How to spend your $1500 COVID bonus to soothe your poor, ragged nerves

In need of some retail therapy – or looking for something soothing to spend your Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment on? We’ve got you covered with our top bougie wellness picks.

With the $1500 Pandemic Leave Disaster Payment available for workers in NSW from today, things are looking just that little bit more positive for those who have had their work situations affected by the COVID-19 disaster.

The lump sum payment is on offer for anyone who can’t earn an income because they have been directed to self-isolate or quarantine, or are caring for someone with COVID-19. So if you’re one of those few and you’re looking for something to treat yourself in such trying times, we’ve got the shopping list for you.

Read on for our top picks of the goop-iest, bougiest and most fun-but-functional wellness products to soothe your soul as you wait out your time in iso. In the words of Donna and Tom from Parks and Rec, “treat yo’ self”!

Miz Casa and Co Face Roller & Gua Sha Set, $69

Gua sha is all the range in skincare at the moment, and by now you’ve surely seen dozens of videos appearing on your Instagram explore page of people massaging their faces using quartz and jade tools designed to give you an all-natural face lift. This set from Miz Casa and Co features both a roller and gua sha tool that you can use to massage your face, neck and pressure points to relieve tension, sculpt, and circulate blood flow. Combine it with a great facial oil and you’ll feel like you’re getting an expensive facial every night!

Buy it now at The Iconic

Tripollar Geneo Personal Facial Device Kit, $373.81

This powerful little device may seem pricey, but when you consider that it can be used for daily cleansing and weekly, facial-like treatments, it’s well worth the investment. You can cancel your upcoming facial appointments, because with its interchangeable capsules it can target just about any need. Use it with your regular cleanser to gently exfoliate and remove impurities on a daily basis, or grab one of the accompanying gel packets for an at-home, texture-improving oxygen facial.

Buy it now at Net-A-Porter

Dyson Airwrap Styler, $799

Dysons are expensive, so why not put your COVID benefit dollars to good use? The Dyson Airwrap makes hairstyling a breeze, with its innovative low-heat, high-speed technology. That means you can use the multi-purpose tool to dry, curl, wave, or smooth your hair without risking extreme heat damage – and without too much effort on your behalf! It has six attachments included, so if you’re someone who can’t leave your hair unstyled but wants to keep it healthy and luscious, it’s well worth the investment.

Buy it now at Adore Beauty

Bed Threads Sheet Set, from $370

Linen sheets are one of the best investments you can make for your sleep hygiene and mental wellbeing – believe it or not, they can actually improve your sleep quality thanks to their superior breathability, softness and durability. Made of 100 percent French flax linen, the sheets at Bed Threads are available in a huge range of dreamy colours that will make any room feel like a luxury hotel. You can build your own bundle to customise exactly what you want – including fitted sheets, flat sheets, duvet covers and pillow cases.

Buy it now at Bed Threads

Peppy Co LED Light Therapy Mask, $179

It may look like something a superhero would wear to mask their identity, but this light therapy mask has different kinds of superpowers – it uses red, yellow and blue LED lights to target signs of ageing, breakouts, inflammation and sun damage to gently repair your skin and boost your complexion. It’s also pain-free and non-invasive, so you won’t need to worry about any discomfort – just wait to reveal your glowing, rejuvenated skin.

Buy it now at The Iconic

Diptyque Baies scented candle, $205.38

Soothe your soul with some aromatherapy courtesy of this bougie three-wick candle from Diptyque. With its handmade porcelain casing, 90-hour burn time, and calming rose and blackcurrant leaf scent, it’s the ultimate luxury to make quarantine that little bit more bearable.

Buy it now at Net-A-Porter

Angela Caglia Self Love Rose Quartz Eye Mask, $212.51

Made from beautifully pink-hued rose quartz, this eye mask is no flimsy cotton affair. It’s been delicately handcrafted using the cooling, calming crystals to inject a little moment of self-love and self-care into your daily routine – plus, it has real physical benefits of improving blood circulation, and reducing dark circles and puffiness. Wear it while you meditate for that extra level of zen.

Buy it now at Net-A-Porter

Shhh Silk Pillowcase Set, $185

Did you know that the pillowcase you sleep on can affect the healthiness of your hair? Well, you do now. The experts at Shhh Silk have crafted these luxurious looking (and feeling) pillow slips out of 100 percent pure Momme High Grade 6A Mulberry Silk – which not only is hypoallergenic, but will also reduce unsightly bed head and and split ends and help your skin retain moisture so you can wake up looking as fresh as a Disney princess (or prince).

Buy it now at Shhh Silk

All products featured in this article are selected by our editors, who don’t play favourites. If you buy something, we may get a cut of the sale.