If you’re compiling a CHRISTMAS GIFT LIST and have teens in your life, read this first …
Teenagers adore beauty, but not all beauty – they are extremely knowledgeable and discerning about make-up and skincare now. When I was a teen, I’d have been delighted with a bottle of M&S peach bubble bath, a brand-less set of eyeshadows or (best of all) some Miss Selfridge lipstick, but nowadays only the most sophisticated face masks, palettes and highlighters will cut it. We recruited some savvy transition year students to give us the lowdown on their priorities in beauty – what they’ll be wearing this month and what they most rate in skincare, haircare and make-up. If you’re compiling a Christmas gift list and have teens in your life, read this first …
For skincare, look to simple affordable brands teens can continue to buy themselves.
Flo: “Simple, Your Good Skin [at Boots] and Neutrogena are favourites. Price is very important: I and all my friends buy our make-up and skincare at pharmacies like Boots and Sam McCauleys or online; sometimes YouTubers have discount codes to use from collaborating with brands. Face masks are really popular too. I’m not sure how well some of them work, but I do think they are a great way to relax and treat yourself, and it makes you feel like you are helping your skin. I really like Soap & Glory masks.”
Leonie: “I have struggled with moderate acne for the past three years. I have never had constant bad skin but I have times where I refuse to leave the house without make-up due to certain flare ups. I have tried many commercial products and routines over this time and only recently have I found my favourites. In my opinion the ultimate product that has completely transformed my acne is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear Light Therapy Acne Mask, €79.99. I used this for ten minutes a day, also washing twice a day with the Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Wash, €6.49, and once a day with the Daily Scrub, €6.49. Within a month I went from moderate acne (multiple spots and mild acne scarring) to only having one or two spots rarely, and I saw a reduction in the appearance of redness and scarring on my skin. I have also seen a huge improvement since I began using GlamGlow Supermud Clearing Treatment €45 once a week for a deep cleanse. I love this mask not only as it tightens the skin but also I can see an immediate reduction in the appearance of any spots. These products have restored my confidence in my skin and I’m so relieved to have found them.”
There’s one gadget that they really, really want … But a pot of coconut oil is rather more affordable:
Leonie: “I naturally have very frizzy and curly hair and taming it can be quite a challenge. For years I opted for flatirons such as GHDs and, more recently, the L’Oreal Professionel Steampod straightener, as at the time they were the only thing that actually did the job. Because of this my hair has become completely fried. My hairdresser recently recommended the new Dyson AirWrap Styler and I was drawn to it as it doesn’t use extreme heat on the hair, unlike the flat irons. However I was aware of the pricetag (€499.99) … I was told that this new product was transformational and that Dyson products were built to last, so I bought it. My hairdresser showed me how to use it and since then I have tried each attachment; my favourites are the flat brush head and of course the curlers. In my opinion, this AirWrap is, as everyone has told me, transformational. It allows me to wash my hair in the morning and have a salon curly blowdry or sleek straight hair within 20 minutes to half an hour. I just use a bit of argan oil before and after I blowdry, to help achieve a sleek look, and a bit of L’Oreal Professional Techni.Art Pli Shaper Thermo-Modelling Spray, which holds my style in place for the day. I’ve also tried many treatments and masks to restore life and health to my hair: my favourite would be the keratin 12-week blowdry, making hair easier to control. I also use raw coconut oil, leaving it in my hair for a few hours or even overnight. Due to the vitamins and essential fatty acids in coconut oil, my hair now grows thicker and faster and is much healthier than ever before.”
The brighter the better … Favourite make-up is generally highly pigmented, affordable and fun:
Flo picks out Morphe and Huda Beauty as favourite brands. “The palettes have so many strong colours which we love to use when we’re going out. Because there’s so much colour variety, you can create lots of different eye looks with the one palette. Inglot is another favourite for make-up and they have beautiful glitters and pigments.”
Leonie: “I have always been a make-up fanatic and love playing around with new products. My make-up bag essentials at the moment would be the GlamGlow Glowstarter Mega Illuminating Moisturiser €41.45 as it gives a great base for all your make-up; I love using this just as a moisturiser on its own, or as a strobing moisturiser and base. For achieving a gorgeous glow, I also love the Fenty Beauty Killawat Freestyle Highlighter €33, at Harvey Nichols, Dundrum not only is it so pigmented and easy to apply, but the Fenty brand is all about providing shades for every skin tone, and the highlighter range has done just that. To add a little pop of colour, I always go for my Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette €17.63, at www.beautybay.com. This is one of my favourite palettes as it has a great shade range, from brown and coppery colours to vibrant shades of pink, purple and blue, with 10 glittery shades and the other six more matte. MAC Prep+Prime Fix+ Goldlite spray €22 is the final touch – I find it helps my make-up stay in place and leaves skin looking glowy and flawless throughout the day.”
Leonie Judge and Flo McDonald
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