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Why switch to vegan products? How to get the beauty benefits on a budget

Here’s a statistic worth noting: our skin absorbs up to 60% of any product which is applied to it.

If the beauty brands we use are processed, synthetic and jam-packed with toxins, chemicals and preservatives, that’s a lot of possibly harmful material we’re consuming.

Not to mention that many brands are ambiguous at best when discussing their animal testing.

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Vegan beauty products are all made without harm to animals and they also don’t contain any animal ingredients, animal by-products or animal-derived products.

Some common animal ingredients used in skincare beauty include beeswax, lanolin (grease from sheep’s wool – ew), carmine and uric acid from cows.

Some haters suggest that vegan products can’t possibly be as effective, but actually this is merely a myth. Formulas which don’t contain animal ingredients are actually far better for your skin.

Plant-derived ingredients contain more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which repair and hydrate the skin.

It’s largely unsurprising then that millions of people around the world have switched to vegan beauty.

In the last decade, beauty addicts around the world are raving about new and natural vegan creations. Returning to nature is becoming more and more attractive, except finding the best quality products with all-natural components has a hefty price tag.


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Here’s where vegan brand Nacomi Beauty come in: they’ve just opened their flagship store in Malahide, Co. Dublin and have caused a massive stir.

Their gorgeous body mousses, scrubs, shower jelly and body butter are absolutely flying off the shelves. Why have they propelled to the top of the vegan beauty chain?

Here are a few reasons:

-They import raw materials from all over the world and produce their cosmetics in Poland, surrounded by stunning green scenery.

-ALL their products are totally handmade for each individual, so you know anything you buy has the unique customer in mind. SO personal.

-They don’t just sell produce for women, they now have a mens and baby range. Inclusivity, people. It’s the best.

-They are completely against animal testing

-They source the highest quality product from all over the world and use cold pressed oils, butters, extracts and cosmetic clays in their pure form.

-Their products are all made within a month of being ordered, so it’s fresh to death.

-Their price ranges from… wait for it…€6 to €42.


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YAS BETCH, we can finally afford it to be natural.

-The simplicity of their cosmetic compositions is what make them totally different, they use Unrefined Oils and Vitamin E as natural preservatives.

-They don’t use paraben, harmful dyes and preservatives, SLS/SELS, petroleum derivatives,  or mineral oils.

Nacomi stand by their mission to provide the best quality products at affordable prices:
“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to use healthy cosmetics.”


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That’s right, we don’t have to be rich to be able to live our dreamy natural ingredient lives anymore. Long live Nacomi, we say.

Nacomi is available for purchase from their flagship store in Malahide or online from www.nacomibeauty.com.



Natural beauty has never been more prominent, especially with environmental and ethical factors now firmly in the public eye.

Finding the perfect deodorant that doesn't contain chemical or potentially harmful ingredients can be a challenge, but one Irish brand is blazing a trail in the search for healthy beauty habits.

We decided to trial Indeora's beautiful-smelling spray-on magnesium deodorant, for research purposes. We weren't let down, and the product deserves every bit of praise it has steadily earned.

Trying to feel fresh and clean throughout the day can be challenging. With stressful work routines and errands to run, it feels like we're constantly in a rush or on the go.

Squeezing in exercise or trips to the gym is a whole other story when it comes to smelling like roses, even multiple bursts of antiperspirant feels futile at times.

There is definitely a stereotypical opinion that natural deodorants aren't powerful enough to mask sweat for the entire day, but the coconut and vanilla scent of Indeora's product masked anything and everything for me.

Despite the fact that natural deodorants don't aim to stop you sweating, it has discovered an even better solution to keep you feeling like your best self. 

Eimear Tully began Indeora after she began to question the components of everyday antiperspirants and their effect on her well-being.

She consulted with her partner, Dr Pranshul Chauhan, who was aware of the health risks of antiperspirant ingredients such as inorganic aluminium and propellants. Tully knew from then on that it was time to find a natural replacement, and she went on to create a brilliant product.

Many natural deodorants use baking soda as their base, which can irritate sensitive skin. Eimear started cooking up mixtures in her own kitchen which weren't comprised of harmful chemicals or irritants.

