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Beauty News: Inglot Creator Dies

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Inglot FounderSad news today as I learned that Wojciech Inglot, Polish chemist and founder of the global cosmetics company Inglot, died Feb. 23 at age 57.

It is relatively new to Ireland, but the Polish brand has been around a long time and was an international success with nearly 400 stores in 50 countries.

Inglot died unexpectedly Saturday after suffering internal hemorrhaging, a longtime friend of Inglot’s and associate of the company, Mariusz Ziomecki, told The Associated Press. Inglot was rushed to a hospital in Przemysl, the eastern Polish city where his cosmetics are produced, but doctors were unable to save him.

Inglot was born in Przemysl on June 11, 1955. He studied chemistry at Krakow’s prestigious Jagellonian University. After graduation he began his first chemical manufacturing operation in 1983, when Poland was still under communist rule.

After Poland began its transition to a market economy in 1989, Inglot turned to producing cosmetics, finding success first at home and then internationally with a range of nail polishes, eye shadows and other products. Today the Inglot logo can be seen large-scale at Times Square in New York City and the cosmetics are sold in nearly 400 boutiques and malls in some 50 countries, including at Macy’s.

I hope that his legacy continues on, even though his life was cut short so young. RIP.

*picture and info from http://news.msn.com/

Beauty News: Benefit Womens Aid University Tour

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Benefit Cosmetics

Hi Beauty Fans!

I have some news from the lovely folks at Benefit Cosmetics for you. They have organised a University Tour all to support Women’s Aid.

They will have a  bright pink “Benebus” that will tour across Ireland to the major colleges in the lead up to Mother’s day and International Women’s day. They will be visiting Limerick, Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast.

On each campus they will hold female focused events during the day on site and in the evening ticketed events in the students’ union bars to raise money for Women’s Aid. The events will be light-hearted, with games, competitions and make-uppers, touching on issues highly pertinent to young women, abusive relationships and domestic abuse, self-esteem etc.  to name a few. During the evening event a Women’s Aid representative will give a short presentation on their 2in2u campaign. (http://www.womensaid.ie/campaigns/2in2u.html)

For more information on the events you can check out their blog: http://blog.benefitcosmetics.co.uk/2013/02/15/benefit-cosmetics-announces-irish-university-tour-supporting-womans-aid/

Let me know if you plan to attend any of the events, I love events that are not only fun, but also for a good cause.

Lots of love,


Beauty News: Katie Perry Hair and Makeup at the Grammy Awards

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Katy Perry at the Grammy Awards 2013

I just received this press release, so I thought I would share it with you in my Beauty News section this week. Katie Perry was rocking the Rimmel London Look at the Grammy Awards.

Jake Bailey is Katy’s go to make-up artist and gave her a gorgeous and elegant make-up look. Known for her outlandish hair and make-up experiments, Katy went for a much more subdued demure look. Focusing on the eyes mainly, Jake began by using Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner in Black to define her lashline.

katie perry scandaleyes eyeliner

He then used Rimmel Glameyes Trio Eye Shadow in Orion to give them subtle definition and completed the eyes with some false eyelashes and a generous coat of Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara in Black.

katy perry Perfect match

Jake then perfected Katy Perry’s skin by mixing Rimmel BB Cream in Light with Rimmel’s Match Perfection Foundation in Ivory.

katy perry bb cream

The BB cream helps to sheer out the foundation and gives it a gorgeous glow perfect for the red carpet or any event. I like to do this for photoshoots when I am trying to give the appearance of dewy fresh skin, when the model has good skin themselves and I don’t need too much coverage. To warm up Katy’s face he then added the finishing touch of Rimmel Lasting Finish Blush in Pink Rose on the apple of her cheeks which gives a very subtle pinch of colour to her face.

Katy perry blush

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick by Kate Moss in #003 was the lipstick used. This is a fantastic nude, which is perfect when you are trying to keep the focus on someones eyes. All Rimmel products are really easy to find all over Ireland from local chemists to Boots.

 katy perry ghd_style_root_lift_spray_100ml

Her hair was blow dried straight, with an emphasis on volume. I love this GHD Root Lift spray when I am trying to create a fuller style. You can get it  at Terence Paul a site in the UK.

