People sometimes ask me if I’m having trouble coming up with an idea for this column. Is it hard to find something to write each week? The answer is always no. I never fight for a beauty subject. It’s endlessly fascinating to me, from the science of skincare to ever-changing trends. Plus, I really love helping readers find the right product for them or in some cases opening the door for people to take care of themselves in a new way.
It’s not always that deep, of course. Sometimes it’s just about raving about a product or two that I think you’ll love. It’s one of those days. Today, I want to tell you about the products that I have recently adored and that I had not yet had the opportunity to tell you about.
Starting with makeup, I recently completed a Charlotte Tilbury’s tip for eyebrows pencil (28 € via charlottetilbury.com) and I am helpless. Honestly, I can’t tell you the last time I finished an eyebrow pencil because I tend to try something new before I get there, but it has become a staple of my makeup routine. . It’s a thin, light, retractable pencil on one end and a spool on the other. The pencil stays where you place it and can be used to draw individual hair or blended to create a stronger shape. Love it and luckily there are refills available.
Hourglass is a luxury brand renowned for its innovative products. Lately, I love mascaras. Hourglass Instant Unblocked Mascara (32 € via brownthomas.com) separates and lengthens lashes beautifully for a more natural finish, while Attention hourglass Extreme Lash Mascara (32 € via brownthomas.com) delivers length and volume in spades. Both mascaras can be purchased the pair for 51 €.
KVD Beauty has had a number of solid product launches in the past year, but the one I turn to regularly is the KVD Beauty ModCon Liquid-Gel Contour (27 € via boots.fr). Too many contouring products fall into the warm orange range, which won’t work for many skin tones, but these come in a wide range of shades and undertones. I use Fair Cool, ideal for fair skin. The product is also very light and easy to mix, making it a beginner’s dream.
When it comes to skin care, I’m sorry to say I fell in love with Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum (200 € via flowering.ie). I’m sorry to say this because this cult favorite is insanely overpriced and most of us won’t be able to shop on a regular basis. However, it gives my skin a nice glow and makes it almost bouncy. You only need a few drops per application so the bottle lasts, but that price is still a challenge.
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I also enjoyed Seabody, a vegan and organic skincare line that features marine molecules harvested from organic Irish seaweed. The benefits of seaweed for the skin have long been documented and in the products of this Irish brand they are combined with ingredients such as phytosqualan and hyaluronic acid for added effect. The packaging is black, sleek and luxurious, and the products are beautiful on the skin. I particularly like the Seabody Elixir Night Serum (70 € via seabody.com), which always leaves my skin soft and hydrated.
Finally, a little hair talk. I recently completed a tube of R + Co On A Cloud Baobab Repairing Hair Mask (€ 45.20 via cultbeauty.com), and I’ll have to buy a new one. This mask is rich and creamy while being infused with baobab oil protein, which means it works to repair damage and leaves hair soft and shiny. It smells amazing, and the packaging is beautiful.
I am also thoroughly on Martinsson King Root Lift Dry Volume Spray (23 € via truahair.fr). If you need a little oomph, this delivers in spades. My hair is thick and heavy so I can struggle to get some body, but it solves the problem with a few sprays.
Lost in translation
You’ve probably heard the term active ingredients used in reference to skin care. The second cleanse of a double cleanse, for example, should contain active ingredients. What does this mean though? It’s simple really. Active ingredients are ingredients that can make a long-term difference to your skin. Things like vitamin C, retinoids, and hyaluronic acid are all active ingredients – things that skincare companies (and I) are still grappling with!
Something old …
For many years, branded bathroom products have been the height of luxury for me. More than a bottle of Bath & Shower Gel Molton Brown Orange and Bergamot (25 € via arnotts.ie) graced my shower via ‘pamper yourself’ moments. Citrus and fresh, the scent helped me imagine not taking a shower in a rented house while my two-year-old pokes his head every two minutes screaming, “What are you doing, mom ? Instead, I’m a sophisticated woman about to wander the orange groves that surround her Tuscan villa. This is what I am talking about when I say that the experiential elements of beauty products are important.
… Something new
Maison Margiela’s Replica collection seeks to replicate the scents of special moments in life, and it does so successfully. the Lazy Sunday Morning Replica Shower Gel by Maison Margiela (30 € via spacenk.com) has a clean, fresh scent reminiscent of cotton sheets and the sun through an open window (yes, a scent can conjure those things up). As you can imagine, this scent is ideal for the shower and leaves you feeling clean, fresh and above all luxurious. It’s definitely a treat, but sometimes you’re worth it!