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Calming beauty to save you until the end of Mercury in retrograde


by Holly O'Neill
30th Jul 2019
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As far as this beauty editor is concerned, there’s no problem that a beauty product doesn’t have the solution for. These are your go-to’s with retrograde-defying powers. 


Has your life blown up yet? Don’t worry, you only have to get to Friday, August 2 when mercury retrograde season ends. Until then, these beauty heroes won’t put your life back together again, but they’ll certainly calm you down.

MILK Makeup Cooling Water, €22.50

When all else fails, MILK Makeup has created water-on-a-stick — a refreshing, cooling balmy hydration booster. It won’t stop you fighting with your sister or drunk texting your ex, but when you do, it’ll be there to make your skin glow, boost circulation and generally just calm you down. If you’re hungover, couple this with Avene’s Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water for life-changing soothing powers.

NEOM Real Luxury Multi-Mineral Bath Salts, €45

Spilt coffee down your white shirt? Smashed your phone screen? Read your horoscope as you were waiting to board a flight only for it to say “do not get on any flights”? Wash that crappy day away with a hit of relaxation. These bath salts come with rose quartz (if you believe in Mercury retrograde season then you definitely believe in crystals, sorry I don’t make the rules) and 24 calming essentials oils, so if these don’t make you forget that “you up” text you sent at 4am then I’m sorry but there’s nothing else I can offer you.

Australian Bush Flower Essences Calm & Clear Skin & Space Mist, €14.75

Went on a great Tinder date then found out later he likes pictures on Instagram of girls who look like Love Island contestants? Spritz those negative emotions outta your bedroom or desk space with this blend of Black-eyed Susan, Boronia, Bottlebrush, Bush Fuchsia, Crowea, Jacaranda, Little Flannel Flower and Paw Paw. I use mine to spray at colleagues who try to talk to me when we’re going to print on new issues.

Elemis Plumping Pillow Facial, €60

Can’t sleep? Course you can’t. Skin breaking out? Course it is. Feeling whiny but gratified by the whiny-ness of this article? Course you are. When you’re tired and need nice skin and need to not put the effort in that is required for nice skin, Elemis has created the Lazy Girl hack to help you. Their new Plumping Pillow Facial is a cooling gel sleep mask, meaning you sleep while this feeds your skin nutrients, tucks it in with replenishing moisture and soothes it with a bedtime story of hydration.

Photography by MILK Makeup. 


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