13 May 2016

Hooray For Holidays - But What Beauty Bits to Bring?

I’m off on holliers this weekend which means two things: firstly, I’m in full-on packing stress mode, and secondly, all going well, you can expect A LOT of smug, sunny holiday selfies on Instagram; you have been warned.

When it comes to clothes, I’ve had a private Pinterest board on the go for a good few weeks now so I’m pretty happy about my picks for a holiday wardrobe. Beauty products, though are a whole other ball game.

The reality is that on holiday, the last thing we want to do is worry about how we look – and often, we’re just too hot, sweaty, tired, busy or hungover to really care. But we still want to look halfway presentable - if only for those holiday selfies - and that’s where a clever edit of hard working beauty bits comes in.

11 May 2016

Kerstin Florian Customised Facial at The Kingsley Hotel, Cork

The Spa The Kingsley Hotel Cork Review

Waiting for the promised Dublin heat wave that has never quite arrived, I’ve at least had the solace of a recent sunny weekend in Cork to look back on with fondness. Allsun and I headed to the Kingsley hotel so I could introduce her to the Outdoor Hydrotherapy Pool That Has Stolen My Heart – and I now have a rival for its affections.

09 May 2016

Lush Magical Moringa Moisturiser Review: Worth It?

Lush Magical Moringa Moisturiser Review

I admit: I nearly choked on my coffee when I heard the price of this particular moisturiser from Lush.  At upwards of €30, this is definitely venturing into the premium, prestige price-range, and I tend to view Lush as a mid-market brand.

Still, Rosemary raved about it, and since her skin is only gorgeous, I figured I’d give it a go.

03 May 2016

Spring Lip Loves: 7 of the Best Lip Glosses and Balms for All Budgets

Best Lip Glosses and Balms for Spring all budgets

In winter you’ll find it hard to prise the matte lipsticks from my hands but, come spring, a glossier, lightweight formula is much more my bag. Here’s a wee round-up of my current faves:

28 April 2016

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast: Review

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

I’ve loved Belfast since my first visit to friends there. There’s something buzzy and exciting about the city and the variety of bars and restaurants on offer always impressed me – although, post-recession, I think Dublin has finally caught up.  On a recent visit around Mr Fluff’s birthday we were offered the chance to check out The Fitzwilliam Hotel, a fashionable 4-star that’s smack bang in the city centre. I’d actually walked past it on loads of occasions without ever venturing in but I have a feeling it will be a regular haunt from now on.

25 April 2016

Vichy Sun Care: Luxe and Lovely Favourites from this Fab French Pharma Brand

Vichy Sun Care and SPF Favourites Review

Vichy products don’t always scream luxury to me – I tend to think of this French pharmacy brand as more of a provider of basics and staples – but their sun range is the exception. I’ve really enjoyed the products that I’ve tried in the suncare/bronzing/tanning categories and found the textures and formulations tend to feel very high-end.

21 April 2016

A Weekend In Glasgow: An Insider’s Guide

Glasgow Guide: Buchanan Street

We’ve published Insider's Guides to London, Dublin and Marbella and today, Scotland’s largest city is in the spotlight, as we take you on a tour of some of our favourite spots in Glasgow. The flight from Dublin to Glasgow is one of the shortest on record at just over half an hour, and there are frequent deals to be had on Ryanair and Aer Lingus.  Much like Dublin, Glasgow is a compact city that's easy to navigate and explore, and it’s packed with attractions from cultural to architectural to gastronomical. And let's not forget the excellent pub scene.

20 April 2016

Clarins Super Restorative Range Gets The Thumbs Up For Older Skin

We’re huge fan of Clarins skincare round these parts, and have made it our mission to get all the women in our lives as hooked as we are. Allsun’s mum is a recent convert and has been testing out the Super Restorative Range for Older skin, trialling the day and night cream along with the remodelling serum. Aimed at women over 50, the products promise intensive replenishment for skin experiencing age related hormonal changes. Here’s how she got on…