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Skin Complaints No.1 ‘All about the Eyes’

As a beauty blogger and make up artist a lot of people come to me with their beauty dilemmas and skin complaints. I deal with so many different women on a weekly basis with nearly all of them suffering with some sort of skin complaint. As there are so many to cover I am going to break them down into separate blogs. This one will be all about eye complaints, nearly all of us suffer from at least one of these. Marilyn Monroe   Dark Circles This is a very common complaint amongst my followers,I know a lot of you are mums that rarely get a full nights sleep. Lack of sleep IS the most common cause of dark circles unfortunately. However there are numerous other contributors such as ; people suffering with food intolerances such as coeliacs, allergies and people that suffer with their sinuses can be prone to dark circles, or simply a lack of vitamins in your diet. Combating these problems should see an immediate improvement. Age can be an unfortunate factor too as the skin under the eyes becomes even thinner, keep yourself hydrated to make the skin appear more plump. One of the best natural remedies for discolouration under the eyes is leaving cool tea bags over the eyes for 10-15mins in the morning. Alternatively you can go for a quick fix with a good concealer, I find the Collection 2000 liquid concealers excellent for under the eyes. edd766cdd45e90d9b3b5dcb735f15dc2   Puffiness Again Puffiness under the eyes can be attributed to a number of things, Sometimes it can hereditary but fear not there are lots of things you can do to help reduce it.  Salt can be a big factor when it comes to puffiness under the eyes , you may notice the morning after a salty dinner your eyes can look more puffy then usual. Cutting down on salt in your diet can make a big difference aswell as increasing your water intake which will reduce water retention immediately. I find Green Angel Eye Gel excellent for under the eyes especially in the morning when they are more puffy. The skin surrounding the eye area is extremely delicate and needs to be handled with care. Always remove eye make up gently and avoid using make up removing wipes around the eyes.   1662713_815159241831443_675619128_n   Fine Lines The no.1 cause of fine lines and wrinkles is the sun, I always stress the importance of wearing a high factor sunscreen especially on the face. Keep your eyes protected with sunglasses and a hat. I think once we hit our mid to late twenties we start to become more  aware of the fine lines that start to appear most commonly around the eye area.  From the age of 25 onwards I do recommend for you to start using a light eye gel on a daily basis. One of the fastest and most effective ways to minimise fine lines and wrinkles is hydration. Hydration from within will keep the skin looking plump and revitalised  and soften the appearance of lines,  hydrate under the eyes with a moisturising  eye cream or gel to see an instant difference. Avoid using matte products under the eyes and keep powders to a minimum sticking only to extremely fine powders used sparingly. I also find massaging the delicate eye area a few times a week with virgin coconut oil helps too. 8d0b09d22f098ebd55b5cbab8e33c279        




