Thursday 23 November 2017

Fashion Friday - Red Carpet: Miss - Cameron Diaz

Miss: Cameron Diaz. Photo: Reuters.
Miss: Cameron Diaz. Photo: Reuters.
Hit: Jessica Alba. Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images
Cast member Cameron Diaz poses at the premiere of the film "The Other Woman" in Los Angeles. Photo: Reuters.
Liv Tyler
Evelyn McClafferty
Holly Browne
Ji Hae Choi
Rowena Walsh

Rowena Walsh

We have a confession: we've got a soft spot for Cameron Diaz.

Even though she's in great shape, the actress doesn't seem like the type of gym bunny who'd skip a night out with the girls for a workout the next morning.

She's fit, fun and always, always looks like she's up for a good time. Her usual choice of figure-hugging attire only confirms that impression.

So imagine our surprise when we saw our favourite surfer girl in this Stella McCartney LBD at the premiere of her latest movie. What a let-down.

The excess fabric (despite the dress's plunging neckline – yawn, we are getting so tired of this look – is really unflattering and Cameron's short hem accessorised with Manolo Blahnik gold-studded black pumps should have lengthened her legs, but actually managed to do quite the opposite.

A disappointing night out for Ms Diaz, we really are sorry to say.

HIT: Jessica Alba

It's not easy to work a flared skirt and still show off your figure, but Jessica Alba certainly managed to get it right this time (please take note, Cameron!).

In fairness, Ms Alba certainly has her talents, and she's likeable too.

We may not be able to recall any of her films, apart from the aptly named Sin City, but any celebrity who admits that losing her pregnancy weight (twice) was a bitch and that she needed to wear a girdle afterwards gets the thumbs up from us.

She always pulls out the stops in a killer outfit. But she's generous too, showing just how flash your midriff and still look classy.

A bronzed glow helps, as does this seasonally appropriate bandeau top by Piece d'Anarchive, skirt by Kenzo, teamed with fab monochrome Jimmy Choo heels.

Jess, we're loving your work!

Beauty File

Three of the best soothing creams for fresh faces

Avene Extremely Rich Compensating Cream, €30.50 (available in pharmacies nationwide):

A little of this long-lasting, nourishing cream goes a long way, but the heavy glass jar is awkward. Slightly scented with a matte finish, this is good for combination skin. Use at night if your complexion is feeling particularly tight. No SPF or anti-ageing properties, however.

Clarins Hydra Quench Cream €47.78:

Described as a climate control for dry skin, this light cream sinks in easily and leaves parched complexions looking and feeling fresh, thanks to its super-hero E3P complex. Highly recommended.

Darphin Stimulskin Plus Cream €183:

An exorbitant price, but this gentle formula (which contains retinol and vitamin C) is effective, leaving skin smooth and firm.

Beauty Spot

We all know that healthy skin comes from the inside, but sometimes even the most devoted health freak needs a little extra help. You'd think that by your mid-30s, spots and blemishes would have long gone (there should really be some upside to those stubborn under-eye lines), but unfortunately none of us is immune. Still, there is help: Dermalogica's pricey MultiVitamin Power Serum (€76.90) is a great weapon against blemishes, whether they're caused by hormonal, environmental, genetic or diet and lifestyle factors.

This week...

I'm trying to recover from all the fun of Easter, so I'm giving my complexion a nourishing boost by including SkinCeuticals Hydrating b5 Gel in my night-time routine. Now, at €70, it is quite expensive, but it leaves my skin feeling properly hydrated and you only need to use a couple of drops each time. And as it's not just the skin on my face that requires extra moisturising, I'm also liberally slathering myself with VOYA Softly Does It Body Moisturiser (€30) after my morning shower. Finally, I'm faking that wide-awake look (well, it was a long weekend, after all!) with a few coats of No7's new volumising Lash Impact Mascara (€17.50). The brown-black shade is particularly flattering.

* If you only buy one thing this week, make it Clinique's Cream Shaper for Eyes in Chocolate Lustre (€17). This beautiful rich opaque shade goes on smoothly (its lovely creamy consistency means no tugging, thankfully), lasts all day and has just the right amount of shimmer. Sometimes brown can be a bit drab, but this warm colour is oh-so-flattering.

* If you only do one thing this week, don't throw out your old mascara when it starts to dry out and clump together. Instead make sure that it's tightly sealed and place it into a bowl of warm water. Within five minutes, it'll be like a brand new product and you'll have got in touch with your inner recessionista!

Celeb secret

Actress Liv Tyler loves her lip balm, citing the Dr Hauschka and Crème de la Mer varieties as her favourites. And when it comes to colour, she is very aware of the power of pink. She applies a faint dusting of a subtle shade on the apples of her cheeks, which adds the perfect feminine flush to her porcelain complexion. You too can pay homage to her look with MAC's Powder Blush in Copygirl (€19.50), which suits just about everyone.

The way we wear with Niamh O'Rourke

Evelyn mcclafferty (32)

JOURNALS PRODUCER, GALWAY

She wears: Coat by Nicole Farhi, borrowed. Shirt by Totokaelo Anntian, gift. Jumper by Cos, €160. Jeans by A.P.C, €250. Sunglasses by Tom Ford, can't remember how much. Bag by Smith & Canova, €250, leather store in Galway 12 years ago. Shoes by Noa Noa, €120.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

O'Máille's in Galway, John Molloy in Donegal and Bow in Dublin's Powerscourt. My favourite designers are Petria Lenehan and Margaret Howell.

* Best bargain buy?

A blanket I bought in Industry for about €25. I wear it with a belt as a coat or jumper.

* Biggest splurge?

A John Rocha silk dress. (Sum undisclosed.)

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

Daniel Day Lewis and Vivienne Westwood are interesting. The worst is the default for many Irish women of false tan, six-inch heels, three-inch skirts.

Holly Browne (23)

ACTOR, FROM WATERFORD, LIVING IN DUBLIN

He wears: Jumper, €50, skirt, €40, and necklace, €10, all Topshop. Bag by Michael Kors, 21st birthday present. Shoes by Toga, reduced from €360 to €100, BT2.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

Topshop and Urban Outfitters.

* Best bargain buy?

Apart from these shoes, a pair of black woven leather, western-style boots with a chunkly high heel reduced from €120 to €60 in Topshop.

* Biggest splurge?

These shoes.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best are the icons; Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe. And I'm not a fan of Florence Welch's style.

Ji Hae Choi (22)

STUDENT, FROM SOUTH KOREA, LIVING IN DUBLIN

SHe wears: Jacket, €40; cardigan, €30; top, €20; jeans, €30; purse, €25; and trainers by New Balance, €150, all bought in South Korea.

What is your ...

* Favourite shop?

American Apparel and fast-fashion brands such as Zara, H&M, Forever 21 and Uniqlo.

* Best bargain buy?

A black, knee-length, fitted summer dress reduced from €100 to €50 in South Korea.

* Biggest splurge?

A black Michael Kors bag for €300.

* Best and worst dressed style icons?

The best is Agyness Deyn and I don't have a worst.

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