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Product face off

MAC Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, RRP approx €21

Pros: This is an effective dual phase remover with a good combination of oil to water to remove the toughest of waterproof products. Soak cotton pads and leave on area for a minute and up to 90% is removed. Product and cucumber extract to soothe and rose water refresh the skin.

Cons: Product is a little difficult to open; it took me five minutes by playing around with packaging. The best way seems to be to press firmly on the lid and twist. Also can be slightly irritating on the eyes.


L‘oréal absolute eye makeup remover eye and lip, RRP approx €6

Pros: Fragrance free and very gentle, so a lot of product needed at times but leaves very little residue on the skin, which I love. Works as a makeup toner remover and smoother all in one. Again for this type of product, dampen cotton wool with product and hold over eyes for 60 secs and watch makeup dissolve. An effective buy for the price.

Cons: Dispenser can be a little clumsy so watch for this; a lot of product can be used up quite quickly! This little remover might only last two weeks.

Best buy: L’Oreal for gentle fragrance free effective makeup removal and price.

Beauty Q&A

Q. Dear Rachelle, how can I pick the best foundation to suit my skin?

A. Irish women love a tanned, luminous complexion mainly at the weekends, but we tend to verge towards a paler shade of pale for during the week.

We want one foundation to serve two different complexions … a big ask for even the most advanced foundations.

A better option would be to choose a foundation for light day wear and tanned weekend occasions. The colouring will suit tanned complexions better and changing foundations will add glamour to your routine.


Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer broad spectrum SPF20 sunscreen, RRP approx €48

This award winning tinted moisturizer is perfect for light luminous daywear for all skin types. It was created to give a hint of color to your complexion while allowing skin to peep through. The lightweight formula has the protection of SPF 20 to protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Best applied with a damp sponge and blend, blend, blend until desired amount of coverage is achieved, Laura recommends beginning application at the sides of the face and blending inwards towards face centre. This product is not really suitable for contouring. Product needed a touching of mineral powder to hold in place as it has an almost gel texture. Available in 15 beautiful shades.

MAC studio sculpt gel foundation, RRP approx €36.50

This product is water resistant and has glorious buildable coverage for daywear or more importantly that special occasion. Available in 10 shades, the satin finish with soft focus powders hides imperfections. Use with the MAC all blending sponge, wet or dry, a latex-free sponge shaped to optimize blending for cream & liquid products.

Get Rachelle’s look!

Dramatic eye and classic nude lip….perfect for a ladies racing day out.

Products used include Urban Decay mini palette, Mac studio fix foundation Nc 30, Mac mineralise foundations to contour, Nars orgasim blush and Mac hue lipstick.