Some of us simply won’t leave the house without packing some powder; for others it’s a lip gloss, and more than a few of us carry around a miniature beauty bag to cover any and all make-up mishaps! But there are two must-haves you need to consider for the party season ahead if you want super sparkling peepers. The fastest way to revive tired eyes is with an eye drop or two. For this, Optrex Eyedew Dazzling, €5.67, is perfect. Then, to keep them looking bright and wide, run Smashbox’s Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Bare, €19, along the waterline of your lower lids. Try it — it works like magic!
HIDING ROGUE GREYS
A dusting of dark eye shadow over a sprinkling of grey hairs is an old trick that might save your blushes until you’ve dyed your hair — but it is of little use if it’s a rainy day and the colour runs! Well, now there’s a modern take on this old trick — and the people behind it created the Frizz Ease range, so it works. Color Wow, €38.50, is a root cover-up that deals with greys, root regrowth, is waterproof and lasts from one shampoo to the next. A brush-in powder, it comes in four shades (including blonde) and has 60 applications. Available at SpaceNK, Harvey Nichols, Dundrum, at present, it goes nationwide in 2014. Brilliant!
THE ‘NO TRY’ BLOW-DRY
It is guaranteed to happen at least once this month — when you just run out of getting-ready time before a big night out. So, here’s a stylish and speedy hair tip to get you through the madness ahead. After you get out of the shower, twist small sections of damp hair into miniature buns, secure them with hair clips and then get to work applying your make-up. If your hair dries in the meantime, unclip it and shake out the loose waves. If it’s not quite dry, blast it with a hair dryer and then unclip the sections. Smooth a little serum on any frizzy ends and spritz with a medium-strength spray for a natural-looking hold! Easy.
To celebrate 30 years as Ireland’s leading fashion designer — having dressed Mary Robinson and Meryl Streep — Louise Kennedy is launching a signature fragrance this Christmas. The multiaward-winning designer’s perfume is a luxurious floral with rose de mai, mimosa and geranium that settles down to a bergamot and lemon finish. Sophisticated. The Christmas gift ideas at Jo Malone cover all budgets; prices range from €25-€690! This set has all the most popular home scenting items: Lime, Basil & Mandarin Room Spray, a Blackberry & Bay candle, an English Pear & Freesia fabric sachet and a Pomegranate Noir room diffuser. Divine.
This large three-wick candle from luxury brand NEOM is a heavenly seasonal blend of mandarin, cinnamon and tonka bean and has a burn time of 50 hours. The scent is cosy and comforting, and also included in this limited-edition range is a reed diffuser, which delicately scents a room for up to eight months. Check the website for more beautiful gift ideas.
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LOUISE KENNEDY EAU DE PARFUM €95/30ml, The Marvel Room, Brown
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