28 Beauty Products You Should Have On Hand At All Times, I’m Serious

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Promising review (for Candid Natural): «Found this accidentally while trying to find a foundation shade to match my complexion. I tried the super expensive brands with little luck, but right in the local pharmacy was this secret. I love this foundation — it has quick, easy coverage and stays all day with a tiny amount of setting powder. I have an all-year tanned complexion with some hyperpigmentation, and this works amazingly well. Refused to wear foundation until I found this one — it doesn’t make me look like a zebra.» —Ashwanie Dyalram

This a true medium-finish foundation for me, and I seriously have never loved a drugstore foundation more! It glides on and instantly smooths out any stress-induced texture, while also lending a healthy radiance to my skin. Read my full review on the Revlon candid anti-pollution foundations for more deets (#8)!

Get the Candid Natural version from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in 30 shades) or Moisture Glow for $6.99+ (available in 16 shades).

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A petite La Roche-Posay face mist to refresh your skin whenever it’s feeling a little dull, tired, irritated, or overheated — and you have micro-droplets formulated with selenium, which is a powerful natural antioxidant, to thank for your midday doses of soothing hydration.


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Promising review: «As a lingering side effect from past Accutane use, I have chronically dry skin. Accordingly, everything in my routine is all about hydrating and moisturizing my skin. I use serums, oils, creams, and masks with this in mind, but during the day in the wintertime I still find that my skin feels occasionally dry and tight. I LOVE keeping this at my desk at work to spritz on my skin throughout the day when I notice that it’s feeling parched. It does a good job of instantly making my skin feel soothed without messing up my makeup. I also quite like bringing it on beach vacations to spray on my face and chest when I feel like cooling off, but don’t want to jump into the water.» —Chicago Book Addict

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes).

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A cult-favorite Maybelline concealer that’ll cover any blemishes that dare pop up unexpected, touch up any mishaps after a meal, or make not-so-great habits (rubbing, picking, etc.) seem like they never happened.


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Promising review: «This is THE BEST concealer in the entire universe. I have super dark undereye circles and this stuff is like magic. I do dab it on generously and wait for a minute or so to pat it around gently. It stays and stays, though I keep some in my purse for touch-ups.» —Kate

I personally keep one at my desk for touchups throughout the day or before after-work events (I rub my nose A LOT and I know it’s terrible!!!). And check out a BuzzFeeder’s full review on Maybelline Makeup Instant Age Rewind Concealer (#4) to learn why she *loves* using it on her undereyes.

Get it from Amazon for $7.42+ (available in 18 shades).

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A fast-absorbing and -drying Batiste cleansing foam for an instant refresh any time your strands are looking a little dull, flat, and oily. Showers? Don’t need ’em (for now).


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Promising review: «I have very fine, fragile, and wavy (2B to 2X with some 3A curls mixed in) hair. My ends are dry and my scalp gets very oily quickly. When the product arrived I was on second-day hair. I worked the foam through my roots and the sides on my head, which are the most oily places for me. It was easy to work through and it smells so fresh and clean. My results were amazing! My roots looked clean, and no residue or build-up like powder dry shampoos leave ehind. My scalp does not itch and it gives my fine, flat hair a ton of volume. Also, my hair looks thicker when I use it. I usually can’t go more than a day or two without washing my hair. With this product I was able to go four days without washing my hair. It’s a great alternative to powder dry shampoos.» —Amelia Tilton

Get it from Amazon for $7.69+ (available in four varieties).

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A pack of fresh-smelling Pacifica deodorant wipes to keep your pits free from feeling damp or smelling your own B.O., so you can get on with your day and then dance the night away!


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Promising review: «Love this product! I like the subtle hint of coconut and it makes my skin feel nice. I sweat a lot, so having these makes my self-consciousness about it go down. I keep a package at my desk and I even have the travel-sized wipes for my purse. Can’t say enough good things about these!» —Jacqueline Lynch

Check out our full review of Pacifica Beauty Deodorant Wipes (#6) to find out why she prefers them over normal deodorants while on the go!

Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in three scents/varieties).

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Hydrogel eye patches infused with gold and snail secretion filtrate that’ll help minimize pesky puffiness and discoloration that seem to have taken up permanent residence on your face, no matter how many ZZZs you’ve caught!


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Promising review: «Holy moly! I don’t know what to expect, but I certainly wasn’t expecting them to be this immediately incredible! They’re so lovely and luxurious, but I assumed that’s where it would end. I was wrong. After a half-hour I removed them and my dark, puffy, and wrinkly under eyes were replaced with skin like I had when I was 16. These are awesome!» —Danielle Burge

Read a BuzzFeeder’s full review of these Petitfée hydrogel eye patches (#3) for more deets!

Get a container of 60 from Amazon for $9.69.

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Neutrogena cleansing wipes for fixing up runny makeup, refreshing your face after a gym sesh, or switching up your look in no time flat — and because they’re individually packaged, there’s no chance of them drying out like they might if you keep opening up a regular multipack.


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Promising review: «Wow, I cannot say enough good things about these! First, I love the compact size. I admit I am a girl who does not consistently wash her face every night, but these wipes really got me excited and looking forward to a nighttime routine! I also work late hours, so these are perfect for a woman like me who is always on the go, or struggles to remain consistent. The scent is pleasant and they are not dry like so many other makeup wipes I’ve tried! I have highly sensitive skin, and after using these for a month I can confidently state they did not make me break out or cause my skin to dry out! I love that just one package takes everything off; I was blown away! With previous wipes I had to use a ton of them before my makeup was all off! These are great!» —Stef1

Get a 20-pack from Walmart for $5.97.

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And, for ~all over~, individually-packed Showerpill body wipes when you need to go to your next event ASAP and you don’t want to carry your sweat and smells with you.


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Promising review: «I needed wipes for the days I went to bootcamp and wasn’t able to shower before going to work and these wipes worked really well. I have sensitive skin and they didn’t irritate my skin at all. The wipes are big enough to use on the whole body. Only problem is that it takes a while for the product to dry on the skin but once it’s dry it leaves no residue on the skin.» —Sherleyo

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.99 or a 30-pack for $24.99.

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A healthy dollop of La Roche-Posay Anthelios Melt-in Sunscreen Milk loaded with SPF 60 to keep your skin properly protected. It absorbs and dries super quickly down to a velvety finish and contains ~Cell-Ox Shield antioxidant technology~ to defend skin against free radicals. A totally radical SPF, IMO.


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Promising review: «I purchased this product after seeing it was top-rated by Consumer Reports. My daughter had skin cancer at an early age and I want to do everything I can to protect her from further issues. She is an active beach volleyball player therefore is outside a lot. She is only 15 so I wanted something that was user-friendly, lasts a long time, has a pleasant smell, and doesn’t get in her eyes when she sweats. This is by far her favorite sunscreen and we have tried a lot. It is not thick or slimy and it just melts right in to her skin and doesn’t run. My husband, who plays softball, even uses it now and he said it’s the only one he’s ever tried that didn’t get in his eyes. This is our family go-to product now.» —TS0316

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes).

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An NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil that’ll amp up your daytime look for nighttime glam in a flash — apply a few swipes onto your entire lids, line your lash lines, or just pop ’em into your inner corners for an instant eye-opening effect.


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I stan Yogurt, which is a subtly shimmery light pink, but Milk is a popular choice, since the white really makes your inner corners POP.

Promising review: «I am lazy and hate doing my makeup, especially after a morning workout on a weekday. I wanted something I could throw in my bag and smear around my eyes in a couple of seconds, and to just add a little color without the fussiness. This fits the bill perfectly. It gives my eyes a little definition, but isn’t super noticeable. The slight shimmer also makes me look awake on days where I’m dragging. It is not intensely shiny, though, which is important to me — I’m not a disco ball! It just reflects light and looks luminescent, not glittery. Because this is so easy to use, non-irritating, and is the exact color I was looking for, I expect that I will keep ordering it as long as it’s available.» —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $2.52+ (available in 23 shades).

