Monday, August 29, 2011

New Wider Fit Shoes

After the very successful launch of their full range for the fuller lady, Penneys are now broadening their footwear offering in selected stores by introducing a new wider fit shoe across their collection. Their wider fit styles, from suede pumps to patent heels, will come in sizes 4 - 9 ensuring more ladies than ever before can pick up the hottest trends with the ultimate in affordable price tags.

Wide Fit Patent Court - in this seasons hottest Hue : Burgandy - €15 (In Stores August)

Wide Fit Knitted Collar Wedge €18 (In Stores November)

Elaine xx

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Get the Look of Beauty Icon Rachel McAdams


Get Rachel McAdams fresh, modern and gorgeous red carpet look. This look is effortlessly chic which allows her own inner beauty to shine through. Her skin tone is like so many Irish women so choose a soft rosey blush to stay true to your complexion.

Essential Tools

Essence’s Soft Touch Mousse Make up €3.99

Essence’s Silky Touch Blush €2.99

Essence’s Colour and Shine mono eye shadow €3.29

Essence’s Quattro Eye shadow in “To Die for” €3.49

Essence’s Smokey Eye Mascara €2.99

Catrice’ Ultimate Colour in “Like my High Heals” €4.99

- Start with a clean fresh face and apply a primer before applying your foundation.

- To achieve Rachel's perfect complexion apply Essence’s Soft Touch Mousse Make up to the face. Use concealer where needed.

- Apply some loose translucent powder to set the base for a flawless complexion.

- Apply Essence’s Silky Touch Blush to the cheekbones, keep the blusher soft to give just a subtle definition.

- To frame the eyes apply Essence’s Quattro eye shadow in "To die for". Use the cream colour as a base, apply it to the lid bringing it up to the crease. Use the lightest colour to highlight the brow bone and the tear duck. Then apply Essence’s Colour & Shine mono eye shadow in the Bronze colour all over the lid.

- Line the top lid with black eyeliner, then line the bottom lash line with the bronze eye shadow. Line the inner eyes with a gold pencil for extra effect.

- Curl your lashes then apply two coats of Essence’s Smokey Eye Mascara.

- To complete the look subtly line the lips with red lip liner and then fill in the lips with Catrice’s Lipstick in “Like My High Heels“, blot with a tissue then reapply.

Shauna xx

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Beauty Spot comes to Carlow

Follow me up to Carlow ladies when The Beauty Spot Live comes to The Barracks this Friday 26th August at 9.30pm.

Being a true Carlovian I'm very excited about this event coming to town, another fabulous excuse for drinks with the girls. If free admission and a complimentary glass of Eve isn't enough to spark your interest then I know this will;

- Free makeovers, upstyles and advice from Beauty Spot make up and hair experts at the NYC Beauty Bar
- Free Nail Bar
- Free Hair Advice and Styling Bar
- Quirky Pop-up shops including local boutiques such as Elaine Curtis
- Free Style advice from Lorna Claire Weightman of
- Competitions and Giveaways
- Summer soundtrack from Beauty Spot DJs
- Full Bar

We'll be there, will you?

Elaine xx

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Eye Framing

My buy of the week is Essence Eyebrow kit

Essence eyebrow stylist set, €2.99

Your eyebrows add strength and definition to your face and frame your eyes, so they need to be well groomed. The Essence eyebrow kit will help you to create perfect eyebrows and priced at €2.99 you have no excuses. It comes in two toned colours to match the colour of your brow. It also has three different stencils to help you get that perfectly shaped brow. Simply apply the powder with the slanted brush using short feathery strokes working from the inner corner outwards. Don’t go over board or the results won't look natural.

Essence is available in pharmacies and Department Stores such as Penneys, Dunnes and Heatons nationwide. For a list of local stockists call +353(0)14507771

Shauna xx

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Trend Spotter

Polka dot, spots, dots, whatever you wish to call them, this is the print that will get you noticed this Autumn, with designers such as Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs showing us how amazing it can look.

Marc Jacobs -

Stella McCartney -

Following suit the highstreet and online stores have gone dotty too, covering our casual wear, work wear and evening wear in spots. So no matter what the occasion you'll have rails of choice. But the scary part can be figuring our what will work for your shape. If this print is going to get you noticed then you want it to be for all the right reasons. Here's How To Wear Polka Dots

Hourglass Figures look best in an all over print allowing your entire curvacious body be the centre of attention. The fitted skirt on the below dress will hug your hips, the low neckline compliments your full chest and the sexy sheer sleeves add the finishing touch to this glamorous dress.

