Friday 23 February 2018

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

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney now design for Dunnes Stores
Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney now design for Dunnes Stores
Pippa O'Connor for Blank Canvas Cosmetics
Limited-edition Pippa for Blank Canvas palette.
Lennon Courtney
Singer Justin Bieber arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 30, 2015 at the Microsoft Theater
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Jessika Banaghan

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The RDS Professional Beauty Show

Pippa O'Connor for Blank Canvas Cosmetics

Professional Beauty Ireland returns to The RDS, Dublin on 11 - 12 October 2015. Expect business advice, product news, cutting-edge trends, and new advancements from the industry, including a number of Irish brands like The Tan, Waxperts and Blank Canvas Cosmetics.


Sleek Makeup


After years of begging, Irish makeup lovers got their wish in 2014 when this cut-price brand finally landed on our shores. Its newest hero piece is the stunning new Solstice Highlight palette and we predict another sell-out.


Jessika Banaghan

Jessika Banaghan

This Tipperary girl’s career is going from strength to strength. Her fashion and beauty blog  is only two years old,  but the bubbly beauty just landed herself a slot on Xpose. Jessika's segment is called ‘Trend Tackler’ and features a stylist creating three different looks before going in front of a panel who will give their honest opinions on the outfits in question. Follow Jessika on Snapchat (@Jess_selfiegirl) where you’ll get an insight into her super glamorous life.


Ireland to Calais Fundraiser


Irish people have rallied together over the last few months, collecting donations of clothing, food, and money to help out with the ongoing situation in Calais - where I have just returned from. A fundraising night has been organised in the Sugar Club on the 15th of October. The event aims to raise much needed aid and awareness and the night will feature music and various speakers. Tickets start at €8 and it promises to be an amazing night. Christmas Collection Preview

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While the word ‘Christmas’ may send a shiver down your spine, latest collection for the upcoming season has to be commended. They previewed the sparkly collection at a glam breakfast this week, with stylist Holly White stating “Each piece of the Christmas capsule collection has been curated to inspire fashion-forward customers, offering premium style that appeals to all aspects of a woman’s personality.”  With prices starting at just €40, the stunning range is now available to buy online.


Lennon Courtney at Dunnes Stores

Lennon Courtney

Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney's much anticipated diffusion line with Dunnes Stores is as popular as ever. With a wealth of experience and knowledge behind them they know exactly what it is that women both need and want in their wardrobes. Available both in-store and online, this beautiful brand is flying off the shelves and into the wardrobes of Irish women around the country.


My Shining Armour


The brainchild of Kilkenny-born Nikki Hoyne, My Shining Armour is an online accessory store that specialises in affordable trend-led pieces. From chunky statement necklaces to practical Kate Spade diaries, it’s a challenge to not make a purchase every time you log on. My Shining Armour ships to 18 countries on four continents and even offers free worldwide delivery!


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Victoria's Secret


Not content with only using tall, thin and tanned models for its campaigns catwalk shows, the most famous knicker brand in the world has just committed a major photoshop fail by erasing the bum cheek of one of said ‘perfect’ models. The picture has gone viral around the world, and it’s not the first time it's happened either. In 2011, the company’s heavy-handed photo-retouchers fully removed a models arm in a photo on their website.

Instagram Adverts

Kylie Jenner/Instagram

We all knew it would eventually happen, but no one was prepared for the announcement this week that Instagram would now be filtering paid-for adverts into the newsfeeds of its millions of users. Just like Facebook, expect specially tailored ads that will be based around your personal interests, and that will make you question just how much privacy you actually have online.


Those Justin Beiber Photos

Singer Justin Bieber arrives on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards (VMA), August 30, 2015 at the Microsoft Theater

Poor Biebs, who has been working hard on reinventing himself and challenging the public’s perception of him, had his privacy majorly violated this week when a series photos of him skinny dipping in a private pool while in Bora Bora  were released online. The photos, which almost broke the internet, were circulated around the worlds with the no-doubt mortified popstar choosing not to comment on the whole debacle.

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