Hair hacks: how to simplify your morning routine with these time-saving beauty tricks
Never having been a morning person, I admit it was a shock to the system when my son started school and I faced the seemingly never-ending drudge...
Never having been a morning person, I admit it was a shock to the system when my son started school and I faced the seemingly never-ending drudge...
Would you be surprised to learn that one of the world's bestselling foundations, IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream (a global, award-winning bestseller and...
What's the one skincare ingredient that's been proven beyond doubt to definitively turn the clock back on our faces? It might be news to some of...
Did you know that lots of our favourite beauty products originally hail from Japan?
As the weather gets chillier and the winter winds pick up, we need to make sure we get ahead of the beauty game and prep our skin now for the coming colder months and also perhaps remedy some of the sun damage incurred over the summer months!
For the first time in decades, sales of the humble soap bar are on the rise.
My love affair with all things Gallic began as a child when my parents would take us to the idyllic, sunny region of Provence in the South of France every summer. My first serious boyfriend was a very handsome, typically passionate Frenchman - I not only fell in love with him but also the food, the countryside, the beaches, the books (Manon Lescaut by Prevost is in my top five favourite books of all time), the style and the language. I even went on to study French in UCD (sadly I cannot speak a word now!). For me, there's something so intriguing, beautiful and mysterious about the...
Vicky, my friend of 30 years — or my soul sister, as I call her — is the type of pal I wish everyone had in their life: fun, smart as a whip, loyal, full-hearted and brimming with zest for life.
I had a marathon group WhatsApp conversation recently with my pals from my old modelling years - a truly lovely, funny, kind, supportive and positive bunch of women.
As a little girl first starting school I was very shy, and I really struggled to learn. I was behind in reading and writing for many years. One of the most vivid memories I have as a little one of about six, was confiding to my dad about how hard I was finding it to read. We were in my dad's old office that had a cool swivel chair that my sisters and I used to fight over, taking turns to twirl around on it!
The women's skincare industry is a beauty powerhouse - some daily female skincare...
Given the imminent arrival of the Easter Bunny, I've taken inspiration from chocolate for this week's column.
The new kid on the beauty block is anti-pollution skincare, the products of which saw a sales rise of 30pc last year.
Sheet masks for skincare have been the knock-out success story of the beauty industry over the past few years. Instagram continues to be awash with pictures of A-listers from Victoria Beckham to...
In last week's column, I looked at some of the best acid facial peels that are available as professional treatments.
As much as we love our sun holidays, there are some beauty-related issues that the hotter weather can bring that are not so welcome.
Has anyone else's hair gone completely haywire this summer?
Supermodel Naomi Campbell certainly lived up to her diva status when she posted her aeroplane routine on her YouTube channel. The clip went viral in a jiffy - and for good reason!
Would it shock you to learn that every single one of us in Ireland creates a whopping 61kg of plastic waste each year? The reality is that a lot of this not-very-pretty plastic junk comes from our beauty regimes - according to research by Garnier, personal care and beauty products account for a third of all landfill waste.
What do gorgeous celebs Jennifer Aniston (50), Elle Macpherson (55), Julianne Moore (58), Sandra Bullock (54), Susan Sarandon (72) and Michelle Pfeiffer (61) all have in common? They are all women over the age of 45 who are debunking the beauty myth that we can't sport longer hair as we mature.
Sun's nearly out for the summer, so that means lots of us are getting ready to pack our bags and head for (hopefully) sunnier climes.
Holiday season has officially arrived which means the fun of packing begins.
Menopause can be a challenging time, but skincare specifically for menopausal and post-menopausal skin can aid this transition and soothe a changing complexion.
What are the first things that people notice about us? Turns out, it's our eyes and our smile that stand out most when we meet new people.
With summer just around the corner, and limbs emerging from under their woolly layers, it's time to check out some tanning products that may give us a wee bit more confidence when we peel off the longer sleeves.
The image of a raw-faced, lobster-red post-acid peel Samantha in Sex and the City was hard to forget. No wonder, then, that some people were put off facial peels after seeing it. In reality, however, acids used in skincare sound a lot scarier than they are. Any product with a pH balance of less than 7 is classified as an acid - and the skin has a natural pH of 5.5, so is acidic in itself.
