Sparkling Make Up Trends for winter 2017

1482236712_maxresdefault_19-656x357Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle.

Winter might be spreading its dark, stark fingers across the bleak landscape of this fair land, but for the savvy upbeat woman, who seeks to look her best, it’s merely a fitting backdrop to our glamorous shimmer and shine.  Winter 2017 is all about the sparkle, the dazzle and the warm twinkling glow.  And it starts with the eyes!

Jeepers Peepers:  Glitter has featured everywhere in catwalk looks for this season.  A flick of sparkly colour under the brow. Yes, under the brow! A dramatic flash of sequins added to the high cheekbone. A  panache of sparkle under a graphic detailed eye  or a full on cream shimmering eye-shadow will so complete this look  If you prefer a more understated look, try adding a delicate shimmer of grey at the corner of the eyes. Eyes definitely take centre stage with soft smoked out eye and lots of eyeliner. This is achieved with taupe greys, sultry browns and a smudged kohl look. A pop of red can be added mid eyelid, if you are feeling super dramatic!

Getting arty with the eyeliner is not the look for everyone, but if you are ready to look totally fashion forward, graphic eyes are so on point this season! Upward strokes, sharp angles and geometric designs give a bold look and will add party fun to that special night out. Lashes are brash, full and fun! So called, ‘Twiggy’ lashes continue this outlandish celebration of ‘the windows to the soul’. Apply extra-long lashes at even spaces to both the top and bottom eyelids for that wide eyed baby doll look.   Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara

There is bad news on the brow front.  Eyebrows are not so prominent anymore.  Yes, just as we have all perfected the perfect brow, the catwalks are full of neutral brow lines.  Not just barely there, but bleached into the back ground!  Perhaps, we might just hang on to our perfect ‘on fleek’ arches for another wee while and let the trendsetters pave the way for white eyebrows.

Glowing Skin: This strong eye look is matched with simple, perfect glow, ‘no make up’ skin. The look is achieved with good skin care, perfect primers  and  skin tone colour match that is both sensitive and faultless.  At Magee’s, our beauty therapists have years of experience and training in assisting our clients to find the product that most reflects their need.  With a wide variety of top brand names to choose from, we are more than confident in meeting all needs. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Primer

Pouting in Plum: Peachy cheeks and killer pouts are completing the incandescent look of Winter 2017.   Lips are reflecting the season in all shades of plum and damson, while the more daring can flaunt the emerging trend for gold lipstick.  The metallic gold is the wintry equivalent of last summer’s popular metallic lip shades.   In this case, all that glitters really is gold, but be prepared to reapply often. Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick

So, as we wrap up against the chilly winter cold, let your winter 2017 make up be hotter, glitzy and totally radiant. Just like you!

Trick or Treat – Awesome Halloween Make up

halloween-959049_960_720It’s October!  Don’t you just love the upcoming Halloween/Oiche Samhain festivities?   Pumpkins, autumnal fruits and the customary ghosts and ghouls. It is that special time of year when the veil between the two worlds is at its thinnest.    It is our own Irish Mardi Gras!  This is your annual opportunity to dress up, let your creativity soar and have the craic in a topsy turvy, scary, funny Halloween world.   But what are you going to dress up as?

To help you and your family embrace this wonderful time of transformation, we have found some of the best ideas for simple, scary, Halloween faces. And amazingly, these can be achieved by using just the contents of your make up bag!

Keep it simple with this  upside down face which looks super creative, but only needs some shading on the nose and your usual make up slightly reversed.  Confused??

Follow this clever YouTube video tutorial and enjoy an evening of confused faces as you blow their minds with this totally weird look.

Remember, getting ready for the evening should be as much fun as the party itself.  Round up some good friends and a bottle of wine and enjoy a pre-party party as you get ready!

upside down face

Upside down face

White powder faces are the perfect base for gruesome scars, burns and scary faces. Scars and Bullet Holes will successfully freak people out and won’t take much time or effort on your part.  Get the base right. Apply Lancome La Base Pro, an ultra-soft, translucent make-up base to smooth your skin surface as well as increase the makeup hold. Then add a white coloured base all over your face.  We recommend you use the Blank Canvas Airbrush Blender Sponge to apply your foundation. Soak the sponge in warm water for about one minute until it expands. Squeeze all the water out.   A foundation brush like the Blank Canvas F02 Double Ended Foundation Brush is also very useful for applying the foundation first, and the choice is yours.  Blend well with the Airbrush Blender sponge. Do stippling motions, by doing a gentle dabbing motion on your face. This white base is great for sugar skull faces or for any scary images you like.  See our half dead model below.

