From new store openings and spa treatments to standout products, beauty editor Sarah Halliwell brings us her major beauty highlights from 2022 …
It’s impossible to mention every single thing I loved this year in beauty, but here’s a selection of ten make-up, skincare, haircare and perfumes that really stood out in 2022:
1. BRONZERS WENT BIG
Chanel went big with their Les Beiges supersize bronzer – the biggest and most beautiful bronzing palette, complete with giant kabuki brush. I’ve been using it all year. Big is better… Until next year, when Chanel are set to take a mini-me approach to Les Beiges, all the better for travelling with.
2. THE NATURAL INGREDIENT
I visited Brittany with Clarins to learn about the natural wonder ingredients behind their Super Restorative skincare, which features none other than gorse, an organic extract sourced in this part of France. Combined with the retinol-like powers of organic harungana extract, the skin experts at Clarins found it to be an effective skin-plumper and toner, like weights for the skin. The Super Restorative Night Cream is a truly comforting overnight skin treatment. We’re excited to see the first Clarins Boutique & Spa opening in Dublin in January. If you’re ever heading to Brittany, I highly recommend the Castel Beau Site hotel on the beach in Perros Guirec for its seaside terrace, paper-thin apple tarts, delightful service and morning swims from the pink sand. www.castelbeausite.com.
3. THE BEAUTY DESTINATION
I visited the star of Co Clare, The Burren Perfumery, and it exceeded all expectations. Everything from the location and setting to the perfumes and skincare are entirely unique. You can watch everything being made, right here, and chat to the lovely staff, then hole up in the tearoom and indulge in the French chef’s fabulous cakes. As one of our GLOSSiest beauty panel, Clare, tells me: “The Burren Perfumey is on my list of happy places. I buy their candles, balms and have a perfume too. It’s all wonderful!” This is a destination and a half, and home to the very best of Irish beauty. Make a date for 2023. Carron, Ennis, Co Clare, www.burrenperfumery.com.
4. THE STANDOUT PERFUME
Hermès perfumer Christine Nagel excelled herself this year, coming up with a sensational Hermessence, Violette Volynka, a super-powered combination of smokey leather and delicate violet. If you are after a statement scent to kick off the new year in, look (or smell) no further – this is a trailblazer for all sexes, and that perfect partnership of soft and strong is set to be much copied. €245 at Hermès boutique, Brown Thomas Grafton Street and www.hermes.com.
5. THE HAIR HERO
The Oribe Renewal Remedies hair-boosting treatments at Brown Sugar are excellent (and on offer at €25 until the end of January). While the hair care is very expensive (but very good), these treatments will have long-lasting effects and make hair softer and more manageable. I absolutely rate them. At home, two serums stand out for me: the (pricey) leave-in peptide K18 hair serum (€30 for 15ml, www.k18hair.ie) and the wondrous Olaplex No9 serum (€29.50 at www.thebeautykit.com), which always makes a difference, whether or not you bother to blowdry your hair.
6. THE NEW DIRECTION
We must mention the launch of No1 de Chanel – skincare, make-up and scent – for delivering a luxurious take on sustainability, with the camellia flower at the centre of it all and ingenious ideas, such as the Crème’s lid incorporating camellia seed shell, reducing waste. The collection, which focusses on natural-origin ingredients, streamlined design along with high performance, includes the finest lip/cheek tints (€45) we’ve tried (you’ll need the Berry Boost one this spring/summer – it’s the colour of the season). An exciting new direction and one that will continue in 2023. At counters nationwide.
7. THE NEW ARRIVAL
The opening of Brown Thomas in Dundrum Town Centre brought us a light-filled new beauty destination, with Planet Beauty bringing the best brands, from Westman Atelier (the Complexion Drops are brilliant), to Vieve. Planet Beauty just opened on Clarendon Street, behind the Grafton Street store, too.
8. THE SPA
For sheer luxury, plus excellent treatments, it has to be Cashel Palace Hotel & Spa – the pool is exquisite, with a view of the Rock, as well as the facials by Donnybrook’s own Olga Kochlewska, and the Bamford collection to shop. We also loved facials by Ultraceuticals and the face yoga expert Agnes Gajewska at essentials in Baggot Street.
9. THE LIP COLOUR
Nars Powermatte lipsticks are punchy without being drying, and come in lovely shades, such as pinky nude American Woman. Not new, but I used Lisa Eldridge lipsticks, for the first time, and love their velvety super-matte texture.
10. AND ALSO…
Seabody Irish skincare; Perfumes by Dries Van Noten (with ingenious packaging design reducing box waste), Wilgermain, Hiram Green and Gallivant (especially sunny Naples); Ormonde Jayne’s Babylonia eau de parfum; Pai’s The Impossible Glow drops, for glowing skin; the arrival of Claus Porto soaps at Brown Thomas; L’Occitane’s Green Chestnut shea body range; Dr Hauschka Cleansing Balm; Charlotte Tilbury’s visit to Brown Thomas Dublin and her sparkling Hypnotising Pop Shots for eyes.