Hi everyone! I can’t believe it has been a month since my blog post. Hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. It looks like the good weather is back which is amazing! Doesn’t it make such a difference to everyone’s mood?! Long may it last
I looked at the list of potential posts we could do for this blog and decided to go with top 5 handbag beauty essentials as I think it is something that all ladies can relate to. Personally, I know that I cannot leave the house without my make-up bag. When I am out and about, it tends to be long days and I like to know that I have a few go to items in my make-up, should I need them. Everyone will be different in terms of what they like to use on a daily basis so I have included the products I can’t live without and hopefully you find something new!
It might seem a bit obvious starting with this but the one thing I definitely cannot leave the house without is deodorant! I normally use either Dove or the Nuxe body stick pictured above. What I like is the fact it doesn’t leave any white marks on your clothes and it also smells lovely.
As I wear tan all year round, my hands tend to get quite dry and that is why I always carry a little hand cream in my bag. I also like to apply it every night before I go to bed. This cream from Nuxe smells AMAZING! Once any product smells nice, I am sold! It’s non greasy and always leaves my hands feeling really soft so that’s why I love it.
I’m sure many of you have heard of the Clarins Instant Light lip balms before, but if you haven’t, they are brilliant. A little bit more expensive compared to your normal lip balm but I find Clarins to be a great brand and that’s why I don’t mind spending a little extra – they also last a long time so you are getting value for money. I like the fact they also add a little colour/high shine to your lips and there is a wide selection of colours available as you can see above.
I am a huge fan of perfume. I go through it like no tomorrow and that is probably due to the fact that I also spray it like no tomorrow! The GUESS Seductive is one of my favourites as I like quite a sweet scent.
Have any of you tried the Lancôme Matte Shaker Liquid lipsticks? They are brilliant! Normally I like to go for a little bit of a shine on my lips but when it comes to lipstick, I always go for a matte look. A few matte lippie’s can be quite drying on the lips but I found these to be perfect throughout the day and thankfully my lips didn’t have that chapped look! Really handy for throwing in your bag as they are so tiny.
It’s said that you’re never fully dressed without a smile and although I do believe that to be true, I also say that a slick of lippie never a goes a miss either Enjoy the weekend!
The scent-sational and oh so lovely Aoibheann Walsh, proprietor of the fabulous G&G Salon in Letterkenny gives us her opinion on all her favourite Fragrances from magees.ie (Magees Pharmacy). Take a look at Aoibheann’s Top 8 and give her a big thumbs up!
Top Perfumes 2018 review with Magees Pharmacy - YouTube
Choosing the right foundation is vital to your overall beauty regime. Foundation evens out your skin tone, gives a flawless base and hides blemishes. Even the most minimalist make up aficionado appreciates the joy of the healthy glowing complexion provided by that special little bottle. Knowing which the correct foundation is, the right colour and formulation for your skin type is not that difficult. We have all seen the daily horror stories of orange faces, scaly peeling foundation, the white necks and badly applied or chosen foundation. There is absolutely no need for such faux pas.
There is a foundation for all skin types and we at Magee’s are more than happy to assist you in finding the right one for you.
There are lots of foundations out there for oily skin, but while on your search, look for ones with ingredients like dimethicone or even oil-absorbing clay. Clarins Ever Matte Foundation is ideal for the oilier complexion. With its shine-stopping, oil-free formula, which maintains a fresh matte, yet radiant finish for hours of beautiful wear. This product protects from sun, pollution and free radicals. It refines and tightens pores. Although the finish is matte, it is not dull, heavy or fake looking, but has been developed to give great cover without caking. But, if a liquid foundation doesn’t rock your boat, try a powder foundation. They just add a touch of coverage while keeping you matte all day long.
