While it is extremely important to switch off and unwind from your busy life from time to time, it is essential that when you are in the sun you ensure your skin care regime is not switched off. In fact, is more important to protect your skin when exposed to new environments, such as warm sea breezes or the heat of holiday sun. Yon-Ka Paris has made it easy and convenient to maintain healthy, protected, gorgeous skin while you’re away, so lay back, relax and unwind, safe in the knowledge that your skin is protected with these fab new kits and the perfect factor 50.


Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Vitality - €35.00

This kit is perfect for skin in need of some TLC and helps to build the skin barrier naturally.  This kit is perfect for dull skin requiring anti-oxidant protection, and protects your skin against environmental damage.

Contains Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant 30ml, Yon-Ka Lotion PNG 10ml, Yon-Ka Vital Defence Creme 15ml.

Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Nourishing - €35.00

This hydration saviour kit soothes dry and sensitive skin. Lait Nettoyant, the cleansing makeup remover milk, gently balances the skin's oils and maintains its natural pH balance while removing all traces of dirt and makeup. Lotion Yon-Ka PS, an iconic product in the Yon-Ka collection, is in there too, as well as Nutri Defense, which soothes tightness and irritation, bringing immediate, long-lasting comfort to undernourished skin..


Yon-Ka Trial Kit, Hydration- €35.00

This kit soothes dry skin and targets signs of aging related to dehydration. Eau Micellaire, the waterless cleanser, fully removes dirt and makeup with anti-aging and anti-free radical effects. It includes Lotion Yon-Ka PS, & Hydra No1 Crème which comforts the skin and prevents visible signs of aging.


Yon-Ka SPF 50 UVA – UBV - €39.50

This fine, quickly absorbed texture is recommended for easily tanned skin during moderate sunshine or sun exposure. Maintains skin hydration and helps the skin fight free radicals. Currently using this at home as well as on my weekends away.


Yon-Ka SPF 25 UVA – UBV - €34.50

Recommended for fair complexions in moderate sunshine and suitable for darker skin during intense sun exposure, it can also be used for daily reinforced photo-protection. Maintains skin hydration and helps skin fight oxidative stress and photo (sunlight)-ageing

 Yon-ka products are among my fave beauty items and are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. Each ingredient has a specific role to play: fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralizes and plant oils nourish and soften.

Yon-ka Paris skincare is available from approved salons nationwide. For local stockist information visit www.renaissance-skincare.com/yonka/


It’s time to GLOW GET ‘EM with the new wet n wild® limited-edition collection Time to Glow Up highlighting powders. This Limited Edition range offers four key powder products to bring a bright, glow to the face, and includes:

The MegaGlow™ Highlighting Powder (€ 5.25 / £4.90) comes in two shades - Bloom Time and Awesome Blossom – both perfect to draw attention to the right areas of the face and adapting to different skin types and complexions. The Mega Glo™ highlighting powders are perfect for the entire face, with a long-lasting effect. With rich shimmering pearl pigments, they have a fresh, light texture and give the skin a brighter appearance, blending perfectly with the complexion for a natural glow.

The collection is further expanded with You Glow, girl and I’m so Lit!, two sassy shades of Mega Glow™ Loose Highlighting Powder (€ 6.95 / £5.90), in a limited edition, exclusive to this collection. These finely ground, shimmering pigments bring a splendidly intense glow to the skin and can either be used alone or blended into foundation or primer. I blended mine in with some MAC Strobe Cream for some total bare-faced glow.

The Time to Glow Up Limited Edition is available in stores from now, while stocks last. And remember, all wet n wild® products are cruelty-free and PETA approved.

Mega Glo™ Highlighting Powder –

2 shades:
·    Bloom Time
·   Awesome Blossom

 Mega Glo™ Loose Highlighting Powder –

2 shades:

·   I’m so lit!
·   You Glow, Girl

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I adore introducing new fragrances as the seasons change, particularly in Summer when a certain scent will forever bring back memories of a special occasion or travel destination. (Bougainvillea and Magnolia always remind me of France and Italy, while citrus-y scents remind me of Spain…) There's something so delicious about spritzing perfume on warm skin before heading out for the evening. From daytime florals to heady evening scents, take your pick from my menu of six gorgeous new scents for Summer 2019. All can be picked up at usual perfumeries, department stores or duty free.

