In from the cold - insulate yourself with layers of pampering products
The evenings are drawing in, says our beauty expert, but let's enjoy the short hibernation period while it lasts
There is one week remaining of summer time. I know, the summer's long gone at this stage, but on Saturday, the clocks will go back an hour and that's that. Already, though, the evenings have drawn in. It's darker getting up in the morning, the dusk falls early, and even if you're resisting the urge, you have given thought to putting on the central heating again. Of course, our hearts sink a little to accept that the sun will be in hibernation for much of the months ahead, but it's important to focus on the positive. Let's fight the dark and the cold and the dullness with insulating layers of pampering products, and let's make a joy of staying in and taking care of ourselves.
Of course, this hibernating phase of late autumn is always a mere stopgap between summer and you-know-what - the time of year beginning with 'C' that should not be mentioned just yet. That tinselled time is a welcome convivial break from the going-to-ground, and it is knowing that the hibernation is finite that makes it fun. So, sit back, cocoon yourself in scents and sensations of autumn to winter, slap on a face mask, take a bath or just simplify your beauty routine. Enjoy it while it lasts; it's not for long.
YSL Le Vestiaire des Parfums in Tuxedo, €215, Brown Thomas Dublin, or see brownthomas.com
This is one of a wardrobe of five fragrances designed to evoke the spirit of the late Yves Saint Laurent. Trench and Caftan are two of the others, so you see how apt the wardrobe reference is. Tuxedo is pitched as a unisex scent, but it is definitely of the deeper, darker, woody, spicy type that men tend to favour. The patchouli is not so upfront that it takes you back to Woodstock, but it's there as the scent unfolds as a rather sexy fruitiness underlying the spice. "Luxurious and expensive-smelling," said one panellist. "I'd adopt it for the winter for its warmth and depth."
Best Magic mask
bareMinerals Dirty Detox Mud Mask, €38, Brown Thomas, or see brownthomas.com
Often, mud-based masks are aimed at oily skin, with clays to absorb sebum and dry out spots. This mask is for all skin types, however, with clarifying charcoal and exfoliating papaya extract. It smells organic, in the best possible way, but it's undeniably a bit messy, so you might consider buying the application brush and stain-defying black facecloth,€17. "This goes on like an old-school mask that dries tightly on your face," said one panellist, "but it rinses off easily and leaves the skin far from tight but nicely smooth."
Best hot lips
Mac Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour in High Heels, €28, Brown Thomas, or see brownthomas.com
Liquid lipcolours that go on like something between a marker and a paint are all the go this season. And matte is how most of them dry on your mouth, with some more comfortable to wear than others. Mac has one of the nicest examples: a truly matte lip that doesn't feel dry, along with pigment that lasts. "A fabulous way to wear red," said a panellist. "It lasts consistently, without wearing off patchily."
Best Face lift
Sisley Supremya Night Baume, €545, Brown Thomas, or see brownthomas.com
We accept that this is dear. No one is saying it's cheap. It isn't pitched at young ones with no skin concerns. This is about deep and intense skincare for those who are attempting to hold back the tide. With a patented ingredient that promises to recharge and restore weary skin cells, it is a gorgeously creamy and traditionally rich night cream. It also comes with a dinky free sample of Supremya Eyes at Night. "I cannot lie; I noticed a serious difference in my skin after two nights' use," a panellist said. "Dehydration lines were gone and actual lines were plumped out."
Best Bath bliss
Laura Mercier Creme Brulee Honey Bath, €45, Brown Thomas, or see brownthomas.com
Make no mistake, we love the wooden honey dipper that comes with this bath product, but that's not all. It's sweet and creamy without being at all sickly, even though it smells of toffee and cream. Oat proteins, pro-vitamin B5 and sweet almond extracts are kind to your skin. "This is sweetly comforting for a winter soak," said one panellist. "And I adore twirling it out of its tub and into my tub with the stick."
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