September Collective Haul

I’m back everyone! Did you miss me? Probably not but regardless I’m back after having to take some time out to look after my mum, we are getting there and I am now going to start getting back into blogging. So, I am easing myself in with a little collective haul.

Primark: I love a bit of Primark, also purchasing a pair of heels which is not showcased here. I haven’t purchased any Primark clothes recently as I am trying to show restraint not buying what I don’t need. At the end of October me and my friend are having a week away staying in a variety of Air Bnb and hotels, so I picked up a pair of Love to Lounge Grey Footlets (£3.00) for when I want to be comfortable but don’t necessarily want to walk around bare foot like I would do at home. They are super handy and pack small, so seem like a no brainer and I can wear them when I get home, these also have structural integrity so shouldn’t slip off my feet all the time like the fluffy Primark ones tend to do. Also for the trip I picked up some PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£0.90), I’ve previously used the full size version and it’s not a bad product saving room in my bag. If you want to see my review of the PS Micellar Water you can check it out here

September Collective Haul - Collection Velvet Kiss

ASDA: After thinking about it for a little while, something took hold of me and I felt like I needed to own a purple lipstick. So I went for the affordable route just in case it wasn’t my colour or my thing, and I also wanted to try something different with the Collection Velvet Kiss Moisturising Lip Cream in Blackberry (£2.98). Fingers crossed this goes well as I am apprehensive about such a dark/bold colour. (Not Photographed, opss)

September Collective Haul - Superdrug Makeup

Superdrug: Seems like everywhere was doing 3 for 2 on makeup in September but I prefer the flexibility offered with Superdrug as it offers it across all makeup brands. So I took advantage of the offer and picked up some bits I actually needed for once. First and most important was the Collection Primed and Ready Invisible Setting Powder in 01 (£3.99 free), which is fast becoming my favourite powder for setting my makeup and using as a base it keeps my skin looking flawless. Just before going shopping I just had to throw out of my mascaras, I can never resist trying something different and I felt like trying a new L’Oreal Paris mascara so on a whim I picked up the L’Oreal Paris Miss Baby Roll Mega Volume Mascara in Black (£7.99). The third item I picked up was the Barry M It’s a Brow Thing Shape and Define Brow Powder in Medium (£4.99), I just felt like trying something different for my brows so keep your eyes peeled letting you know how I got on.

September Collective Haul - Fluke

Waterstones: I have brought a book in ages, physical or digital, as I was re-reading what I had but I was having a spendy day and just felt like it really. Fluke by Joseph Mazur (£9.99) has been on my list for a while as I prefer those smart thinking books. So next month I’m going to stop looking at my screen before bed and start reading more.

I also picked up a yoga matt, some cute heels and fun headphones all of which I’d used before getting round to photographing as I just seem to excited to use the items and they aren’t the easiest to store before photographing. I’ll get back into the swing of photography and writing soon but it’s been a busy month and I will be trying to get back into the swing of things throughout October, I have a lot planned so hopefully I can get over the hump and get back into creating posts I love.

Gwen

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August Collective Haul

It’s that time again, let see some of the junk I spent my money on in August. No hesitation let’s get into this.

Bells Shoes: If you haven’t heard of Bell Shoes I seriously recommend checking them out, they offer a great range of name brand shoes at great discounts and offers. I’ve been looking at them for a while and finally brought myself of the Joules Rockingham Wellies in Black Bau Bloom (£34.95 £19.95), cute and 100% practical I think these will get some serious use in the autumn months.

Home Sense 'Skys the Limit' Notebook

Home Sense: I don’t always buy a lot from Home Sense but it is a shop I love to go to, but don’t always buy anything. I love the stationary section, which is where I found the most beautiful “THE SKIES THE LIMIT” Notebook (£4.99), I already know what I want to use if for and its going to look beautiful on my desk.

Boots Part One: I have no idea why I decided to pick up the Soap & Glory What a Peeling Purifying De-Clog Mask (£4.00), but I did. I think I wanted to try out some new masks, and this seemed like a good opportunity. I am looking to create a review shortly.

