Neelu White has been in the beauty business for 33 years and her customer base is loyal. Photograph: Martin Maher

The little lines on my forehead are diminished, and is that a defined jawline?

Snapchat: It was nice knowing you. YOLO!!

It’s repetitive, shallow and tedious, and more addictive than cigarettes. I miss it

Tried and tested: starting months in advance can really benefit your skin

Depending on how dark your natural colour is, roots can need to be touched up by the hairdresser every six weeks. Photograph: Edgardo Contreras/Getty Images

Keep your hair looking its best between salon appointments with these inexpensive gems

Eye products that work hard for you

Tried and tested: Save pennies and handbag space with these multiple-use marvels

“What my parents deem a suitable wedding gift is not what I would give my just-married friends.”

It’s a sensitive topic filled with pitfalls... Too little? Too much? Practical? Traditional?

Beauty: it’s only by reading the labels that you can separate the worthwhile from the waste of money

AHAs such as glycolic acid resurface the epidermis, and also help boost collagen production, two things that really help in the fight against fine lines.

Tried and tested: These products are packed with SPFs and vitamins to make your skin plump and soft

Aoife Mulvenna, architect and blogger

Fashion forward: this week's fashion news and style tips

Lip service - return of the gloss

Once upon a time the goal was lips that sparkled like the sun, but this came at a price

Tried & Tested: Spring is in the air, so time to showcase a little sheen

Fashion Forward: Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder makeup collection

My belief system that valued trusted classics over celebrity collab products has crumbled

if you’re older than seven, a homemade macaroni frame won’t cut it

Senz° aerodynamic umbrella, €54.95 from Arnotts

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

MAC’s not-yet-released Basic Bitch colour palette

MAC is to release a new nine-shade neutral matte and metallic collection which is anything but 'basic'

A long day or night out doesn’t mean your make-up should come sliding off

Green green slacks (€549) and top (€419) by Ganni, available at Arnotts. Photograph: Kieran Harnett

Fashion Forward: Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Photograph: iStock

For those with skin issues a serum can make a visible difference

Tried and tested: When spots appear it’s time to bring in the big guns. Here are some that actually work

The first versions of silicone blenders resembled the ‘chicken fillets’ teenagers put in their bras and were bad for application due to their shape. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Beauty: Bloggers are going to ridiculous lengths to copy the ‘Evie Blender’

Moisturisers should act like a warm winter coat for your face

Diane von Furstenberg pink floral coat, €497; Benetton’s seamless jumper, and George Bryan equestrian pendants

Fashion Forward: Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Three eyeliners and a lipliner are yours at the click of a Bic-style pen in Stylo 4 Couleurs

The tools for brighter eyes

The best way to achieve this is by having a good night’s sleep. But sometimes that’s just not the way things go

Sliquid Natural Gel range, available from ‘The skin might be the largest organ in the body, but it’s our intimate areas that absorb ingredients the fastest’

Beauty: Chuck out the tingling, warming rubbish and replace them with natural lubricants

Sweetheart Blush from Two Faced (€29 Debenhams) ; Bobbi Brown Eye Cheek Palette London (€55 Brown Thomas); Rose 31 Eau De Parfum (€60; Catrice lipstick €5.50

Valentine’s Day is a chance to spoil yourself with some of these beauties

Coach Jane Shortall leading the fun with a dance routine

‘What’s not to enjoy about a weekend of healthy vegetarian food, long walks in the country, restorative yoga – and hip-hop dance c(...)

“If you suffer from red cheeks, like so many Irish women, try popping some green goop all over them.”

Thick green sludge is the saviour of rosy-cheeked women, so slap it on

Revlon Brow Fantasy and Pencil Gel (€11.49);
Maybelline Brow Precise Fibre Volumizer (€9.99 Boots);
Mac Brow Set (€18 Brown Thomas and Arnotts);
Sleek MakeUp Eyebrow Stylist (€8.49 Boots)

Eyebrow products are not worth spending a fortune on – and beware of over-promisers

Ashford Castle is offering a Winter Wellness Escape for two, with two nights’ b&b, detox dinner for two and pampering treatments,  at €495 per person sharing

Voted Ireland’s best hotel by Travel + Leisure, this is a very luxurious place for a detox

“Last Christmas as a joke my friends got a jumper that said ‘I’m gay, disabled and still have sex’. I love it. They also got me one that says ‘Gorge’. Spot the gay right?’”

