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Gym Gear Inspiration

It's that time of year again. Christmas is just around the corner and most of the country is on a slimming mission. I always find that some new gym gear keeps me motivated, find what works for you I suppose. There's some great sportswear around at the moment though and it might be just the inspiration you need to get up and go.   I also think you should invest in some good trainers. These Nike Air Zoom Structure 20 ones come in a variety of styles and colours and are stylish as well as sporty. If you are looking for something to work with your fitness routine, I would definitely suggest trying the Skinny Tea. It is great for helping eliminate toxins and reduces bloating as well. This might not be for everyone but I find it works for me. Once you're healthy and eating well, that's all that matters. Just remember to be sensible about it. What motivates you to get fit? Let me know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. x Caroline

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Vanilla Boutique Fermoy

In the past few years, lots of unique little boutiques have sprung up in towns across Ireland. They stock some one-off pieces that you can't get anywhere else and it's great to support local businesses as opposed to buying everything online. One of my favourite Cork boutiques is Vanilla in Fermoy. They always have chic and elegant outfits that have a touch of class about them. They have a gorgeous array of occasion outfits in store at the moment that ooze style and sophistication. Take a look and be inspired for any weddings or occasions that you may have coming up. From Top to Bottom: Teria Yaba Gold Coat €220 Teria Yabar Gold Dress €180 Tulle Skirt €55 Metallic Skirt €55 Vesper Bardot Dress €75 Vesper Bardot Dress Pink €75 Which is your favourite? Are there any other local boutiques that you just love? Let me know on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. x Caroline

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Makeup Must Haves

As a makeup artist, I'm constantly trying out new products. As a result, I tend to chop and change my daily makeup routine quite often. My primary focus is always on using quality products that are effective in creating a flawless, radiant makeup look. My current makeup routine is simple and quick. I want to look natural yet polished, so I use the following products: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation This is a great full coverage foundation that can be easily buffed into the skin. This creates a flawless but very natural base. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard This evens skin tone and balances any pigmentation, while covering and diminishing any blemishes and imperfections. This is one of the best concealers on the market as it is designed to last. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Powder in Natural This is a lovely finishing powder that really sets the foundation and holds everything in place throughout the day. MAC Blush in Well Dressed This blush

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& Other Stories Dublin

& Other Stories will be opening its first store in Ireland this Autumn. I am a massive fan of stores that sell statement pieces that are unique, well tailored, true to form and easy to wear and that is exactly what you will find in & Other Stories. They have a range of cuts and collections to reflect your personality, that will definitely help you to tell your story. (The Stockholm Collection. All images from the & Other Stories Autumn/Winter Lookbook) The & Other Stories Ateliers in Stockholm and Paris have designed two elegant and stylish collections for Autumn Winter 2016.  The Paris Atelier reinterprets the idea of retro futurism, while the Stockholm Atelier reveals shapes and colours inspired by Japanese culture and modernism. Together they present an array of options for the modern day woman. I particularly love the sharp lines mixed and traditional detail in the Stockholm collection and think that the pieces are timeless and versatile. (

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Workwear Wardrobe

It's that time of year again, where you're gearing up to give your workwear wardrobe its annual autumn/winter overhaul. The days are definitely getting too much chilly for sleeveless blouses and dainty dresses (unless you're going to wear them with a cuddly cardy of course)... But you still want to look stylish and sophisticated although you have to wrap up that little bit more! Well,  I've got you covered (literally). Here is my guide to Autumn/Winter Workwear. Monochrome No matter the season, monochrome will always be stylish. Invest in a timeless black dress, a tailored pair of black trousers and a stylish white shirt. Try to only choose styles that suits your body shape. For example, tailored A-Line pieces and anything that gives the waist definition look great on curvy women, while fitted styles that create the illusion of curves look great on petite ladies. Black tie Trousers €24.99 Side Tie Blouse €22.99 White Pyjama Shirt €29.99 Black Midi Skirt €

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An Alternative to Botox – The Guinot Hydradermie Facial at Sam McCauley’s

