Does your skincare regime include a bar of soap and water? If you want to keep your skin in tip top condition, then maybe it’s time to ditch the soap and follow some simple steps to help your skin cope with life in the 21st Century.
Anyone else crave a pop of colour in their wardrobe when Spring rolls around? Me too. Sunshine, daffodils, blue skies... they all make me want to push the plethora of black and grey to one side and inject cheery brights into the mix. Let's face it, this is Belfast - and isn't likely to be tropical overnight, but we can take little steps towards feel-good style. Here are a few of my favourite ways to add colour without replacing your whole wardrobe.
Models are being preened, catwalks built and outfits accessorised in prep for Belfast's most stylish event of the year, West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK. Fashionistas are ready to take the FROW from 19-22 March for a line-up of evening catwalk shows and the return of Sushi Saturday and Style Sunday.
Now the Valentine’s rush is over,
the shops have turned over their efforts to Mother’s Day (March 15th in the UK-
mark your calendar!). I love being organised for the holiday season and always
try to get something a little bit different or personalised. Here are my top
presents for your Mum, Grandma, A
The frost has set in, it's nipping at fingers and toes and we are driven by an urge to feel warm, snuggley and cosy when stepping outside. How do you do that without loosing your fashionable edge though? Luckily, faux fur has made a huge comeback. Long gone are the days where we think of Bet Lynch and her faux fur leopard print or Cruella de Vil and her Dalmatian coat. Faux fur is back, it's more stylish and there’s more choice than ever!
There seems to come an age when people stop buying you gifts and instead give you a gift voucher or money to get yourself something lovely. If you are like me, you will always keep the money for the sales in the hope that special item you’ve been eyeing up for months magically will have 50% off.
'Tis the season to pull out all the stops and go for full-on glamour! I've sifted through arm loads of velvet, sequins and lace to come up with my top five party season dresses to carry you through Christmas and New Year...
I love winter nails and always look forward to my first winter mani of the year. Of course you can wear any shade, any season, but I'm always instinctively drawn towards vampy nail colours once the cold nights draw in. If you’re looking for nail polish ideas, the winter nail colours that are trending this year are...
I love winter because the berry-hued colour palette suits me much better and I love nothing more than hiding behind a huge scarf. Today I’m talking the MUST HAVE items this winter that can be easily added to your existing collection.
With her creative work featured on billboards, magazines and catwalks across Northern Ireland, local stylist and illustrator, Sara O’Neill is one of the most inspiring individuals in the fashion industry. I caught up with her for an insight into what really goes on behind the perfectly coiffed glamour on fashion shoots, with exclusive tips for anyone stuck in a style rut!
Once considered a little risqué, leather skirts have shifted up the chic stakes and become a stylish gal's must have. Available in a variety of styles for day and evening wear, here are some ideas on how to wear a leather skirt and work the look into your wardrobe.
If there is one thing I get emailed about frequently it is hairdressers. Today I’m detailing all the biz on the best hairdressers in Belfast. To go to get the hair you’ve always dreamed of head this way..
I love nail polish but can't stand a chipped mani, so the longer I can get my glossy nails to stay put, the better. Here's what I do to make nail polish last longer for gloss that keeps on giving...
There was a time that spas were country retreats, reserved only for the super-rich. However, the rise of city centre day spas has allowed luxury treatments to become accessible to everyone. From massages to hair treatments, day spas are now a one stop destination to feeling fab. Which is the best day spa Belfast has to offer? Today I’m detailing some of the best day spa destinations in Belfast where you can chill out and get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Today I share tips on how to apply bronzer and retain a golden glow even when the sun has gone down. Two golden girl/guy rules: 1. Whether you reach for instant bronze, facial self tanner or bronzing powder, less really *is* more - it's always easier to add than take away! 2. Blend product into the neck and décolleté to ensure a natural finish with
There are no two ways about it - shopping for wedding outfits can be an absolute pain. Wanting something “different” is a frequent request from my readers. Today I detail the best shops to try and get that gorgeous wedding outfit. Be careful though, you don’t want to outshine the bride!
Festival beauty tends to swing one of two ways: neon brights, glitter, faux tattoos and cutesy flowers, or the 'I-woke-up-like-dis' bare-faced look. My approach falls somewhere in the middle: a little bit of pretty, but pared back and natural. With the much-loved V-Festival on this weekend, here's the lowdown on festival make-up to keep you looking good with minimal maintenance!
Faced with multiple shelves of sunscreen to choose from, finding the right one can be as tricky as choosing skincare products. It's not just a matter of which SPF - I also want a formula that suits my skin, age and lifestyle; it needs to protect my skin from both burning (UVB), and sun-damage and ageing (UVA); I want to avoid a sticky texture and chalky layer; and I don’t want it to interfere with my make-up. So which one is the best sunscreen? After testing lots of formulas, here are my favourites:
Where do beauty bloggers get their nails done? I asked four of Belfast’s top beauty bloggers to reveal their recommended Belfast beauty experts...
ot a day goes past where I don’t think about my hair and what it looks like. Being a curly haired girl can be a pain but I have my routine perfected which allows me to get voluminous, celebrity inspired hair. If you love the likes of the Kardashian’s, Jessica Alba and Cheryl Cole, then read the steps below which will help you to achieve the perfect locks which will make you look like you have just walked out a salon.
