Beauty editor SARAH HALLIWELL recommends three of her favourite products and ONE SPECIAL TREATMENT …
LIPSTICK NIRVANA: Occasionally, you just find the one. That lipstick that just goes beyond the call of duty. There’s a reason why Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution lipsticks have such a devoted following. The creamy, non-drying but super-matte finish; the glam rose-gold cases; the colours. The Queen, originally a limited edition, is perfectly poised somewhere between pink and red, and it’s one of those entirely rare “suits everyone” colours. Tap onto lips sparingly for just a flush, or layer it on for a serious jolt of velvety colour. It brightens a tired face instantly. The glam Red Carpet Red is bluer and truer, but this is our spring choice. €32 at Brown Thomas.
SUGAR HIT: Remember the first beauty product you fell in love with? For me it was Miss Selfridge lipsticks, LouLou perfume and The Body Shop mint lip balm. And then, more extravagantly, Fresh’s Brown Sugar Body Polish, first launched in the 1990s. I tried it again recently to see if it was still as good. A mass of sugar crystals suspended in a blend of silky fragrant oils with an inimitable citrus scent, it’s the loveliest thing you could ever smooth onto your skin, and a brilliant pre-summer body treatment. Use it in the bath; it’s far too gorgeous to watch it disappear down the plughole. Pricey, but beyond luxurious. €66.
PERFUME BY POST: Sign up to receive an 8ml perfume bottle each month from Swedish company Sniph; each fits into their neat twist and spray bottle (above). It’s a great way to try out lesser-known scents; co-founder Tara Derakshan describes it as a “playlist for your nose”. If you adore the 8ml, order the full-size bottle on the website. Featured brands include Le Galion and Miller Harris. Perfume by post is a lovely gift, and a way to learn more, as each arrives with notes. I loved my Cologne Impatiente by La Manufacture. £15.99stg per month. www.sniph.co.uk.
BEAUTY DESTINATION: At The Well Spa at Cliff at Lyons, about 45 minutes outside Dublin, the relaxation room is something special. Sit beside a roaring fire, overlooking the walled garden, and listen to the birds as the sun goes down, sipping homemade Kombucha. Treatments are thoroughly Irish in spirit: The Cliff’s new products are made with ruggedly natural ingredients, including organic peat. We recommend the Scalp Treatment, which involves a foot bath, hot stones and the slow pouring of warm oil on your head – blissful. Ask for manager Laura; she’s a highly experienced therapist. www.cliffatlyons.ie.
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