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A lightweight, avocado oil–infused John Frieda hair cream that’ll *Olivia Pope voice* handle frizziness and flyaways that pop up through the day, because bad weather or humidity won’t stop your mane from looking glossy and polished!


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This one product really does it all: tames frizz, static, flyaways, camouflages split ends, replaces natural oils lost during heat stylings, and gives hair a silky finish.

Promising review: «I have curly hair, so when I straighten it all of the little frizzies around my scalp and face come out. The tiniest little drop of this helps smooth my frizzies out and keep my hair in place. I’ve been using this product for years and I plan to continue in the future.» —Christina C.

Get it from Amazon for $7.28.


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Promising review: «I’m 34 and have fought acne and a compulsive picking problem since I was like 10 years old. I’ve tried EVERYTHING (or so I thought). I am usually part of the 10 percent failed by so-called miracle products. I found these patches through my FabFitFun membership and I totally expected them to be just another gimmick, another failed attempt, but they are unlike any other topical I’ve ever tried, so I gave them a chance. And WOW. They truly are invisible, at least until they suck out all the goo and turn white. Even then, if the zit is smaller, the patch won’t be noticeable. I wore one over a small zit and it was totally flat by the end of the workday. I’m on patch #4 with a more unruly blemish, but it’s healing so much quicker than if I’d tried to pop it and earned a scab. I wish hydrocolloid sheet masks were a thing; I’d sleep in one every night.» —Stfne

Get a 39-pack from Amazon for $17.99, or a 36-pack or 72-pack of the original patches (which some reviewers say are pretty invisible to begin with) for $12.50 and $20.89.

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A Fenty Beauty Shimmer Skinsticks highlighter, because we all know makeup products in stick form are way easier to transport and this gives you the jaw-dropping glow (in 10 shades!!) you deserve, period.


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Promising review: «I bought this highlight in particular to get out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I did! Prettiest highlight I own. I think it is very fairly priced for the quality and quantity you get. It is a little dry when you apply straight to the skin, but I just warm it up on my hand or finger first. This is pretty common for stick products though, so I’m not mad at all. I’ve put this on my collarbones too and it was so pretty and I got so many compliments.» —MyaJane23

Get them from Sephora for $25 each (available in 15 shades).

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A Vogue effects cat eye stamp/liner to add some rightful ~drama~ to your lewk for a special occasion, or just because you feel like it! Either way, all you need is a mirror and a few minutes, and BAM.


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Promising review: «I loved the product. I usually take 15 minutes to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long, even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It’s a must-have for all those who love eye makeup.» —rasu

Read more in our deep dive of this eyeliner stamp to learn why over 2k people love it!

Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

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Tonymoly lip balms formulated with shea butter, coconut oil, camellia oil, rosehip oil, manuka honey, and other ingredients intended to keep your lips soft and supple all day long.


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Promising review: «The color melts into my natural lip color and gives a little sheen, exactly what I was looking for! It also doesn’t get gloppy (you know those clumps of lipstick/lipgloss/chapstick when you’ve had it on too long?) after hours of wear! It also smells really good!» —Lauren L.

Get them from Amazon for $10 each (available in three varieties) or a set of all three for $25.

P.S. If you want a slightly more tinted option, check out Tonymoly Petit Bunny Glosses!

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And if you need a touch of color without compromising hydration, a Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm to add a little oomph while keeping things relatively low-key — just two swipes, and you’re done!


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Promising review: «I really love this product. As someone who has never mastered the art of lipstick, this is perfect. I tend to be more of a minimalist with makeup and this is so easy to just slide on before going out. You’ll have to reapply during the day/night, but the application is very quick. I bought ‘sweet violet’ and attached a photo for you to see the results.» —Cornelius

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.48+ (available in six shades).