Beauty Blogger Nic explains how to wear matte nails and matte make-up using some of the best products on the High Street.
Belfast isn't known for its sunny climes so I tend to rely on fake tan for a summer glow. If applied well, no-one will know it's fake, so here are my self tanning tips to keep things smooth and seamless - without an orange streak in sight! Start by preparing your skinIf you do the preparation well, you're half way towards an even, long lasting self
Gemma Louise is a 20-something blogger, graduate, part-time shopaholic and author of That Belfast Girl. Click to read her inspirational articles...
Out of town shopping has never been more popular. As Belfast city centre shopping has evolved - gone are the days when I could scale every shop in one afternoon - people have scattered to the suburbs in search of a more compact, weatherproof experience with free parking. If you're looking for a Belfast shopping centre a little bit out of town, read on for my three favourite destinations, all of which are around 15 minutes drive from the city centre.
Food and fashion really go hand in hand for me - pre or post buying some new clothes, I need something to weep into after realising my credit card bill is going to be large at the end of the month. Have a half day off work? In Belfast for the weekend? Or want a leisurely stroll on a Saturday afternoon? Check out one of the trendiest spots in Belfast city - the Lisburn Road. With amazing places to eat and independent retailers in abundance, there is no shortage of things to see and do. Here’s a quick look at my must-see places for an afternoon on the Lisburn Road.
I recently caught up with one of the best known make-up artists in Belfast, Paddy McGurgan, to talk make-up, fake tan and Disney brows! Paddy trained with MUAs from leading international make-up brands and believes in constant training to ensure that he is always up to date with the latest techniques. In addition to his commercial work, make-up applications and lessons, he runs two make-up academies in Belfast and Newry.
I am a self-confessed beauty addict. It is part of the reason I turned to blogging - an excuse to buy more lipstick! It can be easy to get carried away in large pharmacies with their selections of beauty items. However, I believe the best thing about buying beauty products is finding hidden gems and the places that stock interesting and different brands.
Whether it’s cushions or candles, interior design and home wares are a hot commodity at the moment. It seems that everyone is looking for the perfect statement piece or lamp to jazz up a boring space. Belfast is awash with retailers where you can buy interesting pieces rather than just sticking to the usual department stores. Here’s my favourite interior picks in Belfast.
One of my favourite things to do when I’m visiting a city is to have a rummage through their best vintages shops – a vintage dress to wear and treasure is a much more fabulous souvenir than a trashy ceramic ornament! Vintage shopping is a huge trend in Belfast with an iconic vintage fair flying the flag for nostalgia and style, to vintage stores packed with treasure to uncover. Here the best vintage shops Belfast has up its sleeve:
From shopping centres to independent fashion boutiques, Belfast's city centre is packed with shopping gems.
Belfast Shopping Centres
There are two shopping centres in the city centre with more dotted around the city perimeter. The first to arrive was CastleCourt, which opened in 1990. It felt like little bit of America had arrived in Belfast with a US style shopping mall. CastleCourt’s resident department store is Debenhams with two floors of fashion, beauty and interiors. You’ll also find high street favourites GAP, Warehouse, Wallis, Dune, Boots, Superdrug and more. The food court has lots of options for hungry shoppers looking for a fast food fix. With a large seating, area you can pick and mix from KFC and Burger King to Spud-u-Like and lots more.
Independent Fashion Retailers
There are also some great independent retailers nearby. A quick walk across Royal Ave and down Rosemary Street you’ll see Liberty Blue
on Lombard Street. This independent boutique has been a stalwart on the local fashion scene starting off life on the Lisburn Road as a vintage store specialising in vintage Levi’s to the current version in the city centre. Its vintage roots still have a strong presence with the interior décor and the affordable, quirky, vintage-inspired fashion.
They say eyes are the window to the soul, so if there's one beauty feature worth enhancing, it's your eyes. Many women I know are afraid to let anyone near their brows and lashes due to past disasters. Having been through several brow casualties myself, I thought I'd share the details of my personal brow & lash guru, Dee of Studio D. I'm not alone in my opinion of her - I've lost track of the number of friends and family I've sent her way who have become regular customers.
I can never have too many shoes. Am I alone in this? Didn't think so...
"Hairdressing doesn't save lives; we just love making people feel good about how they look." - Paul Stafford
London, Paris, New York, Milan… Belfast doesn’t quite roll off the tongue as a fashion capital of the world but, as the saying goes, ‘tall oaks from tiny acorns grow!’
Who is Katrina Doran?
Katrina is the founder and editor of Sugahfix.com. The NI-based online style source delivers a daily fix of locally relevant fashion and beauty news with an extra sprinkle of Sugahfix sparkle.
How did Sugahfix come about?
I’ve always had a parallel career in marketing and fashion. My first job was in a fashion-focused marketing support agency where I doubled up as event co-ordinator and stylist for prestigious fashion events like the Guinness Fashion Awards to Marketing Director of Stafford Hairdressing, to marketing communications agency Smarts Communicate and now a Digital Strategy consultancy Ionology. And yes I still go to Stafford’s - they are the best!