Her partner was knowledgeable on the principles of Ayurveda, an ancient medical practice which focusses on using naturally-derived active ingredients to benefit health.

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Using magnesium is pure genius, as the mineral is responsible for countless functions in our bodies and a unique formulation of the mineral can keep you odour-free for up to 24 hours.

Eimear discovered the many benefits of oceanic-sourced magnesium as the perfect base for her deodorant, and we have to agree. Every woman could use one of these little bottles, they even slot perfectly into your purse for a quick refresher on a night out or on the sly at work.

After about one week straight of trialling the natural deodorant, I was totally hooked on the product. As somebody who only uses vegan, cruelty-free products with recyclable packaging, I struck gold with Indeora.

Free from aerosol gases, aluminium, baking soda and silicones, the gorgeous scented deodorant won't stain your clothes or block your pores. If you're asthmatic, it's a smart move to ditch the aerosol cans.

We cannot recommend it enough, ladies, try it for yourselves. 

As if you aren't sold already, Indeora shipping is free for all Republic of Ireland customers. Check out their full list of products on their website.

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Kesha is heading into 2019 with a positive frame of mind.

The singer took to social media to proclaim that this was gonna be the year she loved herself – wise words that we could all do with taking on board.

The 31-year-old posted a snap of herself, completely make-up free and looking gorgeous.

The close-up picture showed off her natural beauty and a sprinkling of freckles.

She captioned it, ''This year my resolution is to love myself…just as I am, all fucked up and imperfect and whatever else. And to let my freckles liiiiiiiive.''

Her 2.9 million followers applauded her for embracing her imperfections.


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One said, ''You are absolutely beautiful, always have been.''

While another wrote, ''Freckles are the best! You are so gorgeous!''

We salute you, Kesha – being yourself is always the right thing to do.


If you are looking for a beautiful gift for a loved one, or a sure-fire way to treat yourself, look no further. We’ve found the perfect Irish-owned company who carefully create hand-made products to soothe the soul and melt your heart.

Candles have different meanings for every occasion; be it a special moment of celebration, a birthday festivity or just a calming night-in for the ultimate relaxation experience, a scented candle is the ideal reminder of healing and peace.

The talented founder of Lovato Candles created the luxury brand when he was just 20-years-old in his home county, Cork.

Jason Hamilton-Foott began the company from his home in the autumn of 2016, and the collection of gentle wax products has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The handmade candles are curated using only 100 percent natural wax and the finest blend of fragrance oils, ensuring that the end products are unique to each buyer.

Jason’s candles are an outlier in the market. Immediately a standout favourite, the high quality ingredients, contemporary design and careful crafting from beginning to end have attracted attention of consumers worldwide.

The founder’s love of travelling is a major influence on his brand and combined with his appreciation of Irish life, has resulted in a huge variety of scents and diffusers resembling the fragrance of our natural lands blended with those of further afield.

Lovato Candles have received a mountain of praise for their fragrance products which never fail to soothe, satisfy and exceed customer expectations.

Jason’s collection is comprised of a range of ten fragrances of scented candles and diffusers, each Lovato candle is instantly beloved both at home and abroad.

The choice within the Lovato Candle range is extensive; you can choose between votive candles, candles with a luxury box, clear candles, luxury candles with a silver lid and three-wick candles, as well as diffusers and wax melts.

Some of the beautiful aromatic fragrances include; Black Plum & Rhubarb, Seaweed and Juniper, Lemongrass and Ginger, Rock Salt and Driftwood, Thai Lime and Mango, Mandarin and Sandalwood, and Night Blooming Jasmine. Each one is truly a gift for the senses.

Lovato Candles are stocked in some of Ireland's most celebrated retailers. Jason and his company now have their own Bandon studio where their decadent collection is carefully crafted.

Why not try give your perfect match the tranquil candle they deserve? We want the full range for maximum comfort within our home, these crafted candles are the image of self-care.



