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Holiday Handbag Essentials Featuring Tangle Teezer Review

If your family is anything like mine and my boyfriend’s – then I’m sure the next few weeks are going to be busy. Filled with Christmas dinners and visits. Of course, I’m not complaining because it’s great to spend time with family and eat lots of yummy food. However, it’s hard to look good when you’re running around everywhere and you’re far from home. That’s why handbags are the key – keeping all those little bits and pieces that you’ll need to touch up on the go.

Holiday Hangbag Essentials Featuring a Tangle Teezer Review

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Today I’m going to share my must-have items in my purse on these busy and chilly winter days. Because I’m one of those people who seems to carry absolutely everything you’ll ever need in my bag. So let’s begin, in no particular order!

Hand Lotion

Our weather is cold and pretty miserable (if you ask me.) As much as I love the look of fresh sparkly, untouched snow I just absolutely hate the cold. Mainly because my body has no circulation. Also, with winter and the cold comes very dry weather and dry skin. With a lack of humidity, your skin’s moisture is just sucked away. My favourite hand lotion right now is the Caprina Organics Goat’s Milk hand lotion. This is an absolute must.

Roll-On Perfume

It’s easy to forget to put on perfume in the morning. If your family is full of huggers, then having a roll-on perfume or travel-sized perfume is a good idea. When you get a lot of people in one room, it can get quite hot and sweaty… Depending on how well your deodorant works then this could be a total lifesaver! I currently have the Pacifica Ruby Guava Perfume in my handbag.

Hair Elastics

Sometimes your hair doesn’t co-operate. And if your hair is anything like mine, then it’s more often than not. Having a few spare of elastics is great for taming a static-filled mess (or being the hero if someone else needs one!)

holiday handbag essentials with tangle teezer

LuLu Guiness Compact Hair Styler

This limited edition compact styler from Tangle Teezer and LuLu Guiness is such a lifesaver! Especially on a windy day or a long car ride, a touch up can be well-needed. This handy little brush features two different length bristles and a carrying cover to protect the bristles in your purse! So smart. The long teeth detangle and the shorter ones help to make your hair super smooth, soft and touchable. This adorable little brush is so useful and travel friendly.

Speaking from the experience of having horribly knotted hair (I’ve broken a few hair brushes in my time!) This little guy works amazingly well to detangle my fine, ginger hair. In fact, my boyfriend has stolen this from me a few times because he loves the way it makes his hair feel! If it wasn’t covered in lips, I’m sure he would have stolen it from me already.

Lipstick + Lip Balm

Dry lips are a serious pain – and winter does nothing to help their cause! If you’re a constant lipstick-wearer (like myself) then you’ll know how important applying Lip Balm routinely is. I love Burt’s Bees and use it constantly. I even managed to empty a Burt’s Bees Lip Balm in my November Empties. I’m still ridiculously proud of myself for that, not gonna lie.

Whether your favourite lipstick be a statement red, like the coveted Rimmel 107 or a nude lippy, you’ll definitely need to touch it up after a big family dinner!

Blotting Papers + Setting Powder

If you’re lucky enough to not suffer from oily skin, then you can probably skip this. But if not, then this will be your next best friend. I think the products speak for themselves, after a few hours of wearing your makeup it might be a good idea to check in the mirror to see if you need some touching up.

Spare Pen

For writing and signing Christmas/ Holiday cards, duh!

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Advil/ Ibuprofen

After a few drinks or a few hours of hearing children scream, your head might be aching. It’s always good to have a few of these on hand to make it through a particularly rough day.

Compact Mirror

Touching up in the car or if someone’s in the washroom and you’re afraid you might have something stuck in your teeth! You never know.

Mints + Gum

After eating dinner or drinking a coffee, this is a total must! There’s nothing worse than being the person with bad breath.

Spare Pair of Mittens

Baby, it’s cold outside! I don’t ever want to be caught without an extra pair of mittens. If you have an impromptu snowball fight and one pair gets wet, you need to have that backup pair! Or if you’re just a forgetful person who tends to lose things… a backup never hurts.


Hopefully this little list of my handbag essentials helps you! There’s really nothing worse than being somewhere and realizing that you forgot to bring something very important. These are definitely my most important picks.

What are your handbag essentials?

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**This post contains products sent to me for review. However, all opinions are 100% honest!**

  • I carry similar items but I usually keep a hat on hand instead of elastics since my hair is short and I tend to be prone to the cold. I’ve never thought to bring a spare pair of mittens though. I agree that there’s nothing worse than being out and realizing you forgot something important.

    • Ohh, a hat is a good idea! It’s so easy for ears to get cold so quickly too! Thanks for stopping by Rowena!

