Sat, Nov 3, 2012, 00:00

I Can't Live Without . . .

Lorraine Heskin, Gourmet Food Parlour

Clarins Multi-Active Night Comfort CreamI only started using a night cream in the last few years and I find this one fantastic. It suits my skin so well and really gives it great moisture. I first bought it in Macys on a trip to New York, so every time I use it, the smell bring back good memories

Clinique Happy in Bloom perfume sprayThis is the perfume I use during the day, I just love the scent, and it reminds me of summer time. The smell also stays with me all day.

Clarins Body Treatment Oilhas a soothing aroma and is easily absorbed into my skin. I used it during both of my pregnancies and it is great for preventing stretch marks. When I feel like treating myself, I buy a bottle.

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick CompactI love this product, the combination of bronze colours gives my cheeks a healthy glow. It’s a must-have in my make up bag.

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising GlossThis is a new product by Clinique and I absolutely love it. I am obsessed with lip balms anyway and this is the best one I have used. It leaves my lips very smooth, while giving a nice tint too.

Autumn glory

Aveda, well known for its natural approach, soft colour palette and excellent hair product range, has stepped out of its comfort zone this autumn to give us vibrant colour – bold lips, sculpted brows and dramatic eyes. The collection is based on plant ingredients which give a delicious fresh scent, while the rich shades of the eye palette offer crease-resistant colour, courtesy of jasmine and geranium flower wax. The ingredients are Fair Trade. There are various options for lips, including liner, lip glaze and full, creamy lipstick in complimentary shades. Available at Brown Thomas and Aveda Hair salons.

Eyes right

It's recommend that we take a screen break every 15 minutes to give our eyes a rest from the computer, but how many of us actually do so? Screen glare combined with office air conditioning and harsh fluorescent light, eyes can become tired, irritated and very uncomfortable. Optrex ActiMist 2-in-1 Eye Spray (€19.99) is a soothing solution which is sprayed over closed eyelids to refresh and moisturise. Sounds weird, but it really works, and yes, it can be used over eye make up without smudging (and contact lens). A great desk drawer standby. At pharmacies.

Bible Study

Want to know the products that really cut the mustard in the anti-ageing stakes? How about drop a decade make up secrets from the top pros (Bobbi Brown, Barbara Daly and the like). As well as the practical advice that packs every page of the Anti-Ageing Beauty Bible, the book covers wider health issues which affect the way we look. A supergreens facelift diet, nutritional supplements and exercise (yoga's the one) are all covered, but the book doesn't shy away from the not so glamorous side of beauty (excess hair, spider veins and the like). Published by Kyle Books, €17.99.

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