Some beauty products instantly place me back in childhood, watching women complete their beauty rituals. Photograph: iStock

A blast from the past may help you rediscover your love for make-up

Chanel No5 is what comes to mind when we think of perfume itself

Part of the legend of the world’s most famous fragrance is that it is adaptable, and is as beloved by fragrance lovers now as it w(...)

People touching up their make-up in public is a fascinating window into their lives. Photograph: iStock

These are all too self-evidently lovely to feel embarrassed to use, but also just practical

Great curls and coils are far easier to achieve than you might think. File photograph: iStock

The key to great, natural texture whether you have waves, curls or coils

Left to right: Rituals The Ritual of Mehr 2-Phase Bath Oil  Sunday, 111 Skin The Vitality Oil, Heire Hot Wax Kit, Riley Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub.

The products aren’t a necessity, but they create moments for us to appreciate our bodies

Paler Celtic complexions are more sensitive to sun exposure, burn more easily and need more protection. Photograph: iStock

If you don’t use a SPF, your expensive skincare is a waste of time and money

Make a conscious effort to nurture your love of make-up again. Photograph: iStock

Add some colour to your life, by treating your lips and eyes to a little make-up

Antioxidants exist naturally in fruit and vegetables. File photograph: Getty Images

Expert Jennifer Rock on why you should not ignore the ‘underdog’ of the skincare world


The eye area has become the beauty lover’s one compensating area

There are more than a few split ends barely hanging in there on my head. File photograph: iStock

Tried and tested hair products that will help the nation’s bedraggled heads

Recovery mode has two stages: comforting and repairing your banjaxed barrier, and counteracting the visible signs. Photograph: iStock

Overusing active ingredients can play havoc with your skin. Try these quick repair kits

Vieve Sunset Blush in Piazza (€26 at

Struggling to blush? From powders to creams, the right products make all the difference

Laura Kennedy: My body oil lives in the shower.

Lashing them on in the shower makes them go much further than normal

To do the basics well, you need a nice moisturiser, a skin tint or foundation, a great concealer, a natural-looking but enhancing mascara and a cream blush. File photograph: iStock

Some self-care and a touch of cosmetic enhancement can help boost spirits

The author moves back and forth between accessible but formal language and the overtly crude. Photograph: Getty

Damon Young wades into shark-infested waters and lives to tell the tale

File photograph: Getty Images

Trying to avoid washing your hair too often? Try these products

Claudette Nars wearing the new range of Nars products named after her.

François Nars says his mother’s beauty helped launch his career and gave name to his new collection

Beauty buys: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant, Skingredients Skin Protein, Summer Fridays Cloud Dew and bareMinerals Original Liquid Mineral Concealer

Every month, Laura Kennedy addresses fundamental skincare problems and queries

Unbeatable Chanel and Jo Malone fragrances, Fenty foundation and Charlotte Tilbury lip colour

Maskne can be described as 'a skin rash which is exacerbated by mask-wearing and presents as red spots, bumps and blemishes'

Choose a snug but comfortable mask. Look for cotton and silk, too, to be kinder to skin

Make a resolution to declutter your skincare routine

The focus of Chanel’s new collection is all on warm, floral and tonal earthy hues with just enough pink to resurrect a face that hasn’t seen the sun in a while.

Put a little colour back into your life with a help from the French beauty brand

Elave Men shave kit.

These Irish goldmines are full of luxury and affordable gifts, from toothbrushes to make-up

Caudalie Vinosource Hydration Mini Cracker (€11) is a foolproof skincare stocking filler.

Stocking fillers should feel special and be selected with the recipient in mind

Brands such as Curél, L’Oreal and Avène are among my favourites. Photograph: iStock

They help keep the skin around the eye area moisturised and as taut as possible

Dermalogica Cleanse and Glow On the Go (€35) will start anyone on the road to good skin.