Boucheron Orange de Bahia

For a touch of true luxury, this citrus aromatic fragrance for women and men emanates Brazilian sunshine and is both zesty and sweet. An opening of orange and green mandarin essence leads on to notes of rose, fig leaf and amber woods.

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TOCCA Stella

With notes of blood orange and spicy lily, TOCCA Stella is both flirty and sensual. Resting on a base of sandalwood and sheer musk, this fragrance smells like warm Summer skin and works on any occasion, night or day. Plus you'll want to whip out that gorgeous bottle at every opportunity! This was my personal fave at a recent summer scents press event.

KENZO World Power

I adore the striking packaging of this woody aromatic fragrance with notes of cypress, sea salt and tonka bean. Part-inspired by Kenzo Fashion, World Power is modern and bold, with a complete absence of floral notes. This modern oriental is all about asserting your individuality, a celebration of the real you!  

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Jimmy Choo Floral

Choose a scent as stylish as your shoes (if you're lucky!) with this sophisticated perfume inspired by one of my favourite blossoms, Magnolia. (Italian and French Riviera, anyone?) This delicate feminine fragrance is floral, fruity and musky with notes of Bergamot, Nectarine, Magnolia and Blond Wood. The minty-pistachio green colour evokes all sorts of summery feelings and it’s one that all the beauty editors are raving about. I can understand why!


Coach Floral Blush

This little floral number comes in the prettiest packaging and would make a gorgeous gift for someone special - or a gift to self of course!  Floral Blush has top notes of  Goji Berry and Grapefruit with a Peony and Peach heart on a musk base.

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Last but not least, one for the men. Montblanc EXPLORER is an energising woody aromatic scent, with fresh green Bergamot notes contrasted with Vetiver and Patchouli. Definitely one for an adventurous spirit, I chose this for my current squeeze this summer, so I get to spritz some on too!  Well, ya know, boyfriends with benefits, right? 😊


Summer Ready Skin

With the lure of balmy days approaching, it's the perfect time of year to give post-Winter skin some much needed TLC. Months of skipping between bitterly cold elements and central heating had left my skin feeling dull and dehydrated, making me the perfect candidate for a facial.  

Step in IMAGE Skincare, who came to the rescue with a fantastic (complimentary) pro treatment. I'm a big fan of this cosmeceutical Irish brand, which I keep coming back to because their products work for me. Made with proven ingredients and botanicals, the salon-based professional line was created by an aesthetician and formulated by a plastic surgeon.

I always find it reassuring when any kind of beauty treatment begins with a thorough consultation and within minutes, I knew my face was safe in the hands of Kristina, National Trainer for Image Skincare and Aesthetic Therapist at Renaissance Clinic in Dublin. Passionate about helping people achieve optimally healthy skin, she is one of the most knowledgeable and skilled skincare specialists I've met.


Kristina began by assessing my skin needs and concerns, discussing my existing routine in detail and analysing my skin before deciding which treatment would be appropriate for me. Her analysis included photographing my face with a Skin Scanner for a deeper look at issues invisible to the naked eye. My scan revealed some areas of pigmentation as well as dehydration, particularly around the under eye area. Interestingly, I had rarely used an eye cream in the months prior to this treatment, which may have contributed to this. Upping my water intake would help too... (on my 3rd glass as I write!).

Kristina selected the best products to use on my skin for optimum results... and began the treatment with a deep cleanse to remove makeup and speed up cellular turnover, enabling the active ingredients that followed to penetrate deeper for maximum benefit.

The main act was the IMAGE Signature Facelift peel, suitable for all skin types, particularly those who are redness-prone, dry, dehydrated or sensitive... lucky me can tick all 4 boxes!

Peels are resurfacing treatments designed to improve and enhance the skin - and should always be selected according to your skin's needs, such as acne, sun damage or aging. With continued use they can improve skin clarity, even out skin tone and improve texture.

Enzymatic peels use gently exfoliating fruit-based enzymes to dissolve dead skin cells, support skin cell renewal and soften skin texture with minimal irritation.

The Signature Facelift quenches skin and brightens skin producing rapid results in a single treatment, as a 30% blend of Vitamin C, fruit enzymes and Hyaluronic Acid exfoliates, hydrates and provides antioxidants to the skin.

The peel solution was layered with resurfacing and enzyme masks, massaged into my skin and left for 5 minutes to work their magic. Once removed, hydrating serum and SPF were applied to soothe and protect. The entire process was painless, soothing and refreshing - and most importantly, my skin was absolutely glowing.


