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Whether they're bushy or bare, none of us can deny the fact that eyebrows shape our entire face. 

However, keeping those brows perfect can be a tedious task, between waxes, tints and everything else.  

With that in mind, we came up with a list of our favourite brow products that you can use yourself, because we don't always have time to hit the salon for a brow session. 

1. Benefit ka-BROW! 

Brush on rich, buildable colour with this all-in-one eyebrow cream-gel that easily fills, sculpts and defines brows. The built-in hard-angled brush magically converts to a full-size brush for precise control & effortless application. If you are looking for a bold, show stopping set of brows – this is the product for you. 

2. M.A.C Great Brows Kit

This all-in-one brow kit has all the essentials to groom your arches in a matter of seconds. Build your gorgeous look with two matte, natural looking shades and one ultra creamy highlighter – which all provide smooth and mistake-proof coverage. The mini- angled brush allows you to glide on the colour effortlessly, while the tiny spoolie allows you to tame unruly hairs. This is a makeup bag must have, ladies. 

3. Eylure Dybrow Kit

We are big believers in at-home beauty hacks, and this kit is one of our favourites.  The Eylure Dybrow kit will give you darker, thicker looking brows that will last for up to 6 weeks – which is extremely handy if you are always on the go. 

4. Sleek Makeup Eyebrow Pencil

This eyebrow pencil is the perfect for ensuring you have groomed eyebrows all day long. It is powdery in texture, and extremely easy to apply (our favourite quality). This pencil allows for effortless application and will fill and shape your brows leaving a smooth matte finish. 

5. Benefit Gimme Brow

Cult-favourite 'Gimme Brow' tinted eyebrow gel contains tiny microfibres that adhere to skin and hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition. The custom, tiny tapered brush blends easily while the precision tip shapes hairs into place. If you want to achieve fuller, natural eyebrows – add this baby to your list. 

 

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Some wear it on their wrists, others on their neck, and we all have that one friend who still walks through a perfume wall each morning.

For years we’ve been reading about pulse points online and in magazines, but it seems there’s one unusual perfume hotspot we’ve all been missing.

According to the experts, celebrities like Liv Tyler and Adriana Lima spray their favoured scents on their belly buttons because the navel is perfectly shaped for holding fragrances.

As with traditional pulse points like the neck and wrists, as the body heats up the perfume’s smell begins to radiate.

For those who remain unconvinced, behind the ear lobes, inside the elbows and at the back of each knee also react well to deposits of desirable aromas.

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Every girl knows prepping for a big event can be a bit of a bit of a trek, so wouldn’t it be great to have some go-to tips to make sure your skin, hair and nails look picture perfect on the big day?

Top model Rosanna Davison believes that outer beauty starts with inner health.

She’s teamed up with one of Ireland’s leading beauty supplement providers Perfectil to give us eight easy follow tips for getting big bash ready.

1. Turn down the heat:

Step down on the heated rollers, tongs and flat irons.  You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes to your hair health.

2. Eat your greens:

If you get a skin breakout before an event, eat lots of dark green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale to help skin heal and fight infection and inflammation naturally.

3. Keep nails simple: 

Avoid having your cuticles cut or pushed back before a big event to prevent having red, swollen or ragged cuticles.

4. Moisturise:

 Start a really good moisturising routine and include regular massaging of your face, neck and décolletage.

5. Catch them Zzzs:

The simplest and easiest way to effectively prepare for a big event is to ensure your diet contains lots of beautiful skin foods, to stay hydrated, exercise and get lots of sleep.

6. Supplements:

Invest in and incorporate a really good supplement such as Perfectil into your beauty routine.  Perfectil has been developed based on 40 years of scientific research to provide beauty within.

7. Hydrate:

Combat pre-event stress with exercise and down time. Increase water consumption and cut down on processed, refined and deep-fried foods.

8. Carrots are key:

Add carrots and other nail nutritious foods that are rich with vitamins into your diet. Vitamins are crucial for strong and healthy nail growth.

 

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It's safe to say that most of us adore the sun. Although, living in Ireland, it’s not exactly like we see a lot of it.

Most of the year is spent complaining about the cold and eagerly anticipating summer’s arrival. This year that wait has seemed to go on for way, WAY too long.

But when the heat finally does come, there are a few side effects that our pasty Irish features take by SERIOUS surprise.

