04 March 2015

Top 5 Brow Products For Every Budget

Best Brow Products For Every Budget

She’s writing about brows again? Why yes, yes I am, because not only am I borderline obsessed but I have reason to believe that you are too, if the amount of conversations I have about eyebrows on a weekly – nay daily – basis is anything to go by. And no they’re not instigated by me. Not all of ‘em, anyway. Today's topic? My current favourite brow bits. 

03 March 2015

Philosophy Fresh Cream eau de toilette review

Philosophy Fresh Cream Fragrance Review

Love sweet, gourmand scents? You’ll want to add this one to your collection…Allsun shares her thoughts. 

There is a lovely caption on the simple, clean label of this sophisticated glass bottle, saying “every day brings joy”; without a doubt, this Fresh Cream fragrance brings me lots of joy.

02 March 2015

Currently Loving: Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Oil & Ying Yu Roller

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Oill; Ying Yu Rose Quartz Facial Roller

Facial massage is a great habit to get into; it stimulates the circulation, drains fluid from the lymphatic system and helps skin to appear more glowing, fresh and toned. It also feels lovely as it relieves tension from the muscles in the face - and if you suffer from hormonal water retention (which I do), regular facial massage helps to keep that puffiness at bay.  

While you can do it with your fingers as part of your cleansing routine (I've got a step-by-step guide here), I find it a lot easier - not to mention more pleasurable - to use this dynamic duo.  

25 February 2015

Spring Wardrobe Updates: Denim and Tan

Spring Fashion Essentials

Denim is definitely one of the biggest trends for the new season. Between Alexa’s new collection for AG Jeans (designed, we're told, around the missing items from her ‘dream denim’ collection) and the high-street (River Island and Oasis have particularly strong denim offerings right now), this is a great time to beef up your own casual wardrobe - and I’ve been doing just that.

It started with this M&S Collection shirt (€38) in the palest, sky blue wash. It’s lightweight, hangs nicely and looks good tucked into skirts, or worn loose over skinnies and pencil skirts. Then I picked up this River Island dress (€55), which is casual, but stylish, and ticks two trend boxes in one – the shirt dress is another key piece for spring, and will quickly become one of the hardest working pieces in your wardrobe. 

But what to wear with them? Despite owning (at a conservative estimate) about a million pairs of black ankle boots, I only had this pair in brown – so I snapped up these Miss KG for Kurt Geiger Saint boots, in the Arnotts sale; they were about €70 (check out my other UH-MAZING sales bargain!).  For warmer weather (a girl can dream), I also bought these leather peep toe shoe boots from Carvela in Brown Thomas (€110) ; the stacked wooden heel gives me a bit of leg-lengthening height while also being comfy enough to wear all day. 

Also on my SS15 wishlist: these Topshop ripped Leigh jeans (since I saw them on Aisling and the rest of the gang in a recent issue of U Magazine), these River Island tinted lense sunnies (a more affordable version of my Tom Ford favourites) and this Stella & Dot gold pendant, to wear with all my new bits and bobs (look, it was my birthday month, I'm allowed to go a bit mad!).  What’s on your new season shopping wish list? 

23 February 2015

First Look: Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

Ah, Clinique…y'know, once upon a time, they wouldn’t have been my first port of call for colour cosmetics (mascara and balmy lip products, now, were a different story). But things have changed in recent times, with extremely lovely launches like the Cheek Pop blushers and Long Last Soft Matte Lipsticks, not to mention the ever expanding Chubby Sticks franchise.  
Now they’re at it again with the April launching Pop Lip Colour and Primer line, a range of sixteen stunning shades of lipstick that combine rich, saturated colour and one-stroke opacity – seriously, check out those swatches – with a built-in, smoothing primer. These babies are delicious, keeping lips comfortably hydrated while sticking around much longer than your average lip colour (about five hours wear with moderate eating and drinking).

L-R Passion Pop, Nude Pop, Wow Pop - one swipe! ONE! 
The finish, while not exactly matte, is rich and velvety and these feel really lovely to wear – emollients like shea and murumuru butters are in the mix – and let’s take a few seconds to appreciate the colour-coded packaging, shall we, which makes them instantly identifiable in your handbag.
One word: YUM.
These will be €20 and are on counter from April 17th. Are we liking? 

20 February 2015

Top Five Reasons To Fall In Love With Dublin

Top reasons to fall in love with Dublin city

Dublin is one of 80 cities battling to get a place on the worldwide Monopoly board which launches this autumn. Vote for Dublin at  www.votemonopoly.com and read on for my top five reasons to fall in love with the Irish capital. 

The location and layout of the city are pretty much perfect. If you’re coming from elsewhere, you’ll find Dublin really handy to get to; Dublin airport is one of the busiest in the world and we’re just a hop skip and a jump from the UK and other European destinations. If you live here you’ll know the city is compact and easy to get around, which gives it a friendly, accessible feel. Between the Liffey and its bridges, the modern docklands and elegant old Georgian streets, Dublin is such an attractive city to spend time in. If you do want to get out of the city you can just take the DART to a number of gorgeous coastal villages like Howth or Malahide, or head to the Wicklow mountains to clear the head.  But you don’t even need to do that - with all of our lovely parks, like Stephen’s Green, the Iveagh Gardens and the Phoenix Park, you’re never too far from green space.

19 February 2015

Acid Skincare: Four Favourite Beauty Products To Try

Acid Skincare Favourite Beauty Products

Acid skincare has been one of the biggest beauty trends in recent years. Caroline Hirons and her devotees (and I count myself among their numbers) are partly responsible, along with a beauty industry that’s responding to market demands. Because the times they are a-changing, and so are our requirements from our skincare. Due to all manner of social and environmental factors we’re as likely to be breaking out in our 30s as we were in our teens, and along with fine lines and wrinkles we’re also concerned about issues like pigmentation and uneven skintone. Which is where acid skincare comes in…

18 February 2015

Brushing Up with Callanberry

Callanberry Makeup Brushes Review

Irish make-up artists Paula Callan and Derrick Carberry (who have worked together on 'slebs like Helena Christensen, Sienna Miller and Elle McPherson) launched their signature Callanberry Professional Brush collection towards the end of last year; I got my paws on some press samples just before Christmas and have put them thoroughly through their paces ever since. They’ve been to Scotland with me and on several weekend trips away and I really enjoyed using them.