Kristina added a fine layer of IMAGE i-conceal foundation, similar to a tinted moisturiser, before I stepped back out into the world feeling so bloomin’ wonderful!  

 Home Care


I was sent home with a set of four products from the IMAGE MD line to treat the specific needs of my skin and continue the benefits of my new found glowy skin.

This prescription strength clinical skincare system was formulated by plastic surgeons to dramatically improve skin's appearance. Most products in the line can't be bought off the shelf and should be selected for each customer by a professional, which I find very reassuring.

In my home kit:

IMAGE MD® restoring facial cleanser  - AHA / BHA daily cleanser to exfoliate, gently remove makeup and speed up cellular turnover.


IMAGE MD® restoring youth serum  - hydrating serum with high levels of antioxidants to combat aging, brighten and tighten the skin.


IMAGE MD® restoring youth repair crème - nightly repair cream to leave skin feeling firmer and more radiant


IMAGE MD® restoring daily defense moisturiser SPF50 - physical broad spectrum moisturiser to protect against environmental exposure, extend longevity of skin cells and reduce free radical damage. I find this hydrating enough to skip moisturiser and save a few precious moments in my morning routine!

 With IMAGE, the focus is all about results rather than pampering, though the products are a pleasure to use. I must admit that while I noticed an improvement in the texture of my skin immediately after my peel, the benefits have increased since using the home care products for a couple of months. While I still avoid going bare-faced in public, I'm definitely happier with the smoothness and brightness of my skin and find that makeup applies much more evenly.

This treatment and most of the products mentioned are only available in salons. To find one near you, please visit https://www.imageskincare.ie/find-a-pro


Although I embrace getting older and feel so much more body-confident now than I did 10 years ago, I do appreciate any help in avoiding further fine lines and a loss of elasticity as much as I can.  So when I received some of the new NIVEA Q10 POWER range products to try, I was more than a little intrigued to test them on my forty-something face.

 To launch the product range, the Nivea Ireland team also invited me to ask anything I wanted from the Nivea global product development expert Dr Dominik Goddertz.

Admittedly on trend skincare ingredients do come and go – but when it comes down to it, the nutrients which are already present in our skin are best and this range is so great because it replenishes what we already have. And with a promise to visibly smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the process, I was sold – I mean who doesn’t love the sound of that? Let’s find out what Dr Goddertz had to say on it:

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Beauty Bitch: I think the best skincare is that which balances science and nature – you are so accomplished in science but tell me, how does NIVEA bring nature into its products?

Dr Dominik: The Q10 Power products work with the skin. Meaning that they power up the cells in a natural way while using Coenzyme Q10 and Creatine:

Creatine occurs naturally in human skin. Its purpose is to maintain the natural function of the skin cells. This makes it an important source of energy, as it boosts the production of new collagen fibres and consequently firms sagging tissue. As we age, our skin produces less and less creatine, and our cells perform their functions less effectively. With its high dose of creatine, the new NIVEA Q10 POWER range boosts the skin’s natural creatine storage. The result: visibly reduced wrinkles and firmer skin in a matter of only 4 weeks.

Coenzyme Q10, which is produced naturally in the body, plays an important role in our cell processes and combats free radicals. It supports necessary processes in the skin cells, from cell regeneration to collagen synthesis. Being an antioxidant, it counteracts free radicals, which damage skin cells and cause the skin to age prematurely. Like creatine, the amount of Q10 in our skin drops as we age. NIVEA Q10 POWER replenishes this important coenzyme and helps the skin make up for age-related deficits on its own. The result: visibly smoother, firmer skin.

Beauty Bitch: NIVEA evokes lovely memories for me, as both my parents used the original Crème and then my French pen pal’s mother used all the brand’s first modern skincare ranges. In fact, I specifically recall a distinct smell from a cooling cellulite leg gel mid 90s; when I smell that scent, my mind goes back to France. Can you tell me about the evolution of the brand? And the facecare range today?

Dr Dominik: When I was a child my mum also used many NIVEA products like the NIVEA cream for my face and body or the sun lotion at the beach. The brand NIVEA always meant family, high quality and trust to me. After 8 years working for NIVEA I can tell it is really like that. I enjoy working with my team and all the other highly engaged colleagues on new innovative products every day.

