27 January 2016

Hair Heroes: Colour Extenders and Root Cover-Ups

root disguisers and salon colour extenders

I have nothing against grey hair – on other people. The natural, all-over look - a la Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada - can be fabulously chic, and that faux-granny-grey, sported by Kelly Osbourne and her gang, is lots of fun.

I’m less keen on the type of grey that sneaks into my own hair, when I’ve left it too long between salon trips; the type that’s coarse and wiry and sticks out a little strangely and all too prominently against its darker sisters. On me, it just looks messy - and, while I am messy, I’d prefer it not to be so obvious.

25 January 2016

Mindfulness Monday: Allsun's On A Personal Journey

The Elbow Room Smithfield Workshop review

We’ve been hearing so much about mindfulness and meditation in recent years and there is something wonderfully attractive about taking time for ourselves, living in the moment and focusing on the now.

It all sounds fabulously Zen, but how to actually make it part of our very busy lives? I’ve vowed to delve a little deeper - and to ease myself in gently, I took a Love Yourself Yoga and Meditation workshop in the Elbowroom in Smithfield.

21 January 2016

Chanel Sunrise Trip Le Vernis Nail Gloss - Gloss, People, Gloss!


It is a truth universally acknowledged that a new Chanel nail colour is the cause of serious excitement. And in the case of Sunset Trip, that excitement is multiplied. You see, typically, a bottle of Chanel polish will say ‘nail colour’ under ‘Le Vernis’ – and this, people, is described as a nail gloss.

It’s part of Chanel’s spring launch, which is on counter here from January 29th. Called LA Sunrise, the collection has done what nothing else has managed in my life to date: stirred my interested in Los Angeles. Chanel set out to capture “the flamboyant colours and overflowing energy of California mornings”, and the result is a vibrant and dreamy little edit that feels considerably sunnier than most spring mornings here in rainy old Dublin.

There’s a beautiful blusher which I’ll show you later; for most people, that will be the star of the show. But that little one-word change on the bottle – from colour to gloss – had me intrigued with the nail offering, from the moment the collection landed on my desk.

In the bottle, Sunrise Trip looks like a dark, almost black, navy blue – but on the nail, it’s a stunning, radiant purple. One coat delivers a high-shine, gel effect which has a slight transparency – you can't actually see the nail bed through the glossy, vibrant violet. Two coats intensifies the finish, but I prefer just the one - it's what I'm wearing in the photo here.

It’s a beauty, it’s limited edition, it’s €23.50, and it’s love. Well, it is Chanel...

19 January 2016

Lunch at The Morrison Grill

The Morrison Grill Review Lunch Dublin

Situated right beside the Millennium Bridge in Dublin’s city centre, The Morrison Hotel on Ormond Quay is just across the river from Temple Bar – but felt like worlds away from its crowded hustle and bustle when we stopped in for lunch over the Christmas break.

I’ve long been a fan of this place for its cocktails, but it’s been donkey’s years since I ate here – which is something I now regret. The Morrison Grill is a calming, stylish and relaxed spot; the menu features lots of meat and fish dishes prepared on their Josper Grill - an indoor BBQ oven that seals in flavour and moisture.

15 January 2016

Key Spring Trends From The Brown Thomas SS16 Fashion Show #BTSS16

Brown Thomas Fashion Show Spring 2016

So who’s up for a bit of Friday fashion, then? Specifically, a look-see at what Brown Thomas, Ireland’s most luxurious department store, had to show us in their SS16 fashion this week – and what that means for our new season wardrobes this year.

Brown Thomas SS16 Fashion Show

The event is great craic: editors, journalists, stylists and bloggers alike are fizzing with anticipation and enthusiasm (and very strong coffee). The Brown Thomas show signals that winter will soon be ending and brighter, balmier days are on their way, days in which we will actually have money and be able to buy clothes again.

13 January 2016

The Kingsley Hotel and Spa, Cork: Let's Keep This Just Between Ourselves...

The Kingsley Hotel and Spa Cork Review

If you’re anything like me, you’ll be spending January planning and dreaming about your next trip away. And if a weekend break in Ireland is on the cards, then I have somewhere very special to recommend to you today.

The Kingsley Hotel, right on the banks of Cork’s River Lee, was the venue for a long overdue meet-up with two of my best gal-pals. Before the hotel closed in 2009 it was a 5-star property; now operated by the Fota Group, it’s been refurbished and reopened as a 4-star (perhaps to avoid competing with its 5-star sister?)

Relaxed elegance is the name of the game; our (shared) suite was gorgeous, and the facilities are awesome, particularly the spa; we spent a record six hours in its soothing environs. Six hours! Now some of that time was set aside for treatments – my Neom massage was especially divine – but for most of it, we hung out, napped and chatted!

11 January 2016

Clarins Instant Glow Spring Makeup Launch is GORGEOUS! (Pics, Swatches)

Clarins Spring 2016 Instant Glow Makeup

Personally speaking, I find the spring beauty collections to be the least face-friendly, full of strange sparkly pastels that look oh-so-pretty in the pan but just don’t work on my thirty-mumble-mumble face. So it was with great enthusiasm and delight that I clocked eyes on the Clarins Instant Glow launch last week, a small but beautiful edit of products and shades that pretty much any woman can use and wear and love.

07 January 2016

A Face Full of Fancy ’15 Favourites!

2015 Beauty Favourites Fluff and Fripperies Irish Beauty Blog

I started back at work this week, and the break already feels, like, so last year. But I can’t kick off my 2016 blog schedule without paying suitable homage to the beauty bits that have been rocking my world. This is normally quite tough for me but not this year, because I have been OBSESSED with these little lovelies and slathering them liberally o’er my face on a daily basis for what feels like aeons now. As evidenced by this squinty sun-drenched January selfie.

So what made the cut?