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 marksandspencer.ie. Hurrah!
EGO BOOST POD €159, visit essentialsalon.ie for stockists
SHU UEMURA ESSENCE ABSOLUE HAIR FRAGRANCE €50, tel: 01 604 5935
PHILIP KINGSLEY BODY & SHINE TRIAL KIT
€20, Marks & Spencer