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After a long winter, we are FINALLY seeing some summer sunshine.

However, the change in weather can leave our skin looking a little bit dull.

Fear not! Your summer skin boost is here and we LOVE it.

Perfect for mature and sensitive skin, it will have you smiling all summer long without worrying about those smile lines.

This new product, No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum, aims to enhance your natural beauty, which includes those all-important facial expressions.

According to research by the No7 labs, you’re more likely to be considered more beautiful by more people, regardless of your age or background by having a naturally expressive face.

Half of the 1,000 women who were studied found that you’re perceived as sexier when you get au naturel with your expressions.

To give you even more excuses to smile, the study showed faces that were smiling were perceived to be three times more vibrant than those showing a neutral or unhappy look.

This special serum is uniquely designed to target those stubborn lines areas, such as around the lip area and forehead. The product works in coordination with your natural beauty, so you don’t have to compromise on your expressions, frown away ladies!!

The reason why we and other women are so obsessed with the Line Correcting Booster Serum it gets the results without the pain of an injection.

Interestingly, researchers found a small sample size of women who were considering Botox, after trialling the product for two months, more than three-quarters of them said the serum gave them better results than they thought possible from skincare. Another 73 percent said they were less likely to consider Botox in the future.

Of those that had already had Botox, a whopping 80 percent of women said the serum gave them better results than they thought possible from skincare and 73 percent said they would delay their next treatment.

 You can pick up the serum here, Boots currently have 3 for 2 offer on selected skincare, with the cheapest free. 

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So let's face facts: today is shiiiiiite. 

The long weekend is but a distant memory, and most of us are still a bit shook from day drinking in the sun. 

Anyway, we all really needed a pick-me-up today, and we have it baby! 

The gorgeous GORGEOUS humans at Glossier have announced that they will be shipping to Ireland as of May 15th.

*wipes away happy tears*

Anyway, if you need me over the next week, I'll be online making a massive list of things I'll be buying on May 15th. 

Here are my FAVES:

Milky Jelly Cleanser.

Balm dotcom trio.

 Mega Greens Galaxy Pack. 

Mega Greens Galaxy Pack Cleansing Face Mask | Glossier

The Super Pack. 

 Cloud Paint.

Perfecting Skin Tint. 

Glossier You Perfume Solid.

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When it comes to pamper sessions, there is an added bonus to knowing your chosen products are created in the most ethical way possible, right?

And that is why human + kind – the skincare with a conscience – is one of our go-to ranges when it’s time to restock the bathroom shelves.

Whether you’re already a die-hard fan or simply keen to learn more about the cruelty-free range, now is the time as they have just launched a new Shower Mousse in five stunning scents.

Available in strawberry, grapefruit, coconut, vanilla and tropical, the formulas stay true to the natural ethos that Human + Kind is known for; kind to both the skin and the environment.

Most of us will opt to switch up our skincare routine as the colder months draw nearer in order to ensure our skin is in tip-top condition against the elements, so if you’re on the hunt for an indulgent pamper product, look no further.

Coming in at just €7.95, this indulgent addition to the range is the perfect way to be both kind to yourself… and the environment.

Ladies, we’re sold.

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Nothing brings us more joy than the launch of a new cosmetic range – especially when the packaging is divine (real talk). 

That is exactly why we are basically giddy about the new range of products by Shiseido, inspired by the wonderful world of Millennials. 

WASO is the new range, which has been crafted with authenticity at its core.

Through the launch of their new range, Shiseido is redefining beauty by empowering Millennials to feel beautiful in their own skin – whatever their gender, nationality or age. 

Now that is a message we can get down with! 

The message is simple: true beauty defies stereotypes.

WASO is more than just a skin care line for Millennials, it is a campaign that champions beauty from the inside-out.

By now, you're probably wondering what exactly the word WASO means – a fair question. 

The name WASO is drenched in authentic Japanese heritage. It originates from a combination of two words, "WA" meaning a Japanese sense of peace, and "SO" meaning inspiration, idea and thoughtfulness. 

The best part? Every element of the product's formula uses safe ingredients based on Shisedo's unique standards. 

The brand designed a special method for formulating whole botanical cells into the WASO range, to deliver a total skin care solution. 

