Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Same chic different day: What I've been up to! All my news & views.

Everything has been so manic lately I don’t know where to start! I have been super busy which obviously is a great thing - it just leaves me less time to blog. To me blogging is a really positive thing because I find in some cases you get to work on a really cool project or task but then it’s straight on to the next thing - so by looking back and writing about the experience you truly get to appreciate it. On my more challenging days I love looking back to the blog and reminisce about some of the really cool and exciting moments I have experienced over the past five years in the industry. 

Over the past couple of months I was working predominantly on styling Madeline Mulqueen for the ‘Transformers 4: Age of Extinction’ global press tour which wrapped up recently in Tokyo. Madeline became a great friend as well as a client and we both really enjoyed working with different creatives to bring the vision of what we wanted to life. It was a massive honour to dress Madeline in an array of Irish Designers - some that are spectacular and up and coming and then others who are incredibly established. I haven't put all the shots up together before on my blog so here is my styling of Madeline for the tour in case you missed any of the looks:
Madeline wears Joanne Hynes in Brazil for T4 premiere
Madeline wears bespoke Geraldine O' Meara for the world premiere in Hong Kong
Madeline wears bespoke Zoe Carol in Berlin
Madeline wears the 'Gaia' dress by Colin Horgan in Beijing
Madeline shines in 'Louise Kennedy' in New York.
Madeline wears an orange 'Farrah' number from Starla Dress Rental for the Miami red carpet of Transformers 4
Madeline & her fiancé Jack at the Shanghai Film Festival. Madeline is wearing bespoke Geraldine O' Meara

Madeline pictured in AQ/AQ from Divine boutique at the Dublin premiere of Transformers
Jack Reynor & Madeline in Tokyo. Madeline is Wearing Giovanna Borza dress & bag.

As well as using Irish designers I also used two Irish boutiques: Divine Boutique for the marbled blue AQ/AQ Dublin premiere dress, and the ‘Farrah’ dress from Starla Dress Rental for when Madeline rocked the red carpet in Miami which had the right vibe. As many of you know I am a big Starla fan. I have used their dresses for a lot of Sunday World Magazine cover shoots and also made my Starla Xpose debut earlier this Summer where I talked all about Debs season. You can catch the video here.
Me talking all things debs from Starla Dress Rental on the fab Xpose!
In other news - I will be giving some style advice, showcasing seasonal must haves and doing some trend forecasting which you can check out out on www.starla.ie over the coming weeks. We will be giving you the lowdown on all things autumnal.

In other news - for the 25 year anniversary of Fair City I was delighted to style Aisling O' Neill & Karl Shiels for a cover shoot for the Sunday World Magazine to mark the monumental occasion. Actress Aisling who plays Carol in the show wows in this Mango LBD which is just €49 from Clerys teamed with glam ankle strap pointed shoes from Buffalo Dublin. Karl who plays Robbie is decked out head to toe in River Island menswear. The shoot was photographed by celebrity photographer Evan Doherty & MUA was by the fab Make up by Aimee.
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behind the scenes
My most recent styling work for the Sunday World magazine was styling Sky Sports presenter Rachel Wyse for a glamorous cover shoot and spread. Rachel was so much fun to style & is so nice! Both looks gracing the cover are from River Island & there are pieces from Harvey Nichols in Dundrum Town Centre , Starla Dress Rental and Sales & also top Irish designer Zoë Carol featured in the spread too.



Pics by Evan Doherty Photography www.instagram.com/lauramullettstylist

I recently went to the Curragh for the Irish Champions Weekend with my friend Aoife Walsh. We had an absolute ball! We chatted all things Dracula with the lovely Victoria Smurfit, made some bets and ate the most beautiful food with prosecco in the 'Desert King' panoramic suite. I felt like a queen! Such an amazing day. I am still obsessed with Victoria's green Louise Kennedy number. On the day Aoife wore a stunning seasonal floral dress from Coast in House of Fraser in Dundrum. My purple futuristic print dress is from 'Almost Famous' in Clerys. Princess Palles kindly let us borrow some glam hats on the day. We were delighted and had great fun picking them to match our dresses!
Ladies at the races in The Curragh! #ICWstyle
Now that we are fully in the clutches of Autumn I will be posting all of the high street steals and AW14 launches on the blog over the next week. This will show what is available in a store near you in terms of clothes and accessories. This way you gals will be kitted out with bargain on trend buys for this season. I am working a lot at the moment it has been pretty crazy. I am working on Saturdays as a personal shopper in Dundrum which is super exciting! I love being part of the style team there. It is a fab service. If you would like to book in with me to find the perfect party dress or to shake up your wardrobe with some trendy warm outfits I am glad to help. To book in with me you can call 01 299 1700 or email customerservice@dundrum.ie & request me by name.

