Beauty: Bigger isn't necessarily better

COMPLETELY COMPACT: Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis (limited edition, available from April), $19.90 for a set containing Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream.
COMPLETELY COMPACT: Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis (limited edition, available from April), $19.90 for a set containing Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream.

When it comes to beauty products, bigger isn't necessarily better.

Kiwi kids may have gone crazy for New World's minis, but we feel much the same way about pint-sized cosmetics.

And not only are they cute, they're practical too - for the handbag, the office desk or the in-flight carry-on. 

HAIR ON THE GO: Sebastian 50ml shampoos, conditioners and styling products, all $12 each (available across several ranges, with nine new products just added).
HAIR ON THE GO: Sebastian 50ml shampoos, conditioners and styling products, all $12 each (available across several ranges, with nine new products just added).

Usually the only way to get your hands on shrunken-down versions of your favourite products is to buy gifts sets during major holidays (like Mother's Day), score a gift with purchase or subscribe to a sampling service such as GoodieBox.

But some of our favourite brands have recently cottoned on to our desire for dollhouse-sized skincare, haircare and makeup.

Here are three that have recently come on counter:

PETITE NATURALS: Living Nature Skin Minis, three 30ml products (cleanser, toner and moisturiser) for $39.90.
PETITE NATURALS: Living Nature Skin Minis, three 30ml products (cleanser, toner and moisturiser) for $39.90.

Antipodes Moisture Boost Minis (limited edition, available April 1), $19.90 for a set containing Divine Face Oil and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream.

Sebastian 50ml shampoos, conditioners and styling products, all $12 each (available across several ranges, with nine new products just added).

Living Nature Skin Minis, three 30ml products (cleanser, toner and moisturiser) for $39.90.

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