I don’t deal too well with dramatic changes, I need to be eased in gently and quietly. Like a baby deer. England’s weather clearly didn’t get the memo and drop kicked us from autumn to winter. And hot damn, it is fricken freezing. And so the time has come to chuck out the sunglasses and sun-cream and replace with more winter friendly handbag essentials (did anyone else call it a hambag when they were young? Just me?). And so, I’ve collaborated with the lovely Rae to go through our beauty hambag must haves. Go now and check out this little love, she’s brilliant!
Hat & gloves
Speaking as a ~sort of~ adult, not being able to drive in the winter is heartbreaking. Walking to the station in the mornings through the wind and cold is not what I need, and so gloves and a hat are a must. I picked up these cutesy ones from Primark. Where else would I get them from? This adorable grey bobble hat, complete with pearls was only £4.00. it’s so warm, it’s so on trend and I’m loving it. And then my glorious chenille gloves cost me £1.00, yes £1.00. Because they’re chenille they just seem to repel the cold and retain the warm, not to mention they’re so soft I just caress my own face a lot when I wear them.
Hand cream & lip balm
As I say, I’m not a fan of the cold and wind and neither is my skin. I get the driest cracked knuckles and in between my fingers throughout the whole of the winter, and so a hand cream needs to be on hand (pardon the pun) at all times. I got this Cowshed Cow Pat hand cream in a recent Birchbox and despite the grim name, it works wonders on my skin and smells divine!
And it’s the same case with my lips, the cold wind just seems to suck away any moister that they have. And so I need a heavy duty lip balm to soothe them and replace their moisture. Again, I received this Dr. PawPaw Original Balm in a Birchbox and it’s not left my side since. It’s the same consistency and appearance as Vaseline, but without the continual need to reapply which I find Vaseline has.
I feel like I’m having a bit of a ‘I hate the wind’ moan but, I really do. Along with everything else it makes my eyes water and leads to mascara getting smudged and clumping together. And this is where the Benefit Roller Lash comes into play, you really only need a small amount to achieve amazing lashes. Meaning the chances of smudging your mascara are reduced and as it’s a lengthening formula it’s so easy to fix any disasters that the weather has created.
Hair bands & grips
If it all goes terribly wrong, it’s drizzling, it’s windy and your hair is unsalvageable it’s time to just scrap it up. So having a supply of hair bands and grips is such a necessity.
What’re your handbag must haves?
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