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The excitement surrounding Lady Gaga's beauty line has been building up for MONTHS, and now she has finally released the first images of her brand's products, which you can pre-order on Amazon.

HAUS LABORATORIES has launched worldwide, and we've got a sneaky peek at the three new money-makers; 'RIP' Lip Liner, 'Le Riot' Lip Gloss and 'Glam Attack' liquid-to-powder shimmer.

The photoshop-free images are clearing our skin and breathing life into our lungs, basically. At 3am this morning, the collection became available for pre-order and the world has ceased all other activity to buy.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The launch coincides with Amazon's Prime Day, and the brand is currently only available to Prime members (but you can sign up for a free trial now just to see Gaga's goods).

The maximalist make-up products represent everything we know and love about the iconic Lady Gaga.

HAUS including six themed collections, each featuring her three core products and all-over colour. It's simply divine, if we do say so ourselves.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HAUS LABORATORIES is releasing nine exclusive, limited edition duos of the liners, glosses and all-over-shimmer powders, but you'd want to get them now before the offer ends.

Unfortunately, the product won’t be available until September. However, by pre-ordering it, you’re guaranteed to be one of the first people to try the insane line when it finally ships over to you.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Each and every product is vegan and cruelty-free. The products will be available on Hauslabs.com but also on Amazon. "Just like with my music, I wanted everyone to have access to it," Gaga told Allure.

HAUS LABORATORIES products were all co-created by Gaga and her incredible make-up artist Sarah Tanno, the brand's Global Artistry Director.

Each three piece set, or 'haus,' will be €43.40, and are named; Haus of Chained Ballerina, Haus of Goddess, Haus of Rockstar, Haus of Dynasty, Haus of Metalhead and Haus of Rose Bitch. YAS.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The limited edition duo sets are priced at €32.35 (shimmer powders), €28.92 (lip glosses) and €23.36 (lip liners).

When the Oscar-winner spoke to WWD, she claimed she's making these products for everyone; "I see something happening in the world where I think a lot of people feel a pressure to look a certain type of way.

"Either to look like someone else or to be so precise with their makeup and look so airbrushed and social media to fit in and to be considered beautiful, and I really want to take that idea, and I want to smash it," she added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gaga is open about the fact that make-up allowed her to express herself while living on the Lower East Side of Manhattan following her choice to drop out of college;

"Make-up changed my life," she told Allure. "I never felt beautiful, and I still have days that I don't feel beautiful. All of the insecurities that I've dealt with my whole life from being bullied when I was younger, they come right back up to bite me.

"Then I put make-up on, and before I know it, I feel this superhero within. It gives me those wings to fly. I'm not saying that make-up is the only thing that does that, but it did that for me."

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Since the moment the clock stuck midnight on October 31, the Christmas season is upon us.

Well, some people argue that December is the only month allowed for the Santa hype train to leave the station, but we totally disagree. The Christmas tunes are blaring, ChristmasFM is almost back up and running, and the greatest jumpers are already in stores right now.

Finding the funniest, most glamorous or just plain ugly Christmas styles can be a tricky task. We've only gone and done you the favour of finding all the best ones. Thank us later, a Christmas card will do. Or maybe some mulled wine and mistletoe?

THE EXCITEMENT.

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1. The drinking game jumper

First up, we've got an actual drinking game in woolly jumper form. There literally is nothing else as magical. Tipsy Elves have gifted us with this joy, order it from Amazon for €45 and you'll be the life of every festive party. 

They even have the rules for the game printed on the back so you won't forget, and it comes with six balls for you and your pals. Hint: the bulls eye results in the entire party drinking. Good luck with that one…

2. The Jesus jumper

Up next, we have a Jesus Christ birthday jumper from Uppers and Downers, the current price is €59.

To be fair, the Christian holiday is supposed to be celebrating the religious day of Jesus' birth, so the fact that his face is on a jumper isn't unheard of.

It is most definitely unconventional however, especially seeing as he is sporting a birthday hat, a red balloon and a dove. To each their own, we say.

