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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Get the Look with Makeup artist Roisin Derrane.

Roisin Derrane has been working as a make up artist for ten years, she mainly works in fashion, TV, advertising, and travels to the U.K regularly to work on fashion shows. Roisin is a regular contributor to Irish magazines such as Image, Social and Personal, Ireland on Sunday, and television shows such as Off The Rails and Ireland AM and now are delighted that Roisin will be a regular contributor to the Irish Boutiques Blog page on makeup tips and beauty regimes.

Roisin works around the country as a make up artist for weddings, which is always done after a trial to make sure the bridal party is completely happy with the finished look. Roisin also teaches various courses in make up and is available for private lessons.
She can be contacted on 0872805073, or on

This week we caught up with Roisin to get some tips on getting that look!
Next week -ever wondered how to create smouldering eyes? Step by step instructions on creating that sexy look!

Get The Look.
Luminous skin, Toffee Lips and Smokey greys are perfect for all occasions, both day and night. Foundations are so advanced these days, you can wear more product but you will look like your wearing almost nothing. To get away with such strong eyes, skin needs to be fresh yet flawless, and powder cannot be seen!! To get perfect yet natural skin, check out sheer foundations and the new HD (high definition) foundations and powders. I love the Make up Forever range and Smashbox.
STEP 1: Begin with the Eyes, you can mop up any mistakes from shadow and apply foundation after. To get eyelids matt apply a beige eyeshadow first. Use a smudgy eyepencil to line across upper lashline, winging it out at the outer corner, and then apply a matt grey shadow to the entire socket area, starting from where the eyeliner ends and working back into the socket. Looking up into a mirror line the inner rim of your eyes with a Grey liner and blend it across bottom lashes. Blend this with a soft applicator like a small brush or Qtip. Dot a darker shadow along on outer corner of socket line (The crease area between lashline and brow) and blend with a shadow brush upwards and outwards. Layer on dark colours and blend lightly to build up to an intense look. Choose a silver shadow, that’s not too shimmery and dab on inner corners of the eyes, then add a white shadow to the brow bone. Finish with lots of black mascara.
STEP 2: The backdrop for this smouldry look is a light, reflective base that is sheer enough to keep skin looking start-of-the-evening fresh, but with good coverage. Look for Sheer finish foundations or the new range of High Definition (HD) bases. Translucent powders are also lighter. Start by dabbing foundation on centre of the face, this area generally needs most coverage. I find using fingers rather than a brush to blend Sheer foundation works better as its consistency is quite thin so easy to blend. Then, simply cover up under-eye circles (Benefit Bo-ing is the ideal choice for tired eyes) and brighten this area with Touché Éclat by Y.S.L extending it up to cheekbones and temples. Apply a light layer of powder (HD for best results) to set. Dip a large brush into Bronzer and tip off excess, then lightly dust along cheekbones up to temples, along jaw line and the rest across forehead. Best to apply a couple of layers rather than one heavy, obvious application. Work your blush into apples of your cheeks upwards; use a cream one for that fresh sheen. I love Estee Lauders Cream Stick Blushes.
STEP 3: Line lips with a natural tone, and fill in outer corners of the lips blending inwards to get longer lasting colour. If you love that Nude look, but you have lots of colour in your lips, you will need to neutralise them first. Apply a light shade like Velvet matt liner in Belle De Jour by Nars for a dewy finish. Lancôme’s Colour Fever Gloss in Nude Prainha is the perfect no make up look gloss you will get!
Tip: Perfect Brows are really fashionable this season. Invest in a good Eyebrow pencil, Laura Merciers Eyebrow Pencil is free from that alien looking orange tone. This gives natural looking definition is easy to use. Finish with a brow Gel to set.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Sugar Pink New Stock Arrives

Sugar Pink boutique in Galway is now stocking Corder Gloves. The gloves which have being styled by Victoria Beckam are a great winter accessory. For more info on Sugar Pink goto or contact Tina on 091 561 233

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Imasa Lifestyle Boutique Limerick

Check out Italian Label phard at Imasa Lifestyle Boutique.

