10 Things To Always Keep In Your Purse

By Emma Macdonald

Do you ever find yourself frantically searching through your handbag only to find that you don’t have what you need? Now you can be prepared and stay feeling great all day long with these handbag essentials!

Moisturizing Lip Balm – Cracked, peeling lips are never attractive and can be painful if left untreated. A simple balm, enriched with Vitamin E and Aloe Vera, will easily keep your lips soft and smooth. Try Softlips Lip Protectant with SPF 20 in Raspberry with Green Tea Extract, $3.69, drugstore.com.

Your Favorite Lip Gloss/Lipstick – Keeping your favorite lip color handy means you can turn day into night effortlessly! For a subtle, sexy gloss, try Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother with SPF 20, $6.99, drugstore.com. Or, for a bolder look, try Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor in Plum Perfect, $7.49, drugstore.com.

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Powder Compact with mirror – If you’re always on the go, it’s great to keep a little compact in your bag for touch-ups throughout the day. The mirror comes in really handy for other purposes such as applying lipstick or checking if you’ve got food in your teeth (very important!). Try Benefit’s Some Kind-A Gorgeous $28, sephora.com.

Hand Sanitizer – Think about where your hands have just been before you touch your food…subway pole, cab door handle, handling money…. Germs are everywhere so hand sanitizer is an excellent way to clean your hands when you’re out & about. Kill 99.99% of germs with Burt’s Bees Aloe & Witch Hazel Hand Sanitizer Spray, $4.99, drugstore.com.

Breath Freshener – Fresh breath can never be underestimated, so keeping mints in your handbag at all times is a must! If you need a good clean on the run try Colgate Wisps portable mini toothbrush, $7.79, drugstore.com.

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A Pen – This one might sound boring but how many times have you searched through your handbag for a pen you know you don’t have? Too many times! Get one that reflects your personality and you’ll never want to leave home without it! Try the Parker Jotter Pink Ribbon Pen, $6.09, amazon.com. (Plus, 10 cents from each sale goes towards the City of Hope Breast Cancer Research.)

Mini Perfume –Mini perfumes are excellent for handbags! Now you can carry your favorite scent with you everywhere! Try Marc Jacobs Daisy Rollerball, $20, sephora.com.

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Ballet Flats – Carrying flat shoes can be a lifesaver if you’ve been wearing heels all day…or all night! Footzy Rolls have developed innovative ballet flats that roll up into a little ball so you can easily fit them into any bag! Footzy Rolls, $30, footzyrolls.com.

Mini Deodorant – For the days when you’re always on the run and need a little freshening up! Travel-size, individually wrapped antiperspirant wipes are so easy to carry in your handbag and will keep you dry all day long. Try DERMAdoctor MED e TATE Antiperspirant Wipes, $48, beauty.com.

Gel Cushions –There is nothing worse than buying a super cute pair of shoes and they tear your feet to shreds! Gel blister pads can be applied to affected areas to prevent blisters, relieve pressure and keep your feet happy! Try Nexcare Active Waterproof Blister Pads, $3.89, drugstore.com.

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