Laura Mercier make-up pro Lynsey Murray was in town this week for the beauty event at Brown Thomas. We took the opportunity to pick her brain about skincare and snoop in her make-up bag...


1. What three make-up bag items are you never without?

"I never leave the house without Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Crème Cheek Colour and a Lip...

A vampy red shoe adds heat to a cocktail dress or party outfit. These strappy sandals are a bargain at €39.95 from Zara.

This Shirley shopper from Oasis (€50) has detachable straps that can be worn two ways. Team it with a Breton striped top like this one, by People Tree (€53.37,

H&M's Back to Basics range features a host of good quality wardrobe staples. Stock up on grey tees (this comfy, slouchy shape is €7.95), leggings and workout hoodies in-store now.

Matte sequins, jacquards and lace adorn the new season collections at Coast. Silhouettes are clean and contemporary with an emphasis on bold colour and mix and match separates. We love this yellow dress ( €195) and shoes (€70) from Coast Patrick St. and

Amy Huberman wore this striking silk tee to the premiere of her new movie The Stag in London's Leicester Square this week. €160,

Designer Simone van Trojen has just launched her uber flattering collection of multi-wearable dresses at Brown Thomas Cork. We caught up with the jet-setting founder and head designer of Dutch luxury label 'La Dress By Simone' for a quick chat about her inspirations and her wardrobe essentials and a sneak peek into her make-up bag.


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A new type of charity shop is encouraging local young people to get involved in giving back.

Twenty-Six & North, a sister shop to St Vincent de Paul, was established to support youth initiatives by providing a vintage-inspired charity shopping experience. The store's manager, Niamh O'Kelly (23) outlined that after completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Co-operative Organisation,...

This embroidered chambray blouse (€69.95) is part of the SS14 collection now available at Noa Noa. Drop by the Oliver Plunkett St. store or shop online at and avail of free delivery within Ireland.

Looking for a weekend shoe with a wearable heel? The Ara Newhaven wedge moccasin boasts a memory foam cover sole to ensure maximum comfort. Check out the range at Footloose, Kinsale, Croft & Son, Douglas Shopping Centre and Tracy's Shoes, Patrick St. Cork.

Ever wondered how celebrities keep plunging necklines from plunging too far, or strapless styles from slipping? The secret is Hollywood Fashion Tape, a double-sided clear tape that can be used to repair hems, keep wrap dresses closed, hide bra straps and secure gaps between shirt buttons.

Keep the cute tin in your handbag for emergency adjustments. Hollywood Fashion Tape is €13.99...

This striking statement Sequin Clutch (€58) is available in two brilliant neons from Coast, Patrick St.

Fashion and charity will come together at a Cork Institute of Technology’s Fashion and Beauty Society organised event. Organised in aid of Build4Life, a voluntary registered charity which raises funds for all aspects of Cystic Fibrosis care in Cork University Hospital, the fashion show will take place on Wednesday, March 5th at 7.30pm in the Nexus Student Centre, CIT Bishopstown....

(Left) Sarah Morrissey wears Victoria Beckham dress, €705 with clutch bag, €395 and Roz Purcell wears Maje navy peplum dress, €195 and (main) Roz wears Mary Katrantzou yellow top, €795 and skirt, €760 with Maje black shoes, €265 and Sarah wears cobalt blue peplum DKNY dress, €390 and Maje black shoes, €265. Pictures: Gerard McCarthy ...

(Left) Pendant, €35 and (right) Forest Fern Necklace, €28

Be around nature at all times with a gorgeous real moss terrarium necklace handmade by Khrystyna Marriott from the Cork-based Ruby Robin Boutique.

Each item arrives in a custom gift box, perfect for gift-giving and safe-keeping, along with a pretty gift card telling you all about the piece, where...

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