The marketing brains behind Unilever toiletries brand Dove appear to have a surfeit of professional pride, and possibly elevated self-esteem

Self-esteem can’t be purchased on a supermarket shelf, or even in a pharmacy, which is a problem for people debilitated by the fact that theirs is (...)

Barclays’  chief executive  Antony Jenkins: “We have made very good progress. The bonus is recognition of that and I decided to accept it on this occasion.” Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

In the City, it’s known as “the L’Oréal moment” – when a boss decides to take the bonus his board has offered “because I’m worth it”.Barclays boss Ant(...)

French photographer François-Marie Banier (right) with his lawyer Laurent Merlet as they leave the Bordeaux courthouse yesterday. Photographer: Mehdi Fedouach/AFP/Getty Images

The five-week trial of 10 people accused of swindling France’s richest woman out of hundreds of millions of euro, ended yesterday in Bordeaux. (...)

Irish TV viewing figures in 2014 were unchanged on 2013

The nation’s fondness for watching television continued unabated in 2014, with figures compiled by Nielsen for industry ratings body Tam Ireland sugge(...)

Exploration and production-related stocks tumbled after top oil exporter Saudi Arabia cut prices to the US. Brent crude slid to near $82 a barrel – extending losses to a fourth session. Photograph: Reuters

European stocks declined for a second day, as officials cut growth forecasts for the euro region, and oil companies plunged on tumbling prices for the(...)

YouTube entrepreneur Michelle Phan, whose beauty amd make-up videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times. 1:08

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, YouTube entrepreneur Michelle Phan, XCOR Space Expeditions chief executive Michiel Mol, School for Startups founder Do(...)

Darren Kennedy: presenting new fashion show for autumn

After two years when the station has had no fashion series – Off the Rails bowed out after 15 years in 2012 – RTÉ Two has taken on trend-spotting mave(...)

The share buyback follows Nestlé’s sale of an 8 per cent stake in French cosmetics company L’Oréal earlier this year. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/EPA

Nestlé is to carry out an eight billion Swiss franc (€6.6 billion) share buyback and revealed stronger sales growth in emerging markets in contrast to(...)

Emma Hardie: up for the challenge of competing with giants L’Oréal and Estée Lauder

Using natural cosmetics used to be considered mildly eccentric, and the products were difficult to find. But natural skincare is now much more main(...)

Helen Mirren: so low-maintenance she often cuts her own hair

At 68, Helen Mirren is one of those women who seem to get better-looking as they age. Who can forget the famous red bikini photo? The secret behind(...)