The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - BODY & SOUL -


Noth­ing gives the face a ‘lifted’ look bet­ter than care­fully placed high­lighters. On the tem­ples, top of the cheeks and above the brows, a sim­ple touch of pale gold high­light­ing paste gives skin a warm glow when it catches the light. Me­tal­lic shades of­fer sim­i­lar light­catch­ing ben­e­fits for eyes, a really handy trick if your eyes are tired and dark cir­cles are peep­ing through. Com­plete begin­ners and the time­pressed should look to me­tal­lic pen­cils. Ev­ery brand of­fers th­ese and the chunkier the bet­ter for sim­ple high­lights on the eyes. They are great across the eye­lids for a pop of colour — sweep a dash across the in­ner cor­ner of the eye for a lifted look.


You will have read the name Cloon Keen Ate­lier on this page be­fore — I am a huge fan of the Gal­way ar­ti­san can­dle com­pany — and they have just cre­ated a mag­nif­i­cent be­spoke can­dle for the new Spa at Dublin’s Shel­bourne Ho­tel. Mar­garet Man­gan of Cloon Keen ex­plains, ‘The fra­grance is in­spired by the sign­ing of the Con­sti­tu­tion in Room 112 of the Shel­bourne Ho­tel. The fra­grance opens with woody notes of gua­iac wood and san­dal­wood, which fig­ure in the an­tique ta­ble on which the Con­sti­tu­tion was signed, while styrax gum evokes the inky scent of a foun­tain pen.’ Avail­able to buy at the Shel­bourne Ho­tel for €29.95.


Hav­ing dry, red or sore eyes is not usu­ally se­ri­ous, but it can be ir­ri­tat­ing when try­ing to con­cen­trate at work. The trig­gers for sore eyes are all too com­mon, es­pe­cially in win­ter: dry air, al­ler­gens such as dust and pet hair, pro­longed pe­ri­ods star­ing at a screen and colds or flus. If you suf­fer sore eyes from any of the above, there are a few reme­dies to try. At home, soaks made with chamomile, cu­cum­ber, rose water or aloe vera can re­lieve sore eyes but may not be the eas­i­est to use at the of­fice. On the go, Ac­tim­ist from Op­trex, €19.99, is a bet­ter bet. Sprayed onto the lids, it works its way into the eyes with­out dis­com­fort, keep­ing them lu­bri­cated and soothed for up to four hours. I asked my reg­u­lar tester of home hair-dye­ing kits to rate this am­mo­nia and paraben-free prod­uct on colour qual­ity and over­all ex­pe­ri­ence. She gave the dye top marks for both; the ab­sence of am­mo­nia re­moves that nox­ious smell dur­ing ap­pli­ca­tion and it caused her no itchy scalp. The colour was an ex­act match with that in­di­cated on the box, too. Nine­teen shades are avail­able. Mark this as a must-have for your beauty bag as we head into the party sea­son! Style-Prep gives weight­less vol­ume and thick­ness to fine hair and root lift and de­tan­gling abil­i­ties to other hair types. Sim­ply spray it onto damp hair and style as nor­mal. On no-sham­poo days, spritz the roots, comb through and restyle. Fine-haired women will love their new root lift and the sig­na­ture Aveda scent.

Once again, ap­ple stem cells show their power in a won­der­ful beauty prod­uct. This time they’re work­ing along­side green tea an­tiox­i­dants in this high-qual­ity scalp and hair treat­ment. Kéras­tase have spent years re­search­ing the im­por­tance of stem cells to the hair cy­cle and this is the re­sult of their ef­forts — a con­cen­trated so­lu­tion de­signed to im­prove the qual­ity, re­sis­tance to break­age and gen­eral re­silience of hair.


AVEDA PURE ABUN­DANCE STYLE-PREP €27, se­lected sa­lons na­tion­wide

KÉRAS­TASE INI­TIAL­ISTE €48, sa­lons na­tion­wide

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