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Being a guest in someone's house is a social minefield

The sofa. A good place to think. But now it’s gone.

Now we find ourselves without a place to live . . . the best-laid plans and all that

These products will help fight increased oiliness and dehydration.

Tightness and dehydration appear as the heating comes back on

Byredo Slow Dance, Timothy Han/Edition She Came to Stay, Chanel Gabrielle and Jo Malone Poppy & Barley Cologne

Winning fragrances from Byredo, Timothy Han/Edition, Chanel and Jo Malone


With advances in safe, non-surgical beauty procedures, treatments such as injectable fillers are becoming as much as part of routi(...)

‘Why don’t you have friends?’ is kind of a sticky one to have chucked at you on the spot

Laura Kennedy: I am trying to remain open, and keep the taint of ‘be my friend’ off me

The Philips Lumea Prestige isn’t perfect, but it removes up to 92 per cent of hair

The Philips Lumea Prestige is pricey, but works so well I went bare-legged all summer

This week, because I was distracted at work, and prioritising the wrong things, I missed a message from a family member reaching out with serious mental health struggles.Photograph: iStock

Distracted at work, I missed a message from a family member with mental health issues

From left, Milk Makeup Flex Foundation; Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser; Urban Decay Stay Naked Weightless Liquid Foundation; Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation; Anastasia Beverly Hills Luminous Foundation; and Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Hydrating Longwear Foundation

Tilbury's new foundation and other new bases reviewed by Laura Kennedy

 I had undergone a couple of years of cognitive behavioural therapy   before taking a serious look at   Marcus Aurelius and other Stoic philosophers. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In many cases, they pushed through fear when I didn’t and took chances when I wouldn’t

 Skingredients Skin Good Fats, Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Moisturiser, Origins Clear Improvement Oil-Free Moisturizer with Bamboo Charcoal, Dermalogica Clear Start Clearing Defense SPF 30, and Drunk Elephant Lala Retro Whipped Cream

The wrong moisturiser can cause problems – something too rich can cause congestion while anything too light can be inadequate

I long for a time when a written request for a spreadsheet at 11pm would be met with its only proportional response – the challenge of a duel-by-sword combat. Photograph: iStock

Buff the edges off your correspondence before flinging it into the digital wasteland

Philip B Travel Kit, Living Proof In-Shower Styler, Davines Renaissance Circle Extreme Repair Mask, Batiste Dry Shampoo and Philip Kingsley Swim Cap Water Resistant Mask

This summer try these minimum-effort, maximum-results haircare products

Meghan Markle’s Vogue cover is a confused political statement. Photograph: Sussex Royal/AFP/Getty

You cannot sign up to the monarchy and preach progressive politics with credibility

For smoky eyes: Les 4 Ombres in Modern Glamour is an eyeshadow quad of greys, black and white

Chanel’s new Noir & Blanc collection for autumn winter is too pretty to resist

Laura Kennedy and her mother, Emma

I am nagged by the feeling that, if she were here, she might be saddened by my progress

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clay Mask (€11.24 at Boots)

Masks won’t cure acne but they can help when your skin is congested and breaking out

“Close friendships of any sort are intensely fragile” Photograph: istock

Laura Kennedy: When one person tires and grows heavy the other leans down to carry them

 From left to right: Skinceuticals Retinol 0.3 High Potency Night Treatment, Ole Henriksen Glow Cycle Retin-ALT Power Serum, The Ordinary Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane and Kate Somerville DermalQuench Liquid Lift +Retinol

Picking the right one, and applying it correctly, can make a world of difference

'Most people don’t have live-in servants but we briefly hire servants through apps all the time.' Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: Our servants today may not be deferential but they cater to our every whim

The availability outside the US of cult beauty brand Milk was one of the most anticipated launches of the year

If you are lazy with skincare, your excuse is hereby abolished

“Being working class is not about any one thing – money, or values, or origin, or habits.” Image: iStock

Laura Kennedy: I carry with me talismans of where I have come from – imperfect teeth, colloquial phrases, a powerful fear of not h(...)

From left, Murad Prebiotic 4-in-1 Multicleanser, Kate Somerville Soothe and Restore Ceramides + Omegas Serum, Urban Decay Perversion waterproof mascara, Lancôme Hypnôse eyeshadow palette in Fraîcheur Rosée and Tom Ford Private Blend Lavender Extrême Eau de Parfum

A multitasking cleanser, practical palette and glorious perfume among the season’s picks

‘We tend to ignore death until it kicks us hard in the face.’ Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: Death changes your mind about things like nothing else will

Get your make-up bag ready for the season.

