22 April 2015

Knockranny: The Best of The West

Spa Salveo Knockranny House Hotel

Knockranny’s Spa Salveo is a firm favourite of mine and my bestie, Jo’s, and we’re fully determined to haul our fellas along on our next trip. While the soothing Roman-style vitality pool might not be incentive enough for the boys, we reckon the lure of the Great Western Greenway – Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling trail – will prove impossible to resist.

Knockranny House is perfectly situated for exploring the Greenway, which follows the old Westport to Achill railway line that closed in 1937. And it makes a lovely and luxurious base from which to venture out, explore, and most importantly, retreat back to once the adventuring is over.

20 April 2015

L’Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Luminiser Review


L’Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Luminiser Haircare

I really like the L'Oreal Elvive haircare line. On the whole, I think they deliver great results at an affordable price – and I admire their commitment to delivering a solution for all hair woes. The Elvive Extraordinary oils were a strand saver when I had longer (and therefore more dry and damaged) hair - but now that it’s shorter and lightened, lack of shine is my biggest concern.

Step in the new L’Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Luminiser line, the first ‘lamination system’ for the hair, and a small edit of three products – a shampoo and conditioner, both €5.84, and leave-in gloss spray, which is €14.99.

17 April 2015

Vienna Travel Files: What to See and Do


Blue Bar Hotel Sacher Vienna Austria
Sachertorte at Hotel Sacher Vienna Austria
The Blue Bar, Hotel Sacher, Vienna 
Life, lately, has been more than a little bit manic. Travel plans, my sister’s wedding and the little matter of moving into temporary accommodation while we're buying a house has left me discombobulated, with most of my products in storage and no access to my usual blogging set-up. Fun and games people, fun and games. Which is why it’s taken me so goddamn long to tell you all about our trip to Vienna at the end of February. I’ll be back in a regular routine soon(ish) so please bear with me - and thanks for your patience in the meantime! 

16 April 2015

New from Elizabeth Arden: Sunkissed Pearls; Beautiful Colour Moisturising Matte Lipstick

Elizabeth Arden Sunkissed Pearls Cream Stylos; Beautiful Colour Moisturising Matte Lipstick

Normally when I get my hands on the summer beauty collections, I have to wait a considerable amount of time for the balmy, sunny weather to go with them. But when a few bits from Elizabeth Arden’s Sunkissed Pearls collection dropped through the letter box, it just so happened that I was flying off to Portugal a couple of days later. I really enjoyed using them while away and found them great for warmer weather, but truth be told, they’ve come in just as handy now I’m home.

15 April 2015

The Pared Back Holiday Beauty Bag


Summer Holiday Beauty Essentials
Left: Estee Lauder Impassioned; Right: Bobbi Brown Sunset Orange Art Stick

Team a sun holiday with a spa break at a five star resort, throw in a quick city tour and top it all of with the wedding of the century and what do you have? A whale of a time – but a total packing meltdown, that’s what! Fancy frocks and heels, kaftans and sandals, swimsuits and walking shoes all had to be piled in and that’s before Mr Fluff’s kilt attire and accoutrements came into the equation.

31 March 2015

Clinique Aromatics in White Perfume Review

Clinique Aromatics in White Perfume Review

Clinique makes a lot of really lovely and interesting scents. There was much rejoicing when the company relaunched Calyx, formerly by sister-brand Prescriptives; it’s a joyful green and citrusy blend that I could happily bathe in at this time of year.

The original Aromatics Elixir, first launched in 1971, is a heady, bold blend of florals, moss and woods– personally, I love the stuff, but some could find it a little overpowering. The new version is a fresh and contemporary reworking, which is reflected in the chic minimalism of the bottle.

26 March 2015

Max Factor Beauty Favourites


Max Factor Favourite Beauty Products

Max Factor is 80 years old this year, with its roots in the Hollywood film industry. And, starting with the announcement in January of Marilyn Monroe as their Global Ambassador, the brand is making sure it’s a year to remember. We’ve seen a string of gorgeous beauty launches from them in recent months, so I’ve rounded up my favourites to pay suitable homage.

23 March 2015

A Surprising New Nail Favourite

Essie Tuck It In My Tux Nail Polish Swatches

Tuck It In My Tux is an ivory creme polish released with Essie’s winter collection last year. It’s semi-sheer with a high shine finish that goes on smoothly and streak free, but takes three thin coats to build up the colour.