He stole the hearts of viewers on last night’s First Dates Ireland TV show and since then it’s been a bit emotional for Dubliner P(...)

Lady Gaga in the latest ad campaign for Tiffany & Co, which airs at the Superbowl this weekend

This week’s fashion news and style tips. (Get yourself a pink jumper)

A combination of voodoo and plain old sense seems to be helping

Beauty: it takes a combination of factors to keep blisters down, including one for the birds

Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing & Make-Up Remover Wipes (€9.33,; Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream (€35 Boots); Redken’s Cleansing Cream Clarifying shampoo (€21.00,

Post-workout products to make you look as good as you feel after your gym session

Apparently the wrong brush can do your hair a lot of damage so opt for boar bristle hairbrush

Key to maintaining long hair is not to overdo it on the washing, drying and brushing

A selection of top skincare products to help you get those lines down at night

 If you have that ‘Sex and the City’ scene in your mind, the one where Samantha’s face resembles a disintegrating tomato, you need a little updating on facial peels

Today’s peels come in varying strengths and can be personalised to your skin’s needs

Preen at 52 Dame Street, Dublin, is my go-to hairdresser recommendation for both colour and cuts

Up your hair game to leave your locks bright, refreshed and with a glossy shine

Look as young as you feel: over time retinol will help the skin get used to rejuvenating itself. Photograph: iStock

This wonder skincare ingredient delivers luminous skin – and no needles are involved

Beauty treats for sensitive types don’t have to hurt, you know

Elemis Cleansing Balm (€56.50) Debenhams

The party’s over – here’s how to take it off

Even if you normally avoid oil cleansers  consider using them today, as your skin needs all the hydration it can get

The remedy for dehydrating revelry is to put moisture back into skin from inside and out

Tom Ford eye defining pen (€54); Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Bedroom Black (€25); Benefit’s Stay Don’t Stray eyeshadow primer (€28.50); SoSue Luxury Lashes (€19.95) SoSue Throwaway lashes (€5.95); Nars Sarah Moon Eyeshadow Duo in Indes Galante (€36); Burberry Shimmer Dust in Gold Glitter (€24)

Put your party face on for New Year's Eve

A slice of lemon in warm water is a natural detoxifier

Swap your expensive serum for a diet that includes spinach and pineapple

Bumblebee necklace and gold lurex Bella Freud sweater emblazoned with the year 1970

Weirs, Seagreen, the Denim Bar and Oasis offer a cornucopia of December fashion

 Swamp Rose scarf from  Ciara Silke’s new collection; conflict-free diamonds from; and  earrings  from the Prism collection by Boodles, priced €12,000. Dream on

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Launched only a few weeks ago, The Ordinary has already set the beauty world alight with its no frills, very affordable skincare. Photograph: Jonathan Knowles/Getty Images

New beauty brand taking on premium rivals contains ingredients that actually work

The Ordinary’s Vitamin C Suspension 23% + HA Spheres 2% (€5.80);Intense Butter Gloss (€7.75) NYX; The Gold Standard iLust Eyeshadow Palette (€9.49)

Buy cheap, buy twice – but not with these excellent yet pocket-friendly products

60 per cent of the clothing goes back on to the market –  sold by the kilo mostly to Africa and eastern Europe

The I:CO sorting plant in Germany goes to great lengths to stop clothes being thrown away

AHAs and BHAs are alpha and beta hydroxy acids and are mostly found in cleansers. Photograph: Getty Images/Science Photo Libra

A guide to understanding the chemicals, compounds and properties in today’s skincare

Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% (€46.50,;  Sweep Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads (€11.99 for 60 at Boots)

Powerful performers that are worth investigating

Lips should be exfoliated as often as the face – once or twice a week in the winter

Exfoliation isn’t something you would associate with lips, but it is essential

Tried and Tested: The six best lipsticks, glosses, stains and pencils to add to your makeup bag

“I’m not sure whether Boots remains the one-stop beauty shop for the teenagers of today.”

