BEAUTY BUL­LETIN

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

Don’t you just love a good celebrity beauty se­cret — the idea that an A-lister might bathe in a tub full of semi-skimmed milk or wrap their hair in cola cans for a head of curls? Whether there’s even a grain of truth in th­ese se­crets is de­bat­able but one at­trib­uted to Halle Berry is ac­tu­ally an in­ex­pen­sive and ef­fec­tive tip you could try your­self. To keep her skin clear and perky, the ac­tress is said to mix ground cof­fee into her body wash. The gran­u­lar con­sis­tency is per­fect for ex­fo­li­at­ing but caf­feine is also a key in­gre­di­ent in most cel­lulite creams, caus­ing shrink­age in the top lay­ers of the skin. Will it ban­ish the dreaded or­ange peel? No, but mas­sag­ing reg­u­larly with the cof­fee wash will boost cir­cu­la­tion, and the re­duc­tion of dead skin cells will make the skin brighter and smoother. Give it a try (just use very cheap cof­fee!). Here’s a great travel-bag idea for con­tact-lens wear­ers plan­ning a trip abroad. Con­tact­s­pod is the first sin­gle-use lens case pre-filled with ster­ile so­lu­tion for stor­ing lenses up to 24 hours. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket and per­fect for sit­u­a­tions where the usual lens so­lu­tions are out of reach, lengthy flights be­ing an ob­vi­ous sce­nario. Avail­able now from pharmacies for €3.99; visit con­tact­s­pod.com. What makes a beauty suc­cess story? In­no­va­tion nat­u­rally, but some­times it’s just sheer luck. Take the Rouge Noir phe­nom­e­non that many peo­ple credit with re­viv­ing a lack­lus­tre nail in­dus­try. Back in 1994, Chanel cre­ated a shade of pol­ish to mimic the colour of dried blood (yes, re­ally). The hue was cre­ated back­stage at a cat­walk show by Heidi Mo­rawetz, who blended black and red pol­ish for a dra­matic ef­fect. When Uma Thur­man just hap­pened to wear the de­vel­oped pol­ish in Pulp Fic­tion, the whole world wanted Rouge Noir on their nails. Next year the range turns 20 years old — and is still as sexy as it was in its moody Nineties hey­day. Ar­mani’s Eau pour Homme is a clas­sic male scent, fresh and so­phis­ti­cated. Eau de Nuit is a new in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the orig­i­nal — richer and more se­duc­tive, the night ver­sion if you will. Added to the Eau pour Homme mix are spices, cit­rus notes, irises and cedar wood, all housed in a strik­ing black glass fla­con. The per­fect fra­grance gift for the dad who likes to dress sharp!

A new in­tense vi­sion of Al­lure Sport, Eau Ex­trême is a con­cen­trated aro­matic musk; top notes of man­darin, cy­press and spearmint make way for white musk, cedar and san­dal­wood with a spicy twist of black pep­per. If your dad is an Al­lure Sport fan, he’ll love this new ver­sion.

GIOR­GIO AR­MANI EAU DE NUIT €52.86/50ml, stock­ists na­tion­wide

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA UOMO €56/50ml, Boots and na­tion­wide

CHANEL AL­LURE HOMME SPORT EAU EX­TRÊME

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