Check out the best way to make an impressive bullet hole without buying expensive SFX (special effects) wax and make up here:

Don’t be afraid to go over the top. It is the one time of the year when you can actually get away with it!

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Black Eyeliner is a one stop shop for Halloween. Draw a thick black super hero mask across your eyes.   Draw on a weird spider web drooping from the eyes or go for a full skeleton face. Give yourself some full on Cleopatra eyes and don a sheet-toga if you want to walk like an Egyptian.  Perhaps, you prefer to be cute and cuddly and less of a spectre.  For kitten cute, you can draw a pussycat nose, whiskers and eyes and purr your way unto the dance floor.  There is no doubt that black eyeliner is your best friend for that Oiche Samhain metamorphosis from Mammy to Mummy, from gorgeous to gruesome, from zero to zombie.  (You get the idea!)   Check out some more simple black eyeliner ideas here:

Contouring takes on a whole new meaning at Halloween. Dip your brush into the dusky eyeshadow and apply liberally to your face to bring out your inner Ghoul. This can be a very disturbing look when the right shading and contouring is used and at very little cost.  You were seeking a ‘disturbing’ look, right?  A good step by step guide to assist you from friend to fiend is available here:   https://youtu.be/FYFpGFlJ6p4

Not all costumes need to scare the bejaypers out of everyone you meet.  A cute scarecrow tutorial, which uses very small amounts of your precious make up,  is available here:  https://youtu.be/uXVw39lY82I .

This can be adapted for small people who want to go trick and treating. Team with a straw hat or headscarf and some dungarees.  Hay is optional but would complete the look if it is added to cuffs and hems.

Finally, add some Clarins Fix Make Up to set your makeup and ensure that you have long lasting hold.

Trick or Treat Girls!

Celebrating the 1-2-3 classic routine of Skincare

The golden rules of skincare are still the classic three step routine.

Cleanse -Tone – Moisturise

Yes, the secret of beautiful glowing skin is as simple as 1-2-3. The few minutes it takes to complete this twice daily skin care regime, goes a long way to avoiding a dull dry complexion and to avoiding those nasty signs of ageing.  This easy skin care regime will help  to avoid breakouts and blemishes and maintain a luminous, luxurious smooth complexion   While the routine remains the same as it has for decades of beauty care, (cleanse, tone and moisturise) the range of products and indeed, the technology behind those products, has advanced considerably.  One carefully chosen product can now achieve magical results as easy as 1,2,3.

Lancome Bi Facil Visage

Lancome Bi Facil Visage

Cleanse:   Cleansing is the basis of all skincare routines.  Make-up, dirt and other impurities build up during the day.  A good cleanser ensure that the skin stays healthy, glowing and prevents your pores from becoming blocked. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It could be argued that it is the organ most abused by environment, lifestyle and general health.   We need to treat it well.  Our skin has a naturally acidic film, which serves as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. Soap is generally alkaline and can counteract the good work natural acidic protective layer. The Ph balance becomes upset.  This explains why soap can sometime make your skin feel tight after use. Choose your cleanser to suit your skin type, ideally Ph. balanced and fragrance free.  At Magee’s, our beauty advisors are well informed and have a wealth of experience on the perfect cleanser for each particular skin type.

Lancome Tonique Douceur

Lancome Tonique Douceur

Tone:   Toning removes any final traces of oil, dirt, or stubborn make-up. It also tightens the facial pores, protecting the skin from toxins and bacteria and assisting in the prevention of blocked pores.  Choosing a toner which suits your skin type is absolutely essential. There are many to choose from, but it is recommended that all skin types should avoid toners with high levels of alcohol.  While the initial ‘tingle’ from such toners might be invigorating, the alcohol tends to strip the skin of essential moisture. Lacome Tonique Eclat is perfect for normal and combination skin types. This is a beautiful light lotion, which evenly and efficiently exfoliates as it thoroughly wipes the dead cells from the skin. The Lancôme Laboratories have formulated Tonique Éclat with ingredients of naturally derived origin and provides a comfortable and non-drying cleansing experience. Use a good toner morning and evening, as part of your daily skincare routine.   Apply liberally to two cotton pads, then, with one in each hand, pat the surface of the skin to help it absorb the product and leave it feeling refreshed.