Superdrug: Another collective haul and another appearance of the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£4.99 £2.39), I’ll never do my makeup without it as such a core item and I made sure to pick it up on offer.

Boots Part Two: Although we all know the benefits of a proper skin care routine, if we are honest sometimes we just cannot be bothered with the effort and want a quick and easy option. With a voucher in hand I picked up the No 7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes (£5.00 £2.00), normally I find £7 a bit steep for wipes but one of the women from work gave me a voucher and £2.00 for a pack brings it in line with other wipes I may potentially purchase. Let’s see if these are worth the price tag.

What did you pick up this month? Let me know in the comments and I start to finally get around to unpacking the shopping bags and putting all of these items in their place. If you want more hauls, a Primark August Haul will be up next Friday, keep your eyes peeled.

Gwen

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Review: Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray – Matte Finish

Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Setting Spray Matte Finish

We all want our makeup to last, whether is for a night out, long day or ensuring it withstands the heat/weather we all want to stay looking perfect all day. I am always on the hunt for a budget friendly setting spray and with an offer on a Boots a bit back, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to try something new. The Barry M Mist & Fix Setting Spray comes with two finishes either Matte or Dewy, personally I prefer a matte finish which is the one I will be reviewing here today. So, what’s the verdict on the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix, Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish?

First and foremost, the packaging a topic I usually start with as its always the first thing that attracts you to a product and really makes a huge difference to what you think of it. I must say I find the packaging for the setting spray a little lack lustre, the spray bottle itself is what you’d expect so it’s not where I am disappointed. Within a few days, the label started to peel off, a thick tacky label which is unattractive and makes me want to hide the bottle away. I am aware the aesthetic is very much Barry M but it’s made me realise that other brands such as Primark make a much more sophisticated and more aesthetically pleasing item for the same price point.

There’s no hidden tricks, with these products just a simple mist on the face and your makeup should stay all day. This product has a nice light mist which isn’t too wet or too big droplets which will affect the integrity of your perfectly applied makeup. What I will say is the spray does not spread too far so you need to make the effort to spray round your face opposed to two pumps and your gone. For the budget end through I rather make the effort to ensure coverage rather than have a non-light mist so I can deal with the compromise for such a low price point.

Now the most important thing, did it keep my face matte and my makeup last all day? The result, well kind of. I don’t tend to have an issue with oiliness so the fact my face was still matte at the end of the day wasn’t a huge surprise but I am currently preferring a matte finish to a dewy one, which influenced my decision process. As for the long-lasting effect? It was somewhat there, I did put it properly to the test trailing it on a hot day, and one of those days at work where I never seemed to sit down at my desk for any longer than 5 minutes. Both occasions my makeup held reasonably well, staying reasonably well but it was clear that my makeup had started to wear away on my forehead and some other spots. A full-on day or heat, just isn’t in this products capability and I think I maybe expected a little too much of it. Where I am really finding a love for this setting spray though is when wetting by brush before applying powder based products it just adds something extra to the colours and the staying power of what I wear so it will be put to good use.

Unfortunately, the Barry M Flawless Mist & Fix Makeup Setting Spray, Matte Finish didn’t quite live up to my expectations. Let me know in the comments which setting spray I should try next, I’m looking for that holy grail item so I cannot wait to hear your opinions.

Gwen

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June Collective Haul

Another month another haul, I feel like compared to other months I have brought more than previous months. So, let’s skip the introduction and get straight into all the lovely goodies I purchased in June.

Forever 21: Every so often I look at Forever 21 but don’t always buy, something made me think I’ll go for it and I thought I would try something a little bit different. Unfortunately, however much I loved it I have had to return the Contemporary Collared Shirt in Ivory (£15.00 £9.99), I just didn’t have the boob room but the material and quality of the embroidery was amazing so it ended up been such a shame. The other two items the Plus Size Super Skinny Jeans (£16.00) and Surplice Top in Peach (£11.99 £3.99), fit perfectly and in fact create a super cute casual outfit, comfortable and well made so I may be back to order more.

