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Beauty Trends That Are Going To Be Huge In 2021

27 March 2021
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Like most things, beauty has been in a weird place these past months. It the early days of the pandemic, our homes became our office, day care, and beauty salon.  We will have another few months of mask wearing so it’s no surprise that eyeliner is going to become more popular. Also, expect to see more curtain bangs and fringes and retro nails. So, in the spirit of looking forward, I’ve rounded up five of the biggest beauty trends to get excited about for 2021.

  1. SKINMALISM

Skinmalism is all about embracing your natural skin and super-minimal makeup. It makes sense, since many of us are wearing less makeup and spending more time on skin care than ever before. Social media searches for ‘natural makeup’ and ‘fresh skin’ are up on last year.

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2     BANGSand Fringes

Fringes have also made a comeback and we’ll see more curtain bangs but with more texture and less length.

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3     UNCOMPLICATED EMBELLISHMENTS

The simplified approach to everyday styling is going nowhere fast. Messy buns, ponytails have been the focus this year and we’ll see a continuation of the casual styles in 2021. For 2021, expect to see those laid back looks accentuated with accessories like crystal bobby pins and extra-large scrunchies. Clips of every kind are trending now, expect them to get more elaborate as the year goes on. 

4     ‘80S EYESHADOW

We’re traveling back to the ‘80s for its bold, eye-catching colours. Think, royal blue, bright yellow and even rich black. This is the chance to try those the over-the-top colours in your palette that have always caught your eye.

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5          Coloured Liner

Lots of coloured liner and unexpected takes on classic eyeliner will dominate 2021. If you want to ease into the trend, stick with a classic cat eye, but swap black for a bold colour.

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My Top 10 High Street Foundations

18 March 2021

Times have changed; the technology of makeup and skincare has advanced rapidly for both the high-end and high-street market — so much so, that often two vastly different brands will use similar ingredients that work to the same effect. This has resulted in an array of foundations that work as well as their more expensive counterparts but cost half the price. So, whether you’re looking for some serious coverage, a radiant dewy complexion, or a way to help fight that midday shine, there’s a low-cost option for all. Thankfully, in 2020, you don’t need to spend big to win big when it comes to foundation.

Here’s my pick of my 10 favourite’s:

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation €14.99

L’Oreal’s number one selling foundation became an overnight cult classic for its blendable, buildable coverage and satin finish. An excellent option for those with drier skins, the formula won’t settle into creases or go patchy throughout the day; if you’re oiler you may need a setting powder to touch up as shine develops. The shade range caters to warm and cool tones with 28 shades available. This range contains both yellow and pink tones which is quite rare in budget foundations. The top three shades we go for in Ireland are Golden Beige (3W), Beige (W) and Rose Vanilla (2C).

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Liquid Foundation, €8.99

Having oily skin can be a nightmare when it comes to a foundation that covers but doesn’t clog pores. Happily, this one is non-comedogenic, so won’t clog pores or cause breakouts, and its micro powders are designed to stop shine in its tracks. It’s light enough for all-over coverage but pigmented enough to cloak blemishes

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, €9.99

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Rimmel’s Match Perfection has a silky, satin texture with a medium coverage leaves you with a dewy finish, and the shade ranges are superb. 

The Ordinary Serum Foundation, €6.70

For those that want a lighter-coverage formula, this ticks all the boxes. The serum foundation is everything you could want from a low coverage foundation offering a natural, fresh finish that enhances the skin. Available in 21 shades, I’m especially impressed with the paler range of shades. 

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, €14.99

French beauty brand Bourjois never fails to provide products that rival that of their high-end counterparts – and this Healthy Mix Foundation is of no exception. This vitamin-rich, fruit therapy formula glides onto skin and blends seamlessly for a truly flawless finish with long lasting results.

No7 Instant Radiance Foundation, €17.50

Concealing imperfections and smoothing the appearance skin without covering it completely, the light reflecting particles ensure your complexion will look luminous leaving you with a dewy finish. What I love about this one is how it enhances your own skin, rather than simply layering foundation. Winner for mature skins. The shade range is poor, but boots are due to release more shades soon.

