Miracle products (for magical holiday nights)
We've all done it. Emerged out of the cosy cocoon that is November and launched ourselves recklessly into the craziness of December, saying yes to every possible adventure. And why not?
But now we're halfway through the month, and the novelty of getting dressed up and using our new eye make-up palette is starting to wear off. Even worse, those jam-packed days and even longer nights are starting to take their toll. We need to get our mojo back -- and some hero products might just help.
Decleor Double Radiance Cream, €54
This gel-cream combo from an always reliable brand is packed with essential oils and active plant ingredients. The unusual two-pump formula may seem slightly gimmicky, but this surprisingly non-oily product packs a punch and leaves skin glowing. Great base for make-up.
Benefit Watt's Up, €34.50
Although it initially looks quite dark, this highlighter blends quite easily. No unnecessary shimmer, just a subtle champagne colour with a smooth texture. Use this over your forehead, cheekbones and nose for a subtle golden glow. Although it's a little pricey, you don't have to use too much to get a good effect.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer and Corrector, €24 each
Essential tools for any party-loving girl, their creamy concentrated formulation blends easily to disguise the ravages of the night before. Use Corrector (available in pink and peach tones) to brighten and disguise under-eye circles, and yellow-toned Concealer if you need more coverage.
Revlon Super Lustrous in Black Cherry, €10.50
Red lipstick is the go-to product for instant glamour, but dark wine has a certain charm. This gorgeous rich shade means you don't have to worry about spending too long on your eye make-up (it is a matte lippie, though, so make sure your lips are well moisturised first). A flick of black liner will do the trick.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, €50.50
Don't mind the misleading name: this anti-ageing serum can be used day and night for a silky smooth, supple complexion with even tone. Particularly appreciated by parched skin that's spent a bit too much time partying.
Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, €30.50
The texture of this is halfway between a gel and a balm, and it's certainly a balm to dry, dehydrated skin, thanks to its thirst-quenching mix of apricot kernel oil and plant glycerin, while naturally emollient-rich orange peel wax, avocado oil and mango butters keep it well hydrated. I use it as my go-to product on nights when I know I need particular help to look good (ie alive!) the morning after.
QCat Deeley knows that importance of multi-tasking. She loves Nars The Multiple in Copacabana (€41), saying: "I use this on my cheekbones, under my eyebrows and in the corners of my eyes."
THIS WEEK. . .
QWant to get a bit of va-va-voom from your mascara (and don't we all?!)? Then listen to the advice from MAC make-up artist Terry Barber, who says: "It's a bit like getting volume in hair; you have to work from the roots. Work the bristles of the [mascara] brush into the roots until you feel it tug, and then comb it out to the tips. This is guaranteed to give you the definition in one or two coats. Bottom lashes need a bit more precision. Use the tip of the wand. Paint each one individually, root to tip."
QIf you only do one thing this week, change your scent. It's the ultimate seasonal accessory. I can't resist the smell of fig, which is one of the gorgeous notes (along with amber, bergamot and rose) in L'Occitaine's Ambre & Santal fragrance (€55).