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The honest beauty column
PARTY season will be here before you know it, so I’m busy sloughing away all that streaky old tan and strenghtening up my acrylic-ravaged nails so I can start afresh for winter. Here are the top-to-toe products that will help battle-harden your skin and hair for those late nights ahead.
So[Me]Care, €129 GET your game face on this winter with this spa-level cleansing device. Offering a deep cleanse or thermal massage, this skincare investment from somecare.ie has a gentle silicone brush head and eight sonic vibration modes to boost blood flow and help products seep into the skin. Twice daily use for a few minutes promises the same results as a professional facial. Plus, it’s shower-proof so there’s no excuse not to have some me time.
Gillette Venus Snap Extra Smooth, €12.99 DEFUZZING is obviously completely optional these days. And while I totally back my #princesseshavehair sisters, when it comes to body fur, I’m more of a bald beauty myself. If you’ve left laser treatment too late, just add one of these nifty mini-handled razors to your trolley during the big shop. Boasting five blades for a super-close shave of even the trickiest bits, there’s no fear of nasty nicks, thanks to the water-activated moisture ribbon. When you’re done, just snap the travel case shut and pop it in your overnight bag to remain fuzz-free on the go.
Too Face Hangover Pillow Balm Lip Treatment, €20 I’M way ahead of all those romantic mistletoe moments with this hydrating lip hero. Available at Boots, just a slick of the sheer pink balm leaves your kisser silky-soft — so perfectly prepped for the brand’s famously long-wearing lippies and liners. For a pillowy pout while out and about, the vegan-friendly infusion of conditioning butters, coconut water, fruit oils and hyaluronic acid also comes in a handy travel size (€14). Apply it any time, day or night — or both, if you’re planning to get really lucky this party season
Essie Hard To Resist Nail Strengthener, €12.99 WITH Shellac season ahead, I’m prepping my talons already. Available in two sheer tints, including purple to neutralise yellowness, simply slick this bonding polish on to bare nails and leave for three days for hardier, healthier claws.
SoHo Hair Hook Shower Brush, €14.95 THE 1970s shag of the season may look totally effortless — but both you and I know it takes time, sizzling heat and piles of product to look like you’ve just tumbled out of bed. That’s why I’m “hair” for this scalp massager and detangler. The two-in-one brush, from sohohaircare.com, detangles and helps distribute product more evenly to make styling a breeze.
This Works Deep Sleep Overnight Cleanser, €18 ALREADY famed for its chillaxing pillow spray, the newest addition to This Works’ Deep Sleep range truly is the stuff of dreams. Made with oat amino acids, the calming cleanser continues to do its thing after you’ve nodded off — leaving skin squeaky clean for creating all those party looks, and more importantly, helping you bank some zzzs.
Bellamianta Salicylic Foaming Tan Eraser and Primer, €16.99 TAN Thursday? More like Tan Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday... If, like me, you fake it on a regular basis, this effective cleanser promises a fresh start for winter. Lash it on for five minutes to blitz any build-up, then buff it off in the shower with an exfoliating mitt — and you’re good to glow.