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This month we’re marking 50 years since Marilyn Monroe’s untimely death. However many beautiful stars have graced the silver screen since 1962, her electric beauty has held us in awe for half a century. While most of Marilyn’s fabulous fashions are now famous, her beauty preferences seem to have been forgotten... But now I’ve unearthed a few! According to director Billy Wilder, she had an incandescent complexion. Word is that Marilyn slathered on layers of Nivea cold cream before filming and this would have made her skin glow. To wash away the heavy theatrical make-up from filming, she used Shu Uemura’s cleansing oil with exactly 15 splashes of cold water. At the time of her death, her make-up case contained pots of Hungarian brand Erno Laszlo skincare as well as Elizabeth Arden eye liners, false lashes and shadows. The bag was auctioned in 1999 by Christie’s with a reserve of €800-€1,200, but sold for €200,000!
STRAWBERRIES AND SUN CREAM?
As if we needed another excuse to enjoy nature’s sweetest fruit... but according to a study at a leading Italian university, strawberries have come up trumps for protecting skin from UVA damage. A team of Italian and Spanish scientists at the Università Politecnica delle Marche have shown how a strawberry extract added to a human skin-cell culture worked to protect the skin cells and inhibit damage — after being exposed to a burst of ultraviolet rays that was the equivalent of 90 minutes of Mediterranean sunlight. These results could well see the strawberries become a staple of our SPF skincare.
GETTING YOUR GLOW ON
With the new school term and autumn just around the corner, it feels like we’re about to be crushed in the grip of dull, dark days again. But with one simple make-up change, your complexion can stay glowing and brilliant right into winter. A carefully applied touch of highlighter liquid under your foundation, or indeed mixed in with your base, can lift even the dullest or most tired face. Benefit’s High Beam, €26.50, or MAC’s Strobe Liquid, €31.50, are the most popular, but any light-reflective liquid or primer will give that much-needed luminosity. KIEHL’S CLEARLY CORRECTIVE DARK SPOT SOLUTION €41, Wicklow St and Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin Dark-spot correctors have flooded the market in recent years, each brand developing their own mostly botanical blends to combat these age spots. Kiehl’s formulation might be the most advanced yet, with a small-molecule vitamin C to quickly erase spots in as little as four to 12 weeks — far less time than other brands offer. Suitable too for sensitive skin. LANCÔME GÉNIFIQUE YEUX LIGHT-PEARL €49, available in Brown Thomas stores now and on counters nationwide from 1 September This new technology works exclusively on the delicate eye area to combine the best of Génifique’s age-busting ingredients with adapted shiatsu massage movements to improve lines, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. If you’re a fan of Génifique for the face, neck and décolleté, you’ll love this unique eye serum. IMAGE AGELESS TOTAL PURE HYALURONIC ACID €63; check renaissanceskincare.com for stockists Image is a US brand that offers Irish women the chance to use clinician formulas (with tailor-made recommendations) at prices you’d see in a department store. This liquid is small but powerful: hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight and is superb for dry skin. Use morning and night on dry, dehydrated or inflamed skin for instant plumping and smoothing.