Here are five brilliant beauty buys in our baskets right now for nails, skin and sun …
1 THE NAIL COLOUR Spotlight Shine nail polish in Envy, €4.49
We love this bright green vegan-friendly polish (shade 28) – it looks great whatever your skin tone, and adds a hit of brightness whatever the weather. It’s easy to apply, with a wide brush, and less than a fiver, and we’re stocking up on lots of others too from a choice of 23 shades.
2 THE SUMMER SKIN SMOOTHER Weleda Birch Cellulite Oil, €35.50
Weleda’s new Birch range is green and gorgeous: it’s centred on the juice from silver birch leaves, which contain flavanoids, supporting natural detoxification and helping to increase vitality and glow. With bright grapefruit and cypress essential oils, so that it smells great, this is a lovely stimulating skin treatment to smooth, hydrate and firm. While I don’t believe in beauty products claiming to “eliminate” cellulite, this one can help make your skin look firmer and bouncier. Maximise results by using the Birch Pearl Scrub in the shower first, to perk up and stimulate circulation. Weleda is the first beauty brand in Europe to obtain the UEBT certification for sourcing with respect, ensuring sustainability and fair trade.
3 THE FACE & NECK FIRMER The No7 Core Serum range at Boots Ireland, from €35
When it comes to serums, stick with what you know works: the No7 Core Serum collection of three offers trusty additions to any skincare routine, at any age. For those in the 60+ age group, or perhaps feeling the effects of the menopause on their skin, Boots scientific advisor Dr Ellie Bradley recommends Restore & Renew Face & Neck Multi Action Serum (€37.50): “It contains ceramides which are excellent for a compromised skin barrier and also targets specific concerns such as the neck.” It’s clinically proven to smooth face and neck, helping to brighten, even and lift. The Boots No7 age defying serums range is available in most Boots stores and on Boots.ie for where you can save now and shop 3 for 2 on Core Serums.*
*Exclusions apply and cheapest item free. Offer ends 27th July. Also receive a free No7 Summer Gift worth over €31 when you buy 2 selected No7 Cosmetics or Accessories.
4 THE SCENT CK One eau de toilette, from €37.50.
Yes, there are lots of new perfume launches around at the moment, most of them promising a tropical summer or coconut-soaked beach vibe. But if you struggle with the rash of overly sweet and sugary spritzes that tend to clog the shelves in warmer months, how about revisiting a classic instead? I’ll always have a soft spot for CK One which launched in 1994 – I loved the cool clean scent and design back then, and it now sends me back to those days when most perfumes were full-on and flashy, and certainly didn’t come with a screwcap. A flash of nostalgia, or just a fun, clean scent for summer, this is the original unisex created by master perfumers Harry Fremont (behind many blockbusters including Tom Ford’s Noir de Noir and Grey Vetiver) and Alberto Morillas (Giorgio Armani Acqua de Gio and Gucci Bloom).
5 THE NIGHTIME ESSENTIAL No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Night Cream 50ml, €28.95.
This advanced formula works night after night for visibly younger looking skin, replenishing skin with moisture for 24 hour hydration. Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Night Cream is created to work in harmony with your skin’s natural night time repair processes, working night after night to energise the appearance of your skin. Visibly reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. After one night wake up to smoother skin. After one week skin looks more radiant and less tired, by four weeks fine lines and wrinkles appear visibly reduced. You can currently get 3 for 2 on selected No7 skincare, at Boots*.
All available at Boots Ireland stores nationwide and online at www.boots.ie
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