We're all grooming and Zooming, according to Triona McCarthy, our in-house beauty guru, as she shows us how to carry out essential brow maintenance.
We all know the importance of staying hydrated, and the benefits are many: better skin, improved digestion and boosted exercise performance, to name but a few. Never buy bottled water again with the Waterlogic Firewall Hybrid Water Purifier, below, €189, mywaterlogic.ie.
It purifies and filters your tap water at the touch of a button, reducing 99.9999pc of bacteria. It takes up about the same space as a kettle on your counter top, and best of all, it is economical and environmentally friendly. Since we got ours, I've found we've all been drinking much more water every day.
Turn up baby, turn up, when I turn it on
You know how I get too lit when I turn it on. Can't handle my behaviour when I turn it on....
Most make-up artists have had a hard time during the lockdown as they can't get up close and personal with people, combined with the fact that social events such as weddings have all been cancelled or postponed. But some are definitely not resting. Paula Callan, pictured above, has busied herself doing amazing tutorials and how-to videos on her Instagram feed.
Not only have I picked up lots of tips, I've also discovered new music! Paula always has the best music on her videos - it's where I first heard Roses, the SAINt JHN Imanbek remix that I'm currently addicted to.
The best tip I've found for not touching my face is to have a drink in both hands at all times! Hee hee!
Speaking of hands, check out this new and very timely Glossier Hand Cream, above, €18, glossier.com. The nutrient-rich formula hits the sweet spot between a lotion and a cream; it's absorbed quickly and the sheer-touch finish means it dries without leaving any residue behind.
It smells amazing, just like the brand's perfume, Glossier You, plus the recyclable packaging is chic, and dispenses the perfect amount of product every time.
Just checked my bank account, I'm gonna have to return everything I bought online! Except maybe the hooker heels! To break in new shoes, apply Vaseline to any areas that might chafe. A spray of deodorant can also stop blisters forming.
I feel natural-looking skin is where it's at right now. Because of the lockdown, the glam, full-on coverage 'lewk' is out. So step forward please, Armani Neo Nude True-To-Skin Natural Glow Foundation, above, €38. A skincare/make-up hybrid, it's infused with hyaluronic acid and glycerin for long-lasting hydration. It's perfect for summer, as the light oil content in the formulation encourages light reflection and contributes to the foundation's even finish, without creating a heavy feel.
Eye've noticed we've all got really good at doing salon-style grooming at home since the lockdown began.
Grooming and Zooming!
While I am utterly useless at colouring the hair on my head, I'm not too bad at doing my brows, and wonder whether I'll ever get them shaped or tinted in a salon again.
Remember, a good set of 'face framers' as I call them, can lift and define the face. For a very profesh at-home brow tint, try Eylure Dybrow, above, €9.99 - it's quick and easy to use. It's always important to do a patch test first, so you can match the tint to your natural brow colour and rule out any possible adverse skin reaction.
Before you start, make sure your eyebrows are completely clean and dry. Prepare your tint mixture and use the small spoolie included to carefully apply the formula across your brows. Wait up to 10 minutes, then remove the tint with a cotton pad, and there you have it - quick, easy,salon-worthy eyebrows in an instant.
Never pluck, wax or thread your eyebrows before applying a tint, as doing so leaves the follicles and pores open and can cause irritation.
Even easier to use is Urban Decay Inked Brow, below, €32. It's a semi-permanent gel that shapes and defines insanely long-lasting brows that are so low-maintenance, they won't budge for up to 60 hours.
Or try Maybelline Tattoo Brow, €16.99, an easy-to-do peel-off tint that gives up to three days' wear. Happy browsing!