Handbag heroes

Handbag Heroes

Samuel Edwards

Copywriter, johnlewis.com

Being busy is an inescapable part of modern life. Early starts; finishing touches to make-up on the train; morning meetings and lunch at the desk; dash to pilates after work, then across town for drinks and dinner. With so many things to do, bag space will always be at a premium.

Tangle Teezer brushesare perfect for a quick brush, and their colourful cases are easy to spot in a crowded handbag. Even better, the removable case keeps the teeth safe from snagging and scratching other valuables in transit.

Philip Kingsley Weatherproof Hairspray, 60ml

Secret Camouflage from Laura Mercier is perfect for dealing with inconvenient and unexpected breakouts and blemishes. It uses a unique two-shade system, which helps you to match the skin's surface colour and undertone. The highly pigmented powder also means you need very little to achieve perfect coverage, completely camouflaging imperfections.

Elizaberth Arden's Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant is perfect for those with dry skin, but is also great to have at hand for dealing with roughness, redness and minor skin irritations. Particularly vital for changeable weather, which can leave skin chapped and cracked.

Tangle Teezer brushes

If you're dashing to and fro, there's a good chance you'll get caught in some inclement weather at some point. Philip Kingsley's Weatherproof Hairspraycombines lasting shine and hold with weather protection, and can be easily combed out for re-styling.

Clarins Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, 15ml

A compact lipstick is a must, and Guerlain's Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick Compactis as elegant a solution as you'll find. Designed by visionary jeweller Lorenz Bäumer, the compact features sleek lines accentuated by a white gold finish, closing with a simple, secure magnetic design. Ruby powder in the lipstick formulation brings a brilliant, vivid shine to lips, with other active ingredients plumping and smoothing. There's even a concealed flip-open mirror within the case.

Lips can suffer indoors and out, whether it's harsh office air conditioning or unexpected turns in the climate outside. This Clarins lip balm locks moisture back in, and also includes SPF15 sunscreen.

Of course you want to smell your best, but lugging around a big glass bottle of your favourite scent is a recipe for disaster. This handy perfume Atomiser from John Lewis can be topped up with 10ml of your favourite scent, and features a funnel for easy filling.

And last but not least, you'll need a bag to keep all these essentials together! Catseye's cosmetics bags feature retro print designs and are made of wipe clean PVC with a secure zip fastening. With lots of colours and designs available, they'll add a distinctive, quirky touch to your day.