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Is there really such a thing as a signature scent?

Pamela Paul observes the changing patterns in perfume practices throughout a woman’s life and contends that there is no set scent for life.

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Beauty buzz: Brush up on sonics

How did a scientist who was working on an Aids vaccine go on to create the Clarisonic? Vickie Maye talks to the facial cleanser inventor, Dr Robb Akridge.

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Michelle Miller has courted controversy.

Does beauty matter when it comes to getting a dream job?

Should we aim to score a non-threatening seven out of 10, looking not too hot or too plain at work? Vicki Notaro asks if one woman’s controversial theory holds any truth.

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This week’s must do, see and buy

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We are a little bit in love with Chupi, the Irish designer making delicate gold jewellery inspired by the beauty of natural and wild things. 

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Danielle Romeril is the queen of London’s catwalk

Her collection lands at Samui today and the Dublin designer is just weeks from debuting her S/S collection at London Fashion Week. Somehow, in the middle of it all, Danielle Romeril found time to meet Rachel Marie Walsh.

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They are, hands down, the coolest shades on the market. And they’ve come to Cork. 

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Weekend loves: This week’s must do, see & buy

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There’s just one week to go until Singin in the Rain finishes its run at Cork Opera House. 

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Lesley Keane’s 20-year journey from window-dressing to MAC Senior make-up artist

This month marks Lesley Keane’s 20th year as a MAC Senior Artist. She gives Corina Gaffey the lowdown on working with celebs like Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell — plus she reveals her top make-up tips.

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Beach fashion: The swimwear men should choose to suit their body shape

Short, long, tight or tailored, whatever a man’s choice of swimwear, the focus should be on what suits his body shape, not the latest trends, says Deirdre Reynolds.

 

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Meet the beauty industry’s most in demand casting director, Ashley Brokaw

The odd, unconventional looks of today’s most successful models are largely the result of the vision of one woman. Alice Gregory reports.

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The bottom line between thongs and big knickers

Deirdre Reynolds says big knickers are making a comeback for 2015 but these ‘granny pants’ are a far cry from the baggy bloomers immortalised by Bridget Jones.

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How to be the best tressed this season

After the low-key looks of last season, styled hair was back on the catwalks for A/W 2015. Be the best tressed with hairstylist John Geaney’s guide to the up do.

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It isn’t easy when you discover you’re pregnant and still want to maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

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The "look" of the season is a thing of the past

In a world where fashion moves Instagram-fast, the “look” of the season is a thing of the past. And that’s a cause for rejoicing, says Cathy Horyn.

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This week’s must do, see and buy

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The taste of summer? According to our very own wine critic Leslie Williams, look no further than The Rossini Cocktail.

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The clothes lines we hope will give us the it-factor

With clothes from Kendall and Kylie’s debut collection a must-have on the festival circuit this summer, Paula Burns tells us why celebrity collaborations give us a slice of their lives.

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How to master the ’no make up, make up look’

This season make up is all about staying natural and enhancing what you’ve got.

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If the shoe fits: the history of the high heel

A new exhibition exploring our obsession with shoes opens today at the V&A. Suzanne Harrington ditches the heels and takes a look.

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DIY grooming gifts to get your dad for Father’s Day

Keen to avoid giving your father a gift that doesn’t really wash? Lisa Haynes rounds up the best in preening for pops.

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Five, key high street pieces for summer

Introducing “The Modernisers” – five, key high street pieces for summer guaranteed to bring your wardrobe bang up to date. Rachel Marie Walsh reports.

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Why more and more people are getting their teeth whitened

Irish people are increasingly looking for that Hollywood smile, and dentists are reaping the benefits, says Dave Kenny.

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Trend of the week: Totally tropical

Get ready to indulge your exotic side.

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Red Carpet Wrap: Sienna Miller, Michelle Rodriguez, Alicia Vikander, Marion Cotillard

Sienna Miller chose this stunning Gucci gown for the Cannes Film Festival.

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Red Carpet Wrap: Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Rita Ora

Ecuadorian designer Gabriela Cadena dressed Eva Longoria for the Inside Out premiere at Cannes this week, but the full-length trompe l’oeil panel on this gown is weird and distracting.

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Trend of the Week: Monochrome

Great style – it’s black and white really, writes Annmarie O’Connor.

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Street trend: Helen Murphy

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Jennifer Aniston: Read her beauty tips here

Jennifer Aniston doesn’t give many interviews, but she was prepared to talk to Elaine Lipwort about her beauty life — and a little more in her own words.

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Roz Purcell sizzles in that cool cut blue suit

When model Roz Purcell asked ex-footballer-turned-designer Pat Morley to create ‘that’ blue suit for the VIP awards, it was the beginning of a fashion sensation, writes Liz Dunphy.

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Octogenarian Helen Ruth Van Winkle is an internet sensation among all age groups

Kentucky octogenarian Helen Ruth Van Winkle’s brash online persona has turned the internet’s obsession with young people on its head, writes Margaret Jennings.

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Take a peak inside a Korean women’s beauty cabinet

Famed for their meticulous skincare regimes, women in Korea use up to 12 products every morning and night.

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Is fashion worth the money spent?

With price inflation and high fashion inextricably mixed — to the tune of 15% per annum, despite austerity — can the concept of ‘investment fashion’ really be justified? Or is it just a swindle for gullible buyers, asks Rose Mary Roche.

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Vintage: the revival is set to run and run

With more designers clamouring to dress stars than dates on the calendar, why are fashionistas like Victoria Beckham and Rihanna paying retail for William Vintage? Rachel Marie Walsh spoke to brand founder William Banks-Blaney.

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