Most of what I use cosmetically is cheap as chips; bring on the Lacura face creams from Aldi and Rimmel mascaras, I say, because I know they are often just as good as their much more expensive counterparts.
But once in a while my hair will act the goat and I know that a shampoo and conditioner from the Kerastase range will get it back in order.
Its Elixir Ultime has become the new star product of the Kerastase range and with good reason.
Try the Sublime Cleansing Oil Shampoo (above, €22.60) and Beautifying Oil Masque (€38).
>IF YOU BUY ONE THING...
Keeping up with trends is a luxury most of us can no longer afford, even if we stick to shopping in the more reasonable retail outlets.
However, one really good item can give you and your wardrobe a completely transformed look. For instant gratification, faux fur is a good bet.
This Charles faux fur belted coat, €111, by Therapy at Dundrum's House of Fraser has a touch of The Royal Tenenbaums about it and is perfect for casual wear, as you can see here, but would also look terribly glam flung over an evening gown.
(FYI: Orange 'Horizon' print silk dress, €199 by Pied a Terre; rose gold rocking horse pendant, €60 by Ted Baker, also from HOF).
>PAMPERING NIGHT IN
I remember as a teenager being great at pampering nights in -- an egg-white face mask would be applied post steam and washed off when I could stand the tightness no longer.
I've decided to rewind the clock, treat myself to some new (but affordable!) PJs and book a grown up pampering night in for myself every month.
An upgrade is required, so the face mask will be from Dermalogica and these PJs are from Heatons (cardigan, €22.50, rib lace trim vest, €5 and check flannel bottoms, €8).
Cue a feeling of bliss!