Life Mag Column: Glow Getter – How to Achieve Perfect Summer Skin

Want to shimmer and shine this summer? Our bronzed beauty expert reveals how to get the season’s perfect skin.


Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

 There’s a party going on right now.  On my eyelids! I’m wearing Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, above €29, in Rose Gold Retro on them, and I think I’m only gawjus!

Think of these eyeshadows as ‘liquid lipstick’, but for your eyes. So just like with liquid lipstick, these eyeshadows feel lightweight on, are long-lasting and absolutely budge-proof. They are available in nine other shimmery shades, including some mermaid-inspired hues.


Charlize Theron

 A non-invasive, skin-tightening treatment that encourages the production of my own collagen and stimulates healthier skin cells, with no downtime? Beautiful skin like Charlize Theron, above? Yes, please!

The Collagen Wave Treatment, €150, at Callan & Co, uses a heated rod over the face, combining radio frequency with ultrasound waves to heat up the deeper layers of the skin, thereby stimulating the skin’s natural collagen production.

Afterwards, I was genuinely impressed; my skin looked noticeably plumper, and my lines less pronounced – you’d never have known I was up half the night with Mini. It’s a great one before a big event like a wedding or whatever.




Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream

 Ok, I admit it – it was the name as well as the retro-style packaging that first caught my attention. However, having used Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, above, €50, I’m pleased to say it also gives me a delightful derriere!

Filled full of fabumlous ingredients like acai, coconut oil and guarana, which is a caffeine-rich Amazon plant, this fast-absorbing cream smells glorious, smoothes, tightens and generally leaves my eh, best bits feeling fabulass!



Bright white trainers are all ze rage this summer, but foot odour is never in style! I’m currently crushing on a pair of McQueen platform superstars and soaking my feet in mouthwash for 10 minutes for fresh-smelling feet as it’s anti-bacterial.



Tom Ford Orchid Soleil


I’m totally into Tom Ford Orchid Soleil, above, from €70, which quickly climbed to the top of the fragrance charts for a lot of luxury lovers like myself since its launch last summer.

This is light and, IMO, the most feminine flavour in the famous floral and oriental Orchid range – which includes Black Orchid and Noir. Latest launches from the new Soleil Blanc collection include a beautiful body oil, €56, and body spray, €52, and, yes, both are in my bathroom!



This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir

 Anyone carrying a bit of weight – a bit! I can see your eyes rolling there – anyhoo, as I was saying, anyone who’s on the curvier side will know that a tan definitely makes blubber look better. If you can’t tone it, tan it!

You have to work with what you’ve got, and brown fat looks better than white fat. End of.

So I’ve been lashing on the tan like mad lately, but I find it can leave my skin quite dehydrated, so my latest find is This Works Skin Deep Golden Elixir, above, €58, a nourishing body serum packed with natural skin enhancers – including antioxidant rose and patchouli, soothing aloe vera and chamomile, and wrinkle-reducing vitamin A.

But it’s the shimmering particles of 24-carat gold that really do it for me! Not only do they give my limbs

a radiant glow and a tighter, lighter look, the gold stimulates collagen production.

I know, right!

For my puss, I’ve been plastering on Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, below, €48, as it’s super hydrating.

Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask

Filled full of fabulousness like natural tan pigments, conditioning blackcurrant seed and oat kernel extract, all you need is a thin layer at night to build up to a deeper colour over a few nights.



*This piece first appeared in the Sunday Independent Life Magazine on June 4th 2017*

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