From a guaranteed great facial to the lipsticks we won’t be buying, discover this week’s beauty updates below …
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Do suncare like Grace Kelly …
Lancaster Tan Maximiser has long been a staple of smart holiday suitcases, with its promise of prolonging your tan. And the suncare specialists are now relaunching into Ireland. Founded in the 1940s in Monaco (where it’s still made), Lancaster claim to be the first to bring retinol in skincare to market; and they also supplied skincare to Princess Grace of Monaco. It’s great when a brand specialises in one area, and the wide range of formulas (oil, spray, cream, water) are now ocean-friendly; choose the method that suits you best, whether for sensitive skin, sport or children’s skin. The Sun Beauty Nude Skin Sensation SPF30 (€30) is a good daily skin-saver. At selected pharmacies from March 31.
Bag a better balm
It seems that lip balms are now being called lip “masks” – such as the Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask (€21.45 at www.lookfantastic.ie) that Kate Moss told us she was currently into. I reckon the Body Shop’s new Avocado Lip Mask is a great option for a tenner. It’s really creamy, with lots of coconut oil in there – in fact it reminds me of the Jones Road Miracle Balm in texture – and it harks back to the 1980s, when none of us would be without a little pot of Body Shop lip balm (ideally mint, or kiwi fruit). Can’t understand why they don’t re-issue those much-loved originals. But in the meantime, this Avocado one is lovely (and there’s a lip scrub in Mango available too).
Get a guaranteed great facial
Book an Emma Hardie Lift & Sculpt facial with the brilliant Sinead O’Connor in the Beauty Rooms at Harvey Nichols in Dundrum. Her Moringa Cleansing Balm remains one of the loveliest to use, and you’re in expert hands with O’Connor to try out other elements of the Hardie range. For future dates, see Instagram @harveynichols_dublin or book on 01 291 0424; www.harveynichols.com.
We also recommend Amanda Nordell, based in Dundrum, who was doing gua sha facials years before it became fashionable. Gua Sha facials €100 (60 minutes); she also specialises in acupuncture. www.amandanordell.com
Yvonne Houlihan has been a senior therapist at Hayfield Manor in Cork for over a decade, and is a specialist in the Ground Wellbeing Restorative Treatment. www.hayfieldmanor.ie
And what we won’t be buying this month … we give you MAC Cosmetics City Lipsticks. With five city names stuck on the side of them, these limited-edition lipstick designs (in a red or a nude shade) are apparently “celebrating your city”. I absolutely love Ruby Woo as much as next person, but I won’t be buying a new one just because it has Dublin stuck on it. MAC was one of the first make-up brands I really fell in love with, and many of their past collabs have been exciting – Philip Treacy and Iris Apfel spring to mind – and the current Richard Quinn floral designs are eye-catching. But this City collection is distinctly unexciting, in my opinion. €24 each.