Monday, 21 July 2014

Holos Skincare From Nature

Hey Everyone,
as promised I'm back with a beauty post today...and its a special one as its from another #Irishbizparty member, Niamh from Holos. Niamh Hogan, the creator of Holos Skincare has been a practising Aromatherapist and a Natural Health practitioner since 2003. It is Niamh’s clinical experience and passion for Essential oils and natural lifestyles that lead her to the creation of her skincare brand, Holos. 
 When Niamh recently asked me if I wanted to try some of her products I couldn't resist and jumped at the chance to try them.
She sent me two body oils to try the first, 'Good Morning Body Oil' and the second 'Good Night Body Oil'. I have to comment on the packaging and how much I love it, I'm a big fan of sleek and simple packaging. I believe the best products don't need over the top patterns and colours because they speak for themselves and these definitely fit into that category. The glass bottles also gain huge bonus points with me. I love the luxury feel of glass bottles and card packaging... forget the plastic! Both products are 100ml so not only are you getting a lot for your money, being an oil it lasts longer anyway as a little goes a long way. I was told by Niamh before trying these products to only use a little of the morning oil as you don't want it to transfer on your clothes after a shower, just a little tip if you do try these.

The Good Morning Oil contains natural ingredients such as Geranium, Grapefruit and Lemon in Sweet Almond Oil. Like the name suggests this is a great pick me up in the morning, the natural oils wake the senses and is great for an early start before work when your feeling really tired. 
Niamh Says "Geranium is a wonderful detoxifier and gives life to dull skin while grapefruit helps reduce cellulite and lemon encourages circulation in the skin. The aroma itself will lift the senses and help energise you for the day."
The Good Night Oil contains ingredients of Lavender, Chamomile & Rose in Sweet Almond Oil. Also the name suggests the purpose as this relaxing oil is perfect for the end of a long week at work or an evening winding down from a busy day. 
Niamh Says "The combination of Lavender, Chamomile and Rose oils helps to balance the sebum in the skin and is very beneficial for any dry skin areas. This blend is a wonderful blend to use after a busy tiring day and will ready the skin and the body for a good night’s sleep."
I used these products in different ways the 'Good Night Oil' I used as a body oil in the traditional form giving it time to sink in and moisturise. The 'Good Morning Oil' I used as an in shower moisturiser, by applying it after using my regular body wash and then rinsing it off to remove residue. Both left my skin feeling super soft and nourished. I also (odd or not?) found myself trying it as a shaving product for my legs and it worked really well, I was able to shave whilst the oils did their work at the same time and my legs have never felt smoother. The one thing I will say is I'm not keen on either scent, however I am super fussy about scents so have not let is put me off from what was a great natural product!

Have you ever used a body oil? What one would you recommend?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Clerys Carnival Event Dublin

Hey Everyone,
last week I was invited along to the Clerys Carnival Event. The event was hosted in the Dublin store which was decked out in colourful balloons and bunting turning the beautiful surroundings into a mini festival. There were also little treat tables including a candy buffet, drinks, and beauty delights such as nail art, make-up by Benefit and skincare brand MyChelle, where I also got my skin analysis scan (but more on that in a separate post).
The main event of the night was a fashion show along the iconic Clerys stairs. I wanted every single item of clothing, they were all so stunning... not good for the ever growing shopping list. Here are some photographs of outfits modelled:
/Denim Jacket-Kaliko /Striped Vest-Warehouse /Printed Skirt-Warehouse /Bags-Modalu&Benetton /Shoes-Tommy Hilfiger/

My favourite outfit of the night:
/Tweet Jacket-Sisley /Yellow Blouse-Warehouse /Printed Trousers-Warehouse /Bag-Fiorelli /Shoes-Mode/
/Check Shirt-Mango /Striped Vest-Mango /Grey Sweatshirt-Mango /Denim Shorts-Warehouse /Bag-Liebeskind /Boots-Mode/
/Parka-Mango /Jeans-Mango /Top-Oasis /Bag-TriBeCa /Shoes-Mode/
/Rain Coat-Windsmoor /Jumper-Great Plains /Slip Dress-Bennetton /Bag-Fiorelli /Shoes-Oasis/
/Printed Mac-Sisley /Sequinned Vest-Bennetton /Grey Skirt-Warehouse /Bag-Liebeskin /Shoes-Mode/
/Leather Jacket-Mango /Sequinned Dress-Vila /Boots-Marco Tozzi/
/Bikini-Banana Moon/Shoes-Mode/
/Black Studded Swimsuit-Espirit /Print Jumpsuit-Blue Vanila /Bag-Dents /Shoes-Mode/
/Floral Jacket-Feverfish /Pink Swimsuit-Miraclesuit /Shoes-Mode/
/Bikini-Lepel /Trousers-Warehouse /Bag-Mexx /Shoes-Mode/
/Print Jacket-Blue Vanilla /Swimsuit-Miraclesuit /Bag-Mexx /Shoes-Mode/
/Butterfly Top-Mandi /Floral Trousers-Vila /Bag-Fiorelli /Shoes-Mode/
/Cream and Blue Dress-Turnover /Bag-Mode /Shoes-Mode/
/Print Dress-Warehouse /Bag-Oasis /Shoes-Menbur /Headpiece-Nigel Raymond/
/Floral Dress-Warehouse /Shoes-Mode/ Bag-Mode/
/Dress-Lipsey /Coat-Sisley /Shoes-Mode/
They were also hosting an Instagram competition on the night with the best image winning a new phone from the Carphone Warehouse, I could not believe it when I won. I was so shocked I didn't even know what was going on when I went up to collect my prize. 

