How to wear it

The colour, scent and tex­ture of the right beauty prod­uct can cheer you up like a chat with a friend, or act as a pick-me-up on a dreary Mon­day morn­ing, says

Irish Examiner - Weekend - - Inside - Rachel Marie Walsh

Emma Stone wore a fresh flower-crown to work (well, to The Favourite New York pre­miere) in Septem­ber and made In­sta­gram smile. As ex­pres­sions of ‘Hakuna Matata’ go, putting roses in your hair is right up there with wear­ing Celia Birtwell prints and play­ing Sly and The Fam­ily Stone. Her cit­ron eye-shadow, taken from NARS Eye­shadow Duo in ‘Rated R,’ €34, is also pretty fresh. Beauty can be cham­pagne-like in its ever­green ap­peal: Happy-mak­ing when you are on a high, but an even nicer boost when you are feel­ing down. Beyond hid­ing fa­tigue in the morn­ings, its colour, scent, and emol­lient ef­fects can perk you up like a quick chat with a good friend. With early starts grow­ing darker, these are some beauty buys that will brighten your mood. Yan­kee Jarred Can­dle in ‘Peony,’ from €11.99 There’s been a pink VW Bug parked near my flat the last few weeks, al­ways with pe­onies on the dash­board. The flow­ers can’t be real; it’s months too late to get even one de­cent-look­ing bunch (and now is the time to plant them, ap­par­ently), but the whole pic­ture is nice on a rainy Mon­day. Yan­kee’s ‘Peony’ Can­dle, €24.99 for a medium size, brings home the flower’s marsh­mal­low-rose, as well as a sparkling, sum­mery scent that’s lovely at bath time. Cre­ated with two species of peony-ex­tract and a woody base-note, the large ver­sion of this can­dle can burn up to 110 hours. YSL Rouge Pur Cou­ture ‘Le Slim’ Matte Lip­stick, €35.50 Peony-pink makes an es­pe­cially up­lift­ing-lip colour, but who’d think to do one with a leather fin­ish? Tom Pecheux, ap­par­ently. ‘Le Slim’ is the first lip col­lec­tion by YSL Beauty’s creative head, who used to make the world’s sex­i­est smoky-eyes for Tom Ford. Square-edged to cre­ate a pre­cise line (or out­line, if you crave a fuller look), it is as in­tense in colour as it is light­weight on skin. The matte for­mula feels as dainty as the name sug­gests and stays put like skinny jeans. I think Pecheux might’ve gone a lit­tle slim­mer with the pack­ag­ing, as well, but YSL prod­ucts do al­ways look more at home in your jew­ellery box than be­side it, and less is never more in there. Try Le Slim in no. 14 ‘Rose Curieux,’ or ‘Nu In­con­gru’, for a touch of pink. Davines ‘The Spot­light Cir­cle’ , ap­prox. €9.50 + ship­ping, via cult­ Davines, a fam­ily-run hair­care brand in Parma, does some fan­tas­tic, quick-fix hair treat­ments. Skin­care in­gre­di­ents for the hair are a very hot way to nour­ish your locks right now and The Spot­light Cir­cle, a gloss-in­fused mois­tur­is­ing mask, is just the pick-me-up to change a ‘Blue Mon­day’ to a good hair day. Jo­joba and moringa oils, Vi­ta­min E, and hyaluronic acid com­bine to make strands su­per-shiny, while a smat­ter­ing of sil­i­cones works to keep them frizz-free. The for­mula’s tex­ture is light enough to layer with a scalp treat­ment, such as the green tea-in­fused Pu­rity Cir­cle, which pro­vides pol­lu­tion pro­tec­tion. Both suit all hair-types and smell ter­rific. Davines is sus­tain­ably pro­duced and pack­aged. The re­seal­able pouch al­lows for two uses on fine-to-medium hair. M&S Bare Feet Nour­ish­ing Heel Balm, €13 Adam San­dler’s rewrit­ten the lyrics to ‘Grow Old With You’, with which he ser­e­nades Drew Bar­ry­more at the end of The Wed­ding Singer, for his new Net­flix spe­cial, which ar­rived this month. There are lines about Eat, Pray, Love and be­ing a dad and — some­what per­ti­nently — about foot-rub­bing. If you prac­tice re­flex­ol­ogy or just like a good pedi­cure, you’ve prob­a­bly no­ticed how treat­ing your feel well can im­prove your mood. M&S Bare Feet Nour­ish Heel Balm, part of the high street gi­ant’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with A-list chi­ropodist Mar­garet Dabbs, is de­light­ful, no mat­ter who ap­plies it. The for­mula is rich in gin­ger ex­trac, green tea, and manuka honey. It also con­tains a zingy aroma of berg­amot and lime, with a sub­tle flo­ral and sheer-musk base. Mai­son Margiela Paris ‘Mutiny,’ from €99 Mutiny is a warm, ori­en­tal-flo­ral scent to drown out win­ter blues. It is also an un­usu­ally spir­ited con­cept for a Margiela scent, but John Gal­liano, the brand’s creative di­rec­tor, has been drawn to high-seas drama be­fore. Eight years ago this month, he showed a Dior col­lec­tion in­spired by

On The Water­front and a dream of Kate Moss as a siren who lures sea­men to their deaths. After­wards, he took a bow in naval uni­form. The brand John Gal­liano, which sacked him after his anti-Semitic rant, but re­tained his friend and pro­tégé, Bill Gayt­ten, for de­sign, this spring put out sailor-in­spired trousers stained with tea. And this in­tox­i­cat­ing new fra­grance, Mutiny, which could over­power an army if you get too lib­eral with your spritz­ing. Margiela’s Mutiny also speaks to the dis­sent­ing mood of the mo­ment, us­ing ‘mu­tin­ist’ cool-kids, like Wil­low Smith and Princess Nokia, in its ads. It is de­scribed as uni­sex, as are all Margiela fra­grances, but its mix of au­tum­nal fruits and var­i­ous ex­pres­sions of tuberose is so fem­i­nine it makes J’adore seem muted.

An agar­wood and leather base brings the heat. The fla­con is a very gold, multi-faceted jewel of a thing, beau­ti­ful in its own right. Margiela of­fers per­sonal en­grav­ing of its front panel, at my­

Davis­esHairTreat­ment, Mai­son Margiela Mutiny, and YSL The Slim Lip­stick.

Emma Stone, left, ‘mod­el­ling’ cit­ron eye-shadow and a flower in her hair.

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