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LOVING LARA’S LOOK?
She is the world’s leading super model and married to top comic David Walliams, so things look rosy for Lara Stone. The Danish model certainly works hard and counts assignments with designers such as Calvin Klein, Armani, Tom Ford and Chanel as her bread-and-butter. So, what are Lara’s beauty secrets? She admits to loving pricy skin care ranges Sisley and Creme De La Mer, (both are €250+) but she is remarkably down to earth with her hair care choices. She is a fan of the Tangle Teezer, the unique brush that quickly and painlessly eases through knotty hair. Prices start at €14.50 for Salon Elite, well within reach of us mere mortals. To repair and improve hair health she uses Kerastase Fibre Architecte Serum, €34, the smallest dose of which helps seal damaged hair with keratin and ceramides. Both are available from professional salons only — and if they help us have locks like Lara they’re definitely worth a try!
A RICH HISTORY...
Japanese beauty brand Shiseido is celebrating 140 years in business in 2012 with three exciting limited edition launches. The brand began life as a Western-style pharmacy opened in Japan in 1872 by Arinobu Fukuhara, former head pharmacist in the Japanese Imperial Navy. In 1888 he introduced cake toothpaste to the country, but it wasn’t until 1897, when he created Eudermine Revitalising Essence, that Shiseido the beauty brand was born. This ground-breaking hydrating lotion was so called from the Ancient Greek ‘eu’ for good, and ‘derma’ for skin. Today’s Eudermine lotion is the first of Shiseido’s 2012 limited editions. It comes in its cult packaging of old, yet its high-tech formulation is thoroughly up-to-date. Suitable for all skin types and ages, it’s a refreshing tonic for skin and a little taste of history, €58 from department stores and select pharmacies.
Goodbye bad breath, hello Kyolic Garlic! This organic garlic is cold-aged for 20 months, which removes odourcreating compounds while retaining the active phytonutrients that improve health and the antioxidants that fight ageing. It also appears to be effective for sinus infections. Quest Kyolic Garlic starts from €6.66; see wholefoods.ie. NIVEA PURE & SENSITIVE LOTION SPF50 €23.88, stores nationwide. Protecting your skin against burning and long term damage is one aspect of using a sunscreen, but some people need more than that. When the skin is super sensitive it can react to the very thing applied to protect it — your sun cream — so something very specific is required. This range of four sun creams from Nivea is free from fragrance, colourants or preservatives and comes as lotion or spray in SPF 30 or 50. SUN PROTECTION COMPACT SPF30 €31, counters nationwide. Wearing nothing except a veil of sunscreen can be quite traumatic for some women, especially if you generally never leave the house without make-up. So, do what I do, use a sunscreen make-up compact. Applied in next to no time with a sponge pad, this compact gives you perfect protection along with good coverage so that skin looks even, toned and healthy. AVEDA SUN CARE PROTECTIVE HAIR VEIL €27, www.aveda.co.uk for stockists. More than ever, women want to protect their expensive hair colour from the sun’s rays — but they also want an invisible shield to avoid sacrificing their style. That’s why hair veils, such as this one from Aveda, are becoming very popular. This water-resistant spray offers UVA/UVB protection for up to 16 hours. You must re-apply after swimming and comb through.