Handbags! They come in various shapes and sizes, in different colors and different brands. Some women like them cutely tucked under their arm, some like it slung, some carry it in their hand and some on their shoulder. No matter what the make is, a woman’s handbag is her prized possession. After all, it can hold an entire universe (think Mary Poppins). So if you ever wondered what exactly we carry in our handbags and were too afraid to stick your hand in and find out (after all it is bad manners to touch a ladies bag), then this is your lucky day! Here are 18 things you are sure to find in girls handbag.

1. Old receipts for shopping sprees.

We tend to stuff these in our bags rather than toss them in the dustbin. It is our way to contribute to the #SwachhBharat mission.

2. Perfume

We would like the world to believe that we naturally smell nice (sans any perfume of course) but that is not the case. So to keep the good scent going, there is always a perfume (or two) hidden in our bag somewhere.

3. A Red Lipstick

This is our emergency fix when we see a really cute boy. Nothing is more attractive than a girl sporting the right shade of red lipstick. Thank god for L’Oréal Paris Pure Reds for making our choice easier!

4. Hand sanitizer

We like to keep ourselves clean and germ-free so this is a must.

5. Candy

We carry an emergency stash of our favourite chocolate bar for days when we need an instant pick up.

6. Mints and chewing gums

An essential for instant fresh breath.

7. Kajal

We look sick and miserable when our kajal smudges off so to get back into the bright mode, this is super important.

8. Blush on

We like our cheeks to be rosy throughout the day. A little dab here, a little dab there and voila! We are fresh as a daisy.

9. Moisturizer

Ever wondered by a girl’s hands are softer than boys? That is because we moisturize them well throughout the day.

10. An extra pair of earrings

There are work earrings and then there are fancy earrings. Depending on where we are going, we wear one pair and we keep the other pair in our bag.

11. A phone charger

To charge our battery draining smartphones.

12. An umbrella

The weather can be so unpredictable but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be well prepared.

13. Sunglasses and a scarf

To protect our eyes and head when it gets too hot.

14. A light jacket & pair of socks

To protect ourselves when the office AC is on full blast.

15. A notebook

For notes and all

16. The book we are reading

Who knows when we have a few minutes to spare. The best way to utilize spare moments is by finishing the book we started.

17. Headphones

To listen to our favourite music in office or while travelling.

18. A hair brush

To keep our tresses tame through the day.

The next time you get confused about the importance of a girls bag (and the things she has inside it), just remember the wise Carrie Bradshaw’s words “balls are to men what purses are to women. It’s just a little bag, but we feel naked in public without it.”

This article is sponsored by the all new L’Oréal Paris Pure Reds .