Beauty items to keep in your hand bag

If you’re like me and your vanity is full of beauty products, it’s unthinkable that you would leave the house without any of the essentials. Although I used to be really sloppy in what I carry around – which was often not more than my wallet and keys – I now have this little pouch that I carry around with me everywhere, containing the beauty items I might need on-the-go. 


Starting with items that keep me hydrated. Because apart from the water bottle that seems to have become an extension of my arm, I also carry some skin care items to prevent dehydration while I’m out. AC, heating, rough weather and travelling in general can get my skin quite thirsty and in order to prevent that, I always carry around these:

  • Hydrating mist or toner. Doubles up as a refreshment on hot or exhausting days – not only on the face, but sometimes also on my neck and underarms. My favourites to keep in my bag are the Likami Facial Toner, the Josh Rosebrook Hydrating Accelerator and the Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Each of these are available in practical travel sizes that are small enough to not take up too much space.
  • Lip balm. Preferably also one with SPF like the Jane Iredale Lipdrink of which I have a travel size tagging along in my bag as well. I have dry lips for the better part of the year, but lip balm is also nice to just get yourself together before entering a meeting or to spice up a no-makeup face with a little bit of glow on the lips, cheeks and eyelids.
  • Hand cream. I can’t leave the house without a hand cream, mainly because the feeling of dry hands stresses me out. Especially when I go to a public bathroom and use their soap – it makes my hands feel all parched and then hand cream has to come to the rescue. I like to be bougie and keep Chanel Hand Cream around, but if you like a more down-to-earth option try brands like Yves Rocher and Kiehl’s. They also offer travel sized options.


Another concern of mine while being on-the-go is sun protection. Even though I spend a lot of my time in an office behind a laptop, I do often drive or walk around outside. And if that’s more than fifteen minutes of my day, I need to be protected accordingly. 

If I’m not wearing makeup that day – like always during a heatwave – I just throw a good SPF in my bag like the one from Caudalie. But say I’m wearing makeup, and I probably applied SPF underneath in the morning. I’ve been spending the whole day in the office, in a meeting or at an event. And when I get outside, the sun is shining brightly. That asks for an SPF reapplication, but without having to run to the bathroom to take my makeup off or clogging my pores by applying a thick sun cream on top. My saviour? The Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF 30, an easy-to-apply sunscreen powder that you just dab onto your face to get a good amount of protection for your ride home or to spend another hour with a cocktail on a terrace. 

Apart from a sunscreen powder you could also opt for a light sunscreen mist, like Pixie’s Sun Mist or the Makeup Setting Spray from Coola

The touch-ups

As I live at least twenty minutes from any place where I would be meeting up with someone and I usually travel by public transport, touching up my look right before entering a rendez-vous is essential. That’s why I for instance always carry a spoolie, aka an eyebrow and mascara brush. I got myself a pack of 20 mascara brushes from MAC which double excellently for brow touch-ups as well. And those 20 brushes will probably last me for the rest of my life. 

What else is there for touch-ups? I usually don’t bring much makeup with me, but if I would I’d go for a versatile lip and cheek tint like those from RMS or The Beauty Archive. Easy to dab onto lips, cheeks and lids for a pop of extra colour on the go. Or a multi-tasking, pocket-sized palette that covers you for your lips, cheeks and eyes all in one. And of course a slightly mattifying powder is never a bad idea to cover up a disco-ball sheen that appears around lunch time – but I’ve usually got that sorted with my Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF already. 

Not to forget: a self-esteem boosting perfume. Because you want people to remember you as the one who smells so good. A perfume sample will do, but some brands also offer travel sizes like the Essential Parfums Nice Bergamote I carry with me.

What do you always carry in your bag?