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Top 5 Picks for June

I am such a beauty junkie and am constantly trying out new products I found a few favourites in June which I have to share with you guys. 1.Buff Lipstick in ' Hourglass'  I was filming new tutorial videos last week in Hessions in Drumcondra and this lipstick caught my eye.  It is the perfect nude for summer, it has a subtle shimmer that catches the light beautifully. Remember , lighter colours on the lips instantly make them appear fuller so this is a definite must have. Retail Price €18 www.buffmakeup.com 10486188_886574494689917_718305518657206838_n     2. Inglot Sparkle #57 I am such a magpie when it comes to make up and this loose glitter from Inglot is one of the nicest I have seen. It is so sparkly and easy to apply, the tiniest amount goes a long way. 10454344_882577648422935_1809130528783346701_n10384470_885343604813006_3821610249611029164_n       3.Stila Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with SPF 30 I have posted this before but I had to mention it again as I wore it nearly every day in June.This is a must have summer product.It is a Beauty Balm that promises to hide imperfections, Stimulate collagen production, hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67%. Its a perfect companion for holidays as it has an SPF 30 with a hint of a tint and even better, its waterproof. Retail Price : €29.00 10492340_881248515222515_106604896914970921_n     4. Paese Bamboo Silk Powder I have been raving about this product since I got it. It is the finest translucent powder which leaves the skin matte without looking cakey. It contains more than 90% silica which keeps excess moisture at bay. Retail price : €11.99 www.dolledup.ie 43d708d3b9e7802b101f01c33b40771e   5. Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Any ladies that have attended my masterclasses will have heard me rave about this product. Infact this whole range is absolutely amazing. Ths foundation is unbelievable and Pixywoos was recently saying how much she loves it too! It has the best coverage out of any foundation I have tried but the difference is that it doesnt look or feel heavy on the skin. Importantly it photographs amazingly so is great for brides. Retail Price : € 45  www.misebeauty.com kevyn_aucoin_sse_sx01kevyn aucoin

Get Beach Babe Ready

Looking out the window and watching the rain pour down has got me looking forward to my holidays more then ever. I am  so excited that I have already started picking up bits an pieces and booked in for my beauty treatments. My Top Summer Holiday Tips   1. Semi Permanent Mink Lashes For the past couple of years I have gotten semi permanent mink lashes applied for my summer holiday. It takes 1/2 hours and is completely painless. The results are amazing as you can see in the picture below. They last 4-5 weeks depending on how you take care of them. I don't wear much make up in the sun so having this done is well worth is as I look so much more awake. Prices vary €75-€100.  I go to Allure in Drumcondra and for those over the southside check out The Lash Lounge.     befr  after 2. Make The Most of Your Lashes Semi Permanent lashes aren't everyones cup of tea and mascara is out of the question in the sun, so here is a really quick an effective to way to make the most of your lashes and open up your eyes. Before you go away treat yourself to an eyelash tint.You won’t be wearing mascara at the pool so this will instantly make your eyelashes appear longer and your eyes will look brighter., Curl them with a good eyelash curler and then apply a clear mascara/brow gel. Your lashes will look fuller and longer and stay perfect even in the warmest weather. Essence clear brow gel is only €2.49. brow gel     3. Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Bronzing Beauty Balm with SPF 30 This was my saviour last summer, as I said I don't wear much make up on holidays but this just has a hint of a tint and even better , its waterproof. It is a Beauty Balm that promises to hide imperfections, Stimulate collagen production, hydrate the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles by up to 67%. Its a perfect companion for holidays as it has an SPF 30. It retails at €29 which is really good value as it's a great sized bottle. Its available from Harvey Nichols in Dundrum. 1009932_662829537064415_519403862_n   4. Sunglasses Wear big sunglasses and a hat at all times.Think Sophia Loren.You will be protecting your scalp and your eyes from harmful rays and looking fabulous at the same time. Try to avoid direct sun exposure between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m, this is when the suns rays are most damaging and you are at an increased risk of getting sunburnt which it NEVER a good look. holi     5. Spray Tan I recommend a light spray tan before you go away, this will give you an instant confidence boost before stripping into your bikini on your first day. I am never too interested in getting a real tan and you can't get a safer tan then a fake tan. I love Laurens Way Spray Tan which I get done in Allure In drumcondra. Make sure to prep your skin properly before getting your spray tan and bring Cocoa Brown Chocolate Whip with you to get the most out of your spray tan. Laurens Way Glam Tan-850x850 (1)   6. La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Tinted Extreme Fluid 50+  This is a must have product for those of you who don’t want to go completely make-up free at the pool.This is a tinted suncreen with SPF 50+, with protection against both UVB and UVA rays.Its is lightweight yet gives a nice natural coverage. Retail price : €21.50 tint 7.  inglot Sparkling Dust #2 There is nothing prettier then gorgeous glowing skin in the sunshine. I got this recently and am obsessed already, Is a loose highly pigmented highlighting powder. There are 4 different colour options and I love them all! Its gorgeous on you shoulders and collar bones or even down the centre of your leg which is a trick made famous by Beyonce for elongating your legs. You could even mix some in with your aftersun before you go out in the evening for an all over glow. inglot-cosmetics-launches-sparkling-dust-T-7ryKzw      

