Dubliner Edel Cox is the brains behind The Beauty Dial, a beauty, health and style blog which has received both national and international acclaim since it was launched in 2012.
The Beauty Dial was nominated at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards in both 2013 and 2014, and Edel is also now the beauty expert on RTÉ's Today Show, as well as working full time in the world of PR and Marketing. Could we love this girl any more?!
Edel took some time out of her hectic day to school us on her beauty secrets and tips….
1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
I think Cocoa Brown Tan from Marissa Carter would be my best budget buy. It leaves a gorgeous deep tan that never looks orange no matter how many layers you apply. Its only €7.99 and develops in just one hour, meaning not only is it extremely good value, it’s also very handy and you never have an excuse to be milky white. I think a tan always makes you look and feel that little bit better.
2. What's your top make-up tip?
It would have to be applying concealer in a downward triangle under your eye, as this completely brightens up your eye area and gets rid of any dark circles. Many people just apply concealer in a semi-circle under the eye but this actually tends to draw attention to bags under the eye rather than disguising them. By applying the concealer in a downward triangle you create an illusion of natural brightness and distract away from darker areas.
3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
It's so hard to pick just one, but if I had to I'd pick Roger & Gallet Dry Oil. It is literally luxury in a bottle. Its a multi-purpose product as it can be used as a body oil and a hair oil. It also smells divine making your hair and skin smell gorgeous. It leaves your skin feeling silky smooth and unlike other oils it doesn't remove your tan. I always apply it to my legs before a night out for a lovely sheen. Its one product I make sure that I never run out of.
4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is from when I was younger – I went to a sleep over in my friend’s house for her birthday and we all brought our mothers’ make-up to do makeovers. We hadn't a clue what to use or how to apply any of the make-up. The photos of us are hilarious as we all have orange skin that is not blended in anyway, blue eye shadows with red lipstick… beautiful!
5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I have two – Paco Rabanne Lady Millon and Ralph Lauren Romance, I absolutely love them both.
6. What's in your make-up bag right now? Include a picture if you like!
My make-up bag grows by the day, right now it contains:
- Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
- Benefit That Gal Primer
- Benefit High Beam Highlighter
- MAC Bronzing Powder
- MAC Mineralize Skin Finish
- Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow
- Roger & Gallet Dry Oil
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
- MAC lipsticks
- Max Factor Lip Gloss
- Benefit Fake Up Concealer
- NYX Bronzer/Blush
- Beverly Hills 1 Minute Formula
- Urban Decay Make-Up Setting Spray