Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Same chic different day: What I've been up to! All my news & views.

Everything has been so manic lately I don’t know where to start! I have been super busy which obviously is a great thing - it just leaves me less time to blog. To me blogging is a really positive thing because I find in some cases you get to work on a really cool project or task but then it’s straight on to the next thing - so by looking back and writing about the experience you truly get to appreciate it. On my more challenging days I love looking back to the blog and reminisce about some of the really cool and exciting moments I have experienced over the past five years in the industry. 

Over the past couple of months I was working predominantly on styling Madeline Mulqueen for the ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ global press tour which wrapped up recently in Tokyo. Madeline became a great friend as well as a client and we both really enjoyed working with different creatives to bring the vision of what we wanted to life. It was a massive honour to dress Madeline in an array of Irish Designers - some that are spectacular and up and coming and then others who are incredibly established. I haven't put all the shots up together before on my blog so here is my styling of Madeline for the tour in case you missed any of the looks:
Madeline wears Joanne Hynes in Brazil for T4 premiere
Madeline wears bespoke Geraldine O' Meara for the world premiere in Hong Kong
Madeline wears bespoke Zoe Carol in Berlin
Madeline wears the 'Gaia' dress by Colin Horgan in Beijing
Madeline shines in 'Louise Kennedy' in New York.
Madeline wears an orange 'Farrah' number from Starla Dress Rental for the Miami red carpet of Transformers 4
Madeline & her fiancé Jack at the Shanghai Film Festival. Madeline is wearing bespoke Geraldine O' Meara

Madeline pictured in AQ/AQ from Divine boutique at the Dublin premiere of Transformers
Jack Reynor & Madeline in Tokyo. Madeline is Wearing Giovanna Borza dress & bag.

As well as using Irish designers I also used two Irish boutiques: Divine Boutique for the marbled blue AQ/AQ Dublin premiere dress, and the ‘Farrah’ dress from Starla Dress Rental for when Madeline rocked the red carpet in Miami which had the right vibe. As many of you know I am a big Starla fan. I have used their dresses for a lot of Sunday World Magazine cover shoots and also made my Starla Xpose debut earlier this Summer where I talked all about Debs season. You can catch the video here.
Me talking all things debs from Starla Dress Rental on the fab Xpose!
In other news - I will be giving some style advice, showcasing seasonal must haves and doing some trend forecasting which you can check out out on over the coming weeks. We will be giving you the lowdown on all things autumnal.

In other news - for the 25 year anniversary of Fair City I was delighted to style Aisling O' Neill & Karl Shiels for a cover shoot for the Sunday World Magazine to mark the monumental occasion. Actress Aisling who plays Carol in the show wows in this Mango LBD which is just €49 from Clerys teamed with glam ankle strap pointed shoes from Buffalo Dublin. Karl who plays Robbie is decked out head to toe in River Island menswear. The shoot was photographed by celebrity photographer Evan Doherty & MUA was by the fab Make up by Aimee.

behind the scenes
My most recent styling work for the Sunday World magazine was styling Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse for a glamorous cover shoot and spread. Rachel was so much fun to style & is so nice! Both looks gracing the cover are from River Island & there are pieces from Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre , Starla Dress Rental and Sales & also top Irish designer Zoë Carol featured in the spread too.

Pics by Evan Doherty Photography

I recently went to the Curragh for the Irish Champions Weekend with my friend Aoife Walsh. We had an absolute ball! We chatted all things Dracula with the lovely Victoria Smurfit, made some bets and ate the most beautiful food with prosecco in the 'Desert King' panoramic suite. I felt like a queen! Such an amazing day. I am still obsessed with Victoria's green Louise Kennedy number. On the day Aoife wore a stunning seasonal floral dress from Coast in House of Fraser in Dundrum. My purple futuristic print dress is from 'Almost Famous' in Clerys. Princess Palles kindly let us borrow some glam hats on the day. We were delighted and had great fun picking them to match our dresses!
Ladies at the races in The Curragh! #ICWstyle
Now that we are fully in the clutches of Autumn I will be posting all of the high street steals and AW14 launches on the blog over the next week. This will show what is available in a store near you in terms of clothes and accessories. This way you gals will be kitted out with bargain on trend buys for this season. I am working a lot at the moment it has been pretty crazy. I am working on Saturdays as a personal shopper in Dundrum which is super exciting! I love being part of the style team there. It is a fab service. If you would like to book in with me to find the perfect party dress or to shake up your wardrobe with some trendy warm outfits I am glad to help. To book in with me you can call 01 299 1700 or email & request me by name.

