Is your current beauty routine lacking A CERTAIN SPARKLE? We take a look at the latest beauty intelligence from skincare giants such as MAC, BIODERMA, ELIZABETH ARDEN …
1. THE EYE SAVER
The one product we really crave at this time of year is something – anything – that can make us look less tired. Dark mornings and busy days demand a robust eye cream or serum that can minimise bags and lines (though lines beneath your eyes can indicate dehydration as much as tiredness, so also drink plenty of water). For visible results on both browbone and under the eyes, SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel (€80, at Nuala Woulfe, Glasthule) is one of the best I’ve tried. Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Eye Treatment (€46) has botanical and algae extracts to brighten the eye area and make you look more awake. Also, remove eye make-up with something gently effective, like Vichy Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover (€13.95) so you don’t have to rub.
2. THE ONE & ONLY
“Multitasker” is often overused on beauty pages – but it definitely applies to Elizabeth
Arden Eight Hour Cream, one of the most lauded beauty products ever. The arrival of Eight Hour All-Over Miracle Oil will delight its many devotees. Imagine all the brilliance of the original distilled in an oil, with the lightest citrus/floral scent (created by a French fragrance house, no less). Use it for skin, dry ends, cuticles, body – everything in fact – to smooth, add shine and protect the skin’s barrier function. Light and non-greasy, with antioxidant olive, avocado and sunflower seed oils, this is love at first spritz. €40.
3. THE VISIT
Dublin’s careeristas will be speed-walking to the sleek new Salon at The Shelbourne Hotel for an Executive Blow-Dry (from 7am on weekdays): the speedy wash and blow-dry comes with coffee or tea and a pastry, €30. A fine way to start the day. There are 30-minute Elemis facials on offer too. Book on 01 663 4500; www.shelbournespa.ie. And to be well-heeled, book a Margaret Dabbs London foot treatments, just arrived into salons, including Edvard & Pink and Mink Donnybrook (call 01 216 6693 for locations) – these are luxe pedis not to be missed, from €40.
4. THE SUPERPOWER
Hallowe’en is long gone and yet pumpkins are still a hot topic in the beauty world. From the versatile Miracle Salve (€11.95) by Burt’s Bees to Voya’s new Night Crème (€59), pumpkin seed oil is featuring regularly in skincare right now. We need to eat them as well as wear them: nutritional therapist Gabriela Peacock (www.GPNutrition.com) notes that carotenoid-rich foods like pumpkin can help give skin a golden glow, while pumpkin seeds (along with almonds and sunflower seeds) are a valuable source of vitamin E, “to protect hair and skin from damage: it helps prevent free radical build-up in the body and also supports blood circulation and nourishes the roots of hair follicles, thereby supporting hair growth”.
5. THE ONE TO WATCH
A tiny Irish artisan business set to flourish is Fiona Carr’s Bare Chic Skin: pure serums, scrubs and balms created in the west of Ireland and bottled in beautiful violet glass (which helps prolong the life of the ingredients). Carr only uses high-quality organic cold-pressed oils: she is passionate about avoiding synthetics or chemicals. This Glistening Body Oil (€35) is a blend of special oils like jasmine absolute, lemongrass and cacao absolute. Bare Chic will be available from www.barechicskin.com early in the new year. For now, find a capsule collection at My Shop, 29 Upper Abbeygate Street, Galway.
6. THE SELF-GIFT
The new Claudia Winkleman collection for M&S is smart, sassy and affordable, featuring excellent eyeliner, mascara, conditioner and, of course, pale lipstick. “The Gamechanger eyeliner is the thing I feel most strongly about as it’s really black and shiny,” says Winkleman. The Get it On … Get it Off (€13.50) nail kit makes a neat gift, as does the Favourites box, complete with Percy Pigs. And we defy you to part with Laura Mercier’s Stroke of Genius Luxe Brush Collection (€95).
7. THE SHEER GLAMOUR
Our Instagram (@theglossmag) went crazy for MAC’s new Dark Desires collection, full of delicious limited editions. Out-braving all the berry shades we’ve seen, Black Knight lipstick (€20) is full-throttle liquorice. And the only thing you need on your eyes is Studio Eye Gloss (€21), a rich oil-slick of pearly white, inky black or violet. Racy and rocking.
8. THE SKIN TREND
Step away from the wipes. Honestly. Sarah Brown of Pai Skincare puts it best: “If you poured water into a tissue box, you’d be horrified at what you saw after a few weeks – but a pack of damp facial wipes can sit on a shelf for three years! They’re saturated in alcohol and harsh preservatives to keep them bacteria-free, so they can be real skin-disruptors.” An alternative is micellar water, a trend that’s flourishing – we hear La Mer is launching one in the new year. Micellar waters contain tiny oil particles that attract dirt like a magnet, and are speedy to use. Pharmacy brands Bioderma (€11.50), La Roche-Posay and Avène all do good ones.
This article appeared in a previous issue, for more features like this, don’t miss our January issue, out Thursday January 7.
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