In honour of St Patrick's Day, this week's column has a decidedly green tint.
What's the one piece in the vast make-up armoury that nearly every woman uses? It won't come as a surprise that this go-to item is humble but hard-working mascara! More than 91pc of us wear it daily - but why? As opposed to complicated make-up techniques like contouring and tricky-to-master eyeshadow application, one or two coats of the black stuff gives a super speedy lift and definition to the face and banishes that sleepy-eyed look.
The Pantone Institute have chosen a 'colour of the year' since 2000, and this year's choice is 'Living Coral'.
Is your hair that weird mix of greasy roots and thirsty, frizzy ends?
There’s the most beautiful quote that says: “Right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.” For all you lovely wedding-belles-to-be, your upcoming Big Day is that fairy tale.
Valentine's Day arrives in a few days - the day of celebrating love and romance and all things sweet and sensual!
For many of us, the new year is already a month old, but for over a billion people across the globe New Year's celebrations are just about to begin!
Hands up who has been upping their workout regimes this January? New Year's resolutions are in full swing up and down the country as lots of us try to make a healthy start 2019 by incorporating more exercise and more movement into our lives.
What's coming down the tracks for our hair, make-up and nail routines this year? This week, I've sifted through some of the strongest trends for 2019 and highlighted the ones I think will make the most positive impact not only on our looks, but minds, bodies and souls too!
The vegan movement slipped confidently into the mainstream in 2018. The first month of the new year sees record numbers signing up to 'Veganuary' and pledging to go meat-free for the month.
Another year stretches ahead, with positive possibilities, potential challenges and magic moments. Isn't there something so lovely about that? The potential for a brilliant year?
Stargazer Carl Sagan said: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." I think of these words often, especially at the turning of the new year. We're on the cusp of something new. As we head into 2019, and a generally bleak first month, it's worth remembering that it is named for the Roman god Janus, who was said to have two faces: one looking back at the year that was and the other looking forward to all that is yet to come.
Irish beauty brands have come into their own over the last few years - with some of them (Kinvara and Pestle & Mortar) winning huge international skincare awards and others (Voya) being stocked in luxury salons across the globe. The organic and natural skincare arena is where Irish beauty brands are really making waves internationally, and after road-testing them myself as beauty writer for Weekend, I can totally see why. They are top quality skincare beauties.
This week's Christmas gift guide is for the woman in your life who loves her skincare and make-up products and will always be happy to see a beauty gift box under the Christmas tree!
Today is the first day of December - meaning, if you haven't done so already, it's time to get those Christmas shopping lists started! To help you out, I've sifted through the mountains of beauty and grooming products on the market.
With party season now firmly upon us, our clothes, our make-up and our homes are given free rein to sparkle and shine. And what better way to combat the cold and dark, and create some festive feeling, than with cosy fires, twinkling lights and the warm glow of candles?
It's mid-November and the tinsel, glitter and sparkles are slowly but surely making their way into our homes, our outfits and, of course, our make-up bags. As your diary fills up with everything from family get-togethers to office lunches and festive bashes, you'll want to make sure that you're putting your best face forward.
For the month of September, in this column I have been taking a look at the growing appetite and industry for Conscious Cosmetics. In exploring the rising demand for all-natural, responsible skincare and beauty products - which are kinder to both our skin and our environment than chemical-laden alternatives - I have tested a host of skincare and make-up products available from salons, department stores and health food stores across the country. Over the past four weeks, I have highlighted vegan beauty lines, the new trend for adaptogens, petro-chemical-free products and...
Did you know that it takes 1,000 years to generate 3cm of top soil? And that, according to the UN, if current rates of degradation - a major cause of which is intensive farming using chemicals - continue, all of the world's top soil could be gone within 60 years? As more of us become aware of the danger our eco-system is in, there's a growing interest in using 'conscious' cosmetics, that are kinder to both our skin and our planet.
