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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.


Fantastic Friday Finds – Bobbie Brown and Benefit Badgal Mascara Sale

3 Sep


We blogged about this great product last week and now we’re happy to have tracked down a great deal on the Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo: 2x Gel Eyeliner 3g ( #Black Ink, #Sepia Ink ) + Mini Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush 3pcs
  • Long Wear Gel Eyeliner Duo:
  • 2x Gel Eyeliner 3g ( #Black Ink, #Sepia Ink )
  • 1x Mini Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
  • A gel-based, water-proof eyeliner
  • Offers the precision of liquid liner
  • Color stays true for long hours
  • Gives you a subtle to dramatic look
  • Apply with Ultra Fine Eye Liner Brush
€44 from http://www.Strawberrynet.com and free postage. Don’t forget to avail of site’s additional discounts.

Full body spray tan €15

There’s something about an instant tan that makes every weekend a little more special, and this is one of the best deals I’ve come across.

Visit carter beauty, Dublin, see link below for details


Benefit Badgal Lash Mascara – Black

€13.99 Free  shipping with http://www.cdwow.ie

A weekend at The Royal Spa, Budapest. Independent review

29 Aug


Budapest is an incredible city, the only thing that competed with its many wonderful sights was this extraordinary hotel and spa, and I don’t say that lightly.


The spa included a sauna and steam bath, six therapeutic treatments room, a dry floating bed,Vichy shower, fitness room, drinks bar and some fun extras such as a Niagara bathtub, a tropical rain shower and an electric wellness bed.

Quality of the experience.

The Sea Essential Facial Treatment took 70 minutes (€109) and began with a deep facial cleanse and polish which felt healing rather than stripping my face, as often seems to be the case, then face creams were chosen which were ‘packed with marine ingredients’ and these were massaged into my skin. It was a simple facial which I didn’t expect to make much of a difference, however when I looked in the mirror afterwards my skin was glowing and looked visibly refreshed as if I’d had a couple of days of sleep.

The prices for spa treatments have increased from when I last visited in 2008, though the service was still excellent and the spa surroundings was breathtaking – imagine an palace fit for a modern day queen. It certainly deserves its five star status.

Food and drink. There are more than 600 varieties of Hungarian wine on offer in the hotel bar and every other drink imaginable. We paid for use of the executive level, it cost an extra 40 euro per night but was worth it as it includes breakfast, lunch foods, afternoon tea and an all-day desserts selection. Beer, wine, other alcoholic beverages and soft drinks were also on offer and worth it because they’re incredibly expensive in the hotel bar.


€151 incluing tax through the hotel website, though it’s worth shopping around for better deals which include use of the executive lounge.


Filling in the road map and pot holes left by time – Filextra Facial Revolumnizing.

28 Aug

The claim:

FILEXTRA ™: Facial Revolumizing Treatment with Collagen is an all-over facial moisturiser that helps to plump the appearance of aging skin for a more youthful, toned, radiant appearance.

As the skin ages, loss of natural collagen in the mid-face sink a sunken and hollowed look to the cheek and under eye area and unhealthy, sallow and thin looking skin. These signs are as much an age indicator as wrinkles, dark circles and uneven skin tone. To address this specific anti-aging concern, Good Skin Labs introduces Filextra Facial Revolumizing Treatment with Collagen, to visibly corrects the “mid-face sink” with a potent mix of technologically advanced ingredients

The results:

When I read this product promised to plump up my face I had images of looking like Jordan. But to my surprise the results were instant and not at all Jordon-like.

The product is thick and goes on smooth. After only application my skin glowed as if I was a regular gym goer (sigh) and it looked and felt ultra hydrated.

As the weeks rolled on my skin appeared more toned and taut, but most importantly I’m happy to report that the area under my sunken under eyes was filled out, so much so that people began to comment how well rested I was looking.

Coral – the perfect nail colour for your tanned tootsies.

27 Aug

Coral is a toe-nail colour which seems to look glorious and expensive on every skin colour, but finding one with a high gloss and longevity is not always as easy as it seems. After testing over twenty brands we’re bringing you the top three

Essie Coral Reef

A creamy coral with red undertones. Excellent longevity and dries quickly with high gloss though you’ll need a few coats to make it look as luxurious as the others.

Under €12

Lippmann Daytripper: I wasn’t familiar with this brand but have since learned Deborah Lippman is manicurist to the stars and created this line to meet her clients’ demands.

A bright coral with excellent coverage after two light coats. This product also contains a build-in nail strengtheners and dries extremely quickly.

Under €20

WINNER: Revlon Coral

The brush applicator smoothed on the varnish with ease and the texture and coverage meant one coat was enough.  It is thick enough not to run and was, perhaps the easier to apply, it was also the cheapest, at under €10, but nothing and I mean nothing (even after a steam and sauna) caused this varnish to peel or chip.

The Award Winner – Bobbie Brown Long-Wear eyeliner.