Dry /Sensitive Skin
A boost of moisturiser to your foundation should be enough to tackle the dryness which make up can aggravate. Hydration is the key. Dry skin can appear flaky and textured, so you’ll want a formula that doesn’t settle into lines, goes on smoothly and gives you a healthy glow. You may also like to try a product that has a touch of shimmer for that extra hydrated glow. You can try using an illuminating primer underneath your foundation. Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation SPF10 is a deeply comforting and hydrating fluid that creates a natural-looking complexion f or dry/ combination skin with its blend of light reflecting pigments, plant extracts and minerals.
Combination skin can prove tricky when sourcing the perfect foundation. Ideally, you are looking for coverage which keeps everything balanced and minimizes oil but at the same time, and doesn’t draw attention to or aggravate dry spots. A primer comes into its own with combination skin types. After moisturizing, apply a matte primer to the areas where you tend to become oily. This will help to keep oil under control throughout the day, and it will also help your makeup to stay looking fresh. Don’t forget to set your oily areas with a powder! When it comes to foundation, you’ll want to look for something that’s long-wearing.
Choosing the right kind of foundation will make a huge difference to how it sits and feels on your skin. There are a few types of foundation to choose from.
Liquid: This is the most popular type of foundation. It’s a creamy, liquid makeup that is applied with a sponge, fingers, or foundation brush. Liquid foundations have coverage ranging from sheer to full and are suited to combination, dry, normal or oily skin.
Cream: This foundation is usually applied with a makeup sponge and give a full coverage, making them good for skin with discolorations, scars, or reddened areas. Cream foundations tend to be for dry skin.
Compact: The flat compact foundation is applied as if it were a cream, but gives a powdery finish dry finish. Coverage is medium to full, and most compact foundations are best for dry skin, though there are oil-free formulations suitable for oily skin types.
Powder: Both loose and pressed-powder foundations are perfect for oily skin. Applied with a brush, sponge applicator or a powder puff, the coverage is medium and the effects are perfect for this skin type
Tinted Moisturizer, BB Cream, CC Cream: A tinted moisturisers, BB or CC creams can be very sheer and natural, and is good for everyday use where you need a light cover. Tinted moisturisers can be applied with fingers or a sponge applicator. Blending moisturizer and skin-improving ingredients with a tint of colour, there are very popular foundations.
Perfume is a very personal thing and we all like to have our very own, signature scent. This is true whether you enjoy a spicy aroma, a deep musky scent or a spritz of fresh florals. But, it is not easy to find that special perfume which truly reflects who we are. Not least, because every scent smells completely different on each person. This is due to our unique body chemistry. The PH balance of the skin effects the way an aroma can present itself, and so, two people using the same perfume can have completely different results. Choosing your fragrance needs literally, trial and error before you find the one. To assist you in finding a signature perfume, which matches your personality, we have put together a few tips
Test and try before you buy
Assistants at perfume counters are happy to consult and advise you in which perfume to road test before you buy. Spritz your skin with the one that most appeals to you, let it settle and see how it is at the end of the day. Ask friends what they think. But most importantly evaluate how you feel about it yourself. If a whiff of this perfume still makes you feel fabulous a few hours after application, it may well be your signature scent.
Floral, fresh, oriental or woody?
At Magee’s we are proud to stock a vast range of eau de parfum, eau de cologne and perfume in all brands. It is our pleasure to stock some of the more rare perfumes, such as the ever popular, (Red Door by Elizabeth Arden and Thierry Mugler Alien Eau Extraordinaire) . Fragrances which attract a dedicated following of women who consider them their own signature perfumes. In choosing your own personal fragrance, it is useful to firstly know which type of scent you like.
