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  • Brides on Trend –The Top Knot

    Wednesday 18 April 2022 - Beauty - Tags: beauty, hair

    bride with high bun top knot hair
    Top image: Hair by Davey Davey | Left: via TheKnot | Right: Hilary Duff

    The top knot is the newest hair trend for the elegant, refined bride. Heights and degrees vary to suit each individual but generally the hair is pulled top the top of the crown, neatly and softly, showing off the neckline and making room for a stunning headpiece or veil.

    A high bun is a timeless style, it looks less complicated and therefore less fussy than the popular bridal chignon. If you haven’t been blessed with a lustrous full mane (we hear ya sista), a donut is your best option to create a big, buoyant bun. Donuts provide shape and support to the bun and are very easy to use if you want to try doing your own hair.

    Try not to pull the hair back too much -you don’t want to look like a startled ballerina for the day and be left with a pounding headache for the wedding night! But also remember that wear it too loose and you may be at risk of looking a tad ‘day-after-the-night-before‘. You need to get it just right so that it says complete elegance, but also seems natural and easy.

    Only go for this look if you are happy to be very ‘out there’ for the day, there is nowhere to hide when you’ve pulled the hair back off your face unless you’ve opted for a birdcage veil, so make sure you are content with your side profile and your make-up. Don’t be afraid to go for statement earrings to make your whole look ‘pop’.

    Compiled by Karen Birney.

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    Top two images by Jessica Claire | Main image by Jonas Peterson via OnceWed | Bridesmaid dress image from Lela Rose for Dessy | Bride in mirror, hair by The Hair Mob | Bride in fur hair by Bridal Hair by Marie (Hickey) | Smiling bride with crystal earrings photo by Eric Savo

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  • You get Vaseline*! Win the Vaseline Essential Moisturiser Collection

    Friday 6 January 2022 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: competition, beauty, vaseline

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    As we head into January we may be feeling a little battered after the winter months. We find ourselves this week making promises to run three miles every morning before work, or to put a halt to the snacking, or to swap our morning coffee for prune juice. Which is all well and good, and we'll be all the better for it (even just 'til we pack it in in two weeks time), but while we're cleansing, toning and strengthening the inside, we might well think about the outside. My mother always nags me about taking better care of my skin (or I'll regret it, she says, menacingly) and so I've decided to take heed and start developing a little moisturiser habit for myself, and I think with money in mind, I'll be hitting the high street for my fix.

    One lucky lady won't need to venture outside to get hers however as this week we have the Vaseline Essential Collection to give away. The essential range includes: Essential Moisture, Aloe Fresh and Cocoa Radiant. Aloe Fresh is the lightest-feeling body lotion of the three, it smells like cucumber and summer and leaves skin feeling fresh and revitalised. Essential Moisture, containing nourishing oat extract, leaves skin feeling soft and non greasy and is perfect for last minute moisturising before leaving the house. Cocoa Radiant is the perfect winter moisturiser. It has a rich texture and leaves skin with a radiant, luxurious glow and smells yummy!

    To win this collection just answer the following question:

    What top piece of beauty advice did your mother (or aunty or big sister) give you?

    Leave your answer in a comment under this blog post, using your WeddingsOnline USER NAME. And sure, wouldn't ya like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter) while your around?!

    T&Cs: Competition is open to residents of Ireland only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. You must be a registered WeddingsOnline user to enter. Competition ends at 2pm Friday 13th January. Winner will be chosen at random and that decision is final. No cash alternative.

    *We can't get this out of our heads


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  • Win lots of Smashbox Products!

    Monday 24 October 2021 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: competition, primer, make-up, beauty, smashbox

    We said we had something planned for you didn't we?! We're BIG fans of Smashbox in WeddingsOnline HQ and can't get enough of the new Girls on Film collection. But our fave items from the whole lot are the very sexy, very dramatic, and very convenient day-to-night cute-but-chic palettes Smokebox and Softbox.

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    Softbox comprises of six everyday shades -mostly creams and browns with a little burnt orange pigmentation. Delish. Smokebox is its sultry sister with some darker shades -blacks and blues. Now if the fact that you just read 'black and blue' has you a little shaken up don't fret -both palettes have a little label on the back with some tips for application. Sure you've no excuse.

    And, because we love you, we're also giving away the Snap you're Fab Holiday Lipgloss set with six of the most popular Smashbox lipgloss shades!