The mineral cosmetics industry has been steadily growing for over 20 years, but as it grows in popularity, so too does the amount of misconceptions about mineral make-up.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide illuminating how to dispel some of these myths in order to get the best products that suit each person perfectly.

It’s time to set the record straight, and we’ve chosen Irish owned cosmetic company Fuschia to assist us on our mineral masterpiece.

Fuschia’s award-winning mineral cosmetics are renowned for their long-lasting durability, and their natural ingredients as well as cruelty-free produce.

The first thing to note is that everyone’s skin is different, and each person has their own unique needs.

Some of us have to moisturise constantly to try and battle their dry skin frustrations, others try everything possible to reduce their oily shine.

Prioritise showing off your natural look, a healthy glow is what will allow you to really stand out from the crowd. This guide to navigating the myths and maxims of mineral cosmetics will be your new foundation Bible.

God bless Fuschia.

Myth 1: You don’t need to prepare your skin for applying make-up

WRONG! Prep and prime to the nines, gals. Always.

Apply primer to cleansed and fully moisturised skin for the best foundation results. You want the smoothest possible effect, trying priming the skin with Fuschia D20 Hydrating Mist (€25), a non-silicone based mattifying primer.

Foundation only ever looks natural if it’s applied correctly.

Myth 2: The more make-up applied, the better the outcome

Gurl, less is ALWAYS more. Especially when it comes to foundation.

Tap a small amount of Loose Mineral Foundation (5g-€28.50) into the lid, but don’t be overly generous… you can always add more. Your foundation lid can be your new best friend.

You’ll also be saving yourself some cash by sparingly using the product, and your face won’t be weighed down by too many layers of make-up.

how off your beautiful face, foundation is only meant to give you a small layer of coverage.

Myth 3: Mineral make-up is best for sensitive skin

Not true, ladies. Everyone’s complexion concerns are singular and distinct only to themselves.

Mineral make-up is often marketed as an ‘all-natural’ product because it’s free from additives, chemicals, oil, parabens, the works.

However, there’s an unmistakeably inorganic chemical compound called bismuth oxychloride in the majority of mineral products.

This chemical has the purpose of creating a glowing quality on the skin, with an ingredient named crystalline which can actually lodge itself in pores and cause itchiness and irritation.

Anyone who has acne or various skin dilemmas should actually stick to a nurturing formula such as a BB cream to soothe the skin.

Myth 4: Brushes are ineffective in spreading powder

False… you’ve just got to learn the right method: tapping.

We recommend using the Fuschia Jumbo Buffer Brush (€19.50) for the best application.

Simply press the tips of the bristles lightly into the Loose Mineral Powder to lift a small amount of product, then turn the brush so the bristles are up right and tap the handle on a hard surface or on the palm of your hand to allow the powder to fall further into the bristles.

You can now spread the powder evenly throughout your face with the right amount of mineral powder on your buffer brush. Powder perfect in no time at all.

Myth 5: There is no right way to buff powder.

We totally disagree, and here’s why; we’ve got the moves.

Use small circular motions to begin buffing the powder into the skin. Mineral is all about buildable coverage, so build as you see fit to suit your individual look and style.

One layer gives soft natural coverage; two layers gives medium coverage, three gives full coverage. Work from the outside of the face and gradually buffing towards the t-zone, applying in coats until you achieve the perfect chic coverage for you.

Finish off with the gift that is Fuschia Correct and Perfect Mineral Concealer (€16.95) using the 112 Airbrush Conceal Brush (€7.50).

Myth 6: Mineral make-up doesn’t have staying power

Untrue: if you lightly brush on some Mineral Rice Powder (5g- €24) to the t-zone to set the base and lock in any oils for the duration of the day, we promise.

Make sure to keep your sifter closed when it’s not in use, always open your pot upside down to reduce spillages.

Myth 7: Everybody who suffers from acne should only use mineral cosmetics

Wrong, wrong, wrong. So many people who bear the tribulations of acne tend to avoid all products containing oil to prevent adding fuel to the fire, so to speak.

Most mineral make-up creates a dry, powdery finish which can lead to your skin producing more oil in return.