3. The Tupac tribute

Next, we've got an actual Tupac Christmas jumper. We didn't think it was possible either, but Tipsy Elves have only gone and done it.

Get your official "Only Santa can judge me" jumper for €35.50 from Amazon, and rest assured you will be the talk of the hip-hop town.

The resemblance between Tupac and Mr. Claus is uncanny… sort of…

4. The gin-lovers jumper

Gin lovers, this one is going to rock your world. Not On The High Street have released an exclusive Christmas jumper dedicated to a stunning gin pun.

GINgle Bells: we truly want to shake hands with whoever thought of this as a Christmas jumper concept, it's pure GINius.

It won't break the bank either, the website are releasing it for just €37, excluding shipping from the UK.

Get on this one ASAP, we have a feeling plenty of Bombay Sapphire, Cork Dry and Hendricks fans will be racing to purchase it..

5. The glow in the dark jumper

This next festive fashion piece looks pretty normal at first glance. That is, until the lights go off. The white material turns fluorescent green and the red material reverts to black, so there will be no difficulty in spotting you once night falls.

Yes, Jolly have legitimately created a GLOW IN THE DARK Christmas jumper. For an absolute steal as well; it's only €32.

If you are desperate to light up the party, this is the one for you. 

6. The Brexit jumper

This next offer is tongue-in-cheek with a heavy dose of politics: Teespring have created a jumper based around Brexit. Seriously.

It's currently priced at €32.16, and has already gained traction online due to the controversy of the UK situation.

Will you be that person at the Christmas party who has one glass of mulled wine and engages in serious political debate throughout the night?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. The Make Christmas Great Again jumper

This next one is yet another political figure reference, wear it if you dare.

Yes, someone genuinely took it upon themselves to design a jumper around Donald Trump. As if his face doesn't bombard us in every other domain…

Cloud City 7 appear to want to stoke some light-hearted Christmas cheer through a dash of controversy, for just €31 (delivery not included.) Keep the change, ya filthy animals.

 8. The Game of Thrones jumper

We are MAJOR fans of this next one, inspired by Game of Thrones, of course.

Funky Christmas Jumpers online are releasing this magical themed jumper for just €44.99

The twist on the classic phrase 'Winter is Coming' has us GASPING for Christmas (and the final ever season of the show, no biggie). 

We recommend try building a Jon Snow-man to match the jumper, just' a thought.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. The selfie jumper

The next joyous jumper we discovered is also from Funky Christmas Jumpers, and is about as millennial as they come.

A JESUS SELFIE jumper has indeed been created. Even more absurd, a COUPLES JESUS SELFIE jumper.

Stop the world, we're getting off.

10. The Tesco Value jumper

Last but not least, the Tesco Value Christmas jumper.

For those Christmas fans who want to keep things on the cheap, this offering is perfect for you.

We wonder if Supervalu, Dunnes Stores, Lidl or Aldi will release their own versions? Competition is healthy, folks.

There you have it, 2018's latest and greatest Christmas jumpers.

Grab yours in time for December you can wear it 25 days straight, that's our plan. 

Which will you choose? Happy shopping, gals.

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The unsolved murder of a young French woman in Cork is set to be the subject of Amazon's new 13-part audio series.

After three years in the making, the true crime documentary, entitled West Cork, will be available for download on Audible from February 8.

Sophia Toscan du Plantier was found dead outside her holiday home near Schull in December 1996. The injuries she suffered indicated that she has been to beaten to death.

21 years on, no one has ever been charged with her murder, despite a core suspect having been identified.

Ian Bailey, a journalist from the Schull area, was arrested twice in connection with the incident, though he has always maintained his innocence.

The highly-anticipated series is set to feature a number of interviews from Mr Bailey, Sophia's family and friends and the detectives and forensic experts who worked on the case, as well as first hand witness accounts.

The series will be co-hosted by documentary maker Jennifer Forde and Sam Bungey, a contributor to the popular This American Life podcast series.

