Whether you keep things concise with a clutch or are more used to lugging about a family-sized tote, it takes a very special kind of beauty product to make the handbag edit. And we’re the same – we’ve absolutely no time for products that don’t deserve their space in our handbags. So these are the beauty must-haves we’re currently carrying around: new favourite skincare products and summer-ready buy-now-wear-now makeup treats. Tried and very thoroughly tested, this is our edit of the best handbag-sized beauty products to buy right now.
Consider this your two-step routine to perfect summer skin. From Urban Decay’s summer collection, these two products are definitely keepers – and they’re a great base for a radiant complexion that doesn’t look too done. We’re fans of keeping things light over the summer months – leave the heavy foundation behind – and this duo creates a beautiful healthy look. A hybrid of tinted moisturiser and BB Cream, Urban Decay’s Naked Skin One & Done evens out skintone and blurs imperfections and pores – it’s (you guessed it) your skin, but better. Blend in with your fingers and you’re good to go. Follow with a dusting of the Beached Bronzer: a super natural, silky soft bronzer that blends beautifully and gives that Week-In-Cannes look instantly. Magic.
If you’re someone who ever uses hand creams at all, you’ll know that there are effective creams and then there are the rest. Aurelia Probiotic Skincare’s new Aromatic Repair & Brighten Hand Cream obviously falls into the former camp. Aurelia is a skincare brand first – so you can expect a whole host of clever natural ingredients and long-lasting benefits – brightening, anti-ageing and firming skin, all while strengthening nails. Let’s be honest, no one wants to stand around waiting for hand cream to dry, and this absorbs quickly and comfortably, leaving skin feeling genuinely hydrated and soft. It goes without saying that this smells divine too – thanks to a sensual blend of ylang ylang, vetiver and patchouli. A definite new handbag staple.
Ooh we LOVE a multifunctional product, and tanning guru James Read’s new H2O Tan Mist really ticks an awful lot of boxes. Designed to gradually and gently add a tanned glow to skin, the lightweight spray can be used to refresh skin any time, anywhere. It’s also infused with pure rose water, so the H2O Tan Mist also moisturises while enhancing your glow too. We also like to use it to set makeup – a quick spritz before you leave the house et voila. This is next generation tanning, people – suits all complexions, no hassle or streaks – get involved!
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the name of this looks like it’s been lost in translation… That’s because Isehan KissMe Heroine Make is – of course – a Japanese beauty brand, hence the rather complex name. Put your concerns to one side – this is may be the best mascara you’ll ever try, and believe us – we’ve tried a few. The brand’s Make Long & Curl Mascara will not only make your eyelashes look twice as long and curly – but it lasts and lasts. And it really is waterproof too – this will last through swimming, sweat and tears. And it’s the mascara that will prompt people to ask you what you’re wearing – it’s that good. Google it and check the reviews if you don’t believe us…
We love some spendy nail varnish as much as the next girl, but for an inexpensive colour fix, there’s really no better than Barry M. The brand’s new Coconut Infusions range cleverly offers various conditioning benefits – thanks to their coconut water and coconut oil composition – while providing long-lasting, lustrously-shiny gel colour. The range features a capsule collection of summer-ready tones – we’re loving the sophisticated raspberry-toned Aloha and the perfect-with-a-tan Flamingo for fingers and toes. The collection’s nudes and pastels are pretty hot too. And to think that Barry started off on a market stall in Dalston…
And then a serum which actually does something comes along… Okay, so this probably isn’t in anyone’s handbag (no one should be carrying a night serum in their clutch, honestly!), but it is a current staple on the nightstand. If you’re after a new serum, we’d totally recommend giving Dr Hauschka’s Night Serum a whirl. With its low key packaging design, it might not look like the bees’s knees, but this stuff packs a punch. Revitalising, renewing and balancing skin, the oil-free, water-based formula features apple fruit hydrosol,witch hazel and apple blossom extract. Doesn’t sounds like much, but this will tackle fine-lines, acne scars and general skintone – and in quick, efficient fashion too.