Wednesday 17 January 2018

Beauty Boutique: Facelifts, forecasts and a free foot massage

Mac's spring forecast collection features a range of beautiful colours
Mac's spring forecast collection features a range of beautiful colours
Treat your mum with LUSH this Mother's Day - as well as beautiful presents, free foot massages are on offer!
The spring collection from Nars

Sinead Van Kampen

Surgery-free facelifts, spring forecasts and free foot massages are all in the mix at the Beauty Boutique - Independent Woman's weekly run down of what to try, what to buy and where to go for it.

Don't blush

Pinks, purples, corals, plums and golds are all on the cards this month at MAC. The limited edition Spring Colour Forecast collection features a range of lipsticks, eyeshadows, blushers and nail lacquers.

If your current requirements should include a touch of rouge you may find what your looking for in Azalea Blossom Blush Ombre (€28). The icy pink blusher builds colour easily allowing you to be as dusty and light or as full on as you need to be.

The Spring Forecast Collection is available from MAC counters nationwide.

Lush it

On Mothers Day the folks at Lush are opening their doors to mums of all persuasions with a free invitation to an afternoon of delightful pampering.

The oh-so-civilised 1950s theme will include hand massage, foot massage and special Lush facial treats as well as selection of decadent cakes and afternoon tea.

In the event you and mum can't make it, I highly recommend you peruse the special 'Mum Hatbox', which as well as looking quite good, is choc-full of goodies, including natural miranda soap, vanilla dee-lite moisturiser and a flower bath ballistic - available from Lush stores nationwide for €34.95.

Golden eye

If your make-up bag is looking a bit down in the dumps, try injecting a bit of summer shimmer with Nars' new Carmargue eyeshadow range.

Taking inspiration from the deep, dancing, sun-cast hues found in the hazy, late afternoons on French riverbanks, the palette comes with shades of sienna and a gorgeous golden moss.

I think the whole river thing might be a bit far-fetched, but the finish is pretty much flawless with more than a nod and a wink to this season’s natural make up-trends.

Available from Nars counters nationwide, priced at €34.

Making waves

Flat hair in need of some bounce need look no further than Rock Chic Wave by James Brown. It features a wave memory retention and flexibility formula that promises to deliver a very healthy dose of hair attitude without the annoying crispy bits.

A liberal spray over towel dryed hair followed by a 'rough' blowdry will have you sporting tresses even Kate Moss would be proud to tease.

Available from Boots, Priced at €8.79.

Instant Facelift

Anyone with a dose of sleepy skin may be interested in the latest offering from Australian cosmetics company Skin Doctors.

Recently launched, Instant Facelift promises a surgery free five-minute nip and tuck all contained in one handy bottle.

The cream is designed to lift, firm and smooth and forms a tightening matrix which tightens things up and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

The product worked wonders on my Sunday morning skin, and after the tingling subsided I was left with a taut soft complexion.

Available from Arnotts, priced at €39, is it time for the surgeons to pack their bags?

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