Best beauty buys


The latest products for beautiful eyes, lips, face and hair

Maggie Gibbons

If you were told you could only have two beauty products for the rest of your life, what would they be? It would have to be mascara and lipstick for me every time. Sad I know – of course it should be sunscreen and a good moisturiser, which is far more sensible, but there you go … fickle old me! I’ve been checking out some of the latest additions to the ever-increasing beauty product market, and I’d like to share what I found with you.

Have a flutter
Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Fortifier (€20) promotes a brighter look. This works particularly well on the eye contour area, resulting in a smoother appearance in the fine lines and dark circles. It can be applied both above and below the eyes.
Novexpert Anti Ageing Eye Contour (€40) is a three-in-one eye care that energises the delicate eye area and promotes cell recovery. Suitable for the most sensitive eyes, it contains green tea, chlorella and hyaluronic acid and is designed to give a luminous appearance to the eye area.
YSL Beauté Noir Haute Densité Mascara (€34) remains my favourite mascara. It won’t clump or stick your lashes together, and I love the volume it gives. Flormar Precious Curl promises to lengthen and voluminise the lashes, and at just €9.95 it’s a brilliant option.

Pucker up
“Lipstick is happiness in a tube!” says Charlotte Tilbury, who recently unveiled her Hot Lips 2 collection. The collection is inspired by eleven ‘iconic’ (tongue firmly in cheek) women, like Jennifer Aniston, Amal Clooney, Olivia Palermo, and Tilbury’s own mother, Patsy, who she says is her greatest inspiration. The cases are refillable, which is good, and the designs are really beautiful.
The new shades include Amazing Amal (an elegant, soft berry pink), Viva la Vergara (a soft-wine shade), Glowing Jen (A tawny, beachy rose), Dancefloor Princess (a cool, ’60s, pop pink), Patsy Red (an iconic, statement red) and JK Magic (a peachy nude-rose), as well as a Hydrating Clear Lipstick that is meant to keep lips moisturised for up to 12 hours. A Hot Lips 2 lipstick will set you back €35, but a refill costs just €23.

Map your face
Foundation mapping has become the latest buzzword on the beauty scene. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? In reality it’s just a fancy term for applying make-up where you need it and ignoring the other areas. Focus on applying foundation on the T-zone (chin, nose and forehead), imperfections on cheeks, and leave the rest free to shine through naturally. This gives a more real overall appearance. To create the perfect finish you will need a concealer and foundation that match your skin.
Lessen the appearance of dark circles and fine lines with Vichy MinéralBlend Foundation (€18.95), which claims to actually improve the skin while it works on imperfections. The result is a hydrated, glowy skin, which is shine free and completely natural looking. I love it.

Stay hydrated
Kinvara Active Rosehip Day Cream (€25.95) is an all-natural anti-ageing face moisturiser that suits all skin types. It’s enriched with plant rich oils like lemon and lavender, and naturally plumping hyaluronic acid.
On the subject of oil, fans of that wonder product Bio Oil will be thrilled to know that you can now get this iconic product in a gel-to-oil formula. It’s brilliant for dry skin – I’ve been using it on my legs, which tend to be dry, and it’s worked wonders. It dries quickly too, without leaving a greasy residue. It comes in three sizes, which range in price from €6.95 to €19.95.

Mask your hair
We all know about face masks, but what about treating you hair to a mask? Haircare brand Phyto uses only the most effective active ingredients available in the botanical world to create masks that improve your hair’s health and appearance. There’s a colour protecting mask for €23, a mask for brittle hair for €31 and a fluid pumping mask for €43. Their after-sun recovery mask (€20) is perfect for replenishing locks after sun damage.

Maggie Gibbons is an Image/Style Consultant based in Louisburgh. She can be contacted at