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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Friday, November 21, 2008

Get the Look with Makeup artist Roisin Derrane.

Wedding day makeup should be flawless yet striking, but always aim to look like yourself at your most beautiful. Whether you are hiring a professional or doing your own, choosing the right products for your skin tone and individual features will get you looking great throughout the day with minimum touch ups.
Prep Skin: I love lightweight moisturisers as they hydrate and absorb quickly. Always apply your regular moisturiser as early as possible, then before applying your primer use a small amount of Serum to smooth, I like Smooth- 365(available in Boots) a silicon- rich formula that smoothes out skin tone and blurs fine lines. Primer should be applied just before your foundation. Smashbox Photo Finish primer fills in fine lines and pores to help skin appear visibly smoother; it also seals in moisturiser, so your foundation will stay on for longer. Foundation,. Skin tones vary and so should your choice of foundation, whether you like a lightweight or a full coverage. Their are lots of great choices to try. LIGHT COVERAGE: While other illuminating foundations have made our skin glow, Chanel’s Teint Lift deposits radiance without any patchiness, and doesn’t melt off by midday. MEDIUM COVERAGE: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place makeup, This stays in place all day, and it does provide an opaque coverage. I recommend using this for a classic winter look, with well groomed brows, liquid liner and statement lips. Use this over a Primer and apply with a foundation brush, press or dab product into skin with brush along center of face and blend outwards to hairline. Oil Free: Make Up Forever HD invisible cover foundation feels as thin as a serum but gives you fantastic coverage, its high pigment covers any redness or blotches and spreads so you don’t need a brush to blend. This comes in an impressive 25 shades,. Set all foundation with translucent loose powder to hold, always use a brush to apply for a less caked finish. To set your perfect base, try Clarins Fix’ Make-up mist, sprits all over the face to set.
Bronzing and Blushing: most skin benefit from a dusting of bronzer for that healthy glow and can also be used to shade. Try Guerlains Terracotta, a peach toned bronze, also Bobbi Brown do a great range. I love their Shimmer Brick bronzers and blushers. Simply apply with a large, soft brush starting just under the cheekbone and blend up towards the temple. Blend along forehead and bridge of nose. A bronzer creates a great base for your blusher, if your pale and tend to go red easily go for a pale pink (Smashbox, Soft Lights in Prism) and peach or bronze work’s on darker skin (Gingersnaps Blush Rush, Smashbox)
Eye Makeup: Matt eye shadows in neutral colours are a must to create that Smokey daytime look. I love two basic shades from Bobbi Brown, Taupe is fab blended along the lid and following the shape of crease, and used as a soft line along bottom lashes. Mahogony is one of my favourite’s shades to get depth along crease line, use an eye blender brush (Mac 255) to soften colour, blending up towards eyebrow. Use same colour to fill in eyebrows with a small angular brush. The secret to achieving a really professional finish is by layering on eye shadows. Start with your mid colour, apply along lid and, then your darkest colour on crease line but flick it up and out at outer lash line. Blend all together with an eye blending brush. Use your mid colour to get that smudged look along bottom lashes. Finish your eye shading with a lighter colour to brighten it up. You can’t go wrong with a shimmer colour, I never tire of the Estee Lauders colour cubes, try Vanilla on inner corners and as a brow highlighter. Then dab some Gingersnap colour cube along upper lid. Check your eyebrows are groomed, make sure any strays are tweezed especially under eyebrow arch. Waterproof mascara is great to coat lashes and hold mascara on all day, but to achieve thickness and volume go with a regular mascara first. False lashes are excellent for that doe eyed look, and you can get lots of styles, try R.M.K in Dundrum shopping centre or One Lash Bar in Powerscourt shopping center for a fantastic range to suit all.
Lips: This Smokey Day look focuses on the eyes rather than the lips, so choose a sheer berry or nude pink-toned for a natural shimmer. Dab some concealer along lips to lighten and define, set with a dusting of translucent powder. Line lips with a nude coloured liner starting from outer corner in towards middle, do same on bottom line. if your using a sheer or creamy fomula, just apply directly, no need for lip rush. Sheer formulas will need to be reapplied more often but look great. Try Chanel Levres Scintillates in 167 for the perfect gloss; also I love Clarins new Sheer Tint in Frosted Peach, great applied directly from the tube for a soft finish.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Designer Labels Sale!!!


With such a fantastic response to their Sample Sale in September, Macleod Agencies are delighted to announce that are holding a Final Clearance Sale at the end of this month.
WHERE: The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. WHEN: Saturday November 29th, 10am - 6pm. WHAT: Spring/Summer 2009 collections...

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Palua Boutique launches new web-site

Nestled in the picturesque town of Leixlip Co. Kildare, Palua Boutique is a treasure trove of fashion to suit every occasion from daywear, glitzy eveningwear to special occasionwear. The ethos of the shop targets both mother and daughter alike.
Owner Paula Corbett has endeavoured to bring together a diverse range of labels from all over europe and afar. This enables you to create a unique individual look. Accessories are also an intrinsic part of Palua Boutique - jewellery, bags, scarves, belts, shoes and hosiery. One thing you are guarenteed at Palua Boutique is superior personalised customer service, from personal styling to personal shopping!
We are on hand on 01 6242711 to help and answer any questions you may have.

