Wednesday, 16 July 2014

My Handbag Essentials... All 15 of them!

Gather around ladies (and gents) it’s time to have a little nosey inside my handbag make up bag.  Just to be clear this isn’t a “what’s-inside-my-bag" post. I never quite got those. Who cares about my mobile phone, a packet of tissues and an emergency chocolate bar (low blood sugar rages anyone?).  But I do like to see the beauty essential you can’t be without.
I was pretty shocked to discover I’ve been carting 15 products around in this teeny tiny make up bag, and there’s me thinking I’m low maintenance these days..

Left-right (sort of)
  • MAC Blot Powder Medium Dark £20. My favourite handbag compact! The lightweight powder helps to set make up and rid the shine. I reach for this throughout the day for little touch ups. It combats shiny patches without being matte or powdery plus it’s more or less colourless so looks very natural.  
  • EOS lip balm £5 Still my go to lip balms. There’s something about that egg shape... it’s addictive! I ran out of sweet mint (my favourite colour and flavour) and have just cracked open Strawberry Sorbet.
  • MAC Lipstick Japanese Maple £15 At one point I had around ten lip products in my handbag. I consider three to be an achievement. One balm, one lipstick, one gloss – okay?
  • Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream £8.50 Standard. Always on hand. Great for chapped lips, cuticles, dry patches etc. That’s why this little 7ml handbag friendly tube comes in so handy.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow £14 I shouldn’t be carrying this around with me on account of it running out too fast but what can I say, I’m hooked! Full review here.
  • Bourjois CC Eye Cream £7.99 I keep this on hand for my pesky eye bags. Great for touch ups and packs enough punch to cover spots and red/discoloured patches.
  • Revlon Lip Gloss Bellini £7.99. Probably my favourite lipgloss. Shiny, lustrous but never sticky.
  • MAC 168 Brush £27 This mini 168 came with one of the Holiday brush sets. It’s small enough to fit in my bag and good enough for powder, blush and bronzer.
  • Bourjois Khol & Contour Liner Brun & Caramel ... I hate to apply eye makeup first thing in the morning, that’s why I carry liners and mascara with me so I can add them at a later time. Normally around 10 o’clock when my face has woke up. This one’s my favourite everyday liner... hence the size of it.
  • Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner Navy £12 I’ve got Glamour Magazine to thank for this beauty. Free with last month’s magazine (hope you got yours) and I’ve been addicted to it since. It’s a handy little product to have to take you from day to night when those after work cocktails come a calling.
  • Lancôme La Vie Est Belle 10 ml perfume spray. Perfume bottles can be so heavy and clunky, this 10ml spray is perfect for the handbag. Sadly it's only available in a limited edition Christmas gift set.
  • Clinique High Impact Mascara £17.50 Another Glamour freebie (available this month) When you’re carting 15+ products around it helps to have as many minis as possible.
  • Paul & Joe Blotting Paper £4 I received these in the Selfridges Beauty Box (see it here) and they’re simply outstanding! Especially in this weather. Sometimes I need more than a little powder to control the shine.
  • L’Occitane Hand Cream £6/10ml Made from 20% shea butter, it’s one of the best hand creams out there!
  • The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? Cheek and Lip Cream in Pie. This little book palette is too cute! And as soon as I saw it in last month’s Birchbox (review here) I knew it was destined for my handbag. A multi tasking cream stain in a beautiful coral shade.

What are your handbag essentials?



  1. I think I might need a trip to mac - I don't have that lipstick, but I agree the blot powder is great :) xx

  2. must try out the mac blot powder, sounds lovely!


    1. It's so handy. Has a little poof and a mirror too x

  3. I really want to be able to use Gimme Brow but its too warm for my eyebrows! xx

    BerrieBlogs {beauty and lifestyle blog}

    1. Really? That's such a shame. Have you tried both shades? x

  4. I need to try an EOS lip balm, I love the shape of them! <3

    Jennie xo |


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