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AT THE MOVIES: The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug – Review

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Directed by: Peter Jackson Starring: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, Orlando Bloom, Aidan Turner In cinemas December 13th. Peter Jackson’s epic movies based on the legendary books by J.R.R. Tolkien are like marmite – you either love them or hate them. If you weren’t a fan of his … [Read more...]

PRODUCT FOCUS: Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Rich Smoothing Cream & 1st Wrinkles Smoothing Eye Contour Cream

Nuxe Nirvanesque 1st Wrinkles Rich Smoothing Cream

With an array of creams on the market it can often be confusing knowing which one actually suits your demographic, so beauty brand Nuxe has very kindly helped out consumers by telling you who this is aimed at in the name of the product. This range is specifically for those with “1st wrinkles” or expression lines, which usually begin to occur from around age 25+. I generally like Nuxe … [Read more...]

FOOD & DRINK: Kimchi at The Hop House Dublin

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The words Asian fusion are bandied about a lot these in everything from fashion to food but one of the truest interpretations we have encountered of it recently is this uber hip bar on Dublin’s Parnell Street. From the outside it looks like a typical old Dublin city centre pub. However when you step inside you discover a venue that is so unexpectedly funky and cool that you spend your entire … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: Frozen – Review

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Directed by: Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee Starring the voices of: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana In cinemas December 6th. Loosely based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale The Snow Queen this sees Disney return to their classic tried and tested formula of beautiful princesses from well known tales singing catchy songs. In fairness, it has worked for … [Read more...]

AT THE MOVIES: The Butler – Review

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Directed by: Lee Daniels Starring: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, Terrence Howard, Yaya DaCosta, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Lenny Kravitz, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Jesse Williams In cinemas November 15th. As you can see this boasts an all star cast. Blink and you’ll miss most … [Read more...]

PRODUCT FOCUS: Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick – Review

Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy

Even if you can’t afford designer threads you can still have some designer style in your life in the form of make-up. One of our favourite designer cosmetic ranges is Giorgio Armani. The packaging is super sleek and stylish and unlike many designer brands, where you pay for the packaging but the products leave a lot to be desired, Armani products are of a very high quality as the set of make up … [Read more...]

MIDWEEK INDULGENCE: Microdermabrasion at Menina Bonita Beauty Salon Dublin 2

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Microdermabrasion @ Menina Bonita Beauty Salon, 6-7 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 (above The Tanning Shop) 40 minutes - €40 This salon isn’t long open and if you didn’t notice their sign on the street you may well walk past them, given that they are on the top floor of the building that contains The Tanning Store. However, this would be a shame as it is a lovely little boutique salon … [Read more...]

MIDWEEK INDULGENCE: Pearlys Express Teeth Brightening at Harvey Nichols Dundrum – Review

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Although I don’t smoke or drink coffee – two of the main culprits for teeth discolouration – like most people day to day eating and drinking had varied the natural shade of my teeth slightly. Not so that it was hugely noticeable but I could definitely see it, so when I was invited to test the Pearlys Express Teeth Brightening service I was seriously interested in checking it out. I’ve … [Read more...]

AT THE THEATRE: Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre Dublin – Review

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It was a camp-tastic explosion of wigs, stilettos, sequins and gunas last night as Priscilla Queen of the Desert enjoyed its VIP opening night at Dublin's Bord Gais Energy Theatre. Based on the film of the same name, Priscilla Queen of the Desert tells the uplifting and at times heart-warming musical adventure of three friends who hop aboard a battered old bus from Sydney to Alice Springs in … [Read more...]

CONCERT REVIEW: Jessie J at The O2 Dublin

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It took her a while but Jessie J finally performed for her Irish fans on Wednesday night. The singer had famously cancelled an appearance at Oxegen in 2011 and in that instance was replaced by Amanda Brunker - but the less said about that the better. Then, having announced she was to perform in the O2 last March she cancelled and rescheduled it to October. In between this, during the summer, she … [Read more...]