So far this summer we’ve been pretty lucky with weather. With sunny days appearing from nowhere we have to be prepared for weather appropriate clothing and what better way to be prepared than incorporating a quick and easy tanning regime. I hate fuss and am probably the laziest tanner in the world so anything that is minimum effort with maximum affect makes me a very happy girl. So when trying out Tan Organic’s self tanning oil I was excited about a few things, firstly the fact that they are an Irish brand, how simple it was to use and the organic nature of the product!
With Pride celebrated tomorrow and the whole month packed with so many events, it’s easy to forget that it hasn’t always been such an anticipated occasion. Not only has Irish Pride grown so much in the past 6 years, but it has been remarkable to observe the sea change in how Pride has been viewed in Irish Society. It is very real proof that being proud of the person you are and owning “You” with pride can change how you are perceived, in doing so demanding the respect that every human being deserves.
Anyone who knows me knows I have taken a lot of care of my teeth over the years. Following a few random years of braces on and off again I’ve made sure to take care of them and have invested a decent amount of money from braces to root canals in order to regain a decent smile. So, when given the opportunity to try out another dentist from my own I figured why not…it was also time for a clean which I would usually do ever six months but was bordering on eight so that and my pretty recent appreciation for red wine has made these scale and polishes far more necessary!
I always think you can tell a lot about a girl by the type of eyeliner she uses and how she applies it…..seriously it’s true. Not only does fashion and culture dictate the application but tastes and trends effect the wearers choice.With Powder/wax based pencils, Kohl pencils, liquid eyeliner, gel applied with a brush and now Benefits latest offering of gel liner and applicator in one (They’re Real Push up Liner)….our options for the perfect line now are limitless so I thought I’d have a little look into how eyeliner came about and it’s influence over the ages.
The history of eyeliner dates back to ancient civilizations and has been worn by both men and women alike. Though the ingredients and application methods have changed, the look remains oddly consistent. From Cleopatra to Amy Winehouse the wing has traveled through the centuries only to reemerge stronger that ever before!
As early as 10,000 BC Egyptians were donning various cosmetics not only for aesthetics but to protect the skin from the scorching desert sun. Research has also speculated that eyeliner was worn to protect the wearer from the evil eye.Ancient Egyptians used kohl eyeliners produced with a variety of materials and ground into a paste.In 1920’s the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922 fascinated people worldwide and had a strange effect on the women of America. They had finally won the right to vote and thanks to the influence of early silent movie actresses, seemed to assert their independence more freely. Gone were the days of pinching the cheeks for a subtle blush. Fashionable young women began to recreate the Egyptian eye by using eyeliner liberally.
The face of the war era woman was clean and simple. Though very little if any eyeliner was worn around the eyes, the shortage of items during the World War I led to an interesting use of eyeliner. Jackets with short skirts became all the rage for young women but silk stockings were unavailable. Some very enterprising ladies, accustomed to making do, used black eyeliner pencil to draw a black line up the back of their legs to simulate a stocking seam. Clever 🙂
The 1960s brought about the invention of liquid eyeliner and we saw the reemergence of the cat eye. and it was applied to create thick black lines around the eyes in the fashion industry, a trend championed by Twiggy. Then came the 1970s and 80’s which gave birth to several new fashion types that used eyeliner in new ways. Punk and Gothic fashion relied on dramatic eye effect, and eyeliner, eye shadow and mascara were some of their most used cosmetic products, even men got on board!!
So now it seems we have gone full circle and eyeliner is now used more that ever before. With a culture accepting of all fashions and replicating and updating vintage styles the black stuff has become an integral part of most makeup looks and our makeup bags not to mention the popularity of it on every Catwalk with any gravitas.
So with all this in mind….which eyeliner do you go to use each time you apply your face? have you ever considered trying another look?
As always please comment below and ask any questions at all!
Following my spray tan last week I got thinking about my forthcoming holiday and the prospect of actual sun. Words like SPF, deep moisturiser and shimmer oil all began swirling around in my head and the sun holiday check list began to formulate. Between making music compilations and soundtracks to each holiday every year, I like to feel that I’ve become something of an old pro for packing and fine tuning the beauty necessities. On that note I’ve put together some beauty must haves for this years attempt at escapism….
With the summer, ie. somewhat decent weather, on it’s way and the bag of summer clothes gradually being dipped into I felt it was time to start stepping up my tan regime. That January diet still hasn’t started as such so in a bid to look a little more slim line I began to research some spray tan options because as a friend once said ; “tanned fat looks much better than white fat” 🙂 I am usually a fan of home tanning for a number of reasons – convenience, colour control, ability to walk around frog legged at home to ensure no tan lines…..the usual! So when I had the opportunity to try out Lycon tan at Brazilia on South William St I was a little hesitant due to it’s city centre location and my bike as means of transport. I just pictured myself as Ross from friends Cycling down Nassau Street with my head down avoiding eye contact. However, all that said I figured ‘let’s give it a try’ because with a million weddings and hen weekend’s this year I needed something that would be powerful enough to get me through three days of dancing in sweaty nightclubs and mucky assault courses.