Perfumes can be loosely categorised as floral, fresh, oriental and woody. Floral top notes indicate a Flirtatious, vivacious, sweet yet confident character. Roses, jasmine and freesia are pretty perfumes, which can be warmed up with vanilla and musk for a heady mix. Laidback, sporty types like the fresh, clean and light fragrances of citrus, green tea and marine plants. DKNY Be Delicious or Issey Miyake L’Eau D’Issey. Refreshing and sparkling, they are in direct contrast to the exotic aroma of the oriental perfumes favoured by the brave and the bold. Warm, opulent and sensual oriental fragrances are musky, spicy and opulent. Free spirit, outdoorsy types like woody fragrances. Warm with sandalwood, vanilla and hints of smoke, these earthy aromas are never associated with the more frivolous of personalities and reflect the deepness of the soul (Gucci by Gucci)
Of course, no one says you cannot have a few signature fragrances. You can chop and change your scent if you feel like mixing it up and depending on the mood of the day. Test and try outside of your comfort zone now and again.
The Science bit
There is a scientific basis behind the choice of signature fragrance. The perfume notes you can’t resist reveal a lot about your personality. It seems that there is a region of your brain, a primitive, instinctual region, which recognizes smells and aromas. This section of your brain is intimately connected with the emotional section of your brain, the limbic system. This is the source of all of our most primal reactions, such as pleasure, fear and hunger. Here too, is the data banks of our deepest memories. So your perfume personality, is an extension of your own personality and this must be to the forefront of your search for your signature fragrance!
Winter might be spreading its dark, stark fingers across the bleak landscape of this fair land, but for the savvy upbeat woman, who seeks to look her best, it’s merely a fitting backdrop to our glamorous shimmer and shine. Winter 2017 is all about the sparkle, the dazzle and the warm twinkling glow. And it starts with the eyes!
Jeepers Peepers: Glitter has featured everywhere in catwalk looks for this season. A flick of sparkly colour under the brow. Yes, under the brow! A dramatic flash of sequins added to the high cheekbone. A panache of sparkle under a graphic detailed eye or a full on cream shimmering eye-shadow will so complete this look If you prefer a more understated look, try adding a delicate shimmer of grey at the corner of the eyes. Eyes definitely take centre stage with soft smoked out eye and lots of eyeliner. This is achieved with taupe greys, sultry browns and a smudged kohl look. A pop of red can be added mid eyelid, if you are feeling super dramatic!
Getting arty with the eyeliner is not the look for everyone, but if you are ready to look totally fashion forward, graphic eyes are so on point this season! Upward strokes, sharp angles and geometric designs give a bold look and will add party fun to that special night out. Lashes are brash, full and fun! So called, ‘Twiggy’ lashes continue this outlandish celebration of ‘the windows to the soul’. Apply extra-long lashes at even spaces to both the top and bottom eyelids for that wide eyed baby doll look. Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara
There is bad news on the brow front. Eyebrows are not so prominent anymore. Yes, just as we have all perfected the perfect brow, the catwalks are full of neutral brow lines. Not just barely there, but bleached into the back ground! Perhaps, we might just hang on to our perfect ‘on fleek’ arches for another wee while and let the trendsetters pave the way for white eyebrows.
Glowing Skin: This strong eye look is matched with simple, perfect glow, ‘no make up’ skin. The look is achieved with good skin care, perfect primers and skin tone colour match that is both sensitive and faultless. At Magee’s, our beauty therapists have years of experience and training in assisting our clients to find the product that most reflects their need. With a wide variety of top brand names to choose from, we are more than confident in meeting all needs. Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Primer
Pouting in Plum: Peachy cheeks and killer pouts are completing the incandescent look of Winter 2017. Lips are reflecting the season in all shades of plum and damson, while the more daring can flaunt the emerging trend for gold lipstick. The metallic gold is the wintry equivalent of last summer’s popular metallic lip shades. In this case, all that glitters really is gold, but be prepared to reapply often. Clarins Rouge Eclat Lipstick
So, as we wrap up against the chilly winter cold, let your winter 2017 make up be hotter, glitzy and totally radiant. Just like you!
The golden rules of skincare are still the classic three step routine.
