Sometimes, especially this far away from payday, you need to justify a splurge.
‘Self care!’ and ‘treat yo-self!’ aside, there’s a very good reason why the latest beauty drops to land on our desks this week should make their way into your shopping basket.
Fact: they will save you time.
The precious minutes you are not cleansing your face or brushing out your tangles or having your roots done is time that could be spent reading or exercising (or eating Velvet Crunch and binging on Russian Doll on Netflix).
Here are three time savers to indulge in today:
1. SLEEP SPA OIL TO MILK CLEANSER
Get it: Alex Steinherr X Primark Skincare, €6, Penneys
The first drop was a sell-out success so you better believe we’ve already hit Penneys to stock up on the latest products in the brilliantly thrifty Alex Steinherr X Primark Skincare range.
Our favourite new addition to the high quality, low cost collection is the Sleep Spa Oil to Milk Cleanser, which whips off your make-up like nobody’s business at the end of the day so you can hit the pillow faster.
Time saved: 10 minutes using a separate eye make-up remover – this takes off the lot.
2. TANGLE TEEZER COMPACT
Get it: €15 at Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide
If you have long or unmanageable hair, the original Tangle Teezer was probably the best thing to happen to you since you grew out your perm in 1992. It’s so effective at turning a mop of damp gruaig into a sleep head of glossy hair that these days we keep one everywhere for emergencies.
Pop the new Skinnydip Lovely Ilama Compact Tangle Teezer in your bag or glove compartment for on-the-go detangling – llamas are the new flamingos, you know.
Time saved: 15 minutes detangling your ‘do with a comb every morning.
3. KÉRASTASE BLOND ABSOLU MASQUE ULTRA VIOLET
Get it: €43, Peter Mark salons
If you’re a dedicated bottle blonde, finding the right shampoo can buy you an extra two weeks in your highlights schedule.
Damaged fibres in the hair can allow brassy undertones to peek through, meaning you need a professional tone-up more often. New Kérastase Blond Absolu is the newest way to keep your colour nice and clean.
The formula uses hyaluronic acid to fill and repair the fibre of each hair and edelweiss flower sourced from the glaciers of the Alps to protect hair against daily damage. The entire at-home range is exceptional, but our star product is the Masque Ultra Violet – the pampering cream contains purple pigments for deep, lasting anti-brass plus anti-yellowing action. Pop it on for ten minutes once a week.
Time saved: 10-14 days on your highlights or colour appointment.