New-In Handbag Must-Haves


I’m pretty organised when it comes to the packing of my handbag. In go my purse, keys, phone, phone charger, umbrella (depending on the weather forecast) and nine times out of ten an extra layer (I get cold very easily, ok?). Then there’s my pouch. The holder of all things beauty which contains everything should I need to start from scratch – which never happens, but my inner Virgo needs to feel prepared – held in as few products as possible and in the easiest to apply way. It’s taken years to refine this selection and get it down to formulas that act as both touch-ups and start-ups and into a pouch that doesn’t make it feel like I’m carrying around a brick. So for things to get added, things need to come out and I quite liked the contents as they were so you know these have got to be good. Recently there have been three new additions. All worthy of their place and none add too much weight to my daily elbow workout…

First up we have the do-it-all brush, a.k.a) the Real Techniques Retractable Bronzer Brush. Ignore the bronzer bit as this push up brush can do it all from the final blend after a foundation application with fingers, blush, powder, highlight, contour etc etc. Basically anything to do with the face you can manipulate this one into helping you out. It’s small, perfectly formed and replaces all other brushes in the pouch as the new Queen B.

Hands up who lugs around a hand cream and an anti-bac gel? Well I would’ve raised my hand there previously but there’s a new formula in town that does it both – and wellLanolips’ Antibacterial Hand Cream. I’m not sure that I would have expected the two aims to mesh well together but my hands feel and smell fresh after slapping it on, are nicely nourished with no tight dry feeling in sight and are anti-bacced up. All in one blob. Nice.

Now this is the one that I’m most excited by because there really isn’t a better illustration of Sod’s Law than a gigantic, throbbing, ‘hurts to touch it’ spot developing while you’re out and about. You can feel it raging and there’s nought you can do about it. Well, you can guess where I’m going with this one. Sarah Chapman Spot Stickers. Deposited from a leather pouch with a mirror inside – genius – these little clear patches dosed with pimple-fighting ingredients can be laid over a spot and left without you needing to get your hands involved. Sure the clear disc catches the light every now and again, but it’s surprisingly discreet. Does it work? I’m not 100% sure and never am with spot-related purchases as I do believe they have a mind of their own; though this does stop you from picking or touching it and that’s always a good thing.


  • Lovely choices, I love the look of the retractable brush but I would be worried I could never clean it properly! The Sarah chapman spot stickers are genius! x


  • Love the concept of the spot patches! Hopefully, I can find something similar in Singapore. 🙂

  • Spot stickers, what a fantastic idea! I am always touching (casually brushing past) brimming spots. These would be perfect. Great additions! Gem. x |

  • Love the idea of spot stickers, have to see what I can find here in Sweden!


  • Anti-bac gel and had cream never leave my bag… Even though they have a separate section in my bag, and I carry makeup in a small pouch. Love this “be prepared and organized” posts!

  • karen_

    The Lanolips product sounds amazing – such a fab idea! 🙂


  • Beccy

    I am very intrigued by the spot stickers – I may need to look into these!

    Beccy ~

  • Jessica Thoma

    Those spot stickers sound like a great idea! I think I might need to give them a try 🙂 x

  • Carrie Ward

    Spot stickers? Hand cream and antibac in one? A brush with a top that does EVERYTHING? Genius. Great post Anna. Enjoy the Malta.

  • Sylvia

    I’ll be keeping an eye out for that RT Brush. I hate touching-up powder with powder puffs (too cakey!) so it will be a greatly welcomed addition to my handbag.


  • ellaturney

    love the look of the brush, looks really useful, i hate having to carry around 5 different brushes for touch ups!

  • Not heard of the lanolips antibacterial hand cream before! it sounds really good! I’m one of the girls carrying round hand cream and anti bac!! Thanks for the heads up!! Lilly xx

  • Zazie Bibi

    The bronzer brush sounds fab! xx

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  • Love the antibacterial hand cream! Will definitely be picking up this one!!

    Alex | Pink Elephant Blog

  • Nirvana

    I love love love the anti-bac hand cream blend! I always reptile dry hands after using any form of anti-bac, but I think I’ll give this one a try.
    Thank you!


  • Miarara V

    I really want to get my hands on the Real Techniques bronzer brush, it looks perfect for carrying around in your bag! Lovely post 🙂

    Mia xx

  • Those spot stickers look so cool! If anything, it’s fantastic that they keep you from picking. I’m so bad about that!

  • Great ideas for your bag- I always carry around my L’occitane hand cream 🙂

  • I love the idea of the Anti-Bac Hand Cream as my hands always feel dry after gel alone, and those spot stickers seem like such a great idea!

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  • Michelle Glassow Schroll

    I can’t wait to try the Retractable brushes from Real Techniques 🙂

  • Carina Stewart

    I love RT brushes, also antibacterial hand cream is such a good idea!

    Carina |

  • I should try those spot stickers, just because I’m terrible at picking at my spots. But that lanolips antibacterial hand cream looks nice. Might have to pick up one of those.


