30 June 2015

Tropical Popical: Inspirational Interiors, Talented Nail Techs and Heaps and Heaps of Fun

Tropical Popical Nail Salon Decor
Emily & Allsun get their pamper on! 
I'm finding interiors inspo just about everywhere these days so today's post is another mish-mash of my two favourite current obsessions: beauty, and home decor!  I’ve already written about Tropical Popical, the nation’s most laidback and original nail bar (and Emily included it in her Dublin guide), but it merits further attention because it’s just so freakin’ fabulous.

29 June 2015

Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Tints Review

Giorgio Armani Fluid Eye Tints Review

Heavy makeup just doesn’t cut it in the heat, so a good cream or liquid eye-shadow is a brilliant pick for a soft-focus, easy-peasy look that you can just swipe on and blend out with your fingers. The best offerings stay put all day with little to no creasing or fading (though oily types will probably need a primer).

I’ve been loving the Giorgio Armani Eye Tints, which are interesting because they promise ‘the purity of a powder, the staying power of a stain and the feel of a cream’. Essentially, these are liquid shadows which come in sleek lipgloss-alike packaging with a sponge-tipped wand.

26 June 2015

Aviary Lane, Dublin: Go for the hair flair, return for the décor to die for!

Aviary Lane Hair Salon Dublin Review

Seriously, lads, why did nobody tell me? Oh sure, I’d heard about Aviary Lane as one of the city's top hair salons, and admired their work atop Kirstie’s fabliss head,  but till they invited me in this week I had NO IDEA that the place is so jaw-droppingly aesthetically pleasing.

25 June 2015

The Seaside Salon That's Well Worth The Train Ride From Dublin

Esthetique Skin and Bodycare Beauty Salon Donabate Dublin

There are many things I’ll miss about my temporary stay in the Irish seaside town of Donabate. Our charming host, who put myself and Mr Fluff up while we rewired and repainted our house. The pretty beach. The genuinely lovely station officers at Donabate Railway Station.  And being just minutes from Esthetique, an excellent local salon that is well worth making a journey to from further afield.

24 June 2015

Allsun's Thinking Pink with Beauty Picks from Budget to Blowout: Bourjois, Chanel, Maybelline, Bobbi Brown and more!

I’ve been braver since I found this red lipstick but with pink, I’m much more in my comfort zone. I’ve always loved this fun and feminine shade and it’s been great to see so many pink beauty looks on the catwalks this year. It’s a colour that can be worn pretty much anywhere - lips, cheeks or eyes – so I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites to share with you all today.

22 June 2015

Chanel Chance Eau Vive: The Scent of the Summer

Chanel Chance Eau Vive Perfume Review

Uplifting and complex, I’ve always loved the scent of grapefruit – so it was love at first sniff with the latest of the Chance fragrances from Chanel. Eau Vive, the first Chance scent created by perfumer Oliver Polge, is zesty and cheering and delicious - and exactly what I want to smell like this summer.

Citrus notes, by their very nature, don’t tend to linger on the skin – they’re what’s known as ‘short’ notes, which quickly evaporate after an initial energising splash. This is different:  the grapefruit is blended with juicy blood orange and – while other accords come through as the fragrance settles on the skin - the initial freshness lasts for hours.

19 June 2015

A New Cleansing Favourite – And It’s Irish! Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm

Nia Calendula and Orange Blossom Cleansing Balm

I’ve been doing a fair bit of travelling lately and wherever I go, this wee pot of natural goodness comes with me.  It’s handily packaged, reasonably priced, smells delicious, is made in Ireland and most of all, leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and pampered – in two easy steps.

17 June 2015

Smashbox Fireball Matte Be Legendary Lipstick Review and Pics

There were so many brilliant aspects to the recent bloggers trip to London, to visit the Smashbox popup shop in Boxpark, Shoreditch.

Picking up some tips from the supremely talented Janine Bird, National Makeup Coach for Smashbox, on the tricky techniques of contouring and flicky eyeliner. Finding out all about the brand’s latest releases – stay tuned for a post on my favourites. Staying in the awesome Ace Hotel in Shoreditch (which heavily influenced the design of The Dean in Dublin - and was tipped the nod to by Emma Mac, in our Insider’s Guide to London).