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  • Brides on Trend –The Top Knot

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

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    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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  • 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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  • Hair Care Giveaway!

    Tuesday 28 June 2022 - Blog Competitions, Beauty - Tags: hair, hair-care-giveaway, competition

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    Because the sun is a'blazing, and we're feeling extra chipper this morning, we have a great giveaway for you Wollies!!! We have four fabulour Redken Colour Extend Sun products for you to get your mitts on, all you have to do isleave a comment here on the blog telling us: What do you love most about the summer?

    Be sure to like us on Facebook too if you haven't already! That's very important all together.

    Winner will be annouced on the Old Faithful forum on Friday July 1st! BEST O'LUCK!

    A bit about the collection:

    Color Extend Sun delivers advanced protection for colour-treated and highlighted hair exposed to sun, sea, or pool. Redken's exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and the Hydra-Shield Complex protect natural hair colour, highlights and colour-treated hair from UV damage and fading while rebalancing moisture in sunstressed tresses. Moisture rich Mango Oil helps prevent dryness and cares for sun-stressed strands by offering intense replenishment and softness.

    Color Extend Sun Waterwear is Redken's first water-resistant treatment for hair that defends sun-exposed tresses leaving hair with a natural look and feel. The concentrated balm forms an invisible barrier that helps shields hair colour & highlights from water and sun damage while helping to protect the integrity of each strand. In addition, it forms a long-lasting humidity resistance seal that resists frizz and flyaways.

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  • Wedding headpieces fit for a Princess

    Tuesday 10 May 2022 - Fashion - Tags: wedding-jewellery, hair-accessories, tiaras, veils, headpieces, hair

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    Headpieces by Stacey Hannan Designs

    By Karen Birney

    After that wedding last month, tiaras are officially back in vogue. Whereas for many brides tiaras are seen as being a bit too traditional, Kate showed us they can be worn with sophistication, simplicity and class. If you are still airing on the side of caution, hair-wise, you can easily do a take on the tiara with gorgeous pins, headbands, and slides. Now few of us can hit the stores and find ourselves a vintage Cartier fit for a Queen, but not to worry, there are so many brilliant Irish designers creating delicate pieces to adorn the crowns of brides today that we needn’t lose any sleep!

    And what better way to see these stunning pieces than on the brides themselves?! Compiled by Karen Birney

    Just click to see more Wedding headpieces, Jewellery,Tiaras & Veils!

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    All designs by Rangoli

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    Bidcage veils by Cel Design

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  • I Love a good Veil

    Tuesday 25 May 2022 - Fashion - Tags: veil, hair, hairpiece

    Few things are to me as elegant and beautiful as a veil. I love the symbolism of it, I love that the only appropriate time to wear a white veil is at your wedding. And I love how it makes a bridal look come together like nothing else can. It doesn't matter if you are a style fiend or as traditional as they come, there is a veil for everyone. These are my favourites.


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  • Oregon Designer: Elizabeth Dye

    Wednesday 21 April 2022 - Fashion - Tags: hair, hairpiece, cream, dress

    This week I came across designer Elizabeth Dye from Portland, Oregon. She owns a store call The English Dept where she carries leading bridal designers and her own line of gowns. The below images are from her very own collection, I love these designs. They are so soft, feminine and stylish...and the best news? You can buy her reasonably priced designs on Etsy! Here is the link.

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  • And for the Hair?

    Tuesday 26 May 2022 - Beauty - Tags: hair

    Yesterday's research into veils got me thinking about my hair. My dress is strapless, mermaid cut, very classic in design (and the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!). So I want something that won't detract from the look. Also my fiancé is a bit shorter than me so I don't want anything too high on my head. I also have a bit of insecurity about my ears...which goes back to my childhood and one kid calling me 'Dumbo'...oh the scars of an 8 year old boys flippant comment! Anywho I want to stay away from anything to severe. These are a couple I found.

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