BEAUTY BUL­LETIN

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GO­ING GOTHIC

Alabaster skin? Check. Dark lip­stick? Check. Con­toured cheeks? Most def­i­nitely. Should we em­brace this new gothic el­e­gance? Yes in­deed, if only to shift away from the per­pet­ual tan­ning that de­fies the sea­sons in this coun­try. Ev­ery­thing about the new look rests on the con­tour­ing of the eyes and cheeks. Flat, matte shades are used (no dis­cernible colour should stand out) to cre­ate strik­ing eyes and ra­zor­sharp cheek­bones with the sub­tlest of buff shades. Dark red lips com­plete the look, set off by skin as pale as mar­ble. Hope­fully this sig­nals a shift away from dark tans in win­ter, those in­ex­pli­ca­ble crow­bar eye­brows and false lashes as heavy as fringes!

HAIR PER­FUME

Yes, you read that right: hair per­fume! Be­fore you scoff, this prod­uct is much more than a sim­ple spritz of fra­grance. A few niche brands of­fer scents that en­hance the lin­ger­ing bou­quet of their ex­pen­sive sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers, but they do lit­tle else. Herra pro­tects against colour fade, mois­turises, and con­di­tions the hair and scalp. The scent — with jas­mine, berg­amot, orchid and vanilla — is chic and fem­i­nine. While we wait for it to arrive in the Repub­lic, buy it for €39.95 from Ex­cel­lent Scis­sors, Belfast; tel: 048 90730650.

A GENE-IUS IDEA

In re­cent years, skin-anal­y­sis de­vices have given us the op­por­tu­nity to see deep into the skin’s up­per lev­els and mea­sure dif­fer­ent age mark­ers on a face: sun dam­age, wrinkle depth and so on. What they can’t tell us is why some faces age more than oth­ers, al­though life­style choices are an ob­vi­ous fac­tor. But now a Lon­don store, The Or­ganic Phar­macy, is of­fer­ing a new tech­nol­ogy to cus­tomers ahead of next year’s global launch. GeneOnyx is a saliva swab test that mea­sures ge­netic vari­a­tions of the in­di­vid­ual with an eye to age­ing. It’s re­ported that the test­ing can match the most ef­fec­tive in­gre­di­ents in skin care with the ex­act needs of a per­son’s skin based on their unique DNA. Maybe we are one step closer to find­ing out if those nasty wrin­kles re­ally are in our genes! Mas­cu­line, so­phis­ti­cated and vir­ile — all words used to de­scribe the var­i­ous James Bonds of the last 50 years, and this scent evokes all of those at­tributes. Crisp ap­ple, laven­der, warm woods and musk el­e­ments make this a sexy and dis­tinctly male scent. Bonus fact: Greg Wil­liams, on-set pho­tog­ra­pher for the films, shot the gor­geous ad cam­paign.

She was Jinx John­son to Pierce Bros­nan’s Bond and gave us all bikini envy in the orange two­piece she wore in Die An­other Day. Her new scent, Closer, is well worth check­ing out too. Work­ing along­side per­fumer Jac­ques Caval­lier, Halle has cre­ated a tra­di­tion­ally mas­cu­line fougère scent that is loaded with fem­i­nine vi­o­lets and mi­mosas. The re­sult: a sexy scent women will love to wear, maybe even while dressed!

Eva Green smoul­dered as Ves­per Lynd op­po­site Daniel Craig in 2006’s Casino Royale. A year later, she was named the face of this scent, the fifth in Dior’s Poi­son se­ries. Again cre­ated by Jac­ques Caval­lier, the fra­grance is su­per sexy, with man­darin, berg­amot, rose, patchouli and am­ber. Not even Bond could re­sist such a heady cock­tail (al­though re­straint is hardly Bond’s strong suit!).

007 FRA­GRANCE €19.90-€38/35ml-75ml, avail­able na­tion­wide

HALLE BERRY CLOSER €24.95, avail­able na­tion­wide

DIOR MID­NIGHT POI­SON €79.50/50ml, avail­able na­tion­wide

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