West Cork will be available for free for Audible members, while non-members can listen for free as part of a 30-day trial on audible.co.uk.
 

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While online shopping is often viewed as a quick and convenient way to purchase good and services, making sure someone is home at the time of the delivery can sometimes prove problematic.

Sure the driver could take it back to the depot, or you could arrange for the package to be dropped off at local collection point – but really, if we wanted to venture out into the real world, we would have just went to the shop in the first place.

Well, what if we told you that Amazon drivers could soon be able to unlock your front door, even when you're not at home?

Sure, it sounds slightly invasive, even a little creepy, but Amazon have assured customers that the system, which is linked to a home security camera, is completely safe.

So, how does it work?

According to The Guardian, the Amazon Key system works in combination with an app, home security camera and a smart lock.

Once the driver has arrived at the address, users of the app will get a notification informing them that their package is ready to be delivered.

The customer can then choose to monitor the driver on their smartphone via the cloud-connected camera.

The futuristic delivery method will launch in some parts of the US this November – but the gadgets needed to make the operation run smoothly don't come cheap.

The online retailer is selling an Amazon Key starter pack (including camera and smart lock) for $250 (approx. €211).

Speaking about the launch, Peter Larsen, Amazon’s head of delivery technology, said: “Amazon Key gives customers peace of mind knowing their orders have been safely delivered to their homes and are waiting for them when they walk through their doors.”

“Now, Prime members can select in-home delivery and conveniently see their packages being delivered right from their mobile phones.”

What's more, the technology will also be compatible with other services, such as cleaners and dog walkers, or anyone else who may need access to your home when you're not there.

We can't say we're sold on the idea just yet, but hey, the thoughts of having our online purchases ready and waiting when we get in the door does sound pretty intriguing. 

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!

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Look, there's no doubting that engagement rings are a pricey business.

But much more important than their cost price is their sentimental value, as anyone who has placed a diamond on the ring finger of their left hand will attest.

So, when Amazon worker, Tatiana Fernandez, realised she had misplaced her's during a recent work shift, she was understandably devastated.

Despite enlisting the help of her colleagues and fiancé, Stuart, at the packing process in Scotland, the newly-engaged woman was unable to find the ring, and eventually had to admit defeat, and accept she was unlikely to see it again.

Until it turned up in the home of Stephanie Healiss 200 miles away, that is.

According to The Independent, Stephanie was taken aback to find the ring in a package of books she ordered from the international retailer, and was determined to reunite the jewellery with its owner.

"I was surprised, yes. I could tell the ring had a great deal of sentimental value and know from my own experience that things like that cannot be replaced," she said.

"That's when we decided to contact Amazon. I am so pleased it's been returned safely and wish Tatiana and Stuart all the very best for their wedding day," Stephanie added.

Tatiana could not be more grateful, saying: "When I realised I'd lost my engagement ring, I went through a range of emotions, from sadness to anger at myself for losing it. I honestly thought it had gone forever."

"When our leadership team got in touch to say a customer found it in their package, I couldn't believe my luck. It's such a relief to get my ring back and I'd like to say a heartfelt thank you to our kind customer for returning the ring to me."

And that, ladies, is your heartwarming tale for today.

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Ladies, let's be honest; no matter how pulled together you may feel on any given day, there's a fairly high chance that your wrist will be either rocking a hairy bobble or, at the very least, a thin, red mark created by your trusty bobbin.

While the rest of you may be polished to within an inch of your life, your reliance on your hair tie means that your wrist is rarely devoid of a piece of fraying elastic – an adornment that doesn't exactly enhance your look.

Considering this, it's no surprise that an item, which seeks to remedy this problem, has been making waves online in recent months.

Available in silver or rose gold, this hair tie bracelet is an incredibly chic answer to an age-old issue, and has been the subject of rave reviews on Amazon.

"Genius! This is one of those products that makes perfect sense and I wonder why I couldn't have thought of it sooner. For years I've worn my hairband on my wrist, but never has it been comfortable or trendy… now it's an accessory I wear every single day," wrote one.

