Take a Peek Inside Real Women’s Purses -- You Won’t Believe What They’re Hiding! (PHOTOS)

purseCall me a nosy Parker, but one of my favorite things to do is rummage through my BFF's purse and seeing what fun new items she has in there, especially in the lipstick arena. Not only does she always have great beauty products to, er, borrow, I find it fascinating to see what other women carry around with them on a daily basis. (I'll never understand how guys can get through life with one tiny little wallet!) To satisfy my inner Peeping Tom, I asked some of my CafeMom colleagues to let me have a virtual peek inside their purses. But to be fair, I'll go first!

The interesting question is ... What do you think you can tell about a woman by what she carries in her purse?

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    37-year-old married mom of one 10-year-old daughter and freelancer for The Stir.

    A wallet so over-stuffed with cards and receipts that it won't close; my Kindle; a "just in case" pad; wrapper from 3-D glasses; cap from a bottle of Hint Fizz water (so good!); 40 random cents in loose change; EIGHT lip glosses and lipsticks (why??); three pens; sunglasses not in their case; The Body Shop Absinthe hand sanitizer; Korres jasmine body butter (because I can't wash my hands without putting lotion on after); random Hello Kitty party favor; movie tickets from Monsters University (loved it!) and Much Ado About Nothing (snooze fest!); checkbook; two Clinique nail enamels; napkin with a drawing my daughter made; my poor, poor iPhone; program from my daughter's fourthgrade graduation (sob!); Brush On Block (amazing); one lonely bobby pin.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    26-year-old Digital Advertising Sales Manager; engaged (will be married October 2013!) with two fur-babies, Jack & Ginger (pit bull and dachshund/lab mix respectively)

    Zyrtec; nasal spray; tissues; extra contacts; lip liner; refreshing eye drops; keys; lip balm; tissues; USB drive; and my wallet.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    36-year-old married mom of one 6-month-old boy and Ad Operations Coordinator at CafeMom.

    Wet ones, Band-Aids, tissues, Charmin TP, pepper spray, hand sanitizer, Lysol spray, static guard, lint roller, Visine, Aquaphor, retainers, XS root beer energy drink, brush, Extra gum, Artistry light up lip gloss, Body Blends lip balm, Artistry under eye concealer, Artistry tinted moisturizer, nail kit, wallet, coupon organizer, hair bands, floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, USB drive, headphones, pens, tape measure, Tide stain remover pen, iPhone, Nutrilite meal bars, Nutrilite Strawberry Kiwi twist tube. This isn’t even my diaper bag either -- that is a whole other world.

  • What's in Your Purse?


    38-year-old married mom of two kids and Editorial Director at The Stir.

    Wallet, two Chapsticks ('cause one isn’t enough??); one trial size Aquaphor; Clinique lip liner; Clinique lipstick & gloss combo; water bottle, old copy of New York magazine; mini notebook (for ideas?); pen; old birthday party invitation; keys with a gym membership pass (that I don’t use enough); three types of medicine (allergy season is killing my sinuses!): Tylenol sinus, Advil Cold & Sinus, Vicks DayQuil LiquiCaps; two local restaurant business cards; ski instructor business card; reward business card for manicures; sunglasses; a receipt from Party City for balloons (my daughter’s birthday was last week); two different packs of gum; a coupon for Children’s Place (that I will probably forget I have and never use); 1 hair tie (my daughter’s); lotion; a couple of pictures of my kids; and a tissue hanging out of my bag (allergy season -- GAH!).

  • What's in Your Purse?


    36-year-old mom of a 1-year-old and Assistant Managing Editor at MamásLatinas/Qué Más

    The usual: Wallet; keys; phone (not pictured as it was the means to taking the pic). I also have some random beauty items: hair clips; nail file; oil-blotting sheets; my could-not-live-without-it Rosebud Salve; and sunglasses to keep me from getting eye wrinkles. I also found a mini-Bible that my mom snuck in my purse, so I’m carrying it for a while to make her happy and, of course, my son’s pacifier somehow made its way in there over the weekend. I’ll occasionally find baby items left over from the morning or the weekend (a sock, a bottle, a dirty bib one time) that don’t belong at work, but brighten up my day.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    Pregnant married mom of a 1 1/2-year-old girl and editor at The Stir.