17 Aug

So, is there any truth behind the hype surrounding the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeline.  It has, afterall, won “Elle” ‘Genius Award’, “In Style” ‘Best Beauty Buy’,  “Allure” ‘Reader’s Choice Award’,  and it has just come back under my radar as I’ve read Amy Winehouse uses it.

I used to use a pencil eye-liner (Clinique), so I thought it would be difficult to get used to a gel-liner applied with a brush, but this is even simpler than a pencil, goes on easily, blends well for layering or smoking out and the gel last so much longer.  Though I’m not very skilled at eye-liner application it’s easy to control a thin line.

I’ve even  put it through the gym test, impressively – after a four mile run it didn’t smug.  Not even a little.  The rest of me looked a mess but my eyes looked perfect! (Not that I usually wear make-up running, oh God who am I kidding, I wear a little concealer over my sun-block because you just know the one day you leave the house looking like you’ve been dragged through a ditch you’ll bump into him – the ex.  No judgement, please.  And yes, I also wear waterproof mascara, even when I go to the pool. )

But back to the product – I also love the new a/w colour – forest shimmer ink.  Try it, I know you’ll love it.

Purchase from : Brown Thomas

Price: Under €20

Neutrogena’s Advanced Sunscreen SPF 100

7 Aug

I’ve been on a major freckle alert all Summer but thanks my newest favourite find I’ve had nothing to worry about. Neutrogena Spectrum SPF 100 is must-have for anyone who wants to stay young, skin cancer-free and basically avoid burning or even tanning. In fact I think anyone who has skin should own a tube of this.

The claim:

  • Ultra Light
  • Clean Feel
  • Non-greasy, leaves skin soft and smooth
  • Waterproof, sweatproof, resists rub-off
  • Light fresh scent
  • Oil free
  • PABA free

Sunscreen with high-factor tends to come in a sudocrem like consistency, with a greasy texture that just sits on my skin and stain my clothes – and let’s not even mention tiny flies drowning in it and having to peel them off my skin. There is nothing sexy about sunscreen. In fact, a burka has sometimes felt like a more favourable option. But this sunscreen is different.

Neutrogena has developed a breakthrough sun protection technology complex specifically engineered to deliver very high, very broad and photo stable UV protection.  Unlike other sunblocks this one is ultra lightweight, so much so that I didn’t even feel like I was wearing anything on my skin. It’s non-greasy, absorbs in seconds and lasts for up to five hours.

I’m a devotee.

Where to buy it:

I had trouble finding a stockist in Ireland or even the UK and ended up buying it on Ebay, though I see http://www.amazon.com are also stocking it.

Like it, love it, loathe it.

5 Aug


Jasmine scented love bomb.

Sex in the Shower Emotibomb encourages people to share a shower to conserve water. As the warm water touches its surface, wafts of sensual scents entwine themselves around you.

(Available from LUSH – Dublin, Cork)



GOSH Pressed Powder in Amazing Sun

Delivers nothing more than a sun-kiss with pink undertones, perfect for Irish skin.

Available from http://www.surperdrug.com


It’s such a treat to get a manicure and yes, we all want a high gloss finish and we want it to last but I loathe when the top coat is applied so thick that it’s impossible for it to dry.  ‘Like ever’.   Keep the top coat light and go for a second coat if you must, but don’t plaster it on, please.

This week’s beauty find

3 Aug

I love nothing more than pointing my readers towards a product that really does work and isn’t all gimmick and no gain.

Lancaster Differently Nuti-Dermo Skin Engergy Flash Skincare brush glides on via a flat brush applicator, which I had a few issues over because I’m not sure it’s so hygienic, but still, it is convenient if you’re on the go.

Hyaluronic acid combined with collagen stimulator to restore density & resilience.  Blend of essential vitamins, trace elements & omegas 3+6 to provide healthy shine. Perfect for popping into your handbag without having to worry about spillages, convenient to use any time whenever your skin shows signs of fatigue, I’ve even used it over my make-up to revive my dry skin, though this isn’t what this product is intended for and is best used on a clean face.

For me, someone with dull skin who doesn’t get much sleep, this is a perfect find.

Does size really matter? Yes, when it comes to big hair.

1 Aug

The  Big Sexy Hair collection have added styling and finishing products to their range which promise to maintain the condition and moisture balance of hair which has been teased into being BIG.

Dense Thickening Spray: A non-aerosol spray that builds body and thickness without making the hair sticky, instead hair remains soft and full.

How to work it: Spray onto the roots to build body, a little spritz of this spray is all you need for it to work. It also smells fresh with Lavender, Aloe Vera and Evening Primrose Extracts for conditioning properties and moisture balance.
Flip It Over, Full and Wild Spray: Okay, this is not for the timid, this provides OMG type volume.

How to work it: Flip your hair over and spray onto the underside of your dry hair. Scrunch it with your hands. Flip your hair/head back and hey presto, ‘Hello Brigitte Bardot’.