For anyone who hasn’t been in Brazilia it’s actually a fantastic location for anyone working in the city centre as is stuck amidst the hustle and bustle of South William Street. I went in, filled out the usual forms and I nosed around the waiting room I was highly impressed by the tv, sweets and Nespresso machine……simple pleasures yes! 🙂 Without any delay I was brought into the tanning room and directed by the beauty therapist to the what to do’s. Two minutes later she was spraying me up. Normally I find beautician naked small talk a bit weird but I have to say…. she had it down to a t with excellent direction on body movement for best tanning results! 🙂 OK, so I went for a ‘medium’ tan which I felt would be the safest option. It only took about 8 minutes and I dried myself off for a further five and was out the door and dressed in no time. I was still a little sticky but in the right clothes it was fine. The best part about this tan is that it develops. There was a slight glow as I left the salon and so this allowed me to wander town without that fear of people staring and elbowing friends at ‘yer wan’s’ tan disaster. In fact I pottered for three hours…..fearlessly 🙂 The beauty therapist also told me I was safe to shower after three hours…..impressive….however I decided to go the whole hog.
As the tan developed through the night it got quite a bit darker. I showered in the morning which took off the first mucky layer and I have to say…… I loved it. Actually…..initially I was a little unsure about the depth of the tan but as the day went on and compliments were coming in thick and fast I was delighted. I’ve honestly never had so many people comment on a tan. It was even, no blotches and genuinely looked like a deep tan I have gotten before after some time in the sun – very very natural. I was pulling all kinds of white combinations out of that summer bag! The Lycon tan lasted really nicely for about four days and then gradually started to lighten and come off a little more on areas such as the neck but after a decent all over scrub it was still there but even again. All in all there was an extra glow to my skin for a bout 7 days, which in my book is pretty good! Obviously this will vary with different skin types.
At €25 I think it’s pretty reasonable for the quality and Brazilia offer a few deals too which would be perfect if you have a few different events over time!
Have you any tan distasters or recommendations that you would like to share? As always please comment below!
So here’s a quick look at some international beauty news. It’s been a great week for Birchbox and a pretty grim one for our friends over at Avon……
If you enjoyed the well known parody of Dove’s ‘real beauty‘ sketch ad campaign you’re going to love #truebeauty 🙂The ‘Dove for real beauty’ is a worldwide marketing campaign launched by Unilever in 2004 that includes advertisements, videos and workshops. It is essentially aimed at positive messaging for girls and women to love themselves and the skin they are in, however recently Unilever have come under fire and accused of interpreting women incorrectly and casting them in a dated and innacurate role to to what the modern day women actually is. Journalists have described it as a “washed-down brand of corporate feminism” and “patronising” and that Dove needs to “up its game and start making ads that modern women really want to see”. A Unilever spokeswoman said this week: “Our view is that parody, like imitation, is the sincerest form of flattery.” I’m not sure they get the point…… :/
This week in Singapore it is reported that advertisements on beauty products and services attracted the highest number of complaints last year, continuing a three-year trend according to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore. Bust enhancement, slimming and hair loss are issues that feature prominently on advertisements in the media and they maintain that most are misleading and inaccurate. I’d like to get a look at how exaggerated they actually are because in a world of airbrushing as standard and filters being common place it seems that this is becoming an unrealistic epidemic!
These days there seems to be a different diet championing every week or a new exercise claiming to make your body the best. A Queensland University of Technology film student Madeleine Humphreys spent 10 weeks undergoing – and filming – some extreme intense exercise, beauty and diet regimes in a quest to find the perfect body. She made a list of celebrity diets, exercise regimes and the most popular beauty treatments and gave each one week to work their magic. From maple syrup diet, cabbage soup diet, paleo diet to zumba, crossfit and pole dancing she tired them all. This is definitely one to make you think!
Birchbox the popular online service for beauty products, announced last week that it has raised $60 million in funding. For those that aren’t familiar with Birchbox it is the original ‘samples in a box’ idea that so many have now cottoned on to! You register, give details about yourself, your skin type etc and they send you samples of popular and emerging brands based on your profile. If you decide you like something you can buy the full size on their website…pretty clever 🙂 With over 800,000 subscribers Fortune estimates that Birchbox is generating at least $125 million in revenue per year…not too shabby
Avon got a €135 million slap on the wrist this week paying out a settlement with U.S. regulators over a long-standing federal bribery probe. The company said it would install a compliance monitor and enter an agreement with the Justice Department to defer criminal prosecution for three years, after which charges could be dismissed….Not ideal for Avon seeing as stocks of the housewife brand have plummeted to their lowest value since 2001.
That is all for now and as always everyone please do comment, we’d love to hear your thoughts!