Clutch Bag Essentials

clutch bag esentials

When it comes to the big three aka Christmas Eve, Day & Boxing Day, you often find yourself jumping from house to pub to family gathering making sure you see everyone during the festive period. Whether you are visiting family or galavanting around with friends you don’t want to be faffing with oversized handbags and oodles of beauty bits. Instead it’s time for the streamlined collection that fits perfectly in a clutch and can be carted from dinner to drinks. My essentials are tailored for this time of year and have so far seen me through department dinners, big office parties and an annual friend meal that usually ends up rolling into the wee hours of the morning. Oh what a wonderful time of year!

My focus when it comes to packing a clutch revolves around three main items: powder, lips and perfume. Although I may squeeze in a few extra items, the core collection that I reach for without fail falls into these categories. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Powder paired with the RT Retractable Kabuki Brush are my dream duo. To blot away any shine whilst keeping my makeup looking natural and cake free there is no other powder I would rather have stored away. For perfume it’s got to be a rollerball, my favourite is currently the Elizabeth and James Nirvana White Rollerball as it smells truly scrumptious!

Lips will vary depending on my choice for the evening however during the festive social calender you will usually find the Maybeline Color Drama Lipstick in Berry Much on my lips and in my handbag. It’s one of my favourite lip discoveries this year as I find the smooth formula glides onto your lips to give an intense hit of colour that lasts throughout the evening. For added extras I go for a small coin purse, this Kate Spade was a birthday gift that I adore and I sneak in a mini mascara to keep my eyes looking fluttery.

What are your clutch bag essentials?

  • Ooh I didn’t know RT had a retractable Kabuki brush! I need it. I use MAC Fix + powder in place of Chanel Les Beiges, but love the sound of it!

    Josie XOXO

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    • I haven’t tried that one! I am already onto my second Chanel powder so it must be love haha xx

  • Bee

    Ahh my friend has gone home to California for Christmas and I’ve told her she MUST come back with the E&J perfume – both the black and the white. I am SO excited. I’m gonna risk it and get her to bring the full size bottles – recently found a rollerball Travalo in TK Maxx so keep your eyes peeled if you’re a rollerball fiend! x

    The Beauty Locker

    • Eek fingers crossed she does! They are gorgeous so you won’t be disappointed. Officially off to stalk TK Maxx now!!xx

  • I find I only need powder and my lip product! I also love bringing bandaids because I always have such sore feet and hate being the person complaining.

  • Love it I have a lot of the same products yay. Merry Christmas. xox

  • Love the sound of Chanel Les Beiges. Lovely post, really helpful x

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  • Kerm

    Great picks! My essentials would be concealer, fixing powder, kabuki brush and my lipstick of choice :) x

    • Concealer! Yes I need to pick up a mini one to take around with me – gotta mask those bags! ;) xx

  • Maria Hussain

    I don’t know if it’s only me or not but these days my essentials are WnW lippies. Just love them….xoxoxo…:)

  • Esha Rajesh

    I would all of that and a lip balm to go with it. My lips go very dry in the winter season!!! :((((……:D x