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SELF-CARE ESSENTIALS #nofilter: The only honest beauty column


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Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

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Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

You may be admiring autumn foliage, raking leaves, or simply enjoying the change of weather - but you need some self-care this autumn.

Here are some of the best seasonal beauty trends that will get you through the change in weather.

1 Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

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Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

Elixinol Skin Face Mask 15ml x 4, €25.95

Derived from the hemp plant, a cousin to marijuana, CBD boasts a number of skin benefits because it is rich in fatty acids and natural emollients that can help hydrate and smooth the skin. CBD is a suitable ingredient for blemish-prone skin, while its calming benefits help skin look and feel better. Four mud masks, to be used one per week.

2 Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

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Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

Ultraceuticals Ultra Balancing Skin Mist 100ml, €29

This multi-purpose face mist conditions, clarifies and refreshes dehydrated and stressed skin. It's designed to address dryness and dehydrated skin and is perfect to spritz on during the harsh cold winter months to soothe the skin.

3 Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

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Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

Nuxe Huile Prodigiuese Riche Multi-Purpose Oil 100ml, €33

I love a multi-purpose product, and this nourishing oil is perfect for the face, body and hair. It repairs, nourishes and smooths your skin without leaving any oily or sticky effect. For chapped lips, try NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm (€12). It's ridiculously decadent and formulated with conditioning plant extracts, anti-bacterial honey and nutritive Shea Butter.


Worst beauty disasters... (We've all been there)

Sinead O’Neill (44)

It was €10 for the copper Henna colour in my local health store and I loved the rich colour.

I used it about 12 months ago and it is STILL permanent, especially in the mid-lengths and ends, confirmed after a strand test which turned green after bleach was applied.

I certainly am a fiery redhead now.

I'm loving this week...

CELL EXPERT

Matis, €90

Matis, the exclusive French skincare brand, has a pot of magic called Cell Expert, extracted from the white rose, which is rich in proteins, lipids and carbohydrates for a young, rosey-looking complexion — and it’s for men too.

Telephone Midas Touch on (01) 459 5313 while stocks last.

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CELL EXPERT Matis, €90

CELL EXPERT Matis, €90

CELL EXPERT Matis, €90

Reader's Review

Jayne Scammell, 32

Skingredients 02 Skin Veg Pre Serum, €42

I apply this after I cleanse my skin to give my skin a shot of hydration.

It’s basically the skincare version of a primer.

It creates a lovely flawless base for makeup.

I love it because it’s really lightweight and doesn’t feel thick or heavy on my skin.

It works on all skin types.

VERDICT 8/10


Tried & Tested

Virtual Gym Machine, €250 per session

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The Virtual Gym Machine

The Virtual Gym Machine

The Virtual Gym Machine

Before I go any further, I would like to issue a quick disclaimer. I am a huge proponent of diet and exercise, I work out at least three times a week thanks to the perseverance of my trainers at Darren Murray Personal Training, and while my diet could be (A LOT) cleaner, I know the essentials when it comes to staying in shape. But that's not to say I won't take additional help when it comes to chiselling off inches.

If you've ever longed to be hooked up to a machine that will do a workout for you, listen up, because I've found it.

While it may sound too good to be true, I can vouch for the Virtual Gym Machine, one hour on this bad boy is akin to three months of lunges and sit-ups.

I should know, I lost nine inches off my body after an hour on the machine.

Pads were placed on my stomach and thighs, which were hooked up to wires which which induced an 8 second contraction of a large group of co-ordinated muscles.

Is it painful? Let's just say my muscles have never experienced this kind of workout, the sensation varied from mild tingling to actual contractions but it was completely manageable and I quickly relaxed into the treatment.

It is the only technology that burns visceral and subcutaneous fat as an energy source and allows muscle to build.

It basically transmits the same messages as unstoppable strenuous exercise to the brain.

The brain responds as it does during a physical workout by releasing thyroid and growth hormones.

Hormones signal the fat cells to release their contents which are utilized as an energy source to build muscles.

It detoxes, balances out hormones and reduces cellulite.

It doesn't just banish water weight, one week out and I'm still measuring the same.

If you're looking for a kickstart, go, go, go.

This new technology is exclusive to Neelu's Beauty Salon, 25 Liffey Street Upper, North City, Dublin 2. Tel: 01-2806742