I'm totally guilty of carrying
a small suitcase huge handbags, filled to the brim with things I most likely don't need. I'll be carrying a smaller bag for the festival--however, there are few key items that I refuse to leave the house without. Here are my SXSW necessities...
1. Oribe Dry Texture Spray - My fabulous hairdresser, Rachal, turned me on to all things Oribe during my last appointment, and I'm pretty sure I owe her my first born child because of it. I might have teared up with excitement upon first using this spray (Dramatic? Me? No.), because it really is the thing hair dreams are made of. With just a spritz, it adds volume, texture, and makes you look like you just had a blow-out. Oh, and it smells like baby angels made it by hand. Ok, Tom Ford made it smell that way, but still. I seriously can't say enough amazing things about it. [Note: If you were around for 'Hair Trauma 2011,' you understand my adoration for things that make my hair look and feel amazing.]
2. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets - These tiny little sheets eliminate that afternoon shine without messing up your make-up. Plus, by using these before applying powder, you avoid the risk of looking 'cakey' come 5:00pm. And they're only $4.49. Boom.
3. Rollerball Perfume - After hours of running from showcase to showcase, everyone could use a little 'refresher.' This pint-sized perfume packs a punch, and will leave you smelling fresh as a daisy within seconds.
4. BUXOM Lip Polish in Katie - Ok, so I chose the color based on its name, whatever. But this gloss also lives up its brand name as well. High shine and high volume (two things I love)--this plumper will have your lips prepped and ready, should you run into that hot lead singer you've been lusting after. I'm looking at you JT.
5. Amazing Concealer - All of those late nights and early mornings are bound to leave a few bags under your eyes. This concealer is more than accurately named and will cover up any bags or blemishes--all day. It's super high coverage and long lasting, so it's perfect for those days when you don't have much time for mid-day primping.
Other things to make sure you don't leave home without: Phone (duh...), ID, and cash for pedicabs/tips. [Hint: Pulse cash before you get downtown--ATMs get drained fast!]