My Holiday Beauty Diary

Hey ladies, I am just back from a fab break in Portugal. My schedule was crazy in the lead up to my holidays so it was so lovely to have some time to charge my batteries for August which is another hectic month. While I was away I thought of some handy tips to share with those of you going away in August or September. Tan Prior to going on holidays I got a Laurens Way spray tan in Allure in Drumcondra. I always get a spray tan before I go on holidays. It just gives me a boost and I feel like I can get away with brighter colours and remember ' If you can't tone it, Tan it' !! A lot of people worry that a spray tan won't last well in the sun. Mine did gradually fade as normal and I was in and out of the sea.  One thing I would do is avoid body oils or oily moisturisers as these can cause the tan to go patchy. I used Cocoa Brown Oil-free moisturiser everyday instead. f8623a5c1e5e014e3020cce8f489818a Make Up As I had semi permanant lashes and HD brows for my holidays I didn't need as much make up. During the day I mixed my Stila bb cream with a factor 50 for my face and wore Malibu Lipbalm Spf30. During the night I just used my BB cream mixed with Buff Sheer Glow, applied a bit of blusher and highlighter to give my skin a gorgeous summer glow and then popped a bit of colour on my lips. I packed the following: Stila Bronzing Balm Spf 30 Buff Bronzer 'Golden Godess' Buff Sheer Glow 'Paradise' Mac Fix+ Spray Mac Soft & Gentle Buff  'Big O ' blusher Essence Brow gel Urban Decay Lipstick 'Native' Stila Convertible Colour 'Gerbera' tara hol Perfume I never bring an expensive perfume on holidays, I find that sometimes the heat or sunlight can destroy your perfumes causing them to turn sour. So if you are bringing your perfume away I recommend storing it somewhere cool. I also seem to go through more perfume then usual on holidays so for this reason I brought Zara 'Textures' with me which I love as its so light and summery and a bargain at €5.99 for 50ml zara Hair In my previous blog post I told you all about my Platinum Hair Extensions. A few days before my holidays I got them applied and am so delighted with them. As I love swimming I was in and out of the sea a lot so I was afraid that they might get matted and tangled. I brought a tangle teezer in my beach bag and just combed through my hair when I came out of the water  and applied a drop of leave in conditioner through my hair. Platinum do their own range of hair products and I find their hair mask excellent for keeping my extensions silky and knot free. Even if you don't have extensions I do recommend combing through your hair when you come out of the water and leaving a treatment in, even just  a couple of times as the sun can really damage your hair. 1044617_10152324875533380_6160779019832827659_n   Skincare The sun can be a tricky one for those of you with problem skin. You don't want to clog your pores and cause further break outs with a heavy suncream. I recommend trying Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted by La Roche-Posay.  Its tinted so you won't have to go bare and its ultra light and a 100% mineral formula so it won't clog your pores. Another thing that can happen to your skin in the heat is that it can become dehydrated. I brought the latest addition to the Glam Glow family with me ' Thirstymud'  I used it about 3 times on holidays. Its also great to use in-flight, your skin can become extremely dehydrated . Literally just apply it at the beginning of the flight and leave on for the duration. I also brought my Green Angel Eye Gel and kept it in the fridge and applied every morning. thirstymud_carton_1_2 Sun cream I wore Nivea Sun Spray factor 30 for my whole holiday and factor 50 on my face. I did not get burnt once and got a nice even tan. It is worth getting a spray tan if it means you won't bake yourself in the sun trying desperately to get a tan. I avoided laying out in the sun between 12-3pm as that is the time you are most at risk of getting burnt.  I also reapplied my cream everytime I came out of the water even though my suncream was water resistant I just wouldn't take the risk.  Sunburn is NOT a good look ladies so avoid it at all costs. 631657a4685695813b8d0d37efbfea47   Accessories My beach bag was  a cheap one from Penneys that was destroyed by the end of the holiday. I wouldn't bother bringing anything expensive to the beach as its most likely going to get ruined with suncream, water and sand. I treated myself to a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses a few months ago and again only wore these going for lunch or shopping, I wore my cheaper glasses to to beach and didn't mind so much if they got scratched in the sand. I packed fairly light (for me) and brought lots of accessories like hats and jewellery so I could wear the same outfits but change them up. 10534065_904755449538488_6472342603926460117_n

My New Hair by Platinum Hair Extensions

For a few years I was addicted to hair extensions and tried every type on the market from microbeads to bonds to clip ins. For the past year I have given myself a break but after seeing pictures online of lots of stunning irish ladies getting Platinum Hair Extensions I had to pay them a visit. Initially I was going to just get myself some new clip in but when I went in for a colour consultation and saw how small the bonds were I decided to go for a full head of bonds. 10529474_10152534166269889_357070474_nmichelle As you can see in the before pictures my hair was quite short as I had just gotten about 3 inches off but Onagh blended in the extensions so well with my colour and cut so that they look really natural. I recently saw a picture of Michelle Keegan and asked could I have the same warm  tones going through my hair and Onagh definitely achieved this. She has her own technique of applying the extensions that I hadn't seen before and flew through my application. 10553493_896194800394553_3446585744441074463_n To ensure the longevity of your bonds and a perfect colour blend Platinum also stock a full range of hair care products. I washed my hair for the first time since getting them applied and tried the shampoo and conditioning mask and my extensions looked so shiny and were completely knot free. aftercare     So as you can imagine I am absolutely delighted with myself now and loving my new hair. Platinum are currently doing an offer  of €299 for a full head of extensions including fitting, cutting, shaping, styling and aftercare info. 1937460_896223010391732_8721777495796382259_n For more information and pictures check out their Facebook Page : You can also call them on 016708639/0860438279 or pop in for a consultation to :
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