Okinara House of Fashion Anniversary Sale

Dont Miss Out!!! 1st Anniversary 25%Sale. 3 Days ONLY. Nov 20,21&22. We would like to thank all our customers for their valued custom!.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Off The Rail Live 2008

EXHIBITION ARENA OPENING TIMESFriday 14 November: 15.00 - 22.00Saturday 15 November: 09.30 - 20.00Sunday 16 November: 11.00 - 20.00
INTERNATIONAL CATWALK SHOWFriday 14 November: 17.00 and 19.30Saturday 15 November: 11.00, 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00Sunday 16 November: 13.00, 15.00 and 17.00
TICKETS ON SALE NOW€16.50 (exhibition arena) €26.50 (exhibition arena and catwalk arena) Tel 0818 719 300 or visit
For further information please contact Claire Whelan, MCD Productions01 284 1747 or

Aura Boutique

Irish supermodel, Kiera Gormley, recently flew into Dublin to model the latest collection from Aura boutique, as they celebrated ten years in style. Owner and buyer, Laura Bradshaw, chose Kiera as the 'face' of Aura because she epitomized the shops eclectic style with her "unique and dramatic beauty". Kiera is the only supermodel to have originated from Belfast and she has shot campaigns for Burberry, Aveda, Jaeger, and Aquascutum.
Kiera has also appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue, as well as being regularly photographed for British Vogue and ID. She is undoubtedly one of the most successful Irish models ever. During the photo shoot, Kiera modeled some of the key looks from the stores exclusive labels such as: Patrizia Pepe, Y's Yohj Yamamoto, Cacharel, Vandenvos, Appartmento 50, and Jorando - creating a strong and edgy look for the upmarket store.
Since it first opened its doors back in 1998, the shop has become a haunt for women who like individual pieces and have their own distinctive look. Aura strives to bring a mix of up-and-coming designers as well as more established designers to the fashion-forward customer. The boutique provides such an eclectic mix of styles-from the up-and-coming to the already-arrived designer, all fashion savvy women will find something they absolutely adore.
Laura Bradshaw is constantly scanning the fashion horizon to bring Irish customers the hottest new labels - many of which she has brought exclusively to Ireland. The mix includes designers and labels from all over the world, including Italy, France, London and Japan.

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Get that Winter Glow!!

Make up artist Roisin Derrane shows us how to get that Golden Complexion!

Autumn complexions can always use some help, colour and shine will add that warmth and glow we need. Why not get inspired with autumns own signature colour to oomph up your makeup palette. Gold works on all skin tones and adds sparkle to your eyes.

Skin: Add a splash of life to autumn skin by applying a light fake tan I love St. Tropez Everyday for a subtle glow. Use a yellow based foundation to get rid of blemishes and redness, try R.M.K IN Dundrum center for a fab range of colours and textures, apply with a foundation brush. Instead of a powder try using a light coloured bronzer along cheekbones, forehead and bridge of nose for a natural look, opt for one with a light shimmer. Use a bronzed Gold as a blusher, I love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Gold, apply using a large brush along cheekbones and up along temples. I like to use two blushers to add some subtle colour, apply some pink over the gold on apples of the cheek.
Eyes: Gold on the eyelids make your eye colour pop out and is really easy to use. I love to use a gold liquid liner on top of a regular black liner all along top lashline. Then apply a shimmer shadow in Peach all along eyelid, top and bottom. Try Chanel for great gold and copper colours that come in easy to use eye shadow palette. I always apply shimmer colours with my finger or a sponge applicator; you get the best results this way as colours are not very strong. Try Ruby and Millie Eyecolour in Gold and No 17 eyecream use on inner corners of the eyes or lightly dab over eyeshadow to get some shimmer.
Lips: Gold and Red are definitely these seasons’ colours, but a shimmer or sheen textured in copper or berry looks great and really works for most shapes lips. Use a Berry shade lip liner to add definition to lips and blend lightly with finger. Dab a red colour using a lip brush or for a natural finish use a cotton bud. Then apply a Gold lip gloss to the center of your lips to finish.
For any more queries or tips email Roisin on or if you would like to book an appointment with Roisin call 087 2805073.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Get Mary-Kate Olsens Smokey Look!

Get Mary-Kate Olsens Smokey Look, by Makeup Artist Roisin Derrane!

This weeks look is all about eyes, shimmery foundation and nude lips. Eyes are an area where you can be creative and have no real limitations. Here I used liquid liner, pencil and eyeshadow to create a smouldry look. I suggest altering your eye pencil for a day look to light brown or grey, but go for black for a smouldry look.
Step 1: Use a liquid foundation sparingly, dot foundation around centre of face and blend outwards using a foundation brush. To keep skin fresh swap your heavy powder for a bronzer in a natural shade like Terracotta by Guarlain, sweep this lightly along cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose and chin.
Step 2: Brows; brush through and use a shadow to fill in rather than a pencil for a softer finish, try Laura Mercier Brow powder Duo, which has a double ended brush. Use small side to fill in arch area and thicker side for the rest.
Step 2: Apply black eyeliner to upper and lower inner eye area, smudge pencil gently into lashes. Using a sponge type applicator, blend pencil into a Smokey circle around eyelash area top and bottom. First, using the eyeshadow applicator, softly blend brown shadow over pencilled area just above lashes and blend outwards to create a flick. Next arc brown shadow into the crease of the eyelid using a small eyeshadow brush concentrating the colour on the crease and outer half of the eye to get an almond shape, then blend well with a large shadow brush in circular movements. Use a shimmery beige eyeshadow to highlight eyebrow arch and dab some on inner corners to open them up. Finish with lots of black mascara; try Smashbox for intense black and longer lashes.
Tip of the week: when creating Smokey eyes, do eyes before foundation, and if you use Lid primer over lid before eyeshadow, it will last a lot longer, try Benefit lid primer from Brown Thomas. Prep skin with a light, oil free moisturiser rather than a heavy one, don’t forget theirs enough moisturiser in liquid foundation to keep dry skin looking good.