What’s in Claire’s bag?

2011-07-01 10:11

You’ll remember Claire Mawisa’s yellow-toned skin and big smile from SABC1 when she was still a continuity presenter with the likes of Felicity Shiba, Dicksy Ngqula and Tumi Ndaba.

But after plenty of time in the limelight, the 32-year-old model, TV and radio personality has opted for a behind-the-scenes role as producer on T-Bose Mokwele’s mid-morning show on Kaya FM.

Mawisa is also the content ­co-ordinator for the station as well as a familiar face on Mzansi’s red carpets.

The question is: What does a ­woman with such a busy schedule – both in and out of the public eye – carry in her handbag? To my surprise, her bag isn’t as big as I had expected.

» Navy sling bag – “I bought this at the airport one day, at Accessorize, and I loved it from the moment I saw it. It might seem small but I love the concept of a hands-free bag, where I can just whip it over my shoulder and walk freely and be able to use my phone at the same time.”

» Mini cosmetics bag – “It is small but it has so much stuff in it, mostly my lip stuff which I’m obsessed with.”

To prove her obsession, she unpacks five different products – a MAC nude lipstick, Revlon lip gloss, Blistex, DCT Lip Balm and a Vaseline tub.

“I love anything that is lips, I am addicted to it,” she says. “The lipstick and the lip-gloss come in handy for when I have to clean up for an event because it does happen that I have to go straight from the office to an event.”

For such occasions, Mawisa ­also applies her Armani Diamonds perfume and keeps two pairs of earrings in her bag so that she can “change my look from day to night”.

» Nail file – “Have you ever had that one nail that irritates and hooks onto everything that you touch? Well, that is why I carry a nail file; to file that irritation off immediately.”

» Clear nail polish – “I can apply that when I’m in the office. It also comes in handy when my nails look out of shape or bad.”

» Hand-and-nail lotion – “I wash my hands a lot during the day and I hate having ashy hands.”

» Red leather gloves – “These are my hot accessory of the season. When I put them on, they just add that WOW effect to my outfit ­because of the colour.”

» Medication – “I have Panado ­because I can never function with a headache. I also have Viral Choice to prevent me from getting flu.”

» Gum and restaurant sweets – “The sweets land in my bag when I pay the bill, they often come in handy when I feel hungry. And the gum is for fresh breath always.”

» Lastly, she whips out her BlackBerry 9800, spare battery and charger – “No living happens without my phone; it’s like oxygen. I get work emails, tweets, BBMs (BlackBerry messages). I’m always on Twitter or Facebook so the charger and the spare battery come in handy.”

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