In a new weekly column, STELLAR editor-in-chief Vicki Notaro rounds up her faves. This week, if you're in the capital and looking to get glam, she knows Dublin's hot spots when it comes to beauty!
The Beauty Issue of STELLAR lands on shelves today, so what better time to round up some of my favourite spots in the capital’s city centre for a bit of pampering? If you live here or you’re visiting, these are the places that will take you from drab to fab, in my opinion.
All Round Glam: Preen Dublin
This is my one-stop shop in the city, handily based on Dame Street right in the heart of things. Whether it’s a colour and cut with Ger, blow-dry with Jordan, brows with Kath or full make-up with Nadine, I know the Preen dream team can make me feel fabulous. The salon is super pretty and feels intimate, and the staff are great craic. Sometimes I just pop in for the chats.
See also: The Hive, a new boutique salon on George’s St.
Quick Blow Dry: Zeba at Arnotts
This is a gorgeous new addition to my favourite department store in Dublin. You can now stop mid-shop and pop in to this beautiful salon for a new ‘do. It’s great for blow dries and nice and quick, but it doesn’t stop there – it’s a full service salon.
See also: Roller Bar, a fabulous pit-stop in the IFSC.
Make-up: Brown Thomas
If you fancy your face done and some wonderful recommendations while you’re at it, book in with the Brown Thomas Beauty Style team. Aidan and Elena know the beauty hall’s offerings inside out, are product mavens themselves, and have made up some pretty fabulous faces in their time.
See also: Callan and Co, Paula Callan’s beautiful salon off Baggot Street.
Spray Tan: Benefit Boutique
I recently had a Vita Liberata spray tan in the Benefit Fleet Street Boutique and it was simply fabulous and lasted a week! It’s not something you might think the iconic brand offers, but they do, alongside gorgeous make-up, brows and even waxing.
See also: Late Night Beauty, offering Cocoa Brown spray tans until 10pm most nights in Temple Bar
Waxing: Wax In The City
I like this place because it’s simple – no appointments necessary, just walk in and they’ll either fit you in right away or stick you on a list. It’s reasonably priced, no airs and graces and just gets the job done. That’s what I want from my waxing, because it’s never pleasant.
See also: Urbana, a pretty and professional salon on Clarendon St.
Nails: Tropical Popical
I only trust my talons to Trop Pop, and sure Saoirse Ronan is its biggest fan so I’m in good company. The salon’s interior design and glam staff is only a bonus, this place has taken my nails from bitten stumps to strong and long.
See also: K Nails, a cheap and cheerful North side alternative on Capel St.
Skin: Renew Clinic
When I was 29, my collagen levels seemed to deplete overnight and my skin basically went to sh*te. I went in to Renew desperate, and three years later I’m a regular for peels to keep my oily skin in check and looking young. I also started using Image skin care at home on nurse Nicola’s advice, and it’s changed my skin for the better.
See also: OSLO Beauty, a lovely skin saver with branches in Arnotts and on Mespil Road