With festive candles and beautiful make-up brushes, you can’t go wrong this Christmas

This year consumers want Irish gifts  to redistribute money through local businesses. Photograph: iStock

From nourishing serums to personalised hair dryers, local beauty brands have it all

Diptyque Sapin de Nuit Candle (from €65 at

Now more than ever it makes sense to make your home as pleasant as it can possibly be

Now  is the ideal time to add active ingredients such as retinol and vitamin C to your skincare routine. Photograph: iStock

Stuck indoors? You can use this time at home to embark on a beauty-related project

Skin will always respond well to a gentle, functional product designed to comfort and sustain it. Photograph: iStock

Hydration kits and renewing foot cream help restore and soothe sensitive skin

I want make-up to lift my apathetic, jaded face and articulate a willingness toward the day that I may not feel when I get up that morning. Photograph: iStock

On these sorts of days, I demand the make-up effects without the work of creating them

Few of us are getting enough deep, untroubled sleep at the moment. Photograph: iStock

Add a fragrant product or two to your sleep routine and relax

This week’s beauty column is a love letter to oil products and textures as the weather digs its heels in and we anticipate the cold slap of the first frost on our faces. Photograph: iStock

This time of year, oils are comforting and provide a protective layer for skin and hair

Masks should be brought into the realm of the everyday

Masks should be brought into the realm of the everyday because life is short and weird

Prof Luke O’Neill presents a cornucopia of information in a hearteningly jocose, approachable tone that has you wanting to befriend him. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Trinity College immunologist’s book leaves reader thoroughly entertained but not better equipped

Anything that brings light into a the darker seasons becomes a priority

I find myself coveting warmer, more comforting notes along with nursing the inclination to layer up


Rock is an Irish household name and her skincare brand stands out in a saturated market

Masks are part of our life now. We have to get used to living with them.

Wearing a mask all day is a recipe for breakouts, but it can be managed

A decent mascara can reorient a face, and make even a fatigued eyes look brighter. Photograph: iStock

Confused or bewildered as to which one suits you? Well we have one for every wearer

Revel in and prolong the textures, aromas and colours of summer while we are still in it

Embrace citrus scents to ease into the day, peach tones for blush and shimmer for eyes

According to research, the men’s grooming market is expected to grow to $78.6billion (€66.7 billion) by 2023

Male grooming is going mainstream, and that includes makeup that is subtle and masculine

Josh Wood Colour Copper Gold Gloss, Cherry Gloss, Rose Brunette Gloss and Berry Brunette Gloss

Laura Kennedy: This new at-home colour-refresh range will save you time and money

beauty collage

A collection that makes everyone look good is rare, but ByMe. is certainly one of them

Cosmologist: Katie Mack is a theoretical astrophysicist at North Carolina State University

Katie Mack’s new book explores five theories of how the world might end

Foundation had fallen out of fashion during lockdown, but now it’s back with a bang

From left to right: Skingredients Sally Cleanse; Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil; WISHFUL Clean Genie Cleansing Butter; Uriage Thermal Micellar Water; Curél Foaming Facial Wash.

Cleansing is a restorative ritual which can help decompress both the mind and body

The easiest route to glowing skin is via your foundation

Eugenia Cheng: Her approach to mathematics is open-ended, exploratory, collaborative and rather life-affirming

Mathematician Eugenia Cheng’s ideas on gender are fascinating but don’t always add up

It is vital to start bathing the baby with suitable products and apply regular emollient to their skin from the moment they are born. Photograph: iStock

Dermatologist advise using appropriate skincare on babies from birth

The Inkey List products suit everyone, together or separately, mixed with your shampoo or conditioner, or alone

The Inkey List products aren’t stress-inducing, expensive or fussy – they just work

Subtle gradations of colour are the difference between brightening the face or dulling it

Laura Kennedy: Add a spray of glamour as you go about your days barefoot or in slippers

