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Look Good Feel Good - 30 Jun 2009
In aid of the Marie Keating foundation - New makeup guide for ordinary women.
In aid of the Marie Keating Foundation.......
At last, a make-up book that focuses on the needs of ordinary women instead of demonstrating on flawless models we simply can't compete with. Look Good Feel Good focuses on six ordinary women with extraordinary stories and shows how make up transformed their looks and self esteem.
The book is designed in an easy to understand format and includes two main sections entitled Know the Basics and Learn the Secrets. It also has a dedicated chapter relating to skin, nail and wig care – Beauty during and after Cancer Treatment.
It covers many of the day to day makeup problems encountered by women, such as deciding which makeup brushes to buy, using the correct foundation, choosing the right eye shadow colours, step by step guides to creating daytime, evening and smokey eye looks. It also demonstrates some of the more technical artistry of makeup application, such as concealing scars, wrinkles and acne, caring for teenage skin, recreating eyebrows and eyelashes lost through chemotherapy, and makeup for looking younger.
Look Good Feel Good has been written and published by two of the Irelands leading figures in the Irish beauty industry Award Winning Professional Makeup Artist Rhona Cullinan and Derek O Kelly, director at the Irish Academy of Beauty. Forward is by Ronan Keating and proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Marie Keating Foundation. Photos by Beta Bajgartova.
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Irish Beauty Magazine - 30 Jun 2009
Dipping a toe in spa waters.
Irish Beauty Magazine is published ten times a year by AIT (Associated Irish Therapists) and is read widely by beauty therapists, spa professionals, holistic health practitioners, not to mention hotel and day spa owners.
Expect to read articles about the latest products, therapies, spa trends, training, recruitment and the business of running a spa.
This month Spa Ireland has contributed in two sections. Our report from the 3rd Global Spa Summit in Interlaken is published in full and we also comment a special feature about how to get mature clients to dip their toes in spa waters.
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Aveda Spa at Carton House - 15 Jun 2009
Are your chakras balanced?
Most of the time we plod along just like everyone else wishing Friday would come faster but there are some days when this really is the Carlsberg job.
Carton House, set in over 1,000 acres of natural parkland, has recently switched spa products to what would seem to be a very natural fit, Aveda and the nice people at Aveda and Deirdre O'Brien, Sales Manager at Carton persuaded me to try out the new treatment menu at the spa.
I opted for the Aveda Chakra™ Balancing Massage which is described as "an innovative massage experience that focuses on the seven chakra centres using a variety of massage techniques." This is a treatment for anyone who feels a little out of sorts and your therapist will invite you to choose from a selection of Aveda blended oils which will be used in your treatment, the theory being you'll pick the one you need.
Transpired my heart was in need of a little TLC and my chakras needed sandalwood, organic mandarin and palmrosa. My therapist, Sinead also applied blue oil (a blue camomile and peppermint combination) to soothe tight muscles, mainly around my shoulders and neck (all that hunching over a laptop on the non-Carlsberg-job days).
Aveda promise that combining their Chakra™ Balancing Blends with deep tissue massage, reflexology and chakra energy work will lead to "stress relief, decreased muscular tension and increased energy". Have to say I'd agree and whilst this may not be the cheapest treatment you will ever have - €105.00 for one hour and fifteen minutes - it does feel like a very effective and personalised treat.
Throughout the summer Carton House will offer special value packages so keep an eye out here for for the best deals.
Irish Tatler - Best Holistic Spa 2009 - 15 Jun 2009
Yauvana Spa at the Kingsley wins top award.
Recently announced winner of Irish Tatler’s Best Holistic Spa 2009, Yauvana Spa at the 5-star Kingsley Hotel, Cork is a worthy winner of this prestigious award.
Ireland’s only fully customised Ayurvedic Spa, all of its therapists are from Kerala in Southern India, the home of Ayurveda so it's safe to say they really know what they are about.
The Spa is headed up by Dr Anu,also from Kerala, who travelled to Dublin recently to collect the award.
To check out the current packages available at the Kingsley click here
Ritz Carlton Exclusive Day Package - 08 Jun 2009
Only €155 per person - Exclusive to Spa Ireland
Spa Ireland are delighted to extend a very special offer exclusive to Spa Ireland users.
This special spa package at ESPA at the Ritz Carlton includes 4 treatments, lunch and use of the fabulous Spa facilities including - Swarovski Crystal lit-Indoor Pool, Hammam Suite, Vitality Pool, Thermal Suite and Serenity Room.
The package can be purchased as a Spatreat voucher for someone you love or if you are feeling self indulgent, why not gift yourself with this very special spa day..
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