13 Items You'll Never Regret Having in Your Handbag

There's a certain mystery that surrounds what can be found in a chic woman's handbag. We'd wager that if you dug around your best friend's favourite tote, you'd probably discover things about her that you never knew (a secret humbug obsession, perhaps). While every bag and its contents are different, there are a few ultimate handbag essentials that every fashion woman always keeps stashed for any style emergencies that might occur (hey, they happen to the best of us).


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Whether that's keeping a copy of her signature lipstick for a last-minute night out to keeping a skinny belt for making an outfit look 10 times sassier, there are a few small items to always have in your handbag. Scroll through the gallery below to see the 13 items, and shop them right now.

#1: Your signature lipstick

Red is always good choice—and we all know lipstick can combat the most tired-looking face. So if you only have one makeup item in your handbag, make it this.

#2: Sunglasses

This oversized pair is loved by Gigi Hadid and will forever project cool vibes.

#3: Lip balm

This is hands down best lip balm you will ever use—buy it in bulk, and put one in each of your go-to bags.

#4: Scrunchie

Scrunchies are making a comeback, but they also won't leave annoying kinks in your hair. Ideal for when you want to keep your locks up at your desk but take them down for after-work drinks.

#5: Concealer

Not only is this in a handy size, but Nyx costs just £6 and caters for 20 different skin shades. 

#6: Blotting paper

Disclaimer: You probably only want to have these in your handbag in the warmer months but they'll make such a difference. Instead of a shiny forehead, you'll look matte and refreshed.

#7: A skinny belt

For when you've got an oversized shirt you want to cinch. A true solution to a fashion emergency.

#8: Handcream

Not only does this work incredibly well, but it also smells amazing (everyone will want a dollop, be warned). Plus, there is no greasiness whatsoever.

#9: A hair grip

Don't want a load of kirby grips knocking about in the bottom of your handbag? Try keeping just one or two clips in your bag instead, and then you'll be less likely to lose them (hopefully).

#10: A compact

For those inevitable touch-ups. Using your phone is far from chic, and it likely doesn't even provide a good result.

#11: Nail file

Upgrade your emery board for this all-round nail saviour.

#12: Mints
#13: A purse

An obvious one, but make it pretty enough so you'd want to use it as a clutch bag, too. A bright colour will help you locate it in that giant carry-all you so love…

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