1. Hair style on file
If Rapunzel-worthy locks are your life objective, then let us introduce the Hair Coach, €190, coming from Kérastase later this year. Developed in collaboration with L’Oréal Research and Withings technology, the ingenious smart brush is loaded with micro-sensors that pick up on spilt ends, the force with which you brush and even counts your brushstrokes. The brush then syncs to an app and provides an instant assessment of your hair, promising to revolutionise your routine by providing carefully curated tips from the experts that will improve your hair’s health over time.
2. Cleanse & care the skin
Cleansing brushes polarise mass opinion – some argue they remove makeup with the efficiency of a facial power hose, while others maintain they are mere breeding grounds for spot-causing germs. If you’re not sure where you stand, Sonulase Acne- Fighting LightBrush, €211, by ReNew Lab will make up your mind. Like a traditional cleansing brush, but with an inbuilt medical-grade, blue UV light, it is the ultimate foil for break-out prone skin, exfoliating the skin’s surface and preventing unwelcome eruptions. It boasts a self-cleaning mode too, emitting a powerful UV light to keep the brush head hygienic.
3. Need to Needle
€50, Nurse Jamie;
At first glance, The Beauty Stamp, €50, by Nurse Jamie looks rather like a medieval torture device. With micro-needling back in the spotlight (thanks Kim K), consider this your DIY version. The non-invasive, multi-pinned head makes micro-impressions along the top dermal layer to promote collagen production, improve tone and enhance the effectiveness of your skincare. It’s no surprise that founder Jamie Sherrill, of the renowned Beauty Park Medical Spa, has been looking after the complexions of LA’s A-list for 20-plus years.
This pricey product may look like your average charcoal mask, but don’t be fooled: the Younger Revealing Mask Intense, €255 for four, by Lancer is magic. It’s packed with mineral powders and infused with two forms of next-generation retinoid to fight the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. What’s so state of the art about that, you ask? After five to ten minutes, a magnetic wand is used to remove the formula from your skin, along with any dead cells which can dull its surface. Dr Lancer discourages rinsing post-mask, instead patting any residual ingredients into the skin for a complexion that’s bright, hydrated and supple.
5 . Anything But Ordinary
If you’re a sceptic to the claims of the above, then rest assured: skincare too is raising its game. The Ordinary is a skincare company that follows a similar principle to generic pharmacare – without extensive marketing and unnecessary packaging it can produce affordable, no-frills products that actually work. Available on ASOS, with the highest price point topping €20, the Advanced Retinoid 2%, €10.67, is a particular favourite behind the scenes at Irish Tatler HQ.