    FURTHER MORE! We have the award winning Behind the Lens Primer set to give away. Which is brilliant for getting your complexion photo-ready but reducing shine and redness.

    Now, who said they didn't like Mondays?!

    To enter, simply answer the following question by leaving a comment using YOUR WEDDINGSONLINE USERNAME underneath this post,

    Question: What make-up/beauty product can you not live without over winter? (Check out our top 10 picks HERE!)

    and sure, wouldn't ya like us on Facebook while your around??!

    T&Cs: Competition is open to residents of Ireland only. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. You must be a WeddingsOnline user to enter. Competition ends at 2pm Friday 28th October. Winner will be chosen at random and that decision is final. No cash alternative.

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  • Winter Beauty Must Haves for the Bride-to-Be

    Friday 21 October 2021 - Beauty - Tags: hair, beauty

    By Karen Birney

    Right guys, time to get the white flags out, winter is here. Every year I'm dragged kicking and screaming into November, donned in a filthy maxi dress with nothing but an aging cardy to hide my shame (my goosebumps, that is). However this year I've come prepared. I have this weekend earmarked for upgrading my wardrobe (leather elbow patches for cardies, boots heeled, new shiny buttons for old winter coats) and I have already flushed out my make-up bag.

    As you are probably well aware, winter brides really need to look after their skin. Chapping is not a good look to sport on your wedding day. But while you need to take care of yourself, you are also on the go almost 24/7 with appointments, work, babies, or parties so you need to have on-the-go skincare, as well as some very transportable quick make-up fixes.

    Alas, I present to you my Top 10 Make-up and Beauty Products for Busy Brides this Winter! (Aka 'What-I-will-have-in-my-own-make-up -bag-til-March-possibly-April-next-year')


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    1. Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub This is like a mini exfoliator for your tender lips, and is great at removing any dry skin from chapping without damaging the delicate skin. Only problem is trying no to eat it.

    2. Julie Hewett Camellia Balm in Pink As well as looking pretty and feminine, this lipbalm is a handy 2-in-1. If you find youself with excess on your fingers, rub it into your cuticals to soften and moisturise. Genious.

    3. MAC Pigment in Tan This is the most perfect little pot to bring you from the office to your bridal appointments or mini work bridal shower, and gives an instant lift to tired eyes. Just line a scraping under the lower lashes and BAM, you look like a megastar. I've had mine for nearly 5 years, so it's great value too at about €24.

    4. Smashbox Smokebox Eye Palette This is my newby, and a very welcome addition to my make-me-look-presentable-after-eight-hours-in-the-office bag. These two are limited editions from Smashbox but if you want to get your hands on them, pop back here on Monday, we have a little suprise for you!

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    5. Clinique High Impact Curling Mascara My current favourite for va-va-voom mascara. My reason for including this in the winter beauty list is because I get really watery eyes in the cold wind and have found that this mascara doesn't run and sting like some others. That's a winner in my eyes. (badum)

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    6. Redken Powder Grip 03 Mattifying Hair Powder One word: Amazingness. This is your go-to for on-the-go beauty in hair. No time to shampoo but roots feeling a little on the greasy side? Pepper yourself up and rub in. Also, if you've no room in your clutch for hairspray but can't live without some volume in your hair, Bob's you teapot (darn advertising!)

    7. Art Deco Lipstick in Red 03 My staple red lippie. And probably the red that will go well with all skintones. Winner.

    8. No7 Total Renewal Microdermabrasion A new skin for about €15, though if yours is sensitive I suggest giving it a miss. For me, it's the best exfoliator I've ever used.

    9. Aveda Hand Relief To keep hands well moisturised over the winter, though I suggest using a suncream underneath.

    10. American Apparel Nail Lacquer in Red This will be on my nails all winter long, and makes me feel super glam!


    So, what's in your make-up bag wishlist for winter? Let us know below!

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  • Beauty Competition!

    Monday 3 October 2021 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: competition, beauty, beauty-giveaway, nuxe, skincare


    Nuxe Competition 

    It's competition time here at WOL! We want to give one of our fabulous Wollies some Nuxe moisturising products, including face cream, lip moisturising stick, foot cream and face and body cleansing gel!

    To be in with a chance of winning and to have baby-soft skin, leave us a comment, using your WOL username, telling us what are/ were your wedding colours/ theme.

