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There are few women in this world who don’t genuinely care about what they look like, and usually that begins with their skin. Whether they have suffered from acne as a youth or are experiencing the premature signs of aging, they want to look their best (and youngest of course!) because that makes them feel better.

Sometimes it isn’t even about the way others perceive them but rather how they want to see themselves. Unfortunately, too few of us truly understand what it takes to have that radiant skin we see on models and our favorite celebs, but believe it or not, you can have that beautiful skin you want but it might take some work and a few well-chosen, anti-aging skincare products.

What Makes a Histotechnician Expert in Skincare?

This is a question you might well ask! To many of us outside the medical arena, this is a term we’ve probably never heard. However, you have heard of a pathology lab and a pathologist, haven’t you? Actually, it is the histotechnician who prepares slices of tissue (biopsies) to be analyzed by a pathologist to determine whether or not it is diseased, and if it is, what the nature of that disease is.

So, while a histotechnician doesn’t actually diagnose diseased tissue, they do spend hours behind a microscope and have learned to identify the leading markers of diseased tissue. So, having said that Svetlana Wickstrom is an experienced histotechnician, you can understand why it’s a big deal that the skincare she prefers and uses is from a small new company called Birdie and Peppers, featuring all-natural products for the entire body.

Leading Causes of Problem Skin

Bringing her knowledge of histotechnology with her to the cosmetics arena, Svetlana knows how to identify damaged skin and is better able to identify the root causes than even the leading estheticians. This is how she knows that many of the problems we experience today are the direct result of unhealthy chemicals and additives to the products we have been using for so many years. Included in this list of taboo ingredients are such things as parabens, fragrance and oils.

Each has its own set of problems but suffice it to say that each of those sets of ingredients can do more damage than good. However, fragrance is something which is altogether too often misunderstood. Not all products that have a fragrance are unhealthy, but those which include the words ‘fragrance’ or ‘scent’ on the label are probably formulated with chemicals mimicking natural scents. Parabens have been linked to breast cancer and oils, well, everyone knows how some oils clog the pores leading to everything from acne to ugly red splotches that become inflamed.

Learning Where to Place Your Trust

So then, who would you entrust with your skincare regimen? Would you rather give your skin over to a member of an $84 billion dollar industry or someone with a medical background who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is? Yes, Svetlana Wickstrom is a member of the cosmetics industry, but she is outspokenly vocal about the dangers of cosmetics as they stand today. Where do you place your trust?




This week, it's all about beauty, and the girls here at SHEmazing HQ have been busy scouring the aisles for the best skin-care and make-up products, so you don't have to. 

From ground-breaking hydration technology to gorgeous high-street heroes, we've covered all bases.

Here's our top picks: 

Thalgo Source Marine Hydra-Marine Gel-Balm – RRP €34.70

A hydrating balm, offering a triple anti-fatigue performance for an immediate radiance boost. 

CND VINYLUX Long Wear Polish – RRP €12.00

A long-wear polish infused with Vitamin E, Keratin & Jojoba Oil – oh, and the colour palette is to die for. 

Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend – RRP €34.00

Infused with nature's most youth-preserving oils to help improve skin texture and elasticity.

NeoStrata Skin Active Exfoliating Wash – RRP €29.51

Soothing and refreshing, the SynerG Formula exfoliates without over drying.

The Ordinary Serum Foundation SPF15 – RRP €6.50

Available in 21 shades, the  lightweight, natural coverage foundation is a cult favourite among beauty lovers worldwide. 

IMAGE Skincare VITAL C Hydrating Overnight Masque 

Overnight treatment that energizes, smooths and nourishes skin while sleeping. 

Fenty Beauty Lil Match Stix Duo – Availabe at Harvey Nichols

A limited-edition set of two mini Match Stix Shimmer Skinsticks to highlight and bronze. 

SOSU Parfum De Jour – RRP €45.95

A beautifully fresh blend of elemi and lemon – perfect for day or night. 




What better way to treat yourself than taking your skin care regime up a notch? 

And we mean without breaking the bank, obviously.

Here's our pick of the face, hand and body products that are worth every penny. 

