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Sunday 26 October 2014

Hit the nail on the head with DIY balm

GET that nail salon look

The Sally Hansen nail collection is all about getting salon results at home and not only does it work, it's pretty affordable too.

The latest addition to their line is the Salon Manicure Cuticle Eraser + Balm (€9.95), a combination remover and creme which quickly eliminates excess, ragged cuticles and hangnails as it conditions nails and healthy cuticles.

Massage a small amount daily into cuticles until absorbed. Use a cuticle pusher to help further loosen hard-to-remove cuticles.

>ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Lots of us are shy about showing our arms for a variety of reasons -- maybe they're not as toned as they could/should be or they show our age. Unfortunately, this can be prohibitive when it comes to clothes shopping -- for example, most dresses are sleeveless and can look frumpy or less formal if we wear a cardi with them.

Plus, in the summer, yes, even in Ireland, it's nice to be able to go sleeveless -- or even almost sleeveless, as you can with Canopi.

We've written about this product before in the Herald so we're delighted to see how it has taken off and it is now available in major stockists, as well as smaller boutiques.

Developed by Sandra Walsh, of Sandz Boutique in Ranelagh, Canopi is a seamless, sheer creation that covers the arms and attaches to your bra underneath garments for maximum fit and holding. It's available in two fabrics, microfibre (black, white and grey) and mesh (black, navy and cream) and costs €39.95.

Stockists include Arnotts, Brown Thomas, Avoca Handweavers and selected boutiques nationwide. For more information, contact Fashion@fashionhse.com or www.canopisleeves.com.

BUSTING WITH VALUE

I've noticed a lot of bustiers making an appearance in various collections and this is good news as they are super versatile.

Holly Willoughby models one here from her own collection and wears it with black trousers. Now picture it with a skirt (pencil or flared), it would look just as dressy.

It can also be paired with jeans and heels for an evening dinner date and don't be afraid to colour and pattern clash with tops and bottoms as that's all 'on trend' right now.

All these endless possibilities make the bustier a pretty good investment buy.

Bustier, €32; capri trousers, €45, from www.littlewoodsireland.ie.

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