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IMAGE staffers on their best beauty buys of 2019


by Holly O'Neill
29th Dec 2019
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Turns out, team IMAGE is really into skincare and eyebrow products.


Glossier Brow Flick, €18

Glossier Brow Flick, €18, is the best beauty product I’ve bought this year and possibly in my whole life! Over the years, I must have tried and tested every product out there in an attempt to fill in my thin and shapeless brows, but nothing comes close to the natural-looking hair strokes that I can do with the Brow Flick. — Laura Kenny, Art Director

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, €90 and Magic Night Rescue Cream, €120

I feel like I’m incredibly late to the party but I recently purchased the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, €90, and Magic Night Cream, €120. I can’t believe I’ve gone without these products for so long, they are a lifesaver. I have combination skin, verging on oily but my skin has been so dry for the past few months. I’d been researching high and low for some sort of fix. Enter the miracle Magic Cream duo. My skin has never felt so clear, glowy and my general complexion has improved substantially. They are priced on the steeper side but a little goes a long way, so I think they will last months. In this instance, I think it’s really worth it.— Sophie Teyssier, Social Media Manager

Codex Beauty Exfoliating Wash, €50

I’ve recently switched skincare lines to Codex Beauty and love the stuff. It has my reduced breakouts, moisturised wintry skin and smells way better than the clinical stuff I was using before. — Shayna Sappington, Editorial Assistant, Cara magazine

Isle of Paradise Self-Tanning Water, €19.99

Can I pick three? Isle of Paradise Medium Tanning Water, €20 is the best I’ve ever used. It’s the most natural-looking deep olive tan shade, it wears off naturally and has a gorgeous smell. The Nima Brush Harley Brush, €22 is a contourer’s dream and I’m obsessed with Urban Decay Stay Naked Foundation€30.60. I usually wear the thickest full coverage foundation as I find they are the only ones with staying power on my oily skin, but this foundation really stays put without the cake face look. — Ciara Maher, Agency Account Director

AlumierMD’s Alumience A.G.E., €119 

AlumierMD’s Alumience A.G.E., €119 serum is my best beauty buy of 2019. At €119, it’s pricier than I’d prefer to spend, but it’s worth it. The serum boasts a blend of antioxidants, specialized peptides, antiglycation ingredients, and a biomimetic pollution shield – which, in short, means it reduces visible signs of ageing and protects my face from pollution and UV damage. My skin is much more glowy and healthy-looking (plus it feels better) since I started using it two months ago. I get mine from Beechview Medical in Blanchardstown but it’s available online too. — Grace McGettigan, Homepage Editor, IMAGE.ie

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, €30

For me, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer, €30, is the Holy Grail of under-eye concealers, as it really does soften dark circles and fine lines. I’m on the wrong side of 40 and have wrinkles and greyness to disguise. This works. Given that trying to choose your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product is probably a bit like trying to choose your favourite child, I’m going to also highly recommend her Eyes to Memorise Cream in Rose Gold, which is like liquid, er, rose gold and doesn’t budge or crease. Maria Nila Colour Refresh Bright Copper, €17 is another favourite. I stumbled on this Swedish brand quite by accident, a sales advisor having recommended it to me as an alternative to Revlon’s Colour Ball, which they didn’t stock. I’m so glad of the switch, as Maria Nila’s products are cruelty-free, vegan and sustainably manufactured at a low emissions factory in southern Sweden, which runs on a circular energy system (solar and water). Fortunately, they’re not just “woke” over wonderful either – this enriching tinted masque not only gives my hair a va-va-voom colour injection between salon appointments, but it also gives great shine and smoothness. — Lucy White, Editor, Cara magazine

Clarins SOS Pure Clay Rebalancing Face Mask, €38

Clarins SOS Pure Clay Rebalancing Face Mask, €38 is a lifesaver if, like me, you suffer from facial psoriasis. Just pop this onto the affected area when you jump in the shower – a little goes a long way – and leave on for about 10 minutes. Wash it off and your skin is left feeling smooth and flake-free. It’s a perfect alternative to the expensive steroid gels you get on prescription. — Eva Hall, Branded Content Editor

Photography by Charlotte Tilbury. 


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