Eden Beauty Group

Last week I managed to steal a couple of hours ‘me’ time and was invited by the lovely Susan in Eden Beauty Group in Wicklow Town to go in and have a treatment. I am a firm believer that beautiful makeup starts with great skin so when a bride-to-be contacts me and books me for their wedding the first thing I recommend is to get in to a good skincare routine, if they don’t already. That includes what they consume through their diet, cutting out smoking, using SPF and generally looking after themselves in the run up to the big day. It doesn’t have to include expensive products but just products that suit their skin and be consistent so that the products have time to work. I also recommend having a treatment or two if possible with a trusted and qualified beautician especially for those who might have some skin concerns. Not only will your skin thank you but you get a few hours to relax and recharge in between the planning madness. Win win in my books!!!

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So when Susan suggested I come in to have a microdermabrasion session she didn’t have to ask twice. Eden Beauty Group was established in 2001 and have built their business on expertise, trust and friendship. They are the exclusive distributor for the Casmara SkinCare range in Europe and have a fantastic selection of products and gift packs available in the salon. I’ve been going to Eden for years and had a few treatments there in the run up to my own wedding in 2012 so I know the girls are highly qualified and I always come out feeling pampered and relaxed.

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I have had microdermabrasion done in the past so I knew my skin would feel great after it but this time Susan was using a new machine so I was interested to see the results. Some people are scared by the concept and the name but microdermabrasion is ideal for most skin types. It removes the top layers of dead skin cells exposing new brighter skin underneath. It stimulates skin renewal and is great for reducing fine lines, pigmentation and acne scarring. It also removes a layer of sebum so is great for regulating oily skin. Skin will feel much smoother, make up will sit better and you will have a gorgeous glow which makes it an ideal treatment for brides. The strength of the treatment can be altered depending on your skin type so if you have sensitive skin this will be taken in to account.

THE TREATMENT

There are 6 steps to the treatment that takes roughly an hour and Susan has very kindly outlined exactly what she did and used below… (apologies now for the beautiful pictures of my mug at the end!)

  1. Cleanse the face with Casmara green tea cleanser. This contains green tea which is a powerful antioxidant and silk proteins which are very moisturising. This means it is anti ageing and hydrating. It cleanses without stripping skin and can be used all over the face including the eyes. It can also be used on dry skin as an exfoliater and you do not need a toner so it is very multi functional.
  2. Oxy mask was applied on damp skin. This is a foaming mask which penetrates deep into the skin and releases oxygen which stimulates the cells. It makes your skin more reactive to products which means that subsequent products will penetrate more deeply when applied and be more effective.
  3. One pass of micro over the whole face. This can feel a bit weird on the skin. It’s not sore but feels a bit funny with vibration and a tingling sensation on the skin. I found it a little sensitive around the eye area which is where I would be quite sensitive anyway with a lot products and treatments.
  4. Go over the whole face again concentrating on any areas that need extra attention, for example fine lines, pigmentation, scarring etc.
  5. Apply Casmara cold mask. Susan did the Gold mask which contains 24kt gold dust and has a firming, tightening and illuminating effect on the skin. All the masks lower body tempo by 6-8 degrees, reduce puffiness and redness and sooth the skin. They are all marine algae and then different natural ingredients are added – this felt so good on the skin. You can also take the mask home with you to use again which will help the treatment to keep working that bit longer and you can use it to freak out your husband to be.
  6. Removed mask and applied Casmara factor 50 SPF which is non greasy, absorbs easily, is hydrating and make up can be applied over easily.

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Susan recommends a course of 4 sessions, a minimum of 1 week apart and the price for one session is €65 or a course of 4 is €200.

I really enjoyed the treatment and my skin felt amazing afterwards. I had some slight redness on the area’s where I would be more sensitive such as the top of my cheeks just under my eye area but this was gone by the next day and all I was left with was baby soft skin. This was just after one treatment so I can only imagine it after a full course! Susan also very kindly gave me a Casmara Shine Stop mark to try at home.

I haven’t had a chance to use it yet (thanks to the two little people in my life who have my days kept very busy – a face mask is the last thing on my to-do list) but I’ll be trying it out very soon and will let you know how I get on with it.

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If you’re interested in learning more about microdermabrasion or any other treatments then get in touch with Susan or any of the girls on 0404 61295 and they’d be happy to have a chat with you and talk you through the right treatment for you and your skin or click here to see the full range of treatments they offer.

