27 August 2015
Mid moving madness, himself and myself were more than thrilled to accept an invitation to visit the charmingly named Horse & Jockey Hotel, in the town of the same name, in Thurles, Tipperary. I confess that this was the first time I’d heard of this particular spot, despite it boasting a spa, pool and even a bakery – some of my very favourite things.
The vibe is comfy, country chic with an eclectic mix of furnishings from antique to contemporary, and a strong horse racing theme throughout. It’s not luxurious, but it is friendly, welcoming and manages to feel cosy, despite being on the large side with absolutely loads of facilities on site, including a pub, restaurant, various seating areas, gift shop, conference centre and hairdressers, along with the spa and leisure facilities mentioned above.
21 August 2015
I laughed the first time I heard J-Lo use the term bronde on that telly ad. Ridiculous, I thought – and about two weeks later, found myself booking a salon appointment to be bronded myself. Yeah, I’m susceptible like that.
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I’ve been going lighter – and shorter – for over a year now. This was originally to help mask the multiplying greys, and give me more time between salon visits. However, my hair doesn’t really behave when it’s lightened: it has a tendency to look too brassy or, when we try to tone that down, too ashy – and neither really suit my skin-tone.
The team at Zeba understood my hair dilemma. I went to the South William street salon in Dublin (there’s two more in Maynooth and Sandymount) where they explained that my current colour was too similar to my skintone. I needed to go a little darker all over, and then add in lighter tones with some highlights – so bronde it was.
19 August 2015
There are things I start to lament each year as autumn draws near. Why have I not sat out in more beer gardens, swum in more oceans, worn more colouredy eyeliner and mascara? But other things make up for it: things like new season lipstick and eyeshadow. Because I’ve said it before and will say it again, but autumn is THE BEST season for makeup lovers, and all the gorgeous new collections are hitting counter now.
12 August 2015
Ok, so Snapchat has been popular with the youth for ever but it seems to have exploded in Ireland in recent weeks and months (personally, I blame Karen). Nadia has an excellent guide to Snapchat and Karen’s video is a must-watch for newbies like myself, but in my, ooh, about 4 days using and becoming entirely addicted to the app (find me @fluffyblog!) I also have a few tips to impart, which will hopefully save you some blushes.
11 August 2015
So I finally listened to Karen, and started using Snapchat last Friday. Obviously, I’m now totally addicted and have no time to do things like eat, sleep or put on makeup, which would concern me slightly if I wasn’t too busy looking at Snapchat (find me @fluffyblog!).
And so it transpired that I left myself with zero time on Saturday night to put my face on and in a mad panic, scooped up those items which were closest to me. They’re all totally affordable and performed really well throughout dinner and a million drinks, so I would highly recommend. It’s two thumbs up from me.
05 August 2015
I could ramble on for hours about the transformative powers of a bright lip and, on many occasions, I probably have. But bright doesn’t have to mean in-your-face, especially with the newer breed of lighter, sheerer and more translucent lipstick formulas.
Lancôme’s research showed that enhancing lip colour by just one tone can enhance and illuminate the whole complexion. Enter the Shine Lover range, designed to give your skin a lift by dressing your lips in sheer but radiant colour.
30 July 2015
You might have noticed I’ve been a little distracted lately. It turns out that moving, rewiring, repainting, redecorating and furnishing a house is actually a massive time-suck; who knew?! Add to that a new addition to the family – the cutest kitten on the planet (you may have met her over on my Instagram) - and a busy 9-5 day job and you can probably see why my blogging schedule has been a little erratic. Life is good, though – in fact, life is great – and normal service will resume asap; but in the meantime, we’ve been doing a little celebrating with our nearest and dearest.
22 July 2015
If you’re a makeup lover and you haven’t swung by your local Bobbi Brown counter in a while, may I suggest that you schedule a trip? There’s a whole lot of beauty booty waiting for you to give your summer makeup look – and your general mood – a bit of a lift – starting with that most essential piece of kit: the perfect lipstick.
New shades have been added to Bobbi’s Creamy Lip Colour, Sheer Lip Colour and Creamy Matte Lip Colour lines and the one I’ve fallen for, in a completely-head-over-heels kinda way, is the Creamy Matte in the shade Heart. (As in ‘be still my beating'…)