    We'll pick a winner at random and announce it on the Old Faithful Forum on Friday, October 7! Also, make sure to ‘like’ us on Facebook to be in with a chance of winning even more great competitions!

    Good luck ladies! x

    * Competition closes on Friday October 7, at 1 p.m.Only open to residents of Ireland.

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  • Winter Wedding 2011/12 Trend Report -Part 3

    Thursday 15 September 2022 - Fashion, Decor Inspiration, Beauty - Tags: trends, red, beauty, wedding, decor, winter, food, shoes, cover-ups

    By Karen Birney

    Part 3 and the final part of our Winter Wedding Trend Report! Hope you've enjoyed checking out all the WeddingsOnline picks for a winter wedding. And remember: It's the most wonderful time of the year (except if you've to commute to work on public transport, obvs).

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    Quick links: Utah Bride Blog / Amy Carroll Photography / Confetti UK / OneWed / House of Fraser / Debenhams / River Island

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  • Beauty Giveaway!

    Wednesday 10 August 2022 - Beauty, Blog Competitions - Tags: competition, redken, haircare, thinning-hair, beauty-giveaway, beauty

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    It's a wet Wednesday, and you need some pampering... so here's WOL to the rescue! If you fancy a chance of winning the Redken Intra Force collection, including shampoo, toner and treatment, all you have to do is: Leave your name (WOL username) in the thread 'Redken Competition' in the Old Faithful forum! It's that simple! We'll then pick a winner at random from the thread! Also make sure to like us on Facebook if you have already, that's where we announce our competitions and you don't want to be missing out on free stuff now do you!?

    Good luck chicks!x

    *Competition will close Friday 12th August at 1pm. Only open to residents of Ireland.

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  • My Beauty Diary

    Thursday 5 November 2021 - Advice, Beauty - Tags: beauty, diary, beauty-regime-for-wedding, skincare, skincare-for-wedding-day

    This is an article in the latest issue of B Magazine, but I thought I would put it up because thanks to all the help I got, this beauty regime works...try it!

    I have always feared being high maintenance. I strived to be the girl who wore hardly any make-up, who could be ready in 20 minutes and who was happy to throw her wet hair in a pony tail and call it good. It was not until I started working for a magazine that the reality hit me...I am high maintenance and... I like it. I don’t go anywhere without make-up on, I need at least an hour to get ready and I style my hair every day, I have about 15 different types of shampoos and conditioners and about 30 different types of hair and skin products that I use on a regular bases (not to mention the other 15 for special occasions) and my strict skincare regime is as constant in my life as my three meals a day. I know beauty is fleeting and that there are far more important things to worry about than the shade of my teeth, but I want to feel confident and beautiful as I walk up the aisle. So I called in the experts; I talked to Laura, owner of the reputable Advanced Laser Light.

    Week 6: Beauty Reality Bites! I am going to need more than facials, mud masks and exfoliations to get my skin in tip top shape, so I made an appointment with Laura from Advanced Laser Light in Dublin.

    Laser Acne Treatment: I was nervous at the thought of lasers, but I heard it was the best way to get to the core of problem areas. It was obvious Laura knew exactly what she was doing. The first thing she does with every bride is a consultation which includes something called skin mapping. She put my face under a special light which showed every single blemish, clogged pore and sun say it was frightening is an understatement, it was horrifying. All my years of sun beds and beach holidays have left disgusting marks underneath my skin; it made me want to cry. But Laura, being the kind and encouraging person that she is, was there to console my deepening insecurities by telling me that what I saw on my face is normal. She reminded me that the point of the skin mapping is for her to see how she can make my skin look the best it can, not make me want to cry.

    She decided my most problematic area was the spots and pores on my chin and to do a low dose of the laser acne treatment for the area. Once again, the word ‘laser’ threw me a little, especially considering my extremely low pain threshold. But the treatment took about four minutes and felt like a little pinch, and then it was over. The lasers bring the bacteria to the surface in order to clear the pores. Laura warned me that I would break out after having the treatment. I have had quite a few spots the last couple days.

    Find skincare products: I am trying Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturiser and La Roche Posay Effa Clar.  I know that it is not the best time to be trying new products, but I have heard great things about these two. They seem to be just the thing to tone down breakouts and smooth my skin.

    Hair Masque: I love Pureology, so I decided to try their Essential Repair Masque. The best thing to do is use it weekly from now till the wedding.

