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One glance at social media proves that lip fillers are on the rise in Ireland, and a set of perfectly pouty lips is the most sought-after new accessory. 

However, with the rise in demand for the procedure, it is important to be completely informed about the cosmetic choice that you are making.

Here are 10 things to keep in mind before opting for the injection: 

10, Research your aesthetician

The action of administering lip fillers is a mostly unregulated practice in Ireland, meaning that anyone with access to a pack of filler and a cannula could hypothetically do it.

However, there are major risks involved with this, and only registered doctors, nurses and dentists should be administering the cosmetic procedure. 

"It angers me that people who aren't medically trained don't know what can go wrong with these procedures. I have had to correct lips that are the result of unethical practice," April Kavanagh, the trained nurse behind NurseCare Aesthetics, so ask to see credentials. 

Nurses should be registered with the Nursing And Midwifery Board Of Ireland (NMBI), dentists with The Irish Dental Council (IDC) and doctors with the Irish Medical Council

9. Don't think of it as just a beauty treatment

Lip fillers have become completely normalised thanks to social media and celebrity culture, but don't think of them as another chore to add to your beauty regimen. 

"Because fillers are available in beauty salons and hair dressing salons, it makes it look like these are beauty treatments when in fact they are medical procedures," said  Claudia McGloin, founder of The Claudia McGloin Clinic. 

8. Consider your budget

Properly applied lip fillers can cost anything from €300-€500, so ask yourself if you can really afford them. 


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7. Get informed about what they are made of

Lip fillers are made of a substance called Hyaluronic Acid (or HA), which naturally occurs in the body. 

The actual filler that is injected is a synthetic substance that mimics this, and can be found in plenty of beauty and skin care products.

The substance is very safe to use as it is naturally according, making allergy rates extremely low. 

6. Consider why you want them

"Lip injections are good for anyone who wants to alter their lip shape, or just plump their aging lips," Dr Richard Swift told Good Housekeeping.

However, plenty of girls come into lip aestheticians brandishing a photo of Kylie Jenner or their favourite social media influencer. While bringing a photo is fine, getting them for the wrong reasons is not. 

"I have absolutely turned away clients who want work done for the wrong reasons. Some people come in for a procedure, then call me up two weeks later looking to get more," said April. 

5. Watch videos of the process

Squeamish people, look out. 

The results of lip fillers may look pretty, but the procedure can involve small amounts of blood, multiple injections and an intense lip massage after the product is injected. 


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4. If a deal looks too good to be true…

If the price of a deal looks too good to be true, that's probably because it is. Beware of cosmetic cowboys. 

Untrained administrators can buy cheap filler off the internet on the international market with no clue what's really in the syringe. 

3. Consider your pain tolerance

Depending on your personal pain threshold, fillers can range from a mere pin prick to quite uncomfortable, though they should never be extremely painful.

The lips should feel slightly tender and swollen after, with and bruising or swelling disappearing after a week. 

2. If you ever get cold cores, read this!

Getting fillers can trigger a cold sore outbreak if you are prone. 

"If you are prone to cold sores whenever you have any treatment of the lips or surrounding area it may reactivate it," said Dr Tatiana Khrom, Dermatologic Surgeon, at Real Self.

"So you always have to inform your provider about your history so we can give you prophylactic treatment for the outbreak which usually involves taking a few antiviral pills."


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1. Don't be surgery-shamed

There seems to be a bit of secrecy among some influencers and celebs about the surgery status of their lips, but don't let anyone make you feel bad about seeking an aesthetic tweak.

"Lip fillers are not a bad thing," says Kerry Hannaphy, who has worked on numerous clients looking for a subtle improvement in lip volume or symmetry. 

"I've had numerous emails about how it's improved the confidence of people, they feel so much better about themselves and they don't feel so depressed."



One glance at social media proves that aesthetic surgery is on the rise in Ireland, and a set of perfectly pouty lips is the most covetable of all qualities.

Social media saturation, reality TV super stars and selfies are all being blamed for the trend, which has seen a massive spike on Irish shores according to Google trend data. 

High maintenance glamour is considered mandatory by some, with hair extensions, microbladed brows, eyelash extensions and lip fillers accessorising the perfect designer it-bag.

The trend skyrocketed in early 2015, just after cosmetics queen Kylie Jenner admitted to her penchant for the procedure.

