We carry just about everything in our handbags, but do you have the right beauty essentials packed in? Are you prepared to remedy a broken nail, chapped lips or unruly hair on the go? Well, if your answer is no, then we have just the list for you.
These beauty essentials will make going about your daily life much easier. Not only are these products multi-functional, but they are also budget-friendly without compromising on quality. Now there’s no excuse to be caught looking less than fabulous, no matter where you are.
Our checklist of 12 beauty essentials every woman should own:
We don’t know about you, but we’re not fans of dry hands, ashy elbows and cracked heels. Our favourite budget buy to fix these cases is good old Vaseline; alternatively, if you really want a product that goes the distance, we’d recommend Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. It may be thicker than most lotions but it takes care of even the tiniest niggles, like chapped lips, minor burns, itchy patches, dry cuticles and even split ends.
This might seem like a strange one to feature on a beauty essentials list, but taking care of your hands is important. From the moment you wake up until bedtime, your hands touch absolutely everything and then usually touches your face afterwards (Ew!). It would be great if you could wash your hands several times a day but the reality is soap and water aren’t always available or convenient. A bottle of Sorbet Balancing Hand Sanitizer will keep your hands clean before and after lunch but also help protect you against the germs that sit on your keyboard, desk and dreaded door handles.
We have spent many mornings running out the door with a bare face because there simply isn’t time to do make-up. But a coat of Revlon Super Length Waterproof Mascara as soon as you get to the office will transform your appearance by giving you a wide-eyed look.
Brown eye pencil
Yes, no matter your eye colour or skin tone, brown eyeliner looks good on everyone. Whether you choose to wear it in your waterline or smoke out your upper lash line, the effect is subtle and more forgiving than black. Plus, there’s another added benefit here as you can always use a pencil like Smudge Kohl Pencil to fill in your brows after you’re done with your eyes.
All those tiny freebies you’ve been picking up at make-up counters will finally come in handy. If you’ve forgotten to spritz your favourite fragrance because you were running late, this is the ideal solution to make sure you show up to work smelling like roses. They’re also really great for a quick refresh after a lunchtime gym session or if you’re going out for sundowners directly from the office.
More forgiving than liquid foundation, a pressed powder compact is a must-have when you’re on the go. Yardley Stayfast Pressed Powder is a long-standing favourite of ours and comes with a little sponge for easy application, while the built-in mirror will come in handy for lipstick touch-ups.
Speaking of lipstick, this may just be the one thing on this list that is non-negotiable. Small enough to fit into a clutch, there’s really no excuse for leaving your signature shade at home. Not only will a slick of colour pull your whole look together, but it will also give you a confidence boost whether you need to smash your Monday morning presentation or charm the socks off a cute guy at your favourite coffee shop.
Not an obvious choice, but we guarantee that once you start using a face mist, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Along with instantly moisturising your face, Nirvana Natural Bliss Rosewater Facial Mist also contains ingredients which can soothe sensitive skin and may even keep your make-up looking flawless all day (or at least help it along).
Another non-negotiable product. Sun exposure is the main cause of photoageing, not to mention skin cancer. An SPF of 30-50 is more than enough to protect your skin against UVA/UVB rays but make sure you reapply it often to reap the full benefit, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Try Vichy UV Protect Cream.
A mini hair kit
A small brush, 2 hair elastics and 10 bobby pins are all you need to create a new look in a hurry or simply pin back stray strands as the day goes on. This mini hairstyling kit in your bag will ensure you’re never caught with a hair out of place, no matter the occasion. The Clicks Essentials Travel Pop-Up Brush can be folded and tucked away in a flash.
How often have you reached out to close the boot or pushed something into your handbag with a little too much force, only to find a broken nail? It isn’t always easy to get to your manicurist to fix the problem immediately. Prevent further damage by squaring off the nail, and filing the others down a little. No one will notice a thing!
Greasy hair? Sweating after running around a mall during your lunch hour? Or maybe you have an oily T-zone? Baby powder is the answer to all three of those problems. A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to your hair – be careful to work it into your roots thoroughly and blend it away completely. Bonus hack: sprinkle a little inside your squeaky shoes to get rid of any sounds when you walk.