Monday, 24 September 2012

Sneak Peek: Winter wardrobe cravings for River Island!

I am sure you have the symptoms. Your hands are fidgety, your eyes are twitching and the weight of any cash whatsoever in your pocket you want to spend, not to mention the sight of your flimsy summer wardrobe is unsettling you and teasing you. Don't panic! River Island can slake your lust. The new range coming out screams psychedelic but sexy, with everything from studded baseball caps to Isabel Marant inspired Runner-heels. Heavily embellished hairbands that would spawn jealousy from Blair Waldorf and would earn you a place as 'a girl on the steps' among much more to ease your fashion fix.

Cement your style status without losing the accent of your personal style. 

What I love about the new attire and accessories is that they are daring. Individually each piece makes a statement! But a clear one. The statement is 'Über-chic' and it is a label every person wants to wear. The playsuits and neckwear had me literally frenzied. I was thrilled to get a sneak peek of the range at the Xmas press event for River Island and I am delighted to share it with you fashionistas! I wouldn't say it lightly but River Island have cranked up their game in the style stakes. Check out the images I papped of what is coming to a store near you...

To spike or not to spike?
I personally embraced this trend with open arms in February on a trip to NY and I haven't looked back since. It is fun to toughen up your image with alternate textures and colors. I love the peaked cap in the RI range with the stikes (studded spikes)

I can imagine any of the closed-toe footwear with opaque tights (with glitter spray on them of course) and your token disco ball festive shift dress. I cannot wait for Christmas. The best thing about this season is the excuse to supplement your wardrobe with some of these keys pieces that have versatility as well as longevity. What is there to lose?

Below is something that I want so badly it hurts. This blue neckpiece is divine. Very Jack/Rose heart of the ocean Titanic stuff. Maybe the old lady didn't drop it in the ocean in the end? ;) Regardless this neckpiece for me is the forerunner of the collection. A bold, blue, brightly dazzling diamante ethereal piece that even with it's modern contemporary influences will be timeless. Costume jewelry at the very pinnacle of what it should be.

And we haven't forgotten the boys! Classic simplicity is key in the menswear range. The mens shirts have really structured collars that are in fact quite sexy. The suit jackets are very James Dean and are crying out to be teamed with a dark shirt and well-shaped denims or suit trousers for a more conservative look. But with the menswear I think the finishing touches are key - such as the belts, jackets and neckerchiefs in the lapel. It's stylish minus the try-hard look.

Here is an exciting vision... What do you think? Have you got your eye on a sequined shrug, fur coat, 1920s party dress or tweed biker jacket? There is a wide variety of attire to cater for all your festive season needs, while quenching your trend appetite.

The William Tempest 13 piece collection will be available in selected River Island stores and online at in October.
William Tempest studied at the London College of Fashion and worked with both Giles Deacon and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac before launching his eponymous line in 2009. William’s flair for creating luxurious, modern pieces has enabled him to count Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Emma Watson as fans. Check out this video of William Tempest's exclusive River Island Design Forum collection in this short film titled "It Will Not Always Be Summer", directed by Ryan Hope.

Happy hunting ladies!

xo L


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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Get the beauty treatment of the rich & famous - Sanctuary Covent Garden DIY micro-dermabrasion!

The likes of Hollywood star Gwyneth Palthrow and Irish model Rozanna Purcell commend micro-dermabrasion for a silky unblemished complexion. They get the treatment done regularly as do many  celebrities and models. People go to great extents to feel gorgeous. Black Swan actress Mila Kunis reportedly had a £4,300 facial using rubies and diamonds to remove the top layer of her skin! I thought her recent canoodling with former flame Ashton Kutcher was the reason she was glowing ;)

 These ladies splash the cash in beauty salons but you can enjoy pampering yourself, in a non-harmful manner - at a fraction of the price. You can have the salon experience at home! I adore the Sanctuary Covent Garden range.

I spent €16 on a body butter and micro- dermabrasion kit from the same brand. The texture of the small granules is a lovely sensation and the light exfoliation left my skin feeling fresh, clean and clear. Also, if you apply primer then make up afterwards you will have a really flawless finish. Get Hollywood skin without the hefty price tag and smell appetizing at the same time. Its a win win situation really!

