Who else is catching themselves humming away to Miley Cyrus’s Flowers as soon as they wake up each morning? Just me?
Anyway, now that we all know we can buy ourselves flowers, write our names in the sand and talk to ourselves for hours, let’s add another act of self-care to the list. I find that spring is the perfect time to refine and simplify our getting-ready routines. This is certainly an act of kindness — stressing out and scrambling to get everything done every morning never sets the best tone for the rest of the day.
So, this week, I’m rounding up the best beauty bits that will not only save you time but make you glow, protect your skin and help you love yourself better than anyone else can. G’wan Miley!
IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream (1 €39.50, brownthomas.ie; boots.ie) is a bestseller because it’s basically a one-stop beauty prop! This CC cream gives great coverage, and has excellent sun protection, eliminating that daily extra step.
The formula contains collagen and hyaluronic acid to work on dark circles and redness for an even complexion. Sometimes, we don’t have time to do a whole face of make-up every morning, so this is where concealer is our best pal.
A lightweight concealer that will cover any blemishes or dark circles in seconds will add freshness and even out skin tone without going overboard — yup, as I get older, I’m noticing too much make-up can actually age us.
No two concealers are made equal, but one of my faves is Isadora Light-Up Brightening Cushion Concealer (2 €14.95, mccauley.ie).
Save yourself some time and invest in a good palette that keeps everything in one place and won’t mean a rummage in your make-up bag when you’re in a rush. This Sculpted by Aimee Bare Basics Palette (3 €36, stockists nationwide) has a powder bronzer, a powder blush, a cream highlighter and a setting powder for an amazingly finished face. There’s also a light shimmer, along with two matte eyeshadows for brightness as well as definition, while the dark-brown shade can be used as an an eyeliner and on brows. Then all you need is a lick of mascara.
When you’re short on time, reach for a modern-day classic you know will deliver, such as Lancôme Lash Idôle (4 €29, stockists nationwide). Thanks to the magic wand with 125 different bristle sizes and 360 micro-bristles, as well as a radical new gel emulsion, this mascara formula has a feather-light feel, no clumps, and it lasts up to 24 hours!
1 Olaplex No 4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo
Olaplex has done it again with its first dry shampoo! Clinically proven not to clog pores or leave a residue, it cleans and also detoxifies the scalp by absorbing oil which, in turn, gives the hair more volume. And it smells glorious!
2 Batiste Dry Shampoo
€5.50 at pharmacies nationwide
The grandmama of dry shampoo, Batiste now has the Hint of Colour range which hides roots! Massage it in to absorb oil. It makes hair appear fuller by getting rid of oils that weigh strands down.
3 Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
€25.90, lookfantastic.ie; cultbeauty.com
I almost wish this wasn’t so good as it makes me not wash my hair for a full week! It’s non-sticky and its in-built weightless conditioner helps hair shine The only negative is the price.