Compiled by PHYL CLARKE
Give it a lash
We love our mascara but sometimes our eyes don’t. La Roche-Posay’s Respectissime Ultra Doux mascara is ideal for sensitive types. Made from natural wax for volume and curve and mineral pigments to boost colour, it’s available in black only, at pharmacies. €17.25
A helping hand
This time of year is particularly hard on hands so up the ante on your hand cream for maximum nourishment. Neutrogena has been around for 40 years. Its glycerin formula is effective for lasting relief of dry, chapped skin and it’s available with SPF 15 and costs €5.72. Mavala is better known for its bijou-sized nail colours, but Mava + hand cream is another intensive moisturiser which can help to reduce redness and soothe and smooth skin. It costs €10.20 at pharmacies.
Serums are set to be big news in 2013 and Olay has simplified matters by adding one to its Total Effects Day – a moisturiser and serum duo with the added bonus of SPF 20. A great solution for those short of time in the mornings (that’s most of us then). It costs €23.49.
I can't live without Karen Crawford, co-owner Smock Boutique, Drury St, Dublin
Eve Lom cleanser Nothing makes my skin look and feel as clean. I am completely addicted.
Environ AVST moisturiser This soaks in instantly and really improves skin’s texture.
Guerlain Terracotta bronzing powder, Every Christmas my Mum would buy this bronzer for myself and my sister and I still think it’s one of the best natural bronzers. Nars Velvet Matt lip pencils The texture is perfect and it’s easy to apply. I love red and coral lipsticks. It gives me an instant pick up when I wear a bright shade.
Cloonkeen candle in ‘Antique Library’
I buy this from our neighbouring florist Appassionata. This is one of the candles they burn in the shop. I want to just bottle the smell.
Kiehls creme de Corps, glides on and keeps you moisturised all day
L’Oréal Beach Fizz spray for hair. I don’t spend much time on my hair, I just spray this in and it gives a great, not-too-groomed look, and it smells like holidays.
Escentric Molecule 01 fragrance This is a very unusual fragrance. It has a really positive effect on people when you wear it, somebody will always comment on it . . . in a good way.
Beauty Flash Balm from Clarins Nothing prepares your skin like this wonder product. If I feel tired and I am going out, I put this on, and look like a new person.
Awards season is here again and we’ll be judging the gúnas on the red carpet at the upcoming Bafta and Oscar ceremonies. Jessica Chastain looked particulary radiant at the recent Golden Globes – a lesson in modern glamour. US magazine ‘Vanity Fair’ agrees – it has declared her 2012’s most elegant woman . Note how the aqua gown sets off the Titian hue of her hair to perfection. When it comes to her make up, YSL’s Touch Éclat foundation and highlighter pen are the secret to her flawless base.