 

Lancome Renergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid

Lancome Renergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid

Moisturise:   This step three of your skin care regime is vital for maintaining healthy lustrous skin. Moisturising prevents premature skin ageing as it counteracts the natural drying of the skin and boosts elasticity, while keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.  A good moisturising product will keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple while also providing a protective barrier against the ravages of the world. Even oily skin should be moisturised as it prevents the body from producing too much natural sebum or oil. Too much oil can clog pores and cause blemishes.  If your skin is oily, you would be best advised to use a light lotion. Check with your beauty advisor for the best product for your skin type.  Tinted moisturisers are very useful too, as they give a light foundation cover, colour and protection.  If you choose a moisturiser with added SPF screening, you really have a perfect product for day to day skincare. Clarins Essentiel SPF 15 is a luxuriously silky cream which delivers all –day hydration while shielding the skin from pollutants and environmental stress, leaving it perfectly comfortable, radiant and hydrated.

The three simple steps of skin care should be practiced both night and morning to ensure a smooth, glowing complexion. Cleanse, tone & moisturise may take a little time out of your daily life, but the benefits are immeasurable.  Youthful, luminous smooth skin can be yours in 1,2,3  easy to follow steps.

Printing Photographs – Keeping your Memories Forever

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Years ago we printed all our photographs. Even the ones which had heads cut off or blurry faces and red eyes.  In these enlightened days of digital photography, the camera is kind enough to focus, reduce the vampire eye look and allow us to edit afterwards so that every image is a keeper.  But we don’t always keep them.  Photographs get lost from all kinds of devices and with them we lose those precious memories. Lost phones, failed hard drives and the dreaded ‘delete’ button pressed in error cause the loss of treasured images. Those captured moments cannot be replaced.

It is definitely time to consider keeping these pictured memories forever.

Back Up:

USBBack up to the Cloud if using an iPhone and even if you lose your phone, the photographs will still be there.  Use a hard drive or even a simple USB to store the more important images. Don’t imagine that Facebook will keep them forever. Who remembers Bebo and all the images uploaded to that!! Save your best pics to Instagram and the new look Flickr website if you don’t mind them being shared and commented on.

Digital printing:

Enjoy your photographs, every day, by digitally printing the more precious ones and framing for your walls.  Digital printing has seen huge technological advances over the past few years and high quality is achieved easily and without high costs.   There is fantastic value in online printing in particular.  This means you can log on from the comfort of your home, choose and upload images from your device and order high quality prints at a reasonable price. See here>>

Gifts ideas:

jigsawOnline digital printing allows you to make unique personalised presents for friends and family.  Mugs, Calendars, mouse mats with that special photograph in pride of place are very welcome keepsakes. IPhone covers, jigsaws and a host of other thoughtful gift ideas are just a click away.  Many people are choosing to make photo books. Personalised for birthday, weddings, new baby or just to record the cherished photographs, a photo book is a perfect way to display and celebrate memories.  The step by step instructions to designing your own personal photo book, make it simple and fun to create. Get Ideas here>>

Printing from Prints:

Don’t despair if you have lost your negatives for a favourite snap. but you still need photographs? You are in the right place! Here at Magee’s, we use the latest scanners and digital printers currently available to bring you the best quality from your original prints. We can make any size photo from your originals up to 20×30 inches.   Not all photographs make good quality copies without negatives. If in any doubt please do not hesitate to contact us for further information and advice

It’s comforting to know, that with the advances in digital photography and the ease of capturing amazing images, the technology for printing has also advanced remarkably and can do justice to our creations. While some are warning that the current generation of photographs will be lost to the digital dark age, we feel optimistic that once you start saving and printing, you will realise that memories are not disposable and preserve them for ever.  We are pleased to assist you with that very important task.