    Week 5-The Tanning Bed Confession.... I have been completely stressed out this week. I am moving into a new apartment, and trying to get all our invitations out. My beauty routine is really the last thing on my mind; I did manage to fit in another trip to Laura at Advanced Laser Light.

    Get a Facial:  After my laser treatment last week, the next step was a Medibac facial. The facial lasted about an hour and half and was like heaven. It was just what I needed this week. Laura started by cleansing my skin, then a two part exfoliation and then she did the extractions (in laymen’s terms ‘spot popping’), she then did a relaxing neck and shoulder message and finished by applying a mask. I felt really refreshed and relaxed, and my skin is looking great.

    The tanning begins! Confession... I use sun beds. I don’t condone it, but I abhor fake tan and the beds really are the most natural tan without actually going somewhere with sun. I started with five minutes; I am hoping to go a couple times every week, gradually adding minutes.

    Week 4-Swine Flu Protection I haven’t been sleeping, my mind refuses to switch off at night and for the first time in my life, I have developed mouth ulcers, which I am told is caused by stress. I checked on and it seems to be a common occurrence with brides.

    Stock up on Vitamins: The chemist suggested I start taking a dose of vitamins every day which will help the ulcers and give my immune system a boast (one of the reasons I am not sleeping is fear of catching the swine flu). So I bought a daily vitamin drink full of all the different nutrients, I also picked up a pack for H2B!

    Eye Brow Trial:My sister gave me a good piece of advice; get an eye brow wax trial a month before the wedding, this avoids the ‘missing half an eye brow’ disaster the week of the wedding.

    Week 3- Skinsational Results My skin is looking great! After a couple weeks of breakouts from the various treatments, I can really see a big difference in how smooth my skin is. It is so rewarding to see the results after all the hard work.

    Thread Vein Removal:  I went into Advanced Laser Light one last time to have a couple unsightly thread veins removed around my nose. In all honesty, I had never paid attention to them before, but now that they are gone, I can see a big difference.

    Exfoliating Facial: Laura was happy with the progress after the acne treatment, but wanted to do one more facial for deeper exfoliation and to close the pores to prevent further break outs.

    Dermalogica Products: She sent me away with two items she calls miracle workers; Dermalogica Active Moist and the Daily Resurfacer. She said they would be just the thing to give my oily, acne prone skin that dewy bridal glow. I am using the Resurfacer for exfoliation every other day.


    Week 2- Final Touches This week is about getting things done. I tried to be as prepared as possible, but with all the other wedding odds and ends, I have found it quite difficult to fit everything in.

    Starflower Oil: Laura is known as my new best friend around the office. The woman is amazing! She recommended I start taking Starflower Oil tablets every day. Hormones are one of the major causes of blemishes, and the Starflower helps control the effect hormones have. I started yesterday and can already see a big difference

    Final Hair Cut and Hair Dye: I want my hair to be as long as possible for the wedding day so I asked for a slight trim. I want it to look healthy, but also want to leave a bit of time for it to grow out again if there was a chopping disaster. I usually get a half head of highlights but this time I went for the full so that no matter which way I wear my hair, it would be covered.

    Teeth Whitening: I picked up a pack of white strips. They are supposed to be used twice daily for 14 days. As an avid coffee drinker, my teeth desperately needed a little polish!

    Week  1-So this is what it feels like... Even though I have been planning it for months, it’s the weirdest thing in the world that it’s actually here! I feel stressed, exhausted and genuinely happy.  All I can think I am getting married (and gosh, my skin looks awesome)!

    Hair Trial:I would have done this much earlier but my wedding is in America, so this is the only time I can do it. I scoured the internet and magazines before our appointment and brought a photo into show her what I wanted. I had used the stylist before for a wedding so I knew I liked her, and my trial went great!

    Final Tan: Five days before the wedding I had my last tanning session.

    Make-up Trial:Again, this would have been better much earlier but I am very pleased with what we have decided to do.

    Massage:Stress causes breakouts and under eye circles, so the massage was a must (or so I told my penny pinching fiancé).

    Get Some Sleep: This is much easier said than done, my mind is going a million miles a minute. I really don’t want to be exhausted on my wedding day and that tired droopy eyed look is near impossible to hide.

    Contact Laura at Advanced Laser light:

    Advanced Laser Light

    Dublin, Cork, Limerick

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