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Make-up artist and blogger AJ Fitzsimons is our Beauty Blogger of the Week, and for good reason!

AJ's blog offers a great mix of beauty, style, health and fitness posts, all written in AJ's signature friendly style.

So whether you're looking for cosmetics reviews, clean-eating recipes or want to know what shop to head to for the best jeans for your shape, you'll find it all there.

We caught up with AJ to find out some of her beauty secrets… and to take a peek inside her make-up bag! Have a look at what she had to say…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
It has to be Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer. I use the shade Fair and have about 2 or 3 of these on the go at all times – one in my handbag, makeup bag, and my beauty area! It has great coverage without being too heavy and it’s nice and creamy – and so cheap too at less than €6.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
Invest in your brows! You could have applied the most amazing face of makeup with the best of products but if your eyebrows don’t frame your face correctly or aren’t taken care of properly then it can really take away from the overall look. It's so important to maintain your brows, whether that means investing in products, getting long-term or regular treatments, or just spedning time reading blogs and YouTube tutorials! I’ve recently invested in Embrowdery which is a semi-permanent treatment. I posted about it on my blog and everyone loves it.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
Coconut Oil for sure. Not only for its endless multi-functional beauty uses (make-up remover, teeth whitener, hair treatment) but also to cook and bake with! My blog isn’t just fashion and beauty, but also clean eating tips and weight management. Coconut oil is a key ingredient and eating clean along with a regular intake of water has a very positive impact on your skin – making makeup application and all round beauty maintenance easier! 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
I used to wash my hair every morning in the shower before school, until my Nanny told me it would wash away all the natural oils from my hair. I don’t exactly know how true that is, but I get complimented a lot on the length, condition and thickness of my hair and I’m pretty sure it’s down to the changes I made following her advice. Even hair professionals think I wear hair extensions!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I wear Alien by Thierry Mugler for day wear, and Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf in the evenings if I’m headed anywhere.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
I recently posted a full listing of this on my blog – I have a huge make up bag that I drag around with me because I travel a lot so it takes me from a day to a night look for any situation. But some key products for my every day look at the moment would be:

– Stila One Step Illuminate
– IsaDora Nude Sensation Fluid Foundation
– Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
– Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
– Elf Cosmetics Undereye Setting Powder
– Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Alluring Rose
– The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
– Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner
– LipGlam Lip Balm
– The Balm Lipstick in shade Mai Bills Be Paid
– The Balm Lipgloss in the shade Snap

For more beauty, health, fashion and lifestyle advice, check our AJ's blog or follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.



This week's beauty blogger pick is the lovely Amy McLoughlin, the brains behind Red Lips Red Hair.

We love her blog's great mix of personal chat, product reviews and tutorials – and we have SERIOUS hair envy, too!

We caught up with Amy to find out her expert beauty tips and tricks and to get the lowdown on her favourite products…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
One thing about me is that I adore budget beauty, so I’ve agonised over the answer for this. I have to admit that I’m a huge buyer of budget brands, and a lot of the time I favour them over high-end. Right now, my top budget beauty buy would have to be my Rimmel Brow This Way Gel in the Medium Brown shade. I don’t mind going bare-faced a lot of the time, but brows are so important that I can’t leave the house without them done.

2. What's your top make-up tip?
Get a skincare routine that works for you and stick to it like glue!! I cleanse and tone every morning and evening, and it’s helped my skin so much. Even when I get out of the shower, I still take my Nivea Cleanser quickly over my face on a cotton pad to make sure I’ve got squeaky clean skin. Then I moisturise in the morning and use a night repair serum before bed. It’s done me wonders!!

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
I’m really digging the Rimmel 8 in 1 Radiance BB Cream right now, when I’m too lazy to put energy into a full face of make-up. Its light, makes your skin look fantastic and has a whole slew of benefits for your skin, making it the perfect all-rounder. And for under a tenner? You couldn’t beat that with a stick!

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
Because my sisters are so much older than me, I used to be caught raiding their make-up when I was a kid. I used to nick their foundations, cream shadows and lipsticks and doll myself up. Of course, I thought I was gorgeous, but I’d say it was pretty dire! To this day I still won’t go next, nigh or near pan-stick!!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love Prada Candy, it’s sweet and girly and makes me think of good times, with good friends. A lot of memories are attached to it, that’s for sure. Sometimes when I’m feeling a bit more badass I’ll go for Killer Queen by Katy Perry. Prada Candy is a long standing love though.

6. What's in your make-up bag right now? 
-Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Shell
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Fair
-Natural Collection Pressed Powder in Cool
-Wet N Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink
-W7 Absolute Lashes Mascara
-Catrice Liquid Liner
-Urban Decay Naked 2
-Rimmel Brow Gel in Medium
-A few lippies: MAC Faux, Rimmel 01, and Urban Decay in Shame.
-A few brushes: BCC F20, RT Powder, Blush and a handful of eye brushes!

Thanks Amy! For more great beauty tips like those, check out Red Lips Red Hair or follow the blog on Facebook and Twitter!



The gorgeous Niamh is the brains behind Little Miss Me XO, a lifestyle, beauty and fashion blog full of fab product reviews and advice.

We caught up with Niamh to get the lowdown on her beauty secrets, must-have products and make-up tips!

Check out what she had to say…

1. What's your best budget beauty buy?
I would have to say the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer and the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I couldn't pick just one as both of these products are amazing! The concealer gives great coverage while also brightening your under eye area, and it’s so cheap at just €6.99. The sponge is similar to a beauty blender and can be used to apply concealer or foundation – it’s a must-have for me!

2. What's your top make-up tip?
My top make-up tip is to always use a primer. Whether it is a face primer or eye primer they really are an important step which is commonly left out. I have only recently started using an eye primer and it makes such a difference to your eye make-up, giving you a great base to work from and helps to keep your eyeshadow in place for longer.

3. Do you have a favourite all-round beauty product?
I would say the Benefit They're Real Mascara is my favourite product at the moment. It really helps to define your eyes by adding length and volume to your lashes. 

4. What's your earliest beauty memory?
My earliest beauty memory is getting a little make-up set from Claire's Accessories, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. Little did I know make-up would become such a big part of my life… We all have to start somewhere!

5. Most girls have a signature scent – what's yours?
I love Live by Jennifer Lopez. It's a fruity and floral fragrance which smells amazing on the skin.

 6. What's in your make-up bag right now?
– Mini Benefit Porefessional
– Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation in Desert Beige
– No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder in Fair
– No7 Instant Radiance Concealer in 10
– Mini Benefit Stay Don't Stray in Light/Medium
– No7 eyeshadows
– Benefit They're Real Mascara
– No7 Lip Crayon in Delicate Pink
– A mix of Real Techniques Brushes

To get more updates from Niamh, check out Little Miss Me XO or follow her on Twitter and Instagram!



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

For more updates, check out The Beauty Dial, or follow the site on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook!