Beauty: 3 Beauty Heroes For 2012

January 31, 2012

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

Beauty: 3 Beauty Heroes For 2012

As we bid adieu to the gloomiest month of the year, let’s march forward with these three beauty must haves for 2012.

FACE

Avon Ideal Flawless Foundation €15.50

Never before have I been complimented so often on my foundation. Avon’s new Ideal Flawless doesn’t officially launch until this month but I’ve had the pleasure of a preview since November (see our interview with Avon expert Jackie Tyson here).

I’ve been an Armani Luminous Silk addict for years and have flirted with other brands, but this foundation has toppled the lot as my new number one. I gave a bottle to my sister (who has slightly drier skin than my combination complexion) to try out too and she’s received the same approving comments sans procurement.

New face of the brand Alesha Dixon said “With Avon’s Ideal Flawless, I’ve discovered a foundation that gives immaculate coverage and celebrates my natural complexion.”While Miss Dixon might be paid to say that, I can in all honesty say I couldn’t agree more.

The foundation gives brilliant coverage without looking like you dipped your face into a trough of it and it works fantastically with all types of complexions. It’s got that Holy Grail dewy finish but it somehow manages to cling on and doesn’t slide around your face as the day goes by. Plus, as it’s less than half the price of my now-retired Armani, it’s a money-saver too.

Availability: If you don’t know any of those elusive Avon ladies who sell the stuff door to door, you can track one down by phoning 01 870 6540 or visiting www.avon.ie

LIPS

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres €33

According to Google Translate this means ‘Pure Red Sewing Varnish to Lips’ and without wishing to sound too gruesome that’s pretty much what it does. Neither a gloss, nor a lipstick, this little wonder product combines the colour density of a stick with the lustrous finish of a gloss that actually stays put.

This mini magic wand is a technological breakthrough from the YSL beauty labs and manages to combine the hold of a stain with the sheen of a gloss, minus the stickiness associated with both.

If you want to get into the sciencey side, its secret ingredient is ethylcellulose, “an ultra-resistant polymer used in the agri-food sector to coat food and give it a tempting shine, blended with perfectly matched emollient oil and silicone oil, and emulsified in an aqueous base.” In layman’s terms, the result is 19 gorgeous shades of long lasting lip lacquer. These little gems launch nationwide on the 15th of February.

Availability: Yves Saint Laurent counters nationwide

EYES

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette €40

Possibly the most highly anticipated eyeshadow sequel, the Naked2 Palette from Urban Decay has finally arrived in Debenhams and is launched nationwide this month. As the follow up to the cult Naked Palette, it’s got some serious shoes to fill.

The most obvious difference with the new version is the universality of the shade selection. As a blue eyed person, cool-tones Creep and Gunmetal remained untouched at the end of my Naked Palette. This time around they’ve compiled the perfect combination of neutrals to achieve a bronzy-cream daytime look that can be easily smoked out for after-hours thanks to the addition of Blackout (an intense matte black).

So, while €40 sounds a bit steep, it works out at just €3.33 per shade, plus the kit includes a double-ended Good Karma Shadow/Crease Brush and a mini Naked Lip Junkie Lipgloss in a sheer pink. There’s a good mix of shimmers, mattes and glitters and as with the original, the pigmentation is impressive.

If you’re at a loss about which colours to use together, there’s already over 6,000 tutorials on YouTube to give you some tips. Other brownie points can be awarded for the durability of the tin case, making it more portable than the first version. In conclusion, a beauty kit must-have.

Availability: Debenhams nationwide and Debenhams.ie

–    Gillian Brett

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