I am up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to head to Lusty Beg Island just off of Fermanagh! I will be reviewing the beautiful resort and all it has to offer. I'm excited for a mixed bag of clay pigeon shooting and spa treatments! I will also be posting instagram updates instagram & on twitter  #watchthisspace

Until then...

A Galaxy of Beauty: The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event!

For all you ladies looking to embrace autumnal trends for your make up - there is a very exciting upcoming event in Brown Thomas. Clear your diaries! The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event takes place from the 16th October- 2nd November. I don't know how many of you gals have visited the new Brown Thomas Beauty Hall but it is so contemporary & chic. Brown Thomas also offers over 125 complimentary beauty services ensuring the new Brown Thomas Beauty Hall is the one stop shop for all your beauty needs. I am a massive Bobbi Brown fan as of late & I love their concealers and colour correctors for under the eye. They are sublime for my pale Irish cailin pallor that needs a little brightening around the eye. I pop in to Mandi at the Bobbi Brown counter who always helps keep me abreast of the current beauty trends - be they dewy, matte or fashion forward I always leave after learning something new.

 The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event takes place over 18 days &  will host exclusive launches, beauty master classes, fragrance workshops and welcome visiting artists from around the world, bringing their expertise to the forefront. One event I am excited for is the non surgical pop-up and dermatology seminar with Dr Jane Mulrooney and Dr Katherine Mulrooney in store on October 23rd. Customers can expect a “Selfie Masterclass”, sharing tips and tricks on how to take the perfect selfie and how to filter to perfection!!!

A first in Ireland is the appointment of the Brown Thomas Beauty Personal Shopper - the celebrated Warren Dowdall. Warren has been with the Brown Thomas for seven years, working previously with YSL and Bobbi Brown. The Brown Thomas Beauty Personal Shopper offers an array of services including:

1. Complimentary express make up sessions to help perfect your look, these 15 minute long one to one’s with Warren allow customers chose a feature they wish to “perfect” and the in-house expert will go through the tricks of the trade and how to achieve this.

2. Make overs for 30 mins/60 mins/ 90 mins from €25 Euro, Warren will complete a full make over for any occasion, where customers can then take home products, across all counters, to the value of the session.

3. Wedding and Bridal Party pampering sessions will be hosted by Warren Dowdall for brides-to-be, where their dreams will be realised with the perfect big day look and pre-wedding grooming essentials!

Brown Thomas welcomes an array of visiting make up artists from leading beauty brands during the beauty event, which will leave customers looking and feeling like stars in the sky. Benjamin Ruiz from Laura Mercier from 16th – 18th October, shu uemura’s Chief make up artist Haydn Jones on 16th October and Aveda Technical Hair Educator, Ilona MacDonald on 16th & 17th October and Bobbi Brown, Featured Artist Mary-Ann Keenan will be in store on 23rd & 24th October. MAC will showcase their newest looks in a seminar in Browns Café on 16th October. Fragrance workshops will be hosted by the finest in the perfumery realm, Killian, MEMO, DIOR, Chanel and Bella Bellisima.

In addition to the vast variety of beauty products available in the new luxurious Beauty Hall, has now extended the offering online with even more beautiful beauty brands to choose from in the comfort of your home.

Oooooh I am so excited!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Beauty blog review: Fuschia Mineral Make up!

I love make up but in many cases make up doesn't love me back! I have sensitive skin and as I hit my mid twenties I seem to be more susceptible to allergies and intolerances when it comes to beauty products and skin care. I gave myself 4 weeks to review the mineral powder by award winning Irish brand 'Fuschia Make Up' to see how it would affect my skin over that period.
image from @lauramullettstylist instagram
The jumbo brush and mineral powder are a match made in heaven. The soft brush when swept gently in circular motions results in a soft but non caked finish. I found that it helped my complexion as it is non comedogenic so won't clog your pores. I got a lot of compliments on my make up and people asked had I been away on holidays! I moisturised well, applied a small amount of liquid foundation and concealer and applied the mineral powder gradually. I added small dustings starting with the t-zone area and built up the coverage till I had a matte finish on my forehead and chin where I didn't want a shine. 
image from @lauramullettstylist instagram
As a pale skinned gal with a typical Irish pallor I found I achieved a warmth to my skin without that dreaded orange hue. My skin looked peachy and dewy. For daytime I was light handed with the powder to get the most natural result. Being honest - I was delighted with the results and it is great to have the opportunity to support Irish brands. My skin is clearer since the 4 week starting point and looks more nourished without make up. #shopirish

The 'Fuschia' mineral foundation is priced at €26. The 'jumbo' buffer brush is €30. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can check out 'Fuschia Make Up' on Facebook here & their official website with product and price listings is here.

Until Next time,