The May Beauty Edit – what’s hitting shelves this month

BySK Makeup 

Introducing BySK, the hotly anticipated makeup range by renowned celebrity, bridal and editorial makeup artist Sarah Keary “I am so excited and proud to finally showcase the BySK makeup range, I have been using the samples of these products on my clients for the last six months and am blown away by the results and the response to them, so I am thrilled that they are finally available for everyone to enjoy whether you are a professional or a novice!”. The elegant collection comprises of a deliciously smooth and long-lasting lipstick in four flattering shades, an innovative soft-eyeliner pencil in three shades, an ultra-fine water resistant and high-definition liquid pen liner as well as a stunning handbag essential nine-pan palette, ‘The Palette of Dreams’ all based on Sarah’s extensive experience working with different skin tones and textures and 16 years of receiving client feedback. The BySK makeup range is available now from with prices starting at €15 to €39 for the 9-piece palette, all without compromising on quality, the range is cruelty free with vegan friendly ingredients.  

Clarins Eau Extraordinaire Treatment Fragrance

Like its older sisters, this new treatment fragrance from Clarins scents and stimulates the body and the spirit and has a personality all its own: its fresh, floral scent deliciously wraps the body with refreshing, uplifting citrusy notes, red ginger, the warmth of jasmine and the comforting fragrance of cedarwood and patchouli. Apply it in the morning to start the day off on the right foot, but also in the evening to reconnect with yourself after a long day or just after doing yoga to help prolong the benefits of feeling balanced, 50ml €29/100ml €44. Use alongside the Eau Extraordinaire Revitalising Silky Body Cream €36, which combines the revitalising fragrance of Eau Extraordinaire’s essential oils with organic shea butter and hazelnut oil to deeply nourish your skin and leave it feeling satin soft, available online at and in Clarins stockists nationwide.

Sothys Organics

In the heart of the Corrèze, in their advanced research laboratory, Sothys have created the new Sothys Organics line, the perfect combination of organic skin care and advanced efficiency: an organic certified, and vegan range with a cosmeceutical touch. They have also collaborated with Plastic Bank to make its Sothys Organics range plastic neutral as well as creating packaging that uses eco-design as far as possible. If skin is looking dull and tired, the Revitalising Emulsion, €42, a light moisturiser with a complex of organic plant active ingredients including birch sap, hawthorn floral water and retinol-like alfalfa extract, stimulates collagen synthesis, reduces signs of fatigue while visibly smoothing the features and giving new radiance to the skin. Apply morning and/or evening over the entire face and neck area after your usual serum. Available in selected Sothys Spas and Salons nationwide. 

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil

Leveraging Kiehl’s chemists’ expertise in lightweight yet highly efficacious face oils, Kiehl’s newly launched Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil is a non-pore clogging, non-acnegenic innovation that deeply cleanses while maintaining the skin barrier without an oily residue. Not only does it efficiently wash away skin impurities such as dirt, oil, and sunscreen, but it is also effective on stubborn makeup – immediately after usage, 94 per cent of women said the product rinses cleanly. Featuring the ‘Midnight Recovery’ blend of ingredients – squalane, evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil – which within the formula provide an effective, soothing, sensorial experience, leaving the skin thoroughly cleansed, soft, supple, and prepared for some night-time replenishment, €18, available instore from Brown Thomas and Arnotts, and online at and

Ella & Jo Relax and Renew Night Cream

A new addition to the Ella & Jo family, Relax and Renew Night Cream is the ultimate treat for your skin, packed full of active regenerating ingredients to help your skin renew and repair when it needs it most. The carefully designed night cream combines bakuchiol, a plant-derived skincare ingredient we’re seeing in more and more skincare products, as it is a powerful antioxidant and can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and uneven tone. Other star ingredients include peptides to promote collagen and elastin, polyglutamic acid and hyaluronic acid to ensure maximum hydration and magnesium an anti-inflammatory, which is skin healing and repairing. With scents of bergamot, lavender, frankincense, and sweet orange, enjoy a sleepover with this hydrating night cream and wake up feeling refreshed and looking renewed, €50 from selected Ella & Jo stockists nationwide and online at 

Brushdoc Makeup Brush Cleaner

Dirty makeup brushes no more! Irish brand Brushdoc are taking the hassle out of cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges with their revolutionary makeup brush cleaner. Makeup artist Ciara Malone created the rechargeable power tool to ensure that your brushes and sponges are kept in excellent condition and more importantly, not spreading bacteria on the skin. Simply add water to the device and watch how the specially designed silicone mat cleans your brushes effortlessly in seconds. For enhanced cleaning power, use with the newly launched Brushdoc Cleansing Oil and watch the oil emulsify with the water and melt away stubborn makeup. The cleansing oil is specially designed so that it doesn’t leave any oily residue, and it also kills bacteria thanks to the addition of tea tree oil. Brushdoc €60, and Brushdoc Cleansing Oil €15 available online at

Vichy Liftactiv B3 Dark Spots and Pigmentation Serum

The new Vichy Liftactiv B3 Serum is a highly concentrated dermatological formula to target dark spots and pigmentation. Formulated to suit all skin types, it contains the highly versatile Vitamin B3, also known as Niacinamide, which is not only a powerful antioxidant but also has skin smoothing and skin soothing properties and with prolonged use helps to visibly reduce the appearance of pigmentation and dark spots, giving the complexion a brighter more radiant appearance. Along with tranexamic acid that works to reduce skin discoloration and glycolic acid that gently exfoliates to reveal more even skin tone, Liftactiv B3 Serum has been clinically proven to reduce dark spots by up to 71 per cent. Hypoallergenic, recommended by Dermatologists, and suitable for sensitive skin, Liftactiv B3 Serum is €39, available from pharmacies nationwide in-store and online. 

Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum

Deeply hydrate the skin with this new serum from Dermalogica that provides both immediate and long-lasting moisture. Working to balance the skin’s microbiome, this serum helps to replenish the skin from within as well as trapping water at the skin’s surface to prevent evaporation. Formulated with an enhanced form of hyaluronic acid that provides deep hydration, this serum also contains algae extract and polyglutamic acid to boost moisturise while a blend of amino acids and plant-derived sugars work together to keep moisture close to the skin. Lasting throughout the day, Dermalogica Circular Hydration Serum leaves the complexion feeling more supple and looking more radiant over time, €65 online at and all Dermalogica stockists nationwide.

Sherna Malone

Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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