I wanted to put a list together to answer some commonly asked questions about which salons and shops I recommend for specific beauty treatments. Due to the nature of my work I have tried and tested many of the leaders in the industry and narrowed it down to my favourites, places I would be confident sending anyone and knowing they will get the service they desire. Just to note, as I live in Dublin the list will naturally centre around my locality.
Edvard and Pink Beauty Salon, located in Dundrum town centre has a huge salon that feels like an oasis in the middle of a busy chopping centre. Their pedicures are second to none and attention to detail doesn't go unnoticed for me. I get asked regularly about my nail colour, as I am pretty unadventurous I usually stick to nudes on my hands. My favourite Shellac colours are Romatique, Nude Knickers, Bare Chemise and Cashmere Wrap. Manicures start from €30 and pedicures from €40.
There are two types of facials in the world, the tranquil kind that involve lots of beautifully scented products and facial massaging and then the facials that are results driven and often not as fluffy. As I am after results I personally prefer to spend my money on the latter. Hydrafacial is something I have spoken about before and have a separate blog on so I won't go into too much detail here but in summary it is a wonder treatment I now can't live without. I go to the Beacon Face and Dermatology Clinic where prices for the treatment start from €150. This leads me on to my next subject…
With anti wrinkle injections and fillers becoming a go to for more and more women here in Ireland I have noticed an increase in interest and information requests from many of you across my platforms. While I have never had fillers done, I do have anti wrinkle injections in my forehead. In the Beacon Face and Dermatology Clinic I have been to both Dr Orla Grimes and clinic owner Mr Kambiz Golchin for my treatment. Both are expert leaders in their field, Mr Golchin is an ENT consultant and Facial Plastic Surgeon so I feel confident that I am in the best hands possible, something I think is of the utmost importance when undergoing any procedure. I can’t stress enough how important it is to do your research if you are thinking of trying injectables, and remember, you get what you pay for. Many clinics that offer inexpensive anti wrinkle treatments are not using authentic Botox and are using cheaper alternatives so always ask to see the product being used before committing. Prices for Botox at BFD Clinic start from €275 per area which includes a review appointment 2 weeks post treatment in which any adjustments can be made if patients wish.
Dublin’s eyebrow queen holds residence on South William Street at Claudine King Brows and Beauty. When I first went to Claudine about 2 years ago I had one ‘ok’ brow and one that did whatever it felt like at that moment in time. She threaded and tinted them regularly and showed me where to let grow back in and avoid plucking. By the time my wedding came around a couple months later, I was really impressed with how much they had changed and since then my brows have continued to keep growing and now match each other perfectly looking full and fluffy! Prices for a shape and tint are from €32.
If there was one thing on this list I couldn't live without it would be lash extensions. I never had bad lashes to begin with, they just never held a curl particularly well no matter what products and tools I used. I have been going to Rebecca in Vintage Glamour, Arklow, for over two years and have had my extensions applied pretty well consistently throughout that time. She specialises in Russian 3D Volume Lash extensions, again I have a full blog you can read if you would like more info. I have experienced no damage to my own lashes over the course of the two years and can’t recommend her highly enough. I don't feel the need to spend time on eye makeup if I don't want to and I love having them on for no makeup days, I still feel put together even if I have done the minimum. Volume lashes are priced at €90 for a full set and €50 for infills.
My hair guru is well known here in Ireland as she swoops up every trophy in sight. Danielle Garner has just opened her own hair studio in Ranelagh and will be taking on new clients from November. I trust her to keep my hair healthy while giving me the colour and style I am after. She is super creative and a pleasure to be around which helps…getting an appointment is the only problem! Word of advice…she is worth the wait!
While this may not be part of everyones beauty regime going for a massage every now and then is something I love to treat myself to. My all time favourite place to go and unwind is ESPA at Powercourt Hotel, the level of professionalism and luxury you experience is second to none with a beautiful range of treatments on offer. Their relaxation hydra pools and thermal suites are worth the visit alone. The perfect escape or gift for someone and well worth a visit in my opinion. Prices for massages start from €105.