The Beauty Spotlight Team Takes a Look into the Kit of an Adventuring Rogue! What’s in Syl’s Bag?

Greetings from that moment where your char says ‘too much clutter’, fellow rogues!

The Beauty Spotlight team has been taking a peek into the different members’ bags recently, discovering what equipment and loot they carry along with them on their daily adventures! Now it’s my turn…

I should probably mention that what you’re about to see technically only represents 1/3 of my daily schlep. When you’re an adventuring rogue and a long-suffering grad student and a ballet fanatic, there is some serious potential  for excess clobber. Since you can probably guess some of the other clutter I usually have about me (laptop, pointe shoes, smoke bombs, 6-inch thick stack of journal articles, leotard , extra dagger poison, laser safety goggles, bun-pins, hinge grease, omgetcetera), I’ve boiled it down to the essentials!

And so, without further ado, let us sally forth into the bottom of a rogue’s kitbag!

A Rogue's Daily Schlep

The *simplified* rogue’s kitbag. Seriously, you would not believe some of the tonnage I sometimes haul about with me… when in doubt, everyone just hands their extra stuff to the rogue!

Ze Bag:

Now, the other Beauty Spotlight Team ladies pretty much all have breathtakingly, envy-inducingly elegant handbags. I have a cotton shopping tote that I got during a conference adventure at the British Museum! 😀 All style here, all the time, right? You have to appreciate its simple, uncluttered functionality though, and it is nice and lightweight. If not waterproof…or rip-proof…where was I going with this? At any rate, I am a big fan of canvas/cotton totes…

I should take a moment to mention the phone here, as I felt it was a bit too boring to photograph separately – it’s a Samsung. Yep, that’s pretty much it really. Despite being a very internetty person,  I am not a very mobiley person – I like to hunt peope down and talk to them in person *sinister grin*. 😉

Ze Gold Purse:

A Gold purse.

A gold purse. May or may not (let’s be honest, probably will never) contain actual gold. The dragon wouldn’t get off it, even when we asked really nicely. Hmph.

Can’t really go adventuring without gold, now, can one? Or plastic, possibly. Everything is a card these days – cash, credit, dwarven armoury loyalty card, transport pass, you name it. The dungeon loot/e-money converters must be making a fortune! Anyway, this is my wallet, and is my best candidate for leatherbound elegance. Love me some bue/embossing…

Ze Sunglasses:

Sunglasses, Rogue-style

Despite the amount of time we spend in dark places, sometimes a rogue needs sunnies too…

These aren’t just good for overland adventuring – do you have any idea how bright it gets in the magmadragon’s molten lair? Spoiler alter: it’s bright. These are my preciousss, my Chanel beauties, the only pair of sunglasses I’ve ever even remotely looked good in. They were a gift from my parents, too, which puts an extra shine on their magnificence. If you’ll excuse me, I’ll be over here, wearing them, stroking them, and looking disturbingly fabulous. (Side note: the case isn’t really my taste, actually, but it is damn near indestructible, which is exactly the sort of armour such beautiful treasures need).

Ze Makeup Pouch!

Makeup and Hairties and Flash Drives, Oh, MY!

Makeup and Hairties and Flash Drives, Oh, MY! (Warning: may also occasionally contain dagger poison). Do pardon the slight blur – the light at the moment in wintry and absolute arse for taking photos when you have my *cough* limited skills with a camera!

Yes, the stalwart little polka-dot cosmetic pouch you can see in the first pic has been with me for a while now, and it has never failed. The *makeup* contents are on an ever-changing rotation, but it always conceals at least three thesis-related flash drives and some hair ties.

The current makeup consists of:

  • A Collection (Collection 2000 as was) concealer in the shade ‘as pasty as possible’ – just kidding, it’s the lightest one, 01. I haven’t reviewed this one yet, as it’s relatively new to me, but I am impressed. It combines variable coverage, undereye suitability and sufficient paleness with affordability, so there you go!
  • A Lancome matte eyeshadow single in Tres Chocolat, which does double duty as my portable mirror and favourite eyebrow powder.
  • An EOS lip balm in Honeydew Melon flavour. I haven’t officially reviewed ths either, but here’s the gist: it’s OK. The most fun part, actually, is progressively sculpting the dome into a sort of nipple shape that you can amuse/terrify people with.
  • A comparatively modest collection of lipsticks (for me, at any rate), consisting of (click the name for a full review/swatches!): Revlon Lacquer Balm in Demure, Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in Have We Met?, Stila Stay All Day Vinly Lip Gloss in Nude Vinyl, Too Faced La Creme Lipstick in Naked Dolly, YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in #17 Rose in Tension and Guerlain Rouge Automatique in Rose Lip!

Bottom line: no rogue can ever have too many lipsticks with them. We have to be adaptable, flexible, and ready to soothe dryness or add shine at a moment’s notice. This is really the bare minimum, people. As you can see, there’s a bit of a pink theme going on there – if you’d like to see some of the other pink lipsticks that rotate through my daily kitbag, you can reconnoitre here

Ze Miscellany:

In with the rogue, out with the pain

I expect you’re probably surprised that an adventuring rogue doesn’t take a full on first-aid kit with her. I do, actually, but most of the sticking plasters, burn cream and anti-necrotic-damage-spray were used up when I went to take the photo…

Painkillers. ‘Nuff said, amirite, ladies/dungeoneers? Also, access card and keys, with the dag end of a promotional lanyard that gave up years ago. Some equipment you never manage to upgrade, no madder how many random loot drops you get.

Well! There you go – that was the essential contents of a rogue’s kitbag. I expect you are enthralled, and I apologise for not posting all the rest of my clutter at the same time. If you’re interested in the ballet stuff, simply holler, and I can post something about that in the future. My smokebomb and dagger collection will have to remain a trade secret for now (very competitive scene, rogueing), and the journal articles no-one but me should have to suffer through! 😉

What are your daily adventuring essentials? Anything you just can’t leave the tavern without…or something you wish you could pitch into the depths of a gelatinous cube, but have to carry anyway?

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!


I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in any product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find that your morning hot beverage tastes a little…different than usual. Didn’t the rogue say something the other day about that new poison that makes your inner ear itch maddeningly for the rest of your life? I think she did…

6 thoughts on “The Beauty Spotlight Team Takes a Look into the Kit of an Adventuring Rogue! What’s in Syl’s Bag?

  1. Hey Syl! Yay you’re back! How have you been!? I love your sunglasses and anything from Mum and Dad is always special! 🙂 I have been lugging around a lot lately and desperately trying to cut down on the crap in there but you know how that goes.. crap attracts more crap lol! 😛


  2. Syllll I miss you!!! So glad to read about what’s in your bag. That’s quite some lippies you have there (what did I expect?!)! Anyways, I hope you are feeling better, and I am awaiting your return with baited breath 😉


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