For The Girls: From Hot to Haute - Gym Bag V.I.P's

In the words of Beyonce, “a little sweat never hurt nobody.” That’s true while you’re working out. But if your post gym plans include heading back to the office, meeting friends for dinner, or joining that cute guy in your yoga class for a smoothie, sweat just doesn’t slay!

No girl wants to look like a hot mess when she leaves the gym, but sometimes the thought of putting yourself back together after a good sweat session is enough to make you want to skip the workout altogether. Fortunately, there are plenty of products out there that can take you from hot to haute in no time. No, I’m not talking about deodorant and toothpaste (although every gal-on-the-go should have those on hand). I’m talking about items that go beyond the basics, simplifying your routine and getting you out of the locker room that much faster.

The following items are my gym bag V.I.P’s (very important products). I consider them must-haves for getting your workout in---and getting on with the rest of your life.


Invisibobble Traceless Hair Ring

Although they look like retro phone cords, these little spiral rings keep even the thickest ponytails firmly in place without breaking or tangling your tresses. But the best part? No telltale crease! You simply take it out, run your fingers through your hair, and go. Comes in several colors so you can coordinate with your favorite leggings. $8 for a set of three at www.sephora.com.


Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Invisible Spray

This is your post-workout hair’s best friend! When time is of the essence, spray this on your roots, rub it in, and voila-- instant volume and a delightfully fresh scent! And since it sprays clear without that powdery residue other brands may leave behind, no one will ever know that you didn’t wash and dry. Comes in a travel size that is perfect for packing. $11 at www.ulta.com


Mio Skincare New Gym Kit

No time to shower? No worries! This dynamic duo has you covered from head to toe. Start with the invigorating Clean Slate wipes to remove pesky pore cloggers like sweat, dirt, oil, and makeup from both your face AND your body. Follow up by massaging Workout Wonder Gel into your skin. Not only does it soothe sore muscles, it also moisturizes with a blend of essential oils, Shea butter, and other hydrating ingredients for super soft skin. It’s a one-two punch that delivers! $29.50 at www.mioskincare.com.


Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil

Keep that post workout glow all day by applying a few drops of this award-winning, luxurious face oil after cleansing. Made with natural ingredients, it absorbs instantly, and leaves the skin looking toned and radiant—never greasy. Bonus: it smells amazing! $48 at www.tataharperskincare.com.


RMS Lip2Cheek

When you’re in a hurry, multitasking is key. That’s why I love RMS Lip2Cheek blends. Made from hydrating, organic ingredients that are good for your skin, they can be applied as a sheer wash of color, or layered for a deeper stain. Add a swipe of mascara and you are good to go! Available in seven flattering shades. $36 at www.rmsbeauty.com.


Vaseline Petroleum Jelly

Call me old school, but this is one budget friendly product that solves a multitude of issues. Smooth a little over your hair to tame flyaways. Apply it over lipstick for a glossy sheen. Rub it into your hands to soften cuticles. Dab it on cheeks or eyelids for a dewy finish. The possibilities are endless, but remember—a little goes a long way! Under $5 at most drugstores.


Bonus: Dryer Sheets:

Like Vaseline, dryer sheets fall under the basic but brilliant category. Throw one in in your gym bag to keep it smelling fresh. Tuck a couple in your running shoes to eliminate odor. In a pinch, you can even run one over your hair to tame static and flyaways. Under $5 at most grocery or drug stores.