Most of us are now yearning to be lounging on a deck chair in some foreign land, looking immaculate with flawless skin, a gorgeous pout and perhaps winged black eyeliner. However, with make-up's dreaded foe, H2O is this possible? It is if you choose waterproof products, which will keep smudges and smears at bay. 


To keep your skin looking smooth and young, a good exfoliator can be your secret weapon. It sheds dry, dulling surface flakes and helps skin absorb moisture. Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Line Smoothing Exfoliator is a weekly treatment that can keep skin glowing. Brown Thomas, €34

Raid your kitchen cupboard for gorgeous hair. Simply massage in olive oil, with its anti–inflammatory and vitamin E benefits, and let sit before rinsing and shampooing as usual.

With Wimbledon just weeks away, you can get into the spirit of the sporting event with Catrice Cosmetics Ultimate Nail Lacquer in (S)wimbledon. Priced just €2.99, and available in pharmacies and Penneys stores, the love of the tennis competition is covered with this special shade of green. 

With the first ever Frizz Protection Factor, new Frizz Dismiss from Redken protects unruly, frizz prone hair with a new humidity–resist complex. The Rebel Tame (€23.45rrp) leave-in smoothing control cream has heat protection up to 230°. Get ready to dismiss that frizz.

A new treatment for Cork means it's now possible to treat all skin concerns in one plan. Thérapie Clinic on Opera Lane is offering 360 degree Skin Revolution for skin concerns that include pigmentation, acne, sun damage and all signs of ageing including line and wrinkles. Niamh Meagher, Therapie Clinic's skin guru outlines: “Many products and treatments that offer instant...

We all know by now that Kylie Jenner's super plump pout is down to temporary lip fillers. If you fancy full lips without the pain, then consider these beauty buys…

Smashbox O Plump Intuitive Lip Plumper, Boots, €23
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Finally there is a sensitive and natural wipe that removes makeup and doesn't dry skin out. WaterWipes Facial Wipes are 100% natural, made with 99.9% ultra-purified water, 0.1% citrus grapefruit seed extract and dead sea minerals… and that’s it! The wipes are priced €3.49, and available in supermarkets and leading pharmacies. 

If anyone knows about skincare, it's the Australians. And a number one selling, physician–exclusive skincare line over there, Aspect Dr, as seen on Xposé, is now available in Cork. Manufactured without harmful preservatives, dyes or perfumes, the Aspect Dr suite of products excels in the visible management of prematurely aged skin, discolourations, and...

Packed full of good–for–you nutrients, the humble pear is the perfect pear. It's a great source of vitamin C — vital for skin health — and of dietary fibre.

MAC Wash & Dry Laundromat is open for business, so make a date with good, clean fun. We love the tinted lipglass in Domestic Diva from the collection that can create a high-gloss, glass-like finish or a subtle sheen. It's €20.50 at Brown Thomas.

We all know about edible and delicious soufflés, but what about a beauty version. Ted Baker has this opulent Mint Whipped Body Soufflé, with a floral musky aroma that blends notes of powdery violet with peach and cherry accords entwined with a soft sweet base of vanilla, patchouli and amber. It's €13.49, available from Boots. 

We've discovered the chia seed at The Cork News HQ, and are rejoicing in their potential health benefits. High in Omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients, try the Chia Bia Milled Seeds, priced €9.99, at Here's Health on Patrick's Street, Douglas Court and Wilton Shopping Centres.

Fancy being protected by UVA/UVB high–protection filters and nourished with sunflower and macadamia oils and shea butter? Then look to further than Nuxe Tanning Oil For Face and Body SPF 30 (rrp €24). It's the perfect beach accessory.

If you don't know your BB from your CC creams, don't fret. Here's our top pick of blemish balms and colour correcting creams on the market. 

Max Factor CC Cream, Boots, €14.99


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