We’re talking sunburn, an outrageous amount of freckles, embarrassing sweating, and of course, frizzy hair.

For us frizzy hair sufferers, summer can be a challenging time, especially if you have gone on holidays to a humid country. So let’s take a look at some of the best tips to help keep our wispy hair at bay.

Choosing your shampoo and conditioner

Buy specialist de-frizzing shampoos and conditioners. Anti-frizz products are designed to help keep the natural moisture of your hair in, and to keep outside dampness out.

Dry your hair naturally

While this may be the last thing we frizzy haired folk want to hear, letting your hair dry naturally, or simply using a towel, will help keep the frizz away. If you must use a dryer, dry your hair downwards, keeping the cuticles flat. If possible, use an ionic hairdryer which will help break down the water molecules.

Avoid straighteners and too much styling

Heat damage is a big cause of frizzy hair. For a lot of us, that is a very unfortunate catch-22. Hairdryers and straighteners will dry out your hair, leaving the ends more likely to become brittle and frizzy. It is also recommended to avoid brushing your hair once it has dried. Try using your fingers instead to style your hair, to help avoid any unwanted extra frizz.

Get regular cuts

Split ends are one of the biggest culprits. It is recommended that we get our hair trimmed every six to ten weeks. Although, this will depend on the condition of your hair. It may be that if you use heated instruments on your hair, you will have to go for a trim more regularly. 

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Sometimes, the products you’ve been using for years are the best ones. Vaseline, for example, may not look pretty, but that greasy goop has some fantastic beauty benefits. Here are 10 ways Vaseline can be used in your beauty regime:

  • Rumour has it that if you put Vaseline on your eyelashes at night they will grow faster. We don’t know how true this is, but it’s worth a try!
  • Mix it with some food colouring for some pretty lip balm!
  • Put it on your feet at night and cover them with socks to wake up with lovely soft feet!
  • It can be used to clear up breakouts, as it stops bacteria getting in. It doesn’t actually clog pores like you’d think!
  • Put it on your teeth before your lipstick so your lips don’t stick to your teeth – great for when you’re nervous!
  • Use it to remove your eye make-up – it’s brilliant!
  • Keep your eyebrows in place with a small bit of Vaseline.
  • Use a tiny bit on the ends of your hair to hide dry, split ends.
  • Put Vaseline on your elbows every day to keep them moisturised.
  • Apply a bit to your cheeks to give you that youthful, dewy look.
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Most of us Irish ladies have been blessed with a gorgeous naturally pale skin tone. Unfortunately, many people feel the need to cover it up with fake tan thinking they need to be the same colour as their darker counterparts.

But it’s time to stop covering up and embrace your paleness – here’s why:

It’s who you are
Ladies, it’s time to stop thinking you need to look a certain way. Being pale is who you are so embrace it. If you don’t love you for you, how will anyone else?

Fake tan can go wrong
Yes fake tan is great for when you want to wear a particular colour item of clothing that simply won’t go with pale skin, but it can go wrong. Seriously wrong.

We are all different
Nobody is the same and that is what makes this world a beautiful place. If we all looked like each other it would make for a pretty boring place.

Looking for inspiration? Think of Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud – now that is a girl who embraced her paleness. 

 

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Most of us remember Princess Dianna, the beautiful, naturally flawless woman who had the whole world captivated by her.

Even when she was traipsing across mine infected land, Princess Di as she became affectionately known as, always looked stunning. Recently, her make-up artist Mary Greenwell, who worked with Princess Di on her Vogue shoot in 1991 spoke to Stylist magazine about her beauty, describing her as having the “most incredible skin”.

However, Mary admits that there wasn’t much more to Diana’s beauty regime than simply taking care of herself, saying: “After I started working with her, Diana did everything in moderation. She cut back on drinking so her skin was 100 per cent.”

When doing Dianna’s make-up, Mary would simply moisturise the skin, apply a foundation and lift the eye area with concealer. She would finish off the look with mascara on the upper and lower lashes, a little blusher on her cheeks and a little lipstick on her lips.

It seems that Diana wasn’t afraid to try new things either with Mary admitting: “Diana was always very open and willing with her style.”

“'I think as soon as we worked together she realised the power of hair and make-up and that is something that should never be underestimated. By anyone.”

