Working It

Hard-working beauty buys for busy days

We’re on for anything that saves time in the morning. Handily, foundations now do everything bar make your breakfast; bases with skincare benefits are a firm trend. I’m a big believer in serums for making skin look better, but if time is of the essence, you can skip it and compensate with a serum-foundation like Lancôme’s Teint Visionnaire, which packs an SPF of 20 as well as brightening skin (and has a concealer in the top, too). As for what to take with you, we’ll admit to hoarding lipsticks in the car, coat and bag – but most women we know go nowhere without their mascara. Lancôme’s Grandiôse (below left) is the new failsafe for quick and easy lashes, and is a key part of the chic daytime looks Lancôme will be creating for our Look the Business event in Dublin this month. Finally, if you oversleep and are in a panic, a scrubbed face, plenty of moisturiser plus a zip of Lancôme Lip Lover is the quickest way to look dressed – and by happy coincidence it’s a look that’s bang on trend for autumn/winter …

EYES
Vichy Idealia for Eyes is nifty to use and adds instant moisture and brightness, so you look awake even before you’ve had a coffee. Keep in your car/bag/desk. €24. Inky black lashes add the finishing touch: Lancôme Grandiôse mascara is a handbag essential. €30.

This story appears in the October issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday November 6

Beauty Buffet

The Beauty Edit

We love a glam click-up Chanel lipstick and this new gloss version, Rouge Allure Gloss Colour & Shine, is tall and slim, in brilliant reds and classy nudes. Lips are stained with lasting colour and glossed with a vibrant non-sticky sheen. €32.50.

Lots of beauty buys support charities this month: invest in Crème de la Mer The Hand Treatment, a light but luscious treat for hands. €50; 20 per cent goes to support breast cancer awareness. Limited-edition Aveda Hand Relief is rich but light, with the clean fresh scent of Aveda’s inimitable Shampure. €30; €3 goes to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

This story appears in the October issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday November 6

Beauty Buffet

One thing that works

“Everyone wants a little luxury in life,” declared Evelyn Lauder, and this motto was the bedrock of her business: it was Lauder who introduced the concept of luxury into skincare with her gold-cased ReNutriv cream in 1956, and she advertised it with the question “What makes a skin cream worth $115?” With so many pricey creams on the market, it’s still a relevant one. Lauder referred to ReNutriv as the “goldmine of beauty”, since she’d insisted on only the very best actives, ingredients and levels of scientific research behind it – and this is what you pay for. “Luxury is becoming a bigger and more important part of the consumer experience,” says Lauder’s creative director Richard Ferretti. Foremost, luxury skincare has to work – to make skin look and feel a million dollars, the same way an investment coat makes your heart skip every time you put it on. It has to be about pleasure, too: the feel, scent and texture. Packaging can be head-turning (although personally, I’d rather see the money go into the product itself). The newest incarnation of ReNutriv, Ultimate Diamond Sculpting/Refinishing Dual Infusion, blends cutting-edge science with that frisson of decadence, due to its key ingredient – truffle, long celebrated for its therapeutic qualities. The black diamond truffle, found in the Perigord region of France, is rare and difficult to source (Lauder admit they may run out, and samples are so fought-over that even Ferretti was struggling to get his hands on one). The Lauder labs have been working with a sirtuin, or longevity gene, that controls the master switch of inflammation, influencing multiple anti-ageing processes at once. Essentially, you’re getting a source of energy to support the skin cells, plus “refinishers” like pearls and optics for luminosity: the two elixirs are kept separate to maintain their potency and then freshly activated when you press the top. This is about cosseting your skin and enjoying the ritual of something really beautiful and precious. Yes, you can buy cheaper skincare, just like you can buy a cheaper handbag. Everyone’s definition of luxury is different. I think of it as an alternative to embarking down another route – an investment in making your own skin the best it can be – and would give up facials for a year to put something this gorgeous on my face each morning. It’s how this makes your skin look – glowing, and indefinably stronger and brighter – that’s truly luxurious.
Exclusive to Brown Thomas, €250.

This story appears in the October issue of The Gloss. Find more features like this in next issue, out Thursday November 6