6 Irish companies offer beauty kits for the home

We have been here before and this time we know that the wait for our beloved hair and beauty salons to reopen may be a little longer than originally expected. Our hair grows longer, our curls grow choppy, and our skin cries out for some sunlight or a much-needed TLC boost.

Anyway, we know we’re in for the long run. Thankfully, Irish beauty companies have had to turn again and bring their products and services to us. Many Irish companies have had to adapt their business model by developing beauty survival kits, selling beauty boxes at home, or offering online zoom facials with up-to-date products and virtual instructions.

Here are five Irish companies that have a range of beauty boxes, services, or home spa treatments, all of which serve to fill the void for the time being.

Raven App Box
Trudy Hayes, owner of the Raven Beauty App and one of Ireland’s most successful hairstylists, understands what hair really needs and sometimes it’s more than simple treatments like those offered in your salon treatment. After working in salons, with celebrities, and at professional photo shoots, there’s no trick she doesn’t know and that’s why we’re so grateful that she decided to start the Raven Ultimate Beauty Survival box.

Designed to not only give you the home salon experience, including the insider tools you need to keep your hair in the best possible condition at home. Every month they bring a new box with new products on the market. So keep an eye on their website for more updates.

For the month of March, your beauty box contains a sleeping cap made of mulberry silk to protect your hair from breakage. Real Silky Scrunchies from Irish company Silkys by Luxe, a large wide-toothed bamboo comb known for combing hair when wet and brushing out waves a free gift of shampoo and conditioner.

The Raven March Beauty app costs € 40 and is available at www.ravenappboxes.com.

Bee’s Beauty Zoom Facials
Bee’s Beauty offers professional skin treatments from the comfort of your home via an online zoom session. The session is modeled to mimic the salon experience, prompting clients to wear comfortable pajamas, have candles lit with the camera off or on, and let owner Berni guide them through the skin treatments.

A pre-treatment package with relevant product sales, instructions, sponges and a headband will be sent out in advance at the time of booking. Your professional skin therapist and Reiki maestro Julie from Bejuled takes guests on a guided mediation while masks are put on to enhance the general wellbeing and typical salon experience you would expect on site. You have had over 500 virtual customers so far and are currently offering a Mother’s Day course.

Bookings are made via the Instagram or Facebook page and cost € 20.

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Wicklow Street Clinic, Eminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Lighting System
Wicklow Street Clinic is currently introducing the beauty peeling and peptide lighting treatment from their well-respected organic brand Eminence. Designed to give your skin the deepest, most professional self-application experience possible through an expanded set of ingredients formulated to restore skin glow before we can return to our popular salons.

The Eminence Arctic Berry Peel & Peptide Illuminating System uses a blend of artificial berries, cranberry seed oil and hibiscus seed extract. The self-applied treatment takes place in three steps. The Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliant acts as an exfoliator and contains a variety of ingredients that reduce pores, promote elasticity and contain all the important vitamins and minerals that prevent the signs of aging. The Arctic Berry Advanced Peel Activator, applied right after the peel, improves how the first step works and works deeper with a blend of natural acids that enhance the antioxidant process.

The final step is the lighting level with the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream, which naturally soothes the previous treatments on the skin and replenishes the skin’s moisture. If you are looking for a home treatment that will give the same effect as a professional salon, this is as close as possible. It can be self-treating and is not the same as someone pampering you, but the physical and tangible benefits of this treatment make withdrawal a little less painful.

It costs € 130 and is available at www.thewicklowstreetclinic.ie, where a 10% discount is currently available on all products.

Connemara Organic Seaweed Company kelp body pampering basket
The Connemara Organic Seaweed Company currently offers a Seaweed Body Pamper Care Hamper that offers the convenience of a luxury spa experience at home. Your basket includes the seaweed foot bath, the seaweed face and body balm, the seaweed face mask, the organic peeling lemongrass soap, the glove and two applicators.

It is known that the algae foot bath breaks down lactic acid, relieves pain and at the same time stimulates blood circulation and the lymphatic system. They are also known to treat existing skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. The algae face and body balm uses natural ingredients such as hand-picked organic algae, beeswax coconut and grapeseed oil, which give the skin important nutrients and radiance.

Their algae face mask has everything your skin needs, while their organic exfoliating lemongrass soap is filled with humectants and vitamin E that lock in moisture and instantly moisturize the skin. Active amino acids in the algae provide more fullness, while essential vitamins A and C give skin and hair a natural luminosity.

The basket costs € 44.95 and is available at www.connemaraseaweedcompany.ie

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My Skin Care Dublin Hydra Boost at Home Facial
My Skincare is designed to bridge the gap between home care and professional treatments while the clinics are closed. It offers limited edition facial treatment kits for the home that contain everything you need for two facials.

The kit includes cleansing pouches, an organic peeling sheet that can be used twice and acts as a scrub, two seaweed peeling face masks, five glass amoules, one for each facial and three to keep the results of their first use and step by step Directions.

The kits cost € 35, which is only € 17 per session. To order, see www.myskincare.ie.

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Beauty Features Olaplex Trial Kit
For anyone else like me in desperate need of hair therapy at home while we await the hairdressers reopening, this hair repair test kit is available from Olaplex, available through Irish online beauty e-tailer www.beautyfeatures.ie is, possibly the answer (for now!).

The Olaplex Trial Kit consists of the No.3 Hair Perfector, which regenerates dry and damaged strands. The No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo helps increase moisture levels and improve shine as per salon standards. The No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner untangles and ensures a smoother finish and the No.6 Bond Smoother help to eliminate dreaded frizz or flyaway strands and provide additional nourishment and moisture.

All are available in 30 ml sizes, cost € 27.50 and are available at www.beautyfeatures.ie.

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