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Clarins Promotion

ClarinsAugPromoAt Magees Pharmacy, we love, love, love the wonderful Clarin’s range of skin care products.

We love them so much that we want to share with you, our loyal customers, and a special promotional event featuring the Clarin’s luxury skin care range. Alongside our excellently priced Clarins products, we are offering a Free Gift with the purchase of 2 Clarins Products, (one to be skincare).

fidelma-kellyWe will also welcome Clarins beauty expert, the lovely Fidelma Kelly, for delightful and informative store demonstrations and one to one consultations. The unique opportunity for some lucky clients to enjoy a free one to one session will be greatly coveted and are strictly by prior appointment only. Fidelma will give lots of advice and lovely tips on looking after your particular skin type and on which makeup would suit you best! Sit back, relax and enjoy discreet professional advice to enhance your natural beauty. If you wish to enjoy an exclusive consultation, we strongly advise booking early. (Details below), 

ClarinsPromoVisual2This Clarins promotional event is very exciting for us, as the Clarins brand has been synonymous with excellence in skin care for many years. The French luxury cosmetic company earned its glowing reputation by offering the very best in plant based, opulent products that have stood the test of time. This prestigious range of skin care products combines leading edge technological advances and years of beautician’s experience in their uest for perfectly flawless skin and make up. The range continually introduces new and innovative products to please a loyal and discerning clientele. Their popularity amongst beauty guru’s, has made Clarins the number one skincare brand in Europe and as always, we are delighted to welcome them to Magees in Letterkenny.

The Clarins’ promotion is a wonderful event for all of us at Magees. We fully appreciate the high quality and effectiveness of the products and we are delighted to welcome Fidelma Kelly, from the Clarins Team, to bring us right up to date on the latest products and treatments. It is good to say thank you to our loyal customers.

ClarinsPromoVisual (1)Free Gift: Choose 3 Deluxe Sized Products when you Buy 2 Clarins Products, one to be skincare.

Drop in anytime during the Promotion  

Clarins Beauty Expert, Fidelma Kelly will conduct Demonstrations and Free one to one Consultations in store 16th -19th August

Booking Essential 074 9121409

Surviving the Festivals with Flair

Festival goers

It’s Festival Season. Don’t leave home without some forward planning for your beauty essentials.  Savvy Rock-chicks bring their own survival kit.

Everyone wants to look their best while sleeping in an overgrown wet field and queuing for the overblown and wet portaloos. You have to look amazing for those inevitable Instagram pics of you rocking it out in a muddy mosh pit. Facebook will be lighting up with vids of your crowd surfing and body popping. It might be good to not look as if you were dragged through a hedge backwards (even if that was the most fun of the weekend!). With a little preparation and thought, you can continue to be your fabulous self, despite the continuous downpours from the sky and from that 2litre wine box. Here are some of our suggestions to help you remain on fleek at this year’s Festivals.

Bumper pack of wipes: For use in all kinds of situations. Removing makeup, wiping up spills, cleaning down surfaces, grime removal. A pack of wipes is crucial for life under canvas.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip BalmLuscious Lips: Keep your lips smooth and voluptuous by applying a good lip balm. Wind and sun (yes, sometimes there is sun!) can take a toll on your beautiful pout and as you don’t know when the opportunity to ‘pucker up’ might present itself, you should be lip ready. Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm is an extremely nourishing and repairing fragrance-free balm that contains no preservatives or artificial scents and best of all, has no sticky effect so it is perfect for job. You can also apply it to any dry patches on your body. Tasting of honey and grapefruit, this lip balm is a real lip smacking must for the kit.

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted MoisturizerSunscreen: Nothing will age you faster than the sun and nothing will disgrace you faster than a farmer tan from an Irish Festival. Avoid both these scenarios with good sun protection. Wear sunscreen. Use a tinted moisturiser on your face, with a broad spectrum sunscreen (SPF) to keep an even colour and tone, with a sun barrier. A light make up will not feel too heavy and hinder your fun. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Tinted Moisturizer

Clarins Double Fix Mascara

Waterproof mascara: Keep makeup simple. That means mascara is an essential. But, let’s face it, there is a likelihood of showers and a strong likelihood of a water fight. Your mascara should be waterproof. Choose on that is long lasting and delivers a strong colour. Clarins Double Fix Mascara

