Wednesday 12 December 2018

Ruth Griffin's Best of 2017 beauty


Santa beauty wish list: Ruth Griffin. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.
Santa beauty wish list: Ruth Griffin. Photo: Naomi Gaffey.
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I hope Santa slips these top products of the year into my stocking…

Best New Irish Skincare Product

Ría Organics

Best Irish

Siblings Nicola, Richard and Andrew worked as a skin health nurse, organic farmer and chemist, and this year combined their talents to launch a new Irish skincare line. Their eye cream is a star pick for me - from €34 from selected health food stores, or see

Best Celeb Make-Up Launch

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder

The fashion designer turned her hand to her second make-up line with Estée Lauder in 2017 - and it's a smasher. Critics and make-up fans are seriously impressed. Yes it's pricey, but it's worth it! From Brown Thomas from €27

Best Bizarre Beauty Launch That Actually Works

Beauty vinegar


A new take on the toner, this year saw the launch of the beauty vinegar! Natural acids in the vinegar actually nibble away at dead skin cells and help create a smoother complexion. I'm not a fan of toners generally, but this has been added to my skincare routine. Roger & Gallet Aura Mirablis Beauty Vinegar, €42, pharmacies and department stores nationwide

Best New Skincare/Wellness Ingredient

Probiotic skincare

Probiotics made waves this year due to recent research revealing its powerful effect on digestive health, mental health and its skin-boosting properties. A gorgeous option is Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, priced €21 to €130, from Brown Thomas

Best Trick of the Trade Castor oil

Castor Oil

This little trick is such a handy helper in removing eye make-up and mascara! The added benefit is that the castor also acts as a natural hair-growth serum. Brilliant for women with sparse eyelashes and brows. Pukka Castor Oil, €12.99, from health food stores nationwide


Best for all-over holistic wellness

Dr Hauschka The Classic Treatment - This two-hour treatment begins with a warm sage footbath and gentle stretching movements for the neck, arms and hands. The holistic facial uses two mask treatments to nourish, nurture and renew. Soft brushes are used to stimulate the skin's natural balancing and regenerative impulses. A brilliant all-over wellness facial - two hours for €110. I had mine at Saol Beo (; you can log onto for your nearest DH salon nationwide

Best for facial rejuvenation

Voya - The organic seaweed restoration facial, €95, made my skin glow - I got mine at Buff Day Spa in Dublin 2 (; for your nearest Voya salon nationwide, log onto

Best Pampering Day Offer

ESPA Lazy Bird Day, Kelly's Resort, Wexford - My dad usually gets this for me and my sisters for Christmas. Check out their Lazy Bird offer for €125 - it includes an ESPA full body massage, use of the thermal suite, a buffet lunch and facial.


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