As a teenager, I loved perusing the aisles of Boots on Saturday afternoons

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup SPF 10, €37

A fragrant hot cloth cleanser, an efficient dry shampoo and other stalwarts for you to try

The application and removal of a facemask doesn’t just solve your skin woes, it also provides the perfect excuse to slow down and take some time to yourself. The perfect combination really. Photograph: Jonathan Storey/Getty Images

I spent a few evenings trying face masks and quickly realised that I have been missing out.

Dublin Herbalist Skincare Restorative Gel Face Mask €29.95 , Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask €35 , Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask €30

We’ve checked out Origins, Ren, Creme de la Mer and a few more

A model walks the runway at the launch of the Kenzo x H&M collection in New York. Photograph: BFA/H&M

The quirky collection makes sense in New York – but in downtown Ireland?

Steal versus splurge: The dress on the left costs €100, the other one carries a price tag of €1,665

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Neill McCabe, Damien Bligh and Stephen O’Reilly of Grown Clothing at their studio in Dublin. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

If anyone is going to make ethical fashion cool, it has to be Grown

The third issue of Franc magazine, which aims is to create intelligent and accessible conversations about fashion, is avilable now. Irish glove queen Paula Rowan is celebrating ten years of her brand this year

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

The result of the course of IPL treatment was visible, but just not worth the pain.  Photograph: iStock

Intense pulsed light was very uncomfortable so I chose a sensible dietary approach

Treat both the causes and symptoms of that flushed appearance with these products

Sophie Milner, fashion blogger; The Romilly  coat, €850, Charlotte and Jane

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Best hotel: Harvey’s Point, Co Donegal

Number of places offering food and hospitality ‘with heart’ is growing

For the first time, customers could buy a selected edit from the Topshop runway immediately after the show

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's style tips and fashion news

Tom Ford liquid eyeliner, €54, Brown Thomas; Nars creamy concealer, €28, Brown Thomas; Chanel lipstick, €35, Boots

A trusted toolkit, from balm to bronzer

The 12-piece collection is made in Longford at Ann O’Reilly’s new production unit and prices are from €650-€1,500, with jewelled collars €195.

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's fashion news and style tips

Next Saturday fashion historian, writer and blogger Ruth Griffin will be conducting one of her final Lost Fashion Tours of the summer

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news

These jeans for €738, from Stella McCartney (left), don’t have a patch on the price of this floral appliqué version for €90 (right), from House of Holland, on Asos.

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

“Style and self-esteem are very intertwined for me. Confidence breathes an energy into clothing that simply can’t be bought!”  Holly White, blogger & TV presenter

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's fashion news and style tips

Clockwise from bottom left: Stella McCartney soft Beckett shoulder bag, €1,375 at Brown Thomas; Givenchy Pandora leather crossbody, €990 at Brown Thomas; River Island black patent croc effect chain handbag, €25 (available now); River Island embroidered handbag, €45; Olgs Berg black clutch, €145 at Arnotts; Arnotts Lulu Guinness hands backpack, €145

Standout accessories for autumn-winter (and a few for right now)

Dominique McMullan on life after a month of being a vegan. Photograph: Alan Betson

Three months after her 30-day vegan challenge, what is Dominique McMullan eating now?

Jessica Blake, fashion blogger: “I wish I didn’t but pressure on myself when I was younger to buy into trends.”

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news

You’ll never have to hide a gravy stain again.

There’s an new Irish app in town

Siobhán Quinn, a former management consultant from Abbeylara, has introduced a range of luxury Irish tweed capes with pure silk linings that cut quite a flamboyant air

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

This outfit from the Arnotts autumn winter show  is chic Victorian space bunny

Embellishment, embroidery, patterns and layering textures will be key looks this winter

Snapchat star James Butler

Plus fashion news like a visitors’ centre in Co Clare, a printed silk scarf and Louis Vuitton’s latest luggage

This pretty pink wool dress, €350, is from new Irish label Tissue’s current collection, while this green wrap over dress (€79) from COS will see you through to winter while flattering every curve.