 

Deodorant: Ok, just because you are right in the thick of a sweaty bunch of festival goers does not mean you need go whiffy too. These days, the discerning rock chick does not spray a generic mist of something sharp and stinging under her oxters before heading out to rave. Oh No, the new deodorants are a much more sophisticated product. Deodorant sticks are the cool way to go for festival chic. Choose one with a classy scent to enhance the experience and remain chilled and fragrant in the melee

Lancome Hydra Zen Yeux

Eye Care:  The eyes can often show the first signs of fatigue.  Lift and enliven tired –looking eyes with a good gel or serum. This is most needed when packing up your tent and heading back to the office. That post festival look is a badge of honour, but you still want to look good until you can catch up on lost sleep. Lancome Hydra Zen Yeux

 

Dry Shampoo:  In the absence of an on-site hairdresser or usable showers, a good dry shampoo will absorb oil, give your hair more body and keep it festival fragrant.

Don’t forget the plasters, paracetamol, rehydration sachets, toothbrush, mouthwash, eye mask, ear plugs , hand sanitiser, tissues, toilet seat covers, toilet rolls…  the tent, the sleeping bag, the glow sticks and the festival wellies. Have fun. Keep safe and Look awesome!

Man Skin in the Grooming Boom

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How to Keep your Man’s Skin Glowing

Finally! Finally Irish men are taking care of their appearance and looking after themselves. This includes snappy dressing, sleek hair care and excellent skin-care routines. Chic barber shops are popping up everywhere and tending to the hipster coiffures and the edgy beards of today’s millennial male. Young Irish men are now pampering, treating themselves to facials and massages and generally buffing and preening. They are paying special attention to their complexions. Grooming is booming. There are many new products, moisturisers, cleansers, lotions and eye creams on the market, specifically targeted for man skin. It seems that guys are going for waxing, massages and facials. Some are looking for an ultra-shapely brow and other are getting an eyelash tint and wrinkle fillers. If there is a beauty treatment available for women, then it is now available for men. Gender equality in all things! This is all good news for the female of the species as a well groomed guy is much nicer to snuggle up to and the old spray of Lynx and a slick of Brylcreem just will not cut it anymore.

male modelOf course not all men are embracing the new manly pampering. Many are happy to slosh generic brand shower gel on their nether regions and spray something violently flammable and gaggingly potent deodorant on the underarms and call themselves ready. If your treasured male significant other needs to be led gently down the road of David Beckham style grooming, we have some very simple suggestions for you. Because, let’s face it ladies, you may just have to introduce your man to the best on the market to prevent him from using your own precious skin products. (Hide them-quickly!)

A gift of a manly looking all round skin care product is a very good place to begin. The Clarins Men’s weekend essential pack is a wonderful starter, as it has an exfoliating cleanser, moisturiser balm, smooth shave gel and anti-fatigue eye serum in a classy navy manly bag.  It is the perfect introduction to a skin care regime that he will thank you for in his soft and smooth, twilight years. Let him know that it is time to be man-kind. Why not treat him to a simple face pack once or twice a week?  Provided none of the lad’s calls to the door when you are in full mask, things should go pretty well. Joint pedicures could be a fun date. However, it may be a good idea to leave the tackling of thorny issues, like nose and ear hair and the uni-brow to a later date. Best not to rush things too much. Easy baby steps on the road to good male self-care.

mens skinGood shaving products are a great way to introduce skin protection and care. Once the lads see the improvement brought by your shared tender care, there will be no going back. Of course, exercise, good nutrition and hydration are the most important in everyone’s skin care routine and this is no different for the guys too. But, when break-outs and razor burn cause problems, gently introduce the Clarins Men’s Super Moisture Balm and the Smooth Shaving Foam Gel. The soothing after effects will far outweigh any reluctance on the part of your manly mate.

Ireland is not as advances as our European counterparts when it comes to the popularity and purchasing of male skin care and beauty products. Thankfully this is rapidly changing and is due in no small part to Ireland’s sexy sports stars like Tommy Bowe, Jamie Heaslip and Conor McGregor. These beacons of manhood are leading the way with super smooth grooming.  With a little gentle persuading the fathers, sons, brothers and lovers of Ireland will be soon embracing the manicures, pedicures and the cleanse, tone and moisturise regime of the super groomed. C’mon ladies, let them know they are worth it!