June Collective Haul - Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer

Body Care: I don’t think Body Care is a nationwide store but there’s two local to me and offers everything bath and body with a large amount of affordable skincare and makeup. I’ve run out of my Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), which was half its normal price right up my straight.

June Collective Haul - B&M - L'Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Foundation

B&M: I love B&M, I know most people know about and rate food or homeware products but I think the beauty section is often highly underrated. Although you cannot guarantee the colours on offer there is often a large range of Rimmel, L’Oreal and Revlon foundations as well as mascaras for at least 50% off. All are sealed in their own packets so if you want to save on amazing product check it out. I’d been curious about the L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24-Hour Matte Foundation in 10 Porcelain, for a while and it was marked down to £4.99, near enough half price. I won’t open it now but it was too good to miss and I will post a review down the road for sure.

June Collective Haul - Superdrug - Freedom Brow Duo

Superdrug: I’ve been doing better this year of not buying makeup I do not necessarily need, but I felt like it was finally time to buy some proper brow powder opposed to a brow pencil or some suitable eyeshadow. I was amazed by the shade range and low price point offered by freedom so thought I would give them a go and brought the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Medium Brown (£3.00) for myself and the Freedom Duo Brow Powder in Blonde (£3.00) for my mum.

June Collective Haul - Primark - PJs & Flipflops

Primark: I’ve not felt overall inspired by summer fashion this month, however I simply could not resist these Pusheen PJ Leggings (£8.00) as they are so cute. I was less sure on the top for this set, and I have plenty of PJ tops but these leggings I just couldn’t resist and I love these types of Primark PJ’s I have owned several in the past. I also picked up some summer essentials these Black Flipflops (£0.90), are so affordable and are such a great option for the summer you don’t need to worry about if they don’t last.

In addition to those pictured above, I also brought a new straightener the Remington S5525 Pro-Ceramic Extra Hair Straightener from Argos (£34.99). My last pair of straighteners gave up after something close to 5/6 years so it’s a good run. I love Remington straighteners and with longish, very thick hair I prefer a wider straightener to save time and have a better finish.

So that’s a slightly bigger pile of goodies than usual for June but I’m so happy with everything I’ve picked up. What did you buy in June?

Gwen

Review: Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown

Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown

Does anyone else the good old days of shaders and toners? I used to love them temporary and subtle colour that left your hair feeling, soft and shiny. There’s been nothing like in on the market since unitl the Superdrug Colour Effects range launched a few months ago, all natural tones which is perfect if you want a colour refresh that isn’t out there. I recently picked up the Ice Blonde for my mum, and for myself the one I am reviewing here is the Superdrug Colour Effects in Warm Chocolate Brown.

This range promises to: “Wash in wash out Colour Effects Honey Blonde conditioning colour adds gentle golden tones to blonde hair. Use on natural hair for subtle tones or on coloured hair to boost colour and prevent fading. This easy to use formula doesn’t damage your hair and leaves it in great condition.”

There are two ways of using this, and I will admit within this review I have only tried the traditional method for now. And I forgot to take a before shot because lets be blunt I’m a dumbass. If you wish to develop a stronger colour you can apply to dry hair and then wash out, I took the toning route washing my hair normally before applying. I squeezed a small about on my hand applying it in small sections at a time, making sure everything had an even coat which worked best for me due to having thick long hair. I was apprehensive at first as it the product is very coppery and I was concerned I would end up ginger, and red colour just seems to stick to my hair. Anyway I worked it in from bottom to top and then set my phone timer for 5 minutes. When it came to washing it out, it didn’t seem to talk too long for the water to run clear it is just making sure it all comes out.

Now as for the colour change I cannot say that there is a huge difference, maybe after a few uses or applying to dry hair you may notice a change but it is meant to be subtle. My natural blonde streaks have definitely been toned to a light brown but other than my overall hair has not changed. The biggest change is how my hair feels, it’s just silky, smooth and amazing so if you want a little toning and soft silky hair I’d definitely pick this up.