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LA Girl Pro Coverage Foundation €12.95

If you struggle with extremely oily skin and foundation slides off within a few hours, this could be a purse-friendly foundation for you. The water-like consistency goes on smoothly but will dry to a matte finish – so if you have any flaky patches, ensure you moisturise! But if you’re on the hunt for a base that stays put and lasts all day with a matte, medium-full coverage.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation €10.99

This foundation is perfect if your skin needs a serious pick-me-up, this Rimmel Wake Me Up foundation works absolute wonders – and regularly makes the cut above more expensive options. Created with a 100% pore less coverage formula and radiance boosting pearls, this is one of the best products I’ve tried for lifting and illuminating tired and sallow skin. 

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Flawless 3in1 Liquid Foundation €17.99

 

This was my very first foundation to use and Max factor is making waves again.  Overtaking all the others in terms of technicality and superior performance, this foundation works by priming the skin with a flexi-hold technology that creates a strong, yet lightweight film on top of the skin. Next, micro-correctors within the formula operate like little mechanics to defend against external influences such as sweat and sebum, while the added presence of SPF20 delivers a perfectly protective, matte finish. A multi-purpose product that acts as a primer, concealer and a foundation. 

Catrice Even Catrice Skin Tone Beautifying Foundation €8.50

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I’ll just start this by saying that Catrice foundations are great value for money. I wear the HD foundation a lot and the quality is very good. This is this newest addition to the range which provides medium to full coverage without looking cakey. If you have oily or combination skin opt for, ‘All Matt Plus Shine Control Makeup’ (€6.95).

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Common Beauty Mistakes You Might Be Making

17 March 2021

A lot of us are keen to learn everything about beauty and make-up, but the sheer volume of information can be intimidating and daunting for some of us. We’ve all had those nights where we sleep in our make-up or haven’t washed our make-up brushes in over a month! I have been guilty of some myself! While some of these are obvious no-no’s, there are some common mistakes you may not realise you’re doing.

1 Going To Sleep with Your Makeup On

This is fine every now and again but if done repeatedly it can cause damage to the skin, causing make up to settle in your pores, stretching them out resulting in rough, aged skin. Night time is when the skin renews itself so wearing make-up at night prevents the renewal process.

2 You’re Not Using Products to Suit Your Skin Type

Don’t settle for any old cleansing, toning and moisturising routine – addressing your specific skin type and concerns is a must, because using the wrong products for your skin can exacerbate the problems you already have. Think about what products you buy and be careful to choose your products carefully rather than sticking to that same cleanser that you have been using for years. 

3 Not Cleaning Your Make-Up Brushes

Admittedly this is a time-consuming process that every make-up artist agrees is probably the least favourite part of their job. Dirty brushes are the ideal breeding ground for bacteria that can lead to acne and other infections. It can also affect make-up application, as the bristles become overloaded with pigment making precise application difficult. Washing your brushes once a week is recommended.

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4 Ditch the Applicators That Came With Your Eyeshadows

Most eyeshadows come with handy mini applicators, making it easy to apply on the go. But, for a blended finish, you really need to use a make-up brush.  Sponge tips provide a lot of pigment at once while a brush allows you to gradually add product and blend as you go.

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5 You’re choosing the wrong shade of foundation

I always recommend testing foundation on your cheek, which will give you a more realistic idea of whether the foundation matches or not.

6 You’re using too much powder on the wrong places

I am a fan of powder to mattify the skin and set your look, but you don’t need to use it all over your face. It can end up making you look older. Try dusting just a little bit of translucent powder over your T-zone to reduce shine without making it too matted.

7 You’re not blending your foundation into your neckline

It seems like a rookie mistake, but it still happens a lot, and results in a mismatched face and neck. Make sure to blend your foundation into your jawline.

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8 Using A Bobby Pin Incorrectly

 What? There is a wrong way? Yes, there is a proper way to use bobby pins. I only learnt this a few years ago!

The correct way to use a bobby pin is to insert it into your hair with the wavy side down. The wavy side is designed so it will grab your hair and situate it properly.  The flat side, is what pushes the hair into the groove, holding it in place. So there, you have it, simple yet powerful.