Light, fresh with extra shimmer - let your summer make-up work for you

Each one of your prim, lovely blue and white teacups that I have broken has condescended to the ground almost in slow motion as my guts clench and flip. Photograph: iStock

Memories I keep, though they crack and change with time, keep a part of you here, with me

Skingredients: Jennifer Rock’s new range of skincare products, which cost €25-€42

The Skin Nerd: This Irish capsule system of skin products deserves to fly off the shelves

 Keanu Reeves poses for a photograph with a fan at the premiere of Toy Story 4 in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Recent photograph of actor with a fan has prompted mixed opinions

Isaac Reid (age 6), Peter Reid (age 9), Catherine Cleary, and Shane Reid (age 12) have a picnic in Iveagh Gardens. Photograph: Sara Freund/The Irish Times

Here’s how to avoid the chafe, the burn, and how to reconnect with your inner child

‘Not feeling at home in your own body is not a straightforward scenario.’ Photograph: iStock

I experienced the nightmare of most novice gym goers but it’s not going to put me off

Get a summer glow with these glowing products.

Glow on, glow on, glow on

Wading through life can be hard. Photograph: iStock

Accepting a situation does not mean embracing it, or that you have to stay there forever

Are your feet ready for the summer?

Put your best foot forward with a little attention

No7 Dark Circle Corrector comes in two tones

Under eye pigmentation is such a common issue that this will likely fly off shelves

The swings at The Dean Hotel, outside Sophie’s – the hotel’s rooftop restaurant and bar

Laura Kennedy: TD’s case against hotel which she has now dropped raises issue of personal responsibility

Kiehl’s Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil Herbal Concentrate, Murad Night Fix Enzyme Treatment, Lixir Night Switch Retinol 1%, Lixir Universal Emulsion, Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask and Votary Natural Lip Oil.

‘Beauty sleep’ isn’t a myth - skin undergoes a complex reparative process at night

Commemorative plaque for Friedrich Nietzsche at the house where he lived in Turin.  Photograph: istock

We learn our own resilience by taking a bashing. To fail is to surrender

The best beauty essentials for travellers,  from eyeliners to facial mists

Plan which products you will bring (and no, you don’t need four red lipsticks)

Viva Glam: Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga  promoted Mac’s campaign in 2010

Mac’s Viva Glam campaign has donated almost €4m to Irish organisations since 2007

Greene exposes the reader to most people’s worst fear – the death of a child – in a manner that is sufficiently analytical to be intellectually beneficial, but honest enough to flay you raw

After death of his infant daughter, Jason Greene’s memoir on grief is brutally honest

Barely there: Chanel Les Beiges Eau de Teint Water-Fresh Tint

Think of Les Beiges Eau de Teint as a moisturiser so subtle it seems barely there

You can build a jungle of plants in a rented property without asking anyone’s permission. Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: Succulents are the new gin for the misunderstood millennials

Five of the best moisturisers from Beauty Pie, Chanel, Alpha H, Kate Somerville and Rituals

Skincare is now more than a cold cream and a moisturiser walloped on to the face

Looking for safety: the baby plonked down and extended its arms towards its mother. Photograph: iStock/Getty

Laura Kennedy: Sometimes you have to opt for change when you’d really rather not

Magazine May 4 2019. Beauty montage. Moroccanoil Colour Complete Shampoo (nb matching conditioner not pictured), L’Oréal Elvive Colour Protect Purple Shampoo and Conditioner, Dr Paw Paw 7 in 1 Hair Treatment, Living Proof Restore Smooth Blowout Concentrate, Davine?s OI Oil Absolute Beautifying Potion and Garnier Banana & Shea Hair Food

Decent at-home care is important to keep you out of the salon as long as possible

History is full of Irish writers waxing sentimental about Ireland while refusing to live there. Joyce was guilty of a good deal of that. Photograph: Lipnitzki/ Roger Viollet/ Getty Images

The classic emigrant dilemma of missing Ireland even as I was there

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturizing Cleanser, Goat Milk Moisturizing Cream, EradiKate Blemish Treatment, ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment, and Dermal Quench Wrinkle Warrior Advanced Hydrating & Plumping Treatment

This is an expensive range, but it’s well worth trying if you have sensitive skin

Bystanders look on as flames and smoke are seen  at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/ AFP/Getty Images

