Natural anti-ageing with Kinvara Skincare
Whether we like it or not, some of the best anti-ageing products on the market are made by white-coated boffins in labs. However, if you'd like to avoid synthetic products and are looking for a natural alternative, there is hope.
Irish brand Kinvara Skincare has taken the best that nature has to offer for anti-ageing and delivered some seriously great beauty products that rival synthetic ones. Packed with plant extracts, Kinvara's products are some of the highest quality on the market. And best of all, Kinvara is homegrown and Irish. Hoorah!
Why you should unleash your inner vamp this Valentines
I’m pale. And interesting. Okay, okay, I’m pale and reasonably interesting. Being pale, however, gets a bad rap in the mainstream media where sunkissed lovelies are favoured over us more ghostly types.
Admittedly, it’s taken me literally decades to embrace my pastiness. Here’s all the reasons I’ve rejected being pale for most of my life.
Clarins Spring 2018
After what could only be described as the longest, greyest, rainiest January in Irish history, spring is finally in sight. And with it comes birdsong, blossoms and sunshine! Okay, okay, it'll probably be more grey rain but at least we have some new releases to look forward to. First out of the blocks is Clarins with its gorgeous new collection of primers and make-up.
Getting my gym face on (featuring CliniqueFit) I talk a good gym. A reformed cardio bunny, I'm all HiiT this, reps that and burpees the other - you'd swear I had a clue what I was withering on about. But when it comes to what I put apply to my face before I hit (HiiT?) the gym, now you're talking! Yes, I am one of those silly girls who wears make-up to work out. Not a full face of slap, mind you, but enough to make me look semi-human. Without make-up, I'm ghostly pale. I'd imagine I'd be escorted off the premises after putting other gym-goers off with my deathly pallor. So really, I'm doing my local gym a service by wearing a bit of blush.
How to take a great portrait photograph
I don't like having my photograph taken. I know shocking, right? Despite the hundreds of selfies I have taken over the years, I am still uncomfortable with the process.
When I started the blog, I deliberated over whether or not to publish my picture. It's not that there is anything wrong with me per say but I'm acutely aware that I'm a 38-year-old mum with age concerns rather than a hot, young influencer-type.
Ultimate festive hot chocolate recipe
It's cold, it's dark, I'm A Celeb/X-Factor/Strictly is back on the telly and you're in your winter fat pants. What a perfect time then to cosy up and drink copious amounts of hot chocolate. This recipe is our take on an Italian version we enjoyed on a winter break there many years ago. It's rich, creamy and not, I repeat, not diet friendly!
What to get the girl who has everything - the alternative gift guide
I love Christmas but I hate the excess that goes with it. My mum texted me recently to ask what I'd like under the tree but the truth is, there is nothing I really want (not the most helpful answer when you're gift buying). It's not that I'm particularly well-off or even have a wardrobe full of designer clothes - the truth is I really want for nothing and a few more trinkets won't add anything of value to my life.
I jumped on the Huda Beauty bandwagon (and I liked it)
I've been politely ignoring the frenzy that is Huda Beauty for ages now. Of course, I follow Huda Kattan - I mean the whole world practically does. And I love her style but I'm not really a Huda Instagram girl, now am I? I can barely do a liner, I don't possess those rectangular Instagram brows, and I can't bake, highlight, strobe or contour with any great skill to save my life.