Roger & Gallet Liquid Soaps

OK, maybe hand soap doesn't usually scream luxury skincare, but this stuff is different. 

Roger & Gallet’s range of liquid soaps are dermatologically tested and made using the highest quality plant-based ingredients. 

A single pump of this gorgeous soap will instantly transform into a creamy mousse that can be used on hands and body.

The soaps are available in four glorious scents, Bois d’Orange, Citron, Rose and Jean Marie Farina. 

Liquid soap pump bottle 300ml RRP: €15.00


Soft Apricot Butter Delarom Soft Hands Cream

Say goodbye to dull, overworked hands forever.

This luxuriously soft hand cream contains active ingredients known to protect, nourish and moisturise your skin while its brightening complex works to smooth the appearance of your hands.

Ingredients include apricot butter, apricot kernel oil, macadamia nut oil and brown alga extract.

Apply with a gentle massage motion all over your hands for the pick-me-up they definitely deserve.

Delarom Soft Hands Cream 75ml RRP: €16.00


NUXE Huile Prodigieuse

This multi-purpose dry oil is perfect for when your face is in desperate need of a little TLC.

The NUXE Huile Prodigieuse contains lots of Vitamin E and various plant oils that will leave your skin looking and feeling healthier than ever.

The oil also works a treat at removing the visible signs of stretch marks.

And that’s not all! The product can even be used on your hair, leaving it supple and shiny without that greasy feeling.

The company are celebrating 25 years in business and are treating us to three limited addition anniversary bottles, which are available nationwide from May.


NUXE Huile Prodigieuse is suitable for all skin types and sells for €33.

LANCÔME Énergie de Vie Sleeping Mask 75ml

Prepare for the ultimate pamper session.

Lancome's overnight recovery sleeping mask will leave your skin looking fresh, radiant and visibly hydrated.

Use a small amount as a night cream or use as a mask by applying a generous layer onto your face and leave for 10 minutes before removing with a cotton pad.

The texture instantly transforms upon the heat of your skin, breaking into hydrating water droplets that works perfectly to give dull, dry skin the hydration it needs.

LANCÔME Énergie de Vie Sleeping Mask 75ml €55.00


Alpha-H Age Delay Hand Trio – 3x Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream

Keep your hands looking fresh and youthful with this luxurious trio from Alpha-H.

This award-winning Age Delay Hand and Cuticle Cream is infused with essential oils and glycolic acid – perfect for when your hands and nails look like they’ve seen better days.

Alpha-H Age Delay Hand Cream Trio includes three 100ml tubes, perfect for any girl on the go.

Pop one in your handbag, one on your desk and one beside your bed, for perfectly moisturised hand all day, every day.

The trio sells for €40 and is available in pharmacies nationwide or at alphah.ie.


ESTEE LAUDER 3-in-1 Cleanser/Toner/Remover

This one is for lazy girls everywhere.  

The all-in-one cleanser, toner and make-up remover is ideal for all skin types.

The formula starts to work by melting away any make-up and leaving your skin toned and balanced without any oil residue.

Estee Lauder 3-in-1 Cleanser/Toner/Remover €31.50. 



If you love a strong-brow look (and yes, pretty much everyone does), then you're probably already coveting the incredible arches of one Zendaya. 

Yes, the singer and actress might just about have the most perfect eyebrows we've ever seen (sorry, Cara).

She usually pairs her statement brows with a complementing cat-eye and a soft nude or rose-hued lip.

However, whether she's dressed up or dressed down, those on fleek brow are still very much there present and correct. 

So now the only question is… how do we too get our hands on Zendaya's brows?

OK, so the 19-year-old was definitely given a major helping hand genetically, but certainly the LA-native is giving us all-sorts of browspiration. 

Here, SHEmazing! examines the five best products for fabulouso eyebrows. 


1) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo: Priced at €20.20, this product is fab for filling in gaps and inconsistencies. 



2) Benefit Speed Brow: Set in lightning-quick time and gives a gorgeous, natural finish that Zendaya would be proud of. 


3) RevitaBrow Advanced: Yup, it's €75 BUT if you're desperate and have serious case of over-plucking, this is brilliant to re-growth. 


