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14 Things Every Girl Has In Their Handbag

It's not just a bag – it's a vault of secrets.

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A woman's handbag is as personal to her as her DNA. Seriously, no two handbags are the same.

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But, let's face it, there are a selection of items that will no doubt be found across the handbag-board. Yes, we know about the purse, the keys and the mobile – we're talking about the permanent residents you'd rather keep concealed...

Fashionable Woman Holding A Clutch
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Fashionable Woman Holding A Clutch

2. Countless hair ties.

Though they never seem to materialise when we actually need them.
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Though they never seem to materialise when we actually need them.

3. Endless scrunched-up receipts.

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"I'm totally going to file it away when I get home. Definitely. Honestly. I promise."

4. The fob off your broken keyring you can't bear to throw away.

And don't you dare ask us to.
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And don't you dare ask us to.

5. Empty chewing gum packets.

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"I swear I just bought a new pack..."

6. Rogue chewing gums.

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RIP gum. You will be missed dearly.

7. An unused tampon that's been in there for all of eternity.

"Is this even still usable?"
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"Is this even still usable?"

8. Your favourite lipstick.

You feel a sense of emptiness if you leave home without it.
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You feel a sense of emptiness if you leave home without it.

9. Loyalty cards to every coffee shop in the nation.

"Just nine more to go for that free espresso... I don't even like espresso."
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"Just nine more to go for that free espresso... I don't even like espresso."

10. Loose coppers that were just weighing your purse down.

The bane of our handbag's existence.
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The bane of our handbag's existence.

11. Various lip-soothing products.

You can't find it, you buy another one. You find the old one, and now you have two. You'll repeat this cruel process until you are the proud owner of 58 lip balms.
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You can't find it, you buy another one. You find the old one, and now you have two. You'll repeat this cruel process until you are the proud owner of 58 lip balms.

12. A pen that is no doubt about to explode in your bag.

Thanks for nothing, writing utensil.
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Thanks for nothing, writing utensil.

13. All of the tissues.

Just in case we need to sneeze/wipe away smudged makeup/get rid of gum/blot tears from watching puppy videos.
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Just in case we need to sneeze/wipe away smudged makeup/get rid of gum/blot tears from watching puppy videos.

14. So...much...glitter...

Just... How? No, really – HOW?
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Just... How? No, really – HOW?

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