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

De­spite sev­eral years of re­ces­sion, a num­ber of Ir­ish en­trepreneurs have been mak­ing their mark on the beauty in­dus­try and, I’m happy to report, are build­ing their busi­nesses year on year. Buy­ing Ir­ish helps our econ­omy, and th­ese are the brands to look out for. In tan we have Karora, Rock­star Tan, Co­coa Brown and Deca­dence. In sk­in­care, Voya, Pixy, The Hand­made Soap Com­pany and Hu­man+Kind of­fer full ranges for men and women at great price points. Plant-based or­ganic can­dles are a won­der­ful treat for fra­granc­ing your home and us­ing in mas­sage: try Cloon Keen, Lucy Annabella Or­gan­ics, Blue­bell Eco Can­dles and Emma’s Eco Soy-Can­dles, all made in Ire­land. Do you like to wash away make-up and the grime of the day but find that your skin feels taut af­ter­wards? Slather­ing on ex­tra mois­turiser to com­pen­sate is a nat­u­ral re­ac­tion when the skin seems parched, but it might be bet­ter to re­con­sider your choice of cleanser. Clean­ing your face with oil might sound like a strange con­cept but it’s an ef­fec­tive way of re­mov­ing all traces of the day with­out leav­ing the skin feel­ing tight and de­hy­drated. Shu Ue­mura’s Cleans­ing Oil and Clar­ins’ Pure Melt Cleans­ing Gel are just two ex­am­ples; once mas­saged into the skin, they foam and get to work cleans­ing. The high-grade plant oils they con­tain leave skin silky-soft af­ter dry­ing. At-home hair colour­ing has a bad rep­u­ta­tion for caus­ing ir­ri­ta­tion and un­nat­u­ral-look­ing colour — but three new hair kits launched last year could change your DIY colour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Na­tu­ri­gins or­ganic hair colour (19 shades, RRP €9.95 from health stores and phar­ma­cies) has be­come hugely pop­u­lar for its gen­tle­ness on the scalp. For ease of use and true colour, John Frieda’s Pre­ci­sion Foam (12 shades, €13.25) is a great choice that of­fers 100 per cent grey cov­er­age. Fi­nally, trend fol­low­ers should check out L’Oréal Paris Préférence Wild Om­bré kits in three colour­ways (€12.19), which make it easy to pre­cisely high­light the lengths and tips of the hair.

This is lim­ited edi­tion, ladies. My ad­vice: get yours quickly, be­fore it dis­ap­pears! Shu is a luxe hair brand, and this lat­est ad­di­tion to the range is mag­nif­i­cent. A del­i­cately fra­granced hair per­fume, it con­tains pearls of camel­lia oil that burst when spritzed onto the hair, giv­ing it a lin­ger­ing scent and ra­di­ant shine. It’s also in­tensely nour­ish­ing — an­other hair­care win­ner from Shu Ue­mura! Yes, you read that right — Marks & Spencer! The High Street su­per­store has just be­come the go-to beauty des­ti­na­tion, with the ex­pan­sion of their beauty hall in Dublin’s Mary Street. They have 20 ex­clu­sive brands in­clud­ing this su­per Philip Kings­ley hair­care range. Liv­ing out­side Dublin? Not to worry —ev­ery­thing is avail­able to buy on­line on mark­sand­ Hur­rah!

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€20, Marks & Spencer

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