Tried and tested

Are expensive mascaras always better? Our testers try the latest premium picks.

* MAC Upward Lash Mascara, €25 (

This mascara promises volume, length and curl within seconds – and it doesn’t disappoint. The tiny wand makes it easy to reach every lash incredibly quickly, and although I didn’t notice a curl, they definitely looked longer. It lasts all day without too much panda eye – I’d definitely buy it again.


* Nars Audacious Mascara, €26 (, from October).

The soft, spiky teeth of this clever mascara wand do exactly what they promise, gently pulling my lashes skyward, opening up my eyes and providing excellent separation and delivering just the right amount of mascara – no second coat required.


* Perricone MD No Mascara Mascara, €35.25, free p&p (

Initially, I thought this applicator was too big for my fine lashes, but once I’d mastered the brush first, comb second technique, using the two sides of the wand, I had much better results. The dark brown shade is more subtle than my usual black and my lashes were nicely separated.


Dove DermaSpa

Dove is launching a new line called DermaSpa that promises to combine the luxury of a spa with the knowledge of Dove’s brightest scientists.

Not only is it the company’s most moisturising range ever, it also uses silicone elastomer technology to help your skin feel smooth without leaving it greasy.

Global fragrance expert Ann Gottlieb developed each of the products unique scents. Taking inspiration from nature, she has used everything from sandalwood to patchouli create what they hope is some serious indulgence.

There are three collections in the range – Goodness for normal to dry skin, Uplifted for improved firmness, and Revived, a gradual tanner.

The Goodness range includes omega oil, is scented with vanilla, coconut and musk and includes a lotion, oil, body cream and hand cream.

Enriched with Dove’s patented new technology, Cell Moisturisers, the Uplifted+ collection provides deep, penetrating moisture and promises to restore the skin’s elasticity. Delicately fragranced with waterlilies and cucumbers, the lotion and oil are perfect for everyday use.

You can also enjoy the luxury of a home massage with the Massaging Body Roll-On.


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