No need to overcomplicate things, Sarah Halliwell spills her tips on easy-glamour…
What does glamour mean to you now? For a long time, glamour was just not on the agenda – the most snazzy thing we did was wear a bit of lipstick with our tracksuits for Zoom. So now we want to fully embrace dressing up, whether that means full glitter, a dash of bronze nail colour, or a mood-boosting hair treatment (try Oribe’s luxe ones at Brown Sugar in South William Street; artistic director Christian Shannon does a brilliant easy-glamour blowdry, too). The days are short, as are our tolerance levels – and it can be cheering to feel fabulous, without having to incur too much effort. Just as you want the gifts you give to be thoughtful and considered, take the same approach with make-up, rather than throwing the kitchen sink at it. Eye pencil is one of the quickest way to dress things up a bit. I’ve been trying Hildun Beauty’s German-made super-soft ones in chocolate brown and edgier bronze, €18; www.hildunbeauty.com. You don’t have to be a make-up expert to dash these on, and instantly look more pulled-together.
Similarly, La Perla lipsticks deliver instant glamour, with their fluted red case and vanilla flavour – plus they’re refillable. Go for no-holds-barred Venetian Red (above, €54; www.beautybylaperla.com). I’ve also been wearing Nars Powermatte lipstick in Dragon Girl a lot – it looks best with a fresh face and minimal foundation as a single feature statement. And gleaming skin makes it look like you made an effort, even when you didn’t. Pull back and simplify your routine for best results: less is more. @sarahhalliwellbeauty
New from Nicola Connolly’s exquisite and conscious Nunaïa is the lavender and rose geranium Sacred Space candle. She describes it as “eco luxury”, as it’s non-toxic and made with entirely plant-based ingredients. €26; www.nunaia.com. Tip: add some Palo Santo (€12.95) sticks to your basket – they smell so much more interesting than all those clove and cinnamon room scents that are everywhere at this time of year.
With these dark evenings, we need warmth and comfort more than ever. Great-looking candles don’t need to cost the earth. As well as Nunaïa’s, above, we love the Private Collection by Rituals, which is all about finding time to press pause. They smell great and we re-use the glass pots for pens and make-up brushes. We’ll be gifting and keeping this XL Suede Vanilla candle, or the gorgeous Smooth Violet, €49.50. There’s everything from hand wash to fragrance sticks to match. And Rituals is now a certified B.Corp. At stores nationwide (including the newest, Dundalk) and www.rituals.ie.
I recently came across Granado Pharmácias colognes. Being stocked in Liberty London is a serious vote of approval, and this heritage Brazilian brand, hailing from Rio de Janeiro, is beautifully presented. Colognes start from €53 (100ml) but I love the giant 300ml bottles (€82); these are designed to spray liberally, and make a fabulous gift. Try elegant Rosa Damascena, or else Vetiver & Lavender. I’ll be hunting out their boutiques in Paris, too. en.granado.eu.
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We want glamour and glitz this winter. For quick and easy ways to achieve this, with no effort at all, we recommend Charlotte Tilbury Hypnotising Eye Pops, perfect for a sheer glimmer of colour; and Chanel’s golden Illuminating Face Powder (€75).
Blank Canvas brushes (pictured, €16).
Bare by Vogue Liquid Body Illuminator (€25; www.barebyvogue. com).
TIP: Use Dr Bronner’s brilliant 18-in-1 Pure Castile Soap to wash your make-up brushes (and everything else too, from your laundry to your dog) – it’s the ultimate multitasker and great stocking filler for under €10, at pharmacies and www.drbronner.ie.
In a dream world, we’d always wear Gucci Westman make-up. Her Lit Up highlight stick guarantees compliments on your skin, giving an effortless sheen and glow in one swipe. For another glam gift, Westman Atelier Eye Pods are luminous eye colours in pots that click together magnetically (refillable, and reusable). €92, at Brown Thomas.
UK-based aesthetic surgeon Dr David Jack was in Dublin last month to introduce his skincare line, which is simple, holistic and anti-inflammatory, with three core products. We are most interested in his user-friendly daily moisturiser with SPF50, All Day Long (€102), which is similar to a (far pricier) designer version; it’s brilliantly easy to wear and fragrance-free. Dr Jack works (entirely discreetly) with many famous faces, and plans to bring his minimalist approach to aesthetic “tweakments” to Dublin and open a clinic here – watch this space. www.drdavidjack.com.