Cleanse -Tone – Moisturise
Yes, the secret of beautiful glowing skin is as simple as 1-2-3. The few minutes it takes to complete this twice daily skin care regime, goes a long way to avoiding a dull dry complexion and to avoiding those nasty signs of ageing. This easy skin care regime will help to avoid breakouts and blemishes and maintain a luminous, luxurious smooth complexion While the routine remains the same as it has for decades of beauty care, (cleanse, tone and moisturise) the range of products and indeed, the technology behind those products, has advanced considerably. One carefully chosen product can now achieve magical results as easy as 1,2,3.
Lancome Bi Facil Visage
Cleanse: Cleansing is the basis of all skincare routines. Make-up, dirt and other impurities build up during the day. A good cleanser ensure that the skin stays healthy, glowing and prevents your pores from becoming blocked. The skin is the largest organ of the body. It could be argued that it is the organ most abused by environment, lifestyle and general health. We need to treat it well. Our skin has a naturally acidic film, which serves as a barrier to bacteria and viruses. Soap is generally alkaline and can counteract the good work natural acidic protective layer. The Ph balance becomes upset. This explains why soap can sometime make your skin feel tight after use. Choose your cleanser to suit your skin type, ideally Ph. balanced and fragrance free. At Magee’s, our beauty advisors are well informed and have a wealth of experience on the perfect cleanser for each particular skin type.
Lancome Tonique Douceur
Tone: Toning removes any final traces of oil, dirt, or stubborn make-up. It also tightens the facial pores, protecting the skin from toxins and bacteria and assisting in the prevention of blocked pores. Choosing a toner which suits your skin type is absolutely essential. There are many to choose from, but it is recommended that all skin types should avoid toners with high levels of alcohol. While the initial ‘tingle’ from such toners might be invigorating, the alcohol tends to strip the skin of essential moisture. Lacome Tonique Eclat is perfect for normal and combination skin types. This is a beautiful light lotion, which evenly and efficiently exfoliates as it thoroughly wipes the dead cells from the skin. The Lancôme Laboratories have formulated Tonique Éclat with ingredients of naturally derived origin and provides a comfortable and non-drying cleansing experience. Use a good toner morning and evening, as part of your daily skincare routine. Apply liberally to two cotton pads, then, with one in each hand, pat the surface of the skin to help it absorb the product and leave it feeling refreshed.
Lancome Renergie Multi Lift Ultra Fluid
Moisturise: This step three of your skin care regime is vital for maintaining healthy lustrous skin. Moisturising prevents premature skin ageing as it counteracts the natural drying of the skin and boosts elasticity, while keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. A good moisturising product will keep your skin hydrated, soft and supple while also providing a protective barrier against the ravages of the world. Even oily skin should be moisturised as it prevents the body from producing too much natural sebum or oil. Too much oil can clog pores and cause blemishes. If your skin is oily, you would be best advised to use a light lotion. Check with your beauty advisor for the best product for your skin type. Tinted moisturisers are very useful too, as they give a light foundation cover, colour and protection. If you choose a moisturiser with added SPF screening, you really have a perfect product for day to day skincare. Clarins Essentiel SPF 15 is a luxuriously silky cream which delivers all –day hydration while shielding the skin from pollutants and environmental stress, leaving it perfectly comfortable, radiant and hydrated.
The three simple steps of skin care should be practiced both night and morning to ensure a smooth, glowing complexion. Cleanse, tone & moisturise may take a little time out of your daily life, but the benefits are immeasurable. Youthful, luminous smooth skin can be yours in 1,2,3 easy to follow steps.
Ireland’s beauty bloggers float regally across a sparkling, happening world, dropping pearls of wisdom and waves of expensive perfume as they go. Their enviable position is coveted by teenage beauty fans, glamorous grannies and trendy hipsters alike. Well, they sample all the newest make up trends for free and can be wonderfully opinionated about everything. Thumbs up for the new on-fleek primer. Thumbs down for your fancy new café. Oh the power of the internet! Being seen in the hippest places is awesome, and commanding personal appearance fees while you go, it’s positively incredible.
