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5 Portable Gadgets for Busy Women

Updated on March 12, 2008

Let’s face it: women are beautiful as they are. However, we all have our little things that we do to make us feel better about ourselves. For example, I have a natural curl to my hair, but Seattle weather makes the nice curls turn frizzy. This means I tame the frizz every morning by using a hair straightener before heading off to work. Looking and feeling great takes some effort, and it can be difficult for busy women to fit everything in.

Luckily, there are products out there to help us. You can find convenient, portable gadgets that can fit in your purse: beauty on the go. No more running frantically around the house in the morning because you are running out of time. Simply throw what you need in your bag and do it on the way (or touch up later in the day).


If you need something to style your hair on the go, buy a cordless hair straightener. These hair stylers are battery operated, and easily fit into your purse. There are also compact hair dryers that are easy to carry with you, but you will need an outlet to plug it in.

A very cool hair gadget you can take with you or keep at work is the hot air brush. Sometimes my nicely styled hair gets a bit wonky after being out in the rain, so one of these brushes will help restyle and dry damp, disheveled hair.

Not only can you fit these objects in your purse, but they also don’t take up much room if you want to keep them in a drawer at your work desk.


If you need to do or touch up your makeup outside of your home, a lighted compact mirror will make your life a lot easier.

The typical bathroom mirror is well lit, making it easier to see what you are doing when applying makeup. Using the mirror from a small compact can be tricky, but even more difficult when it is cast in shadow. A lighted mirror will make it easier to see what you are doing.


There are plenty of portable, battery operated manicure kits with small nail dryers available for anyone who worries about broken nails or touching up polish chips while out and about.

Personally, I think there is nothing worse than breaking a small chunk off of one of my nails—it ends up snagging everything you touch all day, making the break worse. It isn’t healthy to tear or bite your broken nail off, so it is a good idea to keep a small manicure kit available.


There is nothing better than a beautiful smile full of shiny teeth. And, there is nothing worse than someone with bad breath. With this in mind, those of you who are interested in oral hygiene throughout the day will probably love a portable electronic toothbrush.

These range in prices from low to high, and you can buy rechargeable or regular battery operated versions. They come in different sizes, so you can slip small ones into a purse and the bigger ones fit easily into briefcases and backpacks.

Cleansers & Exfoliaters

Does your skin ever feel grimy half way through the day? It isn’t convenient to head to the office restroom to apply some cream and wash your face, but you still have options. There are plenty of small packs of disposable facial wipes that you can use once, and then discard.

Another option, especially if you want to quickly exfoliate, is The Wave - Neutrogena’s newest foaming face product. This will make a quick exfoliation all the easier.

If these products don’t make life easier, there are always vibrating panties.


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      melissa07 6 years ago

      I don't recommend portable straighteners because are low quality which damage the hair and broke fast, that's why I prefer the good quality straighteners that may cost more but they last more, I have one, the Karmin G3 Salon Pro which leaves the hair soft, shiny, healthy and super straight.

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      hardwaremarket 9 years ago from India

      gr8 hub keep posting more on techie stuff for women

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      Zsuzsy Bee 10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Gidgets and gadgets galore. But Panties?...battery operated I would assume. We sure live in a crazy world.

      Great Hub Stacie regards Zsuzsy