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A manicure that lasted longer than my last relationship (14 days!)

16 Feb

It won’t let you down. Break its promise  or fade after the delight of your initial introduction. With Shellac nail colour, it keeps its promise, ensuring your manicure lasts for 14 days.

In a time of recession, many women are going the DIY route with their nails. Who wants to spend €30 or more on a manicure that chips after two days?  Or have you ever gotten a manicure and then reached for your keys and ruined it?  This is why I’m completely smitten with Shellac, the manicure that requires no drying time and lasts two weeks with no issues whatsoever, but can only be done in a salon as it requires a special UV lamp for drying.

Shellac is fret-free and convenient.  Shellac paints on just like a regular polish using specially formulated base coat, two layers of color, and top coat. After each coat of polish is applied, you put your hand under the timed lamp while the other hand is being painted. As soon as the manicurist is done with your nails, you can dig into your purse for your keys without any concern of smudging or chipping. They are 100 percent dry in the same time it takes for a normal manicure.

I tried scratching at my nails, and even rubbing them along a brick wall–the polish stays put with a gorgeous, shiny finish. Expect your nails to look exactly like this for two weeks. Mine endured sinks full of dishes, harsh cleaning chemicals, and many hours of typing for 16 whole days.

Removing the polish is equally innovative. Try as you might, normal nail polish remover will not do the trick. This stuff is strong. You must return to the salon, and after 10 minutes under CND’s remover wraps your lacquer will literally glide off. These fun little stickers keep acetone concentrated over the nail, so chemicals won’t bother your skin. There is no rubbing and no sticky polish with cotton sticking to it, plus your hands are free to read a magazine while you wait. Your manicure will come off immediately after 10 minutes.

Click HERE for a list of Irish salons.

Nars helps us brighten up the Valentines blues.

15 Feb

For Spring’s bright, playful look, Nars introduces a Tainted Love limited-edition gift set.

The Tainted Love set contains:
Angelika Lip Gloss
Angelika Multiple
Schiap Nail Polish.

In true NARS fashion, the set is housed in vibrant packaging that makes them as exciting on the outside as they are on the inside.

Angelka is a cotton candy hue with gold particles – *lust*.

 

Are sulphate shampoos causing your hair loss? Why I’m saying Yes To Carrots!

11 Feb

I’m constantly searching for hair products that do not contain sulfates or silicon. My reasons are as follows:

Sulfates, which are very common in shampoo and skin care products, strip your hair (or skin) of natural oils causing it to dry out. In fact, they even aggravate the problem of hair loss. And silicone shampoos or conditioners can weigh your hair down and make it look flat and greasy, especially if you’ve naturally curly hair.

Sometimes with natural shampoos and conditioners you only get a day or so out of your hair before you need to wash it again, however when I used Yes To Carrots Nourishing Carrot Shampoo I found I got up to four days (I know, I’m scummy, but believe me with hair as long as mine you don’t want wash it every other day.) I apply the shampoo, massage my scalp and leave it there for a couple of more minutes almost like a mask for my scalp.


I also use the conditioner from this line which I adore, though it might be a little light for my very thick hair, or perhaps I should leave it on for longer.

Overall I’ve been so impressed with this line that I’ve repurchased their body wash twice and image I will purchase it again. The smell is absolutely gorgeous, one of the nicest, cleanest scents I’ve ever come across.

Yes to Carrots Eye and Makeup Remover is next on my ‘wish list’!

To buy try amazon or click here for Irish retailers

If you think Blondes have more fun it’s only because you’ve never been a Redhead.

26 Nov

Throughout history, redheads have been feared and revered, loathed and adored, degraded and exalted. It’s one hair colour which provokes such a definite response.

For many years I hated being a redhead. As a child I would search the shelves in toy stores for a doll with my hair colour, to no avail. As a teenager I’d flick through Vogue and Elle in search of a runway model with red hair. Neither were there any redheaded newsreaders, celebrities or movie stars. It was as if red hair was still seen as something ugly, something which people didn’t want to see or emulate.

And then in the late eighties Pretty Woman and Julia Roberts came along, at last, someone with red hair who was deemed beautiful. I wanted to be just like her (albeit not a hooker). So I permed my hair, bought knee-length boots and waited for my Richard Gere.


