Tried and tested: Nail polish, earlobe fillers, and more

I’m a big fan of Barry M’s Coconut Infusion Nail Paint, so I was delighted to spot their new line of Coconut Infusion Gel Nail Paint. 

Barry M’s nail polish formulas are manicured perfection, so understandably I picked up three to try. The finish is a perfect, glossy shine, even without a topcoat. Due to the coconut ingredients, the brand also recommends skipping a basecoat. While my nails are in good nick already, since I’ve started using the coconut-infused line, they grow faster and stronger, and have a brighter natural colour. As someone who types all day, I appreciate a polish that has minimal tip wear and amazing staying power and this new line is now top of my favourites. For the perfect sunrise hue, pick up Flip Flop, pictured.

Available in Boots pharmacies, €7.49.

Ear we go

Just about everyone has heard of cheek and lip fillers; they’re rather common outpatient cosmetic procedures now, where collagen or hyaluronic acid is injected into the desired area. But earlobe fillers? That’s a new one. Dermatologist Kenneth R Beer told New Beauty: “For those in their 40s or older, the collagen of the ear may deteriorate to the point that the earlobe looks flabby and wrinkled. In these patients, I inject fillers to restore a more youthful, less-shrivelled lobe.”

People who have worn large and heavy earrings or have used stretchers in the lobes are also good candidates, according to the doctor

Tweet dreams are made of this

The cruelty-free community is making waves on the beauty scene again this week. Cosmetic brand Nars announced that it will be entering the Chinese beauty market, meaning it will have to start testing its products on animals there by law. While the brand assured consumers that they will continue using alternative testing methods elsewhere, Twitter users have started using #boycottnars to show their distaste for the business move.

Beauty comes at a price

Deal site Groupon surveyed its users to calculate the amount of money women spend on beauty products in their lifetime. The results will drain your complexion so much, you’ll have to start using foundations three shades lighter. The average woman spends $225,360 (€197,250) over her lifetime, which works out to be $4,000 (€3,500) a year and $50,000 (€43,763) just on her face. The results also show that women in their 20s spend more on cosmetics, while women in their 30s begin to spend more of their income on anti-ageing products.

So the next time you’re counting pennies to pay for groceries the day before pay day, think about those costs before you start planning your next spending spree.

— Pam Ryan


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