Les Beiges Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream (€43 at

It’s rare to give an entire column over to one product, but this one is worth it

Milk Makeup Melatonin Overnight Lip Mask (€21.50 at

Laura Kennedy: These are the products that make me feel better right now

For an undone wave, a heat-protecting spray, curling tong, mask and dry shampoo are some tools you will need

Until hairdressers reopen we’re on our own, but there is fun to be had in styling at home

Scented candles from Jo Malone, L'Occitane, Voya, Max Benjamin, and Malin+Goetz

From eco-friendly refills to cannabis super candles, something for every taste

From left to right: Zelens Power C High Potency Vitamin C Treatment Drops; The Inkey List 15% vitamin C and EGF; Indeed Labs Vitamin C24; Oskia Super-C Capsules; Murad Vita C Glycolic Serum.

Vitamin C is your friend if you have any sort of skin pigmentation or just general dullness

Don't forget to wear an SPF if you're outside. Photograph: iStock

A consequence of lockdown has been a renewed appreciation for taking walks and runs, or sitting outside

If you want to enhance your eyes at the moment, here are the best at-home products

Exfoliating is important before waxing. Photograph: iStock

Try an oil instead of foam with shaving and make sure to exfoliate before waxing

If you do go the DIY dye route, these tips and products will help to ensure the best possible result

Tips on how to prepare your hair, use box dye and touch up roots

Soak your cotton triangles generously in acetone polish remover, then pop them on your nails before wrapping the whole lot in foil.

Can’t get to the salon? Tricks and products to help you look good, even in a lockdown

‘What we might conjure, if anything at all, is a punch... But that’s not how it happens.’ Photograph: Getty Images/Eye Em

Review: Rachel Louise Snyder talks to survivors and perpetrators in deeply impactful book

The best affordable hand creams to tackle dry, uncomfortable or broken skin

There are plenty of excellent at-home products which we should all be utilising anyway so our feet are comfortable and cared for

Here’s how to prep your feet for summer and put some spring in your step

Dyson Corrale Straightener: It is gutsy of Dyson to take a stab at improving a classic device that most hair-conscious women already own

A lot of clever features set the Corrale apart, but the biggest one is that it’s cordless

‘I work every day with women from all over the world, with different hair types and from different backgrounds. I wanted to make a range that wouldn’t leave anyone out,’ says Andrew Fitzsimons, above

Kim Kardashian’s Dublin-born hair stylist aims to create high-quality products accessible to all

Some of the best everyday lip liners for extra lip, holding lipstick in place and general wearability

My favourite was discontinued, sending me on a hunt for the perfect replacement

Five moisturisers which may help save winter skin

These products will help if your body looks like you have been rolling in dry cement

Mascaras by Westman Atelier, YSL, L’Óréal, Urban Decay and Maybelline

My personal favourite creates puffed-up, fluffy, ebony-black lashes – it’s perfect

At this time of year, pink  often loses out to its blowsier sibling, red. But a good pink will brighten every skin tone

It often loses out to its blowsier sibling, red, but pink is more forgiving

In theory, warm tones can work for everyone. In reality, makeup with any hint of red in it can be tricky.

Careful though – a colour that looks sultry on your friend can roar ‘eye infection’ on you

Laura Kennedy.  ‘Today, this column comes to its end, but it isn’t the type of ending I used to be so frightened of.’ Photograph: Aidan Crawley

I was well into adulthood before I realised that endings are not inherently bad

Who has time for a full face of intense, sultry makeup when you have enough to be doing trying to get a freshly washed batch of underpants to dry in a damp kitchen?

With temperature fluctuations and early evenings, I’m craving lighter, dewier textures

The  suddenly ancient looking skin sometimes needs external help to rebalance.

