What’s In My Handbag: Spring Edition

10 April, 2015 What’s In My Handbag: Spring Edition

I’ve never written a WIMB post, probably because until recently I would either shove everything into an old leather tote from ASOS, or use such small cross-body bags that could only fit keys, a purse and my phone. I recently splurged on a handbag with my March paycheck and I thought now would be a good chance to show you the essentials I carry with me on a day-to-day basis. Please share your WIMB posts or videos in the comments section below, they are some of my favourites to read and watch – I’m super nosy and like seeing how you all organise your bits and bobs!


The handbag I purchased had been on my Net A Porter wishlist for a while. I was umming and ahhing between the Clare V Gosee Washed Leather & Suede Shoulder Bag (£265 here) and the Marc by March Jacobs ‘Moto Mini’ in Metallic Leather (£310 here) for AGES, but eventually settled on the Clare V offering because of the suede front section, yellow-gold detailing and space in both pockets for bigger items. I absolutely adore this bag for it’s versatility – you can detach the strap and use it as a clutch in the evening, or wear it as an everyday shoulder or cross-body bag for running errands or shopping. As a cross-body it’s brilliant for the tube and having your hands free, and I find it fits everything I could possibly need without looking bulky.

In the suede-textured front pocket, I like to keep my everyday essentials, like my card holder, headphones, keys and mobile phone. The All Saints Credit Card Holder in Burgundy (£38 here) was a birthday gift from my parents and it’s fantastic! There’s room for bank cards, IDs, notes and coins, as well as a section in the middle for my business cards. I always use this in smaller bags and clutches and it’s great for holiday, or when you don’t want to go out with a giant wallet.

The larger pocket at the back is where I keep my bulkier items – my on-the-go makeup bag, sunglasses case and Tangleteezer (which I cannot live without). My Oliver Bonas Alphabet Makeup Bag (£12.50 here) is soft, durable, and roomy enough to house all of my beauty essentials. Housed in this gorgeous pouch is my new favourite Fig Fiction body spray from & Other Stories (£12 here), which is seriously fresh, fruity and revitalising, and a little tube of Sudocrem Skincare Cream* (£1.99 here), which is brilliant for dry patches and irritated skin. Sudocrem sent me this travel-size tube about a month ago, and having it in my handbag has helped me out with my persistently dry hands, as well as working as a great emergency makeup remover for when I poked myself in the eye with my mascara wand on a particularly jolty bus journey.


Other beauty bits I keep in my makeup bag include the new Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara (£7.99 here) which gives a beautiful, full flutter without the need for curlers, the DHC Oil-Blotting Papers (£4 here) which mop up excess oil without moving or smudging my base, the Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen in Wake Up Call ($39 here) which I’m just about managing to get on with if I use the teeniest amount, as well as a selection of mauve/rose/pink lipsticks and balms. MAC’s Satin Lipstick in Brave (£15.50 here) is a reliable deep pink-mauve that stays on for a good 4-5 hours without the need to reapply, the NYX Creamy Round Lipstick in Thalia (£2.70 here) is my new obsession and so pretty, nourishing and pigmented, and the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Petal (£18 here) is the most expensive lip balm I’ve ever bought, but the colour is such a beautiful light pink I just couldn’t help myself! I also like to keep a hand mask or treatment in my bag, and I’m currently loving the Caudalie Hand Cream (£4 here), which smells divine and absorbs immediately, without leaving a greasy residue.

I’ve had my Ray-Ban Tortoiseshell Foldable Wayfarers (£125 here) since I was 16 (I’m now 23), and they’ve come on every holiday and day trip since. They’re a classic, iconic style and seem to suit most face shapes! My Tangleteezer comes on every trip with me and it’s the best brush I’ve ever used – it doesn’t break my hair, it’s super-compact and the bright colour means I never lose it in my handbag!

What do you think of my handbag essentials? Have you recently changed up your on-the-go products? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Jess, X