How to fix at-home DIY beauty disasters

According to a study commissioned by centre:mk, one of the UK’s top shopping destinations, more than a third of women experienced a beauty mishap while self-isolating in 2020.

The study found that fringe trims and leg waxing were among the things people tried to carry out themselves, with some not seeing a great deal of success. In fact, for 34% it ended in disaster – including shaving off eyebrows, messy manicures, itchy skin and unwanted hair colours (just to name a few!)

So now that Sydney (and many other areas) are back in lockdown, why not turn to some reputable beauty brands that are guranteed to help fix your DIY disasters (or prevent them altogether), leaving you looking like you just left the salon.

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Whether it’s a top-up to cover greys, a bold at-home makeover, or you’re just looking for a soothing shampoo and conditioner, these brands will have every DIY hair job sorted.

Clairol Nice'n Easy Repair is a permanent hair colour that cares for hair every time you colour. Now with Repairplex for stronger hair and up to 97 per cent less hair breakage.

Scott Cornwall Decolour Remover is a peroxide- and ammonia-free hair colour remover that safely removes all types of artificial hair colour, including bright or pastel fashion shades.

Glow Lab Purple Shampoo and Conditioner is a duo that corrects unwanted yellow or brassy undertones to enhance the vibrancy and colour longevity of blonde, lightened or highlighted hair. 

Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Anti-Yellow Toner is an anti-yellow toner that helps remove yellow gold tones, while conditioning and visibly improving hair quality. 

Colourless Max Effect is a hair colour remover for stubborn, permanent hair dye, that does not use bleach or ammonia. 

JUSTICE Professional Perfect Violet Shampoo is a shampoo that removes unwanted brassy tones and camouflages, cleanses and brightens grey, blonde and silver hair.

Silver Bullet Apollo Hair Clipper is a professional cord/cordless hair clipper featuring an ultra-hard, titanium coated base blade combined with a smooth ceramic cutting blade. 

bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo and Conditioner is an award-winning shampoo and conditioner duo that boasts revolutionary prophyte™ bioactive keratin technology. The naturally derived and extracted proteins from the wool of New Zealand sheep, bind to severely damaged hair, rebuilding the internal structure and restoring strength, elasticity and shine to damaged locks.

Davroe Thermaprotect is a heat protecting product that delivers maximum protection for all styling tools. Great for light texture to natural hair. Simply apply to wet hair. 

Garnier Olia is the first permanent home hair colour powered by oil, not ammonia. Formulated with an Oil Delivery System, the high oil content in both the colourant and the developer allows for the replacement of ammonia with an odourless agent. 

Kérastase Paris Discipline Fondant Fluidealiste is a rinse out hair treatment that helps to restore nourishment, moisture and shine to dry or damaged hair.

Less is More Rose Serum is a hair serum that offers intensive hydration for the scalp and hair. It helps alleviate scalp irritation, controls frizz and ensures a glossy finish.


Wanting to achieve that perfect glow without leaving the house, fix a tanning blunder or simply exfoliate away dead skin cells? Look no further than the brands below.

Natio Wellness Body Scrub contains apricot seed powder, which gently buffs away dead skin cells. Pure pomegranate repairs and promotes new skin cell production. 

Bondi Sands Self Tan Eraser is a revolutionary world first tan remover with patented technology, which effectively lightens and removes self-tan in just five minutes without the need for harsh scrubbing.

Ella Baché Great Mousse Tan is a fast absorbing, moisturising and quick-drying tan, that develops into a sunless golden tan within hours. It looks skin smooth, nourished and bronzed. 

LYCON X-IT Exfoliating Mitt and Ingrown-X-it Foaming Gel go hand-in-hand to help a self-tanning disaster, as they make quick and easy work of tan removal. The gel gently calms and decongest blocked pores, while protecting the skin’s pH balance, and the mitt exfoliates dead skin cells, clears impurities from pores, deeply decongests, helps lift ingrown hairs and stimulates the circulation.

