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