CITY LIVING DEFENCE SYSTEMS FOR SKIN
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.
THE BODY SHOP’S HELPING HANDS
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.
A TOTAL SHU IN
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.