There was a bit of a stir caused in London recently by a billboard campaign which read: "Even cars are rejecting petrol. What about your skincare?" For many people who saw this advert, it was the first time that they realised that they are putting products on their skin - and that of their family - that are laced with petrochemicals.
Hasn't it been a long and lovely summer this year? For lots of us, now it's back to reality as the school year starts. We're busy getting the books covered, the uniforms ordered, the school lunches sorted and trying to settle ourselves before the dreaded commencement of the school-run rush. I'd love to say I am super organised and perfectly coiffed for the early morning drop-offs, but the truth is that I'm usually thrown together and looking pretty dishevelled.
The Rose of Tralee Festival has kicked off for another year and sees dozens of accomplished, smart and beautiful women from across the country and the globe gather in Kerry. The festival will be televised on RTÉ this Monday and Tuesday, August 20 and 21, with the winner being crowned on the second evening.
I wouldn't consider myself a fully fledged eco-warrior, but I do try to follow a natural lifestyle as much possible.
By this stage, we have all gotten this message: not only does slathering on some sunscreen every day protect our skin from cancer, it can also stop the development of fine lines and sunspots. In my experience, Irish women are good at using SPF - and they are brilliant at encouraging their families to use it, too.
As one of the world's most famous sportsmen, David Beckham continues to challenge the notion of what it means to be "masculine" - he's forever challenging those old-school male grooming rules. The father of four has always experimented and reinvented his image (remember the sarong and the hairband?). The footballer is open about his fondness for grooming, his love of an odd manicure and has even been filmed nonchalantly plucking his brows.
Something unfortunate happened to my face once I hit 40. It wasn't the added wrinkles and lines - I was fully prepared for those little guys. No, something altogether more unexpected and unwelcome began to appear, something nobody had warned me about. Put simply, my face grew fuzzier. My dad had always sported a rather dashing-looking, Ernest Hemmingway-esque moustache, and as I matured, the family resemblance was growing uncanny.
As we start to shed our winter woollies and swap them out for a lighter summer wardrobe, we should think about doing the same for our skincare. Your skin's needs change from season to season, so what worked for you in the harsh, colder months, doesn't necessarily cut the beauty mustard in the sunnier, warmer weather. Our skin may crave added deep moisturisation during the long months of icy, windy weather complete with complexion-drying central heating, but it requires different protection during the sunnier, dryer months of summer.
Thich Nhat Hanh believes that, "Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful." The 91-year-old Vietnamese Buddhist monk may lean more towards the philosophical aspect of smiling, but science has shown that the mere act of smiling can lift our mood, lower stress and boost our immune system. Smiling essentially tricks our brains into believing we're happy, which can then spur actual feelings of happiness. So, how do we feel super confident in our smiles? By making sure we are tending to our dental and oral health every day.
I've just finished reading Shoukei Matsumoto's book, A Monk's Guide to a Clean House and Mind, and am inspired by his tips on creating a peaceful, ordered refuge in our homes. As the days get brighter and warmer, many of you will have given your home a declutter, a dust and a spring clean - now it's time to do the same for your make-up bags and beauty cabinets.
Given the holiday that's in it, this week I'm taking beauty inspiration from the piles of Easter eggs lying around the house, waiting to get cracked open tomorrow, and bringing you some delicious chocolate-based cosmetics.
Things have gone decidedly egg-shaped on the beauty pages this week. Inspired by Weekend's Easter Food special, I've bunnied up the latest beauty offerings.
The Irish natural beauty industry may be tiny in size in comparison to larger, long-established countries known for their skincare (France and Japan in particular), but it has proven over the last few decades to be immense in its impact.
The gorgeous Meghan Markle walks down the aisle this year, in surely the most anticipated wedding of 2018.
The explosion of interest in a holistic, all-over approach to our health has resulted in wellness and beauty becoming intertwined. Is beauty really more than skin deep? Yes!
If money were not an issue, would you ever consider popping a $14million mascara into your clutch? Or a $250,000 nail varnish, perhaps? What about a $1,000 real gold face mask?
We are the wired generation and suffering from chronic exhaustion, over-stimulation and a seemingly endless array of beauty products to choose from. So, this week I want us to strip everything down, take a moment just for ourselves, and focus on returning our skin to its natural state in 2018.