However, the current obsession with lip fillers is not limited to a niche market. 

Indeed, women from all walks of life, from nurses and models to CEOs and students, are all opting to get in on the trend, but it's particularly widespread among younger Irish women.  


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Amanda Holtz, an American student studying in Dublin, is curious about trying lip fillers for the first time.

"I think I've always been a little self conscious about my lips. Not that they're weird looking or anything but because to me they aren't perfect," she says in conversation with SHEmazing! 

Citing social media, she adds: "On Instagram everyone seems to be having a bit of work done, it's almost beginning to seem like the norm in order to be beautiful. There's this idea of beauty and it's difficult not to compare yourself to that."

"I do find myself being bothered by my thin lips and I know that I will end up trying lip injections especially because I feel that they are just a little change that could make a big difference to my confidence. And if I end up hating it, they only last a few months anyway!"


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While Amanda is optimistic about perusing a procedure, extensive research is necessary in Ireland as the process is unregulated.

So-called 'cosmetic cowboys' have sprung up all over the country, administering fillers with little to no experience.

A quick Google search shows that purchasing the liquid filler and corresponding medical needles and cannulas is just the click of a mouse away.  

Some of these individuals rent out hotel rooms to administer the fillers, and as Irish suppliers will only sell to registered doctors, nurses and dentists (not beauticians) there is no way of knowing what the product is or whether the person wielding the needle has any experience whatsoever, as there are no regulations about who can perform the procedures.  

April Kavanagh, the trained nurse behind NurseCare Aesthetics, admits that "unfortunately the process is mostly unregulated."

"It angers me that people who aren't medically trained don't know what can go wrong with these procedures. I have had to correct lips that are the result of unethical prctice."

"Too much product injected into the lips can cause more swelling and can cut off the blood supply to the lips and compress nerve endings, causing permanent damage. It's someone's face at the end of the day."

A main artery runs through the lips, and if filler is injected in to or around the artery, it an cause a very serious complication called an occlusion, where the blood flow is reduced or completely stopped.

"The area of skin or other tissues that are supplied by the affected vessel will start to die without the necessary blood supply," says cosmetic specialist site Real Self

One woman who knows all too well the effects of a poorly done procedure is Claudia McGloin. 

Claudia had some fillers done four years ago which left her with lumps in her lips that would not go away. Since opening her own clinic, The Claudia McGloin Clinic, in Co Sligo, she has moved on from her "botched" job and now specialises in Dracula therapy.

She has witnessed the increase in interest in the area, and warns against viewing lip fillers as anything less than a medical procedure.

"Because fillers are available in beauty salons and hair dressing salons, it makes it look like these are beauty treatments when in fact they are medical procedures," she said.

"Cheap deals using cheap fillers also make it look affordable. Research tells us that women particularly after a break up go through a transition. Years ago it was a hair-cut or colour but today it's cosmetic surgery."

"In Ireland there are no regulations and unfortunately no rules which state who can and who cannot inject fillers. It is however illegal for anyone in Ireland other than a doctor to inject Botox so we should have broader regulations in place to stop ‘just anyone’ injecting."

"It's scary the number of non-medics in Ireland injecting at the moment and it's increasing by the week."

"I'm highly involved in Patient Safety in both the UK and Ireland and am constantly campaigning for regulation," said the nurse, who was recently awarded the Highly Commended Nurse of the Year 2016 award for her dedication to safety in beauty.


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Through her work, Claudia has heard horror stories of cheap filler procedures, with some unregulated places even offering to split a syringe of filler between two people. 

"This is unsafe, unethical and unprofessional. A syringe as clearly stated on the box from the manufacturers is for single use only. It doesn't matter if it's your mum you're sharing with – it's wrong!"

"Practitioners should also be insured and you should be able to see certificates of training and updates. Always ask questions. Ensure you see the filler coming out of a new packet," said Claudia, who has set up a campaign to educate people on making safe, informed decisions when it comes to cosmetic procedures.

Nurses should be registered with the Nursing And Midwifery Board Of Ireland (NMBI), dentists with The Irish Dental Council (IDC) and doctors with the Irish Medical Council


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April, of Nursecare Aesthetics, turns away young girls everyday who come to her practice brandishing photos of Kylie Jenner's Instagram.

