Handbag Essentials at Fenwick
What's in your bag? From hand creams to lip balms, we round up the top five necessities you need inside your everyday handbag.
It’s no secret that we carry everything in our [bags](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/bags). And by everything, we mean our phone, loyalty cards, [wallets](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/accessories/purses-and-wallets), snacks, etc. What we choose to carry around day-to-day reveals a lot about our lifestyle, which is why we're so obsessed with finding out what everyone else has inside their [bags](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/women/bags). While we all have different priorities, there are certain necessities that we all need stashed inside our [totes](https://www.fenwick.co.uk/search/?cgid=fenwick-website-4102-4484-4212). So here, we’ve rounded up our top five must-have handbag essentials so that we’re well equipped the next time a last-minute _rendezvous_ pops up.
Blotting Kit

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.

Clarins’ Pore Perfecting Matifying Kit, £33

Hand Cream

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.

Dr Hauschka Hydrating Hand Cream, £13.25

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.

Clinique Chubby Stick™ Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm £18.50


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.

Tocca Cleopatra Eau de Parfum Travel Spray 20ml, £42


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.

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Liquid Concealer, £24

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