11 June 2017

Mixa launches in Irish Pharmacies to sort out thirsty summer skin

Mixa Bodycare Launches in UK and Ireland

Bodycare is usually the beauty bit I find a little snoozey, but at this time of year my interest piques. Impending summer holibops, the odd spot of legs-out weather here at home and regular dips into chlorinated water has necessitated a little extra care.

Fortuitously, Mixa has arrived on Irish shores to smooth my rough and flaky bits. This (mainly) bodycare brand, created by a French pharmacist in 1924 for dry and sensitive skin, has just launched into Irish (and UK) pharmacies.

09 June 2017

Farnham Estate: five reasons to heart this fab four-star Radisson Blu hotel

Farnham Estate Radisson Blu Hotel Spa Cavan

Farnham Estate Golf & Spa Resort in County Cavan has been a long time love of mine. I recommend it to everybody and have been there with pals, on press trips and most recently, with Mr Fluff. But what, exactly, makes this place so special? I'm glad you asked...

08 June 2017

New Chanel #LesBeiges trio: The only makeup you’ll want to wear this summer

Chanel Les Beiges Summer 2017 Makeup Collection

There’s been a lot of buzz around this freshly minted summer beauty collection, and most of it’s focused on the foundation. I totally get that: not only is it beautiful, but it’s Chanel’s first cushion foundation compact, so it’s kind of a big deal. But it also means that the eyeshadow palette is flying under the radar and that, my makeup loving pals, is a crying shame because it’s every bit as special.

03 June 2017

Summer Makeup Tips From Stephan Ulvund Øien, Isadora International Makeup Artist

Stephan Ulvund Oien Isadora Makeup Artist

I learned more in half an hour with Stephan than from any other makeup artist, ever. I don’t think I’ve laughed more, or been scolded as often, in a 30 minute period. With his signature humour and frankness, he debunked commonly held beauty myths that I've long held as gospel – and shared his favourite tools and techniques for the two biggest beauty obsessions of our time: brows and contouring.

11 May 2017

The Ice House Hotel, Ballina, Co. Mayo: Is It As Cool As Its Name?!

sisters bonding at the Ice House Hotel in Ballina, Mayo, Ireland

The Ice House hotel is all about the River Moy. It informs the history and name of the hotel, and provides a powerful and dramatic backdrop to your stay.

Everything is designed to take advantage of the spectacular river views. The spa and dining room not only overlook it, but both areas extend outside. In some guest rooms, at high tides, the water laps against the exterior walls. In ours, the floor-to-ceiling windows made us feel like we were actually at sea.

09 May 2017

04 May 2017

Dublin’s Northside: Where to eat, drink, stay and explore

Clontarf Castle Hotel on Dublin's Northside

Disclaimer: I live and work on Dublin’s northside and am head over heels for my ‘hood.  High time, so, for a shout-out to some of my favourite haunts. You need never step southside again…