19 beauty products for the time-poor

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Time: it’s the one thing in life we never seem to have enough of, no matter how hard we try. So if you feel like you’re in a mad rush to get out the door every morning, you’re not alone. Enter, multi-tasking beauty products. These 19 goodies will rock your world - and give you a chance to press snooze. Maybe even twice...



When you need to speed up the process of washing your hair because you’ve been too preoccupied reading up on current events (scrolling through Facebook) in bed, keep these two-in-one products on standby.

try these: TONI&GUY Hair Care 2 in 1 Anti-dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner, VO5® 2 in 1 Elixir™ Shampoo & Conditioner, TRESemmé Cleanse & Replenish 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner



Cut two make-up steps down to one with the help of a multi-tasking product for your lips and cheeks. Not only will you save valuable handbag space, but you’ll avoid the added stress of finding a blush that matches your lippie. Now that’s savvy thinking.

try these: Benefit Posietint, The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain, ModelCo CHEEK + LIPS, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge



For those days when you have exactly 8.37 seconds to brush and style your hair (and look presentable for that morning meeting), get these goodies on your side.

try these: Philips ProCare AirStyler, VS Sassoon Big Hair Styler



When you wake up too frightened to look in the mirror, you need to be able to reach for a concealer that covers all the signs of a restless sleep. These roll-on ones reduce puffiness and hide dark circles - talk about teamwork!

try these: Innoxa Restore Lift & Firm Concealer, Garnier Skin Naturals BB Eye Roll-On Light, Physicians Formula Youthful Wear™ Youth-Boosting Dark Circle Corrector + Concealer



No time to get out the eyeliner and shadow? No worries! Just grab a two in one stick. They’re a lazy girl’s dream.

try these: Innoxa 2 in 1 Eye Liner & Eye Shadow Stick, e.l.f. cosmetics Studio Eyeliner & Shadow Stick, NYX Two Timer - Dual Ended Eyeliner



Well, isn’t this nifty. Ever gone to apply foundation, only to discover you’re out of serum? These foundations have skin care qualities, too, so consider that problem nixed.

try these: Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum, Yves Saint Laurent Youth Liberator Serum Foundation, Max Factor Ageless Elixir 2 in 1 Foundation + Serum


What multi-tasking tools do you use to help you get ready in a hurry?



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Member Comments

Posted by: bebeautiful34 (Australia)

I love shadow sticks, they're so quick and easy! BB creams also save time by cutting down on primer and sunscreen

Posted on: March 30, 2015 (24 minutes ago)

Posted by: TheUglyDuckling (Australia)

Benefit's Benetint, baby!!!

Posted on: March 30, 2015 (4 minutes ago)

14 products worth waiting for...

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I’m having mixed emotions about April. On one hand, there’s pay day (can I get a hallelujah!) and the excuse to overindulge on chocolate come Easter weekend, but on the other, it means summer has officially left the building. Insert sad face. Insert sad face eating chocolate.

Luckily, there is a plethora of shiny new beauty buys to distract me from the impending cold, or I might have never survived! After sifting through the products hitting shelves next month, these are the insanely awesome ones I’m popping into my shopping cart, ready for check-out in April:


TRESEMME Platinum Strength Stay Soft Leave-In

After spending the past couple of months swimming in saltwater and enjoying the sunshine, my hair has seen better days. The Tresemme Platinum Strength Stay Soft Leave-In conditioning treatment claims to visibly repair up to two years of damage in just five uses. I’ll take three.


ulta3 Volume & Length Mascara


Aside from the gorgeous pink packaging, there are other reasons to throw this on your ‘to buy’ list. Aptly named, the ulta3 Volume & Length Mascara is formulated to boost lashes in a major way, making them thicker, longer and generally more lust-worthy. Get it while it’s hot.


AERIN Iris Meadow, 50mL, $165 (available at Myer and David Jones)

I can’t wait to get my first spritz of this. I’m crazy for wildflowers, and if the mix of blackcurrant and Egyptian jasmine smells as good as it sounds, Iris Meadow could be my new autumn perfume go-to.


BATISTE XXL Plumping Powder

I love a bit o’ volume, but unlike Suki Waterhouse, I’ll stick to hair products, thanks. For instant amplification, sprinkle a small amount of Batiste XXL Plumping Powder to your roots, then work it through with your fingertips. Voila! Va-va volume!


Revlon PhotoReady® Kajal Matte Eye Pencil

Having just holidayed Japan, I’m totally obsessed with the Harajuku make-up trend, and while I’m not quite ready for bright under-eye blush, I’m down for playing around with colour a bit more. Revlon PhotoReady® Kajal Matte Eye Pencil in Matte Marine is a dual-ended liner with built-in smudger that helps to create striking eye looks. It’s a win-win.



