Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Irish Beauty Blog Awards


On Thursday the 21st May Saibh & I headed for Dublin to represent Into The West Blogger Network (#ITWBN) at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards 2015.  We were only too delighted to take a stand at the event so we could tell everyone on the East Coast about ITWBN. We were also looking forward to supporting some of the amazing and talented Bloggers from ITWBN who were nominated for various awards. 

The Irish Beauty Blog Awards were set to be a glamorous event with top Beauty Bloggers including, So Sue Me and The Make Up Fairy all nominated for an award.  A curly blow dry later thanks to Hair Republic and a dress from Harper, we were on the 15.45 pm GoBus to Dublin.  

GoBus didn't win the Best Service Provider category at the Best of Galway Awards earlier this year for no reason... these guys are fantastic...they get you from Galway to Dublin non stop in 2 and a half hours and all important wifi on board to keep you entertained. 

The Irish Beauty Blog Awards were established to acknowledge the immense effort and commitment that is invested into creating a memorable and insightful blog and Lillie's Bordello was the venue for the Awards Ceremony.  It was perfect and I would like to compliment Lisa from TanOrganic on organising such a successful event.  

Saibh & Me
Pre event drinks in the Porter House Brewing Co

My favourite part of the night was mingling with all the amazing Bloggers & Brands.  It was so great to catch up with Philomena (Enhance What's Yours), Nirina (Killer Fashion), Lorna (Fashion Boss) and Mei Ling Tong (Darling Buds of Mei). Looking forward to seeing you all at the next #itwbnBloggerEvent in September.

It was also my first time meeting Jess from Chaos Wearing Lipgloss, so great finally putting a face to the blog.  Such a sweet lady who loves to blog about fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

Make-up Artist, Blogger and Salon Owner Annette O'Brien was also in the building.   This lady is definitely one to watch. This Cork beauty has some amazing make up tutorials on her blog and I also love her style.  

Saibh & Annette O'Brien MUA

The fun loving and gorgeous Jen from Too Dolly Make-Up always puts a smile on my face and it was also great meeting Amanda from The Chatter Box Diaries and Lesley from Bellinis And Blush  

Jen, Amanda, Me & Lesley

Of course its always a buzz meeting Pippa ... Model & Blogger at
Pippa was on fire at the Irish Beauty Blog Awards taking home not 1 but 3 awards... I love this obligatory snap...

Pippa & Me

The lovely Elisha from Along Came Pollly was looking stunning as always...another one of the West's finest bloggers.

Me & Elisha (Along Came Pollly)
Meeting Sinead from The Beautiful Truth was definitely the highlight of my night.  This lady is the best thing since sliced pan.  The Beautiful Truth is an award winning Irish Beauty Blog, that is honest to a fault and I love it.  Sinead gives us the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. 
Sinéad from The Beautiful Truth & Me
Its always great to meet others from home when your away... and I was delighted to get chatting to Joanne and Karina from Kinvara Skincare.  We had a great laugh and us girls will definitely be catching up for a cuppa in Galway very soon.
Karina & Joanne - Kinvara Skincare

And one of the finest in the blogging world... Suzanne Jackson from So Sue Me.  This lady is unreal... I've been a fan for a few years now and I'm delighted to see that all her hard work is paying off.  Suzanne recently launched her SOSU Gel Colour Polish Collection and already every beauty blogger across the Isle is raving about how amazing they are.
Suzanne from So Sue Me & Me

Everyone seemed to really enjoy the Beauty Blog Awards... I definitely did... but most importantly the awards ceremony raised much needed funds for Breast