Happy St Patrick’s Day…
Of course being the rather proud Irish beauty blogger that I am, what better way to celebrate the day itself than by showcasing some of the best names in Irish beauty! Yes chums, I’ve rounded up a sassy collection of make-up, skin care, cosmetic brushes along with bath & body goodies that will leave you literally spoilt for choice whilst browsing through this exciting collection of beauty gems – namely emeralds of course 😉
So if you’re thinking of treating yourself (or a special someone) to a little St Patrick’s inspired treat then check out this fabulous lot – though I won’t be held responsible for your monumental shopping list thereafter…
Anneco Beauty: Natural Skin Care & Makeup
“Ann Shields is an original ‘Galway Girl’ who is now based in Co. Laois. Her love of the natural way of living comes from growing up on a homely Irish farm. Ann has a background in beauty and has International qualifications in Aestheticienne and Makeup Artistry. Through her interest in cosmetics Ann began researching natural alternatives to the industrious chemical laden makeup, which have swamped the shops. Empowering women to feel and look their optimum inspired Ann to develop a range of mineral makeup.
Ann noticed a movement towards natural products and began to research how to make cosmetics – maintaining her focus on the creation of more natural beauty products. Her products are formulated using organic plant extracts where possible. She completed cosmetic courses in London including a course with a U.S. based botanical blends tutor Cinda Phelps. Cinda was a formulator for Jane Iredale foundation brand before setting up her own business. Ann began working with Natural Cosmetic researchers and alongside Dr. Brian O’Rourke from Carlow Institute of Technology the unique formulas were developed.”
Marble Hill: Natural Skin Care blended by Dr Maria McGee
“Based in Northern Ireland and having our very own natural spring water from our well in Co.Donegal, Marble Hill develops and manufactures a range of unique and luxurious skin care products that are 100% natural and have proved beneficial to the wellbeing of our customers, leaving skin feeling fresh, invigorated and moisturised. Customer testimonials show that our range is also used in alleviating the irritation caused by skin conditions such as Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis, Athletes Foot, Dry Skin, Acne, Dandruff and other skin malaises.
Continually researching the development of new products to expand the benefits of Dr Maria McGee’s Pure Natural Skincare to an ever increasing customer base, we sincerely wish to have a genuinely positive impact on the wellbeing of all those who choose to buy our products.
We absolutely guarantee that our entire range is completely 100% Natural. We guarantee that none of our products or ingredients we use are ever tested on animals, Marble Hill actively campaign against animal cruelty in all its forms. Unlike some other companies or individuals selling ‘so called natural products’ we can confidently and categorically state that there are no chemicals, additives synthetics, fragrances or colorants’ or any other type of cosmetic or man made ingredient in any product we produce. Our ingredients come from sustainable and fair trade sources.”
“Fuschia Make-up, a multi award winning Irish make-up company. We first opened our doors in November 2005 in Scotch Hall SC, Drogheda and since then we have never looked back. We are now stocked throughout the country with new salons opening each week. Fuschia is known for its excellent array of products catering for the modern woman. We are a passionate, vibrant and constantly evolving brand that has brought a Fresh prospective to the make up industry.”
Cocoa Brown: Tanning Solutions
“The Cocoa Brown By Marissa Carter tanning range was launched in November 2012 and has had unprecedented success ever since. Marissa, founder of Cocoa Brown has developed the brand to include a ‘wardrobe of tans’ including eight sister products to suit different types of tanners and non-tanners alike!”
The Belfast Soap Company: Natural Handmade Soap
“Look at the labelling on soap in supermarkets. Often, nowhere on the packaging will you find the word “soap”. That is because they are actually detergent bars, very cleverly advertised.
Did you know that your skin can absorb up to 94% of what you put on it? Research has shown that the average female in the UK exposes herself to 515 synthetic chemicals a day during her normal grooming and make-up routine. That is a shocking statistic.
Rather than using ingredients that may be harmful and could have adverse effects on your long-term health, it makes sense to choose natural products for your home and family.
This is why we are committed to making only 100% natural products – it’s what we do.”
Ciara Daly: Makeup Brushes
“Ciara’s studio boasts the most unique, stimulating environment for both the aspiring and qualified makeup artist alike.
Always ahead of the trend, Ciara delivers high impact workshops and training within a trend setting environment where creativity is encouraged and nurtured. The premises are distinctive, inspired and are testament to the success of the founding makeup academy and Ciara’s esteemed position within the Northern Irish Makeup Artist Industry.
Ciara has tapped into that niche market bridging the gap which lay between the professional high end / high price brush ranges and the drug store standard.
So with this in mind, for the ultimate flawless finish, Ciara Daly presents her bespoke range aptly entitled Complete Control.”
Lucy Annabella: Luxury Bath & Body
“Colleen Harte was inspired to create Lucy Annabella Organics when she realised that ‘being organic’ is as much about what we put on our bodies as what we put into them.
Colleen is a Complementary Therapist and Clinical Aromatherapist who has been an organic health enthusiast for some time. She lives by the ethos that our health is paramount to our happiness. Colleen travelled the globe in her quest for knowledge and the best ingredients and dedicated farmers. On her return to rural County Tyrone she pursued her passion and created Lucy Annabella.
We believe in bath and body functional products which benefit our health therapeutically and are wrapped in luxury. We deliver certified sustainable beautifully designed and packaged products. Lucy Annabella, our aromatherapy expert formulates and develops our brand of organic bath and body products for your body and mind.
Borne out of a desire to create sublime oils, lotions, milks and candles made from organic plants and herbs, Lucy Annabella brings you luxury, free from harmful chemicals. We want you to experience gorgeous products made from only the best essential and plant oils. From the exquisite packaging, to the divine aromas released upon opening, Lucy Annabella’s ethos of organic luxury is evident in every scent. We have created a range of products which encourage renewal and restoration. Lucy Annabella wants you to immerse yourself in a cocoon of sensual healing.”
Blank Canvas: Brushes & Cosmetics
“Our philosophy is simple : We see the face as a “blank canvas” with endless possibilities. We are an online cosmetic brand based in Ireland bringing you quality at an affordable price. Our affordable prices aim to save you money on expensive customs and shipping charges that often happens when ordering from international countries.”
Super Facialist by Una Brennan:
“Úna’s aim is to attain plump, vibrant, glowing, healthy skin at any age and for every skin type from the inside and out. Her belief is simple: “Skin is magnificently clever but at a very basic level it needs water in the cells and to be able to breathe”.
Her sought after facial treatments fulfil this basic need – they are logical, thorough with every single stage important, but most importantly they work with the skin, not against it. And just as all of our skin is the same but different, much like a fingerprint, so too are Una’s facials – they are all of similar structure but are, in every respect, bespoke. Her clients never know quite what they are going to get when they come in, from a freezing cold power ball of frozen enzymes (her favourite treatment to revitalise – icy cold!) to a physically lifting and plumping lymph drainage mask or to phytoplacenta sheet mask with freeze dried seaweed… there are so many combinations of treatments to hand so she can get the best targeted results for every skin.”
Have you tried any of these Irish skincare & make-up brands? Or, will there be any making their way onto your wish list? Whatever your thoughts I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stope by and say a quick hello! Wishing y’all a fantastic St Patrick’s day 🙂
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*All info above sourced as an excerpt from brands own website*