The October beauty edit

Frances Prescott Eye & Lip Contour Cream

The skin around the eyes and lips is thinner and much more expressive in these areas, which is why exposure to the elements, particularly to the sun, along with everyday environmental stresses, can result in premature ageing. As these areas lack significant oil production, it’s important to hydrate and protect them. Eye & Lip Contour Cream by Frances Prescott is a light, yet luxuriously textured multi-purpose powerhouse formulation combining a cocktail of powerful, naturally active peptides, vitamins, antioxidants, and prebiotics to help stimulate collagen synthesis, firm the skin, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, boost hydration, and increase radiance of these delicate areas. This powerful combination also strengthens the skins natural moisture barrier. The formula can be applied morning and evening after cleansing or used on lips throughout the day to keep them feeling soft and nourished, €80 available from

Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Foundation

YSL Beauty introduces its first night-proof foundation that stays put all hours! Drinks, dates, dancing, whatever you put it through, it is as flawless at the end of the night as it was when you first applied it in the morning, with no need for touch-ups. This upgraded, breathable formula goes on velvety and sophisticated and, thanks to spherical shaped silicon resin, the finish is soft-focus. A rich level of fine pigments means full coverage without a mask-like effect. The foundation’s innovative formula is also waterproof and transfer-resistant, with no compromise on comfort. With 22 options from light to dark, the oil-free formula keeps the complexion shine free, minimising the appearance of pores and leaving skin looking porcelain smooth. The formula is also enriched with a skincare complex and UV filter, €42 available instore and online from Brown Thomas and Arnotts. 

Clarins Super Restorative Day & Night Cream

Introducing the new Super Restorative Day and Night creams that minimise the effects hormonal modifications linked to age can have on the skin. A powerful plant-based duo to slow down both skin slackening and the slowing of skin’s renewal process (already being targeted by the previous product version). Clarins Research combines, for the first time, organic harungana extract with ‘retinol-like’ benefits with a new ingredient and organic gorse extract that targets skin slackening. The duo targets the skin’s specific needs both day and night. Super Restorative Day (€94) is enriched with vegetal squalane to offer protective benefits while Super Restorative Night (€104) is formulated with organic sorbus bud extract to help restore skin’s radiance. Overall, skin becomes tightened, immediately smoothed, wrinkles are visibly reduced, and facial features appear lifted. Day after day, skin becomes replenished, revitalised, and regains its youthful radiance, available online from and selected pharmacies and department stores nationwide.

HeShi Hydra luxe Lotion

NEW Hydra Luxe Lotion keeps skin supple, healthy, and hydrated for seven-10 days and fades naturally and gradually, giving you your most beautiful glowing tan. For almost two decades, He-Shi has been at the forefront of sunless tanning products. Created by mother and daughter founders of cosmeceutical skincare, He-Shi tan has a skin-first focus born in the lab. Formulated with a powerful cocktail of 87 per cent naturally derived skin-loving ingredients Hydra Luxe Lotion keeps skin looking youthful, protecting against further damage, and strengthening the skin’s natural defences. Soothing Aloe Vera protects the skin’s barrier and helps improve its softness and elasticity. Vitamin E gives the skin protecting anti-inflammatory properties while Provitamin B5 protects the skin’s barrier and helps the skin to maximise hydration while improving its softness and elasticity. Pentavitin, a super-hydrator, binds deep within the layers of skin, helping to reduce the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, retaining moisture to the skin, and creating a plumping effect, €24.99 available in selected pharmacies nationwide and online from  

Skinician Vitamin C Elixir

New from Skinician, Vitamin C Elixir is a supercharged vitamin enriched oil for dull, lack lustre, ageing and dry skin. This multi-benefit elixir has been developed to increase skin luminosity, brighten, improve clarity, protect from harmful pollutants, treat areas of uneven skin tone, support, and repair skins natural barrier, while leaving a nourished, soft, and smooth complexion. Delivered via a non-greasy oil that immediately sinks into the skin, Vitamin C Elixir is fortified with skin loving and nourishing actives such as vitamin enriched avocado oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, multi vitamins, and a unique clinically proven Vitamin C derivative; a potent antioxidant that helps diminish pigmentation and age spots, while boosting collagen production to leave skin plumper with the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles reduced. Suitable for all skin types particularly those concerned with dull, lacklustre, dry, rough skin or experiencing uneven pigmentation, or seeking general skin health and radiance, €36.25 available from and salons nationwide (see website for full listing).

Up Cosmetics

UP Cosmetics, the makeup collection founded by beauty gurus Una Tynan and Pippa O’Connor has arrived in Kildare’s luxury outlet village. Sitting alongside O’Connor’s fashion label POCO at the brand’s latest pop-up store in the village, fans can finally shop the complete collection in person in with exclusive discounts across the range. Speaking about the pop-up, Pippa O’Connor said, “I am so excited to be able to showcase two of my brands side by side. POCO has an amazing history with Kildare Village so to be able to add UP into the mix is a dream come true! UP launched in late 2020 and with everything going on in the World it has never had the opportunity to be showcased in person properly. I am so excited to see the in-person reaction when people see the brand in real life.” The premium makeup line features beauty-bag staples from the cult-favourite ‘Perfect Nude’ lipstick to the ultimate highlighters, show-stopping lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes to suit all occasions, from high-glam to everyday essentials, as well as cream blushes, and more. Shop the UP Cosmetics collection at the POCO pop-up shop (until December), Kildare Village.

SkinFormulas Bakuchiol Retinol Alternative Serum

After 18 months of development, SkinFormulas Bakuchiol Serum is a lightweight, fast absorbent serum that contains the powerful ingredient, Bakuchiol, which is a plant-based retinol alternative that improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increased firmness, and increases the skin’s plumpness by stimulating the natural production of collagen and elastin. Bakuchiol contains antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties and therefore is incredibly effective in reducing blemishes, redness and visibly diminishing scars. It is also perfect for those unable to use retinol during pregnancy. Other hero ingredients include Betaine to provide much deeper, longer-lasting hydration in the skin. Glycogen, which promotes the production of collagen and hyaluronic acid within the skin cells to dramatically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, recover skin luminosity and enhance skin tone and lastly, Niacinamide, super for the skin barrier and helping to minimise the appearance of enlarged pores for a smoother, bright, and more refined appearance, €67 available from selected salons and stores nationwide and online from  

AYA Bio Range

AYA, the leading Irish vitamin and supplement brand for all the family has launched a brand-new Bio range. The latest addition to AYA’s product line consists of three action-packed bios: After Bio, Calm Bio, and Digestive Bio. The range is designed with delayed-release technology which protects the bacteria from stomach acid and ensures maximum delivery and each product in the new range has been specially developed with a diverse mix of friendly bacteria, nutrients, and enzymes. AYA After Bio (€9.99) contains 10 billion friendly bacteria per capsule with six strains of bacteria for a broad spectrum of probiotic activity. AYA Calm Bio (€21.99) is packed with a variety of nutrients, including Lactium, Riboflavin, Thiamin and Magnesium which can help to support the normal functioning of the nervous system and normal psychological function. While AYA Digestive Bio (€16.99) is a unique and powerful combination of six digestive enzymes. Additionally, this product contains lactase which contributes to the breaking down of lactose. Specially developed by Irish company Uniphar and exclusive to Irish Pharmacy, the AYA Bio Range is widely available in pharmacies nationwide.

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Sherna Malone is a skincare specialist working in West Cork.

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