Tried and tested

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Beauty | Katie Wright -

Mane ‘n Tail hair sham­poo and con­di­tioner, €6.99 each

I’m all about the home pam­per­ing, and Mane ‘n Tail sham­poo and con­di­tioner is the ticket. Lovely fra­grances waft­ing from these bot­tles are just the start. A lit­tle goes a long way, and the sham­poo lather feels nicely lux­u­ri­ous. The con­di­tioner is not as thick as I’d ex­pected, but mas­sages in a treat and is pleas­antly rich. The fin­ished ef­fect? Well, my hair doesn’t do sleek, but I’ll hap­pily set­tle for the soft-to-touch cloud Pony Mane pro­duces as a daily look. The range has deep mois­tur­is­ing, herbal es­sen­tials (with nat­u­ral herbs and olive oil com­plex) and Colour Pro­tect for­mu­las. I tried them all, and would read­ily add any to my cart again. While the daily leave-in con­di­tion­ing treat­ment didn’t dis­cernibly add any ex­tra gloss, the sham­poo and con­di­tioner com­bi­na­tion had done an ad­mirable job in any case. We can’t move on with­out men­tion­ing the com­pany’s unique tagline — ‘The ORIG­I­NAL horse to hu­man cross­over sham­poo’. That’s right — the first prod­uct line was pro­moted for use on both an­i­mals and hu­mans. Jill O’Sul­li­van

EYES ON THE PRIZE

If you’re look­ing for a pocket-sized palette that packs a punch, then this of­fer­ing from Clar­ins might just be the an­swer. I tried the Four Colour Eye­shadow Palette in the shade ‘Lovely Rose’ (€43) and I was se­ri­ously im­pressed by the qual­ity of the min­eral shad­ows. The beau­ti­ful pink shades are eas­ily blended and, hav­ing worn it all day with­out a primer, it is hard-wear­ing but gen­tle on the eyes. I came home with crease-free lids that could have eas­ily lasted an­other few hours. There are a se­lec­tion of satin, matte and iri­des­cent shad­ows among the of­fer­ing, so there’s a fin­ish to suit ev­ery­one. The soft pink tones are ideal for a ro­man­tic look and will suit a range of Ir­ish com­plex­ions, and the darker purple op­tions will im­me­di­ately vamp up the look for dar­ing night­time eyes. Denise O’Donoghue

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