BEAUTY BUL­LETIN

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FES­TIVE TRI­ALS

Trial or minia­ture prod­ucts are ideal for short trips away over Christ­mas — but also a great way to try out a new regime be­fore pay­ing full whack. And this is the time of year when you can get the best for less, or, if you’re re­ally lucky, for no ex­tra cash at all. Here’s how to find the best of­fers. Start with what you al­ready use, a mois­turiser, serum, etc., then check the web­sites of larger stores and chemists to check if your favourite has an add-on free prod­uct or two as a sea­sonal gift. Or pick a range and see if there are travel sets avail­able and then read up on the prod­ucts in­cluded. Again, do this online — arm­chair re­search helps you save, on your pocket and shoe leather!

PARTY-PER­FECT SKIN

Keep­ing your skin pic­ture per­fect all night pos­si­ble with a few sim­ple steps. First, make sure your skin is cleansed (to re­move oil and grime) and mois­turised (to add hy­dra­tion). Ex­cess oil causes make-up to slip off the skin — de­hy­drated skin tends to draw in make-up, so your fun will be hin­dered by hav­ing to make con­tin­ual touch-ups. Add another step — primer be­fore foun­da­tion. A primer is oil­free and fills pores and fine lines with sil­i­cone so the skin looks smoother all night. The best to try? Clin­ique’s new Su­per­primers, €27. With six colour­cor­rect­ing shades and feather-light sil­i­cones, they cre­ate a smooth­ing veil over the skin that stays all night.

CHALK FOR TRESSES!

What a fun idea! L’Oréal Pro­fes­sional have cre­ated HAIRchalks, eight tem­po­rary tones that give a shock of colour and last for up to three sham­poos (€18 each). L’Oréal tri­alled the colours at Lon­don Fash­ion Week for S/S ’14 in the Felder Felder and Ashish shows. In Felder, brunettes were given ocean-blue tips, blon­des coral pink. In Ashish, a hor­i­zon­tal colour block ef­fect was cre­ated us­ing five shades to add a wild el­e­ment. The chalks come in liq­uid form: paint on the hair and al­low to dry. You can try the chalks at home or book a salon ses­sion if you pre­fer. To find a stock­ist or salon near you, check out lo­re­al­pro­fes­sional.co.uk. Bobbi Brown’s Christ­mas gifts are al­ways hugely pop­u­lar — clever colour col­lec­tions that in­cor­po­rate best­sellers, brush sets, and multi-pur­pose pal­ettes like this one for eyes and lips. Ev­ery­day Pretty is bright and fresh for day­time; a ver­sion for night is also avail­able. Three eye shades and two for lips, plus a lit­tle pop-out gloss for €30... what’s not to love? Lim­ited edi­tion so get yours quick!

Another lim­ited edi­tion for Christ­mas, Chanel’s beau­ti­ful bath oil com­ple­ments new ad­di­tions to the N°5 bath and body ranges; th­ese in­clude a soap, de­odor­ant, body cleanser, lo­tion and hair mist. Fans of N°5 scent will wel­come the op­tion of fra­grance lay­er­ing, mak­ing bath or shower time an ab­so­lute treat! Prices start at €25. The Hyp­nôse mas­cara col­lec­tion has been a run­away best­seller for Lancôme. It al­ready had a change of pack­ag­ing with the Al­ber El­baz col­lab­o­ra­tion back in the sum­mer and now, for Christ­mas, Hyp­nôse Star has been dressed up in sil­ver sparkles. A host of other beauty items for nails, lips and eyes have been frosted or crys­tallised for the fes­tive sea­son, and all would make great gifts for make-up devo­tees.

BOBBI BROWN EV­ERY­DAY PRETTY PAL­ETTE €30, coun­ters na­tion­wide

CHANEL N°5 IN­TENSE BATH OIL €75, coun­ters na­tion­wide

LANCÔME HYP­NÔSE STAR ÉT­IN­CELLE EDI­TION

€26, coun­ters na­tion­wide

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