High Five: Handbag Essentials
Throughout the day, it’s easy for excess shine to build upon our faces, especially for those with oily skin, which is why a blotting kit is an essential for refreshing the skin. A handy tool, Clarins’ Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit helps keep the complexion under control and is perfect for mid-day touch-ups. It comes encased with translucent powder, a sponge for application, and slides open to reveal absorbent blotting papers, which soak up excess sebum on the skin.
We love hand creams because it's a product that instantly comforts dry, overworked hands, and in our everyday lives, we use our hands a lot more than we realise, so a hand cream is something you can never have enough of. Avoid creams that contain alcohol as it can lead to dryness, instead opt for natural formulas like Dr Hauschka’s Hydrating Hand Cream. Composed of blackthorn, beeswax and wheat germ oil, massage its silky texture over hands for a soothing feel.
Tinted Lip Balm
We all know that our lips can get dry very easily, especially if we’re out and about all day, and the feeling of chapped lips is not one to be fond of. Therefore, a good lip balm is an absolute must-have to keep in our bags. Compact and easy to apply, Clinique’s Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm instantly relieves dryness and also gives you a sheer tint of colour. Available in a variety of shades, pick your favourite one and stash it inside your bag for the next time you need to perfect your pout.
For times when you’ve forgetting to spray on fragrance in the morning, or when you need to freshen yourself up for an occasion, keep a bottle of perfume in your bag. Fortunately, you don’t need to lug around a huge bottle as there are several miniature iterations of your favourite scent around. Tocca’s released a range of travel-sized perfume, and the brand’s Cleopatra Travel Spray, is a mesmerising scent composed of Egyptian jasmine and rich Indian patchouli.
A concealer is useful for when you want a bit more coverage during the day and can be easily dabbed onto skin in a matter of seconds. Nifty enough to slip inside a handbag, Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Away Liquid Concealer comes in a variety of shades and is complete with a sponged tip for fuss-free application. In a variety of shades, it works to conceal blemishes, imperfections and leaves your complexion looking smooth and radiant.