The Little Extras: Work Essentials

My daily 9-5 is a little more than a daily 9-5 in all honesty. You never know what it’s going to throw at you when you rock up in the morning! Preparation and focus is needed – both at work and when it comes to packing your work essentials in your makeup bag…

Its important to adapt and overcome, when something nasty and stressful pops up, especially when its on your face. The Origins Super Spot Remover is always in my bag just incase a spot starts to rear it’s ugly head. Essie Ballet Slippers is also on hand incase an unexpected post work invite crops up… Wouldn’t want anyone looking at my gross unpainted nails now would we? It gives a nice pinky sheen and gloss that screams “manicure” but with minimal effort.

For those moments where I’m working from 8am or need to be at work earlier than expected, the Topshop lipstick in Whimsical is always on hand to add some colour to a sans makeup face. Nars Madley has also made itself at home incase I need a quick bronze and blush in one!

For dry lip moments, the Nuxe Reve De Miel is on hand to work it’s wonders, it works beautifully under glossy/cream lipstick formulations.

Finally the Jemma Kid Light As Air foundation in shade 3 and Kevin Aucoin Eyelash curlers (plus my mascara of choice are thrown in. I’m trying to use up the Jemma Kid foundation – I don’t like to be reminded of things I can’t repurchase – and I’m often needing to dash out minus mascara – so these are thrown in just in case!

Today I managed to get all my makeup on my face before leaving the house – Hurrah! But my little beauty of a makeup bag is still living in the side pocket of my over sized bag. I picked it up form Zara a while bag, but there are still a few lurking around in certain stores if you keep your eyes peeled – there are also larger versions available from Primark!

Happy Friday lovely ones! Hope you all have a great weekend πŸ™‚ x


  1. Millie
    01 Feb 2013 / 3:11 pm

    Great post! I always have to have some kind of lipstick with me and I always reach for my Topshop one in Whimsical! πŸ™‚ β™₯

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  2. Lauren Rose
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:02 pm

    Love this post, I always carry lip balm and blot powder for those shiny moments πŸ™‚ xx

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:13 pm

      Thanks Lauren πŸ™‚ x

  3. Hannah Cagney Lace
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:08 pm

    I love these kind of posts, there's seriously nothing better than a little nosy into a make-up bag! I adore the Nuxe Reve De Miel, no lip balm could ever live up to this bad boy.


  4. Leanne Rachel
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:46 pm

    Love this post! Whimsical is one of my favourite Topshop lipsticks, it's so pretty! Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ xx


    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:15 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  5. Ellie
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:52 pm

    I really want to try Essie Ballet Slippers! I need to clean out my work makeup bag… there are way too many lip products inside at the moment! Great post πŸ™‚

    Ellie | EllalogyΒ 

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:15 pm

      haha, sometimes I struggle to keep it under control!

  6. Olivia Law
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:53 pm

    This is a great post! I always carry some touch up nail polish, some emergency lipstick (at the moment it's Kate Moss for Rimmel in shade 12) and lipbalm! I might do a similar post! xo

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:16 pm

      Let me know if you do! πŸ™‚ x

  7. Emily
    01 Feb 2013 / 4:55 pm

    Is that really Essie Ballet Slippers? It looks so pink in the picture!

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:28 pm

      It comes across as pink in the bottle, but just applies really sheer x

  8. LatBeautyAddict
    01 Feb 2013 / 5:04 pm

    I'm the same, also have to have a few handy everyday products in my bag. I tend to go for a nude/grey nail polish and a everyday simple pink lip gloss – currently using up the end of my MAC Curvaceous

  9. Adele Miner
    01 Feb 2013 / 6:11 pm

    I love your glasses! I've been meaning to try origins super spot remover. x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Thank you love πŸ™‚ x

  10. Claire
    01 Feb 2013 / 6:27 pm

    I'm loving this make up bag, I actually picked it up after I saw one of your posts πŸ™‚

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:29 pm

      Awww thanks! πŸ™‚ x

  11. Maddy
    01 Feb 2013 / 7:01 pm

    The topshop lipstick shade looks lovely, I love their formulas! xxx

  12. Belinda xo
    01 Feb 2013 / 8:50 pm

    Great post! I always carry about my chapstick and my travalo with my Jimmy Choo perfume πŸ™‚

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  13. Gigi Song
    01 Feb 2013 / 9:16 pm

    Love this post πŸ™‚

    This Happy Little Blog

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:31 pm

      Thank you πŸ™‚ x

  14. Cherry
    01 Feb 2013 / 9:27 pm

    I really need to try the Origins spot remover, I've heard such good things about it!

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:30 pm

      It is so good for stopping growing spots! x

  15. Huyen
    02 Feb 2013 / 12:11 am

    love your essentials! wish i could try out the Topshop make up collection.

  16. Katherine xo
    02 Feb 2013 / 12:11 am

    love these kinds of posts, always so interesting! x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:30 pm

      Thanks πŸ™‚ x

  17. Fern
    02 Feb 2013 / 10:52 am

    Ballet Slippers is perfect for work. I'm not allowed to wear nail polish, but I can get away with this one x

    • HelloOctober
      02 Feb 2013 / 7:29 pm

      haha naughty! x

  18. HeartsAndCrosses
    02 Feb 2013 / 2:50 pm

    Love the Essie polish and the lipstick as well


  19. Ashley
    02 Feb 2013 / 10:34 pm

    Great post! I love your glasses, where are they from? Xx

  20. Beckie Belleetbeaut
    03 Feb 2013 / 12:12 pm

    Love this post! I'd love to do one similar! Although I worry it won't be very exciting! haha xx

  21. Hannah McKeever
    03 Feb 2013 / 5:51 pm

    I love this, the Origins Super Spot remover seems to be a God Send I've been trying it out since this.

  22. Amanda J
    08 Feb 2013 / 4:25 am

    lovely post! i've been reading your blog for a while and this is the first time i've commented! i love the style. and i love your photos. very inspiring πŸ™‚


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