Out of all of the spring make-up launches, the most talked about trend has been the new longwear eye-shadow pencils. Clinique’s Chubby Sticks For Eyes arrived in February followed by the fantastic metallics of the Katie Holmes/Bobbi Brown collaboration in March. Now another funky collection has arrived at larger Rimmel counters, at a much more pocket-friendly price point. Scandal’Eyes Eye Shadow Sticks come in five shades — a mix of bright colours, metallics and black. All are longwear, simple to use and richly pigmented for solid colour. Best of all, they cost just €5.95! The range will be at all counters in September. Forget flat summer hair: volume and root lift can be yours even if you have the finest of tresses. Sure, mousse and volume powders give instant lift but they stiffen and ‘set’ the roots. The solution could be at the washing stage. Two new ranges, from Shu Uemura and John Frieda, are both addressing this fine hair issue. Shu’s reformulated Muroto Volume shampoo/conditioner/masque trio (€30-€50) contains crystal minerals that infuse strength into weak hair — and it’s silicone-free so less chance of hair falling flat. Frieda’s new Luxurious Volume collection has a star in the making, the Blow-Out Spray (€7.03). Spray onto roots before drying, then tiny polymers mesh together when heat is applied, making each strand stand apart and hair look fuller. Industry sources have hinted that beauty megabrands Dior, Estée Lauder and L’Oréal are all interested in signing up Skyfall chanteuse Adele. Looking at her personal makeup favourites, Adele has often opted for Armani on the red carpet, using Maestro Fusion Foundation in #3 or #4 along with Lip Liner #12 and Lip Maestro lipstick in #500. Lancôme’s Hypnôse mascara is another favourite — and as both brands are in L’Oréal’s stable, will she go with the French cosmetic giant? Only time will tell...
Soleil de la Mer is the new suncare collection that loyal users of Crème have been waiting for. Infused with the same Miracle Broth — an algae and marine peptide blend that repairs skin and prevents moisture loss — the range comprises an SPF 30 lotion for the body, this facial one and a gradual tan for both. All three are lightweight, non-greasy and absorb quickly with no residue.
Sun protection for the hair is equally important — too much UV damage causes breakage, colour fade and dull hair. L’Oréal’s superior UV protection, Mexoryl, found throughout their suncare, has now been adapted for hair — which is great news. This spray is light and non-oily, gives the ultimate protection, detangles and leaves the hair with a natural shine. Use daily in sunny weather.
The EU recommends that sunscreen should have a 3:1 ratio for UVB:UVA protection. In lower SPFs (UVB protection) that means the UVA protection is not so strong. With LRP’s Anthelios the ratio is 3:2, giving better UV protection against those ageing rays. This SPF 50 oil is sublime and it’s great for sun-intolerant skin too.
CRÈME DE LA MER THE REPARATIVE FACE SUN LOTION €100, Brown Thomas/Harvey Nichols
L’ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL SÉRIE EXPERT PROTECTION SPRAY €16.80, salons
LA ROCHE-POSAY ANTHELIOS XL INVISIBLE OIL SPF 50+ nationwide
€22, from pharmacies