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RAIN­BOW NAILS

The sum­mer months haven’t been too kind – but you can still have sun­shine at your fin­ger­tips! The rain­bow nails trend is to paint each fin­ger or toe­nail a dif­fer­ent colour – then add bright ban­gles for a fun and youth­ful look. The ideal shape for the fin­ger­nails is “squo­val”, a square/oval shape that ex­tends just be­yond the tip of the fin­ger. The look is sim­ple to recre­ate, pick com­ple­men­tary shades, such as greens and blues or reds, pinks and corals. Use all gloss fin­ish opaques – mix­ing in me­tallics, neons or mat­tes turns the look wacky – and what you want is the per­fect colour manicure.

STREAM­LINED BEAUTY

Bits of beauty kit all over the house? Do you go out for the night weighed down with half your make-up bag? Time to ditch the duds and curb your cos­metic quota. A lot of us hoard cos­met­ics – of­ten old stuff that we don’t use or need. The must-have bag this sea­son is the evening clutch – high in style but low on space. That’s why a tai­lored pal­ette can be a life­saver – a slim­line com­pact that car­ries all the colour you need for eyes, cheeks, face and lips. Only cer­tain brands of­fer this ser­vice – with colour guid­ance so you make a smart edit. You can pick and mix face pow­der, high­lighter, shadow, blush and lip colour. There are pal­ettes to fit from four items up to 20 and ev­ery size slips eas­ily into even the flat­test clutch. Best brands to in­ves­ti­gate? Bobbi Brown in Brown Thomas, Tr­ish McEvoy in Har­vey Nichols.

SLEEP­ING ON IT

They are all the buzz on Twit­ter and re­al­ity TV stars in­clud­ing Amy Childs are even wear­ing them while run­ning er­rands – sleep-in rollers are back, and bet­ter than be­fore! Their sim­ple de­sign – a cylin­dri­cal sponge with Vel­cro outer cov­er­ing to grip the hair – makes them softer than older rollers and wher­ever the head rests the sponge will sim­ply flat­ten out, so no sleep­less nights. A pack of 20 equal sized rollers costs just €20.99 and comes with a handy draw­string bag. On­line re­views are fairly mixed – but whether you’re on for sleep­ing in them or not, they of­fer ex­cel­lent value for so many rollers and can be used for vol­ume and curl at any time of the day. Check out www.vel­crosleep­ro­llers.com for more in­for­ma­tion. BOTAN­ICS RA­DI­ANT YOUTH SU­PER SERUM €14.99, Boots stores na­tion­wide Botan­ics have col­lab­o­rated with the Royal Botanic Gar­dens in Kew to iden­tify and au­then­ti­cate nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents that are ef­fec­tive in skin care for it’s new fa­cial range. This serum con­tains gingko biloba leaf ex­tract, a top source of free rad­i­cal fight­ing an­tiox­i­dants to slow cell dam­age and age­ing. Used af­ter cleans­ing in the morn­ing and/or night time, fol­low with a pro­tec­tive day cream, SPF 15 or higher. AVEDA CHAKRA BAL­ANC­ING MIST €38, Aveda coun­ters na­tion­wide Aveda, de­rived from the San­skrit A for “All” and Veda for “Knowl­edge” is a very nat­u­ral and holis­tic brand that draws on the an­cient Ayurveda for many of it’s for­mu­la­tions. There are 7 Chakra bal­anc­ing mists that work on to bring har­mony and well be­ing for mind and body through bal­anc­ing mists. To get the mist to suit you visit a counter and have staff guide to the scent you de­sire, it’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence. WELEDA CAL­EN­DULA BABY CARE STARTER KIT €14.95, phar­ma­cies/health stores na­tion­wide New moth­ers, take note: Weleda has a su­per starter kit for ba­bies that’s free from syn­thetic fra­grances, preser­va­tives and colour. Co-de­vel­oped with mid­wives, der­ma­tol­o­gists and doc­tors, the set can be used from birth and has sham­poo and body wash, oil, face cream, lo­tion and nappy cream all with sooth­ing cal­en­dula and chamomile.

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