Mary O’Donnell: The Beauty Spot

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rsz_mary_odonnell_xLAST week I caught up with Majella O’Connell of O’Connells Pharmacy in St. Brendan’s Park.

Late opening and parking outside the door makes this pharmacy a great place to shop for your cosmetic needs.

At the moment they have the Vichy skin diagnosis machine, which tells you what is going on with your skin, from skin type to hydration levels.

A great tool if you want to know what is happening with your skin and why. Booking your time slot is advisable and give yourself a good half hour to take in all the info.

I wanted to know what were the cosmetic best sellers and why.

First up is Purete Thermal 3 in one cleanser by Vichy. This is a cleansing milk, a toning lotion and eye make-up remover in one and it suits sensitive skins also.

Majella explained it was the convenience of such a multi-tasker that made this product so popular and at €14.95 a great price point also.

rsz_1la_roche_posayLa Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra is a very popular moisturiser as it contains neurosensine which calms and soothes the skin. I love the texture of this as it is rich and smooth. Apply morning and night to keep skin looking supple.€19.00

Serums have become a must have product for most skin care enthusiasts as they work deeper into the dermis and are used under your moisturiser and look for a serum that will aid your skin needs.

Majella explained to me a lot of people were concerned about pigmentation and she highly recommended Idealia Serum by Vichy for a more even complexion.

I have used this serum and the skin appears a lot brighter after a few weeks and pores are more refined. Overall the complexion is more refined.

New to O’Connell’s is Wet ‘n Wild cosmetics. This range is a very pocket friendly and I love the blushers and bronzers. The nail varnish lasts for ages and I love the brush, great for applying to toes as it goes on so evenly.

Tan wise Top Image is a true winner. When I had my salon Top Image was the most popular home tan as the colour is great and it is so easy to apply. This Cork family run company are always winning awards.

In shampoos and conditioners Mane ‘n Tail are very popular. The quality is superb and the detangler is a great mist to apply before combing.

Anthelios sun care range is a firm favourite in O’Connell’s and a big favourite of mine and I was glad to hear factor 50 is the most popular. The large size is great value at €21.25.

So pop in and see what is happening under that skin!

I am a big fan of ‘This Works’ because it does, work that is. Well I have found a product that can turn you into Nicole Scherzinger, I kid you not. The ad where she is screaming like a hyena, is what is happened to me when I used In Transit shower gel, my very new favourite shower gel in the whole wide world!

In 2014 Radisson Blu hotels and This Works collaborated to create the In Transit range. Originally this, now award winning, range was only available to patrons of Radisson hotels and resorts but now us normal folk can buy it in shops. CH Chemist is the stockist in Tralee.

So, I applied the shower gel and I was not expecting what happened next. It could have been the zesty mandarin essential oil that eases tension or bergamot that is used to uplift or the rosemary for freshness but after I applied the gel, I was just like Nicky the hyena as it is good.

It is unbreakable, unspillable and a little goes a long way. €11.50 FOR 80 mls, but believe me you are so worth it.

Also comes with In Transit body lotion, which smells yummy and leaves skin silky soft, ideal for gym or travel but it is the shower gel that wowed me.

Next week: Get Ready for holidays.

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