What’s new in the world of beauty this week? Beauty Editor Lauren Malone brings you the latest beauty industry and product news.

Pestle and Mortar’s Pure Hyaluronic Serum


You may have spotted this Irish brand in the likes of Avoca Handweavers Skincare section, and like most of my people balked at the sight of the word ‘hyaluronic’ teamed with the very pharmaceutical looking glass bottle with its dropper lid.

I’m here to tell you that you need it! Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient that most people shy away from, particularly Irish skins are we tend to suffer from broken capillaries and sensitive, ruddy skin.

“Sure why would we put acid on our skin!?”

All human skin is naturally a touch acidic (to stop germs from being able to grow on it!), and hyaluronic acid is naturally present in the body itself – what it does is it plumps and hydrates the skin. It does this by drawing moisture towards it and holding it in the skins tissue, kind of like a sponge.

When you apply this product topically, the Pestle and Mortar Pure Hyaluronic Serum draws enough moisture towards it (that it can sometimes carry 1000 times its own weight!) to plump out fine lines within minutes and add a luminous, healthy texture to the skin.

It also is completely safe for use on all skin types, in fact, I usually use this on brides on their wedding morning if they have been celebrating with bubbly the night before and their skin is a little dehydrated.

Aside from this product being Irish, and being particularly suitable to all of our skin types it is also vegan and cruelty-free.


This product retails for €43

Eye of Horus Brow Gel

This microfibre brow gel is another worry inducing looking product. If you’ve ever opened this brow gel and seen the wand in person, you will know what I mean. It looks like you have opened it in your car and dropped it on the carpet inside the interior and picked up stray stubby hairs on the wand.

I have to say I was a little apprehensive, but hey, I am open to trying new things! Even if that includes trying a hairy brow gel.

I began by applying it to my natural brows, which are pretty bald and I blame the early Noughties entirely for that trend that has left so many of us bereft of full and framing eyebrows. I did see a difference with regards to how full my brow looked using this product. But unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to give me the brow I am used to rocking on a day to day basis.

The next time I applied this product I had much better result. I simply filled my brows in using a light wash of pencil, and a sweep of the Eye of Horus Brow Gel.I looked like I had naturally good brows but also the pencil ensured I had no gaps on my bald parts.

This method worked for me because the brow gel adds micro fibers (basically little hair extensions to your brows) and seals them with the gel itself. If you don’t have a whole lot of hair, to begin with, or have gaps as I do, then you will probably find that this is not enough on its own for you.

It’s actually very cool how this works, you can see the tiny fibers being added to your hairs, but they look like real hair!

If you are looking to have your brows looking naturally full and have a good brow, to begin with (no major gaps – or are willing to fill major gaps with a separate product), then this is the one for you. It’s available in 3 different colors and can be purchased from Beauty Bay or My Beauty World.
Click to buy: http://bit.ly/2fcbIpT

RRP: €21.62

Human and Kind


This is another Irish brand that I’ve been really enjoying using lately. I particularly love the body wash in the Orange scent.

The packaging is adorable with bright colours, and although it’s not aimed at children, you could definitely use these products on children as they are 99.2% free from nasty ingredients such as petrochemicals, parabens, etc.

The body wash itself smells like orange flavoured jelly, like the treat you would have as a kid at a birthday party. I really love it, and it looks so cute in the bathroom with its pretty packaging.

I also tried their lip balm in the raspberry scent, which again I wanted to eat!

I found this product great initially, but the smell got to me after a while, and I had to rub it off, I think it was more the smell of the balm itself and not the added perfume scent that bothered me, it just smelled a little synthetic after a while.


Body Wash €7.95
Lip Balm €4.95

Max Factor Harmony Miracle Foundation
 Max Factor Healthy Skin Harmony  Miracle Foundation

When I first heard about this foundation, I automatically associated it with Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation – just from the word healthy in the title. I also expected them to be really similar.

These foundations are not even a tiny bit similar, aside from the obvious title.

The Max Factor foundation is a full coverage, I love full coverage personally, so it totally suits me and my taste, but If you are more of a Bourjois Healthy Mix gal and prefer the lighter coverage with a dewy finish then this Max Factor won’t suit you.

It also has a strong smell of perfume, which is unusual for a face product so it potentially could irritate sensitive skin types but on the plus side it promises to last for 12 hours – and I am in the middle of an 8-hour flight wearing it as we speak, it hasn’t budged.

The verdict: It is suitable for oily, non-sensitive skin types who like a matte full coverage finish.That’s an impressive amount of boxes ticked for a drug store or affordable brand like this.


RRP: €21.49

COOLA Sunscreen Sprays

This sunscreen is priced at an eye-watering €35, and when you can buy sunscreen for less than €3 from Aldi – this is quite a jump.

I was dubious that this would be any different, sure it’s only a sunscreen, I thought.

But this is a sunscreen like no other. It has SPF 30 – which my pasty Irish skin loves, but it’s the ease of the product that is so desirable. The aerosol can spreads the product evenly, even when used upside down. There is no real need to rub the product in, although I do it out of habit.

My husband and I have both been using this one religiously instead of our Aldi versions, and it still feels full, so you get a serious bang for your buck. It has no colour or sticky residue, and it dries almost instantly.

If you can justify €35 for ease of use and peace of mind, this is the product for you! I would definitely repurchase, and it comes in 3 different scents, Pina Colada, Guava Mango, Citrus Mimosa and an Unscented version, which I found funny because it’s probably not advisable to spray your children in cocktail scented barrier creams!

There are available from Space NK
Click to buy: http://bit.ly/2fbviSY


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