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It's always amazing to see Irish women succeeding in their field – and Marissa Carter certainly is no stranger to success. 

The beauty maverick build her own business based on tan – Cocoa Brown – before launching her own cosmetics brand Carter Beauty last year. 

Never one to shy away from a challenge, Marissa launched all 103 products at once last summer, and they were welcomed by the Irish beauty community with gusto. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now, our Canadian cousins can get in on the Carter action, as Carter Beauty is expanding overseas. 

Irish gals abroad and Canadian beauty zealots alike will be able to pick up Marissa staples, from the Gel Liner lived by Ariana Grande's makeup artist, to her coveted foundations. 

Beauty has always been my passion,' Marissa said. 'Before Cocoa Brown, I owned my own salon, Carter Beauty, and  the satisfaction I go from seeing a woman watch herself transform was second to none.'

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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'Carter Beauty is an ode to that.We want to help women feel confident in themselves. '

 Carter Beauty by Marissa Carter launches this week in Hudson's Bay Shopping Centre, Toronto, with a whopper event on March 22nd and 23rd.

Whether you're overseas yourself or have always wanted your Canadian pals to experience Irish makeup products, this is fab news from an Irish female entrepreneur. 

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Shockingly, two people have been pronounced dead as a result of the deadly Toronto shooting. A child was reported critically injured early this morning, but it has not been confirmed whether she is the second victim.

Our hearts go out the families, as Toronto police say the girl is just eight or nine years old and was injured along with 12 others. 

The shooting took place in the city’s Greektown district when a large crowd was walking down the street.

The motive behind the attack is unknown, but it has been reported that the shooter targeted at least two cafes or restaurants, according to BBC News.

Canadian media has footage of the alleged shooter. He has been described as a white male with a dark baseball hat and dark clothing, carrying a shoulder bag. He is shown pulling out a handgun before firing.

The Globe and Mail reported that the gunman terrified civilians in a cafe called the Demetres when he opened fire and injured customers. He also fired into a crowd waiting to cross the street.

The paper interviewed one of the witnesses, Andrew Matzios, who was in this crowd when he saw the shooter coming towards them.

‘He had this horrible expression on his face,' Andrew recalled the experience with horror.

While pedestrians desperately ducked for cover, the gunman continued his frightening rampage, firing into businesses as he passed.

Police verified that the shooter was killed but have not confirmed if he shot himself or was gunned down by officers.

While Canada has a lot fewer shootings than its U.S. neighbour, there has been a major increase in gun violence in recent years.

The number of shootings in Toronto more than doubled between 2014-2017, according to police findings.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau offered his support to victims and called the people of Toronto ‘strong, resilient and brave.’

The Prime Minister has been fighting for stricter background checks. However, debates regarding gun laws continue to cause controversy in Canada.

Our thoughts go out to all affected by the shooting.

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There are certain places in the world that really have to be seen to be believed.

If you are planning a trip for 2017, but have no clue where you want to go, then you have come to the right place.

Whether you are a beach goer, a party animal, or a sight-seeing city lover, we have you covered. 

Check out our top 8 holiday spots for 2017…

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New Orleans, United States

Whether it's music, culture or partying, New Orleans is the city for you!

Gorge on delicious beignets (fried doughnuts) while people watching at the Café du Monde, or take a glorious historical stroll through the French Quarter. 

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The night life in this crazy city is something that needs to be seen to be believed (seriously, the bars don't close), and there is jazz music playing everywhere you go. 

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You can also take a high speed thrill ride down the Bayou swamp, and visit old plantations. 

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Seriously… this ghostly city ticks every SINGLE box. 

Krakow, Poland

The gem of Eastern Europe, visiting Krakow is like something out of a fairytale (but with really cheap booze). 

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While it will be tempting to just go out every night, there are so many amazing things to do in this city that should take precedence. 

Travel 135 metres underground to visit the stunning Wieliczka salt mines, or take a jaunt up to the mountain village of Zakopane, for some serious views (and sledding).

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If you are a history nerd, then you can also tour Auschwitz concentration camp, which may be upsetting but it is something worth seeing. 

All in all, Krakow is perfection. 

Havana, Cuba

Take a step back in time this year, and visit the amazing Cuban city of Havana!

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The beaches, the colours and the CARS are all sights to behold… plus the night life is fantastic. 

While you're there, you absolutely have to try guarapo… it's freshly squeezed sugar cane juice and it is to die for! 

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Havana is one of those places that you can just walk around for hours, and never get bored! 

Toronto, Canada

Canada is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, with cities like Vancouver, Montreal and Calgary all worth a visit. 

However, Toronto is at the top of our Canadian list, and for good reason! 

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Toronto has a booming foodie scene, with deliciousness on every corner. Have a wander through the gloriously bohemian Kensington market, and explore all the amazing food Toronto has to offer. 

When you've had enough to eat, head to the historic distillery district and explore the car-less cobbled streets of what was once the British Empire's largest distillery.

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Also, if you need a break from the city life, you can visit the breathtaking Niagara Falls, which is just 90 minutes away. 

Fan-bloody-tastic. 

Tokyo, Japan

Fancy a trip into the future? Because that is exactly what Tokyo feels like. 

Japan's busy capital city is bursting with culture, excitement and the BEST sushi you will ever taste (obviously).

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Head to the Tsukiji market, and devour some of the freshest, and most delicious food on earth.

Also, if you plan the trip correctly, you could see the beautiful cherry blossoms blooming… which is something Japan is famous for. 

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Not that anyone needs another excuse to visit, but it is important to note that there is also a DISNEYLAND in Tokyo. 

*books flights immediately*

Cape Town, South Africa

This beautiful part of South Africa offers tourists the best restaurants, creativity and outdoor activities (keeping everyone happy). 

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The whole city is breathtakingly beautiful, but beautiful the Table Mountain National Park is really Cape Town's crown jewel.

There are countless tours and adventures to go on, including hiking, biking and cave diving (yes please!). 

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There are also world famous eateries, luxury spas and pretty cool shops through this remarkable city. 

Reykjavik, Iceland

Described by Lonely Planet as "a little city with a big soul", Iceland's capital city is, without a doubt, one of most majestic places in the world. 

The pretty streets are lined with colourful, and beautiful buildings that are all perfectly Insta-worthy. 

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One thing that should not be missed when in this stunning laces is the Aurora Borealis, or the Northern lights.

The music scene in Reykjavik is also unreal, with epic festivals and gigs on all the time. 

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The beauty of Iceland is that it can be done as a long weekend, or a longer holiday. 

Sign us up. 

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A totally loved-up Ellen Page and her surfer/artist girlfriend of several months have now made their public debut as a couple.

Hitting the red-carpet holding hands, the 28-year-old actress and Samantha Thomas, 33, were in Canada for the screening of Freeheld at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Describing herself as “in love,” Ellen also told E! News: “Walking down the carpet holding my girlfriend's hand is pretty special.

“It's pretty awesome.”

Samantha later joined Ellen at the swish Vanity Fair Freeheld after-party, with co-stars Julianne Moore and Steve Carell making an appearance too.

 

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Another guest was Australian model and Orange Is The New Black actress Ruby Rose, 29, who later posted a snap of her and Ellen to her Instagram account. 

Ms Moore, 54, had earlier also made full use of her social media presence, calling Ms Page her “wifey,” on Twitter as the duo promoted their flick yesterday afternoon.

Ellen had revealed that she was gay during an emotional speech at the influential Time To Thrive conference in February of last year. 

The X-men star said afterwards she was the most nervous she had ever been in her life while giving the speech.

 

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Tia Duffy, Ireland’s leading plus-sized model, has just been taken on by the Plutino Group in Canada, she revealed today exclusively to SHEmazing! She was signed on the spot by managing director Cathy LeDrew, the highly-respected former booker at Ford Models.

Dubliner Tia Duffy has a new agent in Canada 

 

“I'm the only Irish model on the books and the agency has a few plus size models who regularly feature in magazines throughout the US and Canada,” Tia explains. “It's so fantastic to have representation from such a prestigious agency; I'm still on cloud nine.”

And the 26-year-old Dubliner has already had her first shoot with Plutino. “The styling over here is very different to Ireland,” she adds. “The shots need to be more natural with less make up.

“But the response to plus-size modelling and my look in general has been all positive so far.”

Modelling on location in New York

 

After successfully building her profile on home-soil, Tia, who is a size-14, says she’s been living out of a suitcase for the last month as she gets set up in Toronto. “It's been a struggle I'm not going lie but when I turn up on set to model I’m always reminded why I packed up and left everything to chase this dream.”

She has recently been working on location in the likes of Washington, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. She is also regularly in New York, and a plus-sized industry documentary starring Tia, Inside Skinny, begins shooting there soon.

Although she’s been involved in the industry for seven years, Tia got her first big break when she entered Simply Be’s plus-size search four years ago, beating thousands of entrants to win the competition. She’s represented by Assets in Ireland, but says in North America she’s still very much “a small fish in a big pond”.

Tia says she's still very much finding her feet

 

“Most agencies and castings are in the centre of the city in a back alley somewhere that has no name or number," Tia says of finding her feet in unfamiliar areas. "I usually leave two hours before my appointments because I ALWAYS get lost,” she laughs.

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