Irish National Opera’s new production of Donizetti’s magnificently stirring opera Maria Stuarda opens at the Gaiety Theatre next month, with eight nationwide performances starring Tara Erraught and Anna Devin, directed by Tom Creed. LH
Internationally renowned pianist Barry Douglas and chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland will present the final performance of University Concert Hall’s Limerick Concert Series, Awakening, on Sunday, June 5, at 3pm. Tickets from €23. LH
To book, tel: (061 ) 331-549, or see uch.ie
Entrepreneur Céilí Flood has teamed up with her sister to create the Little Light line of necklaces, all of which are designed to help the wearer take a moment to breathe, to remember, to think of someone loved, or someone lost.
Born out of bereavement and sisterly support, the line of necklaces includes Grief, Go-Getter and Soul Sister.
The Pause necklace, pictured above, is central to the collection, with two engraved vertical lines on a gold-plated disc, designed to resemble a pause button and remind you to take
a minute. SC
‘Pause’ 14-carat gold-plated necklace, €45, Little Light, see littlelight.ie
The recently opened Arthaus Hotel in Dublin, the decor of which is inspired by the Bauhaus movement, is populated by bespoke works from Irish artists Fran Halpin and Deirdre McClorey, inspired by Mainie Jellett and Mary Swanzy.
Guests at the hotel can avail of the on-site art tour through the building.
B&B from €116.50 per person sharing. LH
Before buying an Augustinus Bader face cream, you may need to do a dance of justification with yourself.
It may take some time, as a pot of The Ultimate Soothing Cream with TFC8 is no small investment.
To help you do the mental checklist, bear in mind that Victoria Beckham and Gwyneth Paltrow are big fans.
Also, this is a new variation on the bestselling face creams, with a Trigger Factor Complex that employs amino acids to prompt the skin into boosting cell renewal.
As it’s packed with oils, vitamins and active ingredients, Professor Bader recommends you use no other treatment products with it.
So that’s saving money, right? SC
The Ultimate Soothing Cream, €240, Augustinus Bader, Brown Thomas, or see cultbeauty.com
Gardening Together by Diarmuid Gavin and Paul Smyth is a new month-by-month guide to the basics of gardening, inspired by and written for those who discovered the joys of gardening during lockdown. LH
Gardening Together, €19.99, Gill Books
As we tentatively peel off the layers of clothes and reveal our pale, wintered limbs, thoughts turn to body lotion.
New launch Bio-Oil Body Lotion is the perfect marriage of oil and lotion, as the name might suggest.
Oils are optimal for locking in moisture, but often they are slow to absorb and a bit greasy; body lotions are lighter but, due to their high water content, less effective in the long term.
This is the perfect marriage of the two, with a light, milky texture and a shea oil base that leaves skin silky and dewy.
Best of all, it absorbs fast, so you can get dressed immediately — because Irish summers aren’t quite warm enough for that sort of hanging around. SC
Bio-Oil Body Lotion, €13.95, pharmacies nationwide
As we enter exam season, helping students to keep calm and focus is a daunting task, particularly after the upheaval of the pandemic years.
Irish brand Revive Active has become the 21st-century answer to the ‘tonic’ that was formerly the Irish mammy’s answer to anything that might ail you.
Revive Active’s Mastermind blend boasts 11 active ingredients the brand claims will boost cognitive and psychological function, while also helping the nervous system.
It also has a pleasant orange flavour. Always consult your GP before starting supplements. SC
Revive Active Mastermind, €49.95 for one month’s supply, pharmacies nationwide