Viviscal Hair Confessions


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About  six months ago Viviscal® launched ‘Hair Confessions’, the worlds largest hair survey.  6,900 people participated, that’s alot. Last week, Viviscal® had an event hosted by Maia Dunphy and a panel consisting of Pippa O’Connor, Psychotherapist Anne Colgan and Ciaran Nevin Celebrity Hairstylist.

This event was all about the survey findings.  There is no doubt, people value their hair and having it look strong and healthy makes them feel good and not having it makes them feel the opposite.  In men, particularly, I think having a good head of hair can be linked to the perception of being viril and in women feeling attractive and confident.  84% “said that when their hair looks good they’re more likely to go after what they want, make an impression or be social” with 90% saying they’d gone for days or even a week, shock horror, without washing their hair.  I always felt washing my hair every day was unnecessary,  I think I was a little outnumbered at this part of the discussion. Where I felt like everyone else, was around the chat about changing your hair at different stages in your life to reflect how you feel.  Alot of feelings going on here!   I went through a period a few years ago when my own hair grew thinner, there are lots of reasons why this can happen and I think it’s a good idea to speak to your doctor if this happens.  It can be stressful and most definitely affect how you feel about your appearance, in both men and women.

I had a look at the survey, which can be completed here at

Viviscal® is an Irish company doing very well worldwide.   For those of you who haven’t heard of Viviscal®, it’s a supplement to help with hair loss and thinning.  We were kindly given a month’s supply of the supplement and some of the other products to try.  I believe would need to be taking the supplement for at least six months before you would see results and then you need to continue taking it to maintain the results.  A months supply is €49.95, three months, €119.96 and six months €199.95

Something really great coming from the survey is that €1 from every Irish survey completed is being donated to the Mia Hair Restoration Charitable trust, the trust provides counseling for children and young people who have suffered with hair loss.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried any hair loss or thinning hair products?

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World Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22 Earth Day, founded by Senator Gaylord Nelson, was first organized in 1970 to promote ecology and respect for life on the planet as well as to encourage awareness of the growing problems of air, water and soil pollution. However, since the first Earth Day 1970 a lot has changed!  Traditionally the typical ways of observing Earth Day include planting trees, picking up roadside rubbish and using recyclable containers but now with the ever expanding growth in the organic market we have so many more choices when it comes to what we decide to put into our bodies and use on it!Organic is rewarding because it’s results are cyclical with generations to come benefiting from the changes we put into place today and with last weeks news of Walmart’s organic range this at least proves that the demand for organic produce is becoming more mainstream. In marking World Earth Day I took the opportunity to look at some amazing organic beauty brands and the fantastic work that they are doing to encourage a sustainable and ethical market.

1. Last week I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Clélia Angelon, Surya Brasil President and Founder. Clélia has built Surya with an amazing philosophy and ethos and proved that it is possible to build a profitable business whilst respecting our world and life around us. Surya believe in harmonizing the human with his environment while respecting the animal and plant kingdoms for the purpose of preserving a better world – one that is ecologically sustainable and socially just.

“encouraging creativity and collaboration as opposed to slavery and destruction”

Their mission essentially demands respect to the consumer, respect to life, respect to the environment and serves society. This has resulted in the products earning several certifications from important international agencies such as Ecocert, Vegan, PETA (cruelty-free), Cosmebio and ISO 14001. Quality is never compromised and I can promise you the new vegan range is gorgeous with beautifulv fresh smelling ingredients like papaya and mango they smell amazing but keep with the addition of naturally occuring preservatives.

2. YouOrganic Skincare is a natural cosmetics company based in Dublin, and founded in 2012 by Ursula Elmes , a practicing Acupuncturist and Holistic Skin Therapist. Using blends of essential oils and herbs the Ursula has developed a range of organic skincare treatments without the harsh, irritating, synthetic ingredients and artificial colors in other commercially made products. This natural cosmetic range claim to be ‘gentle on skin’ and is sourced from fair trade suppliers, contains no chemicals and  are against animal testing. If there is one product you should try the ylang ylang night balm, it smells so good you may want to eat it and your skin feels phenomenal after.

3. The Body Shop have long been supporters of animal rights and their values have always been at the heart of their business. Animal testing, ethical trading, human rights and protecting the planet all are a huge focus of their mission and they have rolled out highly successful campaigns worldwide, bringing the worlds attention to these causes. In 1976, they published five core values. Committing to reducing their impact on the environment by reducing the energy they consume and generating less waste. Taking full responsibility for the way they run their business. Using their global network to help change attitudes around the world and building on positive efforts already being made by their suppliers, franchisees, colleagues and customers. Apart from their ethics as an organisation they have managed to develop high quality products with a huge demand but also again is ecologically sustainable and socially just.

4. VOYA, an Irish company, has a fabulous ethos to create ‘exceptional beauty and skincare treatments with integrity and in full harmony with nature’ and I think it’s this wonderful ethos that makes VOYA’s products both so beneficial and favourited amongst beauty lovers. Not only are the products natural, organically grown and full of anti oxidant rich ingredients . The electricity used in making these products is from 100% renewable sources, such as Wind and Hydro in keeping with VOYA’s natural product offering and company ethos.I’ve already blogged about the cleanse and mend cleanser from this range, it’s gorgeous and now a staple in my regime.

At a moment like this, with growing global concern for planet preservation, organic cosmetics should not be a mere short-lived trend. There has been such positive move of eating clean and exercising so why shouldn’t we adopt this approach to what we are putting on our skin and using in our beauty regime? What are your thoughts on organic? Do you use any organic products??

As always happy to answer any questions that you might have!