Beiersdorf scientists came across Coenzyme Q10 already in the early 1990s and investigating its essential role in the energy metabolism of human skin cells was one of the major topics at Beiersdorf RnD. In 1998 Beiersdorf RnD Team succeeded in making skin’s own Coenzyme Q10 for the first time available for human skin by topical application. Since that time various new findings about Q10 and its regulation of the cellular energy metabolism led to continuous improvement of our Q10 skin care range. Today Coenzyme Q10 offers the ideal platform to enhance cellular energy metabolism by combining it with other beneficial active ingredients like creatine and will be continuously be improved.

Beauty Bitch: And the latest range, what are the other core ingredients? And how can each of those benefit me as I reach my mid-forties?

Dr Dominik: From the age of 25, Collagen, the most abundant protein that contributes to skin’s firmness decreases by 1% per year. Further the production of new collagen fibres also slows down. As a result, skin loses elasticity and becomes much thinner – cue fine lines and wrinkles.

In the fight to maintain your natural youthful skin, NIVEA scientists had started intensive research to find the right partner for Q10 and to make the products even better than before.

In the morning you should apply the Q10 Power Day Cream as it effectively helps your skin counteract the effects of ageing. Its UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 guards your skin from the damaging effects of sunlight, which cause premature skin aging.

I recommend using the Q10 Power Eye Cream: It's specially developed for the delicate eye area to visibly reduce wrinkles and diminish the appearance of dark circles. For a smoother and younger looking complexion.

In the evening, when you deserve a relaxing moment: Apply the new NIVEA Q10 Power Sleeping Melt-In Mask on a freshly cleansed face and neck. Give yourself a gentle face massage and relax for 5-10 minutes as the formula absorbs. It will pamper and nourish the skin overnight for a smoother and firmer skin feeling.

Beauty Bitch: Most things in nature will heal and rejuvenate themselves if left to their own devices, but sadly we cannot say this for skin these days, as so many environmental factors affect the surface of the skin. What is the best balance of being gentle with our skin and using products to help revive and revitalise it each day?

Dr Dominik: Facial skin has a visibly different structure and different needs compared to body skin. Its epidermis is much thinner and more sensitive than body skin. Facial skin is more individual – some people tend to get very oily skin, others suffer from dry skin. It is put under high mechanical stress as we use our face a lot to communicate and express our feelings, what results in laughter lines and eye wrinkles. And of course, our facial skin is always exposed to external influences like heat, cold, and especially sunlight. The UVA rays from the sun have a long wavelength and go deep into the skin. These rays damage the skin’s collagen which results in wrinkles – about 85% of the wrinkles which appear in the face are caused in this way. Therefore, we offer our Q10 Power Day Products with sufficient sun protection. Its comprehensive UVA/UVB protection with SPF 15 guards your skin from the damaging effects of sunlight, which cause premature skin aging. NIVEA Q10 POWER + Firming Day Cream is also available with SPF 30 for those who want a higher sun protection.

Aside from the sun, there are also other contributing factors: When you are stressed, ill, tired or lead a rather unhealthy lifestyle, your body consumes more nutrients than usual to repair itself and fight the short-term obstacle in its path. With all the Q10 being used up, your body has a greater need for CoQ10. This lack of CoQ10 can have serious effects on your skin, as you’re not getting all the nutrients and energy you so badly need.
The use of NIVEA Q10 Power products will help you to replenish the needed Q10 level.

My Verditct?

I have been using the new range for little over a week and I have noticed a considerable difference. My skin feels softer and definitely looks brighter (also any dark circles from late nights catching up on work after Easter holidays are long gone) and fine lines are visibly reduced.

I particularly love the sleeping melt-in mask which feels gorgeous to touch and glides onto skin, waking me up to a gorgeous glow – always great for busy mornings on the go when there is no time for makeup!

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I’ve been applying the replenishing serum pearls before adding the anti-wrinkle day cream SPF 15 (it also comes in a pore-be-gone version for combination skin). I think I will upgrade this to an SPF 30 for summer as the sun’s rays intensify.

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I can see the eye cream fast becoming a handbag essential and I have already found myself popping a little under the eye during the day to give me a little lift (and to keep new wrinkles at bay of course).

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Overall, this does exactly what it promises to do and even the harshest of critics will be impressed. It’s easy to see how NIVEA is one of the nation’s most-loved skincare brands – maybe I will be following in my parents’ footsteps more often!