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A tube of Glossier Cloud Paint for the perfect, buildable flush of color on your cheeks to make you seem a little more ~alive~ on those days you’re pretty much falling asleep at your desk. And personally, none of my makeup routines are ever quite complete without it.


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This is pretty much the only blush I wear because I can apply it with just my fingers, and it blends in nicely and naturally — you can control the intensity so you get the perfect flush of color every time. Read more BuzzFeeder reviews of Cloud Paint for lots of ~glowing~ photos!

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in six shades).

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A delightfully-scented Duft & Doft hand cream to keep your hands feeling baby soft (thanks to hyaluronic acid, collagen, shea butter, and vitamin E!) and replenish moisture levels after enduring a bout of harsh weather or just plain ‘ol washing your hands.


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Promising review: «This is my favorite hand cream. It makes my hands so soft and smooth and perfectly moisturized. And the smell is DIVINE. I can’t stop smelling my hands once I put it on! It’s just a nice, light fragrance, and I sometimes just wear it instead of perfume. This is an item I always want to have in my beauty arsenal — I will purchase again and again.» —Kelly D. Osburn

Get it from Amazon for $6.90 (available in seven varieties).

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A natural, vegan, and aluminum-free Each & Every deodorant that’ll keep sensitive ‘pits dry ‘n’ protected with soothing, non-irritating ingredients that actually do their job and don’t leave you feeling worse off than before. Natural *does* work.


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It’s also free of parabens, baking soda, phthalates, and made with six ingredients rated green for safety by the Environmental Working Group (EWG).

Promising review: «I have really sensitive skin but when I sweat, I need a strong deodorant — but I wanted something that was not full of bad chemicals. I put this on, went to work, and mowed the lawn after I came home. After an hour of mowing the lawn I went to take a shower and noticed I didn’t smell musty at all, which is a surprise because normally other deodorants typically wear off within eight hours or so. This stuff didn’t irritate me at all and it lasted for well over 12 hours — plus it didn’t cake up at all under my arms. I am a customer for life with.» —Enriquez Taylor

Get them from Amazon for $15 each (available in eight scents/varieties).

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Easy- and non-intimidating-to-use Laura Mercier eyeshadow sticks to amp up your lewk and incorporate bolder colors into your makeup routine. Just apply a lil’ swipe wherever you need a pop of color — keep it as is for eyeliner, or smudge it out for a fuller eyeshadow masterpiece.


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Promising review: «Love these for quick and easy looks! They are perfect for giving my eyes a little pop or a more dramatic look depending on what I’m going for and I can swipe, blend and go! These really last a long time even without a primer and I haven’t had issues with creasing or smudging once set. They’re also perfect for travel! I own several different shades and can’t wait to buy more.» —Milencik

Get them from Nordstrom for $29 each (available in 26 shades).

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A quick and painless Tarte Pearly Girl whitening treatment that’ll provide an instant brightening boost after your third cup of coffee *and* protect tooth enamel. *flashes million-watt smile*


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You can apply up to four times a day if you’d like! Just smile and brush it onto your teeth, and then wait 30 seconds before closing your mouth. Then give the gel 15 minutes to fully penetrate before you start eating and drinking.

Promising review: «Well, I’m in shock. These types of pens never work well for me. I always end up junking them, but this one for real works. I’m so pumped! It’s fantastic. If you’re a skeptic of these types of pens, try this one. It’s been two days of using this twice a day and it has made my teeth a couple shades whiter, and I’m a coffee and Coke Zero lover. This stuff has really done a great job so far. Can’t wait to see more results!» —alwayslatekate

Get it from Tarte for $22.

BTW, this is our lowest-price pick for the best teeth whitener on BuzzFeed Reviews!

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A sweet and enticing Ari by Ariana Grande perfume rollerball to help keep you smelling fresh (more specifically, like pear, rose, and marshmallow) ~every day, every day, every day~. Breathe it in, breathe it out.


