22 July 2016

L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review; Before and After Pics

L’Oreal Paris Nude Magique Cushion Foundation Review

Cushion cosmetic compacts are the next big Asian beauty craze to take off on our shores. Lancome released their foundation version last year and I’ve been waiting for the trickle-down effect every since: cue excited shrieking when the L’Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation landed on my desk, in shades 1 and 4 (of the 7 available; I use #4).

20 July 2016

Adventuring at Delphi Resort, Connemara

The wines used at Delphi Resort Connemara Food and Wine Series Summer 2016

Delphi Resort is renowned for its adventure activities and since I very much am not, it’s a place I had never visited. But culinary adventures I can do, with gusto, and so Delphi’s Food and Drink Event Series was firmly in my comfort zone – though as it turned out, we got a lot more adventure than we bargained for!

The Delphi valley is possibly one of the most remote places in Ireland that we’ve visited, but the views are more than worth the 4-hour drive from Dublin. The resort is surrounded by mountains including Mweelrea, the highest peak in Connacht, and just being there is very restful and relaxing. Although you do need to stay on your guard for the mountain sheep, who can spring out at you in a very unexpected manner.

18 July 2016

Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne Is Coming (And You're Gonna Want To Give It a Sniff)

Jo Malone Basil & Neroli Cologne review

Launching on September 1st, the latest from Jo Malone London is set to be their biggest launch this year – and I know loads of people are gonna go nuts for it.

The first citrus-floral from the brand, the scent pays tribute to their London heritage and also to their own history; it’s the first time they’ve used basil in a fragrance since their best-selling Lime Basil & Mandarin was introduced (two decades ago!).

14 July 2016

Brown Thomas #BTAW16 Fashion Show, or: How We’ll Be Dressing Next Season

Brown Thomas Autumn Winter 2016 Beauty Look

With the models' bleached brows and glowing skin, the edgy beauty look at the Brown Thomas AW16 fashion show was a sure sign of things to come.

“We did a fresh take on modern, feminine beauty inspired by Givenchy AW16,” explained Aidan Corcoran from the store's Beauty Style Team.  “For AW16 we are seeing a redefinition of strong feminine beauty: powerful eyes are unapologetically back, paired with healthy, fresh skin.”

13 July 2016

OSLO Beauty: Style AND Substance in Dublin 4

Oslo Beauty Salon Dublin Review

With a name like Oslo, it’s no surprise that this newbie Dublin beauty salon is a haven of Scandi-cool décor, all blonde woods and neutral tones, with luxe, tactile fabrics and pretty metallic accents.

Situated on Mespil Road in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Oslo offers the full gamut of treatments but specialises in skincare, and is the first salon I’ve been to that uses one of my favourite brands, Alpha-H (if you haven’t tried their Liquid Gold, do, soon!).

11 July 2016

The #1 wardrobe update you need for AW16

River Island AW16 Leopard Print Coat

Tbh I don’t think leopard print ever goes out of style – I consider it a neutral in my wardrobe, much to Mr Fluff’s dismay.

To my mind, it’s a little bit retro, a little bit rock n roll and also just a little bit tongue-in-cheek; you can't take yourself too seriously in leopard print. The pattern and colours are beautiful and the palette of black, brown and gold goes with pretty much every outfit, while flattering every skin-tone.

08 July 2016

Ina Tells Us Why She'll Always Be An Olay Girl

I keep meaning to try more beauty bits from Olay. They get great press, beauty editors constantly recommend them, they’re affordable and they seem to have the science to back up their claims. But when it comes to skincare, I tend to play fast and loose, changing brands with gay abandon. So when I found out that my friend Ina is a much more loyal type of gal, I needed to know why...

In my memories of being small and playing at the dressing tables of aunts, grandmothers and my own mother, three brands all feature prominently: Anais Anais perfume, Pond’s cold cream cleanser and Oil of Ulay.

Well, I can’t remember the last time I saw Anais Anais for sale and I don’t know anyone who still uses Pond’s. But, despite a vowel change and losing the “oil of” precursor , Olay is still one of the most prominent brands in skin care in the market. It is still used by virtually all of the women in my family and I am a convert. Sure, I tried other brands over the years but kept coming back to Olay and now, I don’t bother trying anything new.

So why?

06 July 2016

Majorca Travel Files: A Fluffy Little Guide to This Balearic Gem

Cala Deia Majorca Travel Guide

With its soaring mountains, sapphire seas, secluded coves and honey-stone villages, the Balearic island of Majorca (or Mallorca) offers a massive variety of sights and activities.  Much of the TV series The Night Manager was filmed here and, like pretty much everyone who watched it, Mr Fluff and I promptly fell in love with the place. Happily, it was the chosen destination for a recent family holiday where we enjoyed nearly two weeks of R&R on this Mediterranean gem.