Friday, April 8, 2011

Buys of the Week...........Palazzo Pants & Skin Care

For my buy of the week I was searching for something that was firstly on-trend and secondly boasting an amazing price tag meaning everyone could grab themselves a piece from this seasons catwalks. A visit to Penneys (Carlow) last weekend lead me to discover amazing Palazzo pants at only €15 fitting the bill perfectly and also tapping into another trend - sheer - but cleverly these pants have a built in lining covering your bum and the top of your thighs.

How to wear Spring/Summer 2011 Palazzo Pants
They couldn’t be easier to wear; tuck a simple t-shirt into your palazzo’s and pair with wedges – I really feel wedges were made for palazzo pants so I suggest that they be your essential footwear choice whatever way you choose to style your wide legged pants.

The highstreet is experiencing a radical (sorry couldn’t help it J) trip back to the seventies one which shouldn’t be ignored. So give your wardrobe a 70s inspired update with the addition of a waist coat, there are lots of styles to choose from but denim and crochet are the hottest contenders ideal for your new palazzo’s and your floaty maxi.

Here are some of my favourite palazzo pants to walk down the spring/summer 2011 catwalks

Dries Van Noten (

John Galliano (

MaxMara (
Elaine xx


Hi there my buy of the week is a skincare product from Simple suitable for your skin type. It has come to my attention from talking to family and friends some people don’t have a skincare routine. I feel it is so important to look after your skin with a good diet, drink plenty of water and have a regular skincare regime. There are four skin types; normal, dry, oily and combination - this is the most common skin type. There are also skin conditions which are; dehydrated skin, mature skin & sensitive skin. You need to use products that are specifically formulated for your skin type. I feel very strongly about people investing some time and effort into a skincare routine, this will help give you glowing skin that will stay youthful for as long as possible and let’s face it that’s what everyone wants. Unfortunately this is something that you need to work at constantly as there is no quick fix.

Here’s an example of a daily routine for skincare using Simple’s products.

Your Routine

Some skin types may just need a splash of cold water to wake up the skin, others like oily skin should use a gentle face wash such as Simple’s Kind to skin Refreshing Face Wash Gel. This will keep skin cleansed and revived, perfect for even sensitive skin. Then apply a day time moisturiser cream or lotion with an SPF of at least 15 for example Simple’s Regeneration Age Resisting day cream SPF 15. (The sun is the skins worst enemy because the UV rays damage the collagen and elastin fibres of the skin causing premature ageing)

You need to clean your face in order to remove makeup or any impurities that have built up during the day. For example; Simple’s Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion. To remove eye makeup use Simple’s eye makeup remover it will remove even water proof mascara, use this instead of an ordinary cleanser as this may contain fragrances or ingredients that are not suitable to use on the delicate eye area. Follow that with a toner - Simple’s Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Toner. This will help remove any traces of the cleanser, it restores ph balance of the skin and closes and refines pores.

Next you need a night moisturiser like Simple’s Vital Vitamin Night Cream it will help restore and replenish the skin throughout the night. You should also consider using an eye cream.

You should exfoliate at least once a week. Simple’s Kind to skin Smoothing Facial Scrub will remove any dead skin cells and keep your skin brighter and more even textured. Face masks are also great to help improve the health and appearance of the skin. There are many different masks available to treat specific problems.

Simple’s products are fantastic because they don’t contain any perfume, colours or any unnecessary ingredients so they won’t upset the skin. I’ve tried these products and they really are worth checking out for yourself.  They have a wide range of products to suit all skin types so why not go online to and have a look. Their products are widely available in your local supermarkets, chemists etc. reasonably priced.

Shauna xx

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