Saturday, April 18, 2009

For The Lil' Recessionista

Bikini season is among us ladies and what a better way to celebrate than by going hair free FOREVER? There is no better time than now as Laserderm Clinic in Claregalway is running a special offer on their two most popular hair removal treatments, a bikini and underarm removal for just €199 per session. So what are you waiting for? You bikini will thank you for it (and your boyfriend too!)

Friday, April 17, 2009

Party in sizzling burlesque style this Saturday at Coyotes

For The Lil' Recessionista

A|wear gets summer ready with launch of their Fabulous Dress promo!

Eight amazingly fabulous dresses all for just €28 each? It's a recessionista's dream! But this dream will most definitely become a reality as A|wear launches their Fabulous Dress promotion this weekend at stores across the country. Choose from bright yellows and bold florals or tone it down with soft blues and baby pinks...whatever your style A|wear has a dress for you this season. And don't forget, students still get a further 15% off in store, and at less than €25 a dress, there isn't a better way to study in style this summer!

For more details visit

Is a Pretty Lil' Galway Girl the next Miss Ireland?

Are you (yes you!) the next Miss Galway? Do you dream of competing to be this year's Miss Ireland and possibly even becoming the next Miss World?

Closing date for entries is fast approaching pretty ladies, so contact Riikka at Coyotes Late Bar & Club by April 30 for your chance to be in the running. Entrants must be between 18-24 and must be a minimum of 5'7 in height. Phone 086 7943460 or email for more information and entry details.

Irish skin prevails as La Roche-Posay launches high tolerance sun care spray

It should come as no surprise to the millions of Irish skinned across the country that Ireland has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in Europe. With 66% of all Irish people at risk of developing this deadly disease because of their skin type alone, a mere five minutes in the sun is, literally, like playing with fire. So, as we head into May's Melanoma Awareness Month and with new reports showing that holiday 'binge tanning' is on the increase across the UK, La Roche-Posay has launched their new high tolerance sun products Anthelios XL 50+ Spray. Designed with an ultra fluid texture that allows for easy application and quick absorption, this non-sticky and non-greasy formula offers long lasting hydration that keeps you protected for up for four hours.

The La Roche-Posay sun protection range Anthelios XL provides unparalleled effectiveness and dermalogical tolerance to protect against cellular damage caused by UV rays and is clinically proven to be the most effective sun protection on the market thanks to the combination of patented filters Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL, which ensures efficient protection against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays, whatever their intensity.

Get it now exclusively from select pharmacies nationwide.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

City attacker captured...

I'm sure all the women of Galway city will be breathing a sigh of relief tonight now that RTE News have reported that this guy was arrested and brought in for questioning this evening shortly after 8pm.

The Weekender...

Your event and gig guide for the weekend ahead!
(09.04.09 to 12.04.09)

  • The DJ collective known as The Autobotz play Bar 903 from 8pm til close. Admission is free.
  • Don't forget it is Holy Thursday, most bars will close at 12pm to honor Good Friday and all the city nightclubs will be closed both tonight and tomorrow.

  • Good Friday. All bars and nightclubs are closed. In other words, if you didn't get to the off license yesterday you have one dry evening ahead!
  • The brilliant Tommy Tiernan kicks off his Testamental show, 36-hours of non-stop stand up comedy, between 3pm on Good Friday and dawn on Easter Sunday. All proceeds go to charity (hopefully!) Get your tickets soon, they are selling out fast. (more info)
  • "Golden Ticket Giveaway" at Central Park offering customers the chance to win a pair of U2 tickets, 11pm
  • Drink in the Skeff on Saturday night and receive half off admission in to Karma.
  • Tommy Tiernan is (hopefully) still doing his thing for charity, with his show Testamental running until dawn on Sunday (more info)
  • Halo opens its doors for Easter Sunday celebrations, 11pm.

'Binge tanning' increasing skin cancer in UK women

The number of UK women diagnosed with the most serious form of skin cancer is on the rise according to new figures released by Cancer Research UK.

The numbers show that nearly 350 women were diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2005, up from 220 in 2003. And the numbers are continuing to rise each year, with nearly one woman in her 20s diagnosed with this deadly form of skin cancer each day in the UK at present.

The researcher say that the use of sunbeds all year around and "binge tanning" on holidays were to blame for the spike in young UK woman and that around 50 women under the age of 40 die from melanoma each year.

The experts also warn that rates are likely to continue to rise by the year 2024, when it is expected that it will become the fourth most common cancer in both men and women with upward of 15,500 per year.