Yet it was the 90s before I saw red-haired dolls in the shops, and even today they’re still uncommon.

Redheaded Barbie

However, there are many beautiful redheads who are now celebrated and adored, from Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and to natural redheads like Juliane Moore and Debra Messing who never faltered from their roots…


And those we wish had stayed red, like Lindsay Lohan…

…to new flaming redheads like Rihanna.

We’re slowly beginning to realise that what makes us different is what makes us beautiful.

Becoming a redhead has never been easier as at last there’s an incredible range to choose from, I’m particularly excited by John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, a new range which offers an extensive colour chart of reds.

Detailed review of this new ‘easy to use product’ which promises ‘salon results’ to follow in the coming weeks.

Voya – helping us start the day over.

23 Nov

You know how sometimes changing your outfit can make you feel better. There’s nothing like a pink tulle skirt to lift my spirits. Or my wanna-be cashmere jumper with the red heart. Or a pair of shoes so gloriously high they almost tilt me over the edge I’m already teetering on.

In the same way the perfect yin to the yang of a bad day (and today was one of those days) is to shed my skin, or at least the top layer. It almost feels like starting over. Washing away the day. Hence, I’m a big fan of exfoliators.

For my face I have long favoured chemical exfoliators (such as skin brighteners containing salicylic acid), and for my body I’ve use various physical exfoliators (including exfoliating gloves, towels and scrubs). These products help shed old dead cells leaving skin dewy and smooth. Or at least that’s the idea.

However, of late, I’ve found the physical exfoliator I was using left my skin dry, so I’d reduced how often I used it and ultimately tried a new brand – Voya Body Buff (Time to Shine). I wasn’t familiar with this brand but I liked the fact that the ingredients were organic – made from hand-harvested seaweed.

The scent is certainly natural, almost sea-like but very light, and the consistency is creamy with moderate grains.

When I first lathered it on my skin I thought it was fairly similar to other exfoliators I’d used so my expectations weren’t particularly high. But after I showered and dried I noticed something which made me very happy. My skin was silk to touch without even the slightest hint of dryness. In fact I was so impressed I also used this body product on my face which yielded similar results. I’m looking forward to trying products from the rest of their range.

Price: €10

For full range see: www.voya.ie

Serums – Skincare’s new Superheroes

14 Nov


Serums have undoubtedly become the superheroes of skincare.  Demand is growing so quickly for high potency serums that Olay’s waiting list reached 10,000 for its new serum Regenerist 3 Point Super Serum. After using this product for a month it’s easy to see what all the fuss is about, it really does work just as well as many of its more expensive counterparts (Cost €38)

How do serums differ from face creams?

A serum does not replace your moisturiser, rather it should be layered beneath your daily face cream where it will act like a bespoke troubleshooting treatment. They are designed to be intensive, penetrating beyond the top layer of the epidermis, creating real results which can be seen the morning after you’ve applied a serum -even for the first time, and it allow you to give yourself the type of treatment which was previously only available in salons.

Some of the Best Serums on the market.

Sisleya Radiance Anti-Aging Concentrate  (€310)


Sisleya Radiance Concentrate is a very high-quality anti-aging product with convincing results.

Cliniques Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle and UV Damage Corrector (About €40)

This ‘cocktail’ of potent enzymes, peptitdes and antioxidants help smooth existing lines and protect against future damage.

Chanel Sublimage Essential Revitalising (€320 )



Inside Katherine Heigl’s make-up bag

12 Nov
Katherine Heigl's Favorites

Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes Concealer No. 1 in Ivory Beige, $28.50; amazon.com.

Pout Flush Blush in Pink, $22; victoriassecret.com.
Shu Uemura Velvet Perfect Adjusting Powdery Foundation in No. 754, $32.50; shuuemura.com.
Stila Convertible Eye Color in Berry, $18; sephora.com
Hylexin Eye Cream, $95; hylexin.com

Stila Lip Polish in Shimmer, $20; sephora.com
Pout Eyesheer in Calypso, $20; pout.co.uk
Tarte Dual Gloss in Lois & Clark, $19; tartecosmetics.com
L’Oreal Feather-Lash Mascara in Black, $8; drugstore.com

(See InStyle for more)

Take the shine off.

