Cathy Martin is the managing director of PR and events company CMPR as well as being director of Belfast Fashion Week. She has worked with some of the most famous brands in Northern Ireland and abroad.
Asked to name Northern Ireland's five best cosmetics and hair care, she recommends...
A global tan and beauty phenomenon which started as the brainchild of former UTV continuity presenter Alyson Hogg. Coming in several varieties and shades, Alyson's tan rocketed to international success primarily after tie-ins with programmes such as the X Factor as well as celebrity endorsements. Her hugely successful model daughter Caitlyn Leckey also fronts the brand's advertising campaigns.
Oonagh Boman Make Up
Local make up artist Oonagh Boman enjoys huge success with her concealer which helps to cover up tired eyes as well as blemishes and uneven skin tone. It's used by make-up artists all over Northern Ireland.
The Skinician range was developed in Northern Ireland by the team behind the ever popular He-Shi tans. Bringing together an expert team of trained therapists and skincare specialists, this group has developed a wide range of products, but one of my personal favourites is the SKINICIAN Advanced Time Delay Cream — a luxurious, anti-ageing day cream containing (amongst other fabulous ingredients) yeast extract, Vitamin E and peach kernal that visibly reduce the main signs of ageing with anti-oxidant ingredients to help repair and protect against environmental damage and premature ageing.
Ciara Daly Hero Brush
Another make up artist product which flies off the shelves is the Ciara Daly Hero Brush, which is one of the best brushes I've ever used for foundation (when I wear it, which isn't very often, so I need all the tools I can get!). Ciara has sold tens of thousands of the brushes since first creating them and, when I got mine just last month, she told me demand was increasing even more.
It might be scary to imagine how many heads of hair have been brushed by a Denman Hairbrush — a product which was developed here in Northern Ireland — but I'm sure I'm safe to say that it is in the millions. This practical and hardworking brush has been a hairdresser's favourite for decades, as well as donning the dressing tables of many over the years — including my own!
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