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A Dublin restaurant has been named as one of the best places for pizza in all of EUROPE by a prestigious food guide, and we simply must try it.

Manifesto Restaurant in Rathmines landed at number 35 on the list, which was the only Irish location listed on the pizzeria guide.

50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo in Westminster, London took home the first place prize, with Paris's Bijou and Copenhagen's Bæst coming in at number two and number three.

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Manifesto is renowned for its innovative and exciting take on traditional Italian delicacies, locating its ingredients both in Ireland and Italy.

The colourful dishes offer a range of textures and flavours, but its pizzas are oven-charred, pillowy and covered in fresh ingredients. (Basically, they're perfect and are number one in our eyes…)

One of their more humorous takes on an Irish influence is their U2 Irish Flag pizza, loaded with gold organic cherry tomato, mozzarella, gorgonzola and friarielli or broccoli rabe. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The restaurant is owned and led by chef Lucio Paduano, hailing from Southern Italy. Paduano is a proud third-generation pizza chef, with his family making pizza since 1929.

Manifesto opened in 2009, and has racked up numerous awards over the years, including a Gold Medal for World's Best Pizza and Ireland's Best Pizza at the World Pizza Championships. 

This ain't their first rodeo when it comes to awards, it seems. The restaurant is an elegant spot, with a smouldering wood fire in full view and exposed brick walls.

The Top 50 Guide is a hugely competitive list of the best pizzerias in Europe, and the winner is chosen based on surveys of over 150 esteemed inspectors and anonymous visits to sample the dough.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Gastro scientists, culinary masters and food journalists curate the awards, and know absolutely everything about pizza. Imagine being a pizza inspector? What a great job…

Manifesto's owner and chef Lucio Paduano said "To be listed among the top 50 pizzeria's in Europe is a huge honour for us.

"At Manifesto we work so hard, using premium ingredients in all our pizzas and being Italian, authenticity is at the heart of everything we do. This listing, recognises our hard work and effort and myself and the whole team are extremely grateful."

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You think you found a great moisturiser – but how can you be sure? 

Every brand promises the best you can get; and every magazine promotes their favourite, so it's not uncommon for you to be a bit confused on what ACTUALLY works. 

Here, we research what five ingredients you should have in your moisturiser to help you along the way to soft, supple and beautiful skin:

 

Petrolatum acid

Look out for this ingredient in your moisturiser as it lubricates the skin and reduces moisture loss by strengthening the protective barrier of your skin. This means no more flaky or sore skin. Yay!

 

Hyaluronic acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA), is actually naturally found in your skin. It is a powerful hydrator that holds up to a thousand times its weight in water. You need this in your moisturiser as it plays a critical role in keeping the surface of your skin hydrated and plumped. 

 

Glycerin

This ingredient helps maintain the skin's internal water balance by attracting and sealing in moisture. Glycerin is also hugely helpful for people with psoriasis (a condition which causes skin cells to shed too quickly) as is helps skin cells reach full maturation before shedding to new skin. 

 

Urea

Urea increases water retention and absorption of other skin care products. When combined with other ingredients like lactic acid (see below), it can accelerate skin cell renewal through exfoliation, which results in a gorgeous, natural glow. 

 

Lactic Acid

Lactic acid is a great ingredient to find in your moisturiser. It acts as a gentle exfoliant to reveal new skin. It also helps other skin care products to absorb onto your skin more quickly, giving you faster results. 

 

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We try to be as careful with our skin as possible. We cleanse, tone and moisturise; we use the best recommended products, and we try the new creams that promise beautiful skin.

But sometimes they don't work and it seems all that money spent on skin care products is a total waste. We lose faith in a product or a brand as our skin suffers in the meantime. 

But it might not actually be just the one thing that is ruining your skin care routine. Many popular ingredients, like vitamin C and retinol don't perform at their maximum effectiveness if you use them together. 

Certain mixtures can also cause severe dryness, irritability, inflamation, and even burning, hindering your skin’s ability to look the best it can be. 

Here are some products that do not go together and can actually harm your skin: 

 

Retinols and benzoyl peroxide

These ingredients are often found in acne treatments. Use the two of them together and they deactivate each other. The side effects could include peeling, redness, discolouration and even burning on the skin. 

 

Citric acid

Citric acid is used to adjust the pH in many skin care products. However, layering with other ingredients can cause irritation in sensitive skin so be careful what you put on your face and always ask a professional if you're not sure. 

 

Alpha hydroxy acids and retinols

Alpha hydroxy acids (AHA) come at a pH of level 2 while retinols prefer a pH of level 5. Obviously they aren't two peas in a pod and that's why they shouldn't be used together. Both ingredients serve a different purpose, therefore they should be used at different times of the day. 

 

Vitamin C and alpha hydroxy acids

Both of these ingredients are acid based so using them at the same time will overload your skin with acid which is not good. Vitamin C is better for daytime use where as AHA is better for repairing your skin so keep that to night time. 

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Three ingredients?! What’s the catch? There isn’t one. Enjoy!

What you’ll need:

  • 200g sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 egg

What you’ll need to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200c/gas mark 6/400F.
  2. Stir the ingredients together until blended.
  3. Roll into balls and press down with the back of a fork. Then press again from the other side to form the criss cross pattern on top.
  4. Bake for 12 minutes.
  5. Allow them cool on the tray for a couple of minutes before moving to a wire rack to finish cooling.
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