A day out anywhere these days takes a bit of prep. We’re not just talking the essential shop outfit but the handbag essentials to keep you safe, stylish and polished. Packing the right essentials can be the difference between staying in control of the day’s events and feeling a hot mess. Ever had that ‘a-ha’ moment when you find €10 in your coat pocket just when you decided, ‘actually I do want a mocha from Starbucks’? Case in point, ladies. As they say – fail to prepare, prepare to fail. So stay prepared with our essential checklist below!

Safety First

First and foremost, let’s get to the safety essentials you should always have handy. An antibacterial hand gel will always be a firm staple, we recommend this pocket sized, Aloe Vera scented antibacterial hand gel from Detol. Stylish reusable fabric face masks have proven to be the co-ordination accessory we didn’t know we needed, especially these cute face mask designs from New Look. Although we are always sure to carry extra medical protective face masks in busier situations where they gives us peace of mind.

Make-Up Touch Ups

Next on our list are the beauty saviours, keeping us primed, shine-free and touched up throughout the day. Despite face masks, we still want to feel and look our best so if that full face plus lippy gives you a confidence boost, then you best damn well wear it. This creamy, sheer moisturising Luscious Lip Balm from Fenty Beauty will smooth, soften and prep your pout for instantly kissable lips. Next adorn your lips with a bold colour from Huda Beauty’s Power Bullet Matte Lipstick to give you an air of confidence with unparalleled pigmentation.

Our eyes are the focal point more than ever, so fluff up those lashes with the critically acclaimed Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. This product truly is our go-to for volumized, lifted and darkened lashes without fall out, essential for long day to night wear transitions. Lastly, keep shine at bay with this mini handbag sized Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. This award-winning powder has a super smooth application, blending effortlessly and provides great setting power for up to 12 hours without adding weight or texture. Perfect for keeping your makeup in place while safely covered up.

Hygiene Honeys

Keep yourself feeling clean and smelling sweet with Nivea anti-perspirant Black & White deodorant spray for 48 hour protection while being delicate to skin. And we can’t forget our favourite Dry Shampoo Spray from Colab, an instant resuscitation of our locks with fresh bergamot and rose scent. For those ‘oops’ moments, Simple Kind to Skin Face wipes can never go amiss.

The Essentials

Lastly, we had to round off with products that constantly save our skin. This transparent umbrella from H&M with lilac linings is a cute staple that has made it’s home in our handbag. Next, a pair of cute gold folded pearl hoop earrings from River Island which help elevate our look from work mode to date night. Our final item? A classic padded pearl hair band featuring a pearl and diamante embellishment to add a pop of glamour to our outfits.

What other items do you keep in your handbag? Let us know below!

Until next time,

The Front Row team x


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