We called it "trick-or-treating," but it was really just a glorious competition that was all about bagging more candy than your friends and siblings. There was something exciting about the chilliness in the air and the dead leaves on the ground. You proudly flaunted your costume at every doorstep. Oh, the nostalgia for childhood Halloween.
But alas, things change. Of course, we adults aren't totally past "accidentally" buying three bags of candy on our weekly grocery run and feasting on it during a spooky Netflix sesh. But as beauty junkies, we prefer to indulge in something different. This Halloween, we're trading our fun-size Milky Ways for fun-size makeup.
Here, we've assembled a list of mini beauty products that are just as good as candy (except better, because they don't completely ruin your clean-eating streak). These tiny versions of your favorite makeup, skincare, and hair products (plus a few you’ve been desperate to try) are like Halloween bonbons for beauty fanatics. Right this way to a more grown-up yet equally delightful October treat. Just be cautious: They're so cute you're going to want to buy them all.
Everlasting is right: Kat Von D's liquid lipsticks rival Kylie's for their amazing hold and wear. This set of eight minis is not only adorable, it's also perfect for those of us who can't choose just one shade. Plus, that classic Kat Von D gothic packaging is fitting for Halloween.
We don't have to convince you to believe in the powers of Drybar dry shampoo and conditioner. They're somehow able to smooth, perfect, and absorb oils without leaving that ghostly white residue that so many others do. These teeny-tiny versions are basically made for Halloween hairdo refreshes.
Marc Jacobs's gel formulas are packaged in teensy crayon applicators, so they're super convenient and easy to apply. They stay where they're put, so no raccoon eyes at the end of the night. Unless that's the Halloween look you're going for. Don't these just scream effortless autumn beauty?
You may be dressing up as a witch, but you don't want your skin to resemble one after you take the makeup off. This mask set from Peter Thomas Roth includes six different formulas (hydrating, repairing, firming, purifying, smoothing, and exfoliating) to take care of virtually any skin woe. Our personal favorites are the Irish Moor Mud Mask, which purifies skin with volcanic ash and charcoal, as well as the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, which gently exfoliates and revitalizes.
Mini versions of Benefit's two best-selling lip and cheek tints, Benetint and Cha Cha, sit alongside their balm versions in this absurdly adorable kit. Both formulas nourish while providing sheer color. Swipe the balm on the center of your lips and dab the tint over the apples of your cheeks to bring life back to your tired skin. Pro tip: Layer the balm over the tint for major color.
Hitting the road for a fall road trip? Getting ready for Halloween night out with friends? Verb's new minis are made for travel. The four piece set includes hydrating shampoo and conditioner, leave-in mist, and sea-salt spray to cover all your needs.
Um, how cute are these lip balms? Each color corresponds with a different shade that sinks into your lips for a lovely, sheer finish. They're all formulated with shea and mango seed butter for repair and protection. Bonus: Each balm comes with a chain attachment so you can easily link it to your purse, keys, or wallet.
This cleanser is a cult favorite for a reason. The solid balm melts into your skin, dissolving even the most stubborn waterproof makeup. As you massage it into the skin, it decongests, exfoliates, tones, soothes, and deep cleanses; then you wipe it all away with a muslin cloth. This 1.6-ounce travel-size version is a Halloween treat made of pure luxury.
Fereo's Luna sonic cleansing devices pulse into your skin to improve circulation while gently clearing away dirt, oil, and makeup. The dreamy feel is thanks to super-soft silicone. Use the upper touch points for deep cleaning oily skin on the T-zone. Then use the lower touch points for more delicate skin on the cheeks and eyes. Our favorite feature? It boosts skin absorption, so you can be sure that your expensive serum is being used effectively. Foreo makes many versions of the device, but the teeny-weeny "Play" is its most adorable.
We've held this itty-bitty blow-dryer and flatiron in our hands, and we can say with the utmost certainty that they're better than Halloween candy. The dryer weighs less than a pound and comes with a mini concentrator and diffuser. The mini styler is just as user-friendly. Not to mention both tools come in the most legit '60s-inspired travel case. Unfortunately they won't launch until November 1, but they'll be a treat to look forward to after Halloween.
Fur is a brand solely dedicated to caring for your er… nether regions. And the mini versions of their products are so cute. This oil is a mix of various types combined to soften hair and skin, and thus prevent and treat ingrown hairs. This is largely accomplished by ultra-moisturizing jojoba and grape seed oils. Tea tree oil is also included, since it has natural antimicrobial properties. Clary sage seed oil, which reduces inflammation, rounds out the list.
You have the Halloween treats covered… Now what about your costume? Next, check out some Halloween costume inspiration from your favorite '90s movies.