A personal appointment with the famed Dr Murad himself in LA has been my skincare dream for years, so I’m very excited to try out the new bespoke concept that’s bringing the doc’s expertise to a wider audience.
My visit begins with a thorough consultation with a therapist, where we discuss my concerns and which to focus on.
Spots are my skin’s nemesis (I breakout around my jawline every month without fail) and the residual scarring takes a long time to fade, so we decide on a Blemish Enzyme Treatment, a professional strength peel that’s satisfyingly sting-y (that’s how you know it’s working), followed by Hydro-Dynamic Quenching Essence and a Clarifying Mask to restore moisture.
My skin feels — and looks — fantastic afterwards, and thanks to the dreamy neck, shoulder and arm massages that are part of the protocol, I’m thoroughly relaxed too. It turns out going bespoke is totally blissful.”
* The Murad Method Facial System, €100 for 75 minutes. Available at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic and other selected spas nationwide.
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BareMinerals has branched out into skincare with the Skinsorials collection. The star of the range is the Skinlongevity Vital Power Infusion, €55, a groundbreaking serum packed with Long Life Herb, a mysterious ingredient harvested on Okinawa, the Japanese island where women live longer than almost anywhere else in the world.
Apply before your moisturiser to infuse skin with the life-giving wonder herb (www.debenhams.ie).
Paese cosmetics may not be a brand many will be familiar with but we recently tried out a few of their hero products — and we were very impressed. First up, the Silky Matt liquid lipstick, €11, this has a powdery, velvet texture that feels lightweight — and crucially non- drying.
The pigment pay-off is very strong (we tried 704, a punchy deep pink) and the doe foot applicator is an excellent shape. Another favourite was the HD Powder in Light Beige, €16. A finely milled loose powder with a good bit of coverage.
In warmer weather, we oilier-skinned ladies can do with a bit of setting and this is perfect for undereyes and for mattifying the t-zone without looking cakey. Use a light hand and not on your cheeks — a completely matte finish can look odd in summer. Also available in Transparent for those who prefer no pigment.
Available at www.paese.ie and selected pharmacies nationwide.
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