"I have absolutely turned away clients who want work done for the wrong reasons. Some people come in for a procedure, then call me up two weeks later looking to get more," she tells SHEmazing! 

The registered nurse takes a strong stance against working on young people. "I would never work on a 17-year-old and have turned many away. They want a 'big pout.'

"They absolutely have unrealistic expectations because of Kylie Jenner, They come in looking for a half ml of filler expecting to look bee-stung. Half a ml is one tenth of a Calpol spoon."

With the youngest Kardashian-Jenner championing the trend, after getting her lips plumped at the tender age of 16, it's no wonder that young girls are seeking out the procedure. 

After the teenager altered her features back in 2014, the popularity of the procedure boomed, with one Irish aesthetician going from doing one procedure a month to 20 per day.


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"I've heard of people as young as 14 getting them done," revealed aesthetics veteran Kerry Hanaphy, who has completed an estimated 100,000 procedures on Irish women in the last 12 years. 

While some of us were lucky to get our nails manicured for our Debs, lip fillers are now regularly on the beauty list for young girls on the brink of leaving secondary school. 

"The legal age is 18, but I get emails from underage girls, 17, everyday saying the have their mum's consent. I turn them away," said the clinician, who also cites reality stars like Megan McKenna and the Geordie Shore girls as major inspirations for the trend.  

"Over the last 18 months because of the lip filler trend they have become 80 percent of my business. I do 20 clients a day and I could do more, but I cap it at that."

"You have to have someone say to young people enough is enough."

"One girl, she said she doesn't care what she looks like in real life as long as she looks good in a selfie."

Kerry, who fills the lips of some of Ireland's top bloggers such as Ashley Kehoe, urges people who are considering the aesthetic tweek to do their research. 

"Question the qualifications, ask who is doing the procedure, what they are putting in and where they are injecting – it's where the filler is that's key."


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Irish super model Tiffany Stanley also spoke to SHEmazing! from her home in California, where she moved in 2013, about how casual the procedures have become.

"Lip fillers are very popular in LA. Even the majority of men here get them done. It's nothing unusual and it's not even a topic people talk about, it's just a normal part of most people's beauty regime, like getting a facial or manicure," says the Kildare native.

"The trend has hit Ireland now too, women want to look and feel their best. If it helps a woman feel more confident and empowered , I see no problem with it. I think Kylie Jenner's transformation really inspired a lot of people to try fillers. She looks amazing," said the model, who has been working in LA since landing a role in the Hollywood film Brothers James: Retribution, and has previously had some filler work done on her chin.


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While fillers have gotten something of a bad wrap lately thanks to their popularity and lack of regulations, they are at the tamer end of the cosmetic stratosphere. 

There is no aesthetic involved and the results fade after three to six months. 

"Lip fillers are not a bad thing," adds Kerry Hannaphy, who has worked on numerous clients looking for a subtle improvement in lip volume or symmetry. 

"I've had numerous emails about how it's improved the confidence of people, they feel so much better about themselves and they don't feel so depressed."

"It's aesthetics, so you look better, it's not about changing your features."


Kylie Jenner has found herself at the receiving end of some very unflattering accusations. 

The reality TV queen has been accused of copying the artwork of British graphic artist Sara Pope in the trailer and branding of her upcoming biopic docu-series, Life of Kylie. 

The lip motif-loving star featured a neon set of lips in the trailer for her new show.


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However, the distinctive design was spotted by the artist, who claims it is too similar to hers to be a coincidence. 

The artwork was created in 2015, and TMZ  claims that it has seen legal documents filed against Kylie Jenner by Sara Pope.

However, a statement given to the website claims that the trailer was made by a third party, so Kylie herself had nothing to do with the conception or creation of the graphics or images within the ad. 


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Kylie recently found herself in a similar situation after she and Kendall were forced to apologise to numerous musicians and the families of numerous deceased musical icons, after they used images of the musicians on a series of 'vintage-inspired' t-shits without permission.

The collection was pulled from Kendall and Kylie's clothing line immediately. 

Kylie has also previously been accused of copying other lip imagery in the past. 

In 2016, make-up artist Vlada Haggerty claimed Kylie had used her original dripping lips motif in social media imagery for Kylie Cosmetics without permission or credit. 

Kylie deleted the images, and later reuploaded them with proper crediting. 




