Trend watch: Top 5 maxi dresses

The weather is so beautiful lately, it’s time to get out the summer clothes, and one of my go-to outfits for sunshine is a maxi dress. They’re summery, comfortable and work-appropriate. For my top five, I went with nice ones that you can wear from a day in work to evening drinks and they’re all under €60. I stayed away from super dressy occasion dresses and beach maxis for now. In the interest of full disclosure, I already bought the tropical dress from Boohoo! Continue reading

daylight robbery

Daylight robbery and other funny phrases

Last year, we were in Edinburgh and we brushed up on our culture on a tour of St Mary’s Close – highly recommended if you’re there. On the tour, we learned that the term ‘daylight robbery,’ actually comes from the 17th Century when a Window Tax was introduced, which literally charged people for the privilege of daylight. Many less fortunate families bricked up their windows in order to avoid the tax. Inspired by this, we decided to find out where other common phrases originate from.

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marie kondo

How to KonMari your clothes

I’m a hoarder. Plain and simple. And I don’t discriminate, so I hoard everything, from clothes and books, to magazines and household items. For those of you who haven’t heard of the force that is Marie Kondo, she is a Japanese organising consultant. Her ‘KonMari’ method of de-cluttering has gone viral for the simple reason that it works and it’s really important to de-clutter your life every now and again. I’ve only barely dipped my toe into the Marie Kondo method, starting with clothes, but you have to start somewhere. Here’s how I got on.

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What I tried this week

Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream

 I’ve gotten very paranoid about the old wrinkles. Apart from them being a natural result of aging, I am very expressive; anyone who knows me knows I like to laugh, smile and talk all the time and I am paying for that now, particularly on my forehead but also around that delicate eye area.

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fitness

My fitness plan for the Women’s Mini Marathon

I was never one for exercise in the past. Until about three years ago, exercise for me was running for a bus. And until about a month ago, I would have said the same thing. There are plenty of fitness experts out there who get massive highs from running, but this piece is for people who, like me, want to start running, without it taking over their lives. When I’ve been out of shape for most of the year and the the Women’s Mini Marathon is approaching, this is the best way for me to get fit fast, particularly as someone who doesn’t exactly get a runner’s high. Continue reading

budget beauty

Budget beauty buys & dupes – Dealz and Penneys

When it comes to makeup and beauty, I’m a brand girl – I like my Essie, my Estee Lauder, my Clinique, and my Benefit. My lip glosses are all from Mac. It’s not because I’m a snob, but a creature of habit and when I find something I like that works, I stick with it. The bigger brand names also have more of a familiarity with me and get more coverage in magazines and media.

However, supermarket and budget brands from outlets like Dealz and Penneys have upped their game; here are a few lovely budget bits I picked up recently. Continue reading

Behind every successful women

Things to know & love about Irish women

You have to love the Irish ladies, we are smart, stylish and hilarious; we have been told by a number of surveys that we are; in the top ten best looking in the world, (dating site beautifulpeople.com) we have the sexiest accent in the world (onepoll.com – okay, voted for by women but still) and we’re mad for the ride…according to Irish Tatler in 2012, we think about sex even more than men. Here are a few other deadly things we can love about ourselves (and may be helpful to men). Continue reading

toner

What’s the story with toner?

Somewhere between college when I barely bothered to take my make up off (I know, number one skincare sin) and working for a women’s glossy magazine, I began trying every different type of product. From lotions and masks, to serums and primers. But one of the longest standing ones that I was always less sure of was toner. Some experts say it’s essential, others say you can skip it, and some even encourage you to leave it out.

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