Posts Tagged ‘ Beauty ’

Reinvent Your Eyes With Drama This Autumn

Cara Delevingne with this season's smokey eyes (Image: blacklockbeauty.com)

Cara Delevingne with this season’s smokey eyes (Image: blacklockbeauty.com)

Eyes are the windows of your soul. They convey thoughts, feelings and attitude. Eye contact is a component of non-verbal communication and maintaining efficient eye contact is an interpersonal skill vital for effective communication.

Sometimes people avoid looking directly at someone due to shyness and nervousness.
Your eyes might be in need of a mini make-over to boost your confidence and self-esteem.

From subtle glamorous eyes to statement dramatic eyes, the choice is yours. So how do you get the look? Continue reading

Five Tips For Maintaining Excellent Skincare

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Beautiful skin is a timeless, classic trend. Magazines manifest the art of beauty by showcasing model’s with idyllic skin. Hectic social life, stressful work-load and unpredictable weather can take it’s toll on your skin. Diminish autumn blues by being attentive to your skin- care needs.

Here’s the must have secret tips for flawless skin. Continue reading

How To Be Miss Photo Perfectionist

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Summer is in full-flight mode . Sun, Sea and Sand but don’t forget the ever so important camera.

A picture paints a thousand words . With my tips, you will no longer be camera-shy. Looking your best in front of the camera will be so simple.

Tip 1  Practice, practice, practice.  Get a friend or family member to take photos of you. Learn to relax in front of the camera. The best photos are often the one’s where you forget the camera is even focused on you.

Tip 2  Prepare well for your photos. Look after your skin by drinking lots of water and getting plenty of sleep. cleanse , tone and moisturise.

Tip 3 Visit your dentist. For that sizzling, irresistible smile, get your teeth whitened professionally. It can make a huge difference to your photos. You will be thanking me, when compliments come your way. Pick up most magazines, and you will spot the top celebrities with snow-white teeth. Continue reading

Failing Eyesight Helps Irish Woman Spearhead Vintage Fashion Range

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When it comes to beautiful clothing, exquisite style and excellent quality are perfect partners.  And the team at vintage-style clothing label – Vinta Definita – have an innate understanding of this. By adding the finishing touches to their very first collection, the Dublin-based brand has designed the perfect antidote to fast fashion. Their gorgeous capsule collection has been created by drawing inspiration from the grace and style of the 1930, 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. And each garment has been created – in limited runs and often by hand – using exclusive, high quality fabrics from Italy, France and Spain.  These are luxurious investment pieces that make a strong statement about the women who choose to wear them. “Luxury is a concept with multiple definitions,” says Annushka O’Neill, Creative Director at Vinta Definita. “For us, luxury means beautifully made clothing with an emphasis on exquisite craftsmanship and exclusivity of design. For our customers, luxury is the sense of integrity that comes from sourcing fewer but higher quality garments.” Despite their Irish roots, the fledgling firm has a truly international flavour with their sights firmly set on the stars.  “Our textile designer is English, our pattern maker is Polish, our garments are made in Portugal and the face of our brand – Diana Morozova – is a Russian actress,” says Annushka O’Neill.  And O’Neill commissioned award-winning Russian photographer, Taya Nevskaya, to shoot the brand’s first look book. “Taya’s work has appeared in Cosmopolitan,” says O’Neill, “and that was good enough for us!”. Continue reading

News in Brief – Corrupt Government To Silence The Internet As Leaving Cert Cheaters Face Anxious Wait

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Do you smell like sheep s***? Do people avoid you because of your stink? Are you a hardened farmer with his own willies and appropriate tan? If you can drive a bullet proof John Dere you could be in luck , Pope Francis may have the job for you! Apparently the Pope wants his bishops to be real shepherds, actual shepherds, with sheep. No not really, but he wants them to be leaders of their flock, part of the farm, a bishop in wolves clothing even. Or sheets clothing anyway. Continue reading

How To: Get Healthier Looking Hair

hairLong, short, thick or thin, curly or straight, having glistening, healthy hair can really enliven a person’s face and look. It cannot be denied that we ladies spend a copious amount of time, energy and money on our hair, it only makes sense that we get it looking radiant and strong. Below are some tips to help you improve and maintain your hair.

Avoid too much bleaching and over dying of your hair. Regular bleaching can cause the hair to become frizzy, rough and dry with a straw like texture. The more you bleach the worse the condition gets. However, if you’re reading this and you have already bleached your hair and are looking for ways to help improve the condition, have no fear I have a few tips. Having bleached hair myself I find that putting oil(Olive oil, Sunflower Oil, Coconut Oil etc.) in my hair over night in a towel and then washing it out the next morning really helps improve the condition of your hair. And the best part is it’s all natural! Your hair will soak up the oil over night, and your will get an intense conditioning.

Eating a protein rich diet can encourage and promote hair growth as protein is an important component of your hair. Protein is found in many food like eggs, dark green vegetables, fish, lean beef and especially tofu. Our bodies constantly recycle protein but it is essential that we constantly replace it.