Between cold weather, central heating and a festive period filled with junk food and alcohol, the winter months can be hard on the skin. So why not take the time to give your skin time to heal, renew and get back to its natural state? Here are seven chemical-free ways to give it some TLC.
The beauty world may sell us a lot of lotions and potions that claim to act as 'anti-ageing' but, in truth, there is no such thing. These products can definitely improve the skin's condition, but nothing can turn back time.
I hope Santa slips these top products of the year into my stocking…
If there's one time of the year when we can satisfy our craving for full wattage glamour, it's now. With twinkling fairy lights and shiny tinsel covering every available surface in December, it seems fair enough that we can also lash on that fabulously shiny lip-gloss, or the sparkling eyeshadow we've had rattling around in our make-up bags for the past year. Or to put it another way - now is your chance to decorate yourself!
Is there a more relaxing, pampering treatment that is also quick and inexpensive (and makes you feel Olivia Palermo-level groomed) than a manicure?
How do you 'cheat' your way to a more symmetrical-looking face and simultaneously shave years off your look? Or make your eyes bigger-looking and defined without make-up? The answer is unbelievably simple - it lies in properly tended brows.
As November begins, your mind might not quite yet be on party dresses and sparkles, but now is the perfect time to start preparing for the festive season - and the endless selfies that go with it!
A brilliantly scary alternative is PS Fake Blood from Penneys stores nationwide.
It's predicted that by 2020 there will be 30 billion connected devices across the globe - it appears the Internet of Things is fast taking over. But how many of these digital devices will be beauty related? As hard as it may be to imagine a Wi-Fi connected lipstick, or a Bluetooth-enabled mascara, it seems that this is indeed where the beauty industry is heading - with a few highly futuristic tech grooming gadgets already available.
Beauty vinegars are the latest addition to the toning family - but what are toners anyway, and do they work? This week we do a toner test run for you and check out the best options for every skin type…
For the first time ever, women in their 50s and upward are now the biggest spenders in the beauty industry.
For millennia, honey has been used for its healing purposes. The ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Greeks and Romans used honey for its health and skin benefits when dealing with wounds, coughs, sore throats, eye diseases, and for a variety of skin conditions.
It's time to add an essential fourth step to your beauty regimen.
My guide to the top beauty gizmos, grooming tools and devices that give you real results.
Celebs posting pics of themselves getting ready for red carpet events with their Glam Squads is nothing new. But at this year's Golden Globes, I was struck by the number of stars using Korean beauty-inspired skincare techniques, such as sheet masks, and the newest addition to this family - skincare 'stickers'.
There is a Chinese proverb that states, "There is only one beautiful baby in the world - and every mother has it."
My brow journey thus far goes as follows: monobrow in the 1980s; pencil-thin, mean-looking, measly excuses of brows in the '90s; a confused array of everything in between while modelling in the Noughties - and now, as a mature woman of 41, I have learned to just leave well enough alone brow-wise.
Resolve to overhaul your skincare regimen this new year and adopt these good habits that will have you glowing in no time.
Confession time: I have not darkened the doorway of a gym in almost two years. I have no idea how that time has slipped by, since my old career as a model had me in a regular workout routine for over a decade. Sometimes, we just gently slip out of our healthier habits without really taking stock, so this year (even though I normally never make new year’s resolutions), for 2017 I have made it my goal to get back to the gym.
When you look back over old family Christmas photos, have you ever noticed how few photos there are of your mum with the whole family?
Skincare, make-up and beauty gift-sets are, in a lot of ways, a fail-safe option for men searching for the perfect Christmas present. Not only are the Christmas beauty-sets great value (many of the gifts I've chosen below are actually less expensive than buying one individual beauty product), they are also gorgeously packaged and presented, and something you know will get used as every woman treats their skin on a daily basis.
It may seem that women are easier to buy for at Christmas, with an endless array of female beauty goodies available - make-up, skincare sets, perfume and haircare products prove the most popular ladies' gift options.