9  Neglecting Your Neck
A lot of people forget about their neck when applying products to their face. Treat your neck, the same way you would treat your face. Go right down to the collar bones with your products.

10  Using Expired Makeup

 Holding on to your favourite makeup can be a big no, no.  Unfortunately, makeup and skincare does go off! 

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My Complete A-Z of Beauty

17 March 2021

My A-Z guide of beauty, from ingredients and qualities, to products and brands.

 A is for… Acne 

1 in 20 adult women suffer from acne, and even more get the occasional spot or blemish outbreak. Clay, Charcoal and Oil based products are all great for tackling acne and spots. It is not caused by poor hygiene, contrary to many things you may hear.  Outbreaks can be due to your lifestyle; diet, stress etc as much as your skincare regime, so whilst treating or responding to spots with 

B is for… BB creams 

BB creams are short for beauty balms or blemish balms. They were first developed in Germany by a dermatologist who wanted a single cream that would protect skin and provide coverage after laser treatments.

C is for… Collagen

Collagen. Is responsible for the skin’s plump and youthful appearance, and begins to deplete at the age of 25. Be vary of companies that claim that their products can plump collagen into the skin, as collagen molecules are generally too large to penetrate into the skin. We can feed the skin with nutrients that can trigger production. Treatments such as needling, radio frequency and ‘HIFU – High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound’. 

D is for… Dark Circles

We’ve all had dark circles under our eyes, whether we are a bit run down, tired, or naturally have a darker ring under our eyes, it’s a common problem, but there are measures we should take to help.  The 3 most important tools to have are; a good eye cream, sleep and a targeted dark circles product for those particularly bad days. The area around the eyes is very thin, a specific cream for your eyes should always be used, not a regular face moisturizer. TIP – use a concealer that is 1-2shades lighter than your foundation to brighten the under eye area.

E is for… Expiry Dates

 The expiry date on a product is from the time that the product is opened. This is usually indicated on the back of the product, which will indicate how long the product is viable once opened. It can vary from 6-18 months from time of opening, depending on the product.

F is for…Facials

 Facials can have numerous benefits from improvement in skin tone, texture and they are just pure bliss. So go on treat yourself!

G is for…Glycolic Acid

Derived from sugar cane may sound scary, but it can work miracles on the skin. It’s molecular make up is so small, that it works deep into the skin, treating lines and wrinkles, brightening skin and rejuvenates skin cells. 

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Ren’s Glycolatic Radiance Renewal Mask tackles lines, brightens skin and combats congestion.

H is For… Hyaluronic Acid

This naturally occurring molecule is right up there in the anti-ageing stakes – it works to lubricate the connective tissues in your skin, keeping pores plump and hydrated. Our own reserves reduce as we age so applying this ingredient topically is vital for preserving a youthful glow.

I is For… Inflammation

Symptoms of inflammation in the body can be numerous and vague – ranging from fatigue to headaches – and your skin is no exception. Triggered by poor nutrition, pollution, sunlight and stress, dermatologists agree inflammation is the real culprit behind pretty much every skin issue, including wrinkles. Gluten, dairy and processed foods as well as excessive sugar and alcohol are the biggest offenders.

J is for… Juices

An easy way to give your skin a daily boost, start every day with a fresh fruit or vegetable juice. Berries are packed with antioxidants, while citrus fruits are packed with vitamin C which slows down the skin’s ageing process.

K is for… Keratosis Pilaris

Keratosis Pilaris is a genetic skin disorder and affects 40% of adults (and up to 80% of adolescents). These painless tiny bumps usually on the upper arms, thighs and cheeks, can leave the affected area dry and rough. People often don’t recognise them as a skin condition, but just a case of bad skin. There are many products designed to reduce the appearance such as Creams containing alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, salicylic acid or urea help loosen and remove dead skin cells. They also moisturize and soften dry skin. Depending on their strength, these creams are available over-the-counter or with a prescription. Creams derived from vitamin A (topical retinoids) work by promoting cell turnover and preventing plugged hair follicles. 