Avoid over styling and regular use of heating products such as hair straighteners, hair dryers, curlers etc. Over use can cause the hair to dry out, break and become damaged. I find that drying my hair naturally gives a softer, sleeker and healthier result than blow drying. However, if you simply cannot live without your straightener or hair dryer than buying a product that reduces heat damage is a fantastic idea. The product I use is John Frieda’s FRIZZ-EASE® Daily Nourishment Leave- In conditioning Spray. It’s a fortifying leave in conditioner with lots of vitamins that helps revitalize dry, damaged hair. I find it works excellently and you can even spray it on straight after straightening your hair if it goes extremely frizzy after the straightening, it dampens the hair and gets rid of the dreaded dry frizz look.

One last piece of advice I can give you is to get a proper night’s sleep. A good night’s sleep will help to regulate the body’s natural hormone levels which promote good overall health. When the body is healthy and thriving, your hair is also. Sleep helps reduce mental and physical stress on your body, which will again encourage growth.

As they say, You only get out what you put in, so proper maintenance of your hair is very important to keep you looking beautiful and radiant.

Autumn Proof Skin – Homemade Body Oil

As Robb Stark might say “Winter is Coming!!” And this week has proved that it definitely is coming. So, to keep away the dry skin that often accompanies cold and frosty weather then take note of these luxurious, beautiful smelling oils that can be homemade to your own needs and desires. Buying body oil can be quite expensive but it is not difficult to make your own and the choices are only as limited as your imagination! All you need is a base/carrier oil or two (depending on the dryness of your skin) and some blends of essential oils to suit your own original taste. Aromatherapy oils have so many benefits; many can relax, invigorate, or stimulate, find out which ones suit your needs best!

You will need:

  • A Glass bottle, make sure it is airtight.
  • One or Two Base/Carrier Oils: Almond Oil, Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Apricot Kernal Oil – check out your local health store for some inspiration!
  • Essential Oils: There are so many to choose from – Patchouli, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Bergamot, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptos, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Grapefruit, Lemongrass, Tea Tree, Ylang Ylang, and countless more! These are also available in any health store.

For the base oil use whatever you prefer, I usually combine half Almond Oil with half Extra-Virgin Olive Oil. The Extra Virgin Olive Oil is much richer and heavier than the Almond Oil so if you have drier skin then add more to your mix, but it smells stronger so keep this in mind when combining.

Decide what sort of smell you want your oil to have: Sweet? Fruity? Rich? Woody? Then just start combining! Here are some ideas with measurement guides to get you started, also note that the smell will develop so let it be for a few days and add more if you desire. Be careful not to add too much because the smell will just be nauseating after a few weeks, subtle is best!

Rose and Bergamot Oil – A Delicate and Subtle Scent.

  • 100ml Almond Oil
  • 50-70ml Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 15-20 drops of Rose Essential Oil (adjust to your own desired strength)
  • 5-7 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil (again adjust to your own strength but Bergamot Oil is a stronger smell than Rose Oil). 

Sweet Orange and Patchouli Oil  – Rich and Heady, Great for Autumn/Winter!

  • Same Base/Carrier Oil blend as above.
  • 3-5 drops of Patchouli Essential Oil
  • 3-5 drops of Bergamot Essential Oil
  • 10 drops of Sweet Orange Essential Oil
  • Cinnamon Stick (For smell as well as decoration!)

Other Essential Oil blend ideas: *

  • Vanilla and Cinnamon (Warm and Spiced)
  • Grapefruit and Lemon (Morning Invigoration)
  • Peppermint (Great for refreshing tired feet)

*Always mix essential oils with a carrier oil when using on your skin as used purely they can be an irritant, always read the labels to find out more. Remember it is the base/carrier oil that is good for your skin, the essential oils are for aromatherapy purposes for mind and nose only!

These Homemade Body Oils can also be given as gift, just put it in a pretty bottle with a nice label and a ribbon!

If Hair Could Talk, This Is What It Would Tell You

My name is Aaron O Bryan Jnr and I am the manager and master colour technician at Kearns & Co Hair, Toronto, Canada. I have plenty of years experience under my belt working at home in Ireland and abroad and I have worked all aspects of the hair industry from cutting, colouring, up-styling and photo-shoots.

From a young age I have always been interested in hairdressing whether it was playing with my own hair or robbing my sisters barbies just to tie braids and do some sort of crazy styles, barbie never looked so good when I was done working my magic. I worked my way up the ranks fairly quickly and have always had that feel good factor when I made someone look good or looking a somewhat better version of themselves and this is what I believe made me the stylist I am today, the fact that I really care what my client wants and I will strive to give it to them.