Love Cathy x


 ORMEDIC Lip Enhancement Complex Will Give You Perfect Lips for the Perfect Kiss!

Whether you’re spending some quality alone time, attached to a special someone or “it’s complicated,” Valentine’s Day is a good time to focus on one of the hardest-working parts of your body: your lips.


ORMEDIC balancing lip enhancement complex 7ml (€26.50) which quenches lips with hydration while calming and soothing damaged or sensitive areas. The ultimate anti-ager for lips, this non-sticky, clear and glossy solution can add up to 40% of moisture volume if you use it consistently.

It also diminishes fine lines as well as helps reduce irritation after lip injections. Using this product can also enhance the effects of professional dermal fillers!

 (This amazing lip hero is also available in a subtle pink. With every purchase of ORMEDIC sheer pink lip enhancement complex, we donate $1 to the Care for Skin Foundation, which provides medical skin surgeries to those in need.)

Here’s the three ingredients inside our lip complex worth noting:

Peptide complex: A messenger peptide for collagen renewal, retinoic acid like activity without irritancy. In vitro collagen stimulation by 350% and stimulation of glycosaminoglycan synthesis by 146%.

Avocado oil: A nourishing, emollient organic oil that contains high amounts of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids.

Ubiquinone: A super-powerful antioxidant that helps regenerate aging skin.
May your lips be pouty and your kisses be magical!

To locate your nearest IMAGE Stockist please visit www.imageskincare.ie/find-a-pro


February comes from the Latin Februum, which has several meanings around the notions of cleansing, purification, renewal and regrowth. Although it is still cold outside, February also  signifies the start of spring - with early daffodil buds popping up across roadsides and roundabouts everywhere. It is not surprising then, that many people come out of the wintery hibernation which is the month of January (granted, they’re probably all broke from Christmas and New Year festivities, plus they’re detoxing their livers after festive overindulgence) to begin their own kind of spring blossom - and a good old skin pamper after the wintery weather, central heating and dehydration from overindulgence is just the ticket.

I went for a Hydrafacial at Cathedral Aesthetics recently and I think it is the perfect facial to kick start the skin’s new year regime, even if it is after a month of hibernation and recuperation from December excess. Check out my video review here:

 To book, call Cathedral Aesthetics on T: 028 9026 2785 E: clinic@cathedralaesthetics.com

FACE | Emergency Post-Christmas Skin Fixes With IMAGE Skincare

HELP! If your skin hasn’t been able to keep up with your holiday spirit, please rest assured that you’re not alone! The end-of-year period can cause your complexion to get rough or lacklustre thanks to the sheer amount of hectic activity, processed food, central heating, travel and lack of sleep. Fortunately, the team at IMAGE skincare – a personal fave of mine as many of you know - have fast-tracked solutions for some of the most common pesky post-Christmas skin issues. Read on and get your glow back on!

For Stressed and Fatigued Skin: I MASK biomolecular mask (€9.00)   Caused by: Unusually high quantity of late nights, jet lag or overbearing relatives(!)

For Stressed and Fatigued Skin: I MASK biomolecular mask (€9.00)
Caused by: Unusually high quantity of late nights, jet lag or overbearing relatives(!)

Apply this remarkable sheet mask that traps moisture with its special 3D design and helps potent active ingredients penetrate deeply into skin. With a refreshing and comforting hydrogel technology, this mask infuses volcanic water, brightening botanicals, peptides and antioxidants to reinstate your skin’s most relaxed, plumped-up look, while increasing hydration, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, brightening and rejuvenating skin. A perfect pastime this January when you’re bingeing on box sets! .


For Post-Holiday Breakouts:

AGELESS total resurfacing masque (€42)

Caused by: Excess aeroplane time, stress and exposure to weather changes

This micro-exfoliating masque features powerful alpha hydroxy acids that resurfaces and refines skin by gently sloughing off dead skin cells, clearing out pores and polishing skin without irritation. It’s like having a mini spa-like peel right at home! A blend of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids tackles impurities and excess particulates while vitamin C helps brighten, reduce the appearance of dark spots and strengthen skin.

