Our selected beauty buys are so fabulous that you’ll want to use them again and again … lucky then that they come in no-mess, purse-friendly packaging so that you can keep them on you all day and all night.
Without further ado, here’s what to add to your to-buy (and to-pack) list right now …
Kérastase Nutritive Irisome Touche Perfection, $45, from selected salons
Touted as a lip gloss for your hair, this balm is not only great for smoothing frayed ends and flyways throughout the day, but also soothing and nourishing dry, sensitised hair, thanks to royal jelly and iris extract.
Manicare Moisturising Nail Polish Remover Pads Coconut, $4.95, from chemists
If you need to quickly deal with chipped nails, this should be your go-to. Ultra-easy to use, the pads are also super-hydrating, so your nail beds and cuticles come out the other end looking both clean and healthy. Bonus: the sweet tropical scent.
Sally Hansen Cuticle Rehab, $12.95, from chemists
If your aforementioned cuticles do need some extra beauty TLC, simply paint on some of this lovely gel – it’s niftily delivered via a brush-ended tube. Infused with jasmine and rose extracts, along with emollient oils, it helps to both soften and condition cuticles, in turn preventing painful hangnails. By massaging the mix into the base of nails, you’ll also promote great nail growth, meaning longer stronger nails in the future.
Revlon by Marchesa Box O’Files, $6.95, from chemists
Revlon’s latest collaboration with design house Marchesa is a collection of pretty beauty tools. Think tweezers and compact mirrors clad in black lace design – this mini matchbox-style case of nail files is my personal must-have.
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation Stick, $15.95, from chemists
A good buy if you have oily skin – and find you need to touch up during the day. This matte stick foundation will help keep shine at bay for longer, but can be wielded speedily and effectively if you do want to re-tjuz your complexion at any point.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Correcting and Highlighting Perfector, $35, from department stores.
Every self-respecting beauty-loving bag should carry around a highlighting concealer – it’s the perfect tool come the mid-afternoon lull. Use it to brighten up tired under-eye circles, as well as illuminate the high points of the face, such as the browbones, cheekbones, bridge of nose and cupid’s bow. This particular formulation is light but also creamy, so blends into skin beautifully.