I'm one of those people who literally tries to carry everything but the kitchen sink around with me in my handbag. What can I say - I like to be prepared! Because of these slightly crazy on-the-go hoarding tendencies, I go for really big bags most of the time, so for a night out, cutting it back just to the essentials to fit in a clutch or teeny handbag can be tough. Saying that, even my going out / clutch bags are a bit over-sized by most people's standards!
Space saving products are a must, whether it's a mini of my favourite perfume, a travel sized makeup brush, or these diddy little Tampax Compak Pearl tampons.
Tampax Compak Pearl are titchy - hardly any bigger than a lipstick so they're super discreet, but with their jazzy packaging created by fashion designers, they don't look completely obvious in your handbag anyway.
Another tip for fitting all the essentials into a tiny bag is to pack multi-tasking products - I have a great chubby lip pencil that can be used on cheeks as well as lips, and I'll always choose a powder that comes with a mirror in the lid. If I'm trying to be really clever and am super pushed for space, I'll load my powder onto a retractable brush with a lid, and leave the compact at home altogether!
Purses take up a lot of space, so if my bag has a little zip compartment, I'll usually just take my Oyster and debit cards, as they take up hardly any space at all. I've even been known to take my keys off the keyrings to make space for some more makeup in my bag!
Sharing products with a friend is a great idea too - rather than taking two of everything, decide between you who's carrying what in their bag, and suddenly you have double the space - sneaky! Oh and one more tip - don't get an iphone 6 plus - it never fits in anything! :)
Do you have any tricks for fitting essentials into your night out bag?