We all have those beauty essentials that we feel like we can’t leave the house without, but we often have to because we just don’t have enough bag space to fit them all. Well, not on my watch! As beauty essentials are always our top priority here at Escentual, I’ve created this list of all the best multi-purpose beauty products, so you’ll never have to leave them at home again.
Featuring everything you need to sort your makeup out on your commute, refresh your tresses when you’re trying to make it to wash day, or top up your makeup midway through the day, there’ll be a solution inside your handbag with these commute essentials. Read on to discover the best multi-purpose travel beauty for taking on the go…
1. The No-Rinse Cleanser and Makeup Fixer
Commute Essential: Bioderma Sensibio H2O – Micelle Solution
Multi-purpose Benfits: Cleanses skin, removes makeup, corrects makeup mishaps, and tones skin
As we go through the day, pollution, dirt, sweat, and oil builds up on our skin. And that’s on top of our makeup running and smudging. For times like these, I know I can rely on my mini Bioderma Sensibio H2O to discreetly correct makeup smudging, remove it all before the gym or just start my makeup fresh before going out for work drinks. And if you really want to feel like you’ve got your life together, you can soak a few cotton pads in Bioderma’s micellar water in the morning, pop them in a small airtight tub and keep them in your bag for when you need them.
2. The Mini Makeup Tool Kit
Commute Essential: Real Techniques Travel Fantasy Mini Brush Kit
Multi-purpose Benefits: Acts as an eyeshadow, base, lips, cheeks, brows, and concealer.
Makeup brushes are often the first travel beauty essential to be culled as they can be quite bulky, but you won’t have to leave them at home with the Real Techniques Travel Mini Brush Kit. The vegan brush set has everything you need for ensuring flawless makeup application on the move with a brush to cover every single step of your beauty routine. From combing your brows to concealing tired under-eyes after a late night or simply adding a shimmering pop of eyeshadow for after-work drinks, there’s a brush to suit here. Plus, it comes with a cute iridescent pouch, so the brushes won’t become unhygienic as they knock around in your bag.
3. The Quick Fix Dry Shampoo
Commute Essential: Klorane Aquatic Mint Detox Dry Shampoo
Multi-purpose Benefits: Styles hair, protects against city pollution, reduces grease and refreshes hair, adds texture, and holds up hairstyles.
Sometimes you just don’t have enough time to wash your hair before work, but you won’t have to worry about oil-slick hair when the Klorane Aquatic Mint Dry Shampoo is stowed away at the bottom of your bag. Perfect for all types of hair emergencies, it offers a fast, no-rinse hair wash, volumises flat roots, adds extra hold to keep your bun or plaits in place, as well as protecting your tresses against city pollution, thanks to a blend of aquatic mint and vitamin E.
4. The Nourishing Lip and Body Balm
Commute Essential: L’Occitane The Petit Remedy
Multipurpose Benefits: lip balm, dry patches, irritations, roughness, and chaffing.
Most beauty lovers carry a lip balm in their bag, but what if it did more than just nourish your lips? Well, the L’Occitane The Petit Remedy does just that. It’s a skin-repairing ointment, chapstick, and protecting balm all rolled into one tiny pot. The best bit? It boasts no less than 50 different uses.
As an added bonus, its 100% natural balm-to-oil formula is infused with L’Occitane’s signature lavender scent, which is guaranteed to soothe any stresses during the morning rush hour. Its mini size also means it’s easy to carry in your pocket or handbag while you’re commuting to and from work.
5. The Supercharged Ingestible Supplement
Commute Essential: Vida Glow Daily Essential Natural Marine Collagen Sachets 30 x 3g Blueberry
Multi-purpose Benefits: Strengthens hair, nails, and skin, reduces acne, soothes eczema, and minimises signs of ageing.
When you’re in a rush, it can be easy to forget to take your daily collagen supplement in the morning, so why not drink it on the commute? All you need to do is to keep your Vida Glow Marine Collagen sachet tucked in your handbag and add it to your water bottle while you travel. Vida Glow Marine Collagen not only helps with signs of ageing but it increases the strength of your hair and nails, too – not to mention that it also tastes blueberry!
6. The SOS Healing Cream
Commute Essential: Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream 40ml
Multi-purpose Benefits: Heals skin irritations, including burns, sunburn, grazes, cuts, chaffing, sunburn and rashes.
The Avene Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream is a travel beauty essential if your skin is prone to dryness, irritation and soreness. Or perhaps, if you’re a little accident-prone! The repairing cream soothes wounds four times faster than without the natural healing process. Plus, it comforts skin irritations or damaged skin, thanks to its antibacterial formula and infusion of Avene’s famous soothing Thermal Spring Water.
7. The SPF20 Infused Lip Balm
Commute Essential: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF20
Multipurpose Benefits: Nourishes and hydrated lips while protecting them against UV rays
The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Nourishing Lip Balm SPF20 is a must for keeping in your handbag and topping up throughout the day. You get the mineral and vitamin-rich formula you love from the iconic Eight Hour Cream with the added benefit of UV protection to prevent your lip’s from premature ageing. Plus, its portable size makes it ideal for keeping in your pocket or bag.