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Triona McCarthy: Our columnist brings some ho-ho-ho glow with her top Christmas party essentials, a hangover hack and celeb-worthy super skin treatments

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The Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns

The Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns

Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls

Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls

Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter

Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter

Satin Skin Longwear Concealer

Satin Skin Longwear Concealer

Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

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Whitney Houston

So tell me, what’s the most offensive gift you’ve ever received? Go on, ask whoever is next to you — it makes for the best laugh and, as I always say, laughter is the best medicine. I once got an exercise bike from an ex-boyfriend for Christmas. I decided to do some digging and it seems that one of the most offensive gifts you can give at Christmas is cash — it can show lack of thought and last-minute panic. Eh, I’m always happy to take cash — just saying. But what really surprised me is that beauty products are also on the list of offensive gifts. Who knew? So, if you’ve ever had your doubts about gifting someone an amazing wrinkle cream, it’s not unwarranted — even if I’m here to tell you not to worry. I think it can be brilliant to gift beauty at this time of year. But there might be some etiquette to be aware of, so think before you buy and it’ll show you really care. Don’t be passive-aggressive and give someone you have never spoken to in work mouthwash or an anti-ageing cream! If your pal has a beauty concern that’s making them unhappy and they talk about it on the regular — why not find them the best product out there? If anything, it will show you’ve been listening and we all know that’s what makes a fab friend

THE TRICK

We all know hangovers are hell, but here’s a little trick your body will thank you for. Don’t worry — it’s not ‘simply don’t drink’ advice. If you’re getting ready for a big night out, prep your stomach with a spoonful of honey and eat something greasy for dinner. The grease will slow down the absorption of alcohol and the honey can reduce hangover symptoms the next day. Give it a try.

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Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

THE TREND

Mac attack

Houston, we have a problem. I want just about everything in this brand new Mac x Whitney Houston collab and I have nothing in my bank
account — geddit?
Anyhoo, song puns aside, I seriously am all over this partnership with the late singer’s estate to mark the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
From Cruella de Vil to Black Panther, to name but a few, Mac has been playing a blinder lately with its movie link-ups and this latest one is sure to be a hit.
So, if you’re a fan of the make-up looks in the new film — it’s due for release in Irish cinemas on December 30 — and want to pay tribute to one of the most iconic singers of all time, now is your chance. See maccosmetics.com

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The Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns

The Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns

The Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns

THE TREATMENT

Doctor Jack knows best

When you hear that someone in the beauty biz has a top-secret list
of loyal royals and celebs as clients, you know they’ve got to be
good. Dr David Jack — who has a background in plastic surgery and
burns treatment — has a clinic at 96 Harley Street in London and it’s
the place to go for skin that will look best for your age — yes, it’s not
always about looking younger.
Anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, the
Dr David Jack London product line tackles major skin concerns.
Soon enough, we’ll be able to avail of the doctor’s top treatments,
as he plans to open a clinic in Dublin, but until then, Dr David Jack’s
simple three-step routine will transform your skin. This capsule
collection is designed for all skin types and includes Good
Morning, an advanced antioxidant day serum, £89; All Day Long,
an SPF 50 moisturiser, £95, and Good Night, an advanced active
night cream, £89 (note: items from the UK may incur extra charges for
Republic of Ireland customers).
See drdavidjack.com

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Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls

Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls

Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls

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THE TOOLS

Eye spa with my little, er, eye, something beginning with MRL. This pair of Marie Reynolds London Eye Balls, right, €29.50, will soothe a migraine, while giving your peepers some much-needed TLC. Pop them in the fridge before applying them to certain points around the eyes to promote lymph drainage and blood flow for brighter eyes.
See mariereynoldslondon.com

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Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter

Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter

Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter

THE TALK

Get ready to sleigh

Christmas party season is upon us and it’s the first time in years that we don’t have to wear a mask or stay two metres apart. We all know what this means — fully-fledged make-up looks that won’t budge throughout the work party dinner and even on the dance floor at 2am.

There’s no better time to sparkle and shimmer than during the festive season, so I’ve rounded up some new products to help you get your glow on.
We all know a good primer is a no-brainer if you want to make sure your foundation won’t melt off your face halfway throughout the night.

So check out this Flormar Double Radiance Primer Highlighter, €12.95, flormar.com. It’s affordable and suits all skin types. The aim here is to achieve glass-like skin that looks radiant and hydrated. You can also apply it on top of your foundation for a dewy finish.

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Satin Skin Longwear Concealer

Satin Skin Longwear Concealer

Satin Skin Longwear Concealer

Bright lights and getting up close and personal at mealtimes might mean you’re after great coverage that doesn’t look cakey. Enter this new collection by Irish beauty entrepreneur Aimee Connolly. The Sculpted by Aimee Satin Skin Longwear Foundation, €30, and Satin Skin Longwear Concealer,€18, guarantee super coverage that’s lightweight and lets the skin breathe. Perfect for all skin types, these products create a soft, silky finish that lasts all day.
See sculptedbyaimee.com. 
For budget beauty buys, Penneys/Primark is a great go-to. The Expert Edit brings together beauty experts’ favourites. The latest collab, Expert Edit x Natalia Osona, sees the brand work with the Spanish beauty influencer. There is PS... Lip Liner Pencil, €1.50; PS... Lip Kit, €3.50; and PS... My Perfect Colour Liquid Concealer, which is a steal at just €2.50. There’s way more to this edit, from foundation to false nails and even storage solutions — so you’ll be party-ready in a pinch. See primark.ie.

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Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask

Finally, I’d like to point out that before you try any make-up look, prepped skin is a must — so I suggest getting your hands on a great mask.
Sisley Paris Exfoliating Enzyme Mask, €100, uses papain, a natural fruit enzyme that comes from papaya, which works on breaking down dead skin cells. It sounds pricey, but if you fancy a facial and can’t get to the salon, here’s your answer.
See sisley-paris.com


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