"I was shocked at the quality of this bracelet – it is really lovely. It is nice and chunky and, although I have worn it daily, it has remained shiny and hasn't tarnished! I have had loads of compliments on it as it looks funky and is so practical!" added another.

Unfortunately, the item is currently unavailable on Amazon, but given its popularity, we have no doubt that it will be making a return soon!
 

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Going to Ikea is more than just a shopping trip – it's an experience in its own right.

From pretending to eat in the showroom kitchens, to actually eating your weight in delicious Swedish meatballs, each stage is just as important as the last.

And while there are few greater ways to spend a Sunday afternoon, news that the furniture giant may start a home delivery service has gotten us very excited.

According to Reuters, Ikea has teamed up with Amazon in a move that will see the furniture retailer start to sell its products through third party digital platforms.

While Amazon's involvement has not yet been confirmed, Reuters reckon the two companies are a natural fit for each other.

Speaking to the news agency, Ikea Group Chief Executive, Torbjorn Loof, said, "On digital platforms, we only sell our products through our own website, and there we also see that the competitive landscape is changing."

He added, "I leave unsaid on which (platforms), but we will test and pilot, to see 'what does this mean, what does digital shopping look like in future and what do digital shopping centres mean?'."

Sure, nothing could ever replace the thrill of finding that flat-pack chair buried in the back of the warehouse, but we have to admit, an online shopping option would make things a whole lot easier.  

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Whether you know exactly what you want for your wedding, or haven't a breeze where to begin, you need to take a look at Amazon's brand new wedding shop.

From the latest trends to traditional options, there's an abundance of categories, and even a section for Unique Wedding ideas.

The online retailer has even added a Handmade section, where you can have everything from your rings to your shoes customised to your needs.

Describing the new shop, Amazon claims that it allows brides to "explore unique, handcrafted items for your wedding day and all the special events leading up to 'I do'.

“The ability to purchase products from local artisans on the Handmade Wedding Shop offers customers a boutique shopping experience coupled with the convenience and selection of Handmade at Amazon,” said Katie Harnetiaux, from the Handmade at Amazon headquarters.

Between wedding invitations, hand-crafted veils, cake toppers and jewellery, there really is something for everyone (especially brides who want their weddings to resemble a Pinterest bridal board).

At the moment, most stockists are from the UK and US, but as the Amazon wedding shop catches on, we're sure local Irish stockists will sign right up.

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Mums aren't always cool with everything we want to wear on a night out, and we've had "where is the rest of that outfit?" shouted at us many times during our teenage years. 

However in one unique instance, one mum was madder at the actual crop top than her daughter. 

 When Christy, from Houston, Texas, saw the size of her 16-year-old daughter's new top from Amazon, she was infuriated by the one-size-fits-all garment. 

The mad mum took to the review section to leave a comment, and her demonstration of the size of the top is so funny we nearly collapsed. 

"My 16-year-old daughter bought this thing. It is ridiculously small and I probably couldn't legally post a picture of what she looks like if she attempts to wear it." she began.  

"But, so you can see…here is a picture of our cat wearing it."

"To be fair, it does cover all of our cat's nipples, however, she hates the weave. In summary, do not buy this, even for your cat."

We've actually never seen a better review of a product on Amazon, and it's giving us major inspiration for our futures as complaining customers.

Plus it's an excuse to dress up our cat, so…. 

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One thing Irish people are known for is the ability to tell a yarn. Think James Joyce, Anne Enright, and of course the LOL-a-minute Marian Keyes, to name just a few.

The publishing landscape is changing by the day – not too long ago the only way to go was a book deal from a traditional publisher, but now thanks to technology, self-publishing your own novel is becoming a viable alternative.

Need some tips to get that bestseller in the bag? We went along to the recent How to Publish Independently with Amazon conference and picked up some awesome tips:

 

1. Pick a subject you’re genuinely interested in

First things first: choose a subject you actually feel passionate about. Picking something because you think there’s a gap in the market for it, or because it’s ‘hot topic’ means it might not read as authentic as it should, and the odds are it’ll feel more like homework than a labour of love.

