I recently bought a new handbag, and I didn't want to clutter it up with rubbish like all my other handbags, so I've put together a few essentials that will stay in there and hopefully keep my bag from becoming a rubbish pit! I obviously have other things in my bag, but these are my main items that I thought I would share with you!
Hand cream was the first thing on my list, I am useless at keeping my hands moisutrised so I'm hoping that if I keep this tube of I Love.. Mango and Papaya Hand Lotion* in my bag that I'll spot it and remember to apply! It contains shea butter which I love, and smells absolutely incredible! Next up is a body spray or perfume, my current favourite is from The Body Shop Christmas Collection, so it's not available anymore. It's the Vanilla Brulee Room and Body Spray, vanilla is my all time favourite scent so this had to make it's way into my bag. It was quite cheap so I don't mind spraying it more often than perfumes which is something I always do with whatever scent I have in my bag, it also lasts ages too.
When I'm out and about I can get quite hot and flustered and I always feel like my makeup is sliding all over my face, so I like to carry a setting spray with me. My pick has to be the Makeup Revoltuion Oil Control Fixing Spray*, which I reviewed in full here, so I won't go on about it too much. This spray is so cool on the face and really keeps your makeup in place throughout the day. I love this to just give my makeup a refreshed look, like it's just been applied.
I really dislike germs. I don't feel like I have to keep my hands clean all the time, but I'm not a fan of them feeling dirty so I like to carry an anti-bacterial gel around in my bag. I Love.. is a brand that seem to be smashing everything at the moment, I love all their products, pardon the pun! When I saw they'd released I Love.. Hand Gels* I wanted to get my hands on them as the only ones I really like are the Bath and Body Works ones, and I don't live in America so getting them can be a pain. These are on a level with Bath and Body Works, they smell so sweet and don't leave your hands smelling like you've just split a bottle of vodka over yourself. Raspberry and Blackberry is my favourite out of the four scents, but I can only find the Strawberries and Cream online here.
My other non-beauty essentials include a pair of headphones, tissues, hair ties, a notebook and a pen. I make lists everywhere I go so the notebook really is essential, as I prefer to physically write things than to type them into the notes on my phone.
What are your handbag essentials?
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*Contains PR samples or products sent for review, but all opinions are my own.