BEAUTY BUL­LETIN

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THE CHAM­PAGNE FA­CIAL

Cham­pagne is one high­lighter shade that looks good on ev­ery­one, so try it for a festive take on your regular make-up. High­lighters are avail­able in cream and pow­der for­mu­la­tions; the for­mer per­haps is more easy to con­trol but the lat­ter can work bet­ter for oily skin. Ar­eas to fo­cus on are the top of the cheek­bones, tem­ples and over the brow bones. Your high­lighter might come in a wand with a brush, or a tube, so work with the brush or fin­ger­tips to lightly add a touch of ra­di­ance to the skin. If you are brush­ing on a pow­der va­ri­ety, dip into the high­lighter, tap on the back of the hand to re­move any ex­cess, then lightly sweep onto the skin.

SAV­ING YOUR SOLES

You wouldn’t usu­ally read much about GAA on my page. Well, you wouldn’t ever, ex­cept that Dublin GAA star Ea­mon Fen­nell might just save your soles this party sea­son. En­tre­pre­neur­ial Ea­mon’s clever Sole Sis­ter Flats are the hand­bag musthaves for switch­ing into when heels are tak­ing their toll. Sim­ple, folded slip-on pumps, they come in a carry bag for con­ve­nience (this folds out too for tot­ing heels home). Avail­able in a num­ber of colours and priced just €12, Sole Sis­ter Flats are also per­fect for bri­dal packs. For de­tails, email info@sole­sister­flats.com. Pick up a pair at McCabes and Stacks phar­ma­cies and Costello & Costello.

LIS­SOME LEGS

De­spite the chilly tem­per­a­tures of De­cem­ber, quite a lot of girls will go bare-legged to par­ties, so their scrub-mois­turise-tan regime re­mains as dili­gent as though it were July! Hap­pily, lead­ing Ir­ish wax brand Wax­perts have just launched their first re­tail prod­uct to com­bat those an­noy­ing lit­tle bumps that ap­pear on the lower legs af­ter shav­ing or wax­ing. The In­grown Hair Pads con­tain sal­i­cylic acid, pan­thenol and rose­mary to slough away dead skin cells and keep the skin smooth and free of bumps: per­fect for lower legs on show. A tub costs €7.99 for 40 pads; get stock­ist in­for­ma­tion from info@wax­perts.ie or tel: 01 214 0757. Per­fect for a stock­ing filler or gift for a girl who loves her make-up, Great Lash is the iconic mas­cara from May­belline. Cre­ated in 1971, the fa­mil­iar pink and green-clad lash liq­uid has been the in­spi­ra­tion be­hind many other mas­caras. Here, for a great €14.99, Great Lash is paired with Gel Liner, an in­tense black gel that lasts 24 hours and comes with its own brush. A great gift.

Divine Nights is MAC’s Christ­mas col­lec­tion and it’s a disco de­light full of shim­mer­ing shades for eyes and face, with bolts of bold colour for lips. There is some­thing for ev­ery­one, and this blush with gold high­lighter sec­tion is fab­u­lous for festive make-up. An­other must-see is the Raven Kohl Liner, a black gel eye pen­cil with pur­ple/red pig­ments.

Are you a ‘leave it to the last minute’ type when it comes to gift shop­ping? Well, why go out at all when you can or­der some­one this monthly box of treats? It’s no cop-out: ev­ery month Glossy­box de­liv­ers a lux­ury pack­age con­tain­ing five deluxe sam­ples to the per­son’s door. The prod­ucts come from high-end ranges, and you choose from a three, six or 12-month sub­scrip­tion. Su­per!

MAY­BELLINE GREAT LASH & GEL LINER SET €14.99, stores na­tion­wide

MAC MINERALISE SKINFINISH €32, MAC coun­ters, Brown Thomas

€15+P&P; visit glossy­box.co.uk

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