 

 

The hottest make up trends for summer 2017

make upThe hottest summer 2017 catwalk trends in makeup are brought to you with a breath of fresh air. Literally, a breath of fresh air. The natural glowing no makeup/makeup is the look of the season. Illuminated, non-contoured, glowing skin and an easing up on the thickness of the brow and a feather-light touch of blush.   It heralds a light, breezy return to nature.  Of course, it may not be so easy to achieve this minimal, natural look and many of us will have our Photo-ready airbrush effect make up prised from our clutching grasp. It’s time for a natural skin color, set off with the brave addition of bold neon eye-shadow and metallic lipstick.

Foundation- Is she wearing make-up? 

Yes, the no makeup make up is back. The runways of Spring/Summer 2017 saw super uber natural looks with the Stella McCartney, Michael Kors and Alexander McQueen collections.  Of course this is only good newsfor gorgeous flawless beauties of the catwalk. All other mortals will have to work harder than ever to achieve that ‘natural look’. Finding the right foundation is essential for this. According to a new American study, a whopping 73 percent of women surveyed, say that finding the right foundation is a real challenge. Despite the rows and rows of foundation shades that line shelves at stores, 54 percent of these women also complained that finding their colour match is their number one issue.  To make matters even more complicated, 62 percent have problems applying foundation correctly. If in doubt about which foundation to use, seek advice from your beauty consultant at point of purchase. Choose good makeup tools, blenders and brushes and spend some time on YouTube tutorials seeking the best ways to apply.
More tips for flawless foundation

Less Powder – More Glow

Vichy Ideal Body 3 Gold OilThis season, face powder usage is going down. Dewy, ‘good to glow’ skin is sought after for Spring Summer 2017. This means the departure of the super matte look which liberal use of powder achieved. If you really want to illuminate and glow, we recommend that highlighter be applied before foundation. A product like Vichy Slow age Corrective Care Fluid Moisturiser is perfection for this perfection look. Yes. Before the foundation!!  Foundation is inclined to look a little dull and matte as the day progresses, so top makeup artists are advising the application of concealer and highlighter first and lastly, the foundation. Good skin care is always important, but it becomes vital when we seek a flawless and pure look.  The Clarins, Vichy, La Roche-Posay and Elizabeth Arden skin care ranges are amongst the classic and most popular as there are products for every skin type. Vichy Ideal Body 3 Gold Oil

Soft Contours- Warm Blush

Clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact

Subtle is the watchword of the season.  This year Giogrio Armani and Guy Laroche collections saw a warm taupe colour contour, with a yellow brown bronzer blended with a peachy blush.  The overall effect leads to a style that is set to replace the Instagram contour trend.  This mean that application will not take up so much time but more importantly, it looks better in real life. Blushes in pinks and peaches are back and will lend a more youthful bloom to your summer makeup. Clarins Bronzing & Blush Compact

Bold Eyes

Clarins The Essentials Eye Make Up PaletteLavenders, baby blues, yellows and whites abound.  If you are bold enough to wear these bold shades, you will be right on fleek for this season.  Frosted shadows are also really popular on the catwalks as many of 2017’s trends are about texture rather than colour. Check out Clarins Essential range palette for a non clumping smooth effect. Leave the autumnal smudgy shades of autumn and embrace the bright summer shades. Mix it up with brave new palettes. Clarins The Essentials Eye Make Up Palette

Pucker Up for the summer -Lips:

Lancome Lip LoverLast year’s lips were matte and liquid matte. That is so Last year my dear! Lip gloss is back. Gloss it up with shades of pink, lilac and nudes. It brings a refreshing change, adding dimension, shine and youth.  Lips are metallic too! (If you have the nerve to wear them). Gold and silvers were puckering up all over the catwalk lips.  If you are a traditional lipstick fan and prefer the more classic approach, try the very pretty Lancome Le Lip liner and Lancome Lip Lover High Gloss Lipstick Balm, or  not go for a half way option and take a look at the Crayola Clinique set of vampy and youthful lip colours.