This basically means that the range has been designed to treat the needs of Millenial skin, focusing on dryness, oiliness and visible pores. 

WASO is available for purchase right now, and we're stocking up! 

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When it comes to wedding day preparation, there's no denying that certain things tend to take centre-stage in any discussion surrounding the run-up to a woman's big day; dress, venue, honeymoon.

But these elements are, as most of us know, only scratching the surface.

While the gown, the destination and the post-nuptial holiday are certainly heavy-hitters, most brides-to-be will assert that some of their biggest concerns in the lead-up to their big day are their health, vitality, wellbeing and appearance.

With the sheer amount of time and effort that goes into organising a wedding, it's no surprise that many women begin to feel the strain, and subsequently worry that their efforts will take their toll physically.

And that, ladies, is where Jennifer Rock – AKA The Skin Nerd –  comes in.

Every bride dreams of having glowing, flawless skin on their big day, and Jennifer is on hand with top tips for achieving  bright, radiant, iridescent, dewy and luminous bridal skin.

1. Prep is key

While considering the dress of your dreams, psyche yourself up for the skin regime at the same time.

Many wait until six weeks prior to their wedding and it may not be enough time to tackle any true concerns, so seek a consult as soon as the engagement party is over! 

2. Take your vitamins

Planning a wedding can be extremely stressful – a wonderfully exciting time no doubt, but still a busy time so be sure to up the multi vitamin intake, horse vitamin C into you.

Take 1,000mg daily to ward off colds while also strengthening capillary walls – bearing in mind red is the first colour to be seen on camera! I’d also recommend taking lysine to prevent cold sores!

3. Plump your skin

Hyaluronic is ideal to pump moisture into the skin and act as an added bonus to the two litre of water intake!

It can be added to any serum, booster or moisturiser to soften fine lines and wrinkles – a touch into a body cream is also recommended for smooth hydrated skin. This will assist in getting that flawless false tan application!

4. School yourself on fatty acids

Take omegas internally ie essential fatty acids in the form of supplements or oily fish.

These will have your body both wedding and honeymoon ready – helping to keep it soft with less inflammation and stress breakouts.

5. Treat yourself

Environ Hydra Boost is ideal to give the bridal glow, IPL and Neostrata Peel 3 months prior, needling 6 months prior do NOT try anything new the month of the wedding unless advised by a facialist.

 

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We were told our oily skin would go away once we were out of the teenage years, then 19 turned to 20, 20 turned into 25 and we still can't eat a packet of crisps without our skin harking back to our teenage years.

We are told it would benefit us in the long run, that oily skin has better elasticity so is less prone to wrinkles. While this may be true, it doesn’t stop us getting annoyed when we have to carry blotting paper in our purses.

While avoiding alcohol or abstaining from dairy may seem a bit unrealistic (umm hello? Cheese?), there are some more doable things that can help improve your skin.

1. Water, water, water

You’ve heard it time and time again, but it can’t be said enough.

Drink as much water as possible. It may seem like a chore, but once you get into a habit of it, it’ll be second nature.

A handy tip to trick yourself into drinking more water is to get a reusable water bottle with a straw. You drink more without noticing and it’ll save you money. It’s a win-win.

2. Find the right moisturiser

You may think your skin is bad enough without putting more greasy stuff on it, but even oily skin gets dry, flaky bits. It’s a vicious circle, we don't moisturise and get dry skin then we moisturise it and we get spots.

Finding the right moisturiser is key to stopping this. Skin is a temperamental thing so it’s really trial and error when it comes to finding the perfect one for you. 

An oil- free, matifying moisturiser is the best way to go. It’ll cost more than your mam’s Nivea, but you’ll only need to use a small amount so it lasts ages. 

3. Don’t overdo it      

With oily skin, it can feel dirty so there's an urge to clean it every possible chance you get. This isn’t a good idea, your skin needs oil, even if you don’t like it.

Removing the oil too often will just make your skin produce even more and the problem will only get worse.

Keep exfoliating and using deep cleansing face washes or masks every second day and use a light cleanser daily.

4. Timing is everything

Timing is just as important as the product you use.

Try not to moisturise just before bed. Your body temperature rises when you sleep and moisturiser mixed with sweat will clog your pores.

Moisturising in the morning makes it more effective. The same goes for using greasy lip balms. They stay in place during the day, but at night they will spread and clog the pores around your lips.

