Beauty: August Must haves

August 30, 2012

Daily Digest, Hair & Beauty

Beauty: August Must haves

Gillian Brett brings you five of the latest launches in the beauty world. This month: a super swanky loose powder, beauty quick fix kits and a velvet manicure.

Ciaté Velvet Manicure Kit €16

Autumn is here and that means it’s time to tone down our talons. Neons and crackles were fun but the top trend of the new season is understated glamour by way of a smooth velvety manicure. Ciaté have just launched their Velvet Manicure Kit which perfects the matte texture and even looks and feels like velvet.

Check out the crushed velvet trend featured on the autumn/winter 2012 catwalks for Balmain, Alexander McQueen and Gucci for inspiration. The kit comes in three gorgeous colour ways including a dusty Mink Cashmere, rich Berry Poncho and intense Blue Suede. Available from

Benefit ‘How to Look the Best at Everything’ Kits €35 each

Benefit is a brand renowned for their smash-glass-in-case-of-emergency beauty quick fix kits and their latest launch is one of their best to date. The ‘How to Look the Best at Everything’ kits are complexion perfection focused and include the cult POREfessional pore minimiser, hello flawless oxygen wow brightening liquid foundation, boi-ing concealer, and ‘hello flawless!’ powder cover-up.

The kits come in three different shades—light, medium and dark—so all skin tones are catered to. In addition to these are three lip and cheek kits: Sugarlicious (benetint, high beam, sugarbomb, and ultra plush), Feelin’ Dandy (posietint, high beam, dandelion, ultra plush), and Go Tropical (chachatint, high beam, CORALista, and ultra plush). With one of each in your bag you’ll have every make-up complaint covered. Available from Benefit counters nationwide.

bareMinerals Supernatural Collection

The autumnal shades in bareMineral’s new Supernatural collection will make you look forward to embracing the change in season. Luxurious tones and trend-forward finishes combine to make this an all inclusive starter kit for a fresh-faced autumn/winter look.

The eyeshadow palettes come as two different looks. One includes a rich plum, warm terracotta, soft peach and a flush of rosewood for a look that’s perfect for bringing added depth to brown eyes. The other contains earthy greens, glittering golds and bronzey-ambers that will make blue eyes pop. Organic colour-rich shades alongside metallic finishes mean these shades complement each other perfectly.

Other key products from the collection include richly pigmented eyeliners and coffee coloured lip glosses.  bareMinerals Eyeshadow £29/€35 Each, Round The Clock Waterproof Eyeliner £13/€16 Each, Laughter Blush £19/€22, Pretty Amazing Lipcolor £15/€18 Each, Natural Lipgloss £14/€18 Each. Bare Minerals is available from department stores, Boots and selected online retailers.

Clarins Skin Illusion Loose Powder

Clarin’s new loose powder works as a foundation, highlighter and powder all-in-one and has the most beautiful packaging, giving it stand out appeal on your boudoir as well as your face. Available in six warm shades, Skin Illusion Loose Powder gives light to medium coverage and a matte complexion.

To apply, just  twist the cap to reveal a flat, round-headed brush and apply a small amount of the base onto the brush. Apply to the skin in a circular motion, starting at your cheekbones and followed by your nose and forehead. Ideal for sensitive, problem and oily skin types. Available from Clarins beauty counters in September £28/ €36.

Giorgio Armani Maestro Skin Perfector

Hitting counters in September is a brand new face make-up category from Giorgio Armani that’s been eight years in research: enter Giorgio Armani Maestro, a complexion perfector foundation. If you thought Luminous Silk was good, then you’ll love this – it’s lighter coverage (akin to Mac’s Face and Body), with a silky-on-application texture, with a no make-up feel guaranteed.  Giorgio Armani Maestro Skin Perfector, €45, is available in 10 shades at Brown Thomas Dublin and Cork.

– Gillian Brett

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One Response to “Beauty: August Must haves”

  1. Nora Says:

    need new foundation so will give it a try. I have a blusher from the armani collection and it is one of the best I ever got, just love it.

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