For many people, myself included, a beauty regime can be an exhausting process. Whilst I’d love to be able to say I woke up like dis, the sad reality is, it takes a lot more than a good nights sleep to get me looking presentable. So when it comes to beauty products, I prefer ones that require minimal effort and offer more than one purpose. That way my beauty regime is quick and I don’t need to pack as many products when I travel. With that said, we’ve rounded up 20 of the best multi-purpose products that involve minimal effort for maximum results.
Face masks can sometimes seem great in theory until you realise the time involved in prepping the skin, applying the mask, leaving it on for a certain duration and then washing it off. I don’t know about you, but to me that sounds like a lot of work and personally I’d prefer the least amount of work as possible. Enter Clinique’s Melting Mask Balm, the ultra hydrating face mask and spot cream all in one. It’s super nourishing and hydrating, just like a drink for your skin. You can apply this mask in just minutes, or use it as a spot cream, but here comes the best part – you don’t have to wash it off. Yes, you read that right, you can leave this mask on overnight whilst you sleep, leaving you to wake with skin that rivals Sleeping Beauty’s.
CLINIQUE MELTING MASK BALM | RRP $60
It’s almost a certainty that no matter where you travel to, your skin will be affected by extreme temperatures, UV rays and pollution. So it’s important to ensure that you have the right products to combat this, whilst also fighting the signs of aging. La Prairie Swisse Ice Crystal Transforming Cream SPF 30 is a tinted moisturiser that offers these benefits in a 3-in-1 product – anti-aging, tint coverage and SPF protection. This complexion-correcting treatment defends and protects the skin, brightens and evens skin tone, refines the look of pores and leaves you with a natural glow.
There are some girls that are naturally blessed in the eyebrow department, their perfectly arched and bushy brows seeming to frame their face like any good painting. Most gals who grew up in the 90’s may have had brows that started out this way but the trend of that decade meant that we’ve done some serious over-plucking. Whilst I wish I listened to Mother’s advice against plucking them, today there are tools on the market that allows me to fool even the keenest eye. Just like Revlon’s ColourStay Brow Pencil, the multi-purpose brow tool with a pencil for filling in the gaps and a brush on the other end for getting those brows on fleek. Available in different colour shades, it’s the only tool you need to start channelling Cara Delevingne.
REVLON COLOURSTAY BROW PENCIL | RRP $22.95 | Stockist 1800 025 488
Looking like you’re on holiday all year round is more like a dream reserved for a select few, that is until Hailey Baldwin presented ModelCo’s Coconut Luxe Beauty Oil. This beauty oil is the ultimate multi-purpose product, a light blend of coconut oil, marula oil and sweet almond oil that is a moisture rescue for your hair, face and body. It smells just like a holiday has been bottled and when applied it targets dryness, stretch marks, skin elasticity and dry ends on your hair. This velvety, lightweight oil absorbs quickly, leaving skin and hair perfectly luminous and smelling like you’ve spent a week in the Bahamas. When a product does more than 2 things at once and targets several areas, you know it needs to be packed for your next holiday.
HAILEY BALDWIN FOR MODELCO’S BEAUTY OIL | RRP $35
Looking perfectly bronzed and luminous is a fine art and whilst we all want that holiday glow, too luminous and you’ll have skin rivalling Edward’s from Twilight, glittering in the sun. There are some skin highlighters on the market that are tricky to apply, requiring perfect blending, precision and lighting. Yet Nude by Nature’s Touch of Glow Highlight Stick offers a subtle yet noticeable glow with a quick glide of the stick. You can apply this beauty to your cheekbones and eyebrow arches to catch the light in all the right places and what’s better still, it doubles as an eye shadow and a lip colour. Available in 3 shades, it’s fragrance free and oh so very affordable.
NUDE BY NATURE TOUCH OF GLOW HIGHLIGHT STICK | RRP $24.95
I don’t know about you, but one of my biggest concerns when travelling is not having all my usual beauty products at hand. Whilst we’d all like to think we woke up like dis, the reality is that the 20 products we used post shower gave us that ‘all naturale’ look. Yet taking 20 plus products away with you on holidays just isn’t practical, so what does one natural beauty do? Look for products that are versatile and multi-purpose, those go-to saviours for any beauty woe. Enter Trilogy’s Everything Balm, which, like the name suggests, is the perfect use-me-anywhere solution. This all-natural fixer upper is the perfect multi-tasking skincare balm, soothing and moisturising dry skin, nourishing the face and body and promoting healing. With all-natural pure ingredients derived from plants, Trilogy’s Everything Balm is just that – everything.
