Tried and tested

Our testers treat their talons to a trio of high-shine nail polishes...

* Rimmel London 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Black Cherries,€4.49 (Boots)

“This polish is beautifully shiny and the thick, flat brush means you can almost cover a nail in one stroke. The downside is that it’s still wet after 60 seconds, although you can apply a second coat comfortably without it catching on the first. If you’re in a hurry though, you won’t be out the door in a minute unless you have a hairdryer handy.”


* OPI Infinite Shine 2 Lacquer in Unequivocally Crimson, €16.75 (Debenhams)

“A great polish that really lives up to its name. This luscious pillar-box red goes on like a dream — the brush is perfectly shaped and compact for precise application. It stays shiny for days and chip-free for nearly a week. I didn’t even need a top coat.”


* Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Rouge Wet, €24 (available May 27; Brown Thomas)

“This wet-look varnish went on smoothly, but I needed three coats before I felt the colour was dense enough. The juicy raspberry colour was shiny like the coating on a toffee apple, but within a day it had started to peel and I ended up picking it all off. Disappointing for such a pricey polish.”



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Tried and tested

Some might tend to shy away from facial oils but if you choose carefully, they can do wonders for your skin — even combating oiliness.That might seem counter-intuitive, but the facial oil, if used regularly, can help balance the skin’s overproduction of oil. 

The new No7 Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil (€30.50, Boots) promises that its “perfect blend of natural oils and vitamins keeps skin soft, nourished, and radiant while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”.

Suitable for all skin types and designed for everyday use, they advice to massage 2-3 drops directly onto cleansed face and neck before using your serum and moisturiser. Alternatively, add a couple of drops to your moisturiser for an intensive moisture boost. It leaves thirsty skin feeling nourished, supple, and not-at-all greasy.


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