18 December 2014

Easy as 1,2,3

Easy Everyday Makeup Look

There were some very kind comments on this makeup and as it uses some of my current favourite beauty bits I thought I’d give you a quick run down on what I’ve been using and loving. It’s a very easy but long-lasting look so I’ve been wearing it lots when I know I have a long day ahead or will be heading out straight after work.  There are no skillz required because the products do the work for you -  and because just getting out of bed on these dark winter mornings is hard enough! 

17 December 2014

Beauty gift sets: three of the best

Best Christmas Beauty Gift Sets

Benefit Christmas Gift Sets

At this time of year the shops are awash with gift sets and limited editions, many of which are actually sub-par to a brand’s typical offerings. But you won’t waste your time or your money with any of this little lot, which are this year’s best sets for gifting – for you, or for any makeup lover on your list. 

16 December 2014

Cold Snap? What Cold Snap? #ArnottsSS15

Tara Jarmon coral jacket and trousers, Carvela shoes
Tara Jarmon coral jacket and trousers, Carvela shoes
We might be gearing up for the coldest winter since 1963 (EEK!) but last week my mind was firmly on balmier and more clement times, as I watched the parade of stylish shorts and sundresses sashay down the runway for the Arnotts SS15 fashion show.

12 December 2014

It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like Christmas…

Kopparberg Spiced Apple

Things have suddenly got very festive around these parts! Whether it’s Christmas shopping or admiring the lights at the Merrion Hotel I’m suddenly very much in the Christmas spirit. And part of it could be down to the discovery of my new favourite Christmas drink: Kopparberg Spiced Apple.

11 December 2014

Sally Hansen Special Effects: Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish

Sally Hansen Special Effects Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture Nail Polish
Normally, a new Sally Hansen nail launch is music to my ears. The brand makes some of my all-time favourite nail products; their Complete Salon Manicure line is brilliant and the new(ish) Miracle Gel range equally so. So I had high hopes for their new textured effect polishes, Patent Gloss and Velvet Texture, which have just launched at €8.95 a pop.

10 December 2014

Getting The Chop At Preen Hair and Beauty, Dublin

Preen Hair and Beauty Salon Review

Since my last haircut I’ve been pretty much wearing it tied up and fixed in place with hair pins on a daily basis. Think The Rachel Cut and you’ll have a good idea of the style I was left with, as a reminder not to dash into an unknown hairdressers on impulse. Thankfully my first visit to Preen Hair and Beauty has restored my faith in hairdressing, fixed my dodgy ‘do and thoroughly raised my spirits into the bargain.

09 December 2014

Gift Guide: The Loveliest Watch Of All

Daniel Wellington watches

These days, you don’t need one to be punctual – but a good watch is far more than a timepiece. It’s a style statement: an indicator that the wearer respects quality and tradition and craftsmanship. And let’s face it, it looks damned good on the wrist (this is especially true for the menfolk, watches being one of the few accessories marketed to the grown-up male, poor lambs).

Thus, in the season of gift guides, I would be remiss not to highlight what I hand-on-heart believe is the loveliest watch brand ever.  Stylish, classic and timeless – but not boring – a Daniel Wellington watch will look good on every wrist.