normal items I have in there.

    Thank you for the great giveaway!

    lola_violets_2010{at}yahoo{dot}com

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  108. Mimi in my bag you would find a hand full of the individual strawberry candy, which is my favorite candy, a bottle of lotion for my boys that play basket, you never know when those knees will be ashy, my wallet that match my bag, sunglasses, lipstick and gloss to retouch if need be, and my goody powder in case of a headache through out my busy day.

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  109. Mimi my bag is winter ready with a good hand cream, carmex lip balm, sugar free cough drops. And I never go anywhere without my reading or sunglasses, Joann or Hancock fabrics sales flyer as well as any coupons my note pad and pen have to be ready to take notes. Last but not least gotta have my phone and iPod because cause my iPod has my sewing app on it.

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  110. My handbag is winter ready with my shea butter and coconut oil blend to fight the dryness of my hands, blistex and other non-medicated lip glosses, kleenex, pain and sinus medicine-sinuses flare up during TX winters and Ricola nature herb cough drops, they work and taste great.

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  111. Kaila Johnson (kalajoh65@gmail.com)December 19, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    In my winter bag you will find the following items: A mirror, mini hand sanitizer, Kleenex, lip balm, pens and notepads, my phone charger(you never know when you might need it to use it lol) travel size lotion, mints/gum, and the wallet of course. By the way I love the Red MK purse that you are rocking. Thanks for always showing love to your followers.

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  112. My winter bag has the usual suspects - always a SoftLips lip balm, Burts Bees honey lip balm and I just tried the new EOS round lip balms because my 3rd grade girls all had them and I had to be cool like them! :D Hand sanitizer is a must (again, I teach 3rd grade -germ-a-palooza!) 2 types of lotion because of my constant contact with paper along with the dry Cali weather, and most definitely cough drops (Ricola are the best!) and sunnies. We've been from 80 degrees to 50 degrees in a span of two days so you never know! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  113. During winter I like to always have Lip balms, hand lotion, sanitizer, tissues, mints and cough drops in my bag
    neiddyruiz@gmail.com

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  114. Definitely some travel size tissue, lip balm, hand sanitizer, cough drops and a pair of gloves! Thank you :) Love your photos by the way!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  115. Lots of lip balm and lots of oil for my hands and face. Lotions I find are better during the summer, the oils are my go to winter since I stay moisturized longer and I can also use it on my face. Then there's the usual stuff hand sanitizer, tissues, glasses case and cleaning cloth and book, gum/mints, cough drop (only if i'm feeling under it) and last but not least a book

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  116. I have tissues, cough drops, and chapstick.

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  117. Tissue, Carmex, hand lotion and gum.

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  118. My winter purse items are: Wallet, Cell Phones (Personal and work), Lip gloss, lip stick and medicated lip balm, lotion, sample size perfume sprays (these are good to take into the public restrooms becasue walking into some of those stalls can leave your nose hairs burnt off!!) Lol!!! Ok, continuing on...a pen, business cards, Day Quil capsules and floss picks.

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  119. I get my handbag ready for the winter with alot of Kleenex, wetwipes and had sanitizer to keep the germs away.

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  120. I make sure I have a fresh inhaler for my asthma, hand lotion, lip moisturizer and cough drops for winter.

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  121. My handbag always carries: A fresh inhaler for my asthma; a hanky; lip gloss - generally Burt's Bees Honey Lip Balm or Chubby Chap Sunkissed Vanilla lip balm as well as a Lip Smackers Sugar Cookie one which smells great; a small makeup case in which I keep my two sets of keys (which always get lost in some part of my bag that wants not to be found); a small address book, pen and Papermate Sharpwriter pencil along with a small spiral notebook; a small pill container with my asthma med and Advil liquigels for my fibromyalgia and arthritis. If I am going somewhere special, I will add my powder compact and tinted lip gloss. Also included are my check book, my wallet and a separate card case with my driver's license and owner's card as well as other necessary cards, and family photos. Very often, Hall's or Smith Brothers cough drops are included too. I used to carry Healing Gardens lavender scent beads for anti-stress but believe that company is now out of business. I swear I carried less when I had small children. I love your red bag and red gloves. Each are on my wish list.