What do you think of this look?

Lots of love,



Beauty News: CC Creams the new BB Wonder Product?

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CC Cream

One of the biggest beauty product trends I can remember of late is BB creams. Just about every company in the beauty industry has released one of these tinted multi-tasking make-up/skin creams. So the news on the beauty wire is that there is something new coming that is going to take over. The latest skin trend to come out of Asia, which reckons that it is bigger and better than the BB Cream is the CC Cream.

So what is a CC Cream? It stands for Color Control cream and is an improved and refined Beauty Balm created and developed in Korea. It repairs damage, evens skin tone & texture, firms & improves elasticity, reduces fine lines & wrinkles, creates a radient complexion, balances skin tone and is rich in anti-oxidants.

olay-cc-creamSo what is the difference between a CC cream and the BB Cream? As we know the beauty balms are a skincare and light foundation in one, they are dewy and hydrating, but they sit on the skin as they are mostly silicone based. The CC Cream is a color correcting cream, meaning that it is a brightening primer, foundation, moisturizer, SPF and anti-aging cream in one and is absorbed into the skin. It treats and covers uneven skintone by reducing pigmentation. They are usually sillicone and oil free. I always found that there just wasn’t enough coverage in the Beauty Balms, so I never got hooked to them. I am really looking forward to trying the CC Creams as they are supposed to have better coverage too.

CC Creams

Photo courtesy of http://www.byrebeccalouise.com

What do you think? Reckon this is a fad or could this be the holy grail? Have you tried them? Look forward to hearing from you.

Lots of love,







Beauty News: Lancôme x Alber Elbaz

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Image courtesy of shefinds.com

Image courtesy of shefinds.com

Hello lovelies!

So news hot off the press from Lancôme is that they are going to collaborate with Alber Elbaz. Here is a bit of the buzz from their press release:

Lancôme is delighted to announce an exceptional collaboration with one of the most highly-acclaimed names in fashion: Alber Elbaz.

More than any other designer, he has shown his ability to renew conceptions of femininity with a simultaneously quirky and couture style, creating a breed of luxury that is definitively contemporary. His approach is naturally in tune with Lancôme, a brand symbolic of joyful femininity.

“Alber Elbaz is, without a doubt, one of the world’s most influential fashion designers. But beyond that, he is also the most talented, explains Youcef S. Nabi, Lancôme President. His sense of luxury, his vision of femininity and that hint of audacity resonate perfectly with the new values of the Maison Lancôme. We are extremely proud and happy that, with us, he is set to channel his universe into the world of make-up for the very first time.”

So who is this legendary designer that they are so happy to be working with?

According to Wikipedia, Elbaz was born in June 12th 1961 Casablanca, Morocco. He immigrated to Israel with his family at the age of eight months and grew up in Holon.After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces, he studied at the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Ramat Gan.

In 1985, Elbaz moved to New York City and spent two years working for a manufacturer of mother-of-the-bride clothing. He then worked for Geoffrey Beene for seven years.

In 1997, Elbaz left Beene and, through retailer Dawn Mello, was hired by the firm of Guy Laroche. But, by the time of Elbaz’s arrival, the Laroche enterprise had become overly conservative and lackluster. Even so, Elbaz was able to update the collection and somewhat enhance the image of the firm, whose activities at the time included the management of 15 boutiques and 70 license agreements worldwide. However, he departed within a year, 1998, and began designing ready-to-wear women’s clothing for Yves Saint Laurent, because Saint-Laurent himself wished to withdraw from his hands-on design of prêt-à-porter (ready-to-wear). In the position, Elbaz’s talent was recognized, and he was groomed to become the head designer of the house when Saint Laurent retired. This was not to happen, because the Gucci Group purchased YSL Rive Gauche, the ready-to-wear label, and, hence, Gucci design director Tom Ford dismissed Elbaz after three collections. Elbaz instead began working for Krizia in Italy and designed a well-received inaugural collection.

