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SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY...
Which is your very own pillow if a so-called ‘beauty sleep expert’ is to be believed! Here’s the gist of the unique selling points behind the new wrinklepreventing pillow being sold in the US by its creator, Patty Colman. Apparently, while you innocently rest your head at night, your treacherous, ordinary pillow and case are conspiring to permanently wrinkle your face, neck and décolleté. Somehow your rectangular pillow robs your skin of serums and night cream, musses up your hair, creates eye puffiness and contributes to acne. Not so with the butterfly-shaped Wrinkle Prevention Pillow! Encased in a satin sheath pillowcase (which in truth creates fewer ‘sleep’ lines on the face, although silk is better again), this oddshaped pillow holds your head in such a position that when you wake in the morning, your face will be free of lines, your hair immaculate and cartoon birds will sing you out of slumber (all right, I made that last bit up!). If any of you try it and it works, let me know!
GILES’ GOLDEN TOUCH
Check out the brand-new beauty collaboration between New Look and hip Brit fashion designer Giles Deacon, following on from the gorgeous Gold by Giles fashion collection. There’s a full make-up line including metallic eye liners, eye quads, lip-gloss tools and lashes. Deacon knows exactly what women from a High Street retailer like New Look want. Prices for the new collection are very affordable, from €2.50-€7.99, with the eye quads an absolute steal at €4.99! Take a sneak peek at the range on newlook.com.
MARC JACOBS MAKE-UP?
Giles Deacon isn’t the only designer to dip a toe into the beauty world. (Small wonder, seeing how the cachet of a prohibitively priced fashion line can send much more affordable items such as lip gloss flying off the shelves.) Word has it that Marc Jacobs is in talks to launch a make-up line. The American is already a big presence in the fragrance market — Lola and Daisy are huge sellers and this summer they will be joined by Dot, the bottle for which has to be seen to be believed (picture a ladybird re-imagined by Picasso and you’re halfway there). And you can bet, should Jacobs launch a make-up line, it will be sufficiently high end to create an extended arch in the brow of that other US clothing giant and luxury cosmetics designer, Tom Ford. Lip glosses at dawn, gents — handbags are so yesterday! BURT’S BEES BABY BEE MULTI-PURPOSE OINTMENT €10.95, available nationwide When skin needs some TLC, Burt’s Bees always has a super salve, whether it’s for fingers or toes — or delicate baby skin. The natural brand’s latest addition is this multi-purpose cream with lashings of shea butter, jojoba, beeswax and coconut — all potent moisturisers that will lavish love on your baby’s skin, even the nappy area. HUMAN+KIND ALL-IN-ONE BODY OIL €14.95, humanandkind.com Irish brand Human+kind are bringing great natural products to the market faster than I can write about them! This oil is full of skin-loving ingredients such as sunflower, jojoba and soya oil, vitamin E and wheatgerm. In oil form, it absorbs rapidly, making it a great alternative to using a heavy balm for intense moisturisation. Use all over after daily bathing. ELIZABETH ARDEN EIGHT HOUR CREAM (FRAGRANCE FREE) €31, counters nationwide Eighty-two years old and still as popular as ever, Eight Hour may be the original multi-purpose balm. As much as I am impressed by its powerful healing properties, I’ve never been a fan of its fragrance, so when I heard of this non-scented version I was delighted. It is probably the best handbag product you could ever own, bar none!