I am an avid fan of the Sanctuary Covent Garden products. They are luxuriant and affordable. I'm in love!

Microdermabrasion targets:

1. Fine lines and wrinkles
2. Crow’s feet
3. Age spots
4. Pigmentation
5. Uneven skin tone

There are many benefits to it such as smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, smoother skin, unblocked pores and even removed blackheads.

''Microdermabrasion is a highly advanced and effective exfoliation treatment for the face and body. It removes dead skin cells, clears blocked pores and smooths out fine lines and wrinkles. This deep, yet gentle treatment encourages epidermal cell regeneration, improving tone and elasticity leaving you with smoother, more radiant looking skin.''

- Therapie Clinic.

The sanctuary covent garden micro-dermabrasion kit is available in Boots and selected pharmacies nationwide.

xo L

I have some news & reviews Ladies!

Once you try out the sleep rollers (which I would highly recommend) you should think about your nails and how you can make them potentially the most amazing the world has ever seen!
I have designed 'Lipstick Gossip' nails in collaboration with Dolly Nails and I may be prejudiced (definitely) but I think they are the business :)

I have gotten a lot of questions about a dark lipstick I wore to the premiere of 'The Sweeney' during the Summer. It is shade #04 of the Kate Moss Rimmel lipstick range. I love it! It has great staying power and the vamp-lip look is the epitome of style this season.

In fact the entire range is very feminine. If dark lipstick is not your g-string on a chicken wing there is a wide variety of choice in colours for ladies of all tastes.

I really enjoyed company mag the other day. I sat in a cafe and had a vanilla latte in a cup as big as a small bucket and trawled through the pages. I loved the 'fashion speak' vocab list. You dolls should pick it up. I love when magazines are handbag sized.

I am ridiculously excited about my street style photoshoot with Stellar magazine tomorrow. At 5'3 this will be a day where I will feel like a tall lady & channel the fabulous crazy 'Tyra Banks smiling with my eyes mantra' !!! :-) I am wondering what to wear in light of embracing Autumn and whether I should go for a sleek high ponytail or wavy locks! If this is my biggest issue things are looking good. I am a huge fan of Stellar magazine so tomorrow is a pretty cool event.

I hope everyone is having a lovely week! And remember..

Be Bold, Be Brave & misbehave.

xo L

Friday, 14 September 2012

Threw me for a 'Looper' @ the Film Fest!

I recently attended the Film Fest hosted in Cineworld Dublin. Many films, previews and trailers were aired exclusively at the event which was the place to be for cinephiles nationwide. I covered the Film Fest for My review of 'Looper' is now up online.

Click here to read the review of 'Looper' which hits Irish cinemas September 28th.

The make-up special effects were amazing in the film. Joseph Gordon Levitt looked remarkably believable as a young Bruce Willis.

xo L

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Megawhite Teeth whitening - Tried and tested!

I may look like something out of Alien Vs Predator but I am in fact getting my teeth whitened. A venture I had never tried before so I was excited for a pain-free process that would yield noticeable results. Megawhite perform an express laser teeth whitening treatment with the full procedure carried out within 30 minutes or less, the Mega White teeth whitening experience is simple, safe, fast, and effective with a guaranteed improvement, some clients can achieve 12 shades in just one visit. My teeth reacted well to the procedure and I left thrilled with the result.

Cutting edge technology and 21st century equipment combined with the exclusive Megawhite whitening product leaves clients with a celebrity white smile in less than 30 minutes.

Check out my new gnashers! I think it has really enhanced them. There is nothing nicer than feeling confident about your smile. As a red lipstick connoisseur I love to feel like my teeth stand out against the colour of a statement lipstick, like my personal favorite 'Lady Danger' by mac which I am wearing in the image below.

My teeth post-whitening

For the smile of your dreams contact the Megawhite customer service team. You can call  086 3424809 to book an appointment @ the clinic located in the Dartmouth Court, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

What do you think? Would you try teeth- whitening?

xo L

Style of Dublin Celebrity Fashion Show in aid of ABII!

