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may 2015

This evening at his official residence in the Phoenix Park, President Michael D Higgins signed off the Thirty-fourth Amendment of the Constitution (Marriage Equality) Bill 2015.

This means that the result of May's historic referendum has now been enshrined in law.

A number of legal challenges brought against the result meant tonight's signing was delayed somewhat, but all the disputes were struck down at earlier High Court hearings.

The Irish people had voted by a margin of 62-38 percent and marriage in this country may now take place between two persons "without distinction as to their sex".

The Bill will also be introduced to the Dáil next month.

Although it was originally hoped that the first marriages between same-sex partners could take place as early as next month or October, it seems more likely now that those ceremonies will be held towards the end of this year.



MAC has long been a firm-favourite with Irish gals so our interest is always piqued when a new collection arrives on its counters. Released tomorrow, the cosmetics brand has snazzed up some of its summer essentials. And even if one of the themes – ahem, a laundromat – sounds a little silly, we couldn't help but check it out.

MAC Wash & Dry
Time to liven up your make-up bag? This colourful collection certainly boasts plenty of bright packaging and eye-catching hues. Based around the quirky idea of a launderette, we're going to go out on a limb here and say that we love it. Lipsticks (€21.50) have been given fun and funky names such as tumble dry, and steam heat, while nail varnishes (€11.00) has been labelled Monday blues, and washteria. The range also features various eye, brow, and face products, as well as makeup brushes and bags. However, it's also all limited edition so if you're keen, snap it up fast.

Eyes On MAC 
MAC is repromoting its popular eyes X15 palettes from last spring, adding in brand new X9 palettes for this season. You can use the products to create daytime and evening looks in various textures, so we're hoping that investing in one of these means you won't have to buy more eyeshadows for a while. The X9 palettes (€40.00) are available in an amber, a purple, a navy, and a burgundy, while the X15 (€75.00) are available in warm/neutral, and cool/neutral. 

MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
This is the latest addition to the pro longwear range and at €36.50 it is set to be a huge hit. It can be used as a foundation or a concealer and MAC says that it lasts for an incredible 16 hours. It's an oil-free product too and gives a nice medium-to-full coverage. It's particularly perfect for anyone suffering from blemishes or imperfections. 

All of the products are exclusive to Brown Thomas, BT2 and www.brownthomas.com