Like birth, death, and taxes, bad days where you feel less than sparkly are a fact of life. As superficial as it may sound, having a bad skin day or something similar can send your self-esteem plummeting, and if we're being honest, it's never a good time. Here at the Byrdie Australia office, we're no different, but thankfully, we all have an arsenal of products we call on to sort out whatever issues we might be dealing with;В be it dry skin, a flat complexion, or aВ huge pimple that seemed to manifest overnight. So below, please find ten mood-boosting beauty products we turn to when we're feeling a bit average. Take it from us when we say that sometimes it's 100 percent necessary to turn off your emails, pour a vino, and pop on a face mask (preach).В
Keep scrolling for all of our feel-good picks.ВRMS Beauty Buriti Bronzer $40Shop
"If I'm feeling a little dull, a light smattering of this bronzer across my eyelids and on my cheeks, makes me feel like I've just stepped off a tropical island. It's my three-second 'look alive' trick!"
"At the end of a long day, I look forward to spritzing this muscle spray onto my back, neck, and shoulders after a warm shower. It helps me wind down and relax. Alternatively, a spray in the morning helps me feel energised and ready for the day."Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Day Cream $26Shop
"As someone with really dry skin, this product is a life-saver on days when I feel a bit dull. I've found that applying this before my makeup in the morning not only makes my skin feel better, but also helps me look a little more glowing no matter how tired I am. It's a good confidence-booster for those times when my skin is just not cooperating."
"I discovered this mask on the reviews section of Amazon and immediatelyВ bought one from iHerb. It's ugly to look at and smells terrible-but my god does it work. I mix it with apple cider vinegar and apply to any pimples (my biggest self-esteem crusher is generally in the form of acne). Honestly, it sucks gunk out like a Dyson. It's literally always sold out, so I must not be the only one who's obsessed."В
"I know, a beauty ed choosing red lipstick as her ultimate pick-me-up product is not original. But this shade from Nars is the business. I always get compliments when I wear it, and it's pretty low-maintenance too, as far as red lippies go. It's an electric orange redВ that makes me look so bright and alive. It's a winner every time."ВLe Labo Santal 33 $389Shop
"For me, this scent is synonymous with Los Angeles, since the fragrance's popularity really took off while I was visiting there. Any time I start to miss California, I just spray this on and it reminds me of Venice Beach. I also love the earthy undertones of this perfume, as it makes me feel energetic and clean without coming across as overly perfume-y or floral."Aesop Geranium Leaf Hydrating Body Treatment $35Shop
"If I'm having an off day, I often feel it most at night, before bed. So to ensure I feel as calm as possible, I light my favourite candle, turn all artificial light off, and rub Aesop's Geranium Leaf treatment all over. The scent alone starts to make me sleepy."Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask $35Shop
"Is there anything better than a glass of wine, and a hydrating face mask? I think not. Often if I'm feeling stressed, my skin is the first to react. So as soon as I feel signs of fatigue or anxiety I turn to a hydrating face mask for a little help."Frank Original Coffee Scrub $17Shop
"I can't be grumpy after I've scrubbed. I don't even get mad about little coffee grains all over the bathroom floor. Miracle."Sodashi Crystalus Body Oil $79Shop
"This body oil is so luxe and has the most amazing scent. The smell alone makes me feel much calmer. When I feel crappy I take the time to really massage this into to tired limbs straight out of the shower, or add a few drops (okay, more like a drizzle) into a hot bath."