We are right to value the beauty of Notre Dame that people laboured to create

Double cleanse: Drunk Elephant Slaai Makeup-Melting Butter Cleanser, Lixir Electrogel Cleanser, The White Company facecloth, Alpha H Balancing Cleanser, Emma Hardie Moringa Light Cleansing Gel and The White Company Super Balm Gentle Daily Deep Cleanser

Without it, you might as well be rubbing your expensive serums into your couch rather than your face

Sunscreen: the argument for wearing SPF daily is far more than cosmetic. Photograph: iStock

A glowy finish shouldn’t look flat after a spritz of Kate Somerville UncompliKated SPF

This diminishing of all women’s pain during birth, as well as the complications that do often arise, is a legacy that lives on. Photograph: iStock

The supposed nobility of bearing pain is a common feature of womanhood

Facial suncreens: Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF30, Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart SPF50 Hydrating Shield,Kiehls Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF50 and Murad City Skin Broad Spectrum SPF50 Mineral Sunscreen

A change in skin colour after sun exposure is skin damage – If you want a tan, get it from a bottle

Instagram aesthetic: Alicja Puk injects a client at her clinic, in Blanchardstown in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

The filtered, full-lipped look has exploded in popularity – but it’s not without risks

Worth checking out: No7 Laboratories’ Dark Spot Correcting Booster Serum and Firming Booster Serum, both €49

It’s partly down to marketing, but every No7 Laboratories product so far has been good

The gut punches still come. The memories still hurt, but sometimes, and just for a while, I can see my mother again as she really was.

‘I have reached that part in the grieving process when I can see colour again’

Light touch: foundations by Trish McEvoy, Huda, Lancôme, Clinique and Bobbi Brown

It's time to swap your winter foundation for one better suited to brighter weather

Christine Nagel of Hermès: ‘You can tell so much about a person from how they smell’

Hermès perfumer Christine Nagel on breaking into her industry to pursue her passion

Laura Kennedy: “The word - fragile – was a weapon I wielded against myself.” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Laura Kennedy: I thought the least charitable description of myself must be the truest

 Sali Hughes, co-founder of Beauty Banks, a charity that is tackling hygiene poverty in Britain. Photograph: Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Sali Hughes and Jo Jones’ Beauty Banks are helping to tackle hygiene poverty in Britain

Don’t forget the card on Mother’s Day. Most mammies insist on one.

A beauty gift helps someone you love treat themselves with the care you think they deserve

Carter Beauty was set up in August 2018 by Marissa Carter

The Irish brand has also been used on Ariana Grande

Laura Thomas: ‘I see a lot of clients trying to resist and not give in to their cravings, which is actually counterproductive, because they just build and build, and then escalate’

Intuitive eating, Laura Thomas’s approach to food, is a game changer in healthy living

“Despite managing it over the years, I don’t fully understand depression.” Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: The diagnostic test is, among other things, a shot in the dark

Far from making oily skin oilier, oils regulate sebum production in the skin, which is kicked into overdrive by “drying” alcohol-heavy skincare.

Beauty: It may seem counter-intuitive but oil will actually make your skin less oily

Were you happy with the results, and would you do it again? Photograph: iStock

Non-invasive cosmetic procedures are on the rise. We want to hear from readers who have used them

“It does not help that Brie Larson – an Oscar winning Hollywood star – has been kind of obnoxious in her commentary around the movie”

Laura Kennedy: As a feminist artwork, Captain Marvel makes some pretty good points

Irish beauty, bottled: Pestle & Mortar Exfoliate, Spotlight White Teeth Wash, Burren Perfumery Rose Facial Toner and  Calendula & Rose Cleanser, and Cloon Keen Atelier Lúnasa

Innovation from Pestle & Mortar, Spotlight, Burren Perfumery and Cloon Keen Atelier

Louise McSharry on Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose: These days I don’t really try to impress anyone, and that feels good

Eight Irish women – from Marian Keyes to Ailbhe Smyth – share what is special to them

  According to Forbes, Kylie Jenner has become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. Photograph: Julian Smith/EPA

Laura Kennedy: I’m uncomfortable about Kylie Jenner’s success and the homogeneity of the ‘Instagram face’

Gorgeous spring perfumes:  Maison Margiela Replica Under the Lemon Trees, Herbae Par L’Occitane, Jo Malone London Cade & Cedarwood Cologne and Fragrance Combining Palette, and Hermès Un Jardin sur le Nil

This time of year calls for fragrances that sparkle with optimism and freshness

Reese Witherspoon: the actor has chosen the shade for Elizabeth Arden’s limited-edition lipstick

Not every cosmetics company puts its money where its mouth is. This trio deserve a look