Imasa Lifestyle Boutique is offering a truely unique shopping experience in Limerick. Imasa is a fabulously eclectic boutique stocking a delicious range of ladieswear, menswear, shoes, jewellery, undies, homeware and accessories from trendy global brands. Imasa have a true understanding of customer needs with a mission to stock special signature pieces to compliment your home and wardrobe. Browse the key season fashion and homeware glamour, enjoy the delicious menu in the relaxing Imasa cafe, savour the beautiful scents of the Imasa ladies and mens fragrance collection - all in the unique Imasa Lifestyle Emporium.

Imasa O Connell St Limerick.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Cutomer Styling Evening @ Willow Boutique.

Ennis Fashion Week - October 18th - October 25th 2008

Ennis Fashion Week is an innovative event that offers you an enhanced shopping experience in the ‘Boutique Capital of Ireland’ Not only can you avail of superb special offers an exciting range of fashion and beauty boutiques but you can attend workshops, fashion shows and other fashion-related events like Willow Boutiques Customer Styling Evening from 6pm -8pm this Friday October 24th.

So get yourself down to the Boutique Capital of Ireland and enjoy yourself in the beautiful town of Ennis!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Vintage Inspired!!

For Fairytale Femininity with a vintage essense that will add a sparkle of romance to your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. Check out the enchanting Looking Glass Collection at Kiss Boutique and be inspired!!
Kiss Boutiques

Friday, October 10, 2008

Run 10km in 12 weeks with our Optifit Challenge

Irish Boutiques has teamed up with Optifit to bring you the 10km in 12 week challenge. Every friday we will post next weeks programme for your interest. Take the Challenge!!!

Get up off the couch and put your running shoes on! The only way you'll be running 10km in 12 weeks time is if you take that first step and get started on the training programme. This running plan kicks off at a pace that even first-time runners can keep up with, so there really is no excuse not to rise up and meet the 12 week challenge!

The bonus? You'll burn significant kilojoules, see an incredible boost in your energy, reduce the risk of disease and, best of all, feel great about yourself.
(Remember to consult your doctor before taking up exercise).

10 minute walk1 minute jog / 3 minute walk REPEAT 5 TIMES
So, you'll begin with a solid 10 minutes of brisk walking. Then, intersperse one minute of jogging with three minutes of walking, and repeat this combination five times.

10 minute walk1 minute jog / 3 minute walk REPEAT 6 TIMES
Again, walk solidly for 10 minutes, and then repeat the combination of one minute jogging with three minutes walking six times today.

10 minute walk2 minute jog / 3 minute walk REPEAT 4 TIMES
Walk briskly for 10 minutes. Now up the jogging time to two minutes, with three minutes walking, and repeat this combo four times.

Tips to getting started
The first three weeks of the programme must be done on a field or soft surface to give your bones, ligaments and joints time to adjust to the impact forces of jogging.
The next nine weeks can be done on suitable routes that you measure out. However, initially concentrate more on the time for jogging and walking in sessions, than the distance covered.
In the first few sessions, you might be tempted to do more running than the programme suggests, but don't. Give your body time to adapt to the exercise and always warm-up. However, you can add in some extra walking in between sessions, or any non-weight bearing exercise like cycling or swimming

Monday, October 6, 2008

Billi Bi shoes available at Dahlia's in Ranelagh

Visit Dahlia shoe boutique in Ranelagh to see the beautful new rangeof Autumn/Winter shoes and boots. This season Dahlia is pleased tointroduce a new collection by Billi Bi. This Danish company hasdistinguished itself, and become renowned for offering boots fordifferent leg widths. Sizes range from S to XXL and are available ina variety of styles suitable for day through to evening. Billi Biproduces high quality fashion shoes and boots for women with anemphasis both on perfect fit and elegant Scandinavian design.Browse and shop for all your winter footwear needs at Dahlia, whereyou will find friendly warm service in modern, glamorous surroundings!