26 September 2016

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Girl Gang

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Girl Gang

Tis the season for dark and vampy lips and this Smashbox liquid lippie in Girl Gang is ticking all of my boxes. Not only is the opaque plum colour totally gorgeous and impactful, but the formula is insanely good and makes me want to run out and buy the entire 20-strong range.

19 September 2016

Three Lessons Learned From Trying to Transition to a Plant-Based Diet

Tips for Moving Towards a Plant Based Diet

These days it seems like more and more people are choosing a vegetarian or vegan diet. On the face of it, choosing to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables - and decrease your intake of meat and animal products - sounds kind of easy. Aside from the various ethical and environmental considerations, it's a choice that could have all sorts of health benefits. But that's not actually a given, as I've recently learned, and it's a lot tricksier to cut out a food group than I'd expected. Here's some stuff I figured out, on my journey towards a plant based diet. 

14 September 2016

Budget Vs Blowout: Allsun's Comparing MAC, NYC, Essence and Sally Hansen

Allsun for Irish Beauty Blog Fluff and Fripperies

One of my favourite things to do is read blog posts that compare more expensive products with less expensive ones.  Another of my favourite things to do is wear anything that’s the colour pink. So I took on the task to trial four fabulous pink nail polishes, testing them for a week with a different polish on each finger, to find out if paying a few extra euro means that your nail polish will lasts longer. I’ll give you my initial observations and keep reading for the final verdict!

12 September 2016

Culture Night 2016 Is This Friday: Have You Planned Yours Yet?

For the eleventh year running, Culture Night will see venues and organisations across the country throwing open their doors and welcoming the public, without charge.

Culture Night 2016 is happening this Friday, September 16th, but thanks to The Journal and Dublin Bus I got a sneak preview of three of this year’s attractions:  the grand and historic Freemasons’ Hall, the impressive Witness History exhibition at the GPO and the lovely Copper House art gallery.

The night is always great craic and if you plan wisely you can squeeze in so many attractions and events, not to mention gaining access to some of the coolest buildings in the capital.  No matter how well you know Dublin, this is a brilliant opportunity to explore the city and see it through fresh eyes.

Along with the venues mentioned above, some of the most popular promise to be RTE’s takeover of Dublin Castle, with live music, theatre, talks and workshops, and O’Connell Street’s showcase of ideas from the campaign to win European Capital of Culture. There will also be a host of events taking place on Smithfield Square.

To help you get around, Dublin Bus will run free shuttle buses every 20 minutes – complete with trad music on board – which you can catch from Bachelor’s Walk, Aston Quay, College Green and Eden Quay.

Culture Night 2016 is Friday, September 16th from 5-11pm. All participating venues are free, but some require advance booking; find out more on the website or download the Culture Night app! 

09 September 2016

Clarins' Mineral Eye Quads Are Back For AW16, And Better Than Ever! Pics, Swatches

Clarins Nude and Rosewood Eyeshadow Quad Autumn 2016

The Clarins autumn beauty edit is small but sweet, comprising four neutral eyeshadow quads, Supra Volume mascara in 2 shades and, for skin, a new version of their BB cream that deserves its own post soon.

07 September 2016

Autumn 2016 Beauty Trends: Three We're Excited To Try

Autumn 2016 Beauty Trends

September hits and instantly, the sparkly lip glosses and aqua eyeliners of the summer just feel wrong. Personally, I think autumn is by far the best beauty season; makeup gets a little more serious at this time of year and, while perennial autumn trends like dark lipstick and lived-in liner are doing the rounds again, so too are some less expected looks.

05 September 2016

A matte, but sheer, lip finish…well this is interesting!

Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Sheer Matte Lip Swatches

When we think of a matte lip product, we generally think of full-on opacity and coverage. So the idea of a sheer matte lip cream was intriguing, to say the least. And as a diehard fan of the original Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet liquid lippies, I couldn’t wait to try the latest incarnation: an innovative hybrid promising the hydration and semi-transparency of a balm, with the longevity of a matte finish.