05 May 2015

Race Face: What I Wore to Punchestown Last Week

Punchestown Races with Gold Fever Hair Extensions

It’s not every Wednesday that you can don a headpiece and heels and be chauffeur driven to Naas for one of the highlights of the Irish sporting and social calendar. But thanks to Gold Fever hair extensions, sponsors of the Best Dressed Ladies contest at the Punchestown Race Festival, Allsun and I found ourselves pinching ourselves, having a bit of a flutter and quaffing champagne in the corporate lounge.

We were on hand to observe the judges hunt for the Best Dressed Lady competition, sponsored by Gold Fever. The wonderfully gracious and lovely Cathy O’Connor was a judge on Tuesday along with Lottie Ryan and Gillian Quinn. Andrea Roche, Roz Purcell, Rosanna Davison, Louis Walsh and Georgia Salpa were also judges throughout the 5-day festival.

Punchestown Races with Gold Fever Hair Extensions

Daily winners scooped a €1,000 Gold Fever voucher along with an In Styler hair too, while all finalists walked away with €400 goody bags. Audrey Kelly, from Naas, was Tuesday’s winner in a floral print Ted Baker dress from Aria Boutique, and a pale pink headpiece from Debenhams. I managed to catch Audrey in the back of my selfie above (I'm wearing a Mango jacket, my Mulberry satchel and pretty much exactly this outfit, in case you were wondering!). The top prize - a year's worth of Gold Fever hair extensions and a five-star holiday to South Africa – went to Blaithin Dunleavy, who wore Roland Mouret.

The gorgeous (Irish model) Roz Purcell - far right - also couldn't resist a selfie in that mirror! 
Being race-day novices (we both borrowed our hats from our mums), we learned absolutely bucketloads and Allsun will be sharing her observations with us very soon. In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a run-down of the makeup I wore for our big day at the races. I wanted to look a bit glam, to live up to our hang-out in the Bollinger champagne bar, and for my makeup to last all day – without looking too over the top for a daytime event.

Skin: In lieu of primer, I used Estee Lauder's Enlighten Even Effect Skintone Corrector, which gives a lovely glow while balancing the complexion and minimising dark spots, marks, redness, and pores. The broad spectrum SPF 30 protection also came in handy for the sunny spells between hailstones and showers (well, this is springtime in Ireland)! Over this, I used my latest love: Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Finish Perfectly Satin 24 HR foundation. I’ll have a full review for you soon but suffice it to say, this stuff really delivers – we’re talking a long-lasting, flawless finish that feels lightweight and comfortable to wear. A dusting of Clinique powder held everything in place and I popped my favourite Clarins concealer in my bag for any touch-ups.

Irish beauty blogger Emma from Fluff and Fripperies

Cheeks: Charlotte Tilbury’s contour and highlight palette (check it out here) gave me some subtle definition while a dusting of Nude Exposure blusher from Hourglass helped further create the illusion of cheekbones (without clashing with the colour on my lips).

Lips:  The Image Ormedic Balancing Lip Enhancement Complex is an excellent treatment product with antioxidants, peptides for anti-aging and skin-repairing ingredients. Once that sank in I slicked on some bright pink matte lippy, Good Kisser, by MAC, which really perks up my complexion.

Irish beauty blogger Emma from Fluff and Fripperies

Eyes:  I kept things simple and classic with Chanel’s beautiful Poesie palette (a favourite of Pixiwoo’s Sam, so she told me!) paired with a couple of the brand’s wonderful waterproof liners – a gold for my lower waterline, and soft brown for the top lashline – and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash mascara. I’m trialling a whole bunch of their lash flatterers right now so I can report back soon. As a base, I used one of the new Armani eye tints in a pretty champagne shade. My Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil finished things off.

Tried any of these products? Thoughts? And are you a fan of a day at the races, or d’you think it’s all just a bit too much fuss?

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