If your handbag is currently groaning under the weight of countless products aimed at treating sore or cracked lips, you're no doubt in the market for a handy hack or two.

And thankfully, the good folk from the world of dermatology have delivered on that front.

According to those in the know, applying eye cream to your pout will make for a smoother and more hydrated set of lips.

And why?

Like the delicate skin around the eye, lips benefit from the ingredients in eye cream which are used to combat lines and wrinkles, and minimise dehydration.

Giving an expert insight into the hack, dermatologist, Marianna Pistilli, reveals that she practices what she preaches.

"I slather it on my undereyes and eyelids, and whatever is leftover on my finger, I put on my lips, " she explains. "Eye creams are usually very safe because they have been tested for it they get in and or near the eye."

If we can get more than one use out of any beauty product, you may consider us officially converted.


With their exaggerated curves and voluptuous lips, the Kardashian-Jenners are often accused of befriending Hollywood’s beloved plastic surgeons.

But while her entrepreneurial sister eventually admitted to making her famous pout “a little too big”, it seems Kendall Jenner’s journey towards cosmetic enhancement may only be beginning.

On Monday night, the model’s younger sibling uploaded a picture to Instagram in which Kendall’s lips appear far fuller than they have previously.


about to livestream on the Kylie Jenner Facebook!

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Fans were quick to pick up on the 21-year-old’s changed appearance and promptly concluded that she must have received lip fillers.

Many of the KUWTK star’s followers expressed disappointment over the alleged alteration and tweeted that they had hoped she would preserve her natural good looks.



A number of online commentators furthered this theory by suggesting Kendall deleted her Instagram account so she could quietly remove images which would prove her lips have changed.


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However, Kylie has since taken the blame for Kendall’s new look by telling her Snapchat followers that she overlined her sister’s lips before sharing the attention grabbing post.

“You guys, Kendall let me overline her lips today with lip liner and everyone thinks she got lip injections,” confessed the cosmetics guru.  “I’m sorry Kendall.”



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Mystery solved!



Mentioning the ‘C’ word this side of Halloween may be taboo, but we swear we’ve got a very good excuse.

As the shops quickly fill with dazzling sequins, velvety reds and luxurious golds, we’ve found the perfect lipstick line to compliment your party season style.

After a year filled with Kylie Jenner inspired metallic lips, L’Oréal has released the Gold Obsession Collection which features three moisturising shades designed to complement all skin tones with gold coated pigments.

Try the Rose Gold shade for daytime, use Nude Gold for added glam or go all out with Plum Gold for a more daring party look.

The range debuted at Paris Fashion Week last month and is now available in selected pharmacies nationwide, with each lipstick retailing for €11.99.


OK ladies now let's get in  gorgeous Gold Obsession pic @georginaloasby #fromabove #flatlay #makeup #mua #redlip #goldobsession

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L’Oréal Paris Gold Obsession Collection is available in selected pharmacies and grocery stores nationwide.  RRP €11.99.



Since the day they first hit virtual shelves, it’s been almost impossible to get hold of Kylie Jenner’s famous Lip Kits.

And with metallic shades dominating the 2016 beauty scene, failing to nab one of Kylie’s Kits has been a major struggle in the lives of beauty lovers everywhere.

Because of this, we were delighted to learn that Penneys has come up with a solution to Ireland’s shortage of metallic coloured liquid lipsticks by launching a line of shiny new products which are already shaping up to be a solid dupe for Kylie’s.



@primark dupe for @kyliecosmetics metallic lip kit ?? #primark #penneys #primania #psbeauty #metalliclip #penneysgal #makeup

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The PS Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick sounds like the ideal way to try this popular trend.



With Kylie Jenner selling out lipkits like there’s no tomorrow, it’s pretty obvious lips are the one facial feature which still dominates all others.

And while a perfectly natural-looking pout is still viewed as something to aspire to, there is a new wave of Instagram makeup gurus who are taking the application of lipstick to a whole new level.

A quick “#lipart” search on Insta produces thousands of results, so to save you trolling through an endless stream of mouths, we’ve selected some of our favourite interpretations of this growing trend and channelled them into this easy list.


This sunset style is perfect for anyone who's left their heart in NYC.


The Evil Villain:

For lips that look like something straight out of a comic book, check out this venomous style.


