Travel-sized products used to be the underdogs of beauty – we would grab a stash once or twice a year before going on holiday, then return to our full-size bottles the moment we came home. Yet, as brand founders keep telling me, we buy smaller sizes more often these days. Less of a commitment when dabbling in a new range, minis are also lighter and save on space when we’re dashing from home to work, gym to weekend break and don’t want to be weighed down. With another bank holiday weekend coming up, there is no better time to try some for size.
If you’re heading for the sun and are a stickler for SPF, Coola’s 4 Piece Organic Suncare Travel Set (£54, cultbeauty.co.uk) is comprehensive and practical. It contains a mini SPF30 for the face, body and lips, an after-sun lotion and even a handy washbag.
Like SPF, cleansing is the pillar of any great skincare regimen. OM Skincare’s brilliant Mindful Traveller (£38, omskincare.co.uk) streamlines the whole business by doubling up a Pure Glow Cleanser and Daily Radiance Moisturiser at each end of a slim, refillable tube.
For a finishing touch, add Glossier You Perfume Solid (£19, glossier.com), which launched to rave reviews earlier this year for its ability to amplify the warm musk of your bare skin via plant-based ambrette, as well as its subtle notes of iris root and pink pepper. It even comes in a space-age compact that won’t leak or hog all the room in your washbag.
This week we’re…
…getting ahead of the curve and working the Alexander Wang A/W 18 hair look now.Grown-up and practical, the return of the jaw clip means that you can twist, cinch and go. Try getting to grips with Scunci’s ‘no-slip’ version (£4.50, boots.com).
Whether you are hankering after longer lengths or simply want healthy-looking hair, Kérastase’s new Résistance Extentioniste range tackles damage by reinforcing the hair fibre’s core strength. Make Bain Length Strengthening Shampoo (£19.50) and Fondant Length Strengthening Conditioner (£22.90, both kerastase.co.uk) your first choice.
With Mental Health Awareness Week kicking off tomorrow, prioritise your emotional wellbeing with TV presenter and 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneur Poppy Jamie’s brilliant new app, Happy Not Perfect (£5.99 monthly, iTunes and Google Play). As an antidote to today’s ‘want more, achieve more, be more’ culture, it’s full of science-backed tips and games to reframe your thoughts and help you feel more zen. For those like me, who struggle with silent meditation, the graphic of a carton expanding and contracting to help you deepen your breath, plus word searches and neon lights leading you through stress-busting exercises, are strangely addictive. I feel better already.