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Hands up whose handbags are littered with scrunched up bits of tissues, old lipsticks and a paperclip or two? … We have our hands up too!

Therefore we at Soft & Gentle HQ thought it was about time to have a handbag clear out starting with our beauty products.

We will be taking a look at some of the best cheap beauty products available and some more expensive make up brands to create a steal vs. splurge essential tool kit.

Beauty bag

Do you ever feel like Mary Poppins delving deep into your seemingly endless bag, picking out pen after pen rather than that elusive eyeliner? Well us too! So firstly, as part of our clear out, we are going to invest in a beauty bag.

Steal - Say “oui merci” to this pretty little make up bag by forever 21, even though we might be a few (cough) years past 21, it is too stylish to resist.

Splurge - This gorgeous make up bag from Ted Baker feels luxurious. With a pink silk lining and pretty bird motif, you will be proud to whip this out in the bathroom.


Sometimes touching up a whole face of make up is not advisable…especially on public transport! But a slick of concealer under the eyes to brighten tired peepers can leave us feeling revamped after a long day in the office.

Steal – At only £7.50, the No7 match made concealer has great coverage and best of all it is matched to your skin colour so will be the perfect shade for you!

Splurge – Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat has made it into the beauty bible of many. Used by make-up artists and celebrities the world over, it is a firm favourite in our handbag.

Lip colour

Easy to apply and instantly giving your look a boost, a slick of lipstick is a great beauty weapon to have in your beauty handbag kit!

Steal – With a vast amount of great value cosmetics, ELF has a large range of lipsticks to choose from, all from under £2.00. We love this subtle pink lippy colour called “classy”.

Splurge – A lipstick so stylish it could be a fashion accessory. Givenchy Le Rouge lipstick gives intense colour in one stroke. We love “Rose Taffetas” for an everyday look.


With the winter drawing in, our skin needs a little more TLC, elbows need moisturising and hands start to look a little flaky. Keeping hands moisturised will also help prevent aging (yippee!).

Steal – Created by beauty scientists with the help of the world’s experts in plant science at the Royal Botanic Gardens, this hypoallergenic hand cream leaves skin feeling hydrated.

Spurge – Lancôme Nutrix Royal Mains leaves hands feeling intensely nourished, soft and supple and with pretty packaging, this will look luxurious in your beauty bag.

Stop it! You’ll make me blush

A little dab of colour on your cheeks to refresh your make up throughout the day makes blusher a must-have for your autumn beauty kit. We love a cream blush to avoid a powder breakage explosion!

Steal – With a lightweight formula and a natural colour, we love this Rimmel blusher coming in at under £5.00.

Splurge – NARS have created “The Multiple”, a multi-purpose stick for your eyes, cheeks and lips with a range of colours (we love “Maui” shown below). Enriched with Vitamin E and Acai oil for antioxidant benefits, this is also a treat for your skin.


Soft & Gentle anti-perspirant deodorants offer 48-hour protection whilst moisturising and leaving no trace of white or yellow marks. All you have to do is simply select your favourite refreshing fragrance. Use our Fragrance Finder quiz to help find your perfect Soft & Gentle match.

We always pop one in our handbag for a blast of uplifting fragrance and refreshment!

2nd September 2014

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