My handbag essentials

What do you consider to be your handbag essentials? I don’t mean the usual – money, keys and phone – we all have to carry those, but what are the other things that you always have in your bag? Brioche Pasquier asked me to put together a post on my most important handbag essentials, the things that travel with me, no matter what, and this led to some serious thinking about what I really can’t do without.

I change the bag that I use everyday on a regular basis, I may use something smaller on one day, or want to use something that’s a different colour to better match an outfit. Maybe it is a more formal day and I want to use a structured leather bag. Or I’m having a boho day and reach for something from Accessorize with tassels and sequins. The thing is, the bag may change, but my handbag essentials don’t – I just transfer them to another bag.

Here are my handbag essentials – I don’t leave home without them.

1. Make-Up

I don’t carry lots of make-up with my, but there are certain things I must have – my lipstick, bronzer, mascara and an eye pencil. This enables me to put my face on very quickly. My make-up bag is a cute design that was gifted by Emma Lomax (you can read that review here) and my current fave brands include the Kate Moss Rimmel nude lipsticks and Bobbi Brown mascara.

Best Mummy Pouch £12.50 click to visit Emma Lomax

Best Mummy Pouch
£12.50 click to visit Emma Lomax

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Nude Collection £5.49 click to visit Boots

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipstick By Kate Nude Collection £5.49 click to visit Boots

Barry M Glow Bronzer 15g £5.69 click to visit Boots

Barry M Glow Bronzer 15g £5.69 click to visit Boots

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara £23 click to visit House of Fraser

Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara £23 click to visit House of Fraser

2. My Camera

It’s a running joke that I am never without my camera, and I have to carry a bag big enough to accommodate it. You never know when a photo opportunity might arise.

 Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera - Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 60x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD by Nikon £268.27 click to visit Amazon


Nikon COOLPIX P610 Digital Camera – Black (16.0 MP, CMOS Sensor, 60x Zoom) 3.0 -Inch LCD
by Nikon
£268.27 click to visit Amazon

3. A notebook

You never know when a moment of inspiration might strick you, and I am also a person who loves to do lists, so a notebook and pen are essential. Plus, this comes very useful when I’m out with Joe as he can use this to draw and ‘do some sums.’

 HAPPY JACKSON Random Crap A5 notebook     £9.00 Click to visit Selfridges

HAPPY JACKSON Random Crap A5 notebook
£9.00
Click to visit Selfridges

4. A snack

I often skip breakfast, so having a snack in my bag is an essential. If I don’t eat it, then I know that Joe will (the child never refuses chocolate!). My current elevenses favourite is Brioche Pasquier Pitch, especially the chocolate flavour filled variety. These are great as they are individually wrapped and definitely tastier and more filling than the average chocolate bar. Brioche Pasquier have just launched a new four pack variety, you can find these new packs in Tesco Express, Morrisons M-local and are priced at just £1.39 per pack.

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5. Perfume

I often keep an array of samples and small scent bottles in my bag. There is no better way to freshen up than with a spritz of your favourite scent. My favourite is Miss Dior Cherie, simply the most beautiful perfume around.

 DIOR Miss Dior Le Parfum spray     £70.00 click to visit Selfridges

DIOR Miss Dior Le Parfum spray
£70.00
click to visit Selfridges

So that is it – my handbag essentials. What do you never leave the house without?

12 thoughts on “My handbag essentials

  1. Lovely idea for a post! My handbag essentials are: make-up, hairbrush, diary (and to-do lists – can’t leave the house without them!), tobacco/cigarettes, lighter, pen and phone and headphones.

  2. Really great tips – I always have my favourite lips on hand as well as a snack (usually an apple) to get me through the day

    Laura x

  3. Wow, we are so similar and like all the same things 🙂 especially the perfume-that is my all time fav. I have a smaller make up bag with a few essentials in always in bag, that way I never get caught out! Lovely blog x

    • Ha! That perfume is just so gorgeous isn’t it. Thanks for the comment.x

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