April beauty favourites (and one to miss)
Armani Prive Iris Celadon (€120 Brown Thomas) is the kind of perfume that should sit pride of place on your dresser. The elegant black bottle is finished with a signature cap in the form of a precious green/ blue celadon stone. The scent is heady with sensual musk and patchouli, and lightened with bergamont, cardamom and hints of chocolate. Dreamy.
Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil' (€35 Arnotts) is gentle, luxurious and emulsifies with water to create a cleansing milk that takes all your make-up off in one go. This cleanser will suit most skin types, other than those with roseacea related sebum bumps (like me) and if you love the Midnight Recovery Oil, you will love this. It leaves skin replenished and clean and it’s soap-, sulfate-, and mineral oil free.
I’m not a huge believer in primers, but Veil Mineral Primer from Hourglass (Harvey Nichols) has changed my mind. Hourglass are an LA makeup brand well known for their technical innovations in foundations and powders. This oil free primer has a silky cloud like texture, and looks pale on application, but after a minute to settle in it conceals redness, smoothes out very fine lines, and provides a lovely base for make-up.
Note Mineral Blusher in 101 (€14.95 Cara Pharmacy) This is a lovely shade of deep peach in a handy little compact that comes with a mirror. It’s a great one for the handbag and a spring/ summer shade that will suit most complexions.
If you suffer more skin that is easily irritated, and often in need of soothing, then Delarom Paris Creme Correction Rougeurs (€39 delarom.fr) is your new best friend. This French brand has invented a cream that blurs redness while using anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants like aloe vera, water lily and green tea, to soothe and repair.
Suu Balm (€14.95 Meaghers Pharmacy) is a wonder cream for dry, itchy or sensitive skin. I have found this particularly good for my skin if I am peeling after using retinol or having been for chemical peel facial. And the high grade, Irish, medical moisturiser is proven to help sufferers of eczema or psoriasis.
I am a fan of strong chemicals and serums that that don’t mess about, so when Avene recommended I cut back a bit and only use their Gentle Cleansing Milk (€15 Boots), I wasn’t totally sold. However I was wrong. One using this very gentle cleanser for a month, my skin is clear and soft. This will be one I am repurchasing.
I have searched far and wide for a foundation that has buildable coverage, is good for your skin and has a high spf. I have found it in Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation (€38 Brown Thomas), and I couldn’t be happier. This foundation was recommended to me by my personal beauty guru, and friend, Laura Kennedy and I swear it’s the best foundation I have ever used. I wore it recently on a hen party and it lasted all day, and all night without any touch ups. The only negative is the crop applicator which makes it seem like you have less in the bottle than you do.
Not so keen
I love the idea of the Ambient Lighting Powder from Hourglass. I currently use Chanel’s finishing powder around my nose and chin, to keep make-up from slipping as the day goes on, and I’m always looking something similar. As well as keeping make-up in place Hourglass’s powders capture, diffuse and soften surrounding light. They come in six shades to carrying from Ethereal light to luminous light; which all sound good to me. Unfortunately, for my skin, I found the powder a little drying. I did brush it quite liberally all over my face, but those were the directions. For oily skin, I think this would be great, but combination to dry- stay clear.