Ruth Griffin: Beauty sleuth - your round-up of the week's best products and hot topics
I can admit, I have zero practical life skills. Apart from cooking and gardening (although my shameful herb garden graveyard might beg to differ) I've come to peace with the reality that I am useless with all things practical.
Given that DIY and technology are my particular Kryptonite, it was unsurprising that my family weren't exactly supportive when I announced I was going to decorate my lovely new house by myself. First, I watched a 10-minute tutorial on how to wallpaper and paint online. Then, I pasted my (upside down) wallpaper over an air vent and electrical socket. Finally, I proudly showed my family my hand painted walls, whilst discreetly laying a new rug over my paint splattered carpet. The result may have been middling but the experience opened up a whole new world of online tutorials to me - one that's especially useful if you're more into painting your face than painting walls. Why not log on and lean a new beauty trick yourself this week?
Treat vs cheat
The Clarisonic has a cult following as a skin cleanser and exfoliator, but it's a bit of an investment
M&S Face Cleaner
Try instead Marks and Spencer's Formula Time Defy Radiant Facial Cleansing Brush.
6 of the best: hot new products
Give It A Lash
For lashes that seem to go on for miles, step away from the falsies, and give this brand new mascara a bash instead. When applying, bring the wand as close to the root of your lash as possible and gently "wiggle" the mascara to the tips.
BUY IT: Dimensions de Chanel mascara, ¤31.50, Brown Thomas.
Top make-up artist Derrick Carberry raves about this homegrown organic beauty brand, Ógra. To achieve a polished foundation, he first smoothes this organic, peat-based moisturiser on models' skin to inject some serious hydration, before applying primer and base.
BUY IT: Ógra Nourishing Moisturiser, €42, ograskincare.com
Plump Up the Barnet
A little trick I learned from modelling was that the bigger your hair looks, the thinner your body appears! It's all about perspective, so with that in mind check out this lovely Plumping Lotion to thicken your 'do! Apply before styling.
BUY IT: Philip Kingsley PK Prep Plumping Cream, €25, Marks & Spencer Beauty.
I absolutely love collagen-based skincare products. This hidden gem is a skin-boosting moisturiser that I use once a year for a few weeks for a surprisingly effective skin pick-me-up. An underrated but excellent product.
BUY IT: Soap and Glory Wish Upon a Jar 21 Day Collagen Overhaul Cream, €20, Boots.
I'm not a huge fan of tinted moisturisers, I unusually prefer a solid coverage, but I am in love with this divine-smelling Tinted Day Cream. A sun-kissed glow is blended with almond oils, bees' wax and rose to give skin the most lustrous sheen.
BUY IT: Dr Hauschka's Tinted Day Cream, €30, health stores and pharmacies nationwide.
Kim Kardashian's make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic names the Beauty Blender applicator as his ultimate hero make-up tool for a flawless foundation. Make Up For Ever has launched a new nude shade with a cleanser, to ensure your blender stays in tip top shape.
BUY IT: Beauty Blender, €21.50, makeupforever.ie
Why: For lashes
How: Actress Blake Lively, wife of (gorgeous) Ryan Reynolds, regularly appears on the red carpet with a smouldering statement eye. With lashes that seem to go on forever and eyes that always pop, she is the smokey eye queen.
Why: For naturally healthy hair
How: For lessons on achieving glossy and full-looking hair without extensions, look no further than Jessica Chastain. The Oscar-nominated actress always steps out with a glamorously gorgeous ’do, that always looks effortless.
Why: For glowing skin
How: This glossy-skinned Victoria’s Secret model is a longtime advocate of the amazing beauty benefits of drinking aloe vera juice. She attributes her glowing skin and glossy hair to her daily intake of water and aloe vera.