Fame that is based on how your react to beauty products and make up trends is a strange concept, when you think about it. No experience and no qualifications are necessary. Just the ability to be fabulous dahling!! But how opinionated and independent can a blogger be when all of their blog/vlog content may be sponsored by brands? Are we at saturation point when it comes to advice by online self-proclaimed beauty experts? We look at some of Ireland’s most popular beauty blogs and assess the buzz, the advice and the general expertise of today’s social influencer.
The most well-known Irish beauty/lifestyle bloggers are SoSueme (Susan Jackson), Makeup Fairy, Melanie Martin and Itsrachmartin, to name but a few of the many. A quick look at any of their online pages reveals links to checkout carts and the option to purchase the brands they so highly recommend. Slick polished websites abound. These sites are more associated with established glossy brands, than with eager YouTubers, posting eagerly from their bedrooms.
The concept of beauty blogs emerged when the public became disillusioned with magazines. It was a particular complaint of expensive glamour/beauty magazines that they were full of advertisements and paid content. We like to think that the first refreshing blogs and vlogs (video blogs) were from enthusiasts, sharing their honest wonder at new and exciting things. And indeed, it was like that. However, now that blogs have come of age, they have evolved into finding many ways of making money for the author. Bloggers make a few cents for each video view. Sometimes, this can amount to more than a few cent! Kim Kardahshian West makes an estimated 50 thousand dollars a year from her video views. The estimated earning of all social media gurus is published here: Social Blade
And if that doesn’t have you rushing to your phone camera to start your own broadcasting, consider the revenue from advertisements which appear in the sidebar of the text. Bloggers may also be sponsored by a particular brand, or approached by a company and asked to review or feature particular items for certain sums of money. The cost for featuring a product varies depending on the bloggers notoriety, but there are rumors of thousands of euros changing hands to push new must-have products. Bloggers must be seen at all the beautiful events, with all the beautiful people. Along with the PR attention comes trips and gifts. Travel to foreign countries, social gathering and anywhere that the brand label want to create a buzz. We cannot blame Bloggers. It seems that we, the consumer, are so fickle that a featured handbag will sell out within hours. Some Irish bloggers have almost 500,000 subscribers enjoying them on website, twitter, Instagram and YouTube. Blogs may have evolved into upmarket catalogues, fancy tutorial videos and online shops, but we love them.
And why wouldn’t we! Beauty blogs are fun. They are free. They offer the newest trends in make-up techniques, fashion must haves and a glimpse into a world of glamour and elegance. But, we must not think that the advice and recommendations are free. We are in fact, looking at magazines on line. The pay-per-view is there in the sponsored content, the ads on the side and the pushing of selected products. It seems awe can tolerate, or even ignore that, for the chance to view red carpet glamour up close. Of course, we always know that our own beauty experts are where they always were, at your local pharmacist, make up outlet and beauty salon. Trained professionals who regularly update on the latest in dermatological advances and who appreciate the holistic beauty of natural health and tried and tested brands and products. The hottest blog spots have their place in our lifestyle trends, but we should enjoy them with a generous pinch of salt.
Magee’s would like to say that no monies changed hands in the making of this blog. No sponsorship, no branding and no free trips. But, if any cruise liner company is reading, any fancy hotels or spa weekends…we are open to offers…. Just saying… !
We all love our signature scent. That one particular perfume which makes us feel opulent, sensual and totally feminine. Whether you choose spicy, earthy undertones or light floral mists, your perfume says a lot about you. But how do you ensure that the scent lasts from morning to evening? Here are some top tips to ensuring that you are getting the best from your perfume.
Apply after a steamy bath or shower.
The optimum time to apply your perfume is after a steamy shower or bath, when the pores are open. Apply Vaseline or a scent –free lotion to the skin, to maximise the staying power of your favourite cologne, eau de toilette or perfume.
Create a Barrier
As described in step 1, create a barrier between perfume and skin, even if you are not straight from the bath/shower. The ‘ointment’ is occlusive and this slows down the absorption rate and helps your fragrance to last much longer.