L is for… Lines. 

We all hear the expression ‘fine lines and wrinkles’ almost daily. It’s everywhere. You have all heard it but, sun exposure is the biggest culprit in terms of skin ageing. In terms of prevention, SPF is your answer. Retinol will synthesise collagen and elastin and Ingredients like hyaluronic acid will plump up your skin.

M is for… Moisturisers

Moisturisers are one of the most important parts of your skincare routine. Replenishing moisturise and hydration into the skin is the key to healthy skin. Think of all the elements and things you expose your skin to that takes its natural moisture; weather, foods, face washes, make up. Look for ingredients that contain humectants and emollients. 

N  is for… Natural

Up to 60% of what we put on our skin ends up being absorbed in the body and when the products we use are made from harmful artificial ingredients these place an unnecessary burden on the body’s detoxification processes and on the entire immune system, including the skin. We have lots of home grown natural beauty brands making waves at home and abroad which include Voya, Seavite and newcomer Ripe by Roz. Kinvara’s  Absolute Cleansing Oil, another natural product that has won over beauty editors (and acne sufferers too).

O is for… Oils 

 Often feared by many particularly those with oily skin. Face oils return moisture and elasticity to your skin, smoothing wrinkles and soothing irritation in the process. The right face oil can help clear pores of excess sebum, and can reduce inflammation and irritation, as inflammation itself is actually one of the primary causes of acne.

P is for…Parabens 

Parabens are the most widely used preservatives in personal care products. Parabens stop fungus, bacteria and other microbes from growing in your favourite creams. 

Q & U – Lets just skip those for a while 🙂

R is for… Rosacea 

Rosacea is a skin condition that typically affects the face, usually around the nose and cheeks.  It results in redness, pimples, swelling, and small and superficial dilated blood vessels. It usually occurs in people over 30 and is often referred to as acne rosacea. Laser can be successful in treating this condition.

S is for… SPF

Sun Protection Factor. The number that follows is a measure of the time it will take for your skin to burn with the sunscreen applied, in comparison to unprotected skin. . Example: If your unprotected skin would burn in 10 minutes, an SPF30 product (correctly applied) would give her 30 x 10 minutes in the sun before burning. 

T Is for… T-Zone

 If you have oily or combination skin, chances are good you struggle with the area on your face known as your t-zone. If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly your t-zone is, imagine drawing a “T” on your face. Your t-zone consists of your forehead, nose, and chin.  An oily t-zone requires a little bit of extra care and protection. Even so, it won’t go without saying that t-zone area may also get dehydrated.

U is for… Ultra-violet Rays

The sunlight that reaches are skin  is made up of two types of rays, UVA and UVB. UVA causes premature ageing to the skin and

UVB rays that cause the skin to tan and burn. Protect your skin with a SPF of at least 30. 

V is for… Volume

 We spend thousands of euro’s on beauty products throughout our lifetime. But how much of that is wasted? For moisturizers and night creams, aim for the volume and length of one almond. When it comes to eye cream, less is best,  a sunflower seeds worth for each eye is sufficient. 

W is for… Water

Making up almost two thirds of our body, water plays a vital role in everything from regulating body temperature to keeping our skin healthy. And when it comes to skin health, drinking at least two litres is essential for a youthful complexion. Keep your face hydrated throughout the day, especially if you work in an airconditioned office or flying with a plumping face mist. I love Uriage Thermal water mist €7.98.

X, Y and Zzzz…

Make an effort to get your beauty sleep – when we sleep, our skin goes into rest mode, repairing damage caused by the sun’s rays and harmful pollution. Adequate sleep will restore luminosity to the skin while improving tone and texture – there’s a reason beauty experts call it the best-kept anti-ageing secret.

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Do Skincare and Makeup Products Really Expire?

10 March 2021
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Yes, Unfortunately they do.

makeup and skincare shelf life-Set of decorative cosmetic. Foundations, facial powders. pastel colored. Blue background.Do makeup and skincare products really have expiration dates?