L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc

 This collection from L’Occitane smells incredible. The hot and cold contrast of the twin flowers of iris pallida paired with green, fruity notes give this range a truly unique fragrance. My picks of the lot are the L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Soap, L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Shower Gel and L’Occitane La Collection de Grasse Iris Bleu & Iris Blanc Body Milk, though the hand cream and fragrance are also pretty great.


La Maison Glasshouse Candle Number 7 Soirée Privée

Light it up and enjoy the aroma of juniper berry, leather, sandalwood and jasmine. Aside from the seductive fragrance, what makes Glasshouse Number 7 extra special is that it’s one of 1,700 hand-poured limited-edition versions, each engraved with a unique number. A rare beauty for you to own.


VS Sassoon Wet & Dry Straightener

Cutting corners? Who, me?! Gone are the days of drying before straightening because this fancy VS Sassoon Straightener can be used on wet hair. Wild, I know. The floating plates are designed to style and dry simultaneously. Take it for a spin - it’ll blow your mind.


Benefit Roller Lash

The Roller Lash ‘hook-n-roll’ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls, and has a 12-hour curve-setting formula so you can go about your day knowing your lashes are on point. The formula also contains provitamin B5 and serine to condition lashes.


Clinique Aromatics in White

Clinique are genius when it comes to delivering elegant, understated products that pack a punch. Their new women’s fragrance, Aromatics in White, has cistus and sichuan pepper top notes, with rose water and orange flower at the heart. Breathe in the freshness.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Anita1502 (Australia)

I have got my eye on benefit's new mascara...... but I already have so many!

Posted on: March 30, 2015 (12 hours ago)

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Always tempted by a new mascara and Benefit's Roller Lash has me intrigued in a way They're Real never has. The Aerin sounds gorgeous too.

Posted on: March 30, 2015 (11 hours ago)

5 unconventional spots to spray perfume

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It’s fairly standard to spray perfume on your wrists and neck. But did you know there are several other effective – and, well, a little unconventional – spots to spritz your scent? Next time you’re getting ready, forgo your wrists and give these spots a whirl.

#1 Inner thighs

A favourite of Halle Berry, applying perfume on your inner thighs will help to diffuse the fragrance without it becoming overwhelming. Before dressing, spray your favourite scent between your legs. The scent will travel up your body throughout the day, so you’ll smell delightful from morning all the way til night.  

#2 Cleavage

If you’re looking to draw in that special somebody – if you know what I mean – spritz your most desirable scent between your breasts. He won’t be able to resist you.

#3 Stomach

A warm body temperature will work to diffuse your perfume, and even release certain notes that aren’t always discernable. Guess what? Your stomach is one of the warmest places on your body. Spray a little fragrance on your stomach for a unique, long-lasting scent.

#4 Hair

Have you noticed how your hair grabs hold of any scent? And you can’t get rid of it until you wash your hair? This is not so great when it’s cigarette smoke, but fabulous when it’s your favourite scent. Give your hair a subtle spritz before you leave the house, and you’ll turn heads wherever you go.

#5 Back of knees

Like your wrists and neck, the back of your knees is also a pulse point. Spray here, and your body temperature will warm the fragrance, and move it upward so it envelops your entire body.

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Member Comments

Posted by: Platinum Ms (Australia)

Back of the knees/cleverage but I have never tried down there.

Posted on: March 29, 2015 (24 hours ago)

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Inner thighs was new to me but all the others I have used, at an appropriate occasion ;-)
My mum actually used to use them...don't think about it...except for the hair one which I think I read about in a supermodel interview in the early 90s.

Posted on: March 29, 2015 (24 hours ago)

Why your hair needs beauty sleep, too

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While there’s no denying that sleep does wonders for our skin, did you know it also benefits your hair? Just like we apply moisturiser to plump and hydrate, zap zits with spot treatment and banish the bags with eye creams, we should be taking similar measures for our strands. Prep your hair before your head hits the pillow and wake up to a good hair day, everyday.

Apply an overnight hydrating mask

These treatments are brilliant for nourishing your locks and giving them some serious shine. If you’re after a total game-changer that’s going to fight everyday damage and protect your hair between washes, then go for the Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask. Wash out the next morning for a simply soft, moisturised mane. #iwokeuplikedis



Invest in a silk pillowcase

Say it with me, “silk”. As someone who recently transitioned from cotton, let me tell you: silk pillowcases are amazing. I recommend you get one, stat. Their soft, silky texture means they won’t cause friction in your hair, so there’s less risk of damage. As a bonus, they’re also great for your skin - especially if you’re concerned about ageing.