11 Nov


There’s a big difference between sporting a ‘healthy dewy glow’ and looking like your face has underground oil rigs that have just sprung some leaks – namely on your nose, forehead and chin. We’re all familiar with that unattractive sheen which makes us glow in photos, and which always occurs at the most inopportune times like during your first date with Mr Right, or as you sit in the waiting room before your big interview or on your wedding day.  Instead arm yourself with the ‘shiny girl’s saviours’ which promise to take the shine off your face (in the best possible way).

After your make-up application is complete fix it in place with a light spritz of Urban Decay All-Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Available from Boots).

When the sheen strikes the last thing you want to do is apply more face powder as it just gives a chalky finish which can end up leaving your make-up looking blotchy and heavy, instead try Paul and Joe miniature Blotting Paper (asos.com)

Or The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Blotting Tissues (also comes in Camomile for sensitive skin) or Dior Blotting papers, one sheet is enough to blot the whole face during touch-ups or when humidity hits.


Ten Minute Hair Miracle

6 Oct

In ten minutes it promises it will:
1.) Repairs dry damaged hair 2.) Adds shine 3.) Smoothes & controls frizz 4.) Seals & protects hair color 5.) Detangles 6.) Prevents split ends 7.) Stops hair breakage 8.) Creates Silkiness 9.) Enhances natural body 10.) Flat iron spray & thermal protector


Directions
It’s amazingly easy to use: Shampoo and condition hair, towel dry, spray product

Results

It’s a TEN! What a find. At first I couldn’t imagine that one product would actually do all that this one claimed to. I tried it for a week with no other styling products, and since that week I’ve been converted. Especially good when I get out of the pool and my hair is dehydrated and unmanageable. I have very thick  curly hair that I blow dry straight and then use a GHD so it’s not in great condition naturally, after only ten minutes this product showed real results, I also found it brought out my highlights.

A sleek solution – one simple hair product which conditions, styles and protects.

27 Sep

Moroccanoil.

Imagine taking a Troll doll and scrubbing its hair with Daz, then tumble drying it on full speed. The result? An electrified, back-combed afro of hair, which is a fairly accurate description of what my hair looks like when I let it dry naturally.

If, like me, you have a not quite straight, not quite curly mane of hair otherwise known as frizz then you’ll be excited by what I’m about tell you. There is a cure and it’s called Moroccanoil – a bottle of sweet smelling magic that will turn the untamed beast that lives on top of your head into a bundle of silky, shiny, easily managed gorgeousness. So gorgeous, in fact, that it would make Cheryl Cole swoon with envy.

Multi-functional

Moroccanoil works with all hair types but is especially effective on naturally wavy tresses, hair which easily frizzes, or reacts badly to drizzly Irish rain. It can be used as a styling, finishing or conditioning product and if that wasn’t enough, it also protects against sun damage, humidity and other harsh environmental factors. The perfect rehydration treatment for colour damaged hair or for those of us with an addiction to ceramic straightening tongs.

How I use it

I apply a little to my split ends before I wash my hair and then I apply some more before I untangle my mop and blow-dry it straight – the result is sleek healthy looking hair. Or if I’m in a rush – which is most of the time – I apply a generous amount of this product to my towel dried hair and then on my way to work turn up the car heater to high, by the time I arrive I’ve a head of salon curls. Though be careful to keep it away from your roots or you’ll end up looking like Mrs Doyle from Father Ted. And in the words of Mrs Doyle, “Go on, go on, go on…” and treat yourself to this oil which was also included in this year’s Oscar goodie bags.

Price: 35 euros, available from www.cdwow.ie

LiLash Purified Eyelash Stimulator works, but at what cost.

23 Sep

The good news is this product works, in only two and half weeks I was seeing results – longer, glossier thicker lashes.

The bad news.

It began to irritate my skin, it was only a mild irritation and itch but enough for me to look into the ingredients which is what I should have done before I tried this product. It contains Prostaglandin, the possible side effect from this chemical include eye colour change. What was even more worrying was the fact that it contains a preservative called methylchloroisothiazalinone. In high concentrations this could cause chemical burns and it is a skin and membrane irritant, thus the pigmentation changes.

Would you brush your teeth in public? Well now you can.

