Beauty best buys
The three best Clarifying shampoos
K-Pak Clarifying Shampoo, €16.90 Joico, available in salons nationwide. For stockists see xpertpro.ie
This stuff is amazing. It deeply cleanses the scalp and the hair without harshly stripping it. Also, it provides the most amazing canvas for conditioner, and I know this because I've tried tons of different conditioners after using it and all have worked brilliantly.
Gentle Shampoo, €11.95 Viviscal, available from Boots, leading pharmacies nationwide and online at viviscal.ie
The by-product of in-depth clinical trials and backed up by a wealth of celebrity endorsers, this shampoo cleans and exfoliates the pores in your scalp, thereby promoting hair growth.
It's fast becoming a cult product, particularly among those with thinning hair.
Scalp Benefits Balancing Shampoo, €20.50 Aveda, available from Brown Thomas Dublin and Aveda hair salons nationwide
A friend who suffers from dry scalp but has insanely oily hair swears by this as she says every time she uses it she gets at least 24 hours extra out of her blowdry.
Also, I'm told it's colour-friendly, which most other clarifying shampoos can't boast.
Normaderm Hyaluspot, €10 Vichy, available in selected pharmacies nationwide
I applied this transparent gel to a pesky little spot on my chin that was threatening to morph into a monster, and within two days it had removed all traces of the little bugger. No word of a lie.
*product of the week
Prevage Clinical Lash and Brow Enhancing Serum, €100 Elizabeth Arden, available in department stores nationwide
I've been roadtesting this on my eyelashes every day for three weeks now, and can notice a significant improvement in the length and thickness of my lashes.
Worth the €100? If my wedding was coming up, or if I suffered from weak, limp lashes or sparse eyebrows, then I'd have no hesitation whatsoever.