Mane ‘n Tail 

I’ll be straight out with it … The title of this particular brand never floated my boat … Mane ‘n Tail I mean come on a sleek, shiny Black Beauty type stallion comes to mind ! I digress 😀

Thanks to Pippas Style factory and Keane on Style both held at the Brehon Hotel in Killarney I have had the chance to try out some of their products.

First up is there Hand & Nail Therapy – Intensive Protein Enriched Moisturiser. Protein I say … Mmmmm current buzz developed by horse owners to moisturise dry cracked or brittle horse hooves ! Jesus the soles of my feet aren’t that hard – tough leather comes to mind – or are they … I take a look ! No I’m not a horse from the ankles down. These horse owners noticed a dramatic improvement in their own hands as they applied the Cream to the horses by hand … Hence this range was born.

While it claims to do lots from moisturising, protect, maintain, soften and restore the feet, hands & elbows I can genuinely say that continued use of it on my hands and I have noticed a difference in how soft they are ! I don’t use it on my feet every night but for fear of turning more equine and with the thoughts of longer warmer days on the horizon I will start to use this one more often on my feet !

So for the record, use this every night for a week and you WILL notice a difference for the better.

Mane ‘n Tail Shampoo for Shiny & Healthy hair – well heck ya we all want shiny healthy hair 😀 I thought it was a bit glupy coming out of the bottle but a small piece lathered up really well & I have to say it is shiny ! My hair gets greasy quite quickly so and I had heard that this can often leave your scalp feeling heavy so  I did give a good rinse.


IMG_1928The Mane ‘n Tail Deep Moisturising Conditioner then is blue … Yes just like your toothpaste 😀 It smells lovely. Cocunut Oil is one of the listed ingredients … Yet another of this seasons buzz words 😀 just need to leave it in for the norm, 1-2 minutes before rinsing it out !

I will admit I’m two days before my Christmas Cut n Colour as I type this so I can’t cope with even looking at my mop at the moment but yes Mane ‘n Tail is something I would definitely consider again.


Maybe you’ve stocked up for the Christmas already, maybe it’s something you’ll have to put on your payday Pennies Wishlist or maybe you’d love to win one for yourself or your bestie !

Pop over to my FB page and see how you can win yourself one.

Beauty & the Blogger

In my humble opinion … For what it’s worth
Evening lovely ladies … So I’ve been at this blogging craic for just over 6 months ✏️ Have been quite for a few weeks but will be back✏️ and after a few days of telling myself I really need to clear out the drawers in my ensuite today I finally got around to it … My God ladies the amount of beauty products that have accumulated (foc might I add) is simply unbelievable. I’m now wondering if the Fear an Phoist thinks I’m smuggling ufo’s in the back door !

Bearing in mind that I started this caper (blogging that is and not smuggling) in order to connect with other Moms who like me … Either have a house full of men and no daily dose of ‘pink” or simply want to enjoy or indulge in all things nice in their own spare time (sitting on the toilet in a hide for some of us – ha!)
Some days I open the post and wow yes that smells lovely can’t wait to try it vibes or … Phew that’s strong what’s in that … Did I ever even think packaging could have such a positive or negative effect on me ! Some things that don’t interest me at all ! I have learnt one thing though – sticky hand cream does not float my boat !

Did I ever realise that the beauty industry is bursting at the seams with all sorts and 40 shades of contouring for this or that. There are surely people employed by the big beauty brands to do nothing but send out sample product.

Down here in the back ass of this beautiful county do I really give a shit about which shade of charcoal eye liner gel goes with a particular number makeup brush … Puleassse … If the gang around here saw me with eyeshadow they’d think … Where’s she going ! Whereas in thinking I’m diva of the day if I’ve managed it … And with a sweep of my finger across my eyelid at that !
Am I ranting … I didn’t mean to … I guess it’s just I didn’t realise there was soooo much out there …. Don’t get me wrong I do love my cosmetics and potion and lotion myself as much as the rest of you !

Beauty bloggers must have a field day! I must admit I do love when a Bloggers Goodie Bag has something a bit different, for example we got samples of the tasty Solaris Tea at a recent event and cone on what Momma doesn’t love her cupán take !

So yes ladies I’ve discovered some real gems, flung out some serious shit and anything I haven’t opened I’ve put all to one side for a big giveaway before Xmas … Your pressie to yourself …. Watch this space beautiful people.

Next clean out job … The hot press and I really don’t think you want a blog post on that mess !

Elaine, x

Flourish with Organics Skincare


After being introduced to Flourish Organics at the Spa in the Dingle Skellig I was curious to find out more about them … Especially when I heard that they are the go to range for two 5* hotels in Kerry ! I’m partial to a spot of 5* when the purse strings are loose enough ! They are the “go to” brand stocked in the 5* Muckross Park Hotel in Killarney and also the 5* Park Hotel in Kenmare.  Had the luck to get contact details for the lovely Klaus of Flourish Organics who was so kind as to present me with a bag of treats. Klaus is so passionate about the work they do in Clonkeen and having used the products for over a month now I can see why.

