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What's in our bag?

August 22 2018  | 1 comment

As we burn the midnight oil at the office, it is crucial that our purse-stuffers help us to stay focused and comfortable. The things we put in our work bags can influence our productivity throughout the day. Our list of work bag essential items will have you breezing through your workday.


Blotting Paper


As the work day progresses, a buildup of excess oil can make our complexion look shiny, especially for those of us with combination or oily skin. Whether it’s a quick touch-up before a meeting or an evening out with colleagues, blotting papers are ideal for reducing excess oil for a matte finish.  We love the Jane Iredale Blotting Paper Compact as it is made from all organic flax seed. They are highly absorbent and leave our complexion shine free throughout the day with the added benefit of being gentle on the skin.

Jane Iredale Blotting Paper Compact, $20.40 (Adore Beauty)



A full day at the office can cause our makeup to look a little worse for wear. Applying a pop of colour to our lips is a great way to perk up our office look, so we are ready for the evening ahead. ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lippie Stix in the colour Cami is perfect for taking our minimal office look to cocktail hour. Infused with nourishing ingredients like vitamin E, mango, avocado, and shea butter, they keep your lips hydrated while giving a full matte coverage. A definite win-win! 


ColourPop’s Ultra Matte Lippie Stix in Cami, $7 (ColourPop) 

Phone Charger


We have all been in that situation where we’ve needed our phone, but our battery has run out on us. This is a definite staple for your work bag especially on long work days when you need to use the phone a lot. Thankfully, Xiaomi’s portable 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro has us covered. It’s sleek design, and high efficiency, is ideal for our work bag and stops us from having to worry about running out of battery power.

Xiaomi’s 10,000mAh Mi Power Bank Pro, $58.95 (Amazon)

Hand Cream 


Frequent hand washing and the air conditioning at the office can have rather damaging effects on our hands. We love the L’Occitane’s Shea Butter moisturiser which is a hydrating, nourishing and multi-purpose skin salve made with organic shea butter that heals chafed and dry skin. An added benefit of this salve is that it doubles as a lip balm; so you get two products in one. 

L’Occitane’s Organic Shea Butter, $15 (L’Occitane)

Notebook and Pen


Even in this high tech era, a notebook is great for planning, jotting down ideas and scheduling. These gorgeous notebooks from Papier will have you reaching for your pen. They come in a variety of styles featuring simple, timeless designs to botanical and graphic prints. The Milligram’s Zebrano and Vintage ballpoint pen would be a stylish accompaniment to your work diary with its rustic charm and ergonomic design.  


Bluebirds lined notebook, $20.99 (Papier) and Ballpoint Pen in Zebrano & Vintage, $49.95 (Milligram)

Water Bottle 


When we put in long hours at the office, it is essential that we keep ourselves hydrated.  Staying hydrated supports productivity and does wonders to keep the air con from drying out our skin. S’well’s designer water bottles are eco-friendly and made from stainless steel. They keep beverages cold for 24 hours and hot for 12 hours. These playfully designed water bottles in solid colours and gorgeous prints not only adds charm to our work bag but have us eager to take a sip of our favourite beverage.  

S’well Water Bottle in Primula Blossom, $62.95 (Kitchen Superstore)


With these work bag essential at your fingertips, you will not only be stepping out in style but you will also be organised and ready to take on any issues in your workday.


About The Author

Melissa de Souza is a graduate of Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Creative Industries, majoring in Fashion.  She also has a post-graduate degree in marketing. In her free time she reads and reviews young adult fiction, hangs out at cafes with friends and visits farmer's markets and op-shops.

Comments (1)

  • Glenise Coleman on September 10, 2018

    Thank you for these great tips. Will be trying the lipstick and re-organising my handbag this weekend.

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