A huge thank you to everyone at Clerys and of course Sarah for organising an amazing evening, I had such a fabulous time. Clerys is a beautiful department store, pure luxury! I shall definitely be in again this week to browse some of my favourite pieces from the fashion show! 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Enjoying The Lake Views In Killarney, Co.Kerry

Hey Everyone,
last week I was home for a visit. I love going home and I miss Kerry and the views up in the big smoke. While I was down it was a family members birthday so on the Sunday evening we all went off to Killarney for a meal. We really love the Lake Hotel for its amazing views and good food. Unfortunately it had been raining earlier in the day so it was too wet to sit outside but after dinner we took a casual stroll around the grounds, and I of course had the camera out...

The sun was just going down as we walked around and I managed to get some photographs of it. There will be a beauty post this week but for now I thought these were too beautiful not to share with you!

Friday, 11 July 2014

Friday Fashion: Summer Peach

/Peach Jacket-Zara /White T-shirt-Penneys /Jeans-Penneys/ Nude Peach Pumps-Penneys /Peach Flower Studs-Oasis /Pink Stone Ring-Les Nereides/

Happy Friday Everyone!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Winter Warmers - Penneys/Primark AW14

/Coat €32 /Dress €16 /Shoes €15 /Bag €18/
 /Coat €30 /Gilet €17 /Trousers €14 /Boots €20/
 /Coat €30 /Jumper €17 /Skirt €14 /Boots €28/
 /Coat €40 /Jumper €15 /Skirt €12 /Shoes €15/
 /Coat €30 /Top €8 /Culottes €16 /Boots €28/
/Dress €25 /Shoes €15 /Hat €9 /Snood €7 /Bag €1/

What do you think of the Penneys AW14 collection?

Friday, 4 July 2014

Friday Fashion: Dark Florals

/Blouse-Warehouse/ Studded Belt-Penneys/ Leggings-HM/ Gladiator Heels-New Look/ Plum Bag-Penneys/ Twig Earrings-Willow&Clo/ Twig Bracelet-Willow&Clo/

Happy Friday Everyone!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Lisa Heeney All Natural Lotion Bar

Hey Everyone,
A little while ago now I was contacted by Lisa Heeney on Twitter during an #Irishbizparty chat to see if I would like to try some of her products. Of course I was delighted having heard numerous good reviews from other Bloggers. 

Lisa makes all-natural body care products, both for pregnancy and non-pregnancy. She makes the products in small batches, so that their freshness is optimised. Lisa also only uses ingredients that are sustainably and ethically sourced, like the local beeswax from Lann Leire Honey in Co. Louth which she renders clean herself.  Other ingredients include natural oils, butters and waxes, along with pure essential oils - there is nothing synthetic or artificial in the products whatsoever.
 As soon as I opened the All Natural Lotion Bar I knew I was going to love it. The packaging was so beautiful, again natural with not a bit of plastic in sight. The bar comes in a tin which I think will help to keep it fresher for longer. Obviously hand-made, I was not expecting the product to smell as good as it does but Lisa has worked her magic because it smells so beautiful with a fresh/sweet scent. You apply the product by rubbing it on your skin and then rubbing it in, it leaves your skin feeling moisturised and so soft. The hard bar softens in your hands and as you rub it onto the skin it starts to melt like butter. It really is the perfect product for this time of year. I have been applying it after shaving my legs and it helps to treat them and keep then summer ready. Ingredients including Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa Butter and the locally sourced beeswax.  It contains no synthetic colours or fragrances and is scented naturally using the therapeutic and restorative essential oils of Lavender, Frankincense and Roman Chamomile. 
If you love natural products I would definitely recommend checking out Lisa's website, she offers a great range at affordable prices.
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