Unfortunately, makeup products do actually go bad and become less effective. Every product has an expiry date and a recommended length of time that it’s good for on its packaging.

Assuming you have opened your new skincare or makeup product, you’ve exposed it to oxygen, which naturally begins to decay the ingredients inside. It may not go bad but it can bring down the product’s efficacy, making it less useful for your skin’s needs.”

Are certain types of products more likely to go bad sooner?

Products that are all-natural have a shorter shelf life. Especially products that are sensitive to temperatures. Any product that goes around the eye or is a liquid formula tends to go bad faster and as your eyes are so sensitive, you should be extra careful as expired products can cause eye infection.

How do you know if a product has expired?

There’s usually a number on your skincare product which may read 6,12, 24 or 36, and this is the number of months your product is meant to last after it’s opened. But if the colour of your product changes or it begins to smell, just throw it away, even if it has not passed the expiration date. Temperature, humidity and light can cause the product to age faster.

When it comes to makeup, products may stop performing the way they’re suppose to. For example your foundations can get a bit on the streaky side. Your product will just not perform the way it was intended.

  1. What are some of the dangers of using expired skincare and makeup products?

Aside from using products that aren’t as effective, which is a waste of money, using products past their best before date can lead to infections, inflammation and acne.

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Mascara

This is the makeup item you should be most vigilant abouy. As the brush is taken out, applied, and put back in the tube, it brings with it any bacteria that has collected along the way, explains cosmetic chemist Jim Hammer. Lingering bacteria can cause redness and itchiness, or even conjunctivitis and styes. Switch mascara every two to three months to be safe. It will also have a distinct gasoline-like smell once it’s gone bad.artistic rendering of foundation 

Foundation

With the exception of powder formulas, all foundations are water-based, which means bacteria love them. Unopened, foundation can last for a couple of years, but once the seal is broken, it’s best to replace it after 6 to 12 months. Keep foundations out of moist environments and away from heat, as high temperatures encourage the growth of the bugs and can speed up the spoiling. An off smell or a change in colour tells you the formula is finished, applying it could cause irritation or breakouts.

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Face Powder

Powders are the Energizer Bunny of makeup. They keep going and going—at least, for up to two years.

Blush

The same rules that apply to face powder apply to powder blush, since neither contain water. Cream blush, however, should be replaced after a year. 

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Maskne is real, here’s how to deal with it

3 February 2021
What exactly is maskne (Mask induced acne)
The maskne struggle is real. As face masks are mandatory indoors, the prolonged and consistent use can contribute to a number of skin issues like irritation, blemishes and congested skin. Maskne is the result of constant friction of the mask on the skin, which causes it to become irritated, clog pores, lose water and allows bacteria in. The trapped air beneath the mask, creates a warm, moist environment which is ideal breathing ground for bacteria. Maskne is technically referred to as acne mechanica.

Prior to the pandemic, this form of facial irritation was primarily experienced by athletes, commonly due to the sweat, heat, and friction in their helmets and straps. We are seeing it more now with people wearing masks for an extended period of time.

How can you prevent and treat maskne?

Prevention is always best. If you are wearing a cloth mask, wash it daily and change it frequently throughout the day.  If you are wearing a disposable mask, try to replace it as often as possible. The KN95 medical masks can irritate pressure points very easily so add silicone strips under the pressure areas.

Treating Maskne

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If you start developing maskne, be gentle.  Overdoing skincare can compromise your skin’s protective barrier. Instead, wash your face with a gentle cleanser like Neutrogena oil free face wash and avoid products that are too drying because they will cause the skin barrier to become more compromised. Another good cleanser is the Cerave SA cleanser as it contains salicylic acid which is a great ingredient for oily skin. 

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For hydration after washing, look for a products with hyaluronic acid and emollients like Cetaphil daily hydrating lotion, really good for dry eczema prone skin.

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Treatment options for acne break outs over the counter products that help resolve the clogged pores are beneficial recommends products like Differan Acne gel  or LA Roche-Posay Effaclar Adapalene Gel.