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Christmas Gift Guide 2016

So there’s only 10 shopping days left until Christmas and some of you might still be stuck for Christmas gift idea’s for your sister, mum, girlfriend or maybe to drop a few hints to Santa for yourself. I’m a real Christmas lover and one of my favourite parts of the preparation is shopping for gifts. I hate leaving everything to the last minute because I love taking my time to find the right gift. So when I come across things during the year that I know other people will love, I keep note of them. I’ve decide to share a few of them with you here – I’m good like that 😉 . You’ll find direct links to all the items in the title highlighted in pink…

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Barry M, Coconut Infusion Nail Polish €7.49 : I have to say, I’m a little obsessed with the Barry M nail polishes. I get bored quite quickly with the same colour so I’m always changing my nail polish which means I don’t really want to spend a fortune on them. The Barry M ranges are really affordable, they’re in small enough bottles so if they go off you’re not wasting too much and they come in a huge range of shades and finishes from shimmer, to gloss and matte. The Coconut infusion ranges are so pretty and bring you through to spring too when you’re sick of the darker shades. You’ll find them in most Boots chemists.

Pestle & Mortar Hydrating Duo €86 : Those of you who have been hiding under a rock and haven’t yet come across this Irish skincare brand need to add it to your Santa list, Birthday list, wish list and any other list you have because they are AMAZING!!!!! Their first product that was launched last year and is now a huge favourtive within the beauty industry, is the Pure Hyaluronic Serum (30ml). It’s like a big drink of water for the skin and perfect for this time of year. They have created a gift set which combines it with their award-winning Hydrate moisturiser (50ml) in a chic cylindrical gift box. It’s not cheap but you’re getting a very good deal for both of them in the one pack and in my opinion it’s worth every penny. Anyone who is serious about looking after their skin will LOVE this.

The Pippa Palette for Blank Canvas €34.99 : This face palette is a firm favourite of mine and I use it all the time on both myself and my clients. It’s a really lovely collection of eye shadows, blush, bronzer and highlighter. The eye shadows are all gorgeous matte shades which are really well pigmented and blend beautifully. The blush is a really flattering peachy pink, the bronzer isn’t too dark and the highlighter is a champagne shade which suits most skin tones. Perfect for the makeup lover in your life! You’ll also find it stocked in Meaghars Chemists.

Juvi Ring €89 : I first came across this beautiful Irish jewellery brand on a shoot I was involved in and I literally wanted everything in sight! Their gorgeous chunky pieces with coloured stones are so simple yet really make a statement. There’s so many designs and piece’s to choose from so you’ll find something for everyone!

Max Benjamin Diffuser €30 : I featured the candles from Max Benjamin in my Christmas gift piece a few years ago and I still love them. I was given one of their diffusers as a gift a few months back and it’s the perfect addition to my living room. With so many different scents to choose from you’ll have plenty of options and they make a fabulous gift.

Zoeva Brush Sets €79 : These brushes are THE BOMB!!! I bought a set last year for myself and I have to say I was well impressed with the quality and how lovely they are to use. They come in beautiful colours and finishes which makes a nice change to the usual black and silver and the little pouches they come with are gorgeous. They’re very reasonably priced for the number of brushes you get and the quality so if you want to make the makeup obsessed lady very happy then these are a great buy.

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L’Occitane Travel Size Cherryblossom Handcream €10.50 : I’m a hand cream nut and have one in every handbag and every room of my house so these are a must for me. I adore the Cherryblossom one but there are lots of different ones and you could always get a set of three to make a really nice gift.

Chupi Initial Necklace €99 : This was what Santa brought me last year and I don’t think I’ve taken it off since. Chupi, as I’m sure you know, is an Irish designer taking the industry by storm and creates the most beautiful pieces of jewellery from natural elements such as feathers and leaves. This necklace is one piece that caught my eye after I had my little girl. I wanted something that I could have always close to me so I got the pearl with mine and her initial on it. Along with my engagement ring, this is my favourite piece of jewellery and I just love it! Speaking of engagement rings, she has just recently launched a range if you’re dropping some hints this Christmas or if you’re thinking of popping the question, then definitely check them out.

Hour Glass Ambient Lighting Edit Palette €75 : This palette is the newest addition to the Ambient Light range and it’s limited edition. It includes a setting powder, bronzer, blush and highlighter and comes in the most gorgeous marble case. It’s a complete luxury and if you know a lady who is all about the glow then this is the one for her. She’ll love you forever!!! It’s available from SPACE NK on Grafton Street, Dublin.