Don’t rub the perfume in!
I know! We have all been rubbing our wrists together after spritzing with scent. Apparently it breaks down the fragrance really quickly and forces the top notes to disappear faster. So it is a big no-no, if you want the bouquet and aroma to last from day to night.
Where to spritz for best effect
Apply perfume to your pulse points or hot spots (places where the body is warmer). This means inner wrists, belly button, behind the ears, behind the knees, collarbone, inside elbows and wherever else you fancy. Choose a few spots to target.
Alcohol based perfumes will dry out your hair. Spray on your hairbrush instead and brush through for a light fragrance.
Keep your scent in the dark
Store in a dark dry place. Heat, light, and humidity will break down the perfume and lessen the quality of the fragrance. Keep scent in the box, upright and in cool, dry spots and away from windows.
Choosing your perfume wisely
At Magee’s we offer a vast range of fragrances to suit all tastes and all budgets, both for men and women. It is important to note that the type of scent you choose to purchase has a significant effect on the lasting time of the fragrance. There is a vast difference between Eau de Cologne, eau de toilette, eau de parfum and perfume. Obviously, price is an indicator of the amount of perfume essence concentrate in each bottle. For example. Cologne, has between 3-4% concentrations of perfume essence and lasts about four hours, whereas eau de toilette has between 5 and 15% concentration of perfume concentrates and lasts a while longer, averaging six hours between applications. Eau de parfum generally last for 6 to 8 hours and a high end perfume, with 20-30% perfume essence concentrate, should last for over 12 hours after application. If you choose a cologne, you may expect to apply more regularly, but you may also prefer the lighter tones of this product.
A Light Touch:
For a lighter, gentle hint of fragrance, it is a good idea to spray the room and walk through the fragrant spritzing.
Perfume in any form is an investment. If you follow these easy tips you will prolong the effects of your favourite perfume on your skin while extending the life of fragrance itself. It’s a nicely scented win-win all round.
At Magees Pharmacy, we love, love, love the wonderful Clarin’s range of skin care products.
We love them so much that we want to share with you, our loyal customers, and a special promotional event featuring the Clarin’s luxury skin care range. Alongside our excellently priced Clarins products, we are offering a Free Gift with the purchase of 2 Clarins Products, (one to be skincare).
We will also welcome Clarins beauty expert, the lovely Fidelma Kelly, for delightful and informative store demonstrations and one to one consultations. The unique opportunity for some lucky clients to enjoy a free one to one session will be greatly coveted and are strictly by prior appointment only. Fidelma will give lots of advice and lovely tips on looking after your particular skin type and on which makeup would suit you best! Sit back, relax and enjoy discreet professional advice to enhance your natural beauty. If you wish to enjoy an exclusive consultation, we strongly advise booking early. (Details below),
This Clarins promotional event is very exciting for us, as the Clarins brand has been synonymous with excellence in skin care for many years. The French luxury cosmetic company earned its glowing reputation by offering the very best in plant based, opulent products that have stood the test of time. This prestigious range of skin care products combines leading edge technological advances and years of beautician’s experience in their uest for perfectly flawless skin and make up. The range continually introduces new and innovative products to please a loyal and discerning clientele. Their popularity amongst beauty guru’s, has made Clarins the number one skincare brand in Europe and as always, we are delighted to welcome them to Magees in Letterkenny.
The Clarins’ promotion is a wonderful event for all of us at Magees. We fully appreciate the high quality and effectiveness of the products and we are delighted to welcome Fidelma Kelly, from the Clarins Team, to bring us right up to date on the latest products and treatments. It is good to say thank you to our loyal customers.
Free Gift: Choose 3 Deluxe Sized Products when you Buy 2 Clarins Products, one to be skincare.
Drop in anytime during the Promotion
Clarins Beauty Expert, Fidelma Kelly will conduct Demonstrations and Free one to one Consultations in store 16th -19th August