Thursday, 10 December 2015

Winter Handbag Essentials

Winter handbag essentials

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The last time I did a 'what's in my bag' style post was when I first started blogging back in 2014 (read it here). Seeing as 2016 is slowly (or should I say quickly. This year has flown by!) creeping up on us, I thought it was about time I did an updated post about all the bits that have been accumulating in the depths of my bag recently. 

A little chat about the bag: I received this gorgeous suede fringe backpack from my cousin for my birthday. I fell head over heels in love with it the minute I saw it. It's from Parfois and the quality is amazing! Parfois always have really good quality bags, but this feels like it's a designer. The suede material is incredibly soft and the attention to detail is amazing. The straps have an Aztec print and the reddish, brown tones add a lovely splash of colour. It also has stitching in the shape of a flower on the front. It's very sturdy and spacious - I can fit my (rather large) makeup bag, my DSLR, notebooks and loads of other stuff into it, which is essential for us bloggers ;-) I also love the fringe details at the sides and the drawstring strap. It's a firm favourite in my collection now and a lot of my other bags won't be seeing much daylight in the future.....


The contents: Besides the usual necessities like my wallet, earphones, glasses, notebooks etc. there's not too much in my bag. I don't tend to keep anything unnecessary in it and I like to clear it out every now and then to keep things neat and tidy. 

I try to keep the beauty products to a minimum amount which is quite a hard task {beauty lovers out there will feel my pain} Lip balm is an essential for me throughout the year but during the winter, I throw a thicker one in. The one I'm loving at the moment is The Body Shop shea lip butter. It's very moisturising and doesn't leave a sticky feeling on the lips. Another lip product favourite of mine is the Nars matte lip pencil in 'sex machine'. This is a gorgeous pink mauve shade and the formula is so soft and buttery. A hand cream is also a winter essential to treat dry, cracked hands. My current favourite is The Body Shop Honeymania hand cream which has a lightweight formula but still provides good hydration.  Another hand care item that I always carry around is a hand sanitizer and at the moment I'm using Bath & Body Works 'candy cane bliss' - a gorgeous minty scent that smells just like candy canes! You can't get more Christmassy than that!

My favourite scent at the moment is Bath & Body Works 'winter wonderland' - it has a lovely light sweet fragrance. I've also been loving the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer which has been a life saver for under eye circles. December has been a busy month and we're not even half-way through it, so a good under-eye concealer is essential - no one will ever know what's underneath all the layers of concealer... shhh ;-)

The last two things aren't beauty related but are still equally as important: hand warmers for those chilly days and my 50mm lens for all the Christmas outfit posts I've been shooting - more of those coming soon......

What are your winter handbag essentials?

Happy Blogmas!

Love,
Cliona xx


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  1. This backpack is so pretty. I really like the color and shape of it. My essentials are phone, lipstick, wallet and little notebook. I don't go anywhere without them. xo

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