The oils then mix with your powdered mineral make-up, causing caking and heaviness, which actually draws more attention to any blemishes which you were trying to cover in the first place.

Oils and silicone’s aren’t always harmful for acne-prone skin, it can actually be very helpful.

Myth 8: Natural products are good for you

This isn’t always fact-based, many preservatives can actually be beneficial for you. There are so many ‘natural’ things out there that actually aren’t even nourishing for your skin at all.

It’s a mistake to assume any natural additives are immediately wholesome to you. Products labelled “hypoallergenic”, though they are free of the most common allergens, by no means are they allergen free.

Always get tested for allergies by your doctor if you are concerned about reactions to specific ingredients.

Our fave skin ingredients are “non-comedogenic,” which means that they don’t block pores or cause breakouts.

Myth 9: Mineral make-up has the dual purpose of sunscreen

This myth actually applies to any type of foundation. Make-up is usually based in pigments that refract light, which leads to the general belief that foundations provide an SPF.

While this may be true for some, you’d need to apply a massively thick later in order to get enough protection, which just isn’t practical.

The whole point of mineral make-up is to gain a sheer, natural finish to your look, but your best form of sun defence with make-up is to use moisturiser paralleled with a BB cream, both containing SPF.

Titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide are the key SPF ingredients, which also have anti-inflammatory properties.

Myth 10: Mineral make-up is ideal for the more ‘natural’ lewk

Hell nah. Mineral make-up is based on an opaque white compound, so it can flash out on camera and cause skin to appear extremely pale in photos, the bane of a selfie obsessed gal’s life.

Try mist the face with a finishing spray after blending the powder in properly on both your face and neck. Powder has a habit of sitting on top of the skin, hindering it from hiding the problem areas with uneven textures.

Other skincare products by Fuschia are needed to blur and correct skin texture imperfections and fill in minor lines and smooth skin.

Those are our 10 myth-busters for mineral make-up, powder in peace gals.

Fuchsia is available from stockists nationwide, for full list and online purchases, visit www.fuschia.ie


"I don't have any regrets. I feel like I look a lot better now. I don't like natural," so said Chloe Ferry of Geordie Shore fame when questioned about her reliance on cosmetic surgery.

The 21-year-old, who bounced onto our screens during the MTV's shows 10th season, looks a far cry from her early days living it up on the Newcastle party scene, and while the change has, undoubtedly, been drastic, it seems Chloe is relatively content.

"When I see before and after pictures I think I've changed so much," she told the MailOnline. "When I see pictures from when I first went to Geordie Shore, I think: 'Woah. Was I that ugly?' I wasn't gorgeous!"

And yet despite various procedures, the reality star, who's been in the spotlight just two years, has no intention of stopping any time soon, and even admits that the result of her last nose job wasn't exactly what she was hoping for.


So this is my side profile with my new nose still abit of bruising but nearly gone only been a week since my nose job

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"I want a second nose job. I'm not happy with my first and I don't like it at all. The way I pictured my nose in my head is not what I feel now."

"I feel like I need another one and I am going to get it. I didn't rush into the first but its not what I wanted," she admitted.

In a move which isn't likely to surprise anyone, Chloe holds fellow reality star, Kylie Jenner, as an example of the look she's ultimately hoping to achieve.

"I want to know the number of Kylie Jenner's surgeon. Every single girl wants to look like her but I just get the backlash because I'm in the public eye."

"It doesn't bother me what people say," Chloe insisted. "I think if you don't like something and you've got the money just do it. If you can afford it just do it if it's gonna make you happy." (sic)


You may have an upset stomach for a number of reasons. Whatever the reason, try these home remedies to help get rid of that sick feeling. You will be surprised how effective they are and how you have most of them in your kitchen cupboard already.

Burnt toast
It may not sound too appealing for everybody, but the char takes in the toxins that are causing you to feel sick.

Ginger is a well known cure for upset stomachs and in fact, it is true. It neutralises stomach acid which is causing the sick feeling. It is available in many forms, but we especially love it as a hot drink.

The menthol in peppermint leaves is very helpful for when you are feeling sick. Try sucking on a sweet or making yourself a peppermint tea.

