Source: Louise McSharry
Welcome to Skin Deep with Louise McSharry, my opportunity to put years of obsessing over beauty products and techniques to good use. I won’t tell you something is good if it’s not. I won’t recommend products I haven’t actually tried. As the magical sitar in Moulin Rouge said, I only speak the truth.
Christmas is over, presents have been given, and everyone is happy. Happy, or murderous and dying to escape their family. It’s not that you hate them, it’s just that you hate being with them. Or at least that’s how you feel right now. It’s ok, you’re not alone.
You are, however, seeking some sort of escape, and if you can’t get out of the actual house, then perhaps some retail therapy will do the trick. Fortunately, the sales have begun (hard to believe they used to be called the ‘January Sales’ given that it’s December 28th and some are already over), and I’ve used some escape time from my own family to find you some fabulous beauty bargains.
Becca Limited Edition Shimmering Skin Perfector Vault - was £175, now £122.50
Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector highlighters have cult status for a reason. They are bloody gorgeous. I have a drawer full of highlighter and still I crave one of these beautiful compacts. Well, truth be told, I crave this vault of compacts which includes six of the brands most popular shades, including the all-stars Opal and Pearl. Do you need it? Probably not. Would you love it? Yes. This comes via Beauty Bay, which offers free shipping to Ireland on orders over £40.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit - was £41 now £24.60
Staying with highlighters – the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit is on offer at Cult Beauty for the best price I’ve ever seen on it. If you’ve ever watched a YouTube or Instagram beauty tutorial, you’ll know that these are very popular indeed.
Sisley Phyto-Teint Foundation - Was €97.50 Now €87.75
This foundation is adored by its devotees due to it’s lasting coverage and light sensation on the face, but it’s bloody expensive. If you’ve been considering taking the plunge and giving it a go, now may be the time as it’s almost a tenner off at Brown Thomas.
Bobbi Brown Travel Brush Set - Was €99 Now €72
Source: Brown Thomas
Bobbi Brown brushes have been a staple for me for many years, due to their excellent quality. This set features five essential brushes in a sleek faux-leather case. It’s the kind of thing that will make you feel like a fancy lady, and truly, is there any better feeling? Available online from Brown Thomas.
Clarisonic Mia 2 - Was €141.64 Now €101.97
Clarisonics are great if you’re lazy and would like to take better care of your skin. They provide a good deep clean of your skin, while gently exfoliating, and the effort is absolutely minimal. I use mine in the shower a few times a week with a light cleanser. This is a great deal, with shipping at €6.23.
Kevyn Aucoin The Smoky Eye Nude Kit - Was £79 Now £59
Source: Kevyn Aucoin
Kevyn Aucoin was an incredibly successful makeup artist responsible for some of beauty’s most iconic looks in the 90s before his death in 2002. His makeup line lives on though, and is of excellent quality. This kit includes a gorgeous palette, perfect for every day use, eyeliner, mascara and an eyelash curler. A bargain and a half, in my opinion.
Nars Laguna Body Tint - Was £30 Now £22
This product provides the body with an instant tint which promises not to transfer, and is brilliant for lashing on arms and legs when you realise that perhaps your outfit would look better with a bit of glow. It’s on sale because it was a Limited Edition product for Spring 2017 – so if you like it, buy a few!
Lancome Hynose Drama Mascara - Was €31 Now €23.60
Arnotts has some incredible deals on lots of products from Lancome, so if you’re a fan of the brand I’d definitely recommend heading over to the site. This mascara is a favourite of many, and at this price is perfect for stocking up.
Source: Benefit Ireland
To celebrate the launch of their new primer, the POREfessional Pearl Primer, Benefit want you to get your GLOW on at BeneFIT – a workout hosted by Amanda Byram on January 4th. Tickets cost €30 (with €20 redeemable against products) but we’re giving you the chance to win two tickets! Go to our Instagram to find out more.
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