What's In My Handbag?

Sunday 8 March 2020

That's right, I'm bringing back the old school blog posts!

No, I'm not writing this post because I've run out of ideas. I just thought I'd give you a little insight into my handbag essentials as someone who is always on the go and rarely changes her bags over... so it needs to contain everything I could possibly need.

(Please also bear in mind that my handbag also contains a lot of unwanted receipts and the occasional forgotten-about chocolate bar)

Lip balm
I often forget to put on lipstick, and I nearly always forget to top it up through the day. But I often find that a little bit of lip balm is all I need. I'm obsessed with Glossier's Balm Dotcom at the minute, the birthday flavour is everything!

Hand cream
I've found that my hands have been getting really dry this Winter, so hand cream has been an absolute staple for me. I swear by the Body Shop hand cream, I'm obsessed with the strawberry scent, it makes my hands super-soft and it absorbs really quickly so it's easy to put on, put back in my handbag and then get on with the rest of my day.

Face mist
I definitely do not have the time to be topping up my make up through the day, especially when it's a busy day in the office or I'm out and about. So I always keep a mini face mist in my handbag, I find a quick spritz is perfect to refresh my make up and add a little extra glow to see me through. I love the Body Shop mists, I have one in each of my handbags so I know I always have one with me.

Mini Next perfume
I am obsessed with Next perfume, they're so affordable and smell way more expensive than they are. You can get the little bottles for about £4, they're perfect to pop in your handbag for a quick top-up through the day.

Phone charger
I'm usually in the office for 9-10 hours a day, and I'm a bugger for forgetting to charge my phone. I always keep a charger in my bag (I've noticed that if I keep them in my desk drawer they go walkabouts!) because I can't be doing without my little TikTok scroll while I'm making the 3pm brew. (If you're my boss and you're reading this, I don't actually do that honest...)

Soft mints
I work in a client-facing office and I'm partial to beef Hula Hoops with my Tesco meal deal (don't @ me, everyone knows they're the best flavour) so some form of mints is an absolute essential!

Mini concealer
I know I said I don't have time to top up my make up through the day. And I really don't. But I feel like I always need to be prepared for an emergency where a spot might appear out of the blue or I cry over my stress levels so my make-up is halfway down my face. And this little tiny version of Tarte's Shape Tape concealer is perfect to keep in my bag.

Because you never know when you might need a messy bun!

What are your handbag essentials?

Sian xo


  1. Oh my darling, I adore this post so much - totally old school blogging style, you've made me want to do more old school types of blogging. I need to get myself a mini perfume to carry in my bag too. I'm sending you so much love. 💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | www.alishavalerie.com

  2. Unfortunately my handbag essentials have become tissues, baby wipes, snacks and baby food, small games and colours for small girl entertainment and emergency meds for the husband... very little space is left for me. However my theory- so long as I have my trestique lippy, phone, purse and keys I will be fine!