Fresh lemon
The smell of citrus in lemons can calm your stomach. Cut it in half and position it close enough that you can smell it. 

Frozen fruit
Sucking on frozen fruit may not sound particularly effective, but it is. The sharp flavour of a lemon or lime can cure your stomach and help you take your mind off it.





Us women love it when our eyelashes are looking naturally long and beautiful. Yes, this can be achieved with mascara and fake eyelashes, but if you want your lashes to be clump free and not full of glue, here are some tips to improve your own eyelashes. 

1. Remove eye make-up
Sometimes your eyelashes need a break from mascara, you can also damage them by roughly taking off your make-up. Remove make-up carefully and give your lashes a break.

2. Olive Oil
Olive oil is great TLC for your eyelashes, this will help them to grow longer and remain strong. 

3. Vaseline
Apply Vaseline regularly to your eyelashes at night to promote growth and make them thick and strong. 

4. Trim your eyelashes
Even though it doesn't sound like a good idea, trimming your eyelashes slightly every few months can stimulate the lash follicle and make them grow faster. 

5. Balanced diet
Having a balanced diet can be great for the health of your lashes. Most fruits, green vegetables, meat and eggs are just a few of the foods that are good for your eyelashes.

















































Many of us lust for long, shiny and manageable hair – but it’s not always easy to get or to maintain.

Elements like the weather, what products you use and your environment can all impact your hair. Here are some natural remedies for whatever your hair issue may be!

For…dry hair
Try: Olive oil

So it’s not going to be clean or easy, but look on the bright side, we could have said mayonnaise. Brush out your hair and pour some olive oil into your palms and rub throughout your hair. If the bottom of your hair needs more attention, concentrate there. Afterwards, wrap your head in a flannel scarf or towel and leave overnight.

For…dull hair
Try: Apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar will not only give your hair great shine but will also encourage growth and will smoothen your hair’s cuticles. In a spray bottle mix half vinegar with half water and spray throughout your hair. Use the spray in between shampooing and conditioning and leave for 5-6 mins before moving onto your next step.

For…hair that won’t grow
Try: Egg whites

Crack some eggs into a bowl, using only the egg whites and combine lightly. Apply as a hair mask and watch your tresses get stronger and longer.

For…split ends
Try: Vitamin E capsules

For split ends in between cuts, simply break open some Vit E capsules and apply to the ends of your hair.

For…frizzy hair
Try: Avocado

Avocado has great essential fats for healthy skin, nails and hair when we eat it– but it works a treat applied to hair also! For frizzy hair, apply mashed avocado throughout your hair and leave for an hour or so. Then shampoo and condition as normal. The oil in the avocado will add moisture to your hair and reduce frizz levels. 


S! TV’s Beauty Expert Odette demonstrates how to get perfect natural glowing skin in time for summer.


We all know that drinks such as red wine, tea and coffee can lead to stained and yellowed teeth.

Well, did you know that these foods can not only help to whiten your teeth but also neutralise bad breath and keep gums healthy?

1. Strawberries
Everyone’s favourite fruit contains malic acid which acts as an astringent to remove pesky stains from your teeth.

2. Milk and yoghurt
These dairy goods are light in colour and contain high levels of calcium which will keep your teeth strong.

3. Pears
Neutralise bad breath with a pear!

4. Apples
These fruits have a high water content which promotes saliva leading to whiter teeth. Apples also strengthen gums.

5. Broccoli
Have some raw broccoli with your lunch and it will clean the surface of your teeth, keeping your pearly whites clean.



We really love this look on Lorde!

This lightweight-look foundation is simple and natural. The hint of glossed eye gives it a radiant appearance and the deep dark lip puts a perfect balance to the whole look.

Here’s what you need to achieve this make-up:


PRICES: €37.50; MAC Mineralize Foundation, €16.50 MAC Honey Lust Eye Shadow; €10.00  MAC Smoked Purple Lipstick; €19.00, MAC So Sweet So Easy Cremeblend Blush, $21.00 MAC PRO Mixing Medium Shine (maccosmetics.com)