01 July 2016

Clarins Sunkissed Summer Makeup Collection 2016

Clarins Sunkissed Summer Makeup Collection 2016

You can always count on Clarins for a lovely and wearable summer makeup edit and this year's Sunkissed collection entirely lives up to its name.

A fabulous compact, lip oils, cream shadows and fixing/setting products are all included; they’re all designed to be easy to wear and to use, making them perfect pieces for bringing with you on your holliers.

29 June 2016

Incredible Seafood (and Value) at The Cliff Townhouse, Dublin

The Cliff Townhouse Restaurant Dublin Review

Housed in a gorgeous Georgian red-brick on St Stephen’s Green, The Cliff Townhouse restaurant has an enviable location and a luxe and monied vibe: think navy leather, heavy white tablecloths, brass and chandeliers. Which makes the affordable pre-theatre menu all the more surprising – this seafood focused menu is incredible value, at just €25 for two courses, and €30 for three.

We weren’t actually going to the theatre, of course, which always makes me feel a bit of a cheapskate when I’m eating from that menu; instead, we were restoring our sense of selves as civilised, urban types, after two nights and three days in a field.

27 June 2016

Not yet found your N°5? Chanel N°5 L'Eau could be The One

Chanel No5 L'Eau Launch Review

Chanel fans, put 19th September in your diary now: it’s the date when the latest in the N°5 family drops. There’s a pleasing bit of symmetry here in that Chanel N°5 L'Eau, created by Oliver Polge, will be the fifth N°5 fragrance launched - joining the original Parfum, Eau de Toilette, Eau de Parfum and, most recently, Eau Premiere.

Some pleasing symmetry, too, around the face of the campaign: Chanel N°5 L’Eau will be fronted by the genetically gifted young Lily-Rose Depp whose mother, the divine Ms Paradis, was also a face of the brand at the same tender age.

25 June 2016

My Best Festival Experience Yet: Body&Soul 2016 Review

Body & Soul Festival 2016 Review

It’s a testament to how wrecked I am after Body&Soul that it’s taken me almost a week to get this post up.

But that’s not the festival’s fault, it’s entirely down to my advancing years: if anything, Body&Soul goes out of its way to make things as easy as possible for its revellers over the 3-day event.

With good food (the Food on Board area was a standout), great music, a happy, mellow crowd and really lovely, helpful staff members and volunteers, this was a weekend to remember and probably my best festival experience to date.

24 June 2016

Pre-Holiday Primping at Allure Beauty and Spa, Drumcondra

Allure Beauty and Spa Drumcondra Review

When you think about it, few relationships are as intimate as the one you share with your beauty therapist - which is why finding a great local salon, somewhere you rate and trust and feel comfortable, is such a blessing.

I almost hesitate to say it, based on just one visit, but I think I’ve discovered such a gem.

Allure Beauty & Spa is within shuffling distance - in flip flops, after a pedicure - from my house, and offers everything from waxing to lashes to facials and massage (you can check out their website for all the deets).

22 June 2016

5 things I really, really want from the Penneys AW16 Press Day #PrimarkAw16


Penneys/Primark Autumn Winter Fashion AW16

The Penneys/Primark Autumn Winter Press day was last week and while, no, I’m nowhere near ready for summer to be over, it has given me a serious case of The Wants. To wit:

20 June 2016

Vichy Capital Soleil Beautifying Sun Protection Compact Is A Summer Staple

Vichy Capital Soleil Beautifying Sun Protection Compact

I’ve mentioned this a few times (like this post on my favourite Vichy sun products), but since it’s become a warm-weather must-have for me, I figured the Vichy Beautifying Sun Protection Compact deserved its very own post. 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t deal with fussy, extended beauty routines when it’s hot outside, and what I love about this is that it’s quick, it’s easy, and it does several jobs at once. 

17 June 2016

#HookedByAldi at Taste of Dublin 2016

Hooked by Aldi Taste of Dublin 2016

Aldi are doing something a little bit different at Taste of Dublin this year: Hooked By Aldi is a celebration of Irish seafood, stylishly served in a beach-hut restaurant, and for an excellent cause.

When you arrive at Taste, contact the Maitre’D to book your seat; if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you’ll be treated to an assiette of three fish dishes - followed by dessert - with matched wines. And naturally, everything served will be available in all Aldi stores nationwide.