Wednesday 23 October 2019

Ruth Griffin

French actress Marion Cotillard poses as she arrives for the screening of the film

Gallic glamour: French beauty buys to swear by 

My love affair with all things Gallic began as a child when my parents would take us to the idyllic, sunny region of Provence in the South of France every summer. My first serious boyfriend was a very handsome, typically passionate Frenchman - I not only fell in love with him but also the food, the countryside, the beaches, the books (Manon Lescaut by Prevost is in my top five favourite books of all time), the style and the language. I even went on to study French in UCD (sadly I cannot speak a word now!). For me, there's something so intriguing, beautiful and mysterious about the...

Mascara is tricky to remove

Ruth Griffin: Perfect peepers - add drama with luxurious lashes 

What's the one piece in the vast make-up armoury that nearly every woman uses? It won't come as a surprise that this go-to item is humble but hard-working mascara! More than 91pc of us wear it daily - but why? As opposed to complicated make-up techniques like contouring and tricky-to-master eyeshadow application, one or two coats of the black stuff gives a super speedy lift and definition to the face and banishes that sleepy-eyed look.

Simone Rocha

Ruth Griffin: How to shine like a star on New Year's Eve 

Stargazer Carl Sagan said: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." I think of these words often, especially at the turning of the new year. We're on the cusp of something new. As we head into 2019, and a generally bleak first month, it's worth remembering that it is named for the Roman god Janus, who was said to have two faces: one looking back at the year that was and the other looking forward to all that is yet to come.

Mookie & Boo

Ruth Griffin: Irish made Beauty gift guide 

Irish beauty brands have come into their own over the last few years - with some of them (Kinvara and Pestle & Mortar) winning huge international skincare awards and others (Voya) being stocked in luxury salons across the globe. The organic and natural skincare arena is where Irish beauty brands are really making waves internationally, and after road-testing them myself as beauty writer for Weekend, I can totally see why. They are top quality skincare beauties.

Aveda Stress Fix range

Ruth Griffin: Green goddess 

For the month of September, in this column I have been taking a look at the growing appetite and industry for Conscious Cosmetics. In exploring the rising demand for all-natural, responsible skincare and beauty products - which are kinder to both our skin and our environment than chemical-laden alternatives - I have tested a host of skincare and make-up products available from salons, department stores and health food stores across the country. Over the past four weeks, I have highlighted vegan beauty lines, the new trend for adaptogens, petro-chemical-free products and...

Victoria Beckham in Paris earlier this year

Ruth Griffin: School-run saviours 

Hasn't it been a long and lovely summer this year? For lots of us, now it's back to reality as the school year starts. We're busy getting the books covered, the uniforms ordered, the school lunches sorted and trying to settle ourselves before the dreaded commencement of the school-run rush. I'd love to say I am super organised and perfectly coiffed for the early morning drop-offs, but the truth is that I'm usually thrown together and looking pretty dishevelled.

Note Cosmetics 2018 campaign image

Ruth Griffin: Get your glow on 

As we start to shed our winter woollies and swap them out for a lighter summer wardrobe, we should think about doing the same for our skincare. Your skin's needs change from season to season, so what worked for you in the harsh, colder months, doesn't necessarily cut the beauty mustard in the sunnier, warmer weather. Our skin may crave added deep moisturisation during the long months of icy, windy weather complete with complexion-drying central heating, but it requires different protection during the sunnier, dryer months of summer.

Keep your dentist visits regular

Ruth Griffin: Million dollar smile 

Thich Nhat Hanh believes that, "Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful." The 91-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk may lean more towards the philosophical aspect of smiling, but science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift our mood, lower stress and boost our immune system. Smiling essentially tricks our brains into believing we're happy, which can then spur actual feelings of happiness. So, how do we feel super confident in our smiles? By making sure we are tending to our dental and oral health every day.

Gwyneth Paltrow - never afraid to broach the subject of hair removal.

Beauty sleuth: Ruth Griffin on the latest trends 

Sun's out, legs out… Razors out? Body hair removal may appear to be quite a modern beauty invention - it's certainly true that female shaving and waxing has become mainstream since World War 2. However, hair removal actually has a 6,000-year history. The Egyptians removed all body hair apart from their eyebrows and eyelashes. In ancient Greece, body hair was deemed uncivilised and as such is completely absent from all their ancient artwork. These original beauty buffs used a form of depilatory cream called 'dropax', a mix of vinegar and earth to trim back body hair.