TRILOGY EVERYTHING BALM | RRP $20.95
The number one product you should pack when you travel is sunscreen. Different locations around the world have different degrees of variation in the UV index, meaning sun exposure can vary wherever you go. Protecting yourself from the sun shouldn’t mean you need to walk around looking life a lifeguard with several layers of sunscreen and zinc, it means you just need to choose the right level of protection. Natio’s Tinted Moisturiser SPF 50+ is not only high in SPF which provides strong protection, it’s also a tinted moisturiser. This cream offers a light coverage that evens out your complexion and is packed with moisturising ingredients to leave your skin looking sun kissed and glowing. With 3 different shades to choose from, it’s the perfect travel accessory that combines sun safety and beauty.
NATIO TINTED MOISTURISER SPF 50+ | RRP $18.95
Given that hair produces natural oils of its own, adding other oils onto your hair can sometimes seem counter productive. However, it’s important to understand the benefits hair oil can have, especially argan oil. Derived from Moroccan argan tree, argan oil moisturises, conditions, detangles and softens the hair. It contains large amounts of beneficial nutrients and when applied correctly, has many positive effects. Kuene’s So Pure Moroccan Argan Oil is great for everyday use as it can be used as last step styling tool on damp or dry hair. In addition to promoting hair growth, it tames frizz and promotes a healthy shine. It’s also the ultimate travel accessory because it doubles as a hair de-tangler and is great for using as a hair mask when your hair is looking a bit lacklustre.
KEUNE SO PURE MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL | RRP $31.99
Everyone wants skin that looks perfectly hydrated throughout the day, regardless of whether the glow is natural or not. For the ultimate natural looking glow that lasts throughout the entire day, look to Ella Baché Eternal + Replenishing Day Cream. With a focus on plumping, regenerating and moisturising, Ella Baché’s Eternal + Replenishing Day Cream corrects all the signs of aging, whilst protecting and strengthening the skin. With encapsulated diamond powders for a visibly firmer, lifted, rejuvenated and even complexion, it contains powerful anti-free radical molecules to target the visible signs of ageing. Using the latest in skincare technology, this powerful cream progressively releases active ingredients for optimum results throughout the day.
It’s understandable to be wary of multi-purpose products – does doing more than one thing mean it’s jeopardising the other? Well when it comes to Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge for Lips and Cheeks, the answer is no. This multi-purpose lipstick and blush offers the perfect pop of colour for a healthy glow. It’s easy to apply, easy to blend and available in an extensive range of 10 shades, suitable for all skin tones. This creamy contour formula comes in a mirrored flip top compact and can be applied on the go with fingers tips. It’s Bobbi Brown’s best selling product and it’s easy to understand why.
When it comes to skincare, if it can be sorted in under 30 minutes, then I’m interested. So when Kiehl’s introduced a gel masque that hydrates, soothes and refreshes in under 5 mins, I was reaching for my wallet faster than you can say Calendula. Introducing Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, formulated with hand-picked Calendula flower petals and Aloe Vera. It contains approximately 150 hand-picked petals that have been formulated into a cooling, soothing and hydrating masque. It’s the ultimate pick me up after a long flight when skin is feeling dull, tired and dehydrated. With a cult following that includes Vanessa Hudgens and Kylie Jenner, Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque is the perfect travel accessory.
Call me cynical, but beauty products that come in a spray always leave me wary, mainly because past application mishaps have left me with blotchy and uneven skin. But when a product promises to do more than one thing at once, I’m always willing to give it a go. Cinch’s Face Cheat is just that, the ultimate multi-purpose product that promises 72-hour moisture, illuminator, pore refiner and primer all in one. My initial hesitation from the spray bottle quickly subsided when application was smooth, even and super easy, leaving me with dewy and glowy skin immediately. Free from preservatives, parabens and synthetic fragrances, Cinch’s Face Cheat sprays on easily, dries in seconds and if you’re worried about the spray applicator, just smooth in with fingers!
CINCH FACE CHEAT | RRP $39.95
Versatility is not often a word synonymous with beauty, yet in my mind it should be an absolute essential. Whilst they’re yet to create a wonder-product that does all, Dr. Lewinn’s Multi-Moisture Balm does a lot and that’s close enough. This versatile balm can be used as a daily moisture booster, hydrating mask, lip ointment, make-up remover and soothing cuticle cream. Out of breath yet? Yep so were we. But when we inhaled the luxe scent derived from almond, avocado, jojoba and buriti oil, we couldn’t get enough. An absolute essential for your travel bag, Dr. Lewinn’s Multi-Moisture Balm leaves skin radiant, soft and visibly nourished.