Bombay Duck Alphabet Spotty Mug €20 : A really cute stocking filler for the tea or coffee drinker in your life, or me, who doesn’t drink either but just loves mugs 🙂 These are available from My Shining Armour online, Moss Cottage in Dundrum Village, Molloys Chemists, Meaghars Chemists among other gift shops and online retailers.

Dusty Boy Designs Notebook €12.95 : If like me you’re never without a list or have a bit of a thing for notebooks then these are just perfect. Husband and wife duo, Justin and Kate are based in Wexford and run the very cool stationery and paper goods company Dusty Boy. These notebooks are just a selection of the fabulous gift idea’s you’ll find and if you’re getting married and haven’t looked at invites yet then check them out too. Quirky, beautifully designed products, carefully thought out colour palettes, touches of gold foil for us magpies and all produced with oodles of love and creativity… my kind of business!

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipsticks €30 : So these have been around for a few months but such a great gift for the woman who never leaves the house without her lippy applied. There are 12 shades in the collection and each one is named after a celebrity such as ‘Liv It Up’, ‘Hel’s Bells’, ‘Nude Kate, ‘Sexy Sienna’ and ‘Secret Salma’. They are a beautiful Matte finish and there is literally a shade to suit everyone. The packaging alone makes these lipsticks worthy of a place in any makeup bag, a real touch of old Hollywood glamour!

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Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom Colouring Book €12.95 : A big trend this year was adult colouring books and I have a few. I got my first one as a gift and then I bought this one and it’s the perfect way for me to just switch off and relax (if I ever get 5 minutes to actually sit down!). I picked mine up in Hodges Figgis in Dublin or you’ll get them in most good book shops or Moss Cottage in Dundrum Village.

Helen Moore Faux Fur Asymmetric Scarf €50 : These faux fur scarves from My Shining Armour are perfect for the colder months and look super stylish over your coat or a chunky knit. There’s loads of colours to choose from and other accessories too.

Glossybox.ie €12 – €14 per month : The perfect gift for the product junkie. A subscription to one of the many monthly beauty boxes available is the gift that keeps giving. Lots of lovely new samples to try and favourite products delivered to her door every month. What’s not to love.

Kate Spade Pencil Pouch €30 : This Kate Spade pencil pouch is really gorgeous. Although it’s described as a pencil pouch I would use it for carrying makeup on a night out or my cards and some cash maybe! I love the gold dots – which isn’t surprising really 😉

So there you go, just a few idea’s that might inspire you. Happy shopping!!!

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Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Awards 2014

Firstly, apologies. It’s been a while since I’ve done a post, and for good reason, I promise 🙂

2014 has been a great year for me so far, both personally and professionally. This summer I became a mum for the first time to our baby girl and while I was settling into motherhood (and getting used to 2 hours sleep a night) I got the news that I had won Best Makeup Artist in the Mrs2Be Brides’ Choice Award 2014.

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Needless to say I was gobsmacked and over the moon. In a category with other amazing artists from all over the country, I was so chuffed and honoured to be picked.

This was their first year and these awards were slightly different to others, in that you are nominated by your past clients and then your brides or grooms from the year are asked to give a review of your services. This, for me, made it even more special. As a wedding supplier, you are part of one of the biggest events in any couples lives and to be acknowledged for my work and know that they appreciate the pride I take in my job makes me a very happy makeup artist!

I just want to thank all my lovely brides who took the time to send in their reviews and know that it means the world to me to have been a part of your big days.

Well done also to the guys at Mrs2Be for organising such a great way of acknowledging wedding suppliers in Ireland and supporting us in what we do. Continued success in the years to come!

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Oscars 2014

So the Oscars 2014 took place last night and I was delighted to see the style this year. Very classic, elegant and soft.

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Makeup wise – smokey, smudged liner and soft lips seemed to very popular with Angelina Joile, Kate Hudson and Maria Menounos being three of my favourites from the night and Margot Robbie who has gone from blonde to dark locks went for a simple liner and rich berry tone with her lipstick.

Hair was all about soft styles with polished Hollywood waves being very popular and some lovely up do’s.

You can see my favourite frocks from the night on my Facebook Page

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Grammy Awards 2014

The Grammy Awards 2014 took place last night and as every year there was a string of lovely ladies sporting fabulous dresses, makeup and hair.

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Here are 4 of my favourites from the night… Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Anna Kendrick and Katy Perry. Four different looks but all beautifully polished, glamorous and suited them all perfectly. I loved Beyonce’s berry lip colour and Katy Perry’s gorgeous liner and lashes really made her eye’s pop.

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