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news

Palm-print bikini from Asos, €14.08; Red underwired swimsuit by Huit, €78; Asos maternity swimsuit, €27.46; M&S Collection striped swimsuit, €47.50

Forget all that ‘beach-ready body’ tyranny and check out this flattering swimwear

“Having the most basic LBD paired with colour popping accessories will be the fastest go-to party look you could ever put together.”  Model and blogger Louise O’Reilly

Plus the Dublin hotel with an in-house milliner, and a flamingo steal vs splurge

Cridland is leading the way in sustainable fashion, just this February having released his “30-year Jacket” (€251)

Want clothes that look good and that last? There’s one man to go to

Strap up with the ‘Drew’ Crossbody Bag for €1,740.52 from Chloé or ride into the sunset with this Jodie Saddle Bag for €39.99 from Accessorize

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week's fashion news

A dress from the spring/summer 2016 collection of Irish label We Are Islanders, which "works to cause as little damage as possible to both environment and people within our supply chain"

Fighting the rise of resource-heavy 'fast fashion', some companies are finding ways to make environmentally friendly clothes, whil(...)

Bad habits like finishing work at home can quickly develop. Photograph: iStockphoto

Depression and anxiety among young people is now at an 80-year high

Treat your tootsies with these gold-padded metallic mules for €550 from Gucci, or walk tall in these metallic mules for €29.99 from H&M

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s fashion news and style tips

Tanya Grimson, editor of maven46; oversized A-line blazer from COS; coloured diamonds from Boodles and a yellow raincoat from Regatta at The Great Outdoors

Plus style secrets, heart clutches, summer blazers and luxurious make-up

“We chose the colours because they remind us of things we love about this island– rich green seaweed”

Deirdre McQuillan and Dominique McMullan round up this week's fashion news and style advice

Rihanna’s black lace socks, €14 from; Beyoncé’s Ivy Park bodysuit, €43 from; and Alexa Chung’s Harry top, €53 from M&S

Celebrity collaborations with retailers are everywhere, from Alexa Chung’s 1980s M&S line to Rihanna’s sexy Stance socks

This gold pleated skirt (€47.50) from M&S looks great dressed up, but would work equally well worn with runners or boots and a chunky knit. Same goes for the pink satin bomber jacket from Zara (€39.95). Bombers are popular this season and add a little toughness to this otherwise feminine outfit. The strappy, flat pink shoes (€39.99) from H&M will go with most outfits, and will allow you to dance the night away. Don’t feel the need to wear heels unless that’s what floats your boat. The gold necklace (€18) from Debenhams will add a little bit of detail. Wear a white tank underneath, and you are wedding ready. Whole outfit = €145.44

The arrival of a wedding invitation usually means joy ... and maybe anxiety surround the cost of getting suited and booted. Here a(...)

Also: tights for warmer weather and Stella McCartney’s Brown Thomas collection

City Slim Clutch €59 Stella and Dot, Block heels €60 River Island; Victoria Victoria Beckham Relaxed Silk Shirt €360 Brown Thomas;  Goodall Knit €460 Zoe Jordan at Brown Thomas; Blue stripe midi, €238, Fee G, Cork

The trick with our weather is to be warm, confident and comfortable while showing a bit of skin; and it’s all in the layering

In a major coup for Dublin, Marija Aslimoska of Parfumarija has secured the rights to sell products from one of the oldest and most famous pharmacies in the world, Santa Maria Novella in Florence

Also: Snappy Lingerie from Marks & Spencer, Style V Splurge and diamonds for charity

At last year’s Met ball were: Chloë Sevigny; Beyoncé; Kim Kardashian West, who wore a nude dress; and Cara Delevigne, who railed against Met gown etiquette. Photographs: Getty Images

In preparation for this year’s Met Gala, here is a reminder of last year’s best and worst outfits

At the Madikwe Game Reserve. Photograph: Getty

From the bustle and warmth of its cities to the serenity of its wildlife parks, South Africa proves itself a friendly, vibrant cou(...)

A new book called Slow Fashion highlights the growing importance of sustainable fashion worldwide

Also: Steal v Splurge, in praise of flats, and a touch of sparkle

The obvious stand-out piece from River Island’s new Studio collection is this  navy suede eyelet detail tunic style dress

Dominique McMullan and Deirdre McQuillan round up this week’s style news and tips

A design by Tado studio, inspired by London

Retain creative control and don’t be afraid of the dark: these were among the nuggets of wisdom at the annual design conference

A bag from Livia Firth’s micro collection for M&S.   This summery starburst ensemble of shoes – flats, courts and pumps – is from Dolce & Gabbana’s new Rainbow Lace collection

Also, M&S’s passport to happiness, athleisure and three key accessory investments

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