My favourite part about Christmas is when all the parties and get-togethers and present-giving madness has ceased, and it's time to chill out. Fire on, candles lit, lots of food in the house, comfy clothes and a lovely pile of books to get through - bliss.
I love Halloween - my house has been decorated for weeks. Monday we'll go trick or treating around our new neighbourhood - I'll be dressed as a witch and AJ's Daddy will be a rather fetching-looking 16-stone princess.
As much as I applaud women who leave their hair go naturally silver, I headed straight for my colourist when my first grey appeared.
Bizarre images of celebs sporting multi-coloured skin masks and creepy-looking facial sheets - all at the same time - have been flooding social media for the past 18 months, under the multimasking hashtag.
A one-time beauty buzzword, recent legislation passed in the US, Canada and Holland has banned the use of microbeads from cosmetic and beauty products, with the Environmental Audit Committee in the UK calling for a ban there within 18 months.
New season collections and fashion shows seem like glamorous affairs when you're seated at the front row, but backstage can be a disaster zone. Peek behind the curtain and you'll see cramped, messy, chaos.
We've seen a revolution of sorts in our food culture over the last decade.
Is there a better feeling than packing your bag for your summer holidays? I absolutely adore the excited anticipation of gorgeous, sun-soaked, beach days that lie ahead.
The Korean Skincare Routine - or K Beauty - has been creating a buzz in the global beauty industry in recent years. The near mythical 10-step skincare regime that Korean women have been practising for years has put our measly three-step regime (cleanse, tone, moisturise) to shame.
I'll admit I've stolen many gorgeous things from my dad's wardrobe over the years. When looking for an oversized, slouchy cashmere jumper or brushed cotton T-shirt, I've definitely dipped into his closet for a rummage. I also permanently borrowed my dad's vintage watch from the 1960s. But with Father's Day today - and as Francis of Assisi wrote, "it is in the joy of giving that we receive" - I...
Forget the T-zone, the beauty industry's latest obsession is with the Y-zone.
I was lucky enough to have shared the catwalk with some supermodel legends - Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum, Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen. But the model who had the most affect on me was our own former Miss Ireland, Olivia Tracey.
For every woman, falling pregnant is a life-changing occurrence. Arguably, for a model, this change can be felt more dramatically.
A widely used, tongue-in-cheek beauty quote from Marie Stopes says: "I'm tired of all this beauty being skin deep nonsense. That's deep enough! What do you want, an adorable pancreas?" Well, yes actually…
Your top 10 self-tanning questions answered.
Sun's out, legs out… Razors out? Body hair removal may appear to be quite a modern beauty invention - it's certainly true that female shaving and waxing has become mainstream since World War 2. However, hair removal actually has a 6,000-year history. The Egyptians removed all body hair apart from their eyebrows and eyelashes. In ancient Greece, body hair was deemed uncivilised and as such is completely absent from all their ancient artwork. These original beauty buffs used a form of depilatory cream called 'dropax', a mix of vinegar and earth to trim back body hair.
I can admit, I have zero practical life skills. Apart from cooking and gardening (although my shameful herb garden graveyard might beg to differ) I've come to peace with the reality that I am useless with all things practical.
We're almost over our wonderfully chilled-out Easter break. My son has spent the last few weeks lounging around in his trackie, playing with his pals and nibbling away on his mountain of Easter eggs. I suspect he's dreading heading back to healthy packed lunches, stuffy uniforms and homework. If I'm being totally honest, he's not the only one - the school run wouldn't exactly be my favourite part of being a mum.
This Easter Saturday I'm sure you're dying to crack open all those chocolate goodies. If you can't wait until tomorrow to treat yourself - or you're looking for a more diet-friendly alternative to an Easter egg - I've packed this week's column with gorgeous products, the hottest beauty trends and a tried-and-tested treatment for you.
From top tans to make-up trials, let our expert panel be your beauty guide.
During the past 10 years working as a model, I've worn hundreds of wedding dresses and smiled at endless fashion shoots. I've worn some gorgeous wedding gunas and some pretty frightful frocks, too, but now it's my turn to chose a bridal gown for my wedding next summer.
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