Tried and tested: Handy-pack sun creams

Pocket-sized and face-friendly? We put three SPF minis to the tests.

Nivea Sun Protect & Bronze Face Cream SPF30 or 50, €10.50 for 50ml (Boots)

This dinky tube fits nicely in your palm. I tried the SPF50 and the creamy consistency is pretty thick, so required some rubbing in, but you’re rewarded with a fresh, holiday fragrance and non-greasy finish.

Star Rating: 4/5

Piz Buin Ultra Light Dry Touch Face Fluid SPF15 or 30, €18 for 50ml (Boots)

Tried and tested: Handy-pack sun creams

I loved the accurate dispenser on this skinny tube – ideal for throwing in my handbag. The super-lightweight formula absorbs instantly, making it perfect for quickly applying over or under make-up.

Star Rating: 5/5

Vichy Ideal Soleil Velvety Cream SPF50, €14.25 for 50ml (Boots)

Best suited for dry skin, this high SPF hydrates like a moisturiser but doesn’t leave a sticky finish. I’m usually quite sensitive to face SPFs (eye watering/redness) but didn’t have any problems with this.

Star Rating: 5/5


Make holiday packing a breeze with Fragrances of Ireland’s Sampler Gift Set. Containing three of their signature scents - Caru, Inis and Moonlight, the mini edit is ideal for fragrance-loving globetrotters who want to bring a little bit of the homeland with them. Available from for €29.95 with free delivery.



When it comes to beauty retail therapy, half of people surveyed (52%) shop online to avoid pushy sales assistants, while more than a third (36%) say they buy via the web due to a lack of time, according to a new survey. From Sunday to Tuesday is when most (46%) online beauty sales are made, with Tuesday the most popular day to order those new cosmetics, potions and perfumes - leaving plenty of time to ensure they arrive by the weekend.


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