Looking Back at 2018 … Who and What Impressed THE GLOSS team?

Best books, beauty products, fashion moments and more as selected by the editors of THE GLOSS

Givenchy AW18 photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans


Clare Waight Keller’s second ready-to-wear runway show for Givenchy was a standout for me. My favourite fashion moment of AW18 was watching the slew of womanly models parading down the Palais de Justice wearing the most luxurious coats and dresses.
The show centred around a strong line-up of coats, slick suiting and sculptural evening wear. The cut was tailored yet feminine, the couture-like furs were luxurious but faux. The models were all woman. Extra points for the slouchy, zipped, butter-soft boots.
There is so much more to Clare Waight Keller than dressing a duchess …



Sarah Halliwell, Beauty Editor


My perfume of the year is Róisín Dubh (originally titled Ghost Writer), created by rising star Irish perfumer Meabh McCurtin for Cloon Keen Atelier. Most exciting arrivals included Arnotts‘ great edit in their new Beauty Hall.


I fell in love with Alex Carro’s simple, smart, fuss-free skincare system (available via Fetch Beauty). And product-wise, I finally found the absolute foolproof solution to dark circles under the eyes: you use Bobbi Brown Corrector first and then Trish McEvoy’s Complexion Perfector concealer.


I loved Dalkey book festival in June, where some of the world’s finest writers hang out and chat in a marquee by the sea. My 11-year-old aspiring writer daughter getting to meet Colum McCann was a high point – he signed her copy of Letters to a Young Writer. And talks by Michael Ondaatje and Anne Enright were also inspiring and captivating. www.dalkeybookfestival.org.


I had breakfast with Trinny and Violette, lunch with Charlotte Tilbury and Jo Malone, tea with Mary Greenwell and Trish McEvoy, and a brief hello with Francois Nars. And I got an inside tour of the top-secret Dyson HQ, which was fascinating.



Lots of beauty dinners took place at Glover’s Alley (above), due to its flattering pink suede furnishings and healthy food options, while The Westbury continued to be the meeting point of choice for beauty PRs. But for dinner, my first choice is always Forest & Marcy, where ultra-talented Ciaran Sweeney’s food continues to surprise and delight.


Like everyone else on the planet, I loved Sally Rooney’s Normal People (though prefer Conversations with Friends) and admired Donal Ryan. Beauty-wise, Luca Turin’s Perfumes: The Guide 2018 is just a delight, and a must-read for anyone with even a passing interest in perfume.


Jéssica Weimer, Designer

I’m inspired by the amazing art and cookery book Dali: Les Diners de Gala, it’s the perfect combination of dining and surrealism, I want to frame every page. 


Even though I’m not a coffee drinker, there’s nothing better than waking up by the smell of coffee, it reminds me of home and every single padaria (bakery) in Brazil in the morning. So I’m obsessed with Clean Slate Espresso+Coconut candle – it makes me jump out of bed without the need of having all that caffeine. Available at Article, Powerscourt Centre, Dublin 2.


Finding the right product for curly hair is always a struggle – after trying so many different products I finally found my favourite, Bouclème hair crème and gel. It’s also parabens and sulphate free, which helps the hair get lighter and softer. At SpaceNK, Grafton Street, Dublin 2.


I love the slow pace of Sundays, and the best thing I did throughout spring and summer was going for a walk at Ticknock Forest (above) and having breakfast at Marlay Park Market, where there’s always great food and local produce.

Síomha  Connolly, Assistant Editor


I’ve read a lot of books this year, but three stand outs are Normal People by Sally Rooney, Tangerine by Christine Mangan, and Educated by Tara Westover. It’s Rooney’s grasp of everyday life that grabs me most. You care about the characters like friends. I’m already waiting in anticipation for her next book. I read Tangerine by Christine Mangan on a trip to Barcelona and it was a brilliant holiday read without being at all “fluffy”. It has Talented Mr Ripley vibes and is being made into a film by George Clooney’s production company, apparently with Scarlett Johansson in the lead role. Entirely different is Educated, Tara Westover’s memoir about growing up in Idaho, raised by Mormon survivalist parents with little education. Eventually, against all odds, she gains a PHD from Cambridge. It is a story of one woman’s fierce ability to succeed – which lingered long after I had read it.

Valentino AW18 photographed by Jason Lloyd Evans


My favourite fashion moment of 2018 was without doubt Pierpaolo Piccioli’s SS19 collection for Valentino, shown in Paris in September. From the must-have gold horse shoe earrings to the voluminous shapes and intricate cuts, not to mention that dynamite feather hat. What was especially apparent was that Piccioli was creating clothes for women and it paved a way for fans of #OldCeline to see the light at the end of the tunnel after Philo’s exit …


Beauty addicts around the country were overjoyed to hear of Glossier’s arrival on Irish shores in August of this year. While it had previously been a staple in my beauty bag (beginning with the Boy Brow and Balm Dot Com) it was only when I travelled to New York or Paris that I could stock up, so this newfound ease of access was very welcome indeed. I’ve added the Lash Slick mascara to my list, which I have to say is incredible. It gives a minimal effect, and as I have quite long and thick lashes already I can easily creep into spider leg territory, this has been the mascara I’ve been waiting for.

Penny McCormick, Deputy Editor


Meeting Charlotte Tilbury is always an energising experience and I’ve been hooked on her Magic Away Liquid Concealer, since its launch in London.


I love a good facial and facial massage; combining both was a Valmont facial at Skin by Olga. www.skinbyolga.ie


So many to choose from – Michael Ondaatje’s Warlight is top of my list, Craig Brown’s Ma’am Darling 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret was a delight and I also enjoyed  Tom Sancton’s The Bettencourt Saga: The World’s Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocks Paris and Sali Hughes Pretty Iconic too.


Actress Abigail Spencer in Alexandra Rich at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex … Wedding guest goals.


“Roderic O’Connor and The Moderns” at National Gallery of Ireland was gorgeous. I also enjoyed learning about Emil Nolde in the “Colour is Life” exhibition and his joie de vivre (above).


A taste memory which lingers is from The Coburg at Conrad Dublin; the best duck salad and service in the city.


It was a pleasure to meet so many inspiring people who combined style with substance – starting with society decorator Nicky Haslam, champion trainer Jessica Harrington, as well as the eco champ Catherine Farrell and fashion illustrator David Downton.

2018, it’s a wrap! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2019.

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