Nails:    

Lips and tips are metallic this summer.   Shades of copper, silver bronze and gold are shimmering in the heat.  Bring your metallic nails right up to date with ombré nails.  Fun and light colour on the top of the nail gradually blends into a darker polish toward the tip. Getting the perfect ombré effect can take time and a little practice.  A perfect activity for that girl’s night in.  All you need are two co-ordinating polishes, a make-up sponge and an online tutorial.

Things are heating up girls and it is time to revamp the makeup bag.  Throw out the makeup bag and get a brand new hot, shimmering, natural summer look.At Magee’s, we have all a range of brand names, a dizzyingly variety of products in all price ranges and a wealth of knowledge to revitalize your beauty routine and your overall look and shine as your beautiful self.

Selecting the right type of Fragrance

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The difference in Eau de Cologne and eau de parfum is not just the price you pay but refers to how you apply and lasting properties of your chosen fragrance. At Magees our dedicated staff can assist you in choosing a fragrance which suits your personality but also the way in which you wear your perfume.
Essential oils are the basis of any perfume and these include absolutes (jasmine, rose, neroli), animal extracts (musk, ambergris), sandlewood etc. and synthetic fragrances. This base perfume essence might not actually be enticing by itself and in some cases may be rather unpleasant. This is the concentrated perfume which must be diluted by alcohol and/or water.

Fragrances come in many forms and have many different names but generally the main four categories are as follows:

Perfume:si giorgio armaniThe most expensive version of any fragrance. This is due to the high concentrate of essences. Perfume is an art form of alchemy and the top brands release a heady mix of top notes, heart and base note which release over time. Perfume tends to be slightly oilier and will typically contain 15-40%, with an average content of 225% pure perfume extract. It has a slightly thicker, oilier consistency. It tends to be sold with ‘stopper bottles’ and not sprays. It is too strong to spray all over (and tooexpensive). Only a tiny amount is needed and it is longer lasting than any of the other forms of fragrances                               Giorgio Armani Si Le Parfum. 40ML Magees Price €125.00

Agent Provocator

Eau de Perfume/(Parfum): A more diluted perfume essence makes up eau de Parfum, with more alcohol and water. This means the smell is a bit lighter and usually doesn’t last quite as long, but as the top notes die away, the middle notes or heart notes of the perfume become more noticeable. Many women find Eau de Parfum preferable because it is more discreet and is suitable to spray on hair or clothing. (Delicate fabrics such as silk may stain so caution is advised). Typically there will be 10-20% perfume essence in Eau de Perfume. It is of course cheaper but it usually lasts well and is sold in small sizes which are perfect for handbags.  Agent Provocateur Eau De Parfum Magees Price €24.95

Eau de Toilette:CK one eau de toilette A lighter version still and usually sold in spray bottles, Eau de Toilette contains between as little as 4% and as much as 15% aromatic essence. The high alcohol content means it will not last very long but the economic price means that you can use liberally. Generally this version is the most advisable to use day to day as it is less intense and even if you do use too much it will lighten up fairly quickly. The top notes dominate making it refreshing when it is applied but evaporating quite quickly. Eau de toilette and cologne are the most popular forms in which
fragrance is sold, and are particularly appropriate for the summer.                               Calvin Klein CK One Fragrance Magees Price €15.95

Eau de Cologne: eau de cologneEau de Cologne’ is derived from French word for the city of Köln where a particular scent was first. It is the bottom of the range in terms of concentration, but this makes it perfect for the ‘splash’ kind of perfume which young people enjoy. There are specific blends of aromas used in the making of Cologne. Typically very light, fresh and fruity and containing the essential oils, lavender, lemon, bergamot, orange and also the absolute neroli. They usually contain about 7% essence dissolved in alcohol of 60º or 70º. Eau de Cologne is perfect for hot days and for those who like a light refreshing fragrance.
Given the thousands of fragrances available, fresh, floral and oriental, choosing one that is right for you can be daunting. Remember that the fragrance that works with your best friend might not work with your chemistry. Pop into your local friendly pharmacist and test a particular perfume. At Magees, we have an exhilarating range of top brands and a selection of price ranges where you are sure to find your signature fragrance.              4711 Eau De Cologne Splash Magees Price €4.95

And if by any chance your still unsure here is a short video that explains it all!