My Top 10 Must Haves

Hey Guys , Sorry I haven't been as active on this as usual I was having laptop issues but all is resolved now so we are back in business! I usually do a monthly 'Must Have'  list so, I am combining April and May to make a list of 10 products that I have come across over the last few months and need to share with you all! Enjoy..   1.Cocoa Brown ' Chocolate Whip & Tough Stuff' Two essentials for a perfect tan! I am a big fan of tan and have tried everything on the market that promises to give the best results. You cannot have a flawless even tan without the right preparation and these two gems are the best I have found. 1.Full body exfoliation with 'Tough Stuff' : I use this on dry skin and then shower off. It leaves your skin completely tan free and smooth. 2. Use 'Chocolate Whip' on dry areas elbows, knees, ankles before you apply tan. Also as its oil free it can be used over tan to prolong it and help it fade evenly. cocoa brown     2. Pinksugar Online Store 'Tara' Necklace I could not do my 10 must have items with out mentioning the new 'Tara' necklace from Pinksugar Online Store. I am honoured to have such a pretty, sparkly piece of jewellery named after me. It has already sold out twice and I can see why, its a very versatile piece that can be worn smart or casual.The gorgeous Pippa O' Connor is a fan too. There is a whole array of gorgeous sparkles to choose from. The ' Tara' Necklace is €28. pink sugar pink   3.Inglot Secret Volume Mascara I was recently sent this product to try and have used it everyday since. Its one of Inglots newest additions along with their eyelash serum and felt tip eyeliner. I have been giving my lashes a break from mink lashes as I am going to get a new set before my holidays, so I want to get them in good condition. I use one coat of the lash serum and one coat of this mascara and absolutely love the result.  Its also smudge and flake proof and comes in a handy size so it is a must have for holidays. Retail Price : €12 inglot secre volume lashe   4. Argan Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner I haven't had extensions for a year now and have become more particular with my haircare routine as I am working hard at getting my natural hair back to the way it was pre-extensions. I gave the Argan Shampoo and Conditioner a go a couple of months a go and haven't used anything else since. I find it leaves my hair feeling like its had a really intense clean and also leaves it looking so shiny. It is infused with Moroccan Argan Oil which is rich in antioxidants and replenishes moisture and adds strength which I have really noticed as have some of my close friends and family. I haven't had as many compliments about my hair in years. Best of all it is available in Penneys for €5 for the two. argan   5. Youngblood Mineral Powder Foundation I met with Youngblood Cosmetics a couple of weeks ago and was introduced to their range. My every day foundation for the past 6 years has been Bare Minerals so I was interested to try another mineral brand to see how they compared. There are a few different types of Youngblood foundations but I have taken a shine to the Mineral Powder Foundation. I have always rated Bare Minerals as the best mineral foundation on the market but after trying this one I think I have been swayed. I prefer the finish of this one and the coverage is amazing without looking heavy. It also has a soft radiant finish without any shimmer which I also like. I have sensitive skin so am always wary of trying new foundations but as this one is completely free from talc, perfumes and is non-comodgenic I have had no issues. Retail Price is €35 and you can buy it online at www.closer2fabulous.ie and in selected stockists across the country. 10268563_858101727537194_1790889123342389571_n   6. Dr. PawPaw I am a big fan of Elizabeth Ardens 8 Hour Cream but have been using Dr. PawPaw for a while now and prefer  its consistency and it is more then half the price. It  is a celebrity favourite and a must have item for your make up bag, Its one of those multi purpose balms  that can be used for almost anything. I mainly use it as a lip balm and face treatment before bed, although its great for softening dry hands and feet and even smoothing away stray hairs. It is available to buy in Dublins fashion haven Harvey Nichols in Dundrum . paw paw   7. kevyn Aucoin 'Sensual Skin Enhancer' As a make up artist I am extremely fussy about foundations for my kit and so many just don't make the cut. This foundation however is completely faultless. A couple of months ago I  did a masterclass in Mise Beauty in Dundalk where I was introduced to  Kevyn Aucoins full collection and it was love at first sight. I have stocked up on a lot of the range so will be doing a full blog on that asap. The first shoot I used it on was with model Roz Purcell who loved the foundation so much she went to Mise to get some. It gives the skin the most flawless finish and photographs beautifully on the skin.It retails at €45 and is available to buy in Mise Beauty in Dundalk.

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8. HD Brow Products The gorgeous Anna from The Beauty Suite in Tuam knows how much I love the HD Brow range and kindly send me a gift of some of their best products. I have been using the Pro Palette on my clients for a year now and find it amazing as it has a colour to suit everyone. I use the Brunette palette on myself in 'Foxy'. The brow Beater is excellent for wayward hairs and the Brow Pencil is what you need for creating the perfect HD precision brow. It is important to remember that less is more with brows and you should be giving the effect of  fine hair strokes. hd brow   9. Mi Moneda Anyone that follows my page will notice that I hardly go anywhere without a piece of Mi Moneda jewellery on. Its one of those brands that you get addicted to and keep wanting to build on your collection. I love the rings because they are so eye catching and the necklaces are so cool because you can constantly change the coins and create so many different looks. I got the Baby foot print one for my sister after she had her baby girl in December and she loved it. They are such a nice present so boyfriends and husbands take note 😉 Check out www.lilywho.ie to see the full collection 10277504_858683877478979_5816703410579757306_n   10. Stila Convertible Colour Lip and Cheek I am a big fan of Stila Products, I recently had my make up done at the Stila Counter in Harvey Nichols in Dundrum and had to buy this gorgeous product. It comes in a few colours but I choose a gorgeous Peachy colour in this ingenious lipstick and blush; Gerbera.The two-in-one compact is so handy for your handbag.This colour is particularly pretty and would suit most skin tones. I use this religiously. Retail Price :€21.50 stila-cosmetics-convertible-color-gerbera-229x300 (1)