My Handbag Beauty Essentials

Wednesday, 21 November 2012


I've had a few requests to do a 'What's In My Handbag?' style post, but not much has changed since I did this old post which mostly consists of the mundane usuals; phone, purse, keys, diary, book, Ipod etc.  What has changed however, is that I now carry around a lot more beauty products than I used to, so hopefully this post will be much more interesting!

My handbag beauty essentials are:-
  • Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets (review) - Always handy to have these around considering how oily my T-Zone can get!
  • Hairbrush - This mini one is from The Body Shop and is the perfect size for handbags.
  • Nail Polish Remover Wipes - There's always a couple of sachets of these in my bag as I can't stand having chipped nails, so I'd rather just remove everything if that happens.  These are from a German brand that my Mum posted to me recently and they're pretty good.
  • Twistband hairtie - Very useful to have one of these as I often wear my hair down, but like to put it up into a topknot towards the end of the day.
  • Neal's Yard Remedies Bee Lovely Busy Bee Balm* (review) - A good multi-purpose balm is an essential for me.  I use this on everything from lips and cuticles, to taming eyebrows.
  • Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment (review) - This hair oil comes in super handy when trying to restyle my wayward hair after it's been blasted with wind and rain in the mornings!
  • Benefit Sun Beam mini - Adds a natural looking glow to dull winter complexions, but needs to be reapplied as it doesn't last on my skin very long.
  • NUXE Baume Prodigieux Levres Nutri-Protecting Lip Care (review) - Always, always have a dedicated lip care product with me - this one from NUXE also doubles up as a clear gloss and has SPF 15. 
  • Liz Earle Signature Lip Colour in Tea Rose* (review) -  My current favourite lipstick which is really moisturising too so ideal for wearing in A/W. 
  • Japonesque Touch Up Tube Brush Set* (review) - This slim metallic tube holds travel sized brushes which are perfect for using on the go to reapply any make-up.  
  • The Body Shop Lightening Touch Pen - Highstreet dupe for the infamous YSL Touche Eclat (which I actually prefer to the original - shhh don't tell anyone!).  Instantly adds some light to my face when I'm starting to look tired at the end of the day. 
  • Mini tweezers - these are from Tweezerman.  I don't actually use them all that often, but they just seem to live in my bag in case I ever feel the urge to tweeze a stray browhair.
  • Jurlique Rose Hand Cream - Like lip care and multi-purpose balm, hand cream is an absolute essential for me.  I currently have a travel size of this gorgeous rose scented hand cream from Jurlique and have been rationing out its usage because the full size is a bit pricey!
What are your handbag beauty essentials?  
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36 comments

  1. The nail varnish wipes are a great idea. I love the bag. x

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    1. Thanks! I picked up the other day and it's become my new make-up bag (though technically it's FAR too big to be one lol!) x

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  2. I really need to get myself some nail polish remover wipes. As soon as a chip appears I spend the rest of the day picking at my nails.
    xo

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    1. I'm the same, can't leave my nails alone until it's gone! xx

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  3. I really want to try that Jurlique hand cream, I have a bit if a had cream obsession at the minute! Love the idea of having nail polish remover wipes in my bag as well! x

    OCBeauty Blog x

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    1. It's a gorgeous hand cream - the formula reminds me a lot of L'Occitane's Shea Butter ones if you like those :) x

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  4. The Kleenex Shine Absorbing Sheets are a must have in my handbag! I re-purchased them from Asda recently and they sell them for half the normal price.
    Ooh I am definitely going to check out the YSL dupe from The Body Shop! I've just never been able to bring myself to buy the YSL one incase it disappoints!
    I'm also really bad for picking off my nail varnish at work, so remover wipes are a fab idea xx

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    1. I love it when they're half price! I stocked up on a couple of packs when they were on offer in Superdrug recently. The Body Shop pen is the best dupe I've found so far, but the formula is much thinner than Touche Eclat (this is why I like it, but others prefer the thickness of Touche). Nail polish remover wipes are really handy :) xx

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  5. I really need to get a small brush/comb for my bag, never thought to look in The Body Shop x

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    1. They usually have a few by the counters, bought mine when it was on offer for only £1 :) x

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  6. Tweezers! Great idea! I even have a mini one-why isn't it in my purse lol?
    I also carry a nail file because sure enough my nails will chip when I'm out.

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    1. Ooo I need to pick up a new nail file! Thanks for reminding me!

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  7. Those are some great products! The nail polish remover wipes are a great idea to have in my purse! Great post.

    www.ruelalips.blogspot.com

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  8. great selection... I WANT the japonesque brushes set, love the case too and been looking to try these brushes for ages.
    Nuxe lip care also sounds lovely. xx

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    1. It's a nice little set to have in your bag :) xx

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  9. I always have a mirror, oil blotting sheets, and lip gloss in my bag. I do believe though after seeing this post, that I am going to have to get my hands on a mini-hairbrush to keep with me too!

    Boston Princess

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    1. I usually carry around a little mirror too, no idea why it wasn't in my bag at the time lol! x

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  10. Your bag is awesome, thanks for the tip about the body shop dupe!
    x

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  11. I'm absolutely sold on NUXE Rêve de Miel lipbalm but I have never heard of their Baume Prodigieux before, will have to check this out!

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    1. I want to get Reve De Miel at some point!

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  12. Such a lovely stash of goodies in there :) Love the Jurlique hand cream! I really want to get Sun Beam as well - the mini size is perfect for popping into your handbag.

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    1. Those Benefit minis do come in handy :)

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  13. I love those Kleenex shine absorbing sheets, they're in my bag too! They're so handy
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. These look like some gorgeous products! You have no made my wish lis even longer ;)

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    1. Hehe, hope it's not too long now! :)

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  15. Is it only me who also carries around various bits of rubbish or do you leave these bits off the photo? :o) ...nice selection of goodies in your handbag.

    Jackie @ Minerva Collection UK Handbags&Jewellery

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    1. Oh I have my fair share of rubbish in my bag! There's usually a ton of receipts and what not lurking around at the bottom! This is just a beauty edit detailing what's inside :)

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  16. hey! where did you get the fancy hairtie?

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