Trends come and go, but some beauty products are forever. For their hardworking, results-driven ways, we’ve awarded these ten a permanent place on our bedside table.
Alpha-H Liquid Gold
Irish online beauty emporium, cloud10beauty.com, now stocks this ‘overnight facial’ with glycolic acid, to renew and revitalise the skin. Devotees of this gentle – but powerful – chemical exfoliant, €37.95, rave about its impact on breakouts, fine lines and uneven skin-tone. Apply every second night and wake up to a smoother, clearer and more glowing face come morning.
Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick
We’re not quite sure how Clinique did it, but we’ve yet to meet a woman who won’t look great in this lip colour. One of the first gloss/lipstick hybrids to market, this gives a transparent wash of colour in a high-shine, lightweight finish. Need a new shade for autumn? Start here: this sheer berry, €20, is effortless, but with a vampy edge.
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil
The most awarded beauty oil in the world – and it can be yours for €19.95. Packed full of repairing antioxidants, there are very few skin concerns this won’t address. Independent clinical studies show an impact on wrinkles, skin-tone, brightness, scars and more. For a double whammy, use it to massage your face at night – and watch your skin transform.
MAC Blot Powder
It’s been around for donkey’s years so it flies under the radar, but MAC’s Blot Powder, €26, is a hero product for oily or combo skin. Never cakey or obvious, no matter how frequent your touch-ups, this pressed powder sets foundation, keeps shine at bay and pulls a look together, fast.
Weleda Citrus Bath Milk
When celebrities sing the praises of a product they have never been paid to promote, you know you’re on to something good. Simon Cowell loves this zesty, refreshing and all-natural bath soak, €11.25, and so do we.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
10 bottles of Advanced Night Repair sell every minute, worldwide, and for good reason: for our money, this is one of the best anti-ageing serums on the market. On all ages, ethnicities and skin types, with regular use, this will definitely improve your skin. And it’s not just for night-time use either. €54 for 30mls or €80 for 50mls.
Painting our nails was a chore – until we discovered Seche Vite. This quick drying, high gloss, anti-chip topcoat, €12.48, ensures nails are dry in minutes and will remain chip free for days. Home manicures will never be the same.
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
Beloved by Lisa Eldridge, who in turn is beloved by us, this is possibly the loveliest liquid highlighter around. True to the brand’s philosophy of creating a natural, flawless look, it blends seamlessly and will lift and illuminate your complexion. It comes in five shades, all €44, and can be used under or over your base.
Elnett by L’Oreal Paris
When it comes to hairspray, you’re better off going for gold. Everyone from A-listers to beauty editors and hairstylists agree: this beauty classic is peerless for its staying power, it won’t feel sticky or crunchy, and is designed to brush out with ease. The price – from €3.79 for 75ml – is an added bonus, and the new extensions to the range are decent, too.
Chanel No 5
We’d say the new film (http://www.image.ie/Fashion/Fashion-Buzz/The-New-Chanel-Mini-Movie/ ) reignited our love of this classic – but to be honest, it never went away. Probably the most famous fragrance in the world, this is one beauty product that’s genuinely iconic: it’s a symbol of all things glamorous and feminine and luxe. For days when we want to smell ladylike and elegant, this is our go-to scent. €85.50 for 50ml.
Emma Henderson @fluffyblog