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.
CLOON KEEN ON THE GREEN!
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.
NATURIGIN ORGANIC PERMANENT HAIR DYE €9.95, simplynatural.ie
AVEDA PURE ABUNDANCE STYLE-PREP €27, selected salons nationwide
KÉRASTASE INITIALISTE €48, salons nationwide