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Avoid anything with SLS or sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a harsh sulfate that really strips the skin of its natural oils and impairs the barrier. Try to avoid any face scrubs, anything that feels like sand or grit as they damage the skin’s barrier. You can’t use powerful products like alpha hydroxy acids, chemical peels or Retin A to blast the acne because they will further damage the fragile skin barrier, making it more sensitive to the mask’s irritating effects. Don’t use heavy ingredients, like cocoa butter or coconut oil, and skip any kind of oil-based foundation

Wash that mask

Re wearing a mask shouldn’t be an option, but if you do it is an ideal cause of breakouts.

If you exercise or sweat during the day with a mask on, then you want to change that mask and put on a fresh, clean mask right away. Ensure your mask fits you correctly to give you protection, not too loose that it rubs or moves and not too tight that it constricts you.

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The return of the beauty industry after Covid

17 January 2021

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The global beauty industry has been shocked by the covid-19 crisis, but the industry has responded positivity to the crisis. I spoke to a few owners across the beauty industry and asked them how they are coping since re-opening, the challenges they face and how long do they think it will take for the industry to recover.

‘When we closed our doors in March due to Covid 19, it was like we were living on a movie set it was so surreal. I was devastated but knew it was the right thing to do, being closed for almost 4 months was the hardest hurdle we have faced in business and being a new business of just 2 years as we were still building our brand and closing left us very unsure of the future and almost felt at one time we would be starting all over again but we knew we would be doing everything in our power to make sure our doors reopened.  We used the time to upskill and carry on learning about everything that we love to do. We made maximum changes in line with all guidelines to ensure the best customer experience and to have a safe salon for clients and staff members. We have always been an upbeat fast pace salon with walk ins always welcome and we have now had to extend appointment times to accommodate all the extra sanitising before and after each client. Hygiene was always at the highest standards at Darque but now we are above and beyond with very strict protocols in place, we have sanitisers all around our salon, PPE is worn by staff & clients, social distancing is very important and we are very firm with it, we have Perspex between sections and portable Perspex for any clients who may be extremely nervous. Our client numbers have also been reduced as we no longer have a waiting area and we are limited to the numbers in our salon at one time.  I feel like the salon experience still feels the same for our clients, just with a few twists. We have had amazing support from clients and great feedback with regard to all the work we have done to the salon to keep everyone feeling confident that safety is key when they enter. I do think our industry will take quite some time to bounce completely back to how it used to be if it even does, I honestly think this is the new normal now & I do think everyone will adjust to it and that amazing salon feeling that we all love will again return. It’s one of the safest places to be as our industry always has had the highest hygiene standards so after some weeks, I can see things getting better once everyone remains careful and all advice is always adhered to. We love what we do, and we are so happy to get back doing what we love the most and seeing our clients support us as soon as we open our doors is an amazing feeling. It won’t be an easy road but with passion and drive we will give it our all, we look forward to welcoming old and new clients back to Darque to experience the new salon experience’. Melanie, Owner Darque Tanning Studio & Blow Dry Parlour

‘Since covid shut us down, reopening will be a huge challenge for people especially within the beauty industry. We all need to make sure we protect ourselves and our clients with best practices and good product hygiene. I see the future being bright again, and I already have people rebooking back in – but it will take time’. John Paul Payne Makeup

Due to Covid 19, Gellicious Nail & Beauty Stuido & Gellicious Academy were closed from the 16th of March. Staff used this time to educate themselves on the virus and up-skill in salon cleanliness for a safe re-opening. Gellicious re-opened on the 29th of June following all guidelines set out by the HSE and we are delighted to welcome back our loyal clients that have stuck with us through this strange time. A constant effort is being made at Gellicious to monitor all updates regarding Covid 19 as both our clients and staff health and well-being are a priority to us. We hope to see you soon for your nail appointment, we have missed you all!