‘The passion flowers that looked so alien and beautiful; a rumour of a far-off place creeping up a trellis in Limerick’ Photograph: istock

Laura Kennedy: ‘My mother taught me that if a plant wants to flower, it will when the time is right’

There’s a product out there to sort out every eyebrow-related worry

“Haven’t you read about this? It’s easy to know that the earth is not flat – just look into it” Photograph: istock

Laura Kennedy: Social media cycle seems increasingly overconfident about what is known

You don’t need to redo your foundation, even if it isn’t sitting well

Get a refreshed look without removing your day make-up

Jenny Yuen lives with her husband and nesting partner, Charlie, and  her other partner, Adam, who is 31 years her senior, lives up the street.

Committed relationships with different people sound exciting but they’re a lot more work

I did an ancestry kit but there were no surprises in my roots. Photograph: iStock

I am genetically ‘pure’ enough to set up a Celtic ethnostate. Maybe even a Limerick one

A set of ‘grown-up’ nude shades are best for day-to-day wear

Base and top coats, hand exfoliators and oils make all the difference with DIY manicures

‘I don’t know why I let the woman  steamroll me.’ Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: I put her stodgy impression of me above my own principles

Liquid products are quick to apply – useful if you choose to do your make-up on the move. Photograph: iStock

Get a great (and fast) morning make-up finish by applying cream products with fingers

ghd Glide: it will eliminate any weird kinks or that annoying hair bump you get after taking out a ponytail

The Glide is not sexy, or exciting, and at €139 it’s expensive. But I’ve used it so much

When we are sick what we want is someone who loves us to swoop in and pick us up. Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: In a relationship, autonomy goes out the window when one catches the flu

111 Skin Rose Gold Brightening Treatment masks, €120 at

From bespoke online purchase options to in-store alternatives. The best in Korean and Japanese beauty products

Smell of success: Olivier Polge in the laboratory at Chanel

Beauty: Olivier Polge’s fragrance project would terrify most perfumers

The Fatality room at Mortal Kombat 11: The Reveal. Photograph: Tasia Wells/Getty Images

Laura Kennedy: Is simulating violence a kind of wrongdoing in itself, or ethically neutral?

Davines Oi Range products from €22 at selected salons nationwide and

From luxury Italian haircare lines to an off-the-shelf Boots favourite

Brandon Truaxe: offered high-quality alternatives to luxury skincare

The troubled former Deciem CEO, who has died aged 40, championed high-quality, affordable products

“We sat in the candlelit gloom the whole evening, realising how vulnerable the functioning of our lives really is”. Photograph istock

Laura Kennedy: The darkness reminds us of our own vulnerability and our entitlements

There are six products that can help any complexion wear this sixties throwback colour

The peachy pink with orange is set to have interesting implications for the beauty industry

’We need to talk about organ donation consent legislation.’ Photograph: istock

Laura Kennedy: We need to talk about organ donation where consent is presumed

New year, new look: beauty bargains from Vichy, Rimmel, Kiss, Elf and Isle of Paradise

Five affordable but clever beauty buys to help you bounce back from Christmas

January can be challenging. For many people. Photograph: istock

Laura Kennedy: New year may not feel new, but it is a good time to set down past baggage

Charlotte Tilbury Goddess Cleansing Ritual (€40 at Brown Thomas)

Christmas vouchers may be unexciting, but not if you trade it for prime additions to your makeup bag

"Other people’s lives are not always as they seem, and neither, sometimes, are their legs." Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: Instagram substitutes verbal chicanery for the visual sort and reminds me that my legs are not aesthetically pleasi(...)

Lisa Eldridge True Velvet Lipstick Collection (from £26 at

Charlotte Tilbury takes the lead with her Hollywood Flawless Filter, followed by Dyson's styler and a Penneys colab

Rituals Ritual of Holi Toiletry Bag (€9.50) would make an ideal gift for a teenager

From travel kits to hair products, our guide includes gift ideas for teenagers and adults

Laura Kennedy got up on the wrong side of the bed and spent the day in a cantankerous fug. Photograph: iStock

Laura Kennedy: I woke with a ball of anger thrashing in my guts

A well-thought-out gift set can be a handy idea, whether for your colleague or mother-in-law. Photograph: iStock

Secret santa or tricky in-laws? Salon-worthy ideas whether you want to save or splurge

This year’s must-have candles, diffusers, cleansers and affordable male skincare products

Rituals of Yalda: the series is inspired by an Iranian end-of-year ritual

The Danish beauty brand likes to take pleasure in the small details of life

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