BEAUTY Streamline your makeup bag with smart products that have multiple uses
SAVE TIME, MONEY – AND SPACE IN YOUR MAKEUP BAG – WITH HARD-WORKING BEAUTY PRODUCTS THAT HAVE MULTIPLE USES
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!
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.
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.
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