Kathy, Natalia & team – Gellicious Nail & Beauty Studio and Academy

‘I closed my salon doors on St. Patrick’s weekend and I never imagined it would be nearly four months before I held a set of tweezers in my hands again. While I’m delighted to be reopened I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit anxious as to what the future holds for my small business. The long term impact is that even when the Covid crisis is over people will still be very cautious about their intimate experience with their beautician. I think people are taking a step back and thinking ‘Is this the cleanest most hygienic place I can put myself in’. That being said the beauty industry has always adhered to strict hygiene procedures. I have totally revamped my salon with a new air purifying system and a sanitising unit, so I’m open for business looking forward to doing lashes for my amazing clients. Debbie Gibney – Lashes by Debbie Gibney 

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Dry VS. Dehydrated Skin: What’s the difference and how to fix it?

10 November 2020
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In winter, one of the most common complaints for us is that our skin dries up. But in reality, what most of us are probably experiencing is dehydration. At first glance, ‘dry’ and ‘dehydrated’ seem like two words to describe the same thing. But when it comes to skincare they are completely different skin concerns with different causes. 75% are thought to suffer from dehydrated skin. 

What’s the difference between dry and dehydrated skin?

Very simply dry skin lacks oil and dehydrated skin lacks moisture (water) so your skin can be dehydrated, dry or both. Dry skin is a skin type, but dehydrated skin is a skin condition that anyone can experience. 

Dry Skin

Dry skin is caused by your genetics, a hormonal imbalance and is classed as a skin type which means that your skin naturally produces less oil than someone with normal, oily or combination skin type. 

Dry skin Characteristics

Feels Rough

Feels Tight and Appears Dry, with no oiliness evident

Can Be Flaky

These characteristics rarely change, skin feels dry all year long.

Dehydrated Skin

Dehydrated skin is a skin condition, you are not born with it but it is self-inflicted due to lifestyle habits/changes. It can be caused by simple things like harsher weather, sun exposure, poor diet, air conditioning and using incorrect skincare. All of these can deplete the water content of your skin, leaving your skin gasping for hydration. Dehydrated skin is caused by a shortage of water, not oil, so even if you have oily or combination skin types you can become dehydrated. There is a bit of a misconception that the main cause of skin dehydration is lack of water intake. Water intake certainty has to be considered, but it isn’t usually the primary cause. Only 10% of the water you drink goes to the skin. 

Dehydrated Skin Characteristics

Look Dull

Feels Itchy and sometimes irritated

Fine lines (if you gently pinch the surface of your skin, and if you so criss-cross lines like that of an orange, that is a good indicator of dehydration.

Accelerated signs of skin ageing

Dehydrated skin tends to come and go, it does not persist. Another indicator of dehydrated skin is that it’s often accompanied by an excessive production of oil and/or blackheads. Despite this the skin still feels tight.

Key causes of dehydrated skin

Sun

UVA is the main cause in terms of weather when it comes to skin dehydration. UVA causes free radical damage in the cells, breaking down collagen and elastin causing lines and wrinkles.

Incorrect Skincare

Dehydrated can in a lot of cases be caused be the result of using skincare products that contain harsh or skin-sensitising ingredients, which can strip the pH of the skin causing an imbalance.

Air-Conditioning & Central Heating

Unfortunately both of these strip the moisture from our skin.

What can we do to fix it?

For dehydrated skin, assess your skincare routine, and avoid using any harsh, sensitizing products.

Dehydrated skins need moisture (water), the best ingredient that helps to keep water in the skin is called ‘hyaluronic acid’. Hylauronic acid is naturally present in our body, but as we age it starts to deplete. Hylauronic acid is an excellent ingredient to prevent moisture loss and skin ageing (it can hold itself 1,000 times itself in water). The best way of getting this product into the skin is by using a serum as they can penetrate the skin much deeper than your regular moisturiser. Some of my favourite’s serums that contain hyaluronic acid are Alumier Ultimate Boost Serum €74.00, Neutrogena hydroboost €17.46. If you are looking for a more natural alternative that’s right on our doorstep Element 8 Serum €36.00 is a perfect solution, which was launched just before Christmas.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle your skincare routine will help support and plump your skin and help prevent dehydration. 

For dry skin use a good hydrating moisturising like Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream €28.50 and an anti-oxidant rich mask like Dermalogica’s award winning multi-vitamin power recovery masque €47.00.

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How much skin care products should you use?