The Dublin Fashion Festival has come to a close... Read my article to absorb all the fashion & gossip from The Style of Dublin-Celebrity Fashion Show in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland <3  Dublin Housewives cast gets steamy, Calum Best canoodles his new squeeze, Brian Kennedy sings a few tunes. Style Guru Brendan Courtney talks the talk and Dublin’s celebrities & sexiest models walk the walk down a red carpet in 37 Dawson Street and support a great cause! <3

Click here to read my article: 'Catwalk Kisses at 37!'


xo L

Lipstick Gossip shortlisted for Blog Awards Ireland!

I am very happy that I have been shortlisted for an award in the categories of 'Best Fashion and Beauty Blog' and 'Best Popculture Blog' for the Blog Awards Ireland.

Woooooo! Excitement!!!! 

Beauty and Fashion are two passions of my life so I am very humbled and delighted I got to this point.
I love styling and make-up copious amounts! And this blog has been my channel as not only a Journalist, but a fashion and beauty connoisseur with an appetite for pop culture to be showcase what is going on!

Hopefully I will make it all the way! Keep your eyes peeled!

xo L

Get Dolled with GiGi pro make-up brushes!

I have found the dream make-up brushes without the hefty price tag! In the image above I have used the brushes to do my eye make-up and foundation for a striking night time look. I couldn't believe the matte finish and the high-quality of brushes. I picked them up at the Ultimate Girl's Day Out in the RDS. The brushes are the best I have ever used. The brand is Gigi Pro. They are very affordable and compete with the extortionate prices of make-up brushes of premium brands in the high street nowadays! Lipstick Gossip has a set to give away to one lucky reader!

If you want to win a set of these brushes all you have to do is tell me why YOU deserve a set of GiGi Professional brushes! Email me your answer to:

xo L

Laura Whitmore to open Boots Blanchardstown!

MTV's finest Dubliner Laura to cut ribbon at Dublin’s newest beauty & health paradise this Wednesday in Blanchardstown! I caught up with the young presenter at the IFTA's earlier this February when she was arm in arm with her beau Danny O' Reilly from The Coronas. It is so great that she will be opening the huge Boots store in Blanchardstown. Will I see you there?

“I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here” and MTV presenter Laura Whitmore will be on hand this Wednesday, 12 September 2012 to open the new 1,100 sq ft Boots Ireland flagship store in Blanchardstown Centre. This will be the largest Boots store opening in Ireland and the UK in 2012 and will replace the two smaller Boots stores in the shopping mall.

The new store will offer a premium beauty hall including brands such as Lancôme, Clinique, Smashbox, Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder.  The full No7 range will also be available in the store offering the new ‘No7 Foundation Match Made Service’ which helps women to discover their perfect foundation shade and type for their skin in just minutes. What's more, the store will offer a full pharmacy and healthcare offering as well as vitamins, cosmetics, toiletries and fragrances, helping people to feel good every day.  Photo products, electrical beauty and baby products will also available.

The first 100 customers to visit the store will receive a Boots gift bag!! So exciting!!

Boots Ireland pharmacists work at the heart of local communities and with 71 stores, 66 of which are pharmacy stores, across Ireland. Their high street and community healthcare expertise provides an excellent model for engaging, informing and inspiring the public about their health.

The huge Boots in Blanch will be your one-stop- health and beauty shop!

So excited for the launch Wednesday to catch up with Laura Whitmore!

xo L

Friday, 7 September 2012

Electric Picnic Withdrawal Symptoms!

A week later and I wish I could go back in time to Electric Picnic. The atmosphere was infectious, the obscure bands exciting and the main stage acts like The Cure and The Killers were out of this world!!!!! The VIP area was a hive of activity. I did interviews at the Body & Soul area and caught up with some of the quirkiest festival-goers and individuals you can imagine.

I high-fived Bono, interviewed Wallis Bird, talked fashion with Paul Galvin and all in all embraced the festival mood! To read all about my adventures clicking the link below:

You can 'HYPE' my festival look on!

As well as covering the event as a fashion correspondent I was also a reporter for 'In Colour' on RTE 2xm. The show was broadcast on 06/09/12 from Stradbally on site at the Electric Picnic and looked back over the Electric Picnic weekend. You can listen back to the show on the RTE radio player by clicking the link below: 

What a weekend! The weather was unreal as were the acts. Wouldn't miss it for the world next year.

xo L