28 April 2016

The Fitzwilliam Hotel, Belfast: Review

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast Review

I’ve loved Belfast since my first visit to friends there. There’s something buzzy and exciting about the city and the variety of bars and restaurants on offer always impressed me – although, post-recession, I think Dublin has finally caught up.  On a recent visit around Mr Fluff’s birthday we were offered the chance to check out The Fitzwilliam Hotel, a fashionable 4-star that’s smack bang in the city centre. I’d actually walked past it on loads of occasions without ever venturing in but I have a feeling it will be a regular haunt from now on.

25 April 2016

Vichy Sun Care: Luxe and Lovely Favourites from this Fab French Pharma Brand

Vichy Sun Care and SPF Favourites Review

Vichy products don’t always scream luxury to me – I tend to think of this French pharmacy brand as more of a provider of basics and staples – but their sun range is the exception. I’ve really enjoyed the products that I’ve tried in the suncare/bronzing/tanning categories and found the textures and formulations tend to feel very high-end.

21 April 2016

A Weekend In Glasgow: An Insider’s Guide

Glasgow Guide: Buchanan Street

We’ve published Insider's Guides to London, Dublin and Marbella and today, Scotland’s largest city is in the spotlight, as we take you on a tour of some of our favourite spots in Glasgow. The flight from Dublin to Glasgow is one of the shortest on record at just over half an hour, and there are frequent deals to be had on Ryanair and Aer Lingus.  Much like Dublin, Glasgow is a compact city that's easy to navigate and explore, and it’s packed with attractions from cultural to architectural to gastronomical. And let's not forget the excellent pub scene.

20 April 2016

Clarins Super Restorative Range Gets The Thumbs Up For Older Skin

We’re huge fan of Clarins skincare round these parts, and have made it our mission to get all the women in our lives as hooked as we are. Allsun’s mum is a recent convert and has been testing out the Super Restorative Range for Older skin, trialling the day and night cream along with the remodelling serum. Aimed at women over 50, the products promise intensive replenishment for skin experiencing age related hormonal changes. Here’s how she got on…

19 April 2016

Oops, I Wore It Again: Dresses.ie Tropical Print Shirt Dress

new favourite spring dress

I’m almost embarrassed by how often this dress has appeared on the blog lately. Here it is in my Clinique post, there it is at Killashee and look, here’s one that didn’t make it into my post on Chanel’s new nail polish range (which is excellent, as a side note; read my review here) because I want you to know that I do actually own more than one dress.

Obviously, though, this is my current favourite; I like it because it ticks all of my boxes. The colour and print are cheery, and evocative of warmer weather (the print is a coral reef, just fyi). Shirt dresses are both on-trend and ridiculously easy to wear; they look good with tights and boots in colder weather and bare legs and sandals/trainers when things start to warm up.  Sleeves and pockets are hard to come by in a dress, and this baby’s got both. And finally, it’s from Dresses.ie, an Irish website that has recently rebranded with an expanded fashion offering; I’ve also got my eye on this deliciously slouchy pink coat.

Are you guilty of wearing your favourite pieces again and again? 

18 April 2016

10 Reasons To Plan Your Next Girls Weekend At Killashee

Killashee House Hotel and Spa Afternoon Tea

Could this be the perfect girlie getaway? I won’t leave you hanging: the answer is yes, yes it could. True story: on a recent Friday afternoon, 4 frazzled and frankly exhausted women – one of them heavily pregnant – fled the stresses of the city and returned, just 24 hours later, entirely pampered and refreshed. The destination? Killashee House Hotel and Spa, a mere 30 kms from Dublin, but a welcome change of scenery in all respects.

Here’s 10 reasons to round up your besties and let Killashee work its magic on you:

15 April 2016

Beauty Bargain Alert! Cult Beauty Product Dupe.

Beauty Bargain Jade Face Roller Fluff and Fripperies

This post starts with a tragedy and ends with a win, so keep reading through the tears: I promise that it’s worth it!

One of the casualties of our move last year was my beloved face roller from Cult Beauty. This was pricey at £43 - about €54 – and was a present from Himself which I’m sure I had heavily hinted at.

Facial massage is great for keeping your skin looking younger and fresher for longer, and this little tool made it easy: hand-carved from pure jade or rose quartz, the larger end is for using on the face and neck, while the smaller side is for use around the eyes and upper lip.

06 April 2016

Chefs' Surprise Tasting Menu at Brioche, Ranelagh

Brioche Restaurant Ranelagh Review Dublin

Very few restaurants I’ve visited lately have excited me as much as Ranelagh’s Brioche. Mr Fluff and I kicked off a recent four-day weekend with dinner here on a Thursday evening,  and we both agreed: the cosy, relaxed vibe, coupled with the execution of the food, added up to the best meal out we’ve had in ages.