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Hello Sunshine

Get your glow on with Benefit’s just released Sun Beam liquid highlighter, €26.50. Dot it across the top of cheekbones and blend for some totally tropical radiance.

Naturally Nice

She’s the queen of understated: Liz Earle began to quietly slot herself into the cosmetics sector last year with the arrival of her BB Cream-alike Sheer Skin Tint. Now we’re saying hello to her next phase of colour which includes pretty Healthy Glow Powder Blush, €18.50 and Perfect Fix Concealer, €15.25.

Dream Cream

It’s pricey, it’s exclusive and it’s ultra-high end, but by God is it gorgeous: Lancôme’s Absolue L’Extrait Regenerating Elixir, €290, is currently at Brown Thomas Dublin only. Developed using plant stem cells derived from special roses, the deliciously-scented cream is not only a treat to use but is also the very essence of skin food.

A Model Recommends

Lily Cole’s first makeup edit for the Body Shop is on-counter now and is a girly collection of candy tones for eyes, lips and cheeks. I’m particularly taken by the Lip and Cheek domes, €15, which come in pink and peach and dupe Shu Umeura’s far pricier options.

Hair Apparent

Our US sisters have been raving about this stuff for ages and the line is now rolling out in Ireland: L’Oréal Paris’ Hair Expertise range bundles the L’Oréal group’s know-how from salon brands Kérastase and Pureology and presents them at supermarket prices. These high-performing sulphate-free products are performance-driven and come in lots of variants. Go for Ever Pure if hair is coloured; pick Ever Sleek if frizz is your issue and plump for Ever Strong if fine, brittle tresses are getting you down. Prices start at €8.99 for shampoo and conditioners and masks cost €10.49.

Facial Fix

De-stress, relax and come home looking a little younger than you arrived thanks to the Elemis Visible Brilliance facial at the Spa at Parknasilla Resort, Co Kerry. At €110, it’s a treat, but this is an excellent quick fix that’s brightening and hydrating, expertly lifting an exhausted complexion up from the dumps. Expect all the usuals like cleansing, exfoliation, masques and products tailored for your skin type. This spa then goes one further: expert hands and gentle, targeted massage add up to an experience that leaves you in no doubt that the therapists here really know what they’re doing.

Q. I’m going to a wedding and I’ve picked a dress that shows a lot of skin. Problem is I’m pale as a ghost so I need a bit of colour, but I’m anxious to avoid the full-on tango tan. What should I do?

A. “The deep, dark tan is definitely out,” confirms James Read, international tanning adviser with L’Oréal Paris.

The look now is for a luxe, polished finish for skin. “Think old-school screen sirens like Marilyn Monroe,” confides Read, who points to contemporary glamazons like Lara Stone for SS12 skinspiration.

“We’re looking for gleaming, glowing skin that’s not obviously darkly shaded but which is healthy and glowing,” he instructs, adding, “very obviously fake tanned skin is dry-looking and can be ageing.”

Try the brand’s Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Gel, €20.32, which gives an instant result with skin-flattering shimmer.


Benefit at department stores; Body Shop at 85 St Patrick’s Street, Cork and branches nationwide; Lancôme at Brown Thomas Dublin; Liz Earle at; L’Oréal Paris at supermarkets and pharmacies

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