Essentials for your handbag when you commute

Essentials for your handbag when you commute

I have just got myself a new job (hooray) but this will be my first job where I work in a town centre as opposed to a business park and my first job where I will be travelling on public transport instead of driving. This seems both exciting – having lots of options to choose from for lunch and very Bridget Jones-esque/ commuter-style – but also it drives fear into my heart!
In the past, should I have forgotten my purse or phone, I can hop back into my car and go retrieve it but also I have a stash of spare tops, shoes, coins, lip glosses and coats in my car for a range of emergencies (in the loosest sense of the word!)

Essentials for your handbag when you commute
Essentials for your handbag when you commute

However now, I need to make sure I’m totally prepared and have everything I might need. Here’s what I’ve got so far as essentials for your handbag when you commute…

  1. Umbrella This is something that I never have with me…but this is also why I have bad hair and mascara running down my face…
  2. Small Make-Up bag with essentials in miniature:  I never top up my make-up throughout the day, but this proves to be a terrible idea. Don’t believe me? I’ll send you my wedding pictures – the ones before I left the house after my make-up was done, and the ones when we’re cutting the cake where I’ve sweated and cried (with joy might I add) it all off and I’m just a pink shiny faced lady in a white dress. NOT a good look. P.s. INCLUDE A NAIL FILE!
  3. Plasters or other foot remedies:  You set off for work all pressed and dressed and start walking. For an inexplicable reason your shoes which you’ve worn 138 other times problem-free decide to start rubbing. This is one of my biggest hates – because you need to keep going, but with every step you take (every move you make….) you are rubbing off another slither of skin and you know your feet will be in a state by the time you arrive at work, not to mention the fact you are now marooned in work in these damned shoes that you have to wear for at least another 8 hours!
  4. Change:  I feel like the Queen sometimes – no, not because I have power or wealth or a huge weird family, but because I never carry cash. Now don’t get me wrong, should I ever get mugged I’ll feel smug that they got nothing bar a Boots Advantage Card and some crumpled pieces of paper in my bag (I would be very upset about my Dune bag and Fiorelli floral purse however). But how often do you have a bit of time and think, ‘I’ll pop in and get a drink’, ‘I’ll go and get a jacket potato from the stand’ or ‘I just need £3 for the train’ – that happens to me all the time, but I never have any bloody money on me! Keep an emergency stash of £10 in a pocket in your bag and you’ll never get stuck.
  5. Pen:  Just because
  6. Hairbrush, a few bobbles and grips:  You never know where the day might go. Someone might ask if you fancy meeting up for a drink after work, or you look outside and its peeing it down with rain or some other occasion that makes you want to change your hairstyle or pull back your locks to protect them or get them out your way.

Are there any other major things I’ve forgotten? If so, let me know in the comments!

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Tarte Make-Up review

Tarte 7 piece Make Up Kit

I purchased this 7-piece Tarte make-up set for £42 from QVC in December of last year.

Tarte 7 piece Make Up Kit
Tarte 7 piece Make Up Kit

If you’ve never tried QVC before, trust me – this is not the home of trashy jewellery for the disillusioned housewife – this is a mecca for beauty and accessories! If you look at the sets that they sell, then compare them with buying each individual item separately – you will be amazed at the price and how much you save!

The set contains: (description taken from QVC):

1 x Amazonian clay full coverage airbrush foundation & airbuki bamboo powder foundation brush (7g) – available in fair honey, light beige, light-medium, medium neutral, tan sand & rich sand. Formulated to give up to 12 hours of natural-looking coverage, this waterproof foundation has a custom mesh delivery system for easy and simple application. Infused with Amazonian clay and natural, light-reflecting gemstones
1 x Amazonian clay eye & cheek palette: 6 x (1g); 1 x (5.6g; full size) – the high-pigment complementary eyeshadow shades are designed to mattify and control oil for extended wear, with a velvety formula that glides on and does not settle into lines or creases. The soft blush gives a pop of colour that lasts up to 12 hours. Both the eyeshadows and blush are long-wearing, blendable and infused with colour-correcting coloured clay. Eyeshadow shades include Golden Opportunity (golden bronze), Sienna the Future (burnt sienna), Like You a Latte (brown), Highlight of my Day (pearl), Cream of the Crop (beige), Mauve Mountains (plum mauve), plus the blush in Insightful (warm peach)
1 x double-ended eyeshadow brush – features a unique, angled tip that helps follow the contours of the eye upon application
1 x lights, camera, lashes 4-in-1 mascara (7ml) – Black. Designed to lengthen, curl, volumise and condition, delivering evenly-coated pigment while helping to protect lashes. Infused with plant botanicals and waxes
1 x silk Amazonian clay eyeliner (0.2g) – in Black Brown. A high-definition, high-pigment easy-glide liner, with an automatic pencil tip, smudger and built-in sharpener. Formulated with Amazonian clay
1 x coconut oil lipstick (3.5g) – in Primrose (rose). A full coverage lipstick infused with coconut oil that glides gently over your lips to deliver rich colour and shine
1 x travel make-up bag – a limited edition patent purple make-up bag, with gold hardware detailing

The set looks gorgeous, with the high quality shiny patent bag as a good indicator of the quality that you’ll find inside. The foundation and bamboo airbuki brush are a great combination. The brush on its own has transformed how I apply foundation powder, the bristles being no more than 1cm long, but this gives you more control over the application and it feels like more precision too. Genuinely, I would buy the brush on its own – it’s fabulous, and unbelievably soft.

Foundation Powder & Airbuki Brush

The foundation powder was the reason I bought the set, I had been keen to try Tarte foundation – both the powder and the full coverage foundation. The powder goes on really smooth, and gives a nice colour to your skin, but I’m not sure that you actually get much coverage – to cover those blemishes or different coloured patches on your face? I perhaps need to be more liberal in the application, but I wouldn’t recommend this for coverage, more daywear and to give you a bit of colour.

Clay Eyeliner

The silk Amazonian clay eyeliner comes in a deep brown colour which makes it more wearable regardless of your skin tone; black eyeliner can look a little harsh sometimes. The eyeliner is soft and glides on easily and it has a rubber smudger on the other end to aid with blending or repairing any mistakes. The only thing I will say, which might sound mad as long-stay is what we all hope for with make-up; the eyeliner is so hard to remove! Not sure if this is a good or bad thing. I think it’s something to do with its creamy texture, but honestly, using my beloved Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, this takes me ages. However bear in mind that I am obsessive when it comes to make-up removal so I won’t stop until every last trace of make-up is gone, but it can take me a good 2 or 3 minutes of carefully wiping over my eyelids for me to feel like I’ve got it all off.

Mascara

The mascara is fabulous – it lengthens and thickens the appearance of my eyelashes and I am yet to see one crumb of mascara come off my eyelashes and land on my under-eye area! For someone who applies their make-up once in the morning then barely looks in the mirror again until I’m removing the make-up 15 hours later, this is vital for me! Again, my only criticism is when you pull the wand out of the tube, its invariably got loads of product glooped (is that a word?!) at the top. You have to spend a while trying to wipe the excess off before application or I think you may end up looking a bit like a panda.

Mascara
Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

What I haven’t tried yet is the palette and the eyeshadow brush. I’m currently working my way through the Marks & Spencer’s eye palette at the moment but will definitely be moving on to this next.

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