Sunday, March 1, 2009

Antioxidants: What's all the hype about?

I the last couple months I have come across an ever increasing amount of products offering news ways to keep your age as a number and nothing else!! These new supplements offer anti-aging solutions in tablet form and, alon with SUPERFOODS such as acai, goji berry and, more recently, maqui, have created a new market for companies to fight over. I hav to admit to being interested in antioxidants as there is much mdical evidence to support them.e are some of my favourites:

Dr.Perricone- anything by Dr erricone is excellent. His fce creams work brilliantly after a few days application. He also sells supplements containing extra amounts of the nutrients found in the topica products

Check out for cheaper supplelments including Alpha-Lipoic Acid and DMAE
Use referral code CIL518 for a $5 discount

Acai berry is well worth trying, not only because it is excellent for you but because it has a great taste like a rich raspberry favour

Friday, August 22, 2008

Website Of The Week 2!

Drum roll please!!! And the winner this week is! The 80's and style might seem like antonyms to lot of people but we more enlightened individuals know they have just given in to the well trodden and incorrect path.

When we first encountered 80spurple our heart stopped... and then started beating out in electronic beats! Imagine our horror to discover this treasure trove of 80's inspired fashion and accessories didn't deliver to our wee island of Ireland. Recently we were sadly looking through the beautiful site when we noticed bang they do ship to Ireland, once more my heart beat changed now it was beating out a power ballad!

For men and women the selection of clothing is actually superb, accessories too are a must and with prices like 80spurple has who wouldn't? Eyewear is the best offering very stylish glasses without straying from the decades old them! For all aspiring 80's kids check it out

Monday, August 18, 2008

Mass Market Beauty!

Now I know that it's the done thing on blogs to try and focus on very high end, exclusive and elusive products but the thing is that there are lots of standard fragrances which deserve a mention as well these I shall christen Mass Market Beauties. Why? Well simply put because that's exactly what they are, the odd occasions when massive fashion corporations get it just right!My first nomination is Tommy Hilfiger's True Star Men, fronted originally at least by Enrique Iglesias. This is a sweet scent with a beautiful counter point of rich sour notes. The top notes include grapefruit and base notes include a rich vanilla. These two notes should alone indicate the rich contrapuntal melody that this fragrance possess teasing the sense with the correct balance of soft and sharp notes. This fragrance is comparatively cheap when considered against the more upscale ones normally mentioned at length in fragrance blogs but no less worth the having. It's complex and beautiful collogne for simply beautiful price and in my opinon thats as close to perfection as Tommy will ever get.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Top 5 fragrances to stand out

If you are looking for something a bit different to the normal run of the mill scents then here are five that will keep you coming back for more:

Hermes, Un Jardin Sur le Nil: with green mango as its main note this fragrance is perfectly warm and fruity for the shorter days ahead. When first applied it is quite heavy on fruit but as it dries down the mango fades slightly and the fragrance becomes much more mellow. Its lasting power is quite ok but you will need to refresh during the day if you want to maintain the strong mango scent. Other notes include Grapefruit and smoky pepper.

Acqua di Parma, Fico di Amalfi: This is another fruit scent based on figs. This is much more sugary than the Hermes scent and for readers who are looking for a comforting scent, this is ideal. It reminds me of sweet fruity tea with hints of bergamot and lime after the initial blast of energy.

Montale, Chocolate Greedy: Now for something completely different! This scent is like a sugary cookie straight from the oven. Its so yummy it should be used in a candle ideally but that is not to say it's not wearable. It would be ideal for the dead of winter as it is a very warming scent.

Burberry Touch For Men You may wonder why this fragrance gets a mention here. Well, on a man this fragrance smells quite interesting but on a woman it is remarkable. The mandarin is more pronounced and the violet notes become more feminine. If you are a woman who is sick of bland floral feminine fragrances then try this out now! You won be disappointed.

Tom Ford, Black Orchid: This has to be one of the most intoxicating fragrances I have had the opportunity to sniff in a long time. It starts off with a rush of what can only described as truffle layered fruit basket. On the dry down the vanilla and incense become more prominent. On another blog one sentence has been used to sum this fragrance up "Is it just me, or did somebody drag a cat through this fruit salad?" *I do not agree here at all but one thing is for certain try all these fragrances out before you buy because whatever may be said about them, it all comes down to individual taste.

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Are you Pro or Anti-Crombie?

In recent times Abercrombie & Fitch has become so popular in Dublin that it is giving a lot of people a headache. Many of the people who wear the brand attach so much more significance to it than is deserved. After all, the clothes are not exactly inspiring. Don't get me wrong I love the track pants they make because they are ideal for sports but that's where it ends, in my opinion.

Another thing that's been bugging me is why on Earth is Abercrombie slowly evolving into a soft core adult entertainment company. At this stage their adds are about 90% flesh 8% background and 2% clothes! I'm no marketing expert but that strikes me as rather odd when its clothes they are supposed to be selling.

I'm not being prudish and I'm not even really complaining just wondering why it so heavy on the sex sells bandwagon? As recent reports show, Abercrombie's profits are dipping maybe it will get a little chilly for the models during our god forsaken credit crunch and they'll finally have to put on the clothes their paid to wear!

Show Your Pony Patriotism

These new Polo shirts from Ralph Lauren have flags on them. This is quite funky and they are available in a variety of deigns and you can even create your own. Support your country's Olympic team with these quirky designs. This one is my particular favourite. No shock there!!!

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Friday, August 15, 2008

A Dubliner's Guide to Dublin

I wanted to write this article because I love my home city. I have traveled extensively in Europe and beyond and I believe that Dublin is one of the most friendly, atmospheric and beautiful cities in the world. There is so much to learn here about the a people who have scattered all over the world. It is in Dublin that you can truly discover the warmth and charm of the Irish people

Whether you are here purely for sightseeing, you are a shopaholic or you are a party animal Dublin has something for you!

If you are coming from the UK then Ryanair is the cheapest way to arrive with flightd from £1.99 each way from Stansted. If yo are arriving from the US then Aerlingus( has some good deals

The first sight to visit in the Dublin is the Ha'penny bridge. This is located on the lower keys, near the train station and it was originally opened in 1816. It has been give a retouch lately. Up until 2000 it was the only pedestrian bridge across the Liffey.

Temple Bar is straight across from the Ha'penny Bridge. This area is a maze of shops, restaurant and quirky little shops. It is not the most atmospheric of areas, especially during high season when tourists clog its streets. However, it is worth mentioning as it has some really excellent restaurants. Here are some of my top picks:

Elephant and Castle, 18 Temple Bar, Dublin 2 This place serves a wide variet of cuisines. Try the chicken wings they are delish! This place is also very reasonably priced by Dublin standards.

Luigi Malones,The Friary, 5-6 Cecilia Street,Temple Bar, Dublin 2
This is a bit of an Irish Italian Mix. The steak here is said to be one of he best in all Dublin and I agree.

If you are thirsty and fancy a nice pint of Guinness the there are countless places around here to try it. The Porter House on Dawson Street is one of the best pubs in Dublin. It is right next to Trinity College and also brews its own concoctions. Try the chocolate ale it is surprisingly tasty

If you are one of those people who likes to shop for souvenirs then Temple Bar is the ideal destination. For upmarket brands try Grafton Street. Here you will find boutiques from Chanel and Louis Vuitton and the upmarket department store Brown Thomas. St. Stephen's Green shopping centre at the bottom of Grafton St. offers a wide variety of high street brands also.