Sleep in plaits

Remember Pippy Longstockings? She had the right idea. If you tend to toss and turn throughout the night, you probably find you wake up with what resembles a bird’s nest at the back of your head. Sleep with your hair in plaits or braids and say goodbye to those tangled tresses once and for all! The best part? Wake up the next morning to wavy locks that don’t need styling, so you can hit the snooze button again. Happy Days.


Minimise brushing

Brushing was one of our beauty ‘rules’ to break, so makes sense that it’s on this list, too. Excessive brushing can lead to breakage, especially in fragile hair, so remember to keep the strokes to a minimum. Brush enough to rid your mane of any tangles, and steer clear of metal! Try something like the VS Sassoon Eco Boar Bristle All Purpose Brush, which is made from bamboo.

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Member Comments

Posted by: IndieAna (Member since 2008, Australia)

I leave coconut oil in my hair overnight once a week. I really should invest in a silk pillow slip

Posted on: March 28, 2015 (2 days ago)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Mother's Day would be a good excuse to start dropping hints to the kids that a silk pillowcase would make a good gift. :)

Posted on: March 28, 2015 (2 days ago)

8 clever ways to use lip balm in your beauty routine

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As a bh writer, I’m well aware there’s a product to address just about every beauty concern under the sun. Often, that’s a part of the fun. Other times, I just want one great multi-tasker. Cue the basic lip balm, a multi-use wonder that can solve a whole host of beauty dilemmas. Yep, it ain’t just for chapped lips…

#1: To prolong your perfume

Does your favourite perfume wear off a little quicker than you’d like? Well, that handy balm could be the answer: simply dab a little on your wrists or wherever else you like your perfume before spraying. The fragrance will stick to these areas and keep you smelling beautiful all day long. 

#2: As a pseudo eyeshadow

To add a subtle, no make-up makeup-style sheen to your lids, pop on a small amount of your lip balm with your finger. If you want to up the ante, apply your favourite eyeshadow over the top – the balm will give it a luminous look. Just be sure not to apply it too thick, otherwise, your lids will just look greasy.

#3: As an illuminator

For a fresh, dewy make-up look on the go, apply a tiny bit of balm to the very tops of your cheekbones. You can also use it just above and underneath the outer edges of your brows. The best part? It’ll work with any skin tone!

#4: In place of an eyebrow gel

It may not have quite the same staying power as your regular eyebrow gel, but a simple balm can be used to groom your brows to a pretty high standard in a pinch. You can also use it to set colour created by pencils or powders.

#5: For extra luscious lips

Ok, this one sounds a bit obvious, but I’m not talking about slathering it on just to combat dryness. You can also use a lip balm for a more sophisticated lip look: simply apply your favourite lip colour, followed by a teeny bit of lip balm right on your cupid’s bow as well as the very centre of your lower lip. This will help to give the illusion of a fuller pout (without the need for fillers)!

#6: To treat skin roughness

If you suffer from very dry elbows, heels, or both, you should probably consider investing in a heavy-duty moisturising cream. In the meantime, rub some balm on rougher areas during the day. This will work to create a barrier against cold winds and prevent further drying.

#7: To protect against hair dye

The first time I dyed my hair at home, I ended up with a purplish streak across my forehead, which stayed put for days. As my good friend comforted me in my time of need, she told me this nifty trick: a thin layer of lip balm around the hairline is all that’s required to prevent the colour from bleeding onto your skin. Genius.

#8: For a mess-free mani

You can also use lip balm as a barrier against nail polish. Just apply it evenly to your cuticles before painting, then wait for your nails to dry before gently wiping it – and any polish residue – off.

Lip balms we love:
Vaseline Intensive Care Petroleum Jelly
Avene Cold Cream Lip Balm
Uriage Bariederm Reconstructive Barrier Lip Balm
Nature’s Care Paw Paw Lip Balm
Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm
Dr. LeWinn's Multi-Moisture Multi-Use Balm
Paula’s Choice Lip & Body Treatment Balm

Have you ever tried any of these handy lip balm hacks? What other lip balm uses can you think of?



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Member Comments

Posted by: Pink Hornet (Australia)

Fantastic ideas for a product most of us already have in our handbag :-)

Posted on: March 27, 2015 (Mar 27, 2015 4:13pm)

Posted by: Lucrecia629 (Australia)

Lip balm is one thing I would never be without. It's so handy.

Posted on: March 27, 2015 (Mar 27, 2015 4:15pm)