What are your handbag beauty heroes?


  While I was writing about Bare Escentuals Handbag Heroes kit, it occurred to me to wonder what kind of products would make it onto your "handbag hero" list – i.e. what do you carry with you on a day to day basis?

Despite regularly wearing more makeup than a MAC counter, my list is actually quite small. I won't leave the house without:

  • A multi-purpose cheek and lip tint – this is absolutely essential to me because I'm paler than Dracula, and when I'm tired I will actually look dead. If I'm going out at night, it's even more important for me to have something to top up the colour on my cheeks, then, because by the end of the night I'm guaranteed to look pale and, er, not-so-interesting. Powder blushers are a pain to carry, though, because you also need to take a brush, and putting a bottle of Benetint in the handbag of someone as clumsy as myself is just asking for breakages, so I'll generally use something like Benetint Lip Balm or Vaseline Rosy Lips, both of which are made for lips, but can also be used on the cheeks. Added benefit: this kind of product can be applied without a mirror, making it easy to use.

  • An under-eye concealer/highlighter – I like Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat -so much so that I have two tubes of it it, one for my handbag and one for my makeup bag.

  • Lipstick/Gloss –  I find that lipstick is the product that makes the biggest difference to my appearance, brightening up my face and generally making me look more "groomed" , so as well as the aforementioned lip balm, I will generally also carry whatever my current favourite lipstick is, or my lip plumping gloss.

  • A hairbrush – I have a little fold-up one with a mirror in the handle, which is handy when I want to use that lipstick. My handbag also generally contains a large variety of hairbands, but that's not deliberate: most of the surfaces in my house are covered in them, too. In fact, as I write this, I've just looked down and noticed one on my wrist, even although I haven't tied my hair back at all today. Hmmm.

  • What about you? What are your handbag heroes?

    (Oh, and if you're adming the handbag, it's by Christiam Louboutin and you can buy it here.)