2. Plot your story arc

One of the most important considerations in writing a novel is your story arc. Simply put, it’s the story you tell from the beginning (the trigger or event) to the rising action, to the climax, to the resolution. And you don’t necessarily have to plot it scene-by-scene – according to author Hazel Gaynor, some writers have a skeleton of a story before they begin, and others want to see where it takes them naturally.

3. Download Scrivener

Scrivener is a pretty genius tool that lets you outline and structure your story with ease. Part word processor, part project management tool, it lets you drag and drop scenes and ideas, take notes, and view your research as you write. 

4. Start with a bang

People often decide to read a book based on the first few pages, so make your opening scene interesting enough to pull people in. Ask yourself the question: is this something that would grab ME?

5. Make mistakes in your first draft

You should be under zero pressure or restrictions when your write your first draft. This is the most free and creative part of the process, so just write away with wild abandon and focus on getting your story down. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar and tying up loose ends – that’s what your second, third and maybe even fourth drafts are for.

6. Consider hiring a professional editor

In the second and third drafts you’ll work on structure, inconsistencies and spelling and grammar. However, getting a professional editor on board to go over story, plot, characterisation, dialogue and point of view is definitely something to consider. “Don’t worry about ‘meddling’,” says author and editor Alison Walsh. “It’s about making it the best it can be. We don’t want to rewrite it. It’s about your work, your voice, we just help get the story across.”

7. Build an author platform

If you decide to go down the self-publishing route, you will be author, marketer, publicist and businessperson, so it’s important to get yourself out there. Remember, Fifty Shades started out as a blog! So start an author blog (there are heaps of fab free themes on WordPress and Wix), get yourself on social media, and engage with fellow writers. “Do up a press release, contact people in newspapers and don’t go for the hard sell – engage people with your genuine passion,” advises author LG Ross.

8. Upload your finished novel

Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – or KDP – is a portal to set your novel live to a paying audience. The big differences between KDP and traditional publishing are that you get to keep all the rights to your novel, and you can also update the document if there are any typos. Uploading your work using the tool is actually pretty easy; there’s a handy step-by-step guide you can follow on getting started here.

Go forth and conquer!

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Tuesdays are known to be a pretty 'meh' day. It's not Monday, so it's not too bad, but it still feels like there's a whole year to go until you reach the weekend again.

So, if you find yourself a bit distracted in work or college today, then head to Amazon to get a giggle.

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To celebrate the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the shopping mecca has created some spells – on its homepage.

All you need to do is type your fave spell – we tried Lumos and Reducto – and watch the magic words take control of your screen.

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Lumos will turn your screen completely black until a tiny ray of light beams through and Reducto will shatter the glass on your screen (not for real, obvz).

It will only work on its US site, so just log into Amazon.com to experience the magic.

Not too shabby for taking a minute out of your work day, huh?

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Undoubtedly Ryanair has revolutionised the way that we travel – and now the lowcost airline has its sights set on where we stay once we get to our destination.

Yes, Ryanair Rooms is set to launch on October 1, meaning that from the moment you leave home, your entire trip can be looked after by the Dublin-based company. 

It currently has a partnership deal with booking.com, but – in a distinct nod to the AirBnB influence – Ryanair Rooms will allow customers to directly books the likes of hotels, villas, and homestays as well as hotels and B&Bs.

And the emphasis of the new service will – naturally enough – be on low-costs.

“We’re going to transform booking accommodation,” Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer told The Telegraph.

“More and more customers are looking to Ryanair for products other than flights, and we see this as a natural progression towards Ryanair.com becoming the Amazon of air travel.”

It is furthermore rumoured that the company will gradually roll out holiday packages too (much as Virgin Atlantic does already) – offering the likes of all-inclusive breaks away to beach resorts.

Passengers can already book car hire, transfers and city excursions through the Ryanair website.

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