21 Sep

Applying make-up at a dining table? No way.  Pluck your eyebrows in public view of anyone? Would prefer not. File your nails in the office? Okay, sometimes, but only if a nail breaks. Brush your teeth while waiting for the bus? WHAT?

That’s right. Apparently it’s just fine to wash your pearly whites on a bus, in the back of a taxi, or where ever the mood takes you. And that’s why Colgate have launched single-use toothbrushes. The blue bead released a minty flavour as the plastic bristles scrub your teeth (no rinsing required) and they’ve apparently come a long way from the little plastic one-use tooth brushes you used be able to buy in public bathrooms of swanky hotels.

Colgate Wish Peppermint Brushes are available from amazon.com and drugstore.com $2.50 for four.

The Beauty Boffin’s review of Nivea ‘Good-bye Celluite – 10 Day Serum’.

16 Sep

I’m not sure how it happened but overnight my legs were hit by a meteor shower of cellulite. So I’m almost glad the Summer is over because I can pull myself away from the impulse to buy every beauty product with the term ‘cellulite treatment’ written on the bottle.

The first product I bought back in June was Nivea ‘Good-bye Celluite’. 10 Day Serum.

I loved the name and also loved the fact that it was a serum. When I first used this product I got very excited because it has the most divine scent, possibly the Lotus extract, it’s both uplifting and luxurious, as is the texture. It goes on easily, almost velvety, thought I found I had to be quite generous with the application to cover my thighs and I’ve got fairy skinny thighs (think Kermit the frog legs).

I used it daily for ten days but I didn’t see any difference whatsoever, bar the fact that I smelled like a very expensive bar of soap. And what really ticked me off was that by day ten the bottle of serum was empty. I know the label says ‘ten day serum’ but I didn’t actually think that meant there was only enough for ten days.

If this product was cheaper I would buy it simply because of the heavenly scent but I certainly wouldn’t purchase it to treat cellulite. Sigh. The search continues.

The Secret behind flawless Hollywood faces

15 Sep

Amazing Cosmetics concealer

Drew Barrymore says she won’t leave the house without Amazing Cosmetics concealer, this statement alone was enough to polevault me to the computer to order some of this magic potion.

The product’s promise: Say “Au revoir” to dark circles, blemishes, sun damage, broken capillaries, redness and more.

Does it work?

It does, but you have to be really careful when applying it.   A little goes a long way and it’s essential to use a make-up/concealer brush.

Apply pin dot amounts of concealer  at the inside corner of each eye. Three dots in the shape of a triangle is all you’ll need to erase under eye circles.

I found it totally covered dark circles and stayed put all day, even in humid conditions. It didn’t create that dry starchy appearance which sometimes happens with concealer but I had applied eye cream first, when I lent it to someone else to try their experiences were different. They found it dried and caked on their under-eye area.  I think this was because the beauty boffin in question applied too much, but she begs to differ, so the jury is still out on this one. I guess I liked it but I don’t think it lived up to the hype to be honest and I also thought it was  over-priced at forty dollars plus postage.

It is a celebrity favourite because they need a hundred per cent coverage when they’re being consistently snapped by the paps, for us mere mortals I think the cheaper alternatives are just as good.



Paying for the science is worth the money – Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift

14 Sep

Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift.

In truth I would pay all sorts of ridiculous sums of money or even pull out the big guns in the form of my credit card if I was guaranteed that a beauty product would work, that it really would do what it says on the label.  And I too know the disappointment of spending a vast sum of  money on a product which is about as potent and effective on lines as whipped cream, so I don’t say this lightly –  Perricone MD High Potency Eye Lift works.

What you’re not paying for is an expensive perfume  or fancy packaging, what you are paying for is scientifically proven ingredients.

I saw this product working immediately, after the first application the fine lines around my eyes began to blur and ultimately dissolve.  It also tightened the skin without causing that drying sensation I’ve experienced with other eye products.

I would not hesitate in buying it again, even at this price, it’s worth every penny and it was no surprise to later learn that this product is a best-seller and recommended by dermatologists.

Price €95

An Orgasm in a Tube – The latest from NARS’ famed Orgasm range

13 Sep

Okay, so this has been available in Brown Thomas for a few months but every time I go to buy it it’s sold out.  This of course just makes me want it more and finally I got my hands on the latest in NARS’ famed Orgasm range, the Orgasm Illuminator is a shimmering pinky-peach highlighter that looks super-sensual and is especially  suited to Irish skin tones.