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  122. I add a pack of tissues, cough drops, chapstick, an extra pair of gloves just in case, hand creme and Purell to winterize my bag.
    (Danielle / cladfamily101 @ aol dot com)

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  123. I try to stay ready winter ready, I hate the winter as a Singer I try my hardest to protect my instrument as a matter of fact, I'm a little under the weather right now!! My favorite Ricola flavor is Honey& Lemon

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  124. I get my handbag ready by adding in plenty of lotion as my hands get so dry in the Winter air. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  125. I get my handbag Winter-ready by adding gloves, vitamin c, and a thicker hand lotion and lip balm.

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  126. I'm a nurse so I don't really carry a purse. I do make sure my work bag has plenty of lotion, hand sanitizer, pens, gum and tissues. I'm also a lip balm junkie so I usually have quite a few of those in my bag as well. BTW, I love the Ricola honey and lemon drops. Those are my go to for me and the family when a scratchy throat or cough comes up. Thanks for all you do!

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  127. First off, I loves that red bag, but for some reason when I go out I never find good red accessories for myself. Grrrr!

    But anywho, I get my handbag winter ready by making sure I add lotion since the cold weather makes my hands wayyy ashier than normal. I normally don't carry any creams with me since I'm afraid they'll bust in my bag, but during the winter I make an exception. I also make sure that I have hand sanitizer because I'm a teacher and I'm always around sick children. Other items in my bag this season include my EOS lip balm and a bottle of water. I'm like always thirsty!

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  128. I put in lotion and chapstick to be ready for winter. Love your red.
    rod jackson mrsrodjac at hotmail dot com

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  129. My winter bag contains my Bare mineral lip gloss, cold it's horrible on my lips, love it!, hand sanitizer, lotion again winter is hard on the soon, Altoids to get winter breath to match the winter, lol, and gum.

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  130. My handbag contains a small container kf vaseline, lotion and at least two to three tubes of lip gloss. That winter weather can wreak havoc on your skin. I also keep a packet or two of EmergenC as well as a multivitamin pac.

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  131. I add mittens medicated lip balm, hand lotion and Kleenex's to my handbag for the winter season. Lkvoyer at aol dot com

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  132. My handbag is equipped for any emergency for my kids...tissue, cough syrup, lotions and more but for winter I add my tinted moisturizer because it gives me a boost of color in my face without too much makeup...fingers crossed!

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  133. Shea butter and chap stick are a must! Sometimes I'll have gloves also because I'm in the Midwest and it can go from 40 to 20 quickly!

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  134. My bag consists of Nivea lip balm, 2 different lip glosses, carmex, Nivea soft (face/body/hand) lotion, suave smoothing with cocoa butter & Shea, tissue, gum, mints, wallet, hair pins and a few hair clips for my daughter (just in case).

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  135. I keep a bottle of lotion, kleenex, hand sanitizer, and some wipes in my bag

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  136. My bag contains diapers and wipes, lip balm, Aveda hand lotion, a bottle of water, a bag of peanuts and dried cherries, a hat and some gloves

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  137. My bag has wallet, cell phone , lip balm,eucerin hand cream,kleenex,
    thanks
    aunteegem@yahoo.com

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  138. My handbag has three wallets and my work badge and shea butter in a old cocoa butter jar.Chap stick and lipgloss and alot old reciepts that needs be trashed..Also gloves..

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  139. All I do is add a chapstick in the winter... in California we don't get much of a climate change. Love your handbag!

    thewideworldof (at) gmail (dot) com

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  140. Tissue, Burt's Bees lip balm. Emergence-E. And yes, Ricola. I eat them like candy. I love the flavor!
    msmaryjenkins(at)gmail.com

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  141. I throw in some puffs tissues, a good lip balm, and hand lotion.

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  142. During the winter I keep the following in my big bag... My wallet, cellphone, kindle fire, skull cap, isotoner gloves (because they are the best and last forever) burt bees lip balm and Orbit sweet mint gum. Have not tried Ricola. My throat is sore now so I will pick some up today. But it sure would be nice to win this gift pack. Have a great day!

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  143. During winter my bag always contains hand lotion, chewing gum, a disrespectful assortment of lip care, and used tissues! Lol!

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  144. I hope this hasn't expired....when does it expire????
    I keepBlistex, kleenix and cough drops in my purse.
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  145. I always, always, always maintain lotion, lip gloss (necessary), tissue and a compact mirror.

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  146. By the end of winter, I always have a ton of tissues, cough drops, lotion, lip balm, and pieces of jewelry (from holiday parties) in my purse!

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