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THE PRICE OF BEAUTY
Occasionally a beauty story comes along that makes you gasp — and luxe Japanese brand Clé de Peau’s latest launch is one of those. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the company is releasing three special jars of its cult moisturiser, La Crème. The usual retail price is a staggering €625, but the new limited edition crystal-encrusted jars cost €10,500 each! The moisturiser will truly be worth more than gold. Phone orders will be taken from 30 August in Tokyo — and one can only wonder who might be calling...
More than a few emails have dropped into my inbox regarding hair-colour allergies. Stories of extreme irritation, redness and scalp damage are not unusual, but the causes and alternative options are not readily understood. It seems, from my correspondence anyway, that the complications are happening with both at-home and professional colour, in some cases after years of using the same brand or salon. So, what could the issue be? Any number of things, apparently, and for this reason the 48hour patch test is always a good idea. And now the European personal-care association, Cosmetics Europe, has launched a new website. Colourwellcolourwise.eu has been developed to offer advice to the public on how best to colour your hair, but it also focuses on adverse reactions to dye, with possible causes and solutions for when hair dye goes wrong. So, before you colour your hair, it’s worth checking out.
KATY’S MAKE-UP KIT
Katy Perry has a seriously professional and pretty look going on, and many of us have been dying to find out what make-up the pop star wears, as she is rarely seen sporting anything less than a flawless complexion. Well, her secret is out, thanks to her make-up artist, Jake Bailey, who let slip this information. For durable coverage while she is working, the singer, who had troublesome skin as a teenager, uses Vichy Dermablend foundation, €21.50. The product was developed with skin issues in mind — it covers birthmarks, acneic skin and even tattoos — is water and sweatresistant, and will last up to 16 hours if used with the accompanying setting powder. It can also be worn on the body and will not cause irritation. DECLÉOR AROMESSENCE BAUME RELAX INTENSE €49.90, tel: 01 822 2711 for stockists Indulge in a spa treatment in the comfort of your own home with this exquisite dry oil from Decléor. A blend of the essentials oils ylang ylang, vetiver, tonka bean and vanilla extract and the nourishing plant oils jojoba and camellia, Aromessence is a fragrant and soothing treat for both the skin and the senses. Massage or layer on the body as desired. Suitable for all skin types. KIEHL’S MAGIC ELIXIR €28.50, Kiehl’s, Wicklow St, Dublin, and Dundrum Town Centre For centuries, different cultures have practised oil ceremonies that concentrate on the hair and head, and now Kiehl’s is adopting a similar approach with this Magic Elixir. Containing aloe vera, rosemary leaf, avocado and safflower seed oils, this lightweight oil works to nourish both scalp and hair and encourage healthier hair growth. Apply for five minutes before washing your hair. L’OCCITANE EAU UNIVERSELLE €26.95, L’Occitane stores nationwide Nothing says summer more than a zesty, invigorating splash of cologne. L’Occitane’s new eaux de colognes are exciting seasonal scents that combine the freshness of a spritz with all the elements of a proper fragrance. There’s one for women, another for guys, and then this unisex scent. Team with matching shower gels (€17.50) for a bright and refreshing start to the day.