MAKE-UP BEST BUYS #nofilter: The only honest beauty column
So who doesn't love some September newness? Here's a look at some of the products I've added to my autumnal makeup bag.
1 AYU Easy Brow Pencil & Gel, €22.50
Now that a mask has become a part of our everyday look, bad brow days are a no-no. This brand new addition to the AYU collection features a water-resistant pencil at one end to fill in sparse areas, and a highly pigmented gel and spoolie at the other, to fill and set the colour and blend for a natural-looking finish. Plus, there are shades to match all hair colours.
2 AYU Instant Under Eye Concealer, €18
If you're looking for wide-awake eyes, this highly pigmented, yet lightweight, concealer is just the trick.Developed by AYU creator Suzie O'Neill at her kitchen table, it was born out of years of frustration with high-coverage products that are far too heavy for the delicate under-eye area.Available from ayu.ie, the vegan-friendly product conceals and brightens in just one swipe, giving even dry and mature skin a fresher look. With four shades to choose from, ranging from light to medium/tan, the self-setting liquid will change your concealer game forever - promise.
3 Sancturary Spa Calming CBD Oil, €16
Are you feeling a little stressed? Me too, which is why I've been slathering myself in this multitasking bath, shower and body oil. Crammed with calming CBD, nourishing vitamin E and coconut oil, simply apply a few drops on your pulse points for an instant R&R. Alternatively, massage onto your body before you step into the shower, letting the scented steam calm your mind as you rinse your worries away. Smells divine.
4 NUXE Crème Fraîche de Beauté Moisturising Mist, €22
With masks going nowhere, your skin is going to need an added hit of moisture, and this spray-on cream enriched with sweet almond botanical milk is ideal. Wafting of orange blossom, the quick-and-easy face mist offers 24-hour hydration. Take it from me - I've been spritzing like a boss while #WFH.
Tried & Tested
Hush & Hush MindYourMind dietary supplement, €58.50 (60 capsules)
I'M a set-an-alarm kind of gal when it comes to remembering to take my daily vitamins. Throw a supplement into the mix and things can get messy, but I will always maintain the course if it means getting quality shut-eye.
If the pandemic has affected any area of my life, it's my sleep patterns. I find it harder to wind down at night, which, in turn, has impacted everything from my mood to my skin tone. That's why I turned to this natural melatonin-free sleep aid that quiets your mind and body to inspire slumber.
Now for the science: this enriched nutraceutical contains a blend of natural sleep aids, such as trytophan, an amino acid that is essential for a good night's sleep, and valerian root, an all-natural sleep aid that eases insomnia and restlessness.
Each capsule also contains holy basil leaf, which has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for years to help reduce stress, anxiety and inflammation, to soothe those whirring thoughts keeping you awake at night, as well as regulating cortisol spikes so you stay asleep for longer. And unlike many sleep aids, there's no grogginess the next morning.
I'm more than halfway through the course and I'm already feeling the benefits. Sleep comes to me easier, my skin and energy levels have improved and I'm no longer waking during the night.
MindYourMind is available online at hushandhush.ie and select beauty salons nationwide.
Worst beauty disasters (we've all been there)
Shelly Browne, 35
‘My first attempt at shaving didn’t go very well. My mam had banned me from shaving my legs, so I took my dad’s razor when I was 13 and locked myself in the bathroom. My mam found me half way through the job — some very large plasters were needed, and my dad’s razors were kept under lock and key after that.’
I'm loving this week...
Drop Earrings Starstruck Hook €79
Because my rings are on a hiatus thanks to excessive handwashing and sanitising, I’m elevating my look with ear candy. These sterling silver Starstruck Hook earrings by Oscar Graves are my latest obsession. Delicate and whimsical, they’re a perfect pickme- up when I want to sparkle.
Avène Physiolift Serum, €34
I’ve been using this every day for the past three weeks and I’m definitely going to repurchase it once it runs out because I’ve already noticed a massive difference in my skin. My skin is definitely more hydrated and I’ve also noticed some of my fine lines are gone too. It’s also really reasonably priced. Verdict 8/10