5. Don’t get disheartened

Finally, don’t get disheartened if you improve your skin care routine, but seem to be getting more spots.

It takes time for your skin to rid itself of deep impurities, so they may have to come to the surface before they can be eradicated.

It also takes time to perfect a skin care routine that suits your skin, so be patient and you will find the perfect balance. 

 

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We're all about a spot of treat yo'self pampering here at SHEmazing! You, your mates – lounging around in fluffy white robes being soothed by dolphin-enfused holistic music. 

After all, every so often wonderful ladies deserve wonderful spa-day treats.

It's just a pity that actually getting a date in the diary that suits everyone is a major pickle AND these things tend to be pretty pricy. 

Step forward our new favourite compromise: the Yon-Ka skincare range. Already in more than 5,000 spas globally, the French-made products are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts and are designed to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. 

The fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralises and plant oils nourish and soften.

To which we say: “YEEEESSSSSS!”

Some standouts? The award-winning Yon-Ka lotion and the Yon-Ka Nutri protect hand cream.

The brand also boosts some well known Irish names and faces among its fan-base: think Chloe Townsend, Holly White, Ruth Monahan, and Pamela Flood.

At-home, luxurious spa-spiration? Hurrah!

Yon-ka skincare is available from approved salons nationwide. For local stockist information visit www.yonka.ie

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From time to time we have all been tempted by the latest and greatest round of DIY skincare trends that appear to take over the internet.

Unfortunately, they don’t always give us the results we expected, and wanted. 

Apparently, some of the most common tips relating to skincare to be found online are actually myths, and we should maybe not always be using social media as a dermatologist.

1. Treating blackheads with lemon juice is a bad idea. 

Dermatologists warn that citrus juice is more irritating than it is helpful, and when exposed to sunlight it can burn, badly.

2. You probably shouldn’t be using a toner. 

It leaves your skin dry and irritated when used all over, spot treatments are the way to go when it comes to toner.

 

3. Chocolate isn’t causing your acne. 

There may be a relationship between diet and acne. But it is mostly dairy products and low-quality carbohydrates that are responsible so dark chocolate fans are safe.

 

4. Toothpaste isn’t the best way to get rid of a spot. 

Baking soda can apparently help, but it is not included in all toothpaste and it still doesn’t mean you should be covering your face in it.

 

5. Coconut oil is not going to reduce age spots or wrinkles either apparently. 

We thought it was a miracle product! It seems that some dermatologists are warning that while it does work as a great moisturiser, it won’t reduce the signs of age spots or sun damage.

 

6. Egg whites aren’t actually going to shrink your pores. 

 

7. You should never, ever use hand sanitizer on your face to tone down oily skin. 

We could have guessed that one.

 

8. The SPF in your makeup (or moisturizer) might not provide enough protection. 

The experts say you broad spectrum coverage with at least 30 SPF.

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Getting clear, glowing and blemish-free skin could be as easy as making a few simple changes to your routine – but the key is knowing which ones.

There's no point in splashing out on a trolley's worth of beauty products if none of them is right for your skin.

Regardless of their skin type, there are a few simple things that all women with great skin count as part of their everyday routine.

1. Using SPF every day
Even in rainy Ireland, direct sunlight can cause harm to our skin over time. Avoid wrinkles and dark spots in the future by using a moisturiser with SPF on your face and neck. Many foundations and BB Creams now come with added SPF too – win.

2. Not being afraid of oil-based products
Those of us with oily skin or spot-prone patches tend to shy away from oil-based products. But ensuring your skin is properly hydrated is important for preventing excess sebum production. If you're still reluctant, use an oil-based cleanser on your skin to remove all traces of make-up, before following up with a regular cleanser.

3. Exercising regularly
As if you needed another good reason to hit the gym. Exercise increases blood flow to the skin, helping to nourish cells and improving circulation. Plus, sweating is a great way to get all those toxins out – just be sure to wash your face well after your gym session.

4. Exfoliating at LEAST once a week
People with oily skin may need ot exfoliate more, but most of us should be working up a scrub at least once every seven days to buff away dead skin skills. A regular exfoliation routine will keep your skin looking brighter, and will prevent build up of oil and dead skin in pores. Fewer blemishes and clearer skin – it's a no-brainer.

5. Refusing to go to sleep with make-up on
Whatever guilty pleasures you give into of a Saturday night, don't let falling asleep with a full face of slap be one of them. Even in a worst case scenario you should aim to take make-up off with a cleansing wipe and to moisturise well.

6. Washing bedclothes regularly
We spend eight hours a night in our bed, and if you sleep on your side that means a third of your day is spent with your skin resting on your pillowcase. Washing your bedclothes at least once a week is key to preventing spots and irritation from bacteria.

7. Avoiding alcohol-based skincare products
Unless you have severely oily skin, astringent products are a no-no as they can leave your face feeling tight, dry and red. If you have naturally dry skin, use a fragrance-free cream or oil-based cleanser and moisturiser for all-day hydration.

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We never say no to a little bit of sparkle on our nails, and when it's as easy as this, we don't have to.

Korean salon owner Eun Kyung Park started something of an Instagram craze recently when she started using tiny pieces of holographic cellophane in her manicures.

The result? A sparkly/iridescent finish that gives the effect of a pane of shattered glass.

Design possibilities for this look are pretty endless – you can pile on the cellophane for a more layered look, or keep it simple, like this:

If your nail art budget won't stretch to a trip to Korea, fear not, as the process it VERY easy to recreate at home with nail foil or pink-toned cellophane.

1. Cut your cellophane into small shard-like triangles.

2. Paint your nails with a base coat as usual.

3. Then paint them with the colour of your choice – light colours work best for the iridescent effect.

4. With the polish still wet, use a tweezers to pick up the cellophane and place it on the nail in the pattern of your choice. Keeping the triangles vertical helps for the shattered-glass effect. You may need to work one nail at a time.

5. Allow your nails to dry, then paint over with two layers of top coat.

6. Enjoy the sparkle!

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One of our favourite looks from Sunday night's Emmy Awards was Game of Thrones star, Maisie Williams. 

She donned a very soft retro look with a pastel pink strapless gown and fluff-top heels (which we adore).

Something else we adored on the night was Maisie's make-up.

Her skin glowed from one end of the red carpet to the other and we have just found out that's all thanks to Kiehl's skincare. 

Makeup artist, Kindra Mann, was responsible for the stars look on the night.

“I was totally inspired tonight by Maisie's retro feeling pink dress. I loved that the colour and texture gave it a vintage feel."

"We wanted the makeup to feel that same way, but with a more modern twist.”

“To keep Maisie’s skin looking fresh all night I started off by pressing a few drops of Kiehl’s Daily Reviving Concentrate onto her skin before applying a little of Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream for added moisture."

"I prepped the under eye area with a little of Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado.

Sounds like a dreamy pampering session to us!

“For the lips we wanted a nice nude color that was a little softer than the pink in the dress.  I started off by applying Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1 to hydrate the lips." 

"I then added Hourglass Femme Nude Lip Stylo in #1 Pale Pink Nude to give it that perfect nude color.”

And what's more, we can get our hands on these gorgeous products too! Everything used on Maisie is available from Dundrum Town Centre and Arnotts

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When someone tells us that we can achieve better skin without cutting out our favourite snacks then we are going to support that idea.

Some of these are not that surprising, green tea has been celebrated for being rich in anti-oxidants and adding it to your favourite recipes can help you achieve a flawless complexion. However, did you know that red wine can do the same? Along with more of your favourite foods wine can also be used to help clear up your skin.

This is the best news we’ve heard all week.

Almonds

Rich in Vitamin E to help improve complexion and protect against pathogens. Also, almond butter is the snack of the food-gods so a clear winner there.

Beef

Burgers for everyone! Ok, so maybe not Big Macs three meals a day, but grass-fed beef is a source of omega-3 fatty acids to improve your skin’s elasticity.

Avocado

One study from 2008 found that avocados are rich in Vitamin D, E and A which help replench dry or damaged skin.

Dark Chocolate

High levels of cocoa hydrate your skin and make it more firm and supple. The antioxidants it contains also improve your skin’s luminosity. So, give us all of the chocolate.

Red Wine

Research from Harvard Medical School has shown that red wine drinkers reap the benefits of resveratrol which is an anti-aging agent found in the skin of red grapes.

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