On my first visit to Lyrath Estate and Spa in Kilkenny, their ginger renewal treatment jumped straight into my top five spa and salon experiences - of all time. And, since my favourite outfit is a giant fluffy robe and a pair of spa slippers, that’s really saying a lot. So the Oasis spa had a lot to live up to on my recent return – but did they deliver?
I’m really incredibly smitten with Smashbox as a brand. Their heritage – being born out of the Smashbox Studios in LA – is incredibly glamorous and cool, and they just know how to make women look good (don’t believe me? Check out this post!).
And they do things like this: give away product, just because. Previously it’s been primers – and Smashbox make some of the best I’ve tried – but tomorrow, they’ve decreed, is #FoundationFriday. To celebrate, the first 20 customers of the day at any Smashbox counter across the UK and Ireland will get their hands on a free, full-sized bottle of their best-selling Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation with SPF 10 - worth €36 a pop.
I’ve tried this stuff before and, believe me, it does not budge. It is more than a match for my oily tzone, but it doesn’t feel remotely drying on my dehydrated forehead and cheeks. In short, it is bloody brilliant and this is an amazing offer that doesn’t come along every day.
So get yourself a printout of the Smashbox UK Facebook Event page or show it on your smartphone (click through for the link) and hotfoot it to your nearest Smashbox counter; you’ll find a store selector here.
Are you ready, now? On your marks, get set…get fabulous!
|L-R: Clarins, YSL, Bobbi Brown|
I can spot an orangey-red lipstick at 100 yards (and if you've ever seen a woman inelegantly stampeding across the Brown Thomas beauty hall, that's probably just what's happened), but if a lippy's in the pink, mauve or soft berry spectrum it will probably have been invisible to me - until this season.
I’ve really enjoyed taking part in the Ask Her Friends Bloggers Panel. It’s been great fun selecting my monthly favourites from the site (which, let’s face it, has turned into one big wishlist exercise), and I’ve enjoyed using the site’s tools – like the Ideas Map - to help me make my choices.
The best bit, though, is that you guys can win a £50 voucher by voting for your favourite picks. The theme this month was autumn which, to me, means comfort and cosiness and wrapping up warm – preferably in the softest cashmere, like this gorgeous boyfriend cardigan.
The silver leaf necklace is seasonal and stylish while the vintage rose bouquet, with its peachy pink tones, fits perfectly with that whole soft and snuggly vibe. With notes of wood and moss, Diptyque’s Chene candle is perfect for this time of year and I chose the mug as it's perfect for sipping hot chocolate by the fire.
Anything calling your name?
It's almost time to talk about the Christmas beauty edits - I know, I know, but they'll be on counter soon and anyway, it's only nine weeks till the day itself. But before we dive headfirst into all things festive, I wanted to dedicate a post to one of my favourite autumn offerings: the Ladylike collection from Clarins.
This is a brand with a first-class skincare pedigree, which has overshadowed its makeup a little in the past. That's changing - the lip perfectors, bronzers and foundations, for example, all have legions of fans - but Clarins' cosmetics still deserve more love.