My 5 Handbag Essentials

My 5 Handbag Essentials

Every girl that owns a handbag will know that there will always be an item that will never leave your handbag. It’s the way of the woman’s world. Us woman tend to house the world in our handbags. How many of you ladies have ever heard the questions “do you have a tissue?” or “please can you put this in your handbag?” or even “what do you carry in that bag of yours?”. Well I personally carry a ton of things in my handbag but today I’m going to share with you my 5 must have essentials for my handbag.



Hand Cream

For me, I believe that you can tell a lot about a person from their hands. I happen to believe that is somewhat true although it can be somewhat debatable. I personally like to have moisturized, soft hands and that’s why I have a tube of hand cream in each and every one of my handbags. Now you may be thinking, “Laila, that’s a bit excessive” and you’re probably right but when I change handbags, I tend to forget to swap items from handbag to handbag so it’s just easier to have one in each bag. My favorite hand cream brand at the moment is the Oh So Heavenly* range. They have a huge range of products and I absolutely love their stuff. You can check out their product range on their website. You can also purchase the Oh So Heavenly range atΒ Clicks.

*Oh So Heavenly is available in South Africa, Croatia, Zimbabwe, Pakistan and UAE.


Purse Perfume

Oliver Creed once said “A man will never remember your handbag, but he will remember your perfume”. I absolutely 100% agree with that statement because usually when you have a scent that a guy likes, he will undoubtedly think of you whenever he smells your perfume and that ladies is how you make a mark on your man! No but really I believe your outfit is never complete without a spritz of your fave perfume. My personal favorite type of scent is a fruity, floral, sweet scent. Right now I’m living for Avon Luck! The one thing I love about Avon is the fact that you can buy your fave perfume in both a normal and purse size which means you can freshen up your perfume at any time of the day. You can find an Avon rep on the AvonΒ website.

*Disclaimer: I am an Avon Rep in South Africa. Check out myΒ page.


Mini Toiletry Bag

Okay so having a mini toiletry bag inside my handbag sounds a little bit worse than it really is. I always have a mini toiletry bag inside my handbag because it contains essential items for a whole range of things. So what’s inside my mini toiletry bag? I have my lady products, you know – tampons, pantyliners, etc. and that always come in handy for both myself and my fellow ladies out there. I also have medication. Don’t worry these are not like crazy prescription medications but more like headaches tablets, nausea tablets and even tablets for an upset stomach. It’s literally my mini bag of lifesavers for those really inconvenient moments in life.



Lipstick! This is another one of those items that I have in every single one of my handbags. I always have a nude lipstick in my handbag and believe me when I say each and everyone of them is a different brand but all the same colour. Makeup artist Bobbi Brown says “Find a lipstick that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup.” and that is why I always have a nude lipstick in my handbag. Whether I am wearing a full face of make up or absolutely no make up at all, a touch of nude lipstick makes me feel like a million bucks or at least a thousand bucks haha!.



Last but not least, I always have a tub of Vaseline in my handbag. Now I know there are so many theories and conversations out there about whether Vaseline – or petroleum jelly – is actually good and bad for you. Personally, I only use Vaseline on my lips for an instant burst of moisture especially because lipstick can sometimes dry out your lips. I sometimes also mix my lipstick with my Vaseline for the best of both worlds. Now you don’t have to have Vaseline in your handbag specifically but what I recommend is that you always have a lip balm of some sorts in your handbag to provide your lips with a burst of moisture.


Well that sums up the essentials that I keep in my handbag. I’d love to hear what your 5 handbag essentials are in the comments section.


That’s it for today mes amours

All my love,

Laila xxx



  1. Catherine Santiago Jose
    August 10, 2018 / 7:44 AM

    Wow, you really have nice things that must have in your handbag. Me? I have a lot of things in my handbags such as cellphone, keys, tissue, lip gloss and most especially my wallet.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:30 AM

      Haha I think your wallet is the most important thing in your handbag

  2. Emma Riley
    August 10, 2018 / 12:14 PM

    Wow, these are nice essential things to have, mine are cellphone, wallet, lip balm and keys.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:31 AM

      That’s awesome! Wallet is a definite essential

  3. katharinahein
    August 10, 2018 / 12:46 PM

    I love to have a small toiletry bag in my bag as well for all the small things! And I just love the saying about men and perfume haha πŸ˜€

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:32 AM

      Thank you πŸ’• and that saying is so true. Men don’t know when you change your handbag but they know when you change your perfume

  4. August 10, 2018 / 1:31 PM

    Hi Laila, beautiful post to remind me how my bag should be. My handbag is the most unorganized thing but I never forget to keep lip balm and vaseline. Thanks for sharing.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:33 AM

      It’s a pleasure πŸ’•

  5. August 10, 2018 / 8:04 PM

    I carry hairbrush, hand cream and lip color usually. Though on special occasions there are many other additions.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:34 AM

      I never thought of carrying a hairbrush! That is a great idea

  6. August 10, 2018 / 8:38 PM

    I always have vaseline in my handbag! It’s so handy and something I can never leave home without. Hand cream is another one!

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:35 AM

      Haha you are awesome

  7. August 10, 2018 / 11:07 PM

    This is so needed for handbags and backpacks. I make sure that I take these products everywhere

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:36 AM

      That is so awesome πŸ’•

  8. August 11, 2018 / 12:30 AM

    I also keep a small thing of vaseline in my purse! it’s the only thing that moisturizes my lips and doesn’t dry them out.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:29 AM

      It’s an absolute lifesaver! I stopped with the lip balm coz I always lost them

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:28 AM

      Thank you πŸ’• I will definitely check out your latest post!

  9. August 11, 2018 / 10:23 AM

    It is so nice to see what are the staples in your handbag! I rarely carry any makeup (although I’m a makeup freak!) this surprises everyone! But I ALWAYS carry tissues, because they are lifesavers metaphorically speaking, and my allergy pills which are lifesavers literally speaking πŸ˜‰

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:28 AM

      I’m also quite the makeup freak but I feel carrying lots of makeup is a waste because the only thing I use is the lipstick! I seem to always forget tissue

  10. August 11, 2018 / 7:07 PM

    I will said hand cream and lipstick are the most important things for me. I love your bag, Celine bag always easy to carry any clothes:)

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:25 AM

      Can never go wrong with a good lipstick in your handbag

  11. Terri Steffes
    August 12, 2018 / 4:27 AM

    I love the mini first aid kit. I also have a cute bag just for lip color.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:24 AM

      Haha awesome! You’re giving me ideas!

  12. Preet
    August 12, 2018 / 10:49 AM

    I never leave without my lipstick at my back. It has been a big help for me whenever I go to a meeting.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 11:23 AM

      Lipstick is a girls favorite accessory

  13. Elizabeth O
    August 12, 2018 / 2:07 PM

    Lipstick is always a go to for a handbag essential for sure. Also perfume, tissues, pain killers and a bottle of water!

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 9:04 PM

      Don’t you feel that the water makes your handbag heavy?

  14. Ankur
    August 12, 2018 / 8:10 PM

    Its really a perfect guide for handbags. I have little sister. I will share this information with her too.

    • Laila
      August 12, 2018 / 9:05 PM

      Awesome and thank you πŸ’•

  15. August 13, 2018 / 6:40 PM

    For me, it will be my phone, my organiser, my wallet and perhaps some makeup stuff. I’ve never thought of handbag perfume, so maybe I should do that next time.

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