(Safe)Tanning in the Rain!

What do you get when you raise skin cancer awareness in London with bikini-clad models bronzed with Tanorganic and torrential rain? Huffington Post’s 2nd Best Image from Around the World of course!! One month of rain bucketed down in just a few hours, you’d expect this to be worst weather to promote an all-natural and organic fake tan and a #safetanning…

Chemospiration, Wexford and Sunshine!

Teaming up with Tanorganic, Sam McCauleys and Marie Keating Foundation, 17th July was a fun Friday, not only for the sun splitting beautiful sunshine but for the great cause it was in aid of. Sam McCauley and Tanorganic donated 1euro per bottle sold in June and July to Breast Cancer Ireland. Marie Keating Foundation were…

Canspiration!

[A piece on the piano to mark 4 out 5 weeks of radiotherapy completed] Parents try to prepare us for the world of give and take. We are given pocket money as youngsters but we are expected to do chores in exchange. God gifts us with talents and inspires us with passions. Talents are given…

Bald with Benefits

When my hair first started to grow back after chemo, I decided I was going to keep it short as I loved it. I had several dreams that my blonde hair was magically already down to my shoulders. I was distressed in my dreams, looking in the mirror saying “No! No! I’m not ready for long…

Flower Blossomed Stronger

After my last chemo session on the 1st April, it took 5 weeks for my hair to slowly start sprouting again. I had been quite fond of my low maintenance routine of never having to shave my legs or under arms so it was strange to see hair making an appearance again. When I saw…

Stonehenge’s Summer Solstice 2015

What better way to celebrate my first week of radiotherapy but to get dressed up and ring in the Summer Solstice sunrise at Stonehenge with 23,000 other people!! A 2 hour drive from London, Stonehenge is Europe’s best known prehistoric monument and is one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Among its many mysteries of how and…

Irish Beauty Blog Awards – Shortlisted for Best New Blog!

I’m absolutely stoked that my blog has been short listed for Best New Blog in the Irish Beauty Blog Awards!! My blog, launched in February 2015, is only 3 months old and already I have been on two chat shows, radio and numerous online and print newpapers. Now being nominated for an award is such…

Mad Max: I AM FURIOSA!!!

The release of Mad Max Fury Road on 14th May has us all sitting anxiously on our hands with bated breath. I decided to take matters into my own hands. It’s been just over 2 weeks since my 7hr operation (double mastectomy, reconstruction & removal of lymph nodes); I’m a Chemo Queen and I am Furiosa, helping women…

No Pain, No Game – of Thrones

(No Spoilers!) As we anticipate the release of the 4th episode of Game of Thrones tonight, I feel I’ve had my own experience in the Seven Kingdoms during my 9 day stay in the hospital after my operation on the 20th April. Waking up in a delirious morphine daze, I tried to figure out where…

Saturday Night Fever!

I have been out of action for the past few weeks as I had my operation on 20th April, which went well and which I’m still recovering from. This time has allowed me to reflect on my appearance on Brendan O’ Connor’s “The Saturday Night Show” in RTÉ’s Dublin studio on 11th April which still seems so…

How not to look like an Egg!

I know there are some of you out there still trying to gnaw through the remainder of your Easter Eggs. To celebrate Easter festivities drawing to a close (and so you don’t end up trying to eat me!), I have filmed a very quick makeup tutorial of the two essential tricks I do every morning…

Amazebald!

When my witty friend Christina first saw pictures of my new look, she cleverly coined the phrase “Amazebald”. Yes Chemo Queens, we are Totes Amazebald !! If it weren’t for chemo, we would never have known what fabulous shaped heads we had lurking underneath our mops of hair. To the Chemo Chicks out there who are about…

Queen Dresser

When I moved into my new apartment, there was no room in my kitchen to put my beautiful shabby chic food dresser that my fabulous aunt Jane had bought me last year. I used to have the shelves lined up with tins of food and rice/pasta but now I have found an even better place…

Love Your Head Day!

Today is the 10th March and my 32nd birthday. It was also supposed to be the day of my 5th session of chemo however I hadn’t taken the steroids in preparation for it so they sent me away from the hospital for me to do my chemo tomorrow instead. I’m extremely disappointed as I wanted to mark my birthday…

Snoods of Fun!

When you have a bald head you quickly realise how insulating hair must have been!  I sometimes feel a chill around my ears and the back of my neck even when I’m just sitting at home working from my laptop. It’s important that Chemotarians avoid getting sick or picking up a cold since our immune systems are taking a battering….

Interstellar

After being cooped up at home recovering from the chemo effects, I feel today is a rebirth into the world again. I’ve been to another universe and back, and boy does it feel good to have that spring back in my step again! To celebrate my reintroduction to the world, today’s look is Interstellar. Make-up: Lush Lipstick “Passionate”…

Love Your Body – Shop!!

Yesterday was a glorious day in London and it was also my 4th cycle of chemo, which meant only one thing: Playing with sunshine n’ shadows! After my treatment, I rushed into Westfield Shopping Center in Shepherd’s Bush to pick up some much needed supplies before the chemo effects kicked in. It’s great to have…

Black is Gold, Bolivian Queen

Before my new look, whenever I got ready in the mornings I would always put on my make-up first which was usually fail proof subtle brown eyeshadow. I would then quickly fix my hair, throw on whatever respectable looking, mildly put together outfit I could find with understated accesories and then run out the door….

Make-up is my Wig

A hospital appointment with doctors for a pre-chemo consultation can mean only one look:  Looking fabulous! I don’t need a wig when I have contouring, shimmer, bronzer and eye makeup to play with instead. But today I take it one step futher. The nice shadow of hair I used to have has faded, it isn’t as defined and it has become a bit…

Access your eyes!

I used to be a “less is more” girl when it came to jewellery. Unless the earrings and necklace came in a matching set, I would just wear statement earrings with a subtle necklace or vice-versa. Now it’s “more is more”. Your head needs all the company it can get! Mix accessories with strong eye makeup…