Saturday 21 January 2017

The Hot List: What we loved (and loathed) this week

Holly Shortall

Published 04/09/2015 | 11:53

Holly Shortall
The main stage at Electric Picnic in Stradbally this weekend
Hair Matthew Feeney at the boutique salon Aviary Lane on South Anne Street in Dublin. Photo: El Keegan
UTV Ireland weather girl, Jenny Buckley. Photo: 1IMAGE/Bryan Brophy
Farrah Abraham on Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother

Holly Shortall charts what got us talking for all the right and wrong reasons this week.

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We Love...

Electric Picnic


It’s that time of year again! With headliners like Blur, Underworld and Florence + The Machine on the cards this weekend, we’re seriously excited – but not just about the music. There’s people watching, food, fashion and culture to cater to all crowds. The best part? When it’s all over you can donate your tents, wellies and sleeping bags to the refugees in Calais from 11am on Monday morning at the entrance of the Global Green Area.


Urban Decay's ‘Riff’ Shadow


Billed as a shade that can flatter every eye colour and skin tone, Riff is the ‘IT’ shadow of the month. With beauty bloggers Rosie Connolly, Lovely Girlie Bits and all Joanne Larby singing its praises, it has already sold out in most Irish stockists. But it’s still  available on the official Urban Decay website, so get it before it’s gone!


Colin Horgan x Conor Merriman


Finally, the art of fashion illustration (and my first love) has made a major comeback over the summer. This week, illustrator Conor Merriman teamed up with equally talented Irish designer Colin Horgan for an exciting collaboration that sees Conor illustrating Colin’s latest collection beautifully. Check them out on Facebook.


Push Make Up


This Irish makeup brand has been on our radar for awhile, but the Black Caviar pencil eyeliner has won our hearts this week.  Softer than a block of butter that’s been left out all night, it glides on like a dream and has incredible all-day staying power too.


Matthew Feeney

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Not content with tending to the tresses of Vogue Williams, Roz Purcell and Girls Aloud’s Sarah Harding, 22-year-old hair stylist Matthew Feeney just became the youngest Irish finalist at the Wella Trend Vision competition. The super talented Dubliner, who is based in Aviary Lane, heads to London in a few weeks to compete at the UK and Ireland finals. Fingers crossed!


Celebrity Big Brother


We have to take our hats off to TV3 for the stroke-of-genius move that was bringing CBB to Irish shores. This year, the housemates are divided in to two groups; American and British. We’ve been glued to the #CBB hashtag on Twitter and thanks to the show’s cast of characters, we’re in it for the long haul.


WhatSalon? App

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Billed as the ‘Just Eat’ for hair and beauty lovers, this handy little iPhone and Android app allows you to book last-minute appointments in local hair & beauty salons at the touch of a button – perfect if you hate phone calls or are still in work and need to book in on the sly.


We Loathe...

The VMAs

Even Miley Cyrus’ controversial hosting couldn’t host this year’s VMAs – with a serious lack of A-list talent, notably Beyonce, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Instead, we got two hours of attention seeking antics, almost naked bodies and performances that were less than memorable. Seriously -  what’s good, Miley?


The Weather

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One thing that has always made the end of summer a little more bearable is the promise of a glorious September - yet here we are, four days in and we’ve had nothing but rain. We should really be used to the Irish weather by now, but it never ceases to disappoint, does it?


Celebrity Splits


2015 will go down in showbiz history as the year of the broken heart. With so many of our celeb faves splitting, it still came as shock to hear Avril Lavigne and hubby number two, Chad Kroeger,  are separating after just two years of marriage.  We’re just thankful RTEs ‘Reeling In The Years’ doesn’t focus on celebrity news, as the 2015 edition of the show would go on for days.

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