I’d like to take a moment to thank those hard-working beauty products that take up residence in millions of handbags across Australia.
It’s not a pleasant life for them, constantly surrounded by bobby pins, rogue gum, pens and forever tangled headphones, but they’re loyal to us nonetheless.
Like many women, my day can see me thrown into a meeting, dinner or drinks at a minute’s notice, so I like to fill my bag with products that should be in the gifted and talented program. These beauties allow me to fake looking put-together and don’t weigh a tonne.
As a moisturiser, colour corrector, foundation and SPF 15 sunscreen all in one, Garnier BB Cream has definitely earned its place as a handbag essential. It has the consistency of a moisturiser (which is uncanny because it offers 24-hour hydration), contains your skin’s best friend Vitamin C to give your skin an antioxidant kick, and glides onto skin smoothly to cover blemishes and uneven skin tone (I usually add a second layer as I prefer a wee bit more coverage).
Edwina wearing Garnier BB Cream. Image: Supplied.
Plus, it’s my favourite - non-comedogenic - meaning it won’t clog pores. It also comes in normal, oily to combination, sensitive and anti-ageing.
Carrie Bickmore is a HUGE fan of BB cream, she talks about her love for it on the latest episode of I Don't Know How She Does It:
Despite using primer and setting my makeup with translucent powder, I often look in the mirror at around five pm and see the reflection of a woman who appears to have rubbed olive oil all over her face staring back at me.
I’ve been using blotting oil tissues since I was a teenager and they’re wonderful for de-shining, particularly if I’m on the go. The best part is they don’t rub off all my makeup with them.
mage via Priceline.
The latest product to join Go-To Skincare’s line up boasts protective SPF15, nourishing medical grade lanolin, shea butter (the second best kind of butter) and the kind of pinkey nudey tint you’d hope to result from a product called “Pinkey Nudey Lips”.
The sheerness and glossy finish mean it can be applied sans mirror on the bus, train, walking, talking, texting or swimming (not recommended). It gives you that polished done look despite possessing filthy hair and the fact you’re on your last pair of clean undies.