Beauty Must-Haves for your Gym Bag

 wearing: white tee // workout pants // Reebok shoes (not online)
You guys know how I was working out like crazy before my wedding in June? Well, I’m now back on the workout train again after taking some time off after our wedding. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been running to the gym or a pure barre class in the morning and then straight to run errands or to a lunch date afterwards – so packing a few makeup essentials in my gym bag is a must! I obviously don’t wear makeup during my workout, but I do like to wash my face and apply it afterwards if I’m going to be out in public. This makeup routine can be done in less than 5-minutes (even in your car!) and there’s not an overabundance of products – you don’t need much makeup after a workout because of that coveted post-workout glow! 
Anyway, these are the products that I always carry in my gym bag (and the best part is that they can all be found at Nordstrom!): 
It’s not shown, but the first thing I do after a workout is cleanse my face with a facial cleansing cloth to wipe away sweat and any leftover makeup from the previous day!
This moisturizer is expensive but sooo worth it! I buy it in the 0.5 oz size and it’s the perfect size for my gym bag. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and soft and serves as a great primer underneath foundation. It also smells heavenly.
This is the perfect tinted moisturizer to throw on after a workout – it covers up imperfections and softens lines but doesn’t even look like you have on makeup! It also has SPF 20 in it which I LOVE for keeping your skin protected from the sun. I like wearing a tinted moisturizer in the summertime so that your skin can breathe!
Alright, even after the gym, I can’t live without a mascara primer! This one is the creme de la creme, the best of the best!
My favorite mascara. I literally ALWAYS have a tube of this on my person, whether it’s in my gym bag or handbag! It’s the best for lengthening and thickening your lashes.
This brow pencil is perfect for filling in and brushing your brows. One side of the pencil has the color; the other side has a brow brush. I’ve been using this product for years and swear by it!
This lip balm doesn’t have much color to it, but I love the way it makes my lips feel – smooth like butter! It also keeps them hydrated for long periods of time, so you don’t have to keep re-applying.
And that’s it! Like I said, it’s so easy that you can go through the entire makeup routine in your car (which I often do!). All of these products are available at Nordstrom, my go-to place for all things beauty. Let me know if you have any questions! xoxox!


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  1. Ooo! I'd love to try the Dior mascara primer and Lancome mascara! They sound great, Caitlin! I can definitely speak to ABH brow wiz! I have the pencil version where you have to sharpen it and love it! My go-to beauty must-have is Lanolips Tinted Balm in Rhubarb. Gives just enough color to brighten my face again! I must ask, do you know of any cute, yet classic style gym bags? I'm looking for one that isn't bulky or huge. Maybe half the size of a weekender?

    She Sweats Diamonds

  2. Hi Caitlin! Can you share where the makeup bag is from? If it isn't available, where is a good place to look for small travel bags like that? I really like the size of that one. Thanks!

  3. Yes please, I’d also love to know where you makeup bag is from- sooo cute! Thanks!!!

  4. Sounds like the prefect makeup routine after a work out.

  5. Great picks girl!


  6. Great post! I finally have to give that Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer a try, I keep on hearing so many great things about it!
    Xx Janine

  7. Brow Wiz is a must have! <3

  8. So many goodies! I want to try out that brow pencil.

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

  9. I love this post for so many reasons. Its actually super reassuring, and real of you, to talk about not wearing make up while you work out. I swear I am a hot sweaty mess at the gym and there's no way I could wear make-up either. So thank you for always keeping it real, Caitlin! I also hear nothing but amazing things about the ABS brow wiz and Diors' lip balm! I'll have to check these out. <3

    Allison | Peplums & Pie

  10. Love your cute workout look!! Definitely going to check some of these out, gotta freshen up after the gym!

    Lauren Lindmark |

  11. Pretty much what I carry too – they're a must!! I've been a long time fan of Creme de la Mer, it's an incredibly beautiful product!

    Rebecca |

  12. Callie

    Where is the makeup bag from? I love it!

  13. Ashley

    Hi Caitlin–
    I am looking for a similar shelving unit for my office that you had in some of your earlier posts. It had a gold frame and you put several of your purses on it as well as some other decorative decor. Where did you purchase that at?