22 October 2020
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We spend thousands of euro’s on beauty products throughout our lifetime. But how much of that is wasted?  I am going to help you portion control your beauty routine. That way, you can save your skin while also saving money.

CLEANSERS

Whether you’re opting for a cream, gel or liquid cleanser, look to squeeze out about one blueberry size and volume. 

EXFOLIANTS

  When portioning out grainy scrubs, keep it to one raspberry to cover both your face and neck. As a general rule, you should exfoliate once to twice a week. 

SERUMS

More is more, right? Wrong! Concentrated serums might offer double or triple the active ingredients of your anti-ageing creams and using too much on your skin may lead to irritation. A pea-sized drop is all you need! 

Instead of applying it directly to your face, place a few drops into the palm of your hand, and gently press the product into your skin. If your serum has a more solid consistency, a pea-sized amount should be enough.

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EYE CREAM

You need a lot less eye cream than you probably imagine, one grain of rice pair eye is sufficient. The rich emollients in eye cream have been designed to absorb deeply, so a small smear will do the job. Too much product will increase the risk of eye irritation and may even interfere with makeup application. Only apply the product around the bony eye orbits and not too close to the lashes as this can cause puffiness.

MOISTURISER

New technology in skin care helps active ingredients absorb and moisturize deeply, without the sticky, oily residue. For both morning moisturizers and night creams, aim for the volume and length of one almond. To apply, dot lotion all over your face and neck before smoothing it out for even distribution. A good tip is to apply serums and moisturisers onto damp skin as they will penetrate deeper into the skin and will be far more effective.

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SUNSCREEN 

This is one product where you want to be extra careful not to skimp. So how much is just right? For your face, a portion similar to one plump grape. For your entire body, you’ll need a shot glass-worth of SPF. 

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Makeup tips for Mature Women

2 March 2020
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 As we age, our skin changes and so does the way in which we wear makeup. Oftentimes, older or mature women steer away from wearing makeup that they may have enjoyed for years. But it doesn’t have to be that way. 

 1 Use a Foundation Brush

Apply foundation with a brush instead of your fingers. It will give you better coverage and longer lasting results.

2 Apply Concealer After Your Foundation

If you are a foundation user, always apply concealer after foundation rather than before. This way you can place it exactly where you need it and you’ll use less. It also looks much more natural.

3 How to Apply Blush 

Apply blush with a brush and place it on the apple of the cheek. Smile to find the right spot.  This technique gives emphasis to the eyes and less to wrinkles.

4 How to Apply Highlighter 

Be cautious if you want to use highlighter, remember higher will draw attention to the area that you have highlighted. So, don’t apply it if you want to hide wrinkles or sun damage.

I tend to highlight now with concealer. Use a concealer two shades lighter than you foundation. Use it under your brow bone, on the cupids bow and under the eye.

It can also be used all over the lid instead of eyeshadow to brighten the eye area. Apply and set in place with a small amount of translucent powder.

5 How to Apply Eyeshadow 

Opt for matte eye shadows. Matte shadows give pigment to the lid without emphasizing wrinkles. Avoid shimmery eye shadows.

6 How to Apply Eyeliner 

Jagged, uneven liner.

Avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes, this can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be  smooth. Instead, point your chin up and look down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them, and use a liquid liner.

7 How to Apply Lipstick 

Wearing the same old lip colours.

It’s the easiest way to refresh your look. If you’ve been wearing neutrals since the ’90s, try red. If you’ve been loyal to red, try a pink. Play with the colour, but go easy on texture. Anything that’s severe — a lipstick or hairdo — will age you. 

8 Lipstick that bleeds.

Extra lipstick migrates, especially as the definition of the lip’s border softens with age. So, instead of applying color straight from the tube, apply with a lipstick brush, like the e.l.f. Retractable Lip Brush. Dab on the center of your lips, and then spread it to the corners.

9 Cream Eyeshadow

A powdery eyeshadow on a older eye can look quite flat. Powder is likely to settle in any creases around the eye. Try opting for a cream eyeshadow instead. This will give a softer finish to your eyelid.  

10 If in doubt, less is more.

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