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BEAUTY MADE SIMPLE: BB, CC and DD Creams Explained

BB CC DD Creams

Around 18 months ago we started to be bombarded by adverts for BB creams which claimed to be the greatest thing ever to happen to beauty. Now we are seeing CC creams all over the place. And anyone who has been reading the beauty press of late will also be aware of the imminent arrival of DD creams on the market. It’s hardly surprising that people are getting confused about what does which … [Read more...]

BEAUTY FOCUS: MAC Baking Beauties Makeup Collection – Review

MAC Baking Beauties

Have your cake and wear it! I’ve never met anyone who didn’t like cupcakes or macaroons, which is probably why MAC choose to draw inspiration from these sweet treats for one of their latest collections, Baking Beauties. With frosting style colours and delicious formulations this is a bang-on trend summer look that is feminine and sweet without being twee. One of the highlights of the … [Read more...]

GOING FOR BRONZE: False Tan and Bronzers Tried & Tested

Bronze

Summer is on the way (although the weather tells a different story) and the bright and skimpy fashions of the season demand that we Irish women cast aside our usual pallor in favour of a more bronzed look. Obviously, given the scarcity of sunshine in this country, we are not going to achieve this naturally so thankfully some of our favourite beauty brands offer some fantastic new products that … [Read more...]

PRODUCT FOCUS: Benefit They’re Real Mascara – Review

Benefit They're Real thumb

There are literally thousands of mascaras on the market. It seems there is mascara for everything – to open your eyes, to enhance your eye colour, to lengthen, strengthen, fatten, curl… You name it and there’s a product that claims to do it. However what most people I’ve spoken to want is mascara that does what it says on the tin. They want length and curl and their eyes to pop. It is rare … [Read more...]

PALE & INTERESTING: THE BEST FOUNDATIONS FOR PALE SKIN

Pale Skin

There are many wonderful aspects to being Irish. We're world famous for our 'craic', we get to celebrate Paddy's Day like no other, every meal cooked by your Mammy comes with at least one form of potato and it's perfectly normal to spend Christmas Eve in the pub. However, one trademark of being Irish that can be a real pain is our pale complexions. While many try to conceal their Casper-like … [Read more...]

MAC ARCHIE’S GIRLS MAKE-UP COLLECTION FOR SPRING 2013

MAC Archie's Girls

Coming soon to a MAC counter near you… The MAC Archie’s Girls make-up collection! Available online now, and on counters in March, the collection is divided in to two parts with very distinct (and super fun!) packaging. There are 16 Betty products, 16 Veronica products and five accessories — brushes, bags, a mirror. That kind of thing. The Veronica products have Veronica’s face on them, … [Read more...]

STARS WITHOUT MAKE-UP: NICOLE KIDMAN, KRISTEN STEWART, NAOMI WATTS AND MORE

Naomi Watts

In a new photo shoot for W magazine, a host of Hollywood actors, including Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Keira Knightley and Matthew McConnaughey, go make-up free! Snapped by famed photographer Juergen Teller, the shoot celebrates the year’s brightest stars and also features Jessica Chastain, Javier Bardem, Daniel Day Lewis and Marion Cotillard – all completely free of air brushing, and not a … [Read more...]

WATCH: LANVIN’S LANCÔME COLLABORATION TEASER VIDEO

Lancome Lanvin

Lanvin’s artistic director Alber Elbaz is lending his whimsical touch to Lancôme for a playful new make-up collection. Speaking about the collaboration, Lancôme International president Youcef Nabi said; "His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is … [Read more...]

BEAUTY FOCUS: NEW MAKE-UP FROM LUSH COSMETICS TRIED & TESTED

Lush Emotional Brilliance 2

One of my favourite places in the world is the Lush store on Dublin’s Grafton Street. You can smell the delicious aroma coming from their handmade lotions and potions well before you get near it, and their gorgeous products are all the more appealing because you know that they have all been made with love. I am a big fan of their bath and body products and I love the way most of their … [Read more...]

COLOUR MATCHING YOUR FOUNDATION: BOOTS’ NEW MATCH MADE DEVICE

Foundation colour match

Anyone who has ever read one of my articles about foundation will know that one of my biggest bugbears is colour matching. No make-up mistake niggles me as much as people who are blatantly wearing a completely incorrect shade. When they don’t even bother to blend it in, resulting in a “mask” effect where their make-up forms a visible “ring” around their face that ends at their chin, … [Read more...]