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Best beauty products: No7 and Lancome

Xpose beauty editor Aisling Keenan gives her insider tips on the best new beauty products on the market.

No7’s Protect and Perfect body lotion

I’m protecting the skin on my body, for once. I neglect it, I really do. Rap my knuckles with a nail file for being a bad beauty journalist immediately, by all means. I spend so much time carefully curating the products I use on my face and then, come summer time, I realise my body is a shrivelled up mess that I’ve forgotten about all winter.

I’m a disaster, and if you were unfortunate enough to rub my leg you’d know all about it. It’s time for change, and I’ve been handed a gift from the gods in the shape of No7’s Protect and Perfect range. But this time, it’s for my bod. It’s their advanced serum, it’s €34.50 for 200ml and it’s making the transition out of winter hibernation much smoother.

Juicy Shaker

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I used to go everywhere with just a slick of Vaseline on my lips. I mean, what was I thinking? I can’t be seen without at least a dab of something on my lips nowadays so I’ve been trying to find something nice and silky with a decent pop of colour so I can stop committing the bare lip sin. It’s a personal sin, I’m totally fine with everyone else rocking a bare lip. It’s just my lips completely disappear otherwise.

The last few times I’ve gone out in public, LancÔme’s new Juicy Shaker in shade Wonder Melon, €22, has been what I’ve gone for. A former Juicy Tube teenager, I’m all grown up now and so is the respect I have for my 28-year-old lips. It contains nourishing oils and a buildable, satin finish pigment. I’m really rather enamoured by the grown-up Juicy Tubes.

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Q My son is 18 months old and has just started saying his first words. It is an extremely exciting time in our house and my husband and I are eager to encourage his speaking as much possible. What advice would you give us on how we can foster this without bombarding and confusing him?

AThere is nothing better than hearing your baby begin to talk. All the hard work you have put in over the last two years is coming back tenfold.
Toddlers will vary significantly with ability and speed of which they talk however a guide would be about 50 words by 2 years of age. The most important thing to watch for is that your baby/toddler is cooing and babbling and begins to string sounds together like “Mama/Dada” They should have a wide range of speech sounds and like to imitate you and things they hear.
There are many ways that you can promote Speech and Language development at home:
1. Slowing down your own speech and taking time over conversations with your little one. Every day is a new experience when you are 18 months, nappy changes, bath time, baking a cake brings endless opportunity for you to interact and offer new words for them to hear and repeat. Make eye contact, smile and use exaggerated tones to keep things interesting and fun for your tot.
2. Review the toys that you have on offer to your tot and ensure that they give plenty of open ended play opportunities. Role play is a wonderful way to allow children to take the lead. Kitchens with lots of plates, cups and pots. Fill the pots with dry pasta and allow your child to cook and serve you. Playdoh, painting, gardening and sandpits are also great for allowing your child to take the lead and babble about what they are doing. Read plenty of books together and point and allow them time to answer any questions that you ask.
3. Limit screen time. Overuse of televisions and iPads do not give your child opportunity to interact in a two way manner.
4. Ask your child lots of open ended questions “What’s that?” “Where are we?” Point at things they know the answer to for boosting confidence (Car/ Car, etc.) When they don’t know the answer, explain it to them. Limit baby talk and speak clearly with good pronunciation, remember you are the teacher and they will copy you.
If you are concerned about your child’s speech and language development, be sure to speak with your GP or developmental Health Nurse. They are very skilled at understanding the difference between speech delays and spotting something that may require professional attention.
Enjoy watching their little brains absorb the world around them and listen to what they have to say. It won’t be too long before they won’t stop talking to you, asking “Why Mummy/ Daddy?” every 5 minutes….


Post birth fitness

Pre and post-natal fitness trainer Stephanie Sinnott offers up the following workout advice for new mums.



Q. I’m would like to start an exercise programme that will benefit my emotional health as much as my physical health, but I don’t know which type of class would be best. Should I consider choosing from yoga, pilates, tai chi, or could you recommend a class, please?

A It’s great that you have decided to get into exercise. The benefits to you are going to be great. You’ll sleep better, have more energy, better skin, reduced stressed, not to mention all the amazing physical benefits of your clothes fitting better, and looking healthy, trim and toned! My advice to you would be to try them all. Even if some don’t offer pay-as-you-go sessions, if you get in touch directly with the instructor, they will almost always let you try it out first to see if it’s for you. All of the above things that you mentioned are great for mental health, so it really will be a personal preference as to which you go for. On top of the classes you mention, all forms of exercise will give you great mental rewards so consider the not so obvious interval training sessions, bootcamp, and circuits too, as you will also feel on top of the world after a class like that.