BEAUTY Stream­line your makeup bag with smart prod­ucts that have mul­ti­ple uses


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If your make-up bag is al­ready burst­ing at the seams, then you need some clever prod­ucts that of­fer plenty of mileage. With this in mind, we’ve scanned the aisles for the best mul­ti­pur­pose beauty buys so you can free up some space in your kit and save some dol­lars while you’re about it!

BB cream

When it comes to full face cov­er­age, BB cream de­liv­ers the works. It mul­ti­tasks as a mois­turiser, pore min­imiser, sun­screen and colour cor­rec­tor, while pro­vid­ing lu­mi­nous cov­er­age with­out the heav­i­ness of a foun­da­tion. Try: Garnier Mir­a­cle Skin Per­fec­tor BB Cream, 50ml, $15.

Baby oil

One of the most ver­sa­tile bath­room sta­ples, don’t un­der­es­ti­mate the uses of baby oil. It is fan­tas­tic for re­mov­ing stub­born makeup, mois­tur­is­ing dry skin, sooth­ing in­flam­ma­tion and us­ing in place of shav­ing gel. Most brands of baby oil fea­ture skin-soft­en­ing emol­lients and a mild fra­grance, which make it an ul­tra-nour­ish­ing prod­uct, es­pe­cially dur­ing the cooler months. Try: John­son’s Baby Oil, 200ml, $4.50.

Mi­cel­lar wa­ter

There’s a lot of hype around mi­cel­lar wa­ter, and while you could be for­given for dis­miss­ing it as a fad, it’s buzz worth buy­ing into. The gen­tle for­mula is made up of tiny cleans­ing oil mol­e­cules known as mi­celles, which are sus­pended in wa­ter. These act as a mag­net to cap­ture im­pu­ri­ties and ex­cess oil, with­out vig­or­ous rub­bing. As well as re­mov­ing makeup and cleans­ing, mi­cel­lar wa­ter also soothes and re­freshes skin in one easy step. The best part is there’s no rins­ing re­quired! Try: Garnier Mi­cel­lar Cleans­ing Wa­ter, 400ml, $13.99; or Sim­ple Mi­cel­lar Fa­cial Cleanser Cleans­ing Wa­ter, 200ml, $11.99. 2-in-1 sham­poo and con­di­tioner In the past re­served for men and kids who wanted a fuss-free, quick so­lu­tion, the lat­est of­fer­ings de­liver su­pe­rior re­sults that the whole fam­ily will love. For­mu­la­tions have come a long way in re­cent years, mean­ing you can now cleanse and con­di­tion in one sim­ple step with­out com­pro­mis­ing on shine. Try: Sun­silk Co-cre­ations To­tal Care 2in1 Sham­poo, 350ml, $5.

Tinted lip balms

Once upon a time lip balms were kept in the depths of our hand­bags, re­served for oc­ca­sions when our lips needed some love. It was al­ways a case of sac­ri­fic­ing on colour when chap­ping struck – un­til now. Beauty brands have an­swered our prayers and de­liv­ered pig­mented colour that nour­ishes and pro­vides mois­ture all day long. Try: L’oréal Paris In­fal­li­ble Sexy Balm in Clue­less, $17.99; or Rim­mel The Only 1 Lip­stick in Best of the Best, $16.99.

Hair oils and treat­ments

If your hair is on the dry side and skip­ping con­di­tioner scares you, then try swap­ping it for a hair oil or leave-in cream. The ma­jor­ity of treat­ments of­fer ev­ery­thing a con­di­tioner does and more, with­out the greasy look and feel. Most pro­vide pro­tec­tion against heat styling tools too, so you can trade in two bulky prod­ucts for this one mir­a­cle mul­ti­tasker. Try: OGX Ar­gan Oil of Morocco Pen­e­trat­ing Oil, 100ml, $18; Pan­tene BB Crème for Hair, 135ml, $11.25; or Sch­warzkopf Ex­tra Care 6 Mir­a­cles Oil Essence, 75ml, $16.99.

Grad­ual tan mois­turis­ers

As the mem­o­ries of sum­mer fade, so too do our tans. Luck­ily, there’s a plethora of all-in-one mois­turis­ers with tan­ning agents to come to the aid of pasty pins. Grad­ual tan lo­tions pro­vide deep hy­dra­tion as well as a year-round bronze glow. A grad­ual tan is also more for­giv­ing than an in­stant tan, mak­ing it ideal for self-tan novices who are af­ter fool­proof streak-free op­tions. These mois­turis­ers are per­fect for fairer skin tones. Try: Dove Sum­mer Glow Body Lo­tion, 400ml, $9.59.


When space and beauty bud­gets are limited, palettes will be your new best friend. Make life eas­ier and find a pal­ette that con­tains all your bronz­ing, blush­ing, high­light­ing and eye shadow needs in one. To glam up your look, dust a high­lighter shade over your lids and fin­ish with a darker eye shadow in the crease of your eye. Try: Col­lec­tion Cos­met­ics Gor­geous Glow Bronze Block in Bronze, $16.99; or May­belline Bronzer Brick in Blonde, $19.99.

You can trade in two bulky prod­ucts for this one mir­a­cle mul­ti­tasker

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