I think it's safe to say that we love our beauty treatments in Ireland. It's also probably true to say that most women of a certain age have definitely contemplated Botox at some stage. It's a sign of the times, and Botox seems to be the remedy of choice for people who have spent years neglecting the prevention process or for people who are looking for an easy way to take the years off. However, it is important to remember that there are anti-ageing treatments other than Botox. For instance, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be lessened by choosing to eat a healthy diet, by drinking 2 litres of water a day, by exercising regularly to reduce stress and worry and by sticking to the rules. You can also take the years off with the Guinot Hydradermie facial if the rules just aren't your thing and if Botox doesn't float your boat. I recently started having Guinot Hydradermie sessions in Sam McCauley's and wanted to review the treatment for you all, as I have found it is ama

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Brown Eyed Girl – Best MAC Shadows for Brown Eyes

Have you got beautiful brown eyes? Do you need eyeshadow combinations that are guaranteed to make your brown eyes smoulder? Here are my MAC choices for you. Golds, coppers, rose golds and pink tones are stunning on light brown eyes as they highlight the intensity of colour within the eye. Retrospeck, All That Glitters, Expensive Pink, Tempting, Woodwinked and Amber Lights are all beautiful golds, rose golds and coppers to use on the lid. Add definition to these looks with beautiful browns - such as Antiqued, Bronze or Embark. Use the deeper colours on the crease and the outer corners. Patina 'a taupe brown with a hint of gold'  really enhances brown eyes. Combine it with Mulch for the perfect eyeshadow pairing. Similarly, Satin Taupe and Mulch work well together. Gorgeous greens, such as Sumptuous Olive, wear amazingly with a hint of black on brown eyes. Either use some black eyeliner to tight line, or define or smoke out the look with a black eyeshadow such as Typ

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The Best MAC Shadows for Green Eyes

After publishing my Best MAC Eyeshadows for Blue Eyes last week, a few of you were wondering if I would cover the best eyeshadows for green and blue-green eyes. I will cover these today and I will also run through the best products for hazel eyes. Green eyes can be accentuated with a variety of colours. Coppers, ambers, champagnes, browns, burgundies, plums and purples can all make green eyes pop. The colours that you should use depend entirely on the colours in your own eyes. Green eyes can very hugely in colour. Some green eyes have a tinge of blue, some have a hint of brown and some green eyes are just a stunning emerald green. While dazzling green eyes can look amazing with all of the above colours, I find that champagne colours and purples work beautifully with blue-green eyes and champagnes, coppers and browns can make hazel eyes sparkle. Here is a list of the best MAC eyeshadows to compliment your eye colour. For Blue-Green Eyes I definitely recommend the followi

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The Best MAC Eyeshadows for Blue Eyes

I'm sure that a few of you, like me, are self-confessed eyeshadow addicts. While I love a good palette, I also think it's a great idea to collect single pan shadows and create your own palettes. MAC eyeshadows are my all-time favourites. The colour pay off is great, they have a good selection of matte and pearly shadows and the shadow collection spans through every possible colour you could ever wish to put on your eyelids. The range is vast and you're always going to find something to suit your skin tone and eye colour. I have decided to do some quick and easy eyeshadow combinations to suit the colour of your eyes. In this post, you will learn how to enhance blue eyes and make them mesmerize. Pink, lavender, taupe, copper and cranberry shadows will make blue eyes sparkle, but my go-to colour combination to create stunning smoky eye looks for blue eyes is gold and brown. Prep the eyes with some primer and MAC Vanilla or MAC Ochre eyeshadow. Create a simple smoky

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The Magic of Coconut Oil

So many beauty products are bought by us each year. We might spot a great new product on TV, read some rave reviews in magazines or on blogs, friends might recommend miracle creams that they have tried-all of which spark a curiosity within us, a curiosity to know more about these products. Most of us are curious to try new cosmetics to see if that fab new wonder product can make us feel wonderful as well, and we can rack up quite a bill on our credit cards from all the trial and error. It can be a costly business, beauty. What a lot of us fail to think about is natural products, products which Mother Nature put there for our beautification long before beauty became big business. One of the best beauty brands is brought to us by the coconut tree. Coconut oil has so many positive benefits for health and beauty. It can be used for pretty much EVERYTHING. It can get get chewing gum out of carpets, it can polish wood and it can do a range of other weird and wonderful things. Of course

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