27 November 2015

The Salon at The Shelbourne Is My New Favourite Place

The Salon at The Shelbourne Dublin

Fancy a little five-star pampering – but at prices you can actually afford? The newly opened Salon at The Shelbourne is just what the (glamour) doctor ordered in the run-up to party season, offering a select range of hair and nail services along with express beauty treatments and a specialist blow-dry bar.

And it’s only gorgeous, too, as you’d expect from this iconic luxury hotel: think gleaming crystal, soothing duck-egg blue and fresh flower arrangements everywhere you look.

25 November 2015

Could This Be The Actual Best Lip Balm In The World?

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Lip Balm

True story: I own approximately 86 million lip balms which are liberally scattered around my handbags, pockets and desk drawers and yet, yesterday morning, I literally tore the house apart looking for this little miracle worker from La Roche-Posay.

It’s one of those products you kind of forget about until your time of need, which in my case was brought about by flying to Rome (and back), along with a recent dip in temperatures here in Ireland. My lips are not only chapped but hurting in that horrible way where it kind of feels like they’re burnt along the edges, and are crying out for some serious nourishment which the (very spendy) lip balm I had with me on our Italian jaunt could not provide.

17 November 2015

Clinique Turnaround Revitalizing Skincare: A Winner for Softer, Clearer Skin

Clinique's Turnaround range is exactly what my skin’s been waiting for. Prone to clogged pores, breakouts around my chin and a general dullness, my skin is a lazy exfoliator and needs constant encouragement to shed dead skin cells and leave fresher, newer cells in their place.

To combat this, I use a lot of AHAs in my skincare routine but, as my skin is also prone to pigmentation, I have to be very careful about sun damage. The Turnaround range offers a milder alternative: the products boost the skin’s natural cell renewal, which can be slowed down by factors like stress, fatigue and environmental aggressors.

11 November 2015

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick Review, Pics, Swatches

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte Lipstick Nude Embrace Siren In Scarlet

As we head towards the party season, I have to weigh up two opposing, but insistent demands: that of my makeup bag, which cries out for an injection of colour and glamour, and that of my credit card, which is screaming for a break. Thankfully, a recent Boots trip has provided a solution, in the form of the Maybelline Colour Sensational Creamy Mattes, which are all that and a bag of chips – and just €9.99.

09 November 2015

Neom Organics: And So A New Beauty Obsession Is Born…

Neom Organics at Akina Beauty Dublin
Eavanna Breen, Akina
I had scant knowledge about Neom Organics before I was invited in for a treatment at Akina Laser & Beauty Clinic. Turns out, there’s a whole lot more to this luxury lifestyle brand than fancy candles…

Eavanna at Akina talked me through the Neom concept. Made with 100% natural - and ethically sourced – ingredients, the entire range centres around one concept: well-being. The products are made from the highest possible percentage of the purest essential oils and are designed not only to smell and feel fantastic, but to provide genuine therapeutic benefits.

05 November 2015

L'Oreal Pro Fiber Hair Repair Programme: I'm Sold!

L'Oreal Pro Fiber hair repair treatment programme

Do you have hair? Then you’re going to want to read this post, because L’Oreal’s Pro Fiber is pretty impressive stuff. It’s a repairing treatment that targets damaged hair, but – and here’s the clever bit – you can recharge it at home, extending the effects for long-lasting results. And it works: I started the programme in mid-October and have noticed a genuine difference in how my hair looks and feels.

04 November 2015

Top 7 Must-Have, Most-Used (Free) Smartphone Apps

Favourite Smartphone Apps

Most of us couldn’t live without our smartphones now – and it’s nothing to do with talking to, or even texting, other people. Nope, smartphones are way smarter than that and these days I rely on mine to do everything from entertain me to call and pay for a taxi, find somewhere special for dinner or book in for a cheeky manicure on my lunchbreak. These are the apps I can't live without. If you have a favourite that's not on the list, make sure you share it in the comments!

28 October 2015

Chanel Vibrato is My Current Cosmetic Crush

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Vibrato

There were two nail polishes released as part of Chanel’s autumn transitional collection, Blue Rhythm: Vibrato and Fortissimo.

One of them is limited edition, while one joins the permanent collection - they're both €23.50. I found myself actually holding my breath while waiting to find out which was which, because I’ve fallen – fast and hard – for Vibrato.