A BUSY SCHEDULE doesn’t mean your BEAUTY ROUTINE has to suffer …
We’re all different: we all have a base level of grooming. Some consider a regular blowdry an absolute essential; many of us get by with an annual facial and a lot of dry shampoo. But most of us have limited time to spend on titivating ourselves and frankly have better things to do than sit for hours in a salon. There’s a good reason that blowdry bars, such as the excellent Roller Blow Bar on Hanover Quay and Oslo’s Hot Air on Mespil Road, are flourishing – 30 minutes before work or at lunchtime can change not only how you look, but how you feel. What works, fast? Here’s a guide to time well spent.
1. 30 MINUTE FACIAL
Skinceuticals Peel: The change of season is the best time for a youthifying peel, according to Patricia Molloy of The Derma Clinic in Blackrock. Glycolic peels are the shallowest exfoliating technique using glycolic acid, a mild chemical solution which removes surface cells on the top layer of the skin. This causes new skin cells to form 24 hours after the procedure. Each peel (Molloy recommends six but three will make a difference) takes about 20 minutes so you can be in and out at lunchtime, with no redness forcing you to barricade yourself in your office for the afternoon.
Rather, you can expect fresh, clean skin, tightened pores and even colour, plus all other skincare works so much better and foundation glides on as well. A supporting Skinceuticals skincare regime at home (no hardship at all) helps maintain the effects. The quickest, most effective facial treatment we have ever tried. By the way, if you have been toying with the idea of fillers or laser treatments, Molloy will give you sound advice. She favours the subtle approach. €100 per peel. The Derma Clinic, 53 Rock Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, 01 278 8211; www.dermaclinic.ie.
Elemis Power Booster Facial. Head to Harvey Nichols for a fast facial: Environ and Elemis offer treatments lasting between ten and 30 minutes. Harvey Nichols, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin. The Buff Day Spa is hidden away in the centre of Dublin, next to the Gaiety Theatre. Nip in for a Dermalogica Buff Express Facial (€55), which packs skin analysis and a brightening exfoliation into a half-hour slot. 52 South King Street, 01 677 4624; www.thebuffdayspa.com.
2. MAKE-UP IN MINUTES
Update your make-up for the new season at Brown Sugar salons, where a 30-40-minute make-over starts from €50. “If you’re under time pressure, it’s important not to over-complicate your look,” advises in-house make-up expert Dearbhla Keenan.
“Make sure to apply your daytime base correctly as this will save you the hassle of a complete beauty overhaul after work. One quick fix is to eschew eyeshadow and focus on the lips. We’re moving away from eyeshadow this season: a touch of sparkle applied to the tearduct is a great alternative. Even if you only have ten minutes, just go for a quick application of natural individual lashes for an immediate eye-opening effect.” From €15. Brown Sugar, 50 South William Street, Dublin 2; www.brownsugar.ie.
3. A QUICK REFRESH FOR HAIR
We used to be fascinated by “the 13-day blondes”, that New York phenomenon of the 1990s: famous blondes like the late Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy had their colour refreshed every fortnight to stay coolly and glamorously blonde. For us mere mortals, it’s just not possible. Which is why blondes-in-the-know head to Lukazs Rod’s Batik salon in Dublin 6 between highlights appointments for a quick toner application to banish brassy tones and prolong colour. So in demand are Rod and colourist Ruth Gaynor – we like to say they invented the “Ranelagh Blonde” – early morning appointments are like gold dust. €35. Batik Hair Studio, 48 Anna Villa, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, 087 272 0004; www.batikhairstudio.com.
At home: When colour expert Andrew Dunne of Mane on South William Street recommends something, we listen. So we’re leaving Olaplex No3 (€40) on hair overnight once a week to strengthen hair that’s frazzled by urban living and relentless colouring, and it’s definitely helping. L’Oréal Pro Fiber Re-Create Serum (€17.99) is a good alternative.
4. THE SPEEDY SMILE UPGRADE
With all the dark lipsticks around this season, we’re conscious of our less-than-pearly-white teeth. Even a scale and polish will improve your smile, while whitening is now easier and quicker than ever. O’Gara Dental in Ballsbridge specialises in aesthetic dentistry.
“Whitening is a simple way to make a huge difference, particularly to your confidence,” explains Dr Morgan O’Gara. “Up to around six years ago, power bleaching was in fashion, but it takes too long and there are sensitivity issues afterwards. The gold standard now is non-invasive and can be done in two appointments of ten to 15 minutes each. I’ve had several patients who were planning veneers who are happy since having whitening done.” Your newly gleaming smile should last 18-24 months.
From €295. O’Gara Dental, Apt 6, 75 Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, 01 668 0639, www.ogaradental.ie.
5. FAST MANICURES THAT LAST
A tiny spot that punches above its weight, Coco Hand & Foot Spa is a hidden gem for a great mani or pedi using Essie and Vinylux polishes. €16 (30 minutes) for soak, file, buff, cuticle work and polish; ten-minute file and polish for €10. 2nd floor, 57/58 Mary Street, Dublin 1; 086 307 0283; www.slimline-studio.ie.
5th Avenue offers a luxe mini manicure that takes 30 minutes (€21). 51 Oliver Plunkett St, Cork, 021 427 8827; www.fifthavenuecork.ie.
Experienced technician Michele Burke is based at 53 Main Street salon in Dundrum Village: visit for a hard-wearing, long-lasting Gelish mani (€35). 53 Main Street, Dundrum, Co Dublin, 086 233 2827; www.micheleburkenails.ie.
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