Video Credit: Kinis Korner

Celebrating Skin Health Month – Q&A with Skincare Expert

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1) What is National Skin Health Month and what is the goal of it?

Skin Health Month is a new initiative created by La Roche-Posay to create public awareness about the importance of good skin health and to encourage people to go to their local pharmacy to seek advice. We want to highlight that the Skincare Advisers in pharmacies are highly trained and, along with the pharmacists, are there to give expert advice for many skin concerns. The goal is to encourage more people to avail of a free skin consultation and find a skincare solution to meet their needs.

2) Why would you recommend La Roche Posay and what is your favourite product?

La Roche Posay are experts in sensitive skin for over 40 years. I know when recommending La Roche Posay I will find a solution for everybody. When advising people I have confidence in La Roche Posay’s efficacy – this is very important to me (minimal ingredients for maximum results). My favourite product is Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour. I often get touch dermatitis on my eyelids – they would get dry, itchy and scaly. They would feel tight and crave moisture. Nothing I used in the past would improve this until I discovered Toleriane Ultra Eye Contour.  Now when I feel a flare up coming on I get my Toleriane Ultra Eye’s and put it on and around my eye contour and directly on to my eyelids…it instantly soothes them and by the next day it is gone, like magic! It is definitely my hero product.

3) Now that the weather is starting to improve, what would your advice be to protect your skin coming into the warmer months?

UVA rays are the same intensity all year round therefore protecting the skin against them daily is always a good idea. In Ireland from March to September UVB rays are more prevalent so it is definitely worth while investing in a good moisturiser to protect against both UVA & UVB during the summer, or use a sunscreen every day suitable for your skin type.

Skin hydration is a very important factor in maintaining healthy looking skin, humid conditions during the summer months can dehydrate the skin so I always recommend a hydrating serum to be used throughout the warmer months to keep those hydration levels up. La Roche-Posay have a great serum called Hydraphase Intense, it’s like a glass of water for the skin!

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4) There is a lot of debate around what the best age is to start using anti-aging products. What would you recommend?

External aggressors account for up to 80% of our skin ageing! With the main culprit being UV rays! A well hydrated skin is necessary to ensure cellular turnover, and good cell turnover is necessary to ensuring health looking skin! (Cell turnover slows down as young as 25) Throughout your 20’s ensure to keep your hydration levels up and seek moisturisers to protect the skin against both UVA& UVB rays. From your 30’s onwards look for ingredients such as Hyaluronic acid to help keep lines at bay and skin firming ingredients such as Vitamin C or Retinols.

5) There are so many products on the market these days – how do I know where to start when choosing the right one for me?

I agree there are so many and most of them are brilliant. The best place to start is in your pharmacy, get advice and a skin consultation. An educated opinion is best before you start spending lots of money on products that may not be suitable.

6) How often do you recommend exfoliating?

I recommend exfoliation 1-2 times weekly. I recommend gentle exfoliation if you have sensitive skin and avoid the cheeks if they tend to be more reactive.

7) What does your own skincare routine involve?

My skin is generally sensitivity (slight stinging and burning sensations from time to time) with dehydration. I remove my make up with a Micellar water and a damp cotton pad every evening and morning, I exfoliate gently once a week and use a hydrating mask. I use Hydraphase Intense Serum (LOVE) with my moisturiser every morning and evening. I have recently started using the Anthelious SPF 50+ Ultra Light Invisible Face Mist as my SPF – it is a serious game changer! I top it up throughout the day if I am outside or driving it is so lightweight and doesn’t disturb my make-up.

8) If you had to choose one skincare product that you could not live without, what would it be and why?

Ahhh so difficult. It would have to be Hydraphase Serum – I love the cooling sensation and the instant plumping effect – My skin craves it after a long day in air-conditioning!

9) Any other tips for our readers?

My tip would be not to suffer in silence – no question is too silly – get expert advice in pharmacy and stick to a routine – it will pay off. Don’t cover imperfections or insecurities with make-up – go back to basics and get your skin to its optimum. You are never too old for Acne, you are never too young for fine lines so if they appear seek a second opinion. La Roche Posay definitely has the products to support you on your journey to healthy skin.