It doesn’t matter any which way you wear it: as a primer, blush or on your arms, legs and décolleté. Its sheer consistency imparts a light shimmery veil of colour that looks amazing. I prefer it for night time than day but if you’re tanned or darker then it would look sensational for daytime wear as well.

How to use it:

Though the Orgasm Illuminator goes on sheer, its colour is buildable. Using your fingertips, simply pat the colour onto your skin to amplify the shimmery peach colour, stopping only when you’ve reached your desired intensity. Try this on your cheeks and temples for an ultra-modern, drop dead sexy look.

Where to buy it:

Now in stock in Brown Thomas

Price:

€29

Update with purple this season

11 Sep

Purple, violet, lavender, lilac are huge on-trend colours for this season. If you’re not bold enough to wear this colour on your lips then consider it as an eye-shadow. It’s incredibly flattery on every skin tone and colouring, particularly redheads. And is the quickest way to update to your make-up.

One Night’s Sleep Away From Wrinkle Free Skin.

8 Sep

Chest-A-Peel

Chest-A-Peel’s pillow pads aim to prevent creasing and reduce wrinkles while you sleep – that’s what the advert promised (insert eye-rolling).

I gasped at the picture of said product and laughed, I mean do they think we’re complete morons or something, but still I couldn’t help myself, I did a quick search for reviews because I thought they’d be hilarious. They weren’t. In fact they were praising this device. Still, I didn’t really believe them.

So I got my hands on a Chest-A-Peel Pillow (even the name is all wrong, isn’t it). After enduring many jokes from husbands – jokes which won’t be repeated here but let’s just say the road to beauty isn’t always pretty or sexy – still, undettered I tried said pillow, which involves cushioning it between one’s boobs.

How it works:

When a woman sleeps on her side, the body’s natural weight distribution causes her skin to fold between her breasts. As skin loses resiliency with age, these folds become unsightly wrinkles and permanent creases on her chest.

The patented design of the heart series pad actually prevents the skin folds that occur during typical side-sleep and also actively works to repair existing wrinkles and creases on the chest. The heart-shaped pad actually absorbs the wrinkles that would otherwise develop on your chest while you sleep and protects your décolletage from further damage.

Just apply the pad at bedtime, and by the next morning, you’ll see a noticeable reduction in both the quality and quantity of wrinkles on your chest. Affordable and durable, Chest-A-Peel is for women of all ages, and can be worn as frequently (or infrequently) as desired.

The results

Okay, so pride is a hard boil to swallow but I had to shove it back down my throat and warn it to stay there because this product works and it works quickly. Creasing disappeared and after a few weeks of use my skin was totally unmarked.

See http://chestapeel.co.uk for before and after pics as there are many humiliations I’d go through for beauty but posting pics of my boobs isn’t one of them.

and also, www.chestapeel.com

Price £34.99

Are we ready for navy varnish on short nails? See some of the best options.

7 Sep

Navy varnish on short nails (to offset the bold colour) is a major autumn 2010 trend.

Here are some of the best navys available.

Yves Saint Laurent Nail Lacquer in Deep Blue


OPI’s Russian Navy

And Chanel Blue Satain.

Navy isn’t going to suit everyone, so maybe try aqua, which is a perfect if you’re just not ready to let go of the Summer or are heading abroad lounging pool side then try:

Nars shimmery Blue Lagoon.

Zoya’s Robyn, a little lighter than Nars, probably more turquoise.

Sephora’s 56 Electric Blue is the cheapest of the bunch and stays true to its name ‘electric’.

For intense saturation try O.P.I.’s No Room for the Blues.

Courtney Love’s stem cell facelift- amazing results.

6 Sep

The singer is said to have been attending a New York based surgeon for non-surgical face-lift treatments called the stem cell facelift, in which a patient’s complexion is revamped using their own grafted fat tissue.

The treatment is not commonly available and is costly but is said to last for  five years, plumps up and tightens the skin and stops the neck from sagging. Anything which is an alternative to using a knife wins favour with me, and it has to be said she looks like a new woman.
See pic below – before surgery.