4) MAC Brow Set: Another quick 'n' easy product, this is perfect for a sleek look and ramains a stable of bloggers and makeup artists. Priced at €18.

5) Ottie Natural Drawing Auto Pencil: A steal at just €7.50, this flat pencil can twist and turn to do just about anything. 




We admit it – we love nothing more than to run out and buy the latest beauty ‘must-have’, but the reality is that we could live without most of these things. Here are the top five beauty products you don’t REALLY need:

Does applying primer REALLY make a difference to how your make-up looks, or how long it stays on? Some make-up artists even say it can clog your pores! Are you really going to fork out your hard earned cash for that? It’s a pity too because we love the silky feeling it gives our skin!

Some people may disagree, but you can definitely live without toner. It’s meant to get rid of any residual product after cleansing, but most cleansers come off pretty easily these days. It’s also supposed to close up your pores – nothing a splash of cold water can’t sort out!

Foot cream
Any cream that claims to be for one specific part of your body is lying. A general body lotion is the best way to go – and less clutter in the bathroom!

Shaving cream
All shaving cream does is soften the hairs and make it easier to glide the razor over the skin, something that a blob of hair conditioner can do just as well! A lot of shower gels these days have moisturising qualities too so they would also work. Though we do like the way it foams up!

SPF 100
While it’s important to protect your skin from the sun, forking out for an extra high SPF factor isn’t really necessary. SPF 30 protects you from 97% of UV rays, while SPF 100 is only 2% better at 99% protection. Just make sure to use whatever factor you choose properly by applying it evenly and regularly. 



Imagine you could start afresh with your entire make-up collection! Imagine the amount of products and items you would walk past in the shop – saving you a hell of a lot of mula.

Here are 15 products and items you need to have, the rest is just clogging up space!

  1. Moisturiser – preferably with an SPF
  2. Primer – to help give a smooth base
  3. Dry shampoo – yes, there are days when washing our hair seems like a hell of a lot of effort…
  4. Eyelash curler – for some umph!
  5. Concealer – for the days when too little sleep has left you looking little to be desired.
  6. Perfume – we all need a signature perfume
  7. Anti-aging products – it’s never too early to start
  8. Basic cosmetics – foundation, mascara, blusher, eyeshadow, bronzer, lip gloss
  9. Eye cream – they give away your true age – eek!
  10. Cleanser and toner – never go to bed with make-up on
  11. Sunscreen – seriously, how many time do we need to say this!
  12. Hair straightener that straightens and curls!
  13. Good quality hair brush – your hair deserves it
  14. Good quality make-up brushes – yes, they can be pricey but they are so worth it!
  15. Fake tan – the sun is about to come out, we hope…


We can all help to make a difference in the world around us.

A few simple changes to our life can have a big impact.

Why not start today!

1. Have a Meatless Monday

2. Switch to online bank statements

3. Invest in a reusable water bottle

4. Avoid products made from or aiding the destruction of endangered animals

5. Turn off the tap when shampooing and brushing teeth

6. Buy local produce as much as possible

7. Take public transport

8. Wash clothes at 40°C or lower

9. Turn off all switches at night and all lights when not required

10. Recycle – packaging, clothes, bottles, technology, everything you can!



If your start making these everyday household items yourself rather than buying them, you can cut down on costs.

1. Air freshener
Make your own air freshener with some 1 tbsp of baking soda, some water and a few drops of an essential oil. Good ones to use are lemon, sweet orange or maybe cinnamon. Here are some great tips on making your home smell nice without the expense.

2. Face wash
There are hundreds of great home-made DIY face cleansers and masks out there on the internet. From clay to milk and honey you can find one to suit your skin type. Here are some great recipes to get you started.

3. Surface cleaner
Many people are wary about using traditional cleaning products due to children and pets. The base for a good home-made all-purpose cleaner is vinegar, baking soda, surgical spirit and some non-toxic cleaning agents.

4. Body scrubs
Just like face cleansers there are lots of great body scrub recipes out there that contain great everyday ingredients such as salt, sugar, honey, oats, coffee, the list goes on!

5. Drain unblocker
Use this great tip to clear your drains easily without a trip to the shops.

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