I will do an update when I try the alternative method, however I feel like it offers a little colour change but it nothing else it’s a good hair mask so weigh up what you want. The product costs £1.99, but it is currently on offer for buy one get one free where I picked up a blonde one for my mum. So essentially at the time of posting it is essentially £1.00 a throw which is good value for money if you ask me.

Let me know if you have tried one of the Superdrug Colour Effects and how you found it in the comments? What is the pay off if you apply it dry.

Gwen

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February Collective Haul

With February drawing to a close it is time again for my monthly collective haul, its not a big month for stuff but I thought I would share the few things I picked up.

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ASDA: I love it when you’ve run out foundation and not only can you find it in Asda its on offer too. The L’Oreal True Match Foundation in Ivory Rose (£7.00), is my go to foundation I always have a bottle on hand, the best colour match and I love the feel of it too.

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Superdrug: Just a few basics this month from Superdrug this month. It’s been a good month or two since I last had the Nivea Daily Essentials Express Hydration Primer (£2.49), I’m not sure why maybe it’s because I was trying out other products but I’m glad to have it back in my life it’s the best makeup base I have ever had. Other than that, I picked up another boring essential with the Nivea Protect and Care Antiperspirant (£1.63), a good go to deodorant although to be honest I’m not fussy this one is a good one though.

Primark: With my last pair on the way out I once again picked up another pair of the Flat Faux Suede Pumps (£4.00), they are great for everyday and go with a lot of outfits. I’m never without a pair, plus something more expensive never lasts that much longer than these ones. Then after a few failed clothes try-ons I hit up the beauty section, picking more of my favourite Cotton Wool Pads (£0.50 each), some of the cheapest around and they get the job done. Finally, out of curiosity I picked up the PS Micellar Cleansing Water (£2.00), I’m obsessed with micellar waters so I had to try another one and this one is so affordable. Keep your eyes peeled for a review.

So what did you pick up in February, let me know in the comments below.

Gwen

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Peterborough Haul

Peterborough Haul

Another day another haul, the other weekend I met up with a friend in Peterborough for a good ol girly catch up filled with shopping what more could you want. I have to say we didn’t go as mad as we have done previously so here is a very restrained haul full of goodies.

TK Maxx Haul - The Creme Shop & Illamasqua

First stop is TK Maxx somewhere that sometimes has everything sometimes has nothing but this time I feel as though I picked up some great bargains. I am so pleased with this first thing which is the Illamasqua Powder Blush Duo (£26 £5.99), review and swatches will be up shortly but I think it is insanely pretty. Has anyone else seen those funky designed Koren Face Masks? Well you can pick them up in TK Maxx I got The Crème Shop Drink Up Skin Face Masks (£4.99) which have a cute penguin design.

Superdrug Haul - Collection, Barry M & L'oreal Paris

Superdrug had another 3 for 2 offer on makeup so obviously this means 3 items had to be brought, two essential repurchases has I have to keep my face looking pretty. So of course the L’oreal True Match Foundation in Rosy Ivory (£9.99) and Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair (free in offer), much needed essentials. My final purchase was the super interesting Barry M Flawless Brightening Primer (£5.99), the purple colour is super interesting and I cannot wait to try it.

H&M Heavy Leggings

Only one thing from H&M, another set of Heavy Leggings (£7.99) I love these leggings, and they are one of the few pairs which don’t show your pants.

Finally a restrained Primark trip, just one item of clothing though this super cute Collared Jumper (£5) which was in the sale and perfect for work. Also in the sale were these cute glittery flip flops (£0.90), I tend to get a new pair every year and this nudey pink colour should go with everything. Finally ending in the beauty section with the best cotton pads ever, PS Love This Round Cosmetic Pads (£0.50) if you haven’t tried them you should, some endlessly useful P.S Love Your Skin Gentle Cleansing Wipes (£1.00). Finally I repurchased the PS Plain False Nails (£1.00), I used a set mid-July and was absolutely obsessed, so I had to buy another set.