  • Louise

    Spot stickers are such a good idea. I need to get my hands on the retractable brush too! Great post Xx

  • This is MY kinda post Anna! I love a bit of hand bag organisation, pouches galore and yes I did laugh at yours and Lily’s latest beauty chat video with your tissue / lip balm / hair band combo…I have something similar….it’s a Virgo thang! ha ha

    Lis x

  • MaquillageMagic

    I really want to get the retractable brushes they look so handy!

    Laura xx

  • I really want that antibacterial hand cream, so handy!

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  • Holly Cooke

    I’ve heard such wonderful things about the retractable bronzer brush, I’m definitely going to be keeping my eyes open for it x

  • steinhar

    I really need to start organise my purse – thete is a loy of beauty products, pens, book, umbrella and about million other few things that all together makes my bag about hundreds kilos big 😀

  • Manouk

    I usually take wayyyyy too much with me. The rectable bronzer brush sounds good! I can’t get RT here though..

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  • Rachael

    I’m the same way! If I forget to bring a concealer then of course I end up needing concealer when I’m out. So I try to be prepared. Those spot treatments sound interesting!

  • Clementine Buttercup

    I’m also a recent convert to the Lanolips antibacterial hsnd cream. Not a fan of the smell but it is super handy!

  • Zara Pervaiz-Dar

    Hi Anna
    I saw a whole page about you in Stylist magazine. you Go-Girl. All the best for future.

  • Joycelyn Steib

    The Sarah Chapman’s Spot Stickers sounds like a awesome product especially if it gets the job done….genius!! Thanks for sharing with us!

  • Selina Uddin

    Hi Anna,
    I just read your page on the Stylist whilst on my lunch break at work and it was an absolutely fantastic read. Great work and I can’t wait to read your next weeks page, have been reading your blog since the beginning from that time you went to Spain.

  • I used to bring everything that I would need to reapply a full face of makeup but now I only bring a few things, that brush does seem really useful. Great post as usual Anna!

    The Beauty Scrapbook

  • Spot stickers!?! Keep us posted on that one, Anna, because I’m definitely intrigued. Okay, when am I not intrigued? x

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  • I know some asian beauty brands like Innisfree have spot stickers, i think its a genius product!

  • the lanolips sounds like an essential, i need to hunt this down ! and i totally agree with the stickers, i hope they work but stopping you from messing is the best thing 🙂
    Lauren x

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  • I want to hear more about the spot stickers!! They sound so intriguing and seem like a fab idea for your handbag. I also need to try the antibacterial hand lotion. I work in a hospital and am in a constant battle with dry hands from washing so often.

    -Kris |

  • I want to try the lanolips’ antibacterial hand cream. After using regular anti-bac gel my hands feel so tight and dry I always feel like I need to moisturize haha 🙂

  • emiller1233

    I still need to find the perfect brush for my bag!

  • Those spot stickers sound really intriguing! I might look into picking some up, they sound like the perfect thing to keep in your handbag!

    Morgan //

  • alice bea ☮

    great post, the brush sounds like a life saver!

  • this brush is such a good idea, so versatile!

  • Hi, Iove retractable brushes, even though anytime I take one out of my bag everybody stare at me, like if I was an alien or something… ^.^

  • Rachael McClenaghan

    Ooooooer Sarah Chapman spot covers sound great!

    Rachael x
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  • margo

    anna, which bag is that? it’s lovely!

  • I always feel like when I buy a new handbag, I have to buy all the stuff inside too! Hand cream, lipstick, hair bobbles, tangle teeser…


  • Emma

    Oh that brush sounds amazing! Love your bag its super pretty! X

  • This the first time I’ve seen that Real Techniques brush! I must be living under a rock.

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  • All these products look great! Thanks for the recommendations! I use a similar brush and keep it in my bag at all times. Great post 🙂 xx

  • I’d be so interested in the spot stickers, if only they did not contain salicylic acid! Great must haves. Thanks for sharing.

    Carolyn | BLOG

  • That real techniques brush sounds fantastic! ♡

    Eila | theblushingbrunettes

  • All of them sound fab! I need that retractable brush in my life x

    Angela | The Sunday Chapter

  • Gemma

    Have been eyeing up the bronzer brush for ages.

  • Benn

    I always bring a hand cream in my bag too, its a must. I also bring hand sanitizer too. (;

    -BENNevolent |

  • nueyork

    I love retractable brushes so, so much. The idea of them not rolling around getting all funky in my makeup bag is amazing, I’m so excited that Real Techniques do one!

  • I love the RT brushes so much 🙂

    Kate xo //

  • Johanna

    The best way, I find, to stop the pimple if U know what i mean 😉 is to dab a drop of 100% tea tree oil on it. Works wonders!

  • Kate Martin

    I always throw in the Nivea Lip Butter. It is so much better than any other inexpensive lip moisturizer I’ve used in the past. No more dry cracked lips after using it two times!

  • I always carry antibacterial with me… far too often am I left in the ladies loos with no soap.

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  • sophie

    Will have to try some of these out! xx

  • powder is a must for me! x


  • I really should start carrying around hand cream! My skin is always dry 😛