Great new products in the world of beauty

With restrictions lifting, it’s time to dust off your make-up brushes and celebrate the best new skincare, makeup and more…

CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Meet the newest addition to the CeraVe family – Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Serum. Designed to deliver visible results and effectively address lost hydration as a result of a damaged skin barrier, this next generation hybrid serum contains moisture-boosting hyaluronic acid, CeraVe’s signature 3 ceramides, Vitamin B5 and glycerin. The gel-cream texture is fast-absorbing leaving no residue on the skin and CeraVe’s MVE technology, a unique delivery system, releases the active ingredients throughout the course of the day, for 24-hour hydration, €18 available in selected pharmacies nationwide, and online.

Clarins Extra Firming Energy Day Cream 

This two-in-one treatment combines Clarins expertise in firmness with the enhancing effect of a radiance cream. When the skin is subjected to a fast-paced lifestyle, it becomes dull, fatigued, and wrinkles appear. Extra-Firming Energy helps restore skin’s firmness and creates a revitalised, radiant complexion. And of course, each application provides a dose of wellbeing and a sensory experience, thanks to its creamy texture and fresh, energising scent. A treatment day cream that will put the spring back in your skin and your step, €68 available from Clarins stockists nationwide and online 

LUNA by Lisa Jordan Airbrush 3 In 1 Primer, Highlighter & Tint

This is a three-in-one primer, highlighter, and tint. Airbrush diffuses the skin and acts as a beautiful soft-focus highlighter while evening out skin tone, fine lines, and pores for that ‘your skin but better’ finish. Wear on its own, over or under make-up for a glowing, dewier you. It’s your guaranteed good skin day!

Available in five shades: Light, Light Nude, Beige, Tan and Deep Tan, €22 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online.

John Frieda Violet Crush Intensive Purple Shampoo

Calling all blondes; knock out those stubborn, brassy tones in your hair with the new John Frieda Intensive Purple Shampoo. With crushed violet and blue pigments, in just one use, the rich intensive formula reduces both yellow and orange tones to keep blonde looking cooler and brighter. Safe for use on natural, colour treated, platinum blonde, and lightened brunette hair, use daily until desired colour is achieved or as a weekly treatment. There is also a Violet Crush Daily Shampoo and Conditioner in the range to keep hair on point between salon visits, €7.99 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online. 

IT Cosmetics Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream

Hero skin and make-up brand IT Cosmetics has launched its first retinol cream. Developed alongside a board of plastic surgeons and dermatologists, it promises to turn back the clock on your skin. Combining the power of an anti-ageing serum with the soothing care of a cream, the formula contains two types of retinol to renew your skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as niacinamide to support skin barrier function. According to the brand, within an hour it will have reached at least 15 layers deep into your skin, €69 available online from CH Tralee, Brown Thomas and Arnotts.

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Blush Stick

Inspired by the brand’s much-loved foundation stick, Lancôme has now introduced the Lanôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Blush Stick. In a single swipe, create a sun-kissed blush anytime, anywhere with this universal portable, cream blush stick. Its creamy lightweight formula is concentrated in pigments to maximize colour impact and glides on smoothly and effortlessly. Wear under cheekbones to sculpt the face, on the temples and on the corner of the eyes to create a glowing and contoured look. Available in three shades: Ambitious Pink, Daring Peach, and Wild Ruby, €30 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online. 

Balance Me BHA Exfoliating Concentrate

Natural and cruelty-free skincare brand Balance Me have launched their new BHA Exfoliating Concentrate. A fast-absorbing leave-on chemical exfoliant rich in salicylic acid, tiger grass, hyaluronic acid, caffeine and squalane, it is the perfect addition to your skincare routine to clear blackheads, reduce pore congestion and refine enlarged pores, all whilst calming inflammation and hydrating the skin. A trial panel of 92 women who used Balance Me BHA Exfoliating Concentrate for over 30 days showed amazing results – 85 per cent noticed their skin was smoother after seven days, 75 per cent noticed a reduction in breakouts after 30 days and 78 per cent noticed a reduction in blackheads after 30 days, €32.50 available exclusively online from and in selected pharmacies nationwide. 

Thalgo Fraicheur Hydrating Body Mist

If we can’t plan our next trip to the French Riviera just yet, let’s pretend we are there now with the new revitalising and hydrating Fraicheur Hydrating Body Mist from Thalgo. Infused with citrus fruits, this gentle and refreshing toning treatment helps to keep the skin moisturised, calm, and revitalised. Alcohol-free and enriched with organic aloe vera, the mist will not only refresh the body with a light, aquatic scent all summer long but the patented Mediterranean algae extract also helps restructure and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier function, €30, available from Thalgo Salons and Spas nationwide and online from 

SkinCeuticals Silymarin CF Serum

A clear complexion starts with prevention. Daily environmental factors like UV and pollution generate free radicals that damage, or oxidize, skin’s oils. Growing research shows this oxidative stress creates an inflammatory environment that promotes blemish-causing bacteria, which may ultimately lead to blemishes. The result of six years of research and development, the new Silymarin CF antioxidant oil-free vitamin C serum, is specifically formulated for those who are acne-prone or oily and provides excellent environmental protection against UVA and UVB and pollution. Combining vitamin C, ferulic acid and salicylic Acid along with silymarin (a potent antioxidant, derived from the milk thistle plant, that helps inhibit sebum oxidation in the skin) this high potency formula shields the skin from daily damage whilst tackling breakouts and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture and skin tone, €165 from SkinCeuticals clinics/stockists nationwide and online. 

Bioderma Biphase Lipo Alcoolique

Biphase Lipo Alcoholic is the first double-action barrier hand care that both protects your health and takes care of your skin in one single step. Unlike traditional hand cleansers, Bioderma have added two nourishing ingredients that take care of the skin. Shea oil penetrates deeply to replenish, while squalane reinforces the skin’s natural protective barrier. Easy to use, shake it and spray it on to eliminate 99.9% of bacteria and enveloped viruses. Your skin will feel immediately softer and will stay feeling soft no matter how often you use it! Convinced of the importance of this invention and faced with the situation created by the COVID pandemic, Bioderma are committed to donating 100% of profits made by the sales of Biphase Lipo Alcoolique to foundations, associations and NGOs working to prevent epidemics, for the duration of the pandemic, €8.80 available from pharmacies nationwide and online from

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Sherna Malone

Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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