Mitten Black Medium Turkish Bath Deep Exfoliation Body Mitt is a body mitt that has been specifically crafted for the sunless tanning enthusiasts. It provides the ultimate experience of deep exfoliation.

Urbane Mess 6 in 1 Precision Trimmer is a trimmer with two attachment heads that perform six personal grooming functions. 


Lockdown can often wreak havoc on the skin because of things such as a sudden change in climate – think dry, itchy complexions, reactive spots and more.

mesoestetic post procedure fast skin repair is a cream with anti-edematous and anti-erythematous properties that enhances the healing of tissues damaged by sun exposure or treatments.

CALECIM® Professional Recovery Night Complex is a gel formulated to help relieve and restore skin in distress from in clinic procedures, extreme conditions and severe dryness.

Skin Virtue Super Clear Cleanse is a purifying light gel cleanser for sensitive and problematic skin. It deeply cleanses away impurities without stripping skin of its natural protective barrier to reveal a cleaner, brighter and healthier-looking complexion. 

Medik8 Ultimate Recovery™ Bio-Cellulose Mask is a soothing bio-cellulose sheet mask. It is enriched with detoxifying minerals and deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid. 

Swisspers Giant Makeup Pads are 100% pure cotton, triple combed to create a soft, plump pad with a unique ‘stitching’ around the edge of the pad to hold them together even when very wet. Perfect for use as part of an at home facial to fix suffering skin. 

Rodan + Fields SOOTHE Moisturizing Rescue Cream is a nourishing, rich cream. It deeply delivers 48-hour hydration for a smooth supple appearance, while replenishing, nourishing and fortifying. 


Safe hair removal can be tricky if you’re not used to doing it yourself – waxing, laser and creams may be a minefield to some – but once you get the hang of them there’s nothing more satisfying than being able to rid unwanted hair all by yourself.

Andrea Brazilian Hard Wax removes even the most stubborn hair from the root, leaving your skin smooth and hair free for weeks. Unlike soft waxes, Andrea Hard Wax adheres to the hair and not the skin, reducing the ‘ouch’ factor. 

Nair Charcoal Leg Mask Hair Removal + Beauty Treatment is a mask for legs that beautifies the skin while removing stubble.

Marzena Sensitive Hair Removal Lotion is a hair removal lotion contains aloe vera and vitamin E and is designed especially for face, bikini line, and underarms.

Remington i-Light Pro + Face & Body IPL Permanent Hair Removal is an Intense Pulse Light hair removal device that offers permanent results in just four weeks.

Finishing Touch Flawless® Nu Razor is a revolutionary razor for instant, painless hair removal. With its bi-directional pivoting head, it is perfect for the most sensitive areas, including underarms, ankles and knees.

Manicare® dermaSMOOTH Fuzz remover is a multi-purpose beauty tool for quick, easy and pain-free removal of facial hair and dermaplaning. 


Say goodbye to questionable at-home manicures – these brands are renowned for quickly and easily making your hands look their absolute best.

ulta3 Nail Polish Remover contains almond oil and shea butter to gently condition nails whilst removing any type of polish.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ Pastel Perfect Collection is a life proof nail polish collection. Sally Hansen’s ultimate chip-resistant nail polish, Miracle Gel™, is patented technology for longer wear.

benecos Nail Polish is a nail polish with up to 90 per cent natural ingredients. It is enriched with nourishing ingredients such as avocado oil to care for nails and biotin to help strengthen.

Revitanail 2-Step Revival System is a two step nail system. It includes Revitanail Nail Strengthener (14mL) and Revitanail Nourishing Oil (14mL).

OPI Malibu Collection is a nail polish collection that celebrates OPI’s 40th anniversary by paying tribute to one of the world's most iconic beach towns, Malibu.

Mavala Switzerland Pastel Fiesta Color’s Collection is a nail polish collection with decisively joyful and reassuring shades.

essie Nail Care All In One Nail Polish Base Coat and Top Coat is a nail polish base coat and top coat in the one product.