See in autumn with a beauty refresh — the easy way. Lisa Haynes reveals the quick steps and products to a new you.
AFTER a laid-back summer, there’s something about autumn that calls for a major freshen-up. Sun-ravaged hair and flip-flop-savaged soles just aren’t going to cut it with that shiny new-season trench coat.
The good news is, you can get a top-to-toe beauty overhaul at home. Some tweaks are instant, others may require a little more commitment, but either way, no bank-busting or scary treatments required.
Here’s our edit of nine DIY kits and wonder products that will leave you looking - and feeling - a bit like a new person in time for the new season...
You’re considering: Lip fillers
Shortcut: Lip pumping product
Take the needle-free option to a cushion-like pout with an instant plumping gel. To get prolonged but natural volume, aim to apply three times daily before your regular lipstick or gloss.
TRY: Transformulas Lip Volume, €38.34 www.feelunique.com plus p&p
You’re considering: Hair extensions
Shortcut: Hair thickening fibres
Camouflage scalp show-through and fill out wispy locks with micro-fibres that bind to even super-fine hair strands in seconds. Sprinkle on in areas you need a fullness fix and they’ll stay put until you next shampoo.
TRY: Toppik Hair Building Fibers, €19.99 www.boots.ie
You’re considering: Laser teeth whitening
Shortcut: Whitening boosters
Ramp up your daily brushing with add-on whitening serums that lift stains and brighten teeth. Stick to a twice-daily regime and you can expect a smile that’s five shades whiter in less than two weeks.
TRY: Pearl Drops Pure White Whitening Kit, €34.99 www.boots.ie
You’re considering: Botox
Shortcut: Skin-tightening device
Get tighter skin with a high-tech tool that (safely) heats skin tissue and stimulates natural collagen production. Like a warming massage, use religiously five times a week over a month for optimum face firming.
TRY: NEWA Beauty Tool, €404, available early October www.newabeauty.co.uk
You’re considering: Medi pedi
Shortcut: Intensive Foot Peel
Shift the hard skin that’s accumulated over summer with an alpha hydroxy acid peel specifically targeted for feet. Pop on the booties, relax for two hours, and dead skin will naturally peel off over seven days.
TRY: Skin Republic Foot Peel Foot Mask, €12.45 www.lookfantastic.com
You’re considering: Laser hair removal
Shortcut: Targeted cream
Remove stubborn hair and avoid the ouch factor with a targeted depilatory. A precision tip tube avoids mess and dissolves facial hair for up to seven days, creating a smoother base for make-up.
TRY: Nair Upper Lip Kit, €7.49 www.boots.ie
You’re considering: Eyelash extensions
Shortcut: High-tech mascara
Encourage growth as you bat voluminous lashes with a two-in-one mascara. A formula with conditioning peptide stimulates keratin, so you’re encouraging longer eyelashes with every single wear.
TRY: LashFusion XXL Extreme Volume + Lash Enhancing Mascara Mascara, €28.30 www.spacenk.com
You’re considering: Dermal filler
Shortcut: At-home hyaluronic acid
Bypass the hypodermics; you can plump facial tissues without puncturing your skin using a combo of hyaluronic acids and peptides. Choose your concentration grade and use once daily for 14 days for a visible plumping effect.
TRY: Fillerina Filler Gel Treatment Kit, from €109 www.marksandspencer.ie
You’re considering: Pro gel manicure
Shortcut: Nail polish transformer Turn any nail polish into an impressive high-gloss gel finish via a transformer kit. A polymer-altering base coat and LED lamp combine to cure normal lacquer into a gel mani that stays shiny and chip-free for 10 days(ish).
TRY: SensatioNail Polish to Gel Starter Kit, €69.99 www.boots.ie
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