    Wallet; subway Metrocard; 3 lip glosses & 1 lip balm (all absolutely necessary -- ha!); 3 eye shadows (ditto); blush; powder; 2 eyebrow pencils (why?); mascara; cover-up; makeup brush kit (can you tell I like doing makeup on the go?); iPhone; headphones; bottle full of vitamins, Tylenol, and Aleve; 2 Band-Aids; a pack of gum; scissors; tweezers; nail file; hair clips; bobby pins; fake-gem-encrusted silver hair comb; way too many hair ties; travel-size hairspray; miniature brush (can you tell I’m a hair girl?); hand sanitizer; keys; a pen; a cough drop; a safety pin.

  • What's in Your Purse?


    36-year-old married mom of two boys (aged 3 and 7), digital ad sales.

    Wallet; brush; hair tie; house keys; sunglasses; car keys; dental floss; pen; lipstick; compact; cosmetic bag; lollipop (always carry in case for my kids); and fruit leather (always carry in case for my kids!)

  • What's in Your Purse?


    30 years old, married with no kids (yet), Sales Director at CafeMom.

    Sunglasses; sunglasses case; wallet; keys; dental floss; checkbook; planner; bronzer and makeup brush; hair tie; pen, zip drive. My phone was in there too but had to use it to take the picture so it isn't shown. :)

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    36-year-old mom of two kids (ages 8 and 2), "not 'married' but with my guy for almost 11 years," Senior Client Solutions Manager.

    Earphones; cellphone; vitamin pack; umbrella; pens; lip glosses; keys; wallet; work ID; lots of receipts; flyer for hair salon; tuition rates for pre-school; Hello Kitty notepad for jotting down things to remember; checkbook.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    Married mom of two, Managing Editor at The Stir.

    Wallet; makeup bag crammed with more makeup than I will ever use; two tampons; two panty liners; phone charger; phone cord; car/house keys,; Think Thin protein bar wrapper; Trident gum wrapper; three Gap Gift Cards; expired Gap coupon from two months ago; Metro card; CVS receipt; love note from my daughter; Chase Bank pen.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    31-year-old with no kids (but one geriatric dog), social media at CafeMom.

    My wallet; an errant Chipotle receipt from a lunch with a co-worker; contacts re-wetting solution; two lipsticks; my giant keychain with all my grocery discount cards and a tag from the car repair guy when he did my oil change; breath mints; the eyeliner I just found when I took this picture; a BuzzFeed pen that I got at an Internet Week conference; my Kindle; sunglasses and case; business card holder; a mini tube of mascara; floor map from my "date" with my husband at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    34, married and expecting a boy, marketing at MamasLatinas.

    Book; keys; hand lotion; lip balm; comb; wallet; pen; lipstick; bubble gum; hair pin; sunglasses; tissues; vitamins.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    40-year-old married mom of three boys (two adults and one 8-year-old), community manager for CafeMom.

    Bottle of water; wallet; makeup bag; thin flashlight; facial wipes; sunglasses; digital thermometer; travel size deodorant; scotch tape; deck of cards; three Match Box cars; keys; granola bar; peppermint Life Saver; iPad mini; ID holder.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    42-year-old married mom of two kids, editor at The Stir.

    T-shirt; makeup bag; headphones; cash; Costco receipt; grocery list; pens; Chapstick; paint chip; pair of socks; camera cord.

  • What’s in Your Purse?


    Married mom of one 13-month-old daughter, Staff Writer for The Stir.

    Wallet; sunglasses; makeup bag with lotion, sanitizer, and saline solution); lip balm; Emergen-C; a random watermelon toy; a random tampon,; a snack cup of Joe's O's; oil blotting papers; an iPhone charger; a bracelet; a pen; a memory stick; a face mist!

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