DR. LEWINN’S MULTI-MOISTURE BALM | RRP $29.95 | Priceline and leading pharmacies nationally
If anyone else is as confused as I was about micelle water and exactly what it does, let me explain for you. Micelle water is essentially a cleansing and make-up removing solution that draws out impurities without drying out the skin. It’s best used when applied to a cotton pad to wipe away the impurities from your face. Bioderma’s Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution is a cult product thanks to the power of its ultra gentle michelles that solubilize in water and capture dirt, sebum and make-up. It’s great for sensitive and intolerant skin and perhaps the best part about it is you can cleanse whilst on the run. Available in 500ml, 250ml or 100ml bottles, they’re perfect for home and travel sizes respectively.
BIODERMA SENSIBIO H20 MICELLE SOLUTION | RRP $20.99
There’s nothing better than smelling like you’ve just emerged from the shower, with fragrances still lingering from all your favourite products (if only we could smell like that all day). Getting us close to that fragrance utopia is Michael Kors Rollerball, proof that two is always better than one. It’s an innovative tube that contains fragrance in one side and lip gloss in other. That means it packs neatly away in your travel bag, bringing you fragrance and lip shine on the ready 24/7.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the biggest fan of sharing, so finding out that a body wash is unisex didn’t initially appeal to me. That is until I realised that he can carry it in his luggage! Most body washes have a strong scent that is either inherently female or male, yet Biology’s Body Wash is the perfect unisex balance. The blend of pure essential oils offers an aroma therapeutic experience, whilst the ingredients improve the skin’s pH levels and protect the skin from premature aging. Biology is made in Australia using native Australian ingredients, plus the packaging is derived from sustainably sourced ingredients that are recyclable and biodegradable. But perhaps my favourite part – All products are free from animal-derived ingredients and are not tested on animals.
BIOLOGY BODY WASH | RRP $14.00
Just like applying oil to hair, people can be wary of applying oil to their face, especially if you’re anything like me and have enough natural oil of your own. The thought of putting oil on my face seemed a bit crazy to me at first, until I tried Skinstitut’s Multi Active Oil. My skin was clearly dehydrated so it instantly absorbed most of the oil and left my skin feeling nourished and revived. This Multi Active Oil is not only deeply hydrating, it also reduces irritation and sensitivity and is full of anti-aging ingredients that strengthen the skin tone and protect it from free radical damage. Full of natural oils like rosehip, jojoba, sunflower and pomegranate, it has a light fragrance that is naturally calming and soothing. What’s even better is that it comes in a 50ml bottle which makes it the perfect travel accessory.
SKINSTITUT MULTI ACTIVE OIL | RRP $45
It was Gwyneth Paltrow that said “Beauty to me is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.” I’d have to say that I totally agree with her. Finding the perfect lipstick is like finding a bottle of confidence and I think I just found something that trumps them all – Shu Uemura’s Laque Supreme. It’s a lip and cheek tint that provides intense colour with just a swipe of the tiniest amount. The innovative applicator creates the perfect statement lip and glides on nicely if you want to create a contouring effect. The best part about it is that whilst it gives a bold colour and is moisturising, the tint actually dries so you don’t have to worry about that lipstick-on-your-teeth look (which never suits anyone). Available in over 10 shades, it’s the perfect beauty companion that fits nicely in your travel luggage.
SHU UEMURA LAQUE SUPREME | RRP US$30
There’s no denying the powerful, soothing effects of nature, especially when it comes to skincare. Naturally derived ingredients can protect and repair the skin whilst relieving from skin conditions and ailments. Formulated using 97% natural ingredients is Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm, a miraculous multi-purpose wonder balm. It contains a combination of essential oils (benzoin, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg) blended into a nourishing natural base of lanolin, shea butter and jojoba – the perfect handbag essential.
POMMADE DIVINE NATURE’S REMEDY BALM | RRP $39.99 | Exclusively at David Jones
Whilst we’ve long known the skincare benefits of pawpaw, finding products that actually contain a significant amount of pawpaw is rare. Until Feel Good Inc.’s Pawpaw Nectar came along that is. Made from all natural pawpaw and minus the unnecessary and nasty add-ons (like petroleum jelly), it’s the perfect skin saviour. Designed for any skin irritation from chapped lips, sunburn, insect bites, wetsuit rash, minor burns or cracked heels, Feel Good Inc.’s Pawpaw Nectar is the ultimate take-everywhere travel product.
FEEL GOOD INC. PAWPAW NECTAR | RRP $13.95