I am up at the crack of dawn tomorrow to head to Lusty Beg Island just off of Fermanagh! I will be reviewing the beautiful resort and all it has to offer. I'm excited for a mixed bag of clay pigeon shooting and spa treatments! I will also be posting instagram updates instagram & on twitter  #watchthisspace


Until then...
xo

A Galaxy of Beauty: The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event!

For all you ladies looking to embrace autumnal trends for your make up - there is a very exciting upcoming event in Brown Thomas. Clear your diaries! The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event takes place from the 16th October- 2nd November. I don't know how many of you gals have visited the new Brown Thomas Beauty Hall but it is so contemporary & chic. Brown Thomas also offers over 125 complimentary beauty services ensuring the new Brown Thomas Beauty Hall is the one stop shop for all your beauty needs. I am a massive Bobbi Brown fan as of late & I love their concealers and colour correctors for under the eye. They are sublime for my pale Irish cailin pallor that needs a little brightening around the eye. I pop in to Mandi at the Bobbi Brown counter who always helps keep me abreast of the current beauty trends - be they dewy, matte or fashion forward I always leave after learning something new.

 The Brown Thomas Galaxy Beauty Event takes place over 18 days &  will host exclusive launches, beauty master classes, fragrance workshops and welcome visiting artists from around the world, bringing their expertise to the forefront. One event I am excited for is the non surgical pop-up and dermatology seminar with Dr Jane Mulrooney and Dr Katherine Mulrooney in store on October 23rd. Customers can expect a “Selfie Masterclass”, sharing tips and tricks on how to take the perfect selfie and how to filter to perfection!!!

A first in Ireland is the appointment of the Brown Thomas Beauty Personal Shopper - the celebrated Warren Dowdall. Warren has been with the Brown Thomas for seven years, working previously with YSL and Bobbi Brown. The Brown Thomas Beauty Personal Shopper offers an array of services including:

1. Complimentary express make up sessions to help perfect your look, these 15 minute long one to one’s with Warren allow customers chose a feature they wish to “perfect” and the in-house expert will go through the tricks of the trade and how to achieve this.

2. Make overs for 30 mins/60 mins/ 90 mins from €25 Euro, Warren will complete a full make over for any occasion, where customers can then take home products, across all counters, to the value of the session.

3. Wedding and Bridal Party pampering sessions will be hosted by Warren Dowdall for brides-to-be, where their dreams will be realised with the perfect big day look and pre-wedding grooming essentials!

Brown Thomas welcomes an array of visiting make up artists from leading beauty brands during the beauty event, which will leave customers looking and feeling like stars in the sky. Benjamin Ruiz from Laura Mercier from 16th – 18th October, shu uemura’s Chief make up artist Haydn Jones on 16th October and Aveda Technical Hair Educator, Ilona MacDonald on 16th & 17th October and Bobbi Brown, Featured Artist Mary-Ann Keenan will be in store on 23rd & 24th October. MAC will showcase their newest looks in a seminar in Browns Café on 16th October. Fragrance workshops will be hosted by the finest in the perfumery realm, Killian, MEMO, DIOR, Chanel and Bella Bellisima.

In addition to the vast variety of beauty products available in the new luxurious Beauty Hall, www.brownthomas.com has now extended the offering online with even more beautiful beauty brands to choose from in the comfort of your home.

Oooooh I am so excited!

xo 






Monday, 1 September 2014

Beauty blog review: Fuschia Mineral Make up!

I love make up but in many cases make up doesn't love me back! I have sensitive skin and as I hit my mid twenties I seem to be more susceptible to allergies and intolerances when it comes to beauty products and skin care. I gave myself 4 weeks to review the mineral powder by award winning Irish brand 'Fuschia Make Up' to see how it would affect my skin over that period.
image from @lauramullettstylist instagram
The jumbo brush and mineral powder are a match made in heaven. The soft brush when swept gently in circular motions results in a soft but non caked finish. I found that it helped my complexion as it is non comedogenic so won't clog your pores. I got a lot of compliments on my make up and people asked had I been away on holidays! I moisturised well, applied a small amount of liquid foundation and concealer and applied the mineral powder gradually. I added small dustings starting with the t-zone area and built up the coverage till I had a matte finish on my forehead and chin where I didn't want a shine. 
image from @lauramullettstylist instagram
As a pale skinned gal with a typical Irish pallor I found I achieved a warmth to my skin without that dreaded orange hue. My skin looked peachy and dewy. For daytime I was light handed with the powder to get the most natural result. Being honest - I was delighted with the results and it is great to have the opportunity to support Irish brands. My skin is clearer since the 4 week starting point and looks more nourished without make up. #shopirish

The 'Fuschia' mineral foundation is priced at €26. The 'jumbo' buffer brush is €30. 