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Dehydrated & Dull Skin:

ORMEDIC balancing antioxidant serum (€68)

Caused by: Colder temperatures and harsh winds, lots of travel and excess alcohol consumption

Restore balance to your skin with this ultra-hydrating serum that brings back the equilibrium to your complexion. This luxuriously silky formula contains lactic acid to moisturize and refine skin, and with organic Japanese green tea, polyphenols and a copper-complex peptide to reclaim your healthy, dewy glow. Layer under your regular moisturizer or sunscreen for a revitalising boost.


For Spontaneous Blemishes:

CLEAR CELL restoring serum oil-free (€49.50)

Caused by: Jet-setting, exhaustion and holiday stress

Whether you need to address an anomalous pimple or feel like you’re popping up with blemishes more often than usual, you can use this lightweight serum to help rebalance oily skin without dryness. This oil-free formula helps restore balance while providing a mattifying effect and minimizing the appearance of pores. Aloe and allantoin help calm skin so your winter skin woes aren’t exacerbated. Use this as a spot treatment on areas that tend to pop up with breakouts and moisturise over it for added protection against winter temps.

I’m lucky in that I don’t really get spots or blemishes, but I do trust IMAGE and religiously use the ACE serum and Vitamin C oil on my face, I hope, whatever skin issues you’re having in this month of healing and hibernation, that some of these products can help you


From the age of 14 until I was about 18, I spent most of my summers in France; and I think, by a process of some kind of weird osmosis, I fell in love with French beauty brands which were exclusive to pharmacies and small boutique beauty salons - and totally unheard of back home. You cant help feeling like you have the key to a special secret when you discover one of these brands and its ability to work wonders on your skin. I felt this way about Academie Scientifique when I recently discovered its Seve Miracle cream and the Intense Age Recovery Cream, so I will definitely be giving someone the gift of silky soft skin this season with one of the brand’s gift boxes.

The Parisian Radiance Box (€38) is perfect treat for anyone looking to rejuvenate their tired skin during these cold winter months. The Radiance Aqua Balm (50ml) banishes the signs of fatigue and brightens the skin with this treatment rich in apricot extract that delivers an immediate burst of radiance. The Eye Contour Cream Dynastiane (15ml) lessens the appearance of wrinkles leaving the eye area supple. Amazing for revitalising tired dried out skin.


With the Parisian Youth Box (€46) no one will see all that partying catch up on you this festive season! The Nourishing Cream Sève Miracle (50 ml) nourishes and softens the skin reducing the appearance of lines. The Eye Contour Cream Dynastiane (15ml) lessens the appearance of wrinkles leaving the eye area supple. A wonderful gift for anyone wanting to maintain their youthful glow.


The Derm Acte Prestige Box (€65) is the ultimate stocking filler for any skin care lover this Christmas. The Intense Age Recovery Cream (50 ml) fights against the signs of ageing. Helps boost and revitalise the skin by toning and firming. The skin appears brighter and visibly younger looking. The Ultimate Eye Corrector(15ml) is a complete treatment specifically formulated to correct visible signs of ageing, that reduces deep and fine lines leaving the eye area firmer and smoother. It also helps to thicken eyelashes and stimulates their growth.


Académie Beauté's stable of visage products are here to nourish and prolong the skin. Each skin care product of the brand is the result of an uncompromising scientific research in terms of quality and know-how set up by their "beauty artisans". Académie was the first in the world to use collagen (1936) & jojoba oil (1979) in their products and this pioneering & innovative spirit is still a part of the company’s philosophy today. Packed with active ingredients, the products are results-driven but still a pleasure to use.




The Académie Beauté range is available from select professional salons nationwide, for your local Académie salon, please contact 016205493


As some of you know, I’m just back from 10 days in China where I trekked the Great Wall and conquered some pretty big challenges.

On my last day I was let loose in Beijing and discovered some fab beauty emporiums (much needed after 7 days in the dust and wilderness) and these beauty meccas were led by Korean skin experts - I was in heaven!

When I returned I found a sample of the fab new Erborian This is the Hand hand cream, which launches this month. This new hand cream from the Korean-Parisian house of Eborian is perfect for colder winter days as it is packed with anti-ageing, nourishing and smoothing ingredients including White Ginseng Complex and Shea Butter.

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Of all  the ginsengs, White Ginseng is the most exceptional. It is known to prevent he appearance of signs of aging, moisturise and repair even the most fragile skin. The cream also contains liquorice root, wild yam root, kigelia fruit and horsetail to protect the skin.

A perfectly affordable Christmas gift or stocking filler at just £9.50.