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Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Second Skin Dewy Finish Foundation,

Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Second Skin Dewy Finish Foundation,

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Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Second Skin Dewy Finish Foundation,

Whether you’re hitting the parade or planning on making yourself acquainted with a pint of Guinness in a cosy corner snug, this week is about celebrating all things Irish — so I’m rolling out the green, white and orange carpet and serving you the best Irish beauty products in town.

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Sculpted by Aimee Connolly Second Skin Dewy Finish Foundation, €27
IF YOU’RE a regular to these pages, you’ll know how utterly obsessed I am with this mineral liquid foundation.
Ideal for normal or dry skin, the lightweight product glides on and gives beautiful medium coverage with a luminous finish. It’s available in 30 different shades, including Porcelain and Fair Plus, perfect for classic Celtic complexions.

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AYU Cosmetics Sara Lip Kit, €32.50
I HAVE so much grá for this homegrown beauty brand.
From the Fresh Skin foundation to the Easy Brow pencil, every product has been meticulously thought-through and there isn’t a single one that I have tried that hasn’t been a repeat buy.
This isn’t just lip service. Don’t believe me? Try this ultra-long wearing lip liner, intensely pigmented lipstick and gloss in fire engine red to plump your pout, then pull on your ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish,’ t-shirt this Thursday.
The luxury lip kit is also available in Plum, Blushed Berry and Nude.

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Green Angel Day and Night Gift Set, €50
I CAN’T promise you a pot of gold, but I can lead you to firmer, hydrated skin this St Patrick’s Day.
To prep for a day on the black stuff, you’ll need to add this firming face cream and nourishing night cream (worth €62 when purchased individually) to your regime.
Handmade in Co Dublin, the luxury skincare brand contains hand-harvested Irish seaweed and pure essential oils — the only thing you’ll want to find at the end of the rainbow.

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The Handmade Soap Company Bath Salts, €15.95
IF YOU don’t fancy hitting the parade or pub this week, why not mark the holiday with a little me ‘thyme’ instead?
Made in Meath, these gorgeous garden-scented epsom bath salts will leave you feeling all green and squeaky clean.
Also infused with lavender and mint, the multi-tasker can be used as an exfoliant before stepping into the tub too.

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Moxi Loves Powder Pod Cleanser, €7.95
SMALL but mighty, just like our little island, these cleansing pods take up minimal space, but provide maximum bang for your buck.
When mixed with water, the powder activates to produce a detoxifying face wash that removes even stubborn makeup. Enriched with soothing oat and nourishing coconut, expect clean, bright, hydrated skin. With new biodegradable outer packaging, eco-guilt is washed away too.

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Ethos Beauty and Wellness Subscription Box, from €65
NAME a more patriotic thing than supporting small Irish businesses. Founded by Galwegian Eileen Hannon, Etho is a carefully curated beauty and wellness subscription service delivering a box of luxury each month.
With the emphasis on supporting our great homegrown talent, you’ll find goodies by brands including deDanú, Dublin Herbalists and Yogandha inside.

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Ella & Jo Cosmetics Hydrating Hyaluronic Serum, €40
A STEP up from a regular hyaluronic serum, this supercharged collagen and hydration boosting serum is better than a trip to Tír na nÓg. Suitable for use both day and night, the award-winning serum helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles while soothing and moisturising the skin. Try it under your makeup as the ultimate primer.

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