Before I go on to talk about them I must share a memory ! Some of you will probably relate ! On opening and taking the obligatory sniff of the Rose Face Cream I was immediately brought back to my Grandmothers little glass jar of Ponds Cold Cream,  the smell is just the same.  So flowery – aka the Rose Cream.  There definitely roses in there somewhere however they got them in.

Klaus did mention to me that its good for Rosacea … As I do have a bit of the good aul Rosacea on my cheeks i was sceptical but I’ll give anything a try.

Pause …. I’ve just had to skidaddle to a mirror to check how rosy my cheeks look.  I think its hereditary ! I’ve just looked up things that trigger Rosacea and google reckons alcohol, hot or spicy food, emotional stress and heat are all triggers…….. Ladies if this is the case we could all have Rosacea.

I’ve been using the Vitamin E Face Cream every day now and I must say there is a “calmer” looking effect on my skin.  Goes on easily and smells of Roses.  I love the Peppermint and Tea Tree Foot Lotion from the Flourish Organics Range.  It smells divine!.  Leave it on the bedside locker and give your footsies a little treat before bed every night. They’ll thank you for it.

The Calendula lotion was one of the first I used … Maybe three months ago now when the weather was much warmer and I do remember finding it really cooling on my skin after a few hours at the beach so I reckon there’s lots of soothing ingredients in it 😀

I may seem a bit of a freak when it comes to cleansers.  I think their are different cleansers our there to do different jobs.  I prefer a good old cleanse when I have makeup on and maybe not such a hard working one when I just need to wash my face after a long day.  The Flourish Organics cleanser is a nice light weight face cleanser, doesnt get foamy or gritty on the skin and is great when you want to just wash your face before bed time and have had no makeup on during the day.  Apply it to the face, give it a little massage into the skin and wipe clean with a face cloth.

I’m all about face oils,  I love them so that’s next on my list. If you like a product made from natural ingredients, home grown here in Ireland, Kerry even and admire the fact that such high profile hotels in the county are stocking it … well then its well worth a try.

Klaus does all the farmers markets and I’m sure he’ll be seen at the Christmas markets throughout the county. Go have a chat, you’ll find he’s a wealth of information on all things natural & organic ! I’m sure they’ll have lots of lovely gift sets for Christmas


Geleration Nails

So off I go as part of my wedding prep to The Peninsula Spa at the Dingle Skellig Hotel.

I will say at the offset that the last time I had my nails done was for my only brothers wedding back in April 13 and that was just a polish. I am in fact a gel nails virgin. I usually put on a coat quickly if I’m going somewhere and pray it doesn’t smudge between the room and the car

My curiosity was high with all the media hype & talk lately about nails so I said here goes. I’m going to try one of these babies out … Shellac’s, Geleration and all such the likes.  I’m not into long or sparkly or neon colours or diamonds on my baby fingers – just a polish would suffice.

I was apprehensive about getting the nails done because there’s nothing wrong with my own nails.  They are quite good to be fair and even if I may say so myself pleasing to the eye ! I thank the Vitamin B12 !  I have heard and read that they really can damage your nails.  Eimear was quick to reassure me that it won’t happen.  Its my first time ever doing them and if I was doing them all the time they might eventually make the nails weaker.

Geleration Nail Colours

Geleration Nail Colours

Off I go and the lovely Eimear leads me in and proceeds to clean, file, buff, shape and all sorts to my nails.  Then she tells me she’s applying a coat of clear varnish which helps the Gel to stick to the nails.  I was wearing Red to the wedding so I choose the Dynamic colour.  I had been in the week before to make my appointment and we had chosen the colour from the swabs below.

Gel nails 2

After I got the first coat and all subsequent coats I put my fingers under the infra red (blue!!) gizmo as seen in the picture.

Gel nails 1

Gel nails 4

The finished product. Just after being done !

Gel nails 3

One week on, still perfect

So in true Elaine style I’ve reached a point where these nails just have to come off. They’ve served their time and its time to move on so I present myself back to get them removed.  I genuinely thought it would be a 5 minute process, cotton wool, nail varnish remover, bit of moisturieser and off I toddle but too my suprise my nails are first soaked in a softening solution, wrapped in damp cotton wool, followed by a layer of tinfoil and into a hot mitt for 10 mins.tinfoil1

This process helps to take the gel polish off easier,  Eimear just gently scraped the polish off and it came off no problemo. An oil rubbed to the cuticles to renoursih ! Nails can dry out with constant use of gel nails but I genuinely haven’t this problem.  No chips or weak nails either so for an occasion I would definitely try it again.  Nails do grow quickly with gel nails so after the two weeks the regrowth was becoming event.

All in all a great product.  And better than fake nails by a long shot.

Go for it … Be brave

Elaine x