As much as I love make-up, one of the beauties of holidays is ditching it. While normally I rarely carry around less than five lipsticks on any given day, on holiday I just took a lip balm (Glossier’s Rose Balmdotcom), one lip colour (Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Lip Balm in the soft red of a clay tennis court) and moisturiser (Skin Regimen’s Tripeptide Cream Age-Defense Moisturiser, which isn’t cheap, but it’s wonderful). Oh, and Neom‘s Magnesium Body Butter (€46), a really luxurious way to restore moisture in the skin after sun and swimming. And that’s really it.
Post-holiday, while your skin still feels dry and dusty after being in the sunshine, you might find that it’s a good time to get stuck into some facial oil. I’m happy to be reunited with my Vintner’s Daughter oil, but any high-quality natural oil blends (Flora+Fiona do beautiful face oils, Relaxayvoo‘s natural face oil for nighttime is lovely to use, or wonderful local beauty brand Oxmantown‘s Rosehip & Neroli Regenerating Facial Oil, €32; such good value for the high quality) will help restore elasticity and condition to your skin. Aveda’s Damage Remedy collection (at Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge) is also welcome post-holiday; the Daily Hair Repair is essential and easy to use as you leave it in rather than rinse out.
5 brilliant beauty things
Returning to red lipstick and mascara afterwards is somehow as lovely as pulling on a pair of jeans after days in the hot sun. Among the most exciting new arrivals for autumn is 1)Nars’ Original 12 Lipstick Collection, a celebratory (and permanent) set of the 12 original shades that launched the brand 25 years ago, presented in matte red cases, including favourites such as Jungle Red and Heat Wave (at counters nationwide now).
Perfume-wise, I’m currently spraying Armani/Privé Orangerie Venise eau de toilette to prolong the holiday feel – but exciting arrivals on the horizon include: 2) Gabrielle Chanel Essence (from August 29), a new take on last year’s sunny scent, amping up the glorious white tuberose, and 3) a new one from Frederic Malle, currently top-secret … watch this space. Meanwhile, I urge you to try 4) the Jasmine Ylang Perfume Oil by Oxmantown – the jasmine, ylang ylang, lavender and neroli blend is the best €29 you’ll spend this summer (sensual, light, portable, cruelty-free, locally made and in stylish recyclable packaging). 5) Finally, you can now find Irish brand Pestle & Mortar in Marks and Spencer’s beauty department; try the Erase & Renew system to gently clean your skin after layering on all that SPF …
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