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Huda Beauty Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser, €42

Huda Beauty Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser, €42

iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, €33.95 (10 trays)

iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, €33.95 (10 trays)

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Cream SPF 50, €22.95

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Cream SPF 50, €22.95

Ren Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Cream, €60

Ren Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Cream, €60

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Dark Spots Concentrated Derma Serum, €25

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Dark Spots Concentrated Derma Serum, €25

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl-Defining Conditioner, €7.99

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl-Defining Conditioner, €7.99

Milk Makeup Cooling Water, €24.20

Milk Makeup Cooling Water, €24.20

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Huda Beauty Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser, €42

I am prepping for my first post-lockdown hen. The five black dresses I ordered are currently in transit, and now I’m obsessing over my frizzy hair, lacklustre skin and quite possibly having an anxiety-induced hot flush. No matter, here are some products that will aid me on my weekend away.

Huda Beauty Wishful Honey Balm Jelly Moisturiser, €42
WHEN you need to put your game face on, stretch for this potent blend of honey, turmeric and colour-correcting lavender pearls to hydrate and illuminate even the dullest of skin.
Used twice daily, it can even reduce the appearance of pesky pores thanks to the presence of niacinamide. Try it as a primer and even a subtle luminiser too.

iWhite Instant Teeth Whitening Kit, €33.95 (10 trays)
SOME teeth whitening kits can really overcomplicate matters. If I have to open 20 packets of gel, syringes and plastic mouthguards — I am out.
This professional kit for pearly whites keeps things simple, which is exactly why I’m using the brand at the time of writing.
Simply pop the pre-filled mouthpiece (one size fits all) in for 20 minutes each day — and light up the room with your Hollywood gnashers.
All products available in the range are hydrogen peroxide-free, meaning zero sensitivity and your teeth will actually look healthier and become stronger after use.

L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler + Hyaluronic Acid Anti-Ageing Cream SPF 50, €22.95
FINDING a day cream can be as difficult as finding a single, emotionally intelligent man. But no stress, I’ve finally found a cream worthy of your time.
Utilising three forms of concentrated hyaluronic acid to encourage the look of a firmer, plumper visage, this deeply-hydrating wonder cream helps to lock in moisture for long-lasting softness.

Ren Clean Skincare Bio Retinoid Youth Cream, €60
USING the finest, all-natural and ethically sourced ingredients, this pocket rocket is the answer to your prayers if you have irritation-prone skin.
Harnessing bidens pilosa, a plant-derived retinol alternative, it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without causing sensitivity.

It Cosmetics Bye Bye Dark Spots Concentrated Derma Serum, €25
Ain’t nobody got time for dark spots.
Developed with plastic surgeons and dermatologists, this powerful serum is formulated with niacinamide and ethyl vitamin C to fight skin discolouration.
Suitable for sensitive types, just apply 4-5 drops to clean skin morning and evening — and watch them virtually disappear over time.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Dream Curls Curl-Defining Conditioner, €7.99
HAIR hath no fury like an Irish winter — especially if you’re a curly girl.
To fight the good fight against frizz, now John Frieda has brought out the big guns with this new curl-enhancing formula.
Crammed with rosehip oil for rich creamy nourishment, the vegan-friendly conditioner promises bouncy defined curls, and works a dream on wavy hair too.

Milk Makeup Cooling Water, €24.20
THE temperatures may be plummeting but I’m still prone to a hot flush, especially during my period or a gym session. Made with soothing seawater, this cooling stick for face and body doesn’t just calm redness, it also contains energising caffeine to help reduce the appearance of puffiness. Stay extra cool by keeping it in the fridge.

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