Beauty: October Must-Haves
Clarins Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette
If there’s one thing I don’t mind investing in, it’s a good eyeshadow palette. Essential for transforming computer-wearied eyes into dazzling after-work peepers, I always carry one in my everyday make up bag. My new fail-safe palette is the Clarins’ Odyssey Eye Quartet Mineral Palette from their Christmas Collection. At €40, it may appear pricey but if you break that down it’s only €10 a pop which for a quality brand like Clarins, is very good value.
First points are awarded for the presentation. Housed in a seasonal red velvet pouch, there is an air of elegance and luxury to the design. Open the pale gold compact and inside are four harmonious shades including brown, beige, taupe-bronze and a gold leaf highlighter. The gold notches up added points as it can be used wet or dry to create a variety of shimmering textures. I can vouch for the ‘long-wearing’ line in the description, plus they don’t crease. The mirror is great for quick fixes at your desk and there are a couple of foam tipped applicators that aren’t amazing for blending but do the trick for a touch up.
Available at Clairns counters nation-wide this month. €40.
L'Oréal Paris Elnett introduces Heat Protect Styling range
Bound to be on all our dressing tables is a bottle of Elnett hairspray. The cult brand has been keeping us coiffed and volumised for years—50 to be exact. Next month, the haircare favourite will unveil three new styling products. To counteract all the heat-styled do’s it’s been keeping in place, the label makes it’s first venture into heat styling products. First up is the Elnett Heat Protect Styling Straight that protects from damage and locks out frizz before straightening.
Next up, is the Elnett Heat Protect Styling Waves that will protect and lock in all soft and wavy looks. Finally, the Elnett Heat Protect Styling Volume protects while ensuring long-lasting oomph. At just €8.99 each, they're sure to become a staple on your dressing table too.
Availability: from pharmacies nationwide next month €8.99.
Kiehl’s Youth Regenerator for Eyes
Prevention is better than cure, so now’s the time to start your party season damage control! The fine lines that appear around our eyes after a good night out/marathon shopping spree are sometimes a superficial reaction to a loss of moisture. In other words – don’t panic! A flush of hydration can instantly smooth these away. Kiehl’s customer favorite, Rosa Arctica Youth Regenerating Cream, has finally launched an eye cream. The rich, balm texture is infused with the same rare “Resurrection Flower,” an ingredient named for its unique ability to survive in nature for over two years without water.
What that means for you skin is hard-working hydration. The formula brings instant luminosity to under-eye skin with the help of mineral-derived skin brighteners Mica and Titanium Dioxide, immediately ironing out fine lines and giving a fresh-faced appearance. The main ingredient sounds a bit fairy-tale-esqe, but the “Resurrection Flower” is a viable beautifer. More recognizable names on the list of ingredients include Shea and Cocoa Butter, which also put a stop to moisture loss. Remember: a grain of rice-sized amount per eye is all you need, any more and you can make matters worse.
Availability: Available from the Kiehl’s Wicklow St, Dundrum T.C and Arnotts from mid-October. €43
Soap & Glory Make Yourself Youthful serum
If you’re looking for definitively smoother, firmer, younger-looking skin in 30 days then this wonder product will sort you out. Soap & Glory’s new multi-tasking anti aging super serum has double the level of moisturisers as their bestselling original formula and is now packed full of collagen Plant Peptides, which have been clinically proven to reduce the depth and appearance of wrinkles. Our editor has been trying it out for a few weeks now and can definitely notice the difference.
Availability: £20.00/€27.00 for 30ml at larger Boots stores now
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