Black and green polka dot hour glass dress, €91,

Straight Figures can also wear an all over print so as not to draw attention to any particular area. Select a dress like this one from Doo-Lally which gives the impression of curves. It has a high neckline for the illusion of bigger boobs, elasticated waist and slight volumn at the hips for a feminine shape.

Maisy Poke-a-dot Dress, €39,

Top Heavy Figures need to wear print on their bottom half teamed with a block colour for the top. The fullness of this skirt will balance out your broad shoulders and the short lenght will showcase your slim legs.

Boutique by Jaeger skirt in polka dot flower print, €96.15,

Bottom Heavy Figures (Pear Shape) need to do the opposite, wearing print on top and a block colour on bottom. This will draw attention away from your fuller hips and thighs and keep all eyes on your slimmer top half.
Polka pomme spot blouse, €64, Monsoon (from their Fusion line)

Looking for a quick fix solution to splashing some spots into your wardrobe? then try these dotty accessories.

Polka dot clutch, €25, Next

Red Gisella spotty peep toe court, €55, - also come in black with white spots

Elaine xx

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Friday, August 5, 2011

Flawless Foundation

When selecting a foundation it needs to match your skin tone. This is the first step and the most important. It should always be said - nice skin not nice foundation. You want the effect to look natural.

Step1. Test the foundation on the jaw line, it should disappear into the skin and blend seamlessly between the face and the neck. In the above pic I tested 3 different shades of foundation and you can see for yourself that the one to the right of the dark colour blends perfectly with my skin tone.

Step2. Apply the foundation to the face, it can be applied with a brush, sponge or fingers. Apply with one stroke overlapping the other to produce a smooth even finish. Blend the foundation towards the edges of the jaw line. Do not drag or rub the skin.

Step3. The skin of the eyelids are thin and that’s why you can see veins and redness, you should apply a thin layer of foundation on the eyelids to cover this up. It will also act as a base for your eyeshadow.

Step4. Circle the whole face with a fibre optic brush for a seamless finish. Make small circles with the brush and cover the whole face.

The finished application should always be light, even and perfectly blended. Never apply a thick layer of foundation to cover up skin problems use corrective creams instead.

Foundation Products
Cream foundation - gives medium to full coverage
Liquid foundation - provides sheer lightweight natural looking coverage
Gel foundation - texture free formula with sheer translucent coverage
Oil free/ Matt foundation - gives even coverage with no shine at all
Panstick foundation - multi-purpose foundation and concealer gives good coverage with a creamy finish
Compact foundation - all in one foundation and powder gives medium to full coverage
Cream to powder - creamy formula provides medium coverage with a slightly powdery finish
Tinted moisturiser - offers minimal coverage and a dewy barely there finish

Shauna xx

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Perfect Shirt Dress

A short but (of course) stylish post - I stumbled upon this amazing dress today while searching through Topshop's press portal.

Shirt dresses are a big trend for Autumn/Winter and this has to be the most perfect one, why? because if offers you; a fabulous 70's vibe, vibrant pop of colour, midi length, pretty pleats, long sleeves (love L/S dresses), autumnal hues etc etc... And of course it's flexible for wearing both day and night. Check out these two very different looks - loving them both!!


The dress isn't available online just yet but will retail at €122

Elaine xx

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Vivetta Preview

A couple of weeks ago, accompanied by the very talented photographer Maria McGrail (you can check out her work at, I attended an intimate party hosted by Peroni Nastro Azzurro (a premium Italian beer). The highlight of the party was the attendance of Vivi Ponti, an up and coming Italian designer, who flew in to exclusively preview her Spring/Summer 12 collection, VIVETTA (yep 2012.......but as the sun is shining right now it makes for nice viewing, taking a break from Autumn/Winter trends). From August Vivetta will be available by mail order to Ireland on

Maria McGrail (Left), Me....Elaine Scully (Right)

Delicious Accessories - I'm drooling


Let's add 3 more F's to Fashion...........Fun, Feminine and Fruity(?)

Elaine xx

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