Who doesn’t love a miniature!? Mini eggs, mini quiche, Minnie Mouse… ok, that may be a little too much of a stretch!
Whether it’s those tiny shampoos from upmarket hotels or designer sets of miniature fragrances, miniature versions of perfumes and cosmetics have always been incredibly popular, and for good reason! Minis are perfect for when you’re on-the-go or just fancy trying something new without too much commitment. Here are some of our top reasons that minis are marvellous for every occasion, complete with a little inspiration to help you on your way.
Little Cosmetics For A Big Night Out
Who knows what will go on during a big night out, it’s best to be prepared! Bring your favourite beauty products out with you, regardless of how slinky your handbag is with miniature versions of fantastic cosmetics. Whether it’s topping up your lippy or pencilling in an eyebrow, minis have you covered.
With teeny versions of their best-selling products, Benefit are leading the way with their Minis Range. Perfect for topping up your makeup on a night out, try the teeny Benefit Minis Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer or the equally diddy Benefit Minis Roller Liner.
Whatever You Need For A Weekend Break
Getting away for an indulgent weekend break? You don’t have to go without OR be weighed down with full-size toiletries. Our range of products below 30ml is the ideal size for a few days of use, keeping your weekend bag light, and you looking gorgeous.
We particularly love the Clinique 3-Step Introduction Set, which includes a cleanser, exfoliator and moisturiser. If you have trouble drifting off to sleep in an unfamiliar setting, invest in thisworks Super Sleep. The limited-edition, travel-size spray has two options, depending on whether you have a busy weekend of activities ahead, or are catching up on some much-needed downtime.
Holidays Without The Hold Luggage
Don’t get caught paying over the odds for overweight luggage. Full-sized toiletries add unwanted heft to your luggage and often end up being left at your hotel to save the spill-risk of transporting half-empty bottles home. Instead, miniatures ensure you have exactly what you need for your holiday – no more, no less.
Hair gurus, TIGI Bed Head, have the perfect miniature set for holiday hair. The Cleansing And Moisturising Mini Set includes small versions of their Totally Beachin’ Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as their Beach Freak Moisturising Detangling Spray. Small enough to meet hand luggage requirements, the set even comes in a clear ziplock bag, so you can be confident you won’t have any unwanted mess.
A Miniature Emergency Supply
Life is unpredictable, which is why it’s a great idea to keep an emergency supply of miniatures with you wherever you go. Small enough to throw in your handbag, with your trusty minis on hand, you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you.
While the contents of an emergency kit will vary depending on the person, there are a few core items that the allbeauty team can recommend to all our readers.
With three types of tweezers in a handy carry case, this is a must-have. If you have kids, it’s a lifesaver for those unexpected splinters or bee stings. And don’t let their small size fool you, they’re as effective as regular tweezers too (they’ve plucked many a stray hair from an eyebrow or *ahem* chin).
Harking from the green shores of New Zealand, this little tube packs a real punch. The natural ingredients include tea tree, grape seed, totara and super-fruit extracts to create a healing balm with a range of uses. The Saviour Skin Balm can be used on grazes, chapped lips, cracked skin, sunburn, sore muscles and more.
Other great options include:
Experiment With A New Look
If you’ve ever been tempted to rock a red lip or play around with a new trend, miniatures are the ideal way to dip your toe in the waters. Instead of paying full-price for something that might not be a keeper, a smaller size allows you to experiment before deciding whether it’s for you.
With three lip stains and three lip glosses, theBalm Mini Lip Gloss Kit lets you try out a few new colours without paying for six separate products. Less wasted product + more money saved = happy chappy.
Another great kit, again from Benefit (they’re not sponsoring this article, honestly!), is the Snow Doll MakeUp Kit. This set includes small versions of their best-selling beauty products, including a mascara, rose-tinted lip and cheek stain, nude-pink highlighter and brow pencil – everything you need to perfect your look.
Expand Your Range
Have you stumbled across an amazing perfume or skincare product and want to try more of the range? Forget the hassle of finding a brick and mortar store that is willing to let you try their items (complete with side-eye from impatient sales assistants). Instead, try a miniature collection of the range you’re interested in. Not only does this allow you to get a better feel for each product, it allows you to incorporate them into your daily routine, so you get a better idea if they work for you.
When it comes to perfume, miniatures are a fantastic way to play around with new fragrances. As scents can differ from day to night and summer to winter, having a mini bottle allows you to experiment without committing to a full bottle. Try five Versace perfumes for less than the price of one regular bottle with the great value Versace Mini Gift Set. Similarly, the popular Agent Provocateur Eau de Parfum Mini Set includes four 10ml fragrances and is an absolute steal.
Give Great Gifts
Stuck trying to find a gift for someone who is notoriously difficult to buy for? Skincare products are universally well-received but can be tricky if you don’t know the person well. Miniatures make present buying a breeze as you can gift a collection of smaller items instead of putting all your eggs in one basket.
With a huge range of beautifully packaged gift sets, it’s fair to say that our miniature skincare offers maximum value. For the ultimate in presentation, you can’t go wrong with Decleor or REN, both of which would be appreciated by even the most difficult-to-shop-for recipient.
Whether for yourself or others, miniatures are a fantastic option. They’re cuter, more affordable, more convenient and ensure you’re never caught short or weighed down. Marvellous miniatures, get yours today.