In October 2001, Elbaz was appointed artistic director of Lanvin in Paris. In August 2001, the company was purchased by investor group Harmonie S.A., led by Shaw-Lan Wang, a Taiwanese media magnate, who hired Elbaz. In 2006, he introduced new packaging for the fashion house. In 2012, Elbaz published a book of 3,000 photographs documenting the work of Lanvin.

It seems fitting that such a powehouse in the fashion industry would pair up with such an iconic make-up brand. The highly anticipated Lancôme x Alber Elbaz collection will be unveiled worldwide on June 15th 2013 and I for one cannot wait!

What do you guys think? Are you excited 🙂

Lots of love,


Beauty News: M.A.C January 2013 Collections

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MAC Apres Ski Visuals by Val Garland

Isn’t this visual just gorgeous? I absolutely love this shoot. Make-up was done by none other than Val Garland for MAC Cosmetics latest range of colour cosmetics. I absolutely adore her work and if you don’t already follow her, do check out her instagram feed, she updates it regularly with her inspirational work.

So as part of my new weekly “Beauty News” feature, I would like to share with you the latest range of products released by MAC Cosmetics:

MAC Cosmetics have just launched their Apres Ski collection.


MAC Mineralize Eyeshadow

Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.

The shades available are:

Winter Pursuit Ice Silver Birch Frost at Midnight Fireside

Zoom Waterfast Lash

MAC Zoom Waterfast Lash

The fast-to-act drama of creamy, velvety Zoom Lash in a tear, sweat, humidity, waterproof formula. Curls and lengthens with flexible, sculpted application that provides up to 12 hours of smudge-proof wear.

MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage.

Pro Longwear’s long-lasting eye liner delivers creamy, dense colour that glides on smoothly. 12-hour waterproof formula stays put and smudge-free.

The shades available are:

Black Ice:
Rich Black
Rich Experience:
True Brown
Mountain Air:
Vibrant Teal
Night Trail:
Deep Navy Blue
Snow Shadow:
Purple Violet


MAC Lipstick

Colour plus texture for the lips. Stands out on the runway. Simmers on the street! What made M·A·C famous.

MAC-Apres-Chic-Lip Gloss

Mineralise Tinted Lip Balm

A liquid lip balm that adds moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine. Enriched with a special, nourishing 77 Mineral-Rich Complex. Can be worn alone or over other Lip products.

MAC Apres-Chic-Blush

Mineralise Blush
Baked minerals refined into a powder formula to provide exceptionally sheer and lightweight application. Colour builds lightly, layer after layer, without heavy coverage. Veils and enhances the cheekbones with a luminous, pearlized shimmer. Available in Amber Glow, Alpine Bronze, Gentle

MAC-Apres-Chic-Mineralise Skin Finish

Mineralise Skin Finish
A luxurious velvet-soft powder with high-frost metallic finish. Smoothes on: adds buffed-up highlights to cheeks, or an overall ultra-deluxe polish to the face. Available in Porcelain Pink and Stereo Rose.


Nail Lacquer
Revolutionary new high gloss formula. Three long-wearing finishes – Cream, Sheer, and Frosted. Visibly different. Provides no-streak/no-chip finish. Contains conditioners and UV protection. Go hi-lacquer! Available in Hangin Loose and Dangerously Fun.

287 Duo Fibre Eye Shadow Brush
A rounded, medium sized, double-chiseled, paddle-shaped brush. Perfect for applying and blending Eye Shadow. Made from a blend of soft, natural bristles and synthetic fibres, allowing for a light wash of colour.

187 Duo Fibre Foundation Brush
A large full circular brush used for lightweight application and blending of face powder or pigments. Use to create soft layers or add textures. Made from a soft blend of goat and synthetic fibres.

Apres Ski Products

You can buy all these products in the MAC store Brown Thomas Grafton Street and Henry Street as well as in the airports.

What do you think of the selection? Is there anything you would like to try?

Lots of love,