The last week in beauty desk drops brought some strange new launches, Crayola eyeshadow palettes and skincare heroes.
Liquid Queen Lip Restore Scrub, €19, available at Harvey Nichols Dundrum
The gel-based formula makes for a hydrating scrub if your lips are sore from being chapped, with a natural based wax scrub so your lips aren’t irritated after exfoliation. The bristle brush is soft too, for thorough removal of dead skin and flakiness for a smooth lip tone that will massively improve the staying power of your lipstick. Follow up with the new Lipstick Queen Lip Restore Balm, €19, with soothing peppermint oil.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Riviera Eyeshadow Palette, €54, available at Arnotts
Fourteen joyful shades of summery neons, burnishing golds and shimmering brights to put a spring in your step. The ultimate holiday eyeshadow palette and of course, the pigment in any Anastasia Beverly Hills product needs no introduction, but this will not budge.
Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil, €65, available at Space NK Grafton Street
For the sensitive, dry and redness-prone, look to Votary’s Super Seed range. In the cleansing oil, a blend of 22 ingredients nourish and hydrate the skin and loosen away all make-up, leaving the skin feeling soothed.
L’Occitane Aqua Réotier Mineral Moisture Mask, €35, available in stores and online
Hyaluronic acid, glycerin and calcium-rich water from the Réotier Spring in Provence revitalize the skin and leaves your face looking plumped and dewy. Apply it overnight for the best benefits, but it’s equally lovely when used in a thick layer on the face for ten minutes before make-up application.
IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cream Rosy Tone, €44, available at Arnotts
This boosts the cell turnover of your skin, helps with uneven texture and makes the skin bright and dewy thanks to rosy pigments and a cocktail of hydration ingredients like squalane, anti-ageing iris root and aloe leaf juice.
Redken Dry Shampoo Paste, €25, available at Redken salons nationwide
Part texturising styling paste and part dry shampoo, with Redken’s Dry Shampoo Paste, oil is absorbed with added volume and style extension, leaving a natural texture that can be reworked over and over.
Nivea Clay Fresh Deep Cleansing Blue Agave and Lavender Shower Gel, €3.25 at Boots
Remember last year when we were all obsessed with using kaolin clay face masks to draw impurities from our skin? Nivea is using that same theory with their new clay shower gels, using natural kaolin clay that leaves the skin soft. The calming lavender scented one is my favourite to wash the day off with.
Essie Limited Edition Spring 2019 collection, €9.99 each, at pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide
Essie’s new spring shades are gorgeous, metallic and pearly, but for the not so brave hearted, there’s also a perfect shade of peachy nude. Complete coverage in one stroke, and even I, someone who once painted their nails and managed to get polish right down to their knuckles, found it foolproof.
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