Ice Queen:

According to the sharer of this design, looking like an Ice Queen involves multiple liquid lipsticks, a pot of Vaseline and even some lube!


Golden Gift:


Day 13: Rose Gold  #30DaysofLipArt

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This piece of lip art takes the meaning of “golden goddess” to a whole new level.


Swirl Girl:

How cute is this kaleidoscope of pink shades?


Razzle Dazzle:


 OBSESSED Such amazing talent by @theminaficent lip creativity !!! How artistic is this ??

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There’s pink, there’s hearts, there’s stick-ons and there’s glitter.  What’s not to love?


Baby Bear:

Do your lips smile at the sight of gummy bears?  Then why not turn them into one by recreating this adorable blue and pink look?

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It might only be Tuesday but Khloé Kardashian has already had a busy week.  But between working out tirelessly and throwing major shade at Chloe Moretz, the reality star has still managed to find time to get her lips plumped. 

In a series of new Snapchat videos, Khloé gives fans a glimpse at what it’s like to receive lip filler injections and, to say the least, it looks super uncomfortable.

Naturally Kendall Jenner went along to support (read: laugh at) her sister while she received the lip enhancing shot and since these are the Kardashian-Jenners we’re talking about, to document the process for social media.


The video – which clearly shows a medic inject the filler into Khloé’s open lips – is captioned “this is the craziest thing ever” and is supported by other clips which show the star jokingly sticking her tongue out before the process begins and one in which Kendall can be heard laughing in the background as she films.

The snaps come shortly after Khloé’s sister Kylie admitted to Allure that her own lips were almost too big and days after Kim Kardashian used the same social media app to prove her husband had called Taylor Swift to have his song Famous approved by the Bad Blood star.



Kylie Jenner's pout made her a pop culture phenomenon and she even made big bucks from it with her lip kit.

But now, in an interview with Allure, she's finally admitted that she might have gone a bit overboard with the plump.

"Well, I definitely made my lips a little too big at one point," she said.

"I got excited and felt like I needed to do a lot. And then you guys were like, 'Kylie, you need to chill'.

"And then I had to go back and have it fixed, and it was a crazy process. Thank God I didn't end up on Botched."

No worries now though, as she seems to have toned them down for the Allure cover.



With International Kissing Day just around the corner, we thought we'd let you know about a great little lip product which will quickly earn its place in your handbag.

The All in 1 Beauty Balm Cheek and Lip by Physicians Formula looks something like an EOS ball's more glamorous friend but has the added bonus of being the first ever Beauty Balm which is designed for the lips AND cheeks.

The product's high tech formula contains brightening anti-oxidants and firming botanicals as well as an SPF to protect your lips from the sun.

Because it also comes in two buildable colours (Berry Pink and Natural Peach) the balm is actually skin care and make-up rolled into one and can easily be applied to the lips as a tinted gloss or used like a cream blush on the apples of the cheeks.

Best of all, this handy multi-use product is available nationwide for just €8.90.

Physicians Formula is available for purchase at Lloyds Pharmacies and independent pharmacies nationwide.


Her lips used to be, well, so natural.

Yes – let's for a moment think back to 2010 Lauren Goodger. Fresh-faced (in an Essex kinda way) and on the arm of one Mark Wright, the reality TV star found her fame and fortune on Towie

But how times have changed. Along with losing a significant amount of weight throughout 2015, Ms Goodger this year has furthermore embraced a brand new habit: that of pouting for a series of endless selfies.

And while there's no denying that the loved-up 29-year-old looks fantastic, her latest offering (after rocking THOSE eyebrows at the gym) has proven to be been the final straw for some of her weary fans.


Brrrrrr face #tues #cold #hmmm

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Many urged her to stay away from fillers – saying she looked ridiculous. "You are a natural beauty without the lips. You have a beautiful natural smile.xxx" offered one observer in response to yesterday evening's Instagram post.

Others were more direct, however: "No way?! Surely she's hasn't done that to her face?!!! Lauren have a chat with Lesley Ash. #trout."

A third commentator remarked: "She's ruined with that s*** in her lips. She will look back on these pics one day and cringe – so pretty without those awful lips."

Still, in honour of what can only be described as a killer pout, SHEmazing! brings you Lauren Goodger's top six duckface selfies. Enjoy!