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6 Beauty and Wellness Tips to Try in 2019


Try something different and look ahead to spring with a fresh new attitude, says SARAH HALLIWELL

Escada SS19 photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans

Get a good haircut …

It’s one of the most-asked questions where would you go for a decent haircut? We want somewhere not intimidatingly trendy we can live without massage chairs in favour of honest consultations, and being listened to. And a bit of gentleness if your hair is fine. For somewhere reliable, my current top three would be: Keville’s in Powerscourt Townhouse; South by Kazumi in Monkstown; and Oi Organic in Dalkey.

Ditch your perfume …

The idea of layering scents often sounds like a marketing gimmick to sell more bottles but this year we’re noticing a new direction in perfume – small artisan brands are creating single-note perfume oils designed to mix and match as you like. It’s a bit like last year’s lip powders, stripping lipstick back to pure pigment. Perfume oils are more affordable, and fun to mix. UK brand Ostens (www.ostens.com) specialises in fragrance oils, such as patchouli heart and jasmine absolute (from £35stg), to be worn alone or added to other scents – a made-to-measure approach to scent. I also love Oxmantown’s perfume oils (€29) especially Jasmine, and Malin+Goetz Cannabis perfume oil. Memo Paris’ exquisite French Leather is available as an oil (€65).

Clear out your make-up drawer …

Make January the month you ditch those mascaras you’ve had for – be honest – WAY over a year. You’re not doing your skin any favours by hoarding skin creams for decades, however much you love the pots. I say this as a serial offender … At the very least, invest in a brush cleaner (try Irish brand Ella & Jo’s antibacterial spray, €20), and clean up your act.

Be bright …

Brighten up the dark winter months and wear colour: it’s cheering as well as eye-catching. Lancôme have a vivid matte red lipstick to celebrate Chinese New Year, while Chanel’s spring collection, Vision d’Asie, is inspired by the life and light of East Asia. This translates as hot bright red for lips and neon pink for nails.

Be flexible …

Make this the year you actually get into yoga. Even if it’s just carving out an hour to focus on your body and mind, you’ll feel the benefits straight away. Better still, invest some proper time: Tara O’Rourke runs a yoga retreat at the end of the month, in a beautiful seaside setting. www.redcastlehoteldonegal.com.


Improve your sleep …

Sometimes we need a bit of extra help, whether it’s dealing with stress, poor sleep, hair loss or hormonal mayhem. I’d recommend nurse and acupuncture practitioner Maeve O’Sullivan as someone warm and down to earth. She takes a holistic view; she looks at
all aspects from lifestyle to diet. A detailed initial consultation (€120) is followed by a needle treatment that’s weirdly relaxing (even if you’re usually needle-averse), like a supercharged nap; you’ll sleep incredibly well afterwards. O’Sullivan also offers facial acupuncture and facial cupping, some intriguing alternatives to other types of needles … She runs a Saturday clinic at Hanover Medical Centre, 5 Lazer Lane, Dublin 2; www.mosaclinic.com, and co-runs wellness retreats (www.escapadaretreat.com).


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