Read the full story here.

I say bring on the bronzer and throw me my bottle tan...I'm as happy as can be with my skin, thanks very much!

La Roche-Posay launches nationwide anti-aging promotion

To celebrate the launch of their new Substiane Eyes Anti-Aging Restructuring Care, La Roche Posay are running a nationwide pharmacy promotion on their anti-aging products.

While stocks last, customers who purchase any full size La Roche-Posay anti-aging products will receive a free gift that includes a number of travel size samples of the company's best known anti-aging products, worth approximately €40.

La Roche-Posay products are tested and recommended by dermatologists and are available exclusively fro selected pharmacies including Matt O'Flaherty's Chemist in Eyre Square.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Lil' Review

Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Mask

I'll be honest, I don't really take care of my skin as well as I should. I know that, I admit, and yet somehow I was lucky enough to be blessed with skin that didn't really blemish or get oily or dry out, no matter what kind of trauma I put it through. I wash it in the morning before I put on my makeup, I wash it at night when I can remember and I keep it lotioned when it needs it. Boring I know, but it works for me. So when the small tub of Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Mask landed on my doorstep late last week it admittedly took me a few days to find the time to sit down and try it out. Why fix something that isn't broken right?

But alas, here I sit, just moments after washing the mask off, rubbing my face in awe. The term "baby's bottom" comes to mind, but then I touch it again and think it may actually be softer than even that. I am amazed.

One of two new additions to the famous Yes to Carrots range of skin, body, and haircare products, the Yes to Cucumbers line is designed to cool, calm, and hydrate sensitive skin thanks to key ingredients that include aloe vera, green tea, broccoli, dill, and (duh!) cucumbers.

I have to admit, the Soothing Facial Mask didn't smell great...but it definitely could have smelled worse, all things considered (especially when you discover there is algae thrown in there as well). Still, it manages to go onto the skin smooth and doesn't dry to a cement-like crater that leaves your skin feeling like all the moisture has been sucked straight from your pores. Better yet, when the five minutes were up, a quick rinse with some warm water was all I needed to wash away this greenish goop (is there nothing worse than rubbing your face red raw trying to get these silly masks off?)

And the end result? Well, it is now almost 20 minutes since I started writing this review (so maybe I decided to celebrate my wonderfully smooth skin with a glass of wine in the middle of blogging, its allowed right?), and I am still rubbing my skin in wonder.

And I have to admit, the smell kind of grew on me as well. There is something clean, somethign fresh, something...well, natural, about it. Makes sense I guess, since I doubt you could really get much more natural than putting cucumbers on your face, right?

It would appear it is time for me to reevaluate my facial regime. And cucumbers have most definitely just made the cut.

Don't forget to check out the second new addition to the Yes To... family, Yes to Tomatoes, aimed at bring a healthy and fresh balance to oily and combination skin types.

Galway Stockists: The complete line of Yes To.. .products are available from Boots on Shop Street and Matt O'Flaherty's Chemist on William Street.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Bring on the blusher — Research shows that rosy is healthy

Ladies, you will be happy to know that all that endless searching and mindless spending we go through to find the perfect blusher hasn't all been a complete waste. A new study from the University of St Andrews shows that people really do believe that healthy women should display a rosy glow on their face, and that pink cheeks increase a woman's overall level of attractiveness to both sexes.

The researchers responsible for the study confirmed that natural redness in our cheeks is reflective of a general level of fitness in women, and is associated with increased levels of oestrogen, both reasons why the tint makes us more attractive to both men and women. So the next time you've had a few too many glasses of the good stuff the night before a big date, don't forget that the most important thing you may have in your clutch is that trusty pink compact.

Click here to read the full story on BBC News.

Want to know my blusher pick for the season? Try The Body Shop's Roseflower Blush in Pink. The perfectly pale tint is great for any skin tone this spring and has just enough shimmer to prep you for that summer glow.

20,000 sign on to Live Register in March — Unemployment hits all time high

Another 20,000 Irish residents signed on to the Live Register last month, bringing the rapidly growing total to 372,800, the highest number of unemployment since records began in 1965.

The figures, released today by the Central Statistics Office, have yet to be broken down by county. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen said that a fall in the numbers across the nation is unlikely over the coming months.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Recession sees women going from jobless to topless

Click here to read the RTE article about the growing number of unemployed American women turning to the adult entertainment industry to survive during the current economic crisis. Here industry professionals give some tips on how to survive in a time when "desperate measures are becoming far more acceptable" and when successful women can still make upwards of US$100,000 per year.