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The Week in Review: 19th April 2014

BEAUTY NEWSHere’s a quick recap on this weeks beauty news….

1. Coming up to the  year anniversary since the collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh I came across this very touching video from the New York Times , ‘The Deadly Cost of Fashion’ commemorating the dead and also giving us some food for thought. Well worth a watch as gives a voice to those who tragically passed and will hopefully help in the search for compensation for the victims and their families.

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Orlaith’s Weekly Winners : Week Two

Orlaiths Weekly Winners - Week 2
Some girls love a heavily made up eye. Some love a strong lip. I love skin…..Like really love it. I get really excited about a makeup that makes the skin glow and the light bounces of naturally and…..I just love it ok. So flawless skin is kind of a recent obsession of mine. I have or always would have said  I have very oily skin so that combined with crows feet that shockingly appeared out of the blue one morning six months ago has led me on my quest for beautiful skin. I’m not sure if it’s the three litres of water a day, change in diet, giving up smoking or my skin care regime but something is working and for the first time I’m actually happy with my skin. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve never been that bothered that I wouldn’t leave the house without makeup but that fresh dewy look was always something I yearned for as opposed to a forehead as oiled up as a chipendales abs.

It was time to stock up on some of my skincare products so I thought I should share them with you for this weekly winner feature. So here we are…

1.The sea is a big passion and love in my life, it’s definitely my happy place so when I was introduced to the VOYA Organic Seaweed Range I was straight on board. They are an Irish husband and wife partnership with some really beautiful products. I use the Cleanse and Mend morning and evening with a hot facecloth, at €26 it’s a reasonable investment in your skin. No clogged pores and has some great ingredients for soothing skin plus it can actually also use as a light anti-aging moisturiser. What’s not to love? My skin feels so soft and clean afterwards, not to mention the calming chamomile and lavender aroma. I really feel if your regime/products  feel slightly luxurious then you are far more likely to stick to it and I have to say this definitely ticks that box. Well worth an investment

2.Dermalogica Multi Active Toner spritz is a super hydrating and balancing toner. My skin always looks glowing and fresh afterwards without the tight feeling. The Lavender Extract is a natural antiseptic which soothes and purifies the skin. Balm Mint and Aloe Vera cool and soften the skin. Extracts of Arnica and Cucumber are natural skin fresheners and help condition skin allowing it to take in even more moisture. A really great product and at €29 on worth every penny (If you find it anywhere cheaper again please let me know!!)

3. Anyone who knows me knows I wax lyrical about Rimmel’s ‘Wake me Up’ Foundation. I can’t say enough about this and if I could use it on everyones skin I would…but I can’t sob sob. Coverage is fab, I really like the smell, there is loads in the bottle, most can find the right shade for them and it’s such a beautiful and dewy  finish. It looks natural, glowing and leaves your skin feeling moisturised and healthy Only thing though….. for the oiler out there it’s not ideal. Even with a primer staying power isn’t anything past a few hours. But if you can manage to deal with the payoff for a beautiful finish then excellent. Just suck it up and have yer blot powder at the ready….it’s worth it. Retailing at €10.99  with a SPF 15

4. MUD Loose Powder. As with any sebaceously challenged lady I tend to have more of a problem with makeup staying  below the eye. It just does not stay. However I have a secret weapon.  This finely milled powder sets my makeup perfectly. If anyone has ever used the Makeup Forever HD Microfinish powder you’ll definitely like this! MUD Cosmetics Loose Powder features an ultra-light texture that evenly covers the your skin without settling into fine lines for a really gorgeous smooth finish. You can use it as a setting powder of alone to mattify and give a photoshop finish!

5. Finally we have a few spring colour additions to the Colour Crush Sheer lipstick €12.95 range from the Body Shop. I like these a lot, particularly the packaging. To top off a natural look just lash a little on the lips and cheeks for a lovely natural pink cheek with a little shimmer.The lipstick itself is extremely soft  to apply with a non sticky formulation which feels lovely and light and moisturising on the lips, this is down to the Marula oil it contains. I will say the staying power of the colour is pretty average with a three hour max window but there are some gorgeous sheer spring shades and with something that feels so nice on your lips there has to be a little give somewhere.

That is all for this weeks installment. If you have any questions or comments whatsoever please do so below and I’ll get straight back to you!

Happy Easter everyone :)

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Lisa Redmond joins Emma Farrell Makeup Creative! And Discussion on her Favourite Artist Alex Box

Lisa Redmond Emma Farrell Makeup CreativeHey everyone,

So this is my first official blog post as part of the Emma Farrell Makeup Creative Team. How exciting! In fact, my first blog post ever. Things are heating up at Emma Farrell HQ and the three of us are really excited about working together. I may possibly be the serious one of the three but I am fun….honestly. Anyway, I am looking forward to sharing my experiences, thoughts or general ramblings with you.
The exercise of putting this blog together got me thinking as to how I have arrived at this point, so I thought this would be a good place to start as it features one of my Makeup Artist idols, Alex Box. In 2011 on a regular Sunday, off I went to the local newsagents and bought The Sunday Times newspaper. There are some really cool supplement magazines in the Sunday edition; one of which is the Style magazine. On this day, the cover had an image that captured my attention and imagination immediately. This is the day that started my pursuit of studying makeup. Granted, I had been thinking about it as something I’d like to do already, so perhaps I was already in tune with anything makeup. I had tried lots of things over the years none of which seemed to fit…see there I go, rambling! Ok, focus. The cover was a model wearing a makeup creation by Alex Box. Here it is, unfortunately I was unable to find out the names of the rest of the team, what an amazing job they did, I would love to know who they were.

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