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Promising review: «I went out on a limb and bought this without smelling it, and it is TO DIE FOR! If you like Ariana Grande’s Sweet Like Candy, you will love this. I wear this every day and get so many compliments. I’m kind of picky when it comes to perfumes (I never wore anything but Viva La Juicy) but this scent is amazing and it’s also half the price.» —Alexandra Heit

Get it from Amazon for $16.67.

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A lightweight Earth’s Recipe gel sunscreen that’ll win the award for least annoying sunscreen ever — it’s formulated with ~harrogate sparkling water~ so there’s literally no chance of greasiness, heaviness, or white cast. It wears so nicely that you won’t mind reapplying throughout the day! *hint hint*


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Because once in the morning isn’t enough, especially if you head outside at any point. It’s free of parabens, synthetic dyes and fragrances, and mineral oils.

Promising review: «I have vitiligo, which means I have patches of skin with zero pigmentation. I get a raised, itchy rash and instant skin damage within 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure, so I have tons of experience trying out sunscreens. This product has been a bit life-changing for me, as it doesn’t resemble sunscreen in the least and yet it does its job exceptionally well. Sometimes I wear makeup over it and sometimes I don’t, but either way it is creamy but not too greasy, and soaks in like regular lotion. I only wish it came in bigger sizes because I have been using on my arms and neck and chest as well as my face. It is expensive for such a little bottle, but it is the best I have found in my 38 years so I will pay the price and be happy to do so.» —A. Rhodes

Get it from Amazon for $24.25.

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A double-sided Maybelline brow pencil to fill in your eye framers and most importantly *keep* them filled, defined, and looking fresh — because, sometimes, it makes allll the difference.


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Promising review: «This eyebrow pencil is the best. I have nonexistent Asian brows, and I’ve tried all the brands. From Etude House to Holika Holika to NYX to Anastasia Beverly Hills to Kat Von D. This is the best one. It has to do with how the formula is a little bit waxy, which seems to help immensely with longevity on my oily skin! It also means it’s easier to build up. The little spoolie on the end is cute and functional, and I love that it has an angular, triangular tip, which makes drawing more precise. Perfect pencil! And it’s so cheap that I can buy a few to throw in my bag and have at home and whatever. Love it.» —Lucy

Get it from Amazon for $5.97 (available in four shades).

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Telephone cord-like hair ties, aka Invisibobbles, that’ll keep your hair up and out of your way **without** hurting, denting, squeezing, or tugging at your strands once they’re in place or taken out — I personally swear by these and I think everyone should own ’em!!!


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I mean it. After too many years of wearing those cheap, tight drugstore hair ties, I’ve finally seen the light! Between these and silk hair ties, I don’t trust anything else with my already-weak strands. Check out my full review of the Invisibobbles (#1) for more deets!

Promising review: «I love these little hair bobbles. They don’t crimp my hair, nor do they give me a headache like some hair ties do. They do look like little old fashioned telephone cords. They keep my slippery, fine hair in place all day.» —mitzi15

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.84+ (available in six colors). They also have scrunchie versions.

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A mini bottle of Amika dry shampoo to take care of oily root emergencies, and give your hair a little but much-needed lift. You’re welcome for the extra sleep in the mornings.


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Promising review: «This stuff is idiot-proof. No weird white residue, adds volume, and smells AMAZING. I find myself looking forward to the days I sleep through my alarm and need to skip washing my hair. ;)» —Kingfisher55

Get it from Amazon for $10 (also available in a bigger, regular size).

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A fun Milk Makeup Tattoo Stamp (or multiple!), because they’re the easiest way to add a teensy bit of ~art~ to your face, as well as the easiest way to attract compliments wherever you go. And if you have it on hand, you can keep building up your masterpiece, or add other designs to the mix!


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I’m personally so obsessed with these! It’s pigmented, holds up perfectly throughout the day, and best of all, it’s great payoff for literally 0.5 seconds of effort. People always ask me how I drew them myself.

Get them from Sephora for $20 each in astrology and regular versions.

I mean, what do you *not* have on hand?


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Well, I mean, if the purse is big enough — go for it! 🍾🍾🍾

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