 I thought of doing my blog (www.ifhaircouldtalk.wordpress.com) in order for people to get a bit of an insight into what hair is about and a look into the world of stylists and hair issues. When I first started my blog I had the idea of an online hair doctor to give people advice on how to handle their own hair. I believe that with the information I give out, I will give an honest answer and not try to make money in the process, I do it because I like people to have good healthy locks. I hope people will promote my blog and ask questions for me to make their hair lives so much easier. In doing this hopefully I’ll help make a lot of people very happy in the near future.

Scrumptious Chocolate Can Do World Of Good For The Body

With Easter fast approaching, the temptation to overindulge on chocolate might be too much for some to resist.  But although eating chocolate in excess is undeniably bad for the waistline, it does have its benefits, especially when it comes to skincare.  Dark chocolate contains eight times the amount of anti-oxidants that are found in strawberries, and these anti-oxidants protect the body from ageing.  So if you do manage to resist the temptation to devour the first egg you find on Sunday, you can always find comfort in some great skincare products that are loaded with chocolate goodness that won’t do any harm to the figure!

Burt’s Bees, Richly Replenishing Cocoa & Cupuacu Butter Body Lotion is one such product, and is 99% natural, containing both cocoa butter and olive oil, amongst others.  It is a feast for the senses, with the aroma of chocolate and vanilla, and is clinically proven to moisturise for up to 24 hours.  It is designed for dry skin, and although slow to be absorbed, it will leave your skin feeling soft and smelling divine.  Retailing for €12.00, it’s a mid-range purchase that will literally leave you smelling good enough to eat.

And if having skin smelling of chocolate isn’t enough to satisfy your cravings, you can have hair that smells delicious too.  L’Oreal Paris, Casting Crème Gloss in 535 Chocolate is a no-ammonia, non-drip crème formula that makes hair colouring a truly indulgent experience, which will leave a lasting colour which can survive up to 28 washes.  The colour comes with a squeezy, easy to use applicator, and the result is hair that looks glossy and nourished.  Much cheaper than a trip to the hairdressers, at a mere €12.00, and the outcome looks just as professional.

If the smell of chocolate skin and hair doesn’t appeal to your senses, then you can opt for skin that looks like chocolate.  Vita Liberata Rich Silken Chocolate Self Tan is a self-tan which will immediately give your skin that intense chocolate look, without any associated smell.  The colour intensifies over 24 hours, and claims to leave you with a Brazilian glow.  The tan is easy to apply, is genuinely fragrance free, and doesn’t stain your clothes.  It is a bit of an investment product, retailing for €27, but this is a tanning product worth paying that bit extra for.

Cooling Cucumber

Cucumbers have many health benefits.  As they are 95% water, they keep the body hydrated, and regulate body temperature.  This is especially useful in the summer, when the weather is warmer.  And should you overdo it in the sun, the skin of a cucumber is great for relieving sunburn.  Due to their cooling effect, sliced cucumber makes great eye pads as they reduce puffiness and dark circles.   Many skin care specialists have realised the benefits of cucumber, and have included it as an active ingredient in their products.  From shampoo to eye cream, we look at a few items available from your nearest beauty counter.

Darphin, Firming wrinkle repair serum

This serum combines the natural ingredient, cucumber, with other natural and high-tech ingredients to target wrinkles.  It should be applied before bed time to firm your skin overnight.

 It is really light and is quickly absorbed into the skin, without being oily.  While my skin definitely looked fresher after a week of using this, I’m not convinced it’s worth the price-tag, retailing at €135.

Garnier, Care and Control Cream

This moisturiser contains 100% natural cucumber extract, and claims to be “ultra-efficient”, especially for oily skin.  This can be applied after your usual cleanser and toner.

Considering this is aimed at oily skin, it is quite a heavy moisturiser, and can be slow to absorb fully into the skin.  It does leave your skin feeling hydrated though, and is definitely worth the money.  Retailing at a mere €5.40, this is a good choice for anyone suffering from oily skin. 

Olay, Eye Transforming Cream

This eye cream contains 7 vitamins and minerals, including cucumber and is designed to repair skin’s moisture levels and maintain even skin tone. 

Just the tiniest bit of this cream is needed around the delicate eye area, as it is really rich.  It does help to reduce dark circles, but does little to aid any puffiness around the eye area.  Selling for €9.70, it won’t break the bank, but won’t work any miracles on your eyes either.

Modern Organic Products, Mixed Greens Shampoo

This may sound like a menu from your local health food restaurant, but this shampoo really contains cucumber, artichoke, watercress and parsley, specially targeting dry hair. 

It genuinely leaves your hair feeling softer and more radiant, and smells so fresh.  Priced at €14.35, it is an indulgent purchase, but your hair will thank you for it.

Ole Henriksen, Balancing Cucumber Face Tonic

This is a toning mist, containing cucumber, chamomile and ginseng to clam and soften skin.  It should be used daily. 

Light and refreshing, this definitely does what it promises to do.  Your skin instantly feels refreshed, and invigorated.  Selling for €24.95, it is a pay day purchase, but it will last is great for anyone suffering from dehydrated skin.