Product Watch: Bright Ribbon lip range

Long, hot summer days call for a hassle-free beauty regime. July’s new releases give you maximum sparkle with minimal effort.

Giorgio Armani Beauty Bright Ribbon Collection

Bright Ribbon is a collection of 12 dazzling new colours for nails and lips. Rouge d’Armani sheers are comforting, easy lippy-balm hybrids.

Each has a sheer finish, colour and shine with a lightweight, translucent effect. ‘Rose Tendre’ is an exceptionally kissable pink.

For nails, Armani goes with more intense shades, each with the Perspex shine of a top coat and long-lasting hold. Rouge d’Armani shades, €28 each, and Nail Lacquer, €24, each

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara, €30

Wielding one’s mascara wand is a tricky business. Missing angled lashes, working with your non- dominant hand, or messing up that ‘second’ eye can keep you from maximising your product’s (and your lashes’) potential. Lancôme specialists pondered such problems in the creation of this wonky-wanded mascara. So certain of the result are they that they named it ‘Grandiôse.’

Having tried it under various lights and time constraints, I can’t fault them.

The brand even provides an application guide to the perfect coat. Available exclusively at Brown Thomas, from July 15, and from Lancôme counters nationwide from August 1.

Dior Addict Eau de Toilette, €99 for 100ml

Perfume creator, François Demachy, is adding a sexy new eau de toilette to the Dior Addict family.

The rich composition has base notes of sandalwood, with a touch of vanilla.

Top notes of Sicilian mandarin blend with a heart of jasmine sambuc and Tunisian neroli.

The atomiser is shaped liked a Dior Addict lip-gloss. The brand recruited Spring Breakers’ director, Harmony Korine, to reinterpret Paris’ Avenue Montaigne with Versailles-esque décor and flora, in an ad starring Russian model du jour, Sasha Luss.

StriVectin Clinical Corrector Anti-Aging Face Tint SPF 30, €42.50 @ Salonskincare.co.uk, SpaceNK and Harvey Nichols, Dundrum

StriVectin’s contribution to the CC cream market is the most impressive I have tried.

The opaque tube keeps its proven antioxidant ingredients stable and the fragrance-free formula has a lightweight, hydrating effect and provides broad-spectrum sun protection.

The cream blends easily and provides coverage from sheer to medium. The finish is natural and radiant.

This product comes in two shades, though the lightest shade is a bit warm for the very fair.

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum, €60 for 30ml/€80 for 50ml

According to the brand, this serum can “sense” where skin needs repair and respond with customised care.

This is a well-formulated serum. It contains antioxidants and moisture barrier-repairing ingredients that can help reduce UV damage and support new collagen growth.

The amount of grapefruit peel extract makes this a less than ideal choice for sensitive skin.

The formula contains light-reflecting pigments that brighten temporarily.

Added peptides are active ingredients in the same category as retinol or niacin (i.e., believed to be able to attach to receptor sites on skin cells, where they can ‘tell’ damaged cells to behave like healthier cells).

But this will go to all cells with receptor sites for them, not serum-located problem spots.

Biona essential daily balance oil, €7.79 at health food shops nationwide; see biona.co.uk for stockists

Essential daily balance oil contains an absolutely stellar blend of flax, sunflower, hemp, evening primrose, sesame, pumpkin and pomegranate oils, which provide omega 3, 6 and 9.

These are all effective, proven antioxidants and emollients. This purse-friendly product will do your skin good, whether you drizzle it on salad or blend a dash with body lotion.

Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi, €49.99

Sarah Jessica Parker reportedly daily filed her feet while playing Carrie Bradshaw.

In this post-Sex and the City world, where impractical shoes are fetishised and strangers see you take them off at the airport, no woman should be caught with rough heels.

Scholl makes exfoliation easy with Velvet Smooth, a battery-powered pumice roller that buffs away hard skin in minutes.

Simply run it across problem areas with light-to-medium pressure.


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