So that’s all I’ve picked up for now but I am tempted to pick up more at the end of summer sales, soon so expect more hauls coming shortly.

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Boots Skincare and Primark Beauty Haul

So todays post is a mixed, predominately beauty related haul featuring skincare from Boots, and makeup from Primark and Superdrug. I’m trying to be controlled in spending and I love trying out budget items, so expect reviews shortly.

 

First up is Boots, I like to test out different budget and own brand items as I believe that you don’t have to spend a fortune on skincare to have great skin, it is all about a good routine. I often experience breakouts at my time of the month but I wondered if there was a way to reduce this so I thought I would try out Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Range , so I am starting off with the Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash and Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Peel Off Face Mask, for nothing other than I am in need of these two products. I also picked up the Boots Simply Sensitive Gentle Micellar Water, as I’m a lazy girl who loves trying loads of micellar water.

Finally a bit random to haul but it’s essential for me as I had allergic reactions to a lot of bug bites, this cream works wonders the Boots Bite and Sting Antihistamine Cream. I buy a new cream every year as these things are definitely always best fresh.

I seemed to of managed to be extremely controlled in Primark, saying that I did buy the P.S Love 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette. However with such beautiful shades which could easily work together, I cannot wait to try it out and swatch them I feel like for £2.50 that I couldn’t go wrong. The other thing I picked up in Primark was the P.S Love Round Cotton Wool Pads, I highly recommend buying your cotton wool pads at Primark great quality and only 50p for 120 pads.

Primark Cotton Pads, Ps Love Eyeshadow Palette & Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Finally just the one item from Superdrug, I was in need of a new concealer and instead of repurchasing the Wake Me Up! Concealer I thought I would make a long overdue return to the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I fancied a change and cannot wait to use this cult favourite again.

Have you picked up any beauty bargain recently, let me know what I’m missing down in the comments.

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Empties #14

 

I thought I would space out my empties and ended up with way too much crap building up, hopefully I will eventually find a balance some day

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch in 001 Flush of Pearl: Finally finished this, and the lack of use was simply down to the fact I’m useless at remembering to use it on at the right time. This was great to adding a little bit of dimension to the skin and a subtle highlight, adding a lot to a simple makeup look. In future though I may pick one with slightly more colour to it. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Concealer: I feel as though this has been in more than enough empties now, I think it is my most repurchased concealer it’s amazing. Would I repurchase: I already have.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain: This has been featured in a previous empties, and I have enjoyed match perfection as a foundation as it offers a good level of coverage. However I have since found foundations I prefer so I may not repurchase it again.

BareMinerals Prime Time Original Primer: I love this primer, I used it sparingly the past few months as I didn’t want it to be finished. It just leaves my face so smooth and ready for makeup, as well as helping it last all day. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

Boots Essentials Cucumber Cleansing Lotion and Toner: I’ve paired these together as it doesn’t make sense not to, I’ve already repurchased these as I love it and it’s really helped me stick to a routine as well as improve my skin. I use them both every morning and evening, leaving my skin clean and clear. Would I repurchase: yes!

Boots Botantics Micellar 3 in 1 Cleansing Solution All Bright: I love to try out different cleansing waters and this was no exception. If you want to know more about it, check out my full review here. Would I repurchase: possibly.

