Out with the old and in with the new is all well and good, but there are a number of stand-out beauty releases from 2010 whose continued presence in your bathroom cabinet is well merited. Here are four that I'll definitely be keeping:
1 MOROCCANOIL, €38
Moroccanoil hit Irish shores in April of last year, and found immediate favour with legions of women, like myself, with overprocessed hair.
Use on towel-dried hair to soften and tame thick and unruly hair, impart shine and softness to dull, lifeless locks without weighing them down, improve elasticity and overall condition, and reduce drying time. The range now includes a light version for very fine or lightcoloured hair as well as a shampoo, conditioner, and hair mask.
Available from selected salons and www.beautyfeatures.ie
2 CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER CLINICAL DARK SPOT CORRECTOR, €58
It was initially a Brown Thomas exclusive, but May saw this pigmentation-correcting serum hit Clinique counters nationwide.
Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector is formulated to tackle the hyperpigmentation which can leave skin looking prematurely aged, and promises a visible reduction in dark spots, age spots and past damage from acne with 12 weeks use.
Best of all, it's been developed by dermatologists to achieve these noticeable results without irritating skin.
3 L’ONGLEX ORIGINAL AND ACETONE-FREE NAIL POLISH REMOVERS, €3.69
While it's not technically a new product — my mam used L'Onglex from an old-style bottle when I was growing up — the nail polish remover was rebranded and repacked in 2010. Originally created in Paris in 1911,
L'Onglex is now Irish-owned and operated and gets the thumbs up for making easy work of removing even dark and glitter polishes.
Available nationwide from stockists including Dunnes, Spar, and Superquinn; see www.longlex.com for further stockist info.
4 CLARINS EVERLASTING FOUNDATION SPF15, €29
Long-wear foundations that aren't drying and don't cake or completely mask skin are rare, but this is just such a gem. Although it's surprisingly lightweight in texture for a foundation that promises 15 hours wear, coverage is excellent and it delivers a natural matte finish.
I love it, and normal-to-oily skins who crave a base that'll really stay put and combines decent medium-to-full coverage with shine control would do well to give Everlasting Foundation a whirl.