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The weekend shopping fix: sustainable haircare, throw-on dresses and turf candles

IMAGE.ie’s picks of the best buys of the week.


by Holly O'Neill
13th Mar 2021
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Are you ready to think about summer?

If you are, it’s time to prepare.  The daffodils are out and there’s the slightest smidge of a grand stretch coming over the horizon. Coming soon is good weather, and with it, there will be rosé, and hopefully friends, and sunglasses and legs out. So, it’s time to think about two things; summer dresses, and exfoliating. For the many, many summer occasions we’re manifesting into our futures, the dress you want is Rixo’s Kristen gingham dress. It’s flowy, for barbeques, it’s a happy print, for dopamine dressing, and if we have to spend all summer in the local poxy park we’ve been walking around for a year now, at least it’s gingham for picnics.

If you’re still not interested or mentally prepared enough for wearing anything but loungewear, you might be more persuaded by the ‘Anxiety Is My Cardio’ sweater that IMAGE.ie Editor Lauren Heskin can’t stop thinking about.

Now, to the exfoliating. Exfoliating is a beauty routine equivalent of putting an event in the diary, a highly exciting prospect right now. Start now, to get your skin gleaming in time for sunshine. Sunday Riley’s new Charcoal Smoothie Jelly Body Scrub does not only look beautiful in your bathroom. It’s a power blend of clarifying salicylic acid, to bust all your ingrown hairs and soften any bumpy skin, with charcoal to cleanse and purifying. It’s got coconut water and avocado oil too, it smells and feels incredible in the shower and you’ll emerge with baby soft, smooth and nourished skin.

If you have damaged, sensitive or easily irritated skin that shudders at the thought of scrubs, you’ll be more excited about Dr Jart Cicapair Sleepair Intensive Mask. From the same family as the viral colour correcting cream, this is a healing mask that you wear overnight to wake up with hydrated, soothed skin.

If you’re looking to make some sustainable swaps in your beauty routine, meet the new shampoo bars from Garnier, who have just been approved by the Cruelty Free International Leaping Bunny programme. Garnier’s shampoo bars have zero plastic packaging, are 94% plant-based and 97% biodegradable. There are four Solid Shampoo Bars to choose from in coconut and aloe vera, honey, ginger and oat. All are delicious and have all the foaminess of your ordinary shampoo.

Finally, as we approach another Patrick’s Day at home, Irish brand HOME have created a turf scented candle, with the rich, warming scent of a turf fire combined with cedarwood, patchouli, amber, vetiver, rose, vanilla and more. Send it to your friend abroad who can’t wait to get back home.

Photography by Rixo.