I hope you enjoyed this post! You can check out 'Fuschia Make Up' on Facebook here & their official website with product and price listings is here.



Until Next time,

xo


Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Styling Madeline Mulqueen for the Transformers World Tour!

I have been really busy as of late but I have been really enjoying it! I am Madeline Mulqueen's fashion stylist for the 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' world tour. Madeline is accompanying her fiancé Jack Reynor who stars in the Summer blockbuster.
Me styling Madeline for a press fashion shoot earlier this year.
I decided to dress Madeline in a collection of truly special Irish designers. Some were selected on the basis that their designs emulated the flavour of particular cities where premieres are being held and  numerous outfits have been the fruits of collaboration where the dress has been made especially for Madeline. It has been so exciting to be a part of that process discussing fabrics, textures and styles that come to life. We endeavoured to use as much Irish designers as possible due to the wealth of talent here in Ireland. I aimed for contemporary structured chic for the Asian premieres working with fantastic designers such as Colin Horgan, Geraldine O' Meara and Joanne Hynes. For the european and US premieres we have gone for modern, elegant & refined looks and have both been thrilled to team up with Zoe Carol, Geraldine O' Meara, Sean Byrne, Louise Kennedy, Natalie B Coleman and many more. It has been brilliant to work with Madeline - she has a very adventurous sense of style and looks stunning in the attire.

For the first premiere on June 19th in Hong Kong Madeline wore a custom floor sweeping gown teamed with dewy fresh make up a striking red lip and soft waves in her hair. The monochrome number was finished off with a lacy belt to tie the look together. What I love about this dress is how demure it is and how it perfectly sits on Madeline's petite frame. The dress is by Geraldine O' Meara who is a fashion designer of bespoke special occasion dresses and bridal wear and is based in Crinkill, Birr, Co.Offaly.
Jack Reynor & Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Hong Kong. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net
Jack Reynor & Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Hong Kong. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net
The second Transformers premiere took place in Shanghai on June 22nd. Madeline wore another Geraldine O' Meara design. The bespoke black and white dress has a hot pink sash that cinch's at the empire line of the dress accentuating Madeline's waist. The dress has an Audrey Hepburn vibe and is a very demure length. The model's make up and hair is very pared back which complements the style. The look was a real showstopper at the closing ceremony of the Shanghai film festival.
Jack Reynor & Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Shanghai. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net
Jack Reynor & Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Shanghai. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net
The third dress Madeline wore is a fashion forward Colin Horgan 'Gaia' dress for the Beijing premiere on June 23rd. I teamed the beautiful translucent number with black and white strappy sandals and a black slip underneath to keep the look contemporary and youthful. I think Madeline looks truly great in this outfit! It is very chic and the structured shape is a real nod to Transformers. Colin Horgan is a young award winning Irish designer and has been labelled a one-to-watch due to his innovative designs that are minimalist and contemporary with a futuristic element. 
Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Shanghai. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net 
Jack Reynor & Madeline Mulqueen pictured in Shanghai. Mandatory image credit: Getty images/image.net
The next outfit Madeline will be wearing is a glamorous Louise Kennedy dress in New York city tomorrow. Myself and Madeline had a fantastic time in Louise Kennedy HQ in Merrion Sq before her departure for the Tour. The very stylish Peter talked us through the new collection and we tried out so many options one more spectacular than the other.
Madeline & Peter in Louise Kennedy
Madeline and I had a ball as she tried on designs by one of Ireland's most loved and established designers who has dressed everyone from Meryl Streep to Beyonce. The below picture is not the LK dress Madeline will be wearing for NYC but wow she truly does look phenomenal in it!

Madeline in Louise Kennedy
Madeline & Peter in Louise Kennedy
I can't wait for you guys to see the Louise Kennedy dress for the US premiere in New York tomorrow! It has been a fantastic experience so far getting Madeline red carpet ready in the selection of top class Irish designers. I am so thrilled to have been tasked with styling her head to toe for the premieres spread over 3 continents. It has been an amazing challenge so far!! Watch this space. There are still a lot of fabulous red carpet Transformers premieres to go…. Make sure to check out the trailer below! The movie looks brilliant  I cannot wait to see it.



xo

Sunday, 27 April 2014

I hit the green carpet for 'Tarzan' the Premiere!

