It’s safe to say we are all in need of a little self-care right now and while you might not be able to escape to a real-life retreat and have a professional work their magic on you, here are a selection of products you might like to try at home while we wait for our salons to re-open.
Seoulista Beauty Diamond Radiance Instant Facial
They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend and this Diamond Radiance Instant Facial from Seoulista might just come a close second! This is a natural coconut, gel-like mask infused with a high-tech formula to deliver professional skincare results at home. The advanced, clinic-quality formulation contains a powerful cocktail of over seven botanical ingredients, which work together to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. Using a second-skin transfer system, the next-generation bio-cellulose mask transmits the powerful serum deep into the dermis, infusing your skin with the nutrients it needs. After just 20 minutes, the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation is reduced, revealing a more radiant and youthful-looking complexion, €14.99 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish
The number one quick-dry polish in the USA has landed in Ireland. Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish quick-dry formula makes it easy to do your own manicures at home. The polish offers full coverage, longer lasting results, is streak-free and comes in a range of shades from soft, subtle neutrals to bright tones that pop. The formulation boasts many benefits, including a touch dry finish in 60 seconds flat and a three-in-one formula with built-in base and top-coat, great when a lightning-speed mani is what you need. Easy to apply thanks to the brush shape that perfectly covers your nail in one single stroke and with up to 33pc more chip resistant, you’ll get longer out of your mani (and pedi) €6.99, available in selected pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide.
For those who are missing their lash extension appointments, then Kiss Falscara will take your beauty game to a whole new level. These unique falsies are attached from underneath, that’s right, underneath. Get an ultra-fluttery result that’s closer to the look of salon lash extensions, right from the comfort of your home. These beginner friendly lengthening wisps come with an intuitive mascara-like applicator making it easy to use even for false lash newbies! Unlike traditional strip lashes, Falscara comes with two wispy sets of lashes that are divided into five sections each. They’re designed to be bonded and sealed underneath natural eyelashes instead of on top. Halfway between false eyelashes and lash extensions, they are customisable, natural looking and long lasting, but not permanent or reliant upon professional assistance. To remove them, Falscara Remover is recommended. This is infused with soothing rosewater for gentle, easy removal all while nourishing the eye area. Falscara, €25.99) and Falscara Remover, €10.99, available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online from McCauleys and McCabes pharmacies.
Ground Sleep Bath Salts
All good at-home spa sessions should involve a long, hot soak – whether you choose to dive into a good book or simply lie still and submerged for a while. Upgrade your bath from every day to exceptional, with Ground Bath Salts, an enveloping blend of mineral-rich pink Himalayan salts and magnesium, infused with soothing botanical extracts and essential oils. Bathing in salts rich in magnesium and essential oils gives these therapeutic ingredients a double route into the body: through inhalation diffused in steam, and through the skin. Once absorbed these botanicals and minerals can rejuvenate, and invigorate tired bodies, boost circulation, detox and stimulate the immune system, and relieve stress while lifting your mood. Handmade in Ireland in small batches with natural vegan ingredients, add a generous handful to a warm running bath – immerse for at least 15 minutes, breathe deep and give yourself permission to be still. Choose from Sleep, Breath, Balancing or Comfort Bath Salts, €45 (refills €30) available online from brownthomas.com
Filorga Time-Filler Absolute Correction Wrinkle Cream
If Botox is your friend, and with clinics closed you have been unable to get your top-up, this advanced daily moisturiser from Filorga, harnesses the power of a Botox like tripeptide. Shortlisted by Irish Pharmacy News for Best Beauty Product of the Year, this highly concentrated formula helps to visibly correct all types of wrinkles for a revitalised younger looking complexion. Encapsulated Hyaluronic Acid delivers deeply penetrating moisture and fills the appearance of wrinkles, while an NCTF®-infused peptide works to stimulate collagen synthesis for tighter and firmer feeling skin. Delivering both instant and long-term results, it leaves skin feeling soft and supple with a refined smoother surface texture, €72 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online from LIFE and Allcare pharmacies.
Sugar Coated Full Body Hair Removal Kit
Sugar Coated provides an ultra-effective at-home hair removal treatment that is easy to use and gentle on your skin. It is completely water soluble, with easy to use washable and reusable strips – no more messy spills ruining carpets and clothes. One hundred per cent natural and made from just sugar and water, you can say goodbye to those super sticky waxes, burning creams and painful epilators. Before you begin, make sure the hair is long enough to wax – ideally a half cm long. It can also be beneficial to exfoliate the day before to get rid of any dead skin cells, as they can clog up the wax or lead to ingrown hairs. Always apply in the direction of hair growth and pull against hair growth and afterwards apply a non-scented lotion – anything with aloe vera is best, as it is cooling as well as anti-bacterial, €14.99 available in Dunnes (Beauty) Stores, selected pharmacies nationwide and online at LIFE and McCauley pharmacies.
OGX Extra Strength Hydrate & Revive + Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask
OGX have just unveiled their new upgraded hair care collection with pH-balanced formulas to help give you stronger hair strands with more shine, less frizz and long-lasting smoothness. To keep hair in great condition until we get to visit our hair salon, give it an at home treatment with this super creamy Argan Oil of Morocco Hair Mask. This powerful formula with Argan oil of Morocco and silk proteins, instantly penetrates the hair shaft and helps to intensely deliver superior hydration, detangles whilst also strengthening hair. You might also like to use it in conjunction with the OGX Renewing Argan Oil of Morocco Shampoo and Conditioner, €9.75 available in selected pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide and online.