19 April 2017

The Kingsley Hotel, Cork: Allsun Adores!


We're used to Allsun recommending round these parts but this time she's kicking things up a notch with her first 'Allsun adores' post - about a spot that's close to my heart, too. Take it away, Allsun!

The Kingsley Hotel, Cork, has something very special.  From the moment you walk into the rather grand lobby you get the sense you’ll be taken care of.  Lovely, smiling faces greet you from the moment you check in, and that sense of welcome follows you right through your whole stay.

11 April 2017

Budget Beauty: 5 Affordable Makeup Bits I'm Loving


I'll ease back into things gently, with a round-up of bargaintastic beauty bits that have weaselled their way into my affections - and my daily makeup bag.
We'll start with the €4.50 mascara that inspired this post. I was telling my sister that it’s very good indeed, in a sort of Benefit Roller Lash type of way, that’s more fluttery than full-on. A memory flickered, of something I used to do when I wanted to tell people about lovely things I like, that they might also like. So if you need a new everyday lash flatterer and don’t want to spend more than a fiver, look for the Catrice Glam & Doll Sculpt & Volume mascara: the name is the only thing I don’t love.

Isn’t this concealer brush a dote? The copper colour is pretty, although mine has started to peel and show the plastic underneath. But it’s still entirely functional, and it blends nicely and the brush head is soft and doesn’t shed, and at €3 from the Penneys PS…Beauty range, sure what else could you be asking for? Their oval foundation brush is also worth a whirl.

Max Factor’s tinted lip balms are lovely. They’re like a trusted pal I turn to when my lips need a bit of low-maintenance comfort-plus-colour. Clarins make a few lips bits that make me feel like this too, and in prettier packaging - but at about a tenner, these ones come in cheaper. Which means I can have the red, orange and pink one in my bag, to suit all moods.  

My new office has lots of well-groomed ladies who slay at that tricksy no-makeup-makeup thing; I’m trying to copycat and the Kiss beauty sponges help. They’re super impressive, and so is the €5.95 price tag. This orange one in the photo is the teardrop sponge, which claims streak-free application as its USP. And yep, it delivers. My favourite is actually the knobbly looking pink one (or easy grip blending sponge, if we’re being technical) but it’s a little too grubby to be pictured.

I’m trying a few bits from L.O.V, and this one’s a winner so far. The Perfectitude Smoothing Lip Scrub is not, somewhat confusingly, a lip scrub. But it is a very lovely oil treatment, with the odd bit of scrubby sugar in it. It also tastes fruitalicious, makes my lips feel soft and I’m taken with the simple, pen-like packaging. It’s €6.95 and, unlike my little Lush scrubs, I can use it at my desk at work without looking like a total mentaller.  

Have you made any lovely little discoveries yourself, of late? Do share!

17 January 2017

January Skin Savers: Three Products I’m Currently Loving

Winter skin favourites including Clarins Extra Firming Face Mask, Labello Original Lip Balm and Hand Chemistry Intense Youth Complex hand cream

January: what a complete and utter fecker of a month. Not content with wreaking havoc on my bank balance (and my newly adopted habits of sleeping till noon and subsisting largely on Baileys and cheese), the longest and most rubbish month of all has also done a number on my person.

The skin on my hands and face feels tighter than my post-Christmas spanx, and I’m lucky enough to be sporting a lovely crop of pimples and dry patches. Cue frantic stash rummaging, and the emergence of three new favourite skin savers...

19 December 2016

This Beauty Look Suits Everyone, Says Charlotte Tilbury, And I Totally Agree

Charlotte Tilbury Dreamy Look In A Clutch

There’s lots of festive fun to be had at this time of year, and if you’re looking for a beauty look that will see you through it all with ease, read on!

According to Charlotte Tilbury, her Dreamy Look In A Clutch is a universally flattering makeup look that will see you through the office Christmas party to get-togethers with friends to Christmas day itself. It’s designed to suit all ages, ethnicities and colourings and, having seen a varied room of bloggers and journalists sporting the look, I’d have to agree.

15 December 2016

Roller Blow Bar: Seriously Addictive, You Have Been Warned

Roller Blow Dry Bar Dublin Review

It’s silly season, I’m frazzled, somebody* has spent all of my gift money on doggy clothes, lattes and taxicabs and I’ve had a sinus infection for the best part of a month. And yet, there have been days where I have felt invincible, unstoppable and on top of the world. And those days have one thing in common: a visit to Roller Blow Bar.

14 December 2016

Araya Beauty Salon: Treatment Tales

Araya beauty salon in Leopardstown Dublin

Eyelash extensions are a pricey enough beauty habit, but for holidays, Christmas or other special occasions, I think they’re absolutely worth the spend.

If you live in or near South Dublin, you’re in for a treat: Araya Beauty is a new salon in Leopardstown that offers the full range of beauty treatments at competitive prices.

08 December 2016

Christmas Tree Shopping at Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm

Christmas Tree shopping at Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm

This year’s Christmas tree is my favourite one yet.

Last year, our tree came from IKEA and the procuring of same was not a jolly, festive experience. This won’t surprise you if you have ever been to IKEA yourself.

This year, we made a day of it with a trip to the Wicklow Way Christmas Tree Farm in the Wicklow mountains, which is about an hour’s drive from Dublin. You'll find directions on their site.