One of the best things about being a Journalist is working in radio. I love working covering premieres and previews on red carpets - or in this case green carpet! I covered the Tarzan Premiere in The Odeon in Point Village for In Colour on Rte 2xm. I interviewed Twilight star and 'Tarzan' himself Kellan Lutz. Kellan played tough guy Emmett in the Twilight saga but in person was soft spoken, friendly and a dream to interview. He divulged how he loved Tarzan and Disney movies like the Jungle Book as a little boy. I was accompanied by photographer Emma Ratcliffe of Travel Style Food.
My outfit for the night! photo by Emma Ratcliffe
Thanks to pro make up artist Breifne in Inglot Make Up Ireland Dundrum. She dolled me up to cover the Tarzan premiere!
  #inglot #makeup #nofilter http://instagram.com/p/nI1whJqRQN/ 
The carpet was green in honour of the occasion. There were hundreds of little kids all lined up enjoying the pre- movie festivities. Fruice were giving out Juices and there were snakes and many other jungle animals on the scene. There was a very fun childlike atmosphere befitting the tone of the movie.
photo by Emma Ratcliffe
The Young actor is jetting all over Europe promoting Tarzan and enjoyed soaking up the sunshine on his trip to the capital: "Its good to back in Dublin. It is the first time I have been here and it isn't raining! I love it"
photo by Emma Ratcliffe
"Motion capture is a lot of fun because stand aside hair and make up - for a guy like myself I don't care for hair and make up and for motion picture you get to throw on the suit and act in an imaginary world that you create. There is no set dressing so you have to visualise the trees being here or a butterfly or a vine. You get to play in a fantasy world."
Still frame from 'Tarzan'.
I asked Lutz did he love Tarzan growing up, he explained how he did and that he feels like "every little boy had those colouring books and watched Disney movies. I loved Tarzan, Mowgli from 'The Jungle Book', Simba from 'The Lion King'. I think every kid acted like an animal from their favourite movie and to be an actor and to bring these heroes to life - Tarzan being the top of that food chain for me- was very special and a childhood dream for me." 
photo by Emma Ratcliffe
Kellan Lutz has had a quick descent into stardom with skyrocketing into the spotlight as buff vampire Emmett in The Twilight Saga. I questioned what that felt like - after working on Twilight, Hercules and   Tarzan to be in demand: "I'm extremely grateful. Really blessed. You set goals for yourself in any occupation to have something to drive towards. For me as an actor I would pick roles that are iconic, that I am very passionate about. Life is very short so I would rather do work that doesn't feel like work. In the movie world it takes about 2 years for any film to come out by from start to finish. So it is a lot of time to dedicate to put yourself in a project and not in other ones. I am delighted to have brought 2 of my childhood heroes to life. I'd love to play He- Man!"

Lutz has some exciting movies he has been working on. The Expendables 3 is coming our Aug 15th. The Hollywood star is also producing a lot of action films at the minute and a passion project of his 'Redeeming Love' will be released soon.



You can listen to the full interview here & also there will it will be on the show tomorrow at 8pm I will post the link on my Facebook + you can tune in to www.rte.ie/2xm

xo





Monday, 21 April 2014

Illustration of me by Holly Shortall!

Massive thanks to the super talented Holly Shortall for this cool illustration of me! I am wearing my Cameo the Label dress from 3NY I picked up in Soho in New York during Fashion Week in February teamed with an orange chanel bag. I really cannot wait to use it on my official website.

Holly is ridiculously talented. She was all over the press this week after Kim Kardashian reposted one of Holly's illustrations and it literally got almost half a million likes. No mean feat.


Make sure to check out Holly's page on Facebook here


Be bold, be brave & misbehave!

xo 


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Win a 3 month subscription to Glossybox!

As all you dolls know I am a Glossybox lover. I am like a child at Christmas when the postman comes with my monthly delivery of beauty treats! Lipstick Gossip and the fabulous folks at Glossybox have teamed up to offer one of you lucky ladies a 3-month subscription to Glossybox!


Each month, Glossybox sends you a carefully selected range of five must-have beauty products, all beautifully wrapped in the signature pastel pink box and send straight to your home. Brands featured in Glossybox this year include Givenchy, Nuxe, John Frieda, Sarah Chapman, Figs & Rouge and many more.  You can enter this competition on Facebook or twitter.

To enter on twitter: Follow www.twitter.com/GlossyboxUK + Follow www.twitter.com/lauramullett & Retweet the #glossybox competition tweet on @lauramullett to win.

To enter on Facebook: 'Like' www.facebook.com/Glossybox + 'Like' www.facebook.com/lipstickgossip and 'Like' + 'Share' the glossy box status on 'Lipstick Gossip' to enter. Finally - comment to say 'done' + tag 3 Facebook friends.




Best of luck!!

xo