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There won't be many Irish lasses baring their legs in December. But the Queen of Pale, Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks, shares her onscreen and red-carpet secrets which can easily work on arms, too -- a body part more likely to be flashed: "If my legs are showing [on screen], the make-up artist adds a tiny amount of foundation to body lotion and rubs it in. Now if I have an event to go to, I'll buy CoverGirl foundation and mix it in with my lotion."
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God be with the days when I could afford an occasional manicure! Of course the up-side of this is that I've quickly relearnt my 'almost salon standard' abilities in this department. With this in mind, the latest offering from IsaDora is one of the cutest beauty buys I've come across in a long time and with a price tag of €8.95, it's also great value too.
It features a Wonder Nail Polish (with a wide brush) and an IsaDora pearl bracelet. The new wide brush makes application a breeze plus it's quick drying too, a mere two minutes for the first coat and then allow five for the second with a quick run under the cold tap.
The IsaDora nickel-free bracelet is your Brucie Bonus and I've decided it's good enough to wear to our Herald Christmas party later this week with my 'almost salon finish' nails! Available in pharmacies nationwide and Debenhams in Blanchardstown, Limerick & Tallaght.
This utterly impractical neutral herringbone twill cocoon coat from Mint Velvet (€279 from Arnotts and House of Fraser) ideally belongs on the back of somebody perfect like, say, Gwyneth Paltrow who would never spill tomato ketchup or coffee down the front of it, but if I wasn't so afraid of incurring any debt on top of my mortgage I swear to God I'd dust my credit card off and look to date someone in the dry-cleaning business.