  • Great tips! I have so many mini perfumes I def should start carrying them in my purses. Then maybe I can finally use them lol. My hair also gets really tangled 🙁 Especially when in the winter when its so dry and I’m constantly fidgeting with my scarf. I totally need to start carrying a brush around too! And mittens! Can’t forget the mittens. Thanks for all the tips 🙂

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • hahaha – it’s so hard to use up perfumes! Especially because it’s easy to forget that you have them. Yes! This tangle teezer is such a lifesaver for that. I hate when you get knots in the back of your hair from scarves!

  • Chewing gum is a must for me! Roll on perfume is a new love too, it’s so handy to have!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

  • reneejessome

    I really want to try a tangle teezer! My hair always gets soo knotty when I’m out and about. It drives me crazy!

    Renee | Life After Lux

    • This is my first tangle teezer product and I’m SO in love with it. It really does make your hair feel so soft. My boyfriend keeps stealing it from me hahaha! Highly recommend it 🙂

      Maybe it can be a Christmas prezzie for you? 😉

  • Bernadette

    I’ve heard good things about this. I definitely need to pick it up.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Hand lotion and gum is a must for me!

    http://www.myclusterofthoughts.com/

  • I totally agree those are the essentials we will need at holidays for sure!!

    http://www.brooklynglam.com/

  • You’re way more prepared than me, haha. I’m a minimalist when it comes to my bag. All I have are my wallet, a compact mirror, my lipstick of the day (and probably yesterday’s and the day before’s, let’s be real), a tiny notebook, and a pen. I am not prepared for any disasters, lol.

    Clementine | My Darling Clementine

  • My essentials are definitely lip balm, glasses (and sunglasses), a small note pad, a snack, and my iphone. Great list of essentials! This has got me thinking that I should be more prepared haha. As long as I have my snack I am usually good. ;p

    -Emily http://www.coatandcoffee.com

  • I love the Tangle Teezer. I am always purchasing a new one just because I love it so much… they are starting to pile up.
    Speaking of Hand bag essentials (great selection, by the way), check out Pinch Provisions. I have them and it is perfect!
    Angie | Chocolate & Lipstick | Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    • Pinch Provisions? I will be googling that right after commenting on this! And yes, oh my goodness. My eyes have been opened to the world of Tangle Teezer! haha.

  • Spare mittens.. something I need with me now, my hands are so dry and cold from walking just for five minutes! The Tangle Teezer design is so cute! I’m trying to use up my rollerballs so I’ve been keeping one with me too!

    • Hahaha oh boy! Yes, probably a good idea to pack some mittens with you. Why are rollerballs so hard to use though? Like I feel like I collect them so much quicker than other perfumes haha

  • natalieoffduty

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  • Yours is so cute! I have a purple one for the littles that I take care of.

  • Recently I have been carrying blotting papers too as my forehead starts getting shiny after 5 hours. I don’t know if it’s the weather or my skin is changing as I never have that problem before.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Oh yes, blotting papers are a must! It’s always hard to tell with the seasons changing. Have you changed anything in your skincare routine recently? Could be that too!

  • Blotting papers are my essentials for sure! My skin gets very oily, so they are life savers 🙂

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

  • Leah Cohen

    I have the same essentials and I get so frustrated when I forget my lotion or something.. the worst!
    xx Leah

    http://www.fashtrav.com

  • The Sunday Mode

    Hand lotion is always an essential for me, even when it’s not winter my hands get so dry and if I don’t have some hand cream it’s pretty much unbearable!

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

  • Kay (shoesandglitter)

    Some really lovely essentials here, hun, such a comprehensive list! I could agree with so many of those, especially things like hand cream, a lip balm and a roll-on perfume! I too adore Burt’s Bees lip balms, I have a honey-scented one that I’m using right now and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I remember reading your review of the Pacifica perfume and I’ve been curious to try it ever since. 🙂 It’s such a fab brand! Thanks for sharing, lovely. xoxo

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.com

  • Jordyn Pamela

    I just added hand cream to my purse essentials! With university and retail in my life, my hands get so dry. What a beautiful post and essentials list xx

    Jordyn Pamela | Lovely Little Roses

  • Emily

    I’m definitely with you on being a fan of a tangle teezer! I have two, the aqua one which you use in the shower and a handbag friendly one in leopard similar to your own! I’m definitely someone who gets knotty hair and I’m also a bit of a wimp so it’s a lifesaver!

    Musings & More

  • I have the same essentials, always keep them in my bag that why I can never leave with just a purse 🙂
    Xx Nikaia
    http://www.wheresnika.com

  • KIds Clothes

    100% agree, highly essential. I once forgot my lipstick when i went on holiday sometime last year, i wanted to die lool x
    http://www.livethejoyfullife.com

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