Five new arrivals and TRIED-AND-TRUSTED beauty items that STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD this week … Here’s what you need to know:
1 Independent beauty brands with clear philosophies and great packaging are grabbing our attention way more than traditional names – think Lixirskin, Glossier and Tata Harper. Current social media star is Drunk Elephant, a range of “less is more”, fragrance-free skincare that’s all about natural, silicone-free and less is more beauty. Fun, brightly packaged and eminently sensible in its approach, it looks great and we can’t wait to try it – look out for it arriving at SpaceNK on October 3.
2 Nude and spice lipsticks have been big for a while, but would you wear brown? The new MAC Makers @patriciabright lipstick is a “throwback to the 90s, a time when lots of strong powerful women were in the mainstream wearing iconic browns,” explains make-up artist Patricia Bright. It’s rich and darkly chocolatey and should be worn with tons of bronzer down the cheekbones and a curly perm for the full retro look. I think it’s quite hard to carry off, and you need very white teeth, but it’s certainly a trip down memory lane, and makes a change from all the regular autumnal berries. This lipstick is a limited edition available at Brown Thomas and Arnotts, €20.
3 Beauty tip: try wearing Spotlight Whitening teeth-whitening strips while watching Netflix; it stops you snacking and an hour a night for two weeks should see your teeth looking brighter. The brand, founded by two Irish dentists, is celebrating two years in business (they sent us a pile of sugar to celebrate!), and has carried out clinical trials that show great results in whitening teeth in 14 days without any sensitivity. The Teeth White Travel Kit is handy to keep in your bag, with brush, toothpaste and four whitening strips (€9.99 at Boots).
4 If you’re in the market for a new cleanser, I’ve been trying out natural brand Elequra, which has just arrived at Arnotts. Bio-chemist Nausheen Qureshi has created a small natural range that includes a lovely Balancing Cleanser with fruit acids, which feels silky and gently exfoliates the skin. It’s not the cheapest, but it’s emphatically gentle but effective. €41 at Arnotts.
5 There’s a beautiful new Chanel arrival – if you’ve tried out the Les Eaux de Chanel trio of fragrances, inspired by travel, you’ll be drawn to the range of toiletries to complement the light-as-air eau de toilettes. Elegant body creams (€50) – which really make the beautiful scents linger on your skin – and shower gels (€44), in each of the three scents, come in the signature rounded flask-shaped bottles, with neat twist to open caps. At counters nationwide.
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