Ruth Griffin: Sweets for your sweet
Easter gifts good enough to eat, from chocolate milk masks to fruity nail polish
Things have gone decidedly egg-shaped on the beauty pages this week. Inspired by Weekend's Easter Food special, I've bunnied up the latest beauty offerings.
Following hot on the heels of advent calendars filled with cosmetics, the industry has now turned its attention to Easter and is offering everything from gift baskets to 'beauty Easter eggs'.
It may seem a bit odd, but if you know someone who prefers to decline calorific chocolate eggs, these products could be a good option as an alternative token gift.
After all, who could resist the charms of a carrot-shaped bath bomb or a bunny rabbit sheet mask? I think it's a brilliant (and more waist-friendly) adult-appropriate present. And just to clarify, no matter how sweet they might look, none of the products featured here are edible.
Treat VS Cheat
The original Beauty Blender makeup sponge is used by every MUA worth their salt. From department stores nationwide.
Try these little gems - the Penneys Beauty Sponge - as a brilliant dupe. From Penneys nationwide.
* If you’re really feeling the bunny love this Easter, you might think about signing The Body Shop’s Forever Against Animal Testing petition, which calls on the UN to ban animal testing worldwide. In 2009 the EU banned animal testing in the zone, and in 2013 it banned the sale of products tested on animals in any region.
Now, the Body Shop wants to extend that to the rest of the world. See foreveragainstanimaltesting.com
10 of the beast Easter treats
● Egg on your face
This little egg enzyme- based cleanser actually punches a good skincare punch. Too Cool for School Egg-Zyme Whipped Foam Cleanser, €20, from Brown Thomas nationwide and brownthomas.com
● A beautiful Easter Egg
This is a selection of beauty goodies all individually wrapped in golden sweet wrappers made to look like a vintage, luxury chocolate box, that actually includes over €200 worth of skincare and make-up brands. The Beauty Egg Collection 2018, €74, includes items from Kérastase, Pixi, NUXE, Emma Hardie, Omorovicz, and Aura Naturals. From lookfantastic.com
● Cute as a bunny
Show Me the Bunny Sheet Mask, €6.50, from NAILS INC is a 100pc vegan, deeply hydrating sheet mask using blackberry and guava to help with oily skin. From department stores and Boots nationwide
● An egg-cellent present
For a beautifully packaged (read: no wrapping required) Easter present, check out this dinky little number from L'Occitane - Cherry Blossom Egg, €16, from department stores and L'Occitane stores nationwide.
● Bunny bubble bath
For an Easter Bunny-worthy bath, try these Lush Carrot Bubble Bars. These are all natural, reusable bubble bath bars - simply place in warm bath water and rub to reactivate each time. Priced €7.50 each from Lush stores nationwide.
● Chocolate milk (not for drinking!)
This fun-looking chocolate milk carton actually holds a cotton sheet mask that acts as a drink of water for the skin. Just keep away from the kids! A'Pieu Chocolate Milk Mask, €2.50, from Brown Thomas nationwide and brownthomas.com
● Sweet nails
Love a good mani, but hate the smell? Well, this might be the solution - a nail varnish that smells of jellies. This mightn't be the best option for those trying to stop biting their nails, though. Check out Models Own Fruit Pastels Scented Nail Collection, €5.65, from modelsownit.com
● Are you an egg head?
I couldn't resist including this egg-based shampoo that is packed with protein-rich egg extracts that thicken and strengthen your hair strands, as well as nourishing with honey. Too Cool For School Egg Remedy Pack Shampoo, €22.50, from Brown Thomas nationwide brownthomas.com and cultbeauty.co.uk
● Say it with flowers
Surely this has to be the most spring-like perfume ever! It even has an Easter bonnet for its lid. This fresh and floral new scent is (literally) fresh as a daisy. Marc Jacobs Daisy Twinkle, from €69 at department stores and select pharmacies nationwide.
Backstage beauty with Sonia Reynolds
Former model Sonia Reynolds - known for her striking Irish looks - is the co-founder of the scarf and textiles company STABLE of Ireland. Here, she shares some of her secrets for keeping her porcelain skin in tip top shape…
Your skincare favourites?
Liz Earle is coming up trumps in my cabinet with her Cleanse & Polish, I use an Irish linen face cloth to wash as it's a great exfoliator as well as being anti-bacterial. I'm also using the Liz Earle moisturiser and at night Liz Earle Superskin Concentrate (a gift from a girlfriend) which is a treat to put on going to bed. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream is an oldie but a goldie in my world, I've little stashes all over the place - it's my go-to.
Your haircare regimen?
I'm not a big product gal, I like to keep everything to a minimum. However, I would recommend taking the time to go to a good hairdresser that you trust - for me that's Jenni Crawford at Kazumi. Have a treatment because, like your skin, your hair needs moisturising. I was recently introduced to ORS Curls Unleashed which is super for curly hair and easy to use.
What are the issues that arise from having pale skin?
Obviously the big one is protection against the sun, so it's worth investing in good sunscreen and one that suits your skin. There's a lot out there so it's worth talking to someone with skincare expertise that you trust about what will work best for you. Personally, I'm a fan of Piz Buin.
What are the most common beauty mistakes women with pale skin make?
Probably one of the most obvious to me is the wrong foundation colour for their skin tone, hence the 'mask' look. Take some time and talk to the experts and see what works for you. It's fun to pop up on a stool at a make-up counter and have a makeover. A change of lipstick (try Charlotte Tilbury or Make Up For Ever), lashes (try Benefit) or foundation (try Nars) can go a long way. Well-shaped brows or the right colour lipstick could just do the trick.
Your top beauty tip?
Look after your skin and show it off, it's beautiful! The best thing for anyone is lots of water, sleep and, of course, a good laugh.
Find STABLE of Ireland in the Westbury Mall, Balfe Street, Dublin 2 and at stable.ie