 

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After arriving into the office with humidity hair and sweaty faces yet again, the SHEmazing! girls have decided enough is enough! We've worked tirelessly to compile the ultimate list of tips and products to make you look 'Hot but not hot' while the temperatures soar.

Hair

Conditioner: The sun is going to frazzle your hair, so treat it to a strong conditioner each time you wash it. This will keep your locks in good condition, while helping them resist the humidity.

Salt spray: If your hair is very fine, it’s likely to go limp in the heat. Salt spray is a great way to boost volume and texture, while giving you beach-worthy waves. Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturing Spray is one of our favs!

Cover up: If your hair refuses to behave or is getting greasy too quickly, you can’t go wrong with a classic wide-brimmed hat, paired with Audrey Hepburn shades. A pretty scarf wrapped around your head will also do the trick.

Skin

Stay safe: Nothing says ‘sweaty mess’ quite like lobster skin – and let’s not even start with the health implications! Make sure to apply a top-notch sunscreen to all exposed skin. Ambre Solaire Protection Lotion (SPF30) is a go-to for us, although we swear by Ambre Solaire Dry Mist (SPF50) if we’re heading down to the beach.

Banish scales: With bare arms and legs on show, make sure your skin is in tip-top condition by regularly exfoliating during showers. The healthier your skin is, the nicer your tan and the healthier your glow.

Face

Waterproof eyes: No sooner does the sun appear then your perfectly applied eye make-up smudges and runs, giving you drunk-girl panda eyes. Combat this by investing in good waterproof products, such as Rimmel’s Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Liner and Benefit’s BADgal Waterproof Mascara.

Peach blush: In all that heat, your skin is going to be prone to redness, so you need to stay far away from red-tinted hues. Peach blush suits all skin tones and will give you a fresh glow.

No more sweat: A freshening spray like Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray is the perfect way to cool your face down when you're feeling flushed. As well as setting your make-up, it makes your it super resistant to heat and humidity.

Now make this list your bible and be the beauty we know you are!

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Irish woman Sue Jordan has a serious love for all things beauty and her blog, Cherry Sue Doin’ the Do, is no exception.

It’s not surprising that Sue has over 4,000 Facebook likes and nearly 4,500 Twitter followers, with a mix of beauty, travel, movies, TV and pop culture this is one blog that everyone can get on board with.

SHEmazing! caught up with Sue to get  the insider track on her secrets, tips and love of all things beauty.

What is your best budget beauty buy?
My top budget buy has to be Collection Concealer. It’s the only budget product I’ve bought consistently for close to three years now. You’ll pick it up for just €6.49 but it works like a product five times its price. Trust me.

What is your top make-up tip?
My top tip has to be to remember that there are no rules. Sure, follow the instructions printed on your product, then go ahead and do whatever the hell you want with it – it’s yours. Lippie as blush? No problem. Blush as eye shadow? If you like. We can tend to take make-up far too seriously, the truth is we’re playing dress up, it should be fun.

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what’s yours?
My fail safe lippie is from one of the most underrated brands in beauty today – Clarins. My lipstick of choice: Rouge Prodige in Fig. The rich and creamy formulation gives flattering shine and colour for hours on end. I tend to concentrate more on eye make-up so the muted fig shade is the ideal colour for me.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My first perfume was ’90s superstar fragrance, Fuzzy Peach from The Body Shop. I could make peoples’ eyes water from 90 paces with the copious amounts I used but dognammit I was obsessed. Today I’m a little more subtle. Perfume du jour is L’Occitane’s Frisson de Veveine, a fresh, green citrusy burst of scent – perfect for the summer months.

You’re only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
Firstly, how cruel! Having gathered my thoughts though, my top three would have to be: Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream – it’s a budget base that punches well above its weight in terms of evening skin tone, coverage and finish. I LOVES it; Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara – Toddlers have been known to be blown over with the sheer gusts generated from batting my lashes with this luxe mascara on and Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – or as it should be known – Photoshop For ALL. Everyone should have this palette of witchcraft and wizardry in their arsenal. Everyone.

