The best moisturisers
If you suffer from frequent breakouts, if your skin is sensitive or, quite simply, if you find your face gets shiny very quickly, then you need to consider using an oil-free moisturiser.
While pricey, Origins' offering is extremely light but your skin still feels moisturised – which is really important because oily skin needs hydration too. In fact, tired, dehydrated skin can actually encourage the skin to produce unnecessary levels of oil, which invariably results in a nasty breakout.
When choosing a moisturiser, look for products containing salicylic acid, as it will refine pores and improve the skin's texture. Avoid products that contain alcohol as they will irritate pores.
In terms of mattifying, Super Facialist Una Brennan's Mattifying Moisturiser, and L'Occitane's Ultra Matte Fluid are perfect for say, brides or debutantes, who want their make-up to last and to remain shine-free and camera-ready throughout the day. Both are super-nourishing too.
Neutrogena offers one of the few oil-free moisturisers available in supermarkets – it's particularly great for teenage skin.
Lastly, Dermalogica's Active Moist, a product that wins heaps of awards, is extremely kind on the skin – so gentle that it would be my moisturiser of choice should I have a sudden skin reaction or unexplained breakout.
Touche Éclat Wild Edition, RRP €35, available exclusively to Brown Thomas stores nationwide from March 1 and nationwide from April 2. Drool. Gorgeous packaging, gorgeous product. Remember it's a highlighter, not a concealer, so use it on areas you want to draw attention to like your cheekbones, clavicles and inner eye.
Ultimate Nail Lacquer, €2.99, Catrice, available in selected department stores, grocery stores and pharmacies nationwide. If you're not yet acquainted with Catrice's nail laquers, then you really should make it your business to be, because not only are they cheap, but they're also bloody great, with an amazing new formula and an extensive range of colours to choose from.