Boots Essentials Refreshing Cucumber Cleansing Wipes: I’m not a huge makeup wipe user but they are great for using as a pre-cleanse or as a last resort. These are really nice wipes they smell and feel really refreshing and I feel like they go a good job at removing makeup. Would I repurchase: yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Gentle Cleansing Cream Wash: This has been mentioned several times on my body, it was an essential part of my morning skincare routine. Deeply cleansing and clearing, but it doesn’t strip your face of moisture, well worth trying if you have dry or sensitive skin. Would I repurchase: yes

 

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter: I’ve mentioned many times how much I love the scent of the Green Tea range so I won’t go on about the amazing scent. This was thinner than some of the other body butters I have tried, so not as deeply hydrating but it definitely soaked into the skin quicker so it really depends what you are after. Would I repurchase: highly likely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub: I love a good body scrub and this one was lovely, a deep but gentle scrub. It isn’t as gritty as some of the others so feels great on wherever you use it. Would I repurchase: definitely.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Wash: I feel as though there is not a huge amount to say about a body wash, but this was lovely and refreshing in the morning. Would I repurchase: yes.

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor Sachet: Sometimes I just love a hair mask and I really enjoyed this Aussie one, opposed to leaving it for 3 minutes I left it longer. I like massage the mask into the ends of my hair clip it up and use a face mask or chill for 10/20 minutes and my hair feels so nice. Would I repurchase: yes.

TRESemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo: I rarely use dry shampoo, so it’s taken me forever to use this one up but you can read my review of it here (LINK). Would I repurchase: yes.

V05 Revive Me Daily Shampoo and Conditioner: I used these as my post swim shampoo and conditioner at the gym, so although they haven’t left my hair silky smooth and I use a hair oil too, But it really cleans out the chlorine. The V05 range smells nice too, which is always a plus with shampoo and conditioner. Would I repurchase: meh, maybe.

Superdrug My Little Star Baby Shampoo: I use baby shampoo to clean my makeup brushes, and I’ve found the superdrug one is identical to J&J only cheaper. It is gentle on the brushes but leaves them nice and clean again cleaning off all the crap. Would I repurchase: yes.


 

 

I hope you enjoyed this round of empties, I have a whole section dedicate them so if you are just nosy or want to read some mini reviews look in the tabs above or click the link here to see the previous 13 empties. What products are you loving at the moment? What do you always repurchase?

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My Car Useful Bits Bag

Today I thought I would do a slightly different ‘what’s in my bag’ post although you can check out my previous what’s in my bag posts here. I don’t know about anyone else but in my glove box I have a little makeup bag filled with all the useful bits that could be in your car although they aren’t essential, I am however so grateful for this little bag as it’s proved so useful and maybe this will inspire you to do this yourself.

Pretty much all of my essentials stay in this small Revlon makeup bag which I feel as though I have had for ages, it’s the perfect size for my glove box and helps keep everything together in case I need it. First up is my favourite item in here my Hello Kitty Plasters Tin, which still has the hello kitty plasters in it. My mum picked it up super cheap as a jokey gift but its practical to keep them in the tin and I kind of love them, you know people are jealous when I rock my hello kitty bandaged finger. It’s also great for shoes that rub etc. and as I nearly always forget to restock the ones in my handbag it’s handy to keep some in the car. Another must is tissues, the ones I have are just from Superdrug and are handy for anything I always have tissues in my bag anyway but they are handy for passengers or just in case I run out.

Always wanted but never to hand, I always make sure I have some sort of pain killer in my car, I currently have Ibuprofen. Just a handy thing to have really and my friends are always grateful. Finally in my little bag is some Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel, I love this stuff and always keep some in my bag, desk and dressing table and the car is another useful place. Whether you need to freshen up or want to eat on the go hand gel is great for ensuring your hands are clean and fresh.

The things that couldn’t fit into my bag but thought were worth mentioning are Primark’s Sunglasses a much needed essential all year round, and possibly more so in winter with the bright sun, frost and glare. These however, stay at the driver’s side so they are within easy reach at all times. Also simply because it is so big, I have some Pampers Natural Clean Baby Wipes, perfect for cleaning your hands, clearing up messes and even to freshen up if needs be. The baby wipes either stay in the glove box or occasionally move to a door compartment in the bag of the car.

So that’s what’s in my little car bag, let me know if you want to see more of these of my little useful kit bags that I keep in various places as these are so useful to have and create. What essentials or useful bits do you keep in your car, let me know in the comments.

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