The Panel: Greatest hits
The festivities aren't yet a distant memory, but, by now, you've almost definitely read at least one article about how to create a brand new you.
We're all for putting the best foot forward in 2011, so in an effort to help you to help yourself, we've selected five of the best products we tried in 2010.
When you try out a lot of products, it can be disheartening to discover that some simply don't deliver, but that's not what we're about.
We're about what works -- but not miracles -- and about pointing you in the right direction.
All of these products fared well with the panellists during the past year. They actually did what they promised, and they easily rated as the year's greatest hits.
While an entirely new you may not actually be achievable -- or, at least, not without surgery and that won't necessarily mean a better you, just a different, slightly odd-looking one -- looking better is always a boost.
And how else would you want to face the new year?
Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream, €24.95, Arnotts; selected pharmacies and health stores nationwide
Early in 2010, we raved about Trilogy's Cleansing Cream for being gentle but impressively effective. Then, later in the year, Trilogy launched a sensitive-skin range, with this as the star performer. Fragrance- and alcohol-free, with avocado and camellia, it's soothing, but it removes even the most stubborn make-up. "Most sensitive-skin products bring me out in a rash, but this whole range is outstanding," said one reactive panellist. "I've actually adopted a skincare routine for the first time ever."
Guinot Time Logic Age Serum, €196, for stockists nationwide, tel: (0818) 719-303
A 30-day treatment, morning and night, that produced real results when it came to skin quality and luminosity. With 56 active ingredients, including stable vitamin C, it delivered exactly what it promised. "A serum that lives up to its age-defying claim," said one panellist. "Ageing is not necessarily about lines or wrinkles -- it's more about dullness. This serum brightens the skin and makes it more translucent. So it works."
Origins Brighter By Nature, €43.50, Arnotts; Clerys; House of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, D16
Forty textured pads soaked with fruit acids that exfoliate without scrubbing, this product proved popular for the ease of use combined with the impressive results. Panellists noticed that their skin was noticeably smoother, with four months' worth of smooth skin in every pot. "I loved that you did almost nothing, just used them like a cotton-wool pad," said one panellist. "They definitely tightened the pores on my nose, and they gradually faded a couple of dark spots, too."
Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange, €25, selected pharmacies nationwide
Newly arrived in Irish pharmacies last autumn, this range is a firm French favourite and this dry oil is a standout product. Truly dry to apply, it is deceptively moisturising to boot and the grown-up scent, which includes extracts of mandarin orange, bergamot and verbena, is deep and woody. "Not at all greasy to apply, but your skin is immediately softened," said a panellist, "and the smell is highly addictive. I love everything about it."
Kerastase Elixir Ultime, €34, salons nationwide
The oils in this miracle worker include the latterly much-vaunted Moroccan argan oil and Amazonian pracaxi oil, and it works wonders on every manner of mane. For fine-haired types, it was a brilliant, intensely conditioning treatment; while those with thicker hair found it a brilliant, shine-boosting styling aid. "As an overnight treatment, you really notice the difference," said one fine-haired panellist. "And I've even dared to use it on the ends of my hair before blow-drying for really shiny going-out hair."
Pictured, clockwise from top left: Roger & Gallet Bois d'Orange; Trilogy Very Gentle Cleansing Cream; Kerastase Elixir Ultime; Guinot Time Logic Age Serum; Origins Brighter By Nature
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