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


Sim­ple, fuss-free beauty is our skin’s best friend in the win­ter – ide­ally one prod­uct that per­forms the work of three that can step in when the stresses of daily life give us dull, lack­lus­tre skin. What we are look­ing for is UV- and pol­lu­tion-pro­tec­tion and cor­rec­tion, a lit­tle hy­dra­tion and a healthy glow. Lancôme’s City Mir­a­cle CC Cream has been tested in three of the most world’s most pol­luted ci­ties, Shang­hai, New York and Paris, on 300 women deal­ing with all that city liv­ing con­trib­utes to dull com­plex­ion. With an SPF50, glyc­erin for mois­ture, a com­plex to re­vive the skin and three colour op­tions to add a healthy glow, ur­ban liv­ing doesn’t need to be dull. €35, coun­ters na­tion­wide.


Com­mu­nity Fair Trade shea but­ter is what you should look for when buy­ing this su­per-mois­tur­is­ing prod­uct. In West and Cen­tral Africa, re­spon­si­ble brands work with lo­cal grow­ers and har­vesters to en­sure the lo­cal com­mu­nity is sup­ported in the ex­trac­tion of shea, also known as women’s gold. The Body Shop is one such brand, and their new hand creams con­tain the pre­cious Fair Trade but­ter in seven great fra­grances, €5.95/30mls. To date, the brand has helped fund three med­i­cal cen­tres and 10 nurs­ery schools in Ghana with the Tungteiya Women’s Shea But­ter As­so­ci­a­tion.


Lux­ury hair care brand Shu Ue­mura is tack­ling colour fade with its new four-part Colour Lus­tre range. It’s the first line from the brand that seeks to re­plen­ish the nat­u­ral shine of colourtreated hair, Colour Lus­tre re­struc­tures the hair’s sur­face to stop colour fad­ing. Us­ing a re­fin­ing lipid, 18-MEA, musk rose oil and goji berry ex­tract, the range pro­vides the hair with a nat­u­ral var­nish. From sham­poos to heat-styling milk, prices €30-€50. Se­lect sa­lons na­tion­wide. Free mini-makeovers to help you learn a new skill or how to work with spe­cific con­cerns are avail­able at Bobbi Brown coun­ters. You could try out th­ese new gels that work as both liner and shadow. A great dual-ended brush helps you work the gel ei­ther way, €40. In five shade op­tions. Art­deco ex­cels in lip colour and eye lin­ers, and they are un­usual in that their eye pal­ettes are mix and match – you choose the colours to put in a mag­ne­tised pal­ette. They also have th­ese great eye re­fills – dual-ended shad­ows that fit with this pen ap­pli­ca­tor. To ap­ply, un­screw the shadow and use the sponge to cover the eye­lids. So easy and speedy.



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