Beauty: Overindulged at Christmas? It’s still written all over your face

I have been increasingly fielding commentary and questions about marriage.  Illustration: iStock

It’s patronising to say an unmarried woman is a victim of her male partner’s indecision

In Limerick, it seems like everyone is talking about the “new Dunnes”. Photograph: iStock

In my late teens, I couldn’t wait to be gone, now, I can see the best aspects of my hometown

Beauty basics are the stalwarts that populate a make-up bag; here’s some for face, hair and eyes

Orchid mantis: The stuff of a child’s dark imaginings. Photograph: istock.

Disgust is a trendy, complex and fascinating area of psychological research

‘Tis the season to self-gift:  Chanel lipstick, L’Oreal  anti-frizz serum, Byredo Slow Dance and   Zara Waterlily Tea Dress are excellent options

Beauty: There is a product out there for every budget to help you spring into 2020

Scented candles from Emma’s, Diptyque, Aveda, Malin+Goetz and Jo Malone

Opt for traditional pine or spiced citrus, or go for an alternative leather-scented candle

Beauty buys of the year: some of my favourites from Gucci, Josh Wood Colour, Charlotte Tilbury, Skingredients, Clinique, Chanel, the Ordinary, Lixir and L'Or�al

Looking for makeup that gives you ‘instagram skin’, foolproof skincare products or a celebrity inspired skincare collection

‘For fu**’s sake Denis will you cram a sock in it you furry little sh*t!?’ Photograph: istock.

Putting up the Christmas tree will always dangle a relationship over the precipice

L’Occitane Truck: the storage tin is unbelievably cute.

This selection of beauty products is sure to please your younger friends

Clockwise from top left: Victoria Beckham Beauty Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturiser, Sweed Lashes Nikki Cluster, Isle of Paradise Disco Tan Instant Wash-Off Body Bronzer, Glossier Futuredew and Catrice Grown Up Glow Palette

Go big with clusters of lashes, dewy primers and easy-for-the-lazy spot tanning

Beauty gift sets from Nars, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Lush, Spectrum and ghd

From a €12 L’Occitane festive bauble to a €364 ghd hair-tool set, these suit all budgets

‘Burnout doesn’t have to be dramatic’. Photograph: iStock

Sometimes there’s not much different between burnout and boredom

Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo, Hairstory New Wash, Sam McKnight Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist, Ouai Haircare Hair Oil and L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray.

Beauty: Specialist products for hair care can help keep winter moisture at bay

Philips Lumea Prestige IPL Hair Removal Device will pay for itself over years.

These practical tools are must-haves for dedicated beauty fans

Floral tributes left close to London Bridge in the wake of last week’s knife attack. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images.

Acts of terror such as last week’s knife attack can dehumanise us too, if we let them

Clockwise from top centre: Dior Backstage Lip Palette, Laura Mercier Paint with Light Radiant Face Illuminator Trio, Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 3, Chanel Exclusive Creation les 4 Ombres, Nars Inferno Eyeshadow Palette.

Chanel, Nars and Dior are just a few of the names that will bring smiles to anyone’s face

Diptyque Protective Pine Candle, €60, Space NK.

Whether you like the traditional Christmas aromas or something else entirely, there’s a scent out there for you

Laura Kennedy: “What is there to do, but get on with it?” Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Four years, and still I don’t know what to do on my mother’s anniversary

Magazine beauty November 2019. Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Palette, Maybelline Super Stay Ink Crayon, Nars Disco Dust Lipstick, and Dior 5 Couleurs Happy 2020 palette

Beauty: We need colour, we need light, we need some lipstick on our shook-looking winter faces

What sort of self-care is expressed at the expense of others? Photo: iStock

We value commitments and one another’s time less than we used to

Westman Atelier: Le Box (€186) and Eye Love You Mascara (€66)

The artist behind Gwyneth Paltrow’s flawless skin explains the inspiration for her range

Laura Kennedy: Our new area has an old-fashioned community feel

What do you do when you find a stranger passed out in your neighbourhood?

Many consumers just want ethical and sustainable products

It is difficult to separate the brands making real efforts from the ones doing the bare minimum

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