Small Pleasures: The Best Mini Beauty Buys

Whether you are a FREQUENT FLYER or you just need more space in your handbag, these MINI BEAUTY PRODUCTS are essential buys …

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There’s always something appealing about a mini beauty buy. If you travel regularly, or like to always have your favourite things with you, size does matter. Who can resist TOM FORD‘s cute Lips & Boys lipsticks, for example, or a neat travel-size mascara? With perfume, particularly, it’s ideal to be able to try out small samples until you’re sure you really love something. If you too are whimsical about scent and don’t want to confine yourself to just one, it’s the way forward. Giant bottles of fragrance are all very luxurious, but a tad impractical – if you adore a perfume, you never want to be without it.

This is all a way of justifying the cost-per-wear of CHANEL‘s just-launched limited edition set of the Les Exclusifs fragrances (€280). Each one is a perfect symphony of scent, and now you can wear a different one each day according to your mood – fresh Gardenia for daytime, perhaps, with a hint of smokey, sultry Coromandel at night. The set of 15 mini bottles is supremely collectable. The stylish LOUIS VUITTON fragrance collection is cleverly bottled in travel-friendly 100ml bottles, adding instant glamour to your plastic bag. Along the same lines is JO MALONE LONDON‘s premium line, Cologne Intense, and seven of these are now available in smaller bottles (€90, 50ml) so you can have your favourite with you at all times; from April the popular Rare Teas collection will also slim down in size to 75ml; they’re currently in whopping 175ml bottles that look wonderful on a dressing table.

This summer, ARMANI/PRIVÉ launches smaller bottles of some of its bestsellers, including Rose Pivoine. Other good-to-go scents are ROGER & GALLET 30ml bottles, which you can grab at the airport as you go: the brand quietly works with excellent perfumers, so you get great bang for your buck. Pack them all into a VICTORIA GREEN beauty bag – large enough for all our ever-growing list of essentials, waterproof and hangable, they’re widely available and really good value for money; from €18.99, at pharmacies; www.victoriagreen.co.uk.

SARAH HALLIWELL

This article appeared in a previous issue of THE GLOSS MAGAZINE. For more features like this don’t miss our next issue out Thursday, April 8.

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