Check out Cherry Sue Doin’ the Do and don’t forget  to give Sue a follow FacebookTwitter and Instagram

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Our Beauty Blogger of the week is Hannah Sayers from Love, Life and Makeup – a self-confessed small town girl who admits that she is “obsessed with all things make-up, beauty and fashion.”  Her 100% honest reviews make this blog a must follow for everyone, not just beauty fanatics. Not surprisingly, she has been put up for some pretty awesome awards like Finalist for Best Beauty Read in The Bops Awards Ireland 2014 and has featured on a number of popular websites and magazines including All The Buzz: Beauty and Lifestyle & Fashion, House of Fraser: The Blog and Frillseeker.

SHEmazing! caught up with  Hannah to get the 101 on her beauty secrets and tips:

What is your best budget beauty buy?
With all the hype around Balm Cleansers at the moment my best budget beauty buy is definitely The Body Shop’s Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. It is a thick balm which melts away make-up as you gently rub it onto the skin. I use a flannel to then remove the product which leaves my skin super soft.

What is your top make-up tip?
When applying a powder (whether loose or pressed) swirl your brush in the product and then instead of swiping it over the face, gently press it onto the skin. This way you are actually sealing in the foundation and ensuring longevity, as sometimes the dragging of the brush across the skin can actually remove some of the foundation.

Most girls have much-loved lipstick – what’s yours?
My much loved lipstick is MAC Creme Cup. It’s a beautiful pink toned nude which is amazing for everyday. It’s also versatile and long lasting enough to be teamed with a smokey eye for a night on the town.

What was your very first perfume and what are you currently wearing?
My first ever perfume was one that has since been discontinued  (I did get it many years ago now) but it was a floral, very powdery smelling scent which is something I would now hate. It was in a pink bottle that had a gold flower on top of the lid. I now wear Chanel Chance Eau Fraiche. It is a really fresh smell and has more of a subtle floral scent.

You’re only allowed use three make-up products for the rest of your life – what are they?
They would probably be concealer, mascara and a highlighter. I would choose MAC’s Pro-longwear concealer as it has a amazing coverage and you probably wouldn’t need a foundation. I would also pick up a mascara as I always think I look like a boy without it! Benefit’s They’re Real is my favourite at the moment as I think it has the most amazing formula. Lastly, I would choose a highlighter that I could use as a multi-purpose product (e.g I would use it as it was intended but also as a eye shadow etc…) I love MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft and Gentle, however if I was really smart I could have purchased something like Sleek’s Face Form which is one product that includes a contour and highlight and a blush.

Check out Love, Life and Makeup and don’t forget to follow Hannah on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

 

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Angelina Jolie has millions in the bank, a (very) hot partner and a lifestyle that we envy, but that’s not all.

There’s no denying that Angie also has a glowing complexion and flawless skin. No matter what she is wearing, the actress also sports a beautiful face.

Thankfully, it’ not all down to genes, but rather a very good dermatologist – David Colbert of the New York Dermatology Group to be exact.

The Maleficent star, who recently turned 39, is a fan of David’s facial procedure, Triad Facial. The procedure lasts 30 minutes and combines microdermabrasion, laser and a glycolic peel.

Colbert is no stranger to working with the celebs and regularly pops up on movie sets to look after  the skin of our much loved stars.

Angie is not the only fan of David and he counts Naomi Watts, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams, Emma Stone and Heidi Klum as clients.

 

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You are probably constantly hearing the older generation saying something along the lines of “things were a lot better in my day”. They were definitely right on these beauty tips:

Cold cucumbers on the eyes
No doubt you have heard this one before, but have you actually used it? The older generation definitely had the right idea when it came to this one. A cucumber is full of moisture and combined with their coldnesss, they can actually reduce the puffiness around your eye.

Tea bags on the eyes
Just like the cucumbers, tea bags are perfect for reducing puffiness. Simply place a cold tea bag on each eyelid and leave for a couple of minutes.

Vaseline
Seriously that little tub can do so much. Not only does it smooth chapped lips, it also helps to give your eyes a gorgeous shine when you don’t have any eyeshadow to hand.

Baby powder
Before dry shampoo came along, the older generation would have used baby powder to absorb grease and oil from the hair.

Lemons on the lips
Long before plumping glosses were around, ladies would have used lemons to make their lips look redder and more kissable.

Lemon juice in the hair
Lemon juice in the hair is actually still pretty popular to this day. The juice helps the sun to bring out natural highlights giving you a natural set of blonde streaks.

 

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