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It’s the perfect time of the year to switch up your skincare regime, and we’ve looked far and wide to find the best possible products to give our skin a much needed pick-me-up!

Since starting in 2004, e.l.f. cosmetics have become one of the fastest growing American companies in the world, and for a good reason.

Their skincare range has gone from strength to strength, and these three new items have given us the five star treatment for our tired skin.


e.l.f. Moisturising Sleeping Mask (€13.80)

This fabulous Moisturising Sleeping Mask gives your skin hydration overnight so you can wake up to soft, comforted skin.

During your nightly regimen, apply an even, thin layer on your face, neck and chest, and don’t forget to let it dry in before you head to bed for roughly ten minutes. Leave the mask on the skin overnight, and cleanse your face in the morning.

If you use this every night, it delivers deep hydration to your skin, so you can leave your dehydration worries behind.

The mask is also infused with purified water, aloe, vitamin E and jojoba to give you the ultimate nourishment.

Go on, treat your skin, you deserves it!

e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream (€13.25)          

We all have our struggles with hiding the bags under eyes some days, and it can be so difficult to find the right product to give your face a glowing lift.

Lucky for us, this e.l.f. nourishing cream helps to hydrate and minimise the appearance of dark circles and puffiness for radiant and rejuvenated skin that won’t show the traces of tiredness.

The eye cream is made with cruelty-free, natural ingredients which are infused with Purified Water and skin nourishing jojoba, Vitamin E, and cucumber.

Help soothe and protect the delicate skin area around the eye by using it in the morning and evening after your cleanse.

Rich in antioxidants, Shea Butter and Green Tea and totally free from parabens, sulphate and phthalates, you’ll know for sure that your eye cream is ethical and healthy.

Gently dab around the under eye, forehead and along the brow bone to illuminate your tired eyes, the difference is such a boost!

e.l.f. Prep & Hydrate Balm (€10.35)

The new e.l.f. prep & hydrate balm is a convenient, versatile water-based primer stick that immediately hydrates your skin, smooths uneven lines and prepare it for any make-up you want to utilise.

The two-in-one formula and stick shape makes it so easy to carry around with you, whether you’re going to work, the gym or a night out.

You can simply twist up to apply to the face in a circular motion before starting your make-up application regime.

Blend in if you need to, perfect for dry, chapped hands, elbows and knees.

The ingredients include shea butter, cocoa, aloe and grape for effective moisturising, you’ll be feeling, smelling and looking great in seconds. The embodiment of practicality, sign us up!

All e.l.f. products are cruelty free, and pride themselves on being completely free from parabens, sulphate and phthalates.

Using natural goodness to get illuminated skin? Sounds good to us!

Pick up some e.l.f. cosmetic skincare goodies in pharmacies nationwide and in select Penneys stores.

Check out their website for more information on the rising star brand!




We love a celebrity mini-me around these parts – it seems if you have good genes (as most famous folk do), they're readily passed down to the next generation (lucky next generation).

We're going to guess too that any offspring of the OC's Rachel Bilson and her long-term partner, Star Wars star Hayden Christensen, will be no different – though a recent Instagram post has only hinted at the cuteness of their baby daughter. 

Sharing the very first picture of ten-month old Briar Rose, only the little one's back and hat-clad head can be viewed.  

However, there is no denying that this is one seriously adorable snap-shot, not to mention that 34-year-old Hayden (to think that we'd almost – almost – forgotten about him) looks like a bit of a hottie himself.

Rachel, 33, is known for keeping her life incredibly private so we're not surprised she didn't show her daughter in full view – indeed, this is the very first glimpse of the child that we've been given.

Rachel must be in the mood for sharing too: she furthermore posted a snap of an adorable kiss with her beau – also something of a rare public occurrence. 

Baby Briar, who is named after Disney's Princess Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, was born last October; her parents have been together for eight years after meeting on the set of Jumper

It seems that things are all very much back on track for this picture-perfect family. Ms Bilson and Mr Christensen actually got engaged back in 2010, but later that year split up.

Still, it wasn't long before they were back in each other's arms, although they've since put the wedding on hold indefinitely.

Rachel gushed about a boyfriend to a recent edition of Health magazine, saying: "This is my partner, my support, just there for me no matter what. And vice versa."



Actor Sam Riley says he doesn’t really believe in fairy tales as girls are no longer waiting to be “rescued” by a prince.

Well said, Sam!

The British actor stars alongside Angelina Jolie in Maleficent, which tells the back story of the villain in popular fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.

Sam said, “What I like about what they’ve done with this one, is it can work in harmony with the original.”

“They’ve not completely revamped the whole thing, electric guitar soundtracks and daft stuff like that… Some of the fairy tale messages are still true today, but we don’t live in a time where the little girl is waiting to be rescued by the prince. It’s more Spice Girls now; girl power,” he said.

The 34-year-old started off as a singer, but his breakthrough in film came when he played the lead role in 2007’s Control.

Oscar winner Angelina fought for Sam to be a part of Maleficent and it seems he’s a big fan of the actress!

“She was really very warm with me and the very first time I walked on set and I was there in costume, I was nervous and thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ but she made me feel relaxed,” said Sam.


Disney managed to succeed in turning its classic animation film, Sleeping Beauty into the current hit that is Maleficent. But Disney isn’t stopping there, as its just revealed that they are planning to turn family favourite Cinderella, into a live action film.

The film will be released in 2015 and will star Helena Boham Carter, Lily James and Cate Blanchett.

After this amazing teaser, we are already excited!



We can’t wait to see Maleficient after Disney released another trailer today of what will be this years summer blockbuster.

Angelina Jolie steals the spotlight in Disney’s latest trailer; by showing more of the famous villain in her monster form.

Maleficient tells the tale of Sleeping Beauty from the evil fairy’s perspective featuring Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora.



Ooh, we really, really like this.

Another new trailer has been released for the upcoming film Maleficent, featuring Lana Del Rey singing the theme song to Sleeping Beauty that we all remember, “Once Upon a Dream”.

Since the movie is going to be based around the evil Maleficent, played by Angelina Jolie, Lana’s gothic and mysterious voice works perfectly.

We think it sounds great – can’t wait to see the movie!

Photographer:  Nicole Nodland



Angelina Jolie looks terrifying as the evil fairy.