Skinfo: get serious about skincare with our top tips
It's time to get serious about skincare and be beautified with benefits, while smelling as fragrant as a femme fatale, says our beauty expert, Triona McCarthy
When it comes to our skin, we can paint over the problems by piling on the slap, but if we don't look after what lies beneath, then we're never going to truly achieve that much sought-after complexion perfection.
Luckily for us, developments in skincare have excelled over the past few years, with scientists worldwide concocting potions that really do make a difference. The trick is to be informed and in the know about what we should be putting on our skin to improve it. I've rounded up the latest and greatest skincare launches to keep you all skinformed!
Shiseido's new Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, left, €85, from Brown Thomas, not only repairs visible damage, it also acts as your skin's guardian. According to its makers, it's the first product to reactivate the skin's multi-defensive power to resist, protect, regenerate and strengthen against harmful aggressors. SkinCeuticals Resveratrol B E, left, €140, targets the visible signs of skin ageing and accumulated skin damage. It's bursting with antioxidants and vitamins that work during the day against extrinsic and intrinsic free-radical damage.
In 2011, Lancome made a real breakthrough with the launch of Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector, right, €74, their first skincare with LR2412, a 'magic' molecule. Now Visionnaire has been updated to include Lancome's first double jasmonate complex - even more science-y goodness, to ensure even distribution through the skin.
I have a pair of Dior Tribal earrings I adore and I'd love another pair, but they're a little bit spendy. I found a, um, 'similar' pair online, and when they arrived, I popped them on, but they nearly made my ears fall off! If you have sensitive ears like me, coat the pointy part of your earrings in Vaseline to prevent your ears from getting sore.
What happens on tour stays on tour. Right, girls? It's the Code of the Road! Well, if only the same could be said for the hairstyle crimes I've committed in the past!
Twitter and Facebook photos of cheeky girly trips away, with me looking like a loony in a right tress mess, constantly pop up to haunt me!
It's always the same bag-packing routine - I'm lost in the midst of giant straightners and huge curlers, rollers and hairdryers. But hallelujah, I have been saved. I've discovered Ego Professional styling tools, including the Ego Getaway Dual Voltage Set, right, €59, available from selected salons nationwide, tel: (045) 856-490, or see xpertpro.ie
This is a handbag-sized duo of tools - the Little Ego Wave, and the Little Ego Wand, both below - which I can take with me anywhere and everywhere, from a mini-break to a festival, just tucked into a tote.
The Little Ego Wand is just 20cm long from the handle to the tip and creates instant curls so easily, while the Little Ego Wave creates easy, casual waves with its bijou, triple-barrel iron.
Just be careful when the airport customs man mistakes them for something else and gives you a cheeky wink!
Not being able to sleep is terrible. You have the misery of having partied all night, but without the satisfaction, as cartoonist Lynn Johnston perfectly put it.
I'm a reformed insomniac - my one-year-old, Maxi, cured me. But every now and then, mainly if I'm a bit stressed, falling asleep can be difficult. This Works Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle, below, €33, packs a potent essential-oil blend of calming lavender and soothing Roman chamomile, which helps erase stress for a peaceful night's sleep. It's the French lavender fragrance that helps to calm the nerves.
We all know that benefit is one brand that always looks good enough to eat. Its adorable packaging and the cheeky, witty slogans lure me in every time - and it helps that the products are brilliant too, breaking sales records by the minute.
So when benefit opened their one-stop-shop on South William Street in Dublin last year, I was soooo excited to get in and play. Yes, the half-naked, oiled-up hunky men at the opening did help, too! Well, of course they did! And what a place to play it is. Between the blow-dry bar, the nail bar, the brow bar . . . God, I'm getting thirsty just thinking about it!
The playful decor makes you feel like you're in a video with pop princess Katy Perry, left, and between the tanning and waxing rooms and the great make-up team, you'll be able to look every bit as picture-perfect as she does, too.
Or at least that's what I told myself, as I bounced out the door after some sugary-sweet pampering.
Drop into the benefit team at 17 South William St, D2, or see the full range of products and services available at benefitcosmetics.com.
Have you ever fancied yourself as a bit of a femme fatale, all smoke and mirrors and film-noir seduction? Or maybe you could just smell like one instead!
YSL's Black Opium, right, €58 - which is available from August 31 exclusively at Brown Thomas, then nationwide from September 17 - is a seriously sultry scent. It's the new incarnation of the cult fragrance Opium, which was first launched in 1977. It dips deeper into the luscious aromas of coffee bean accord, with radiant white flowers, crisp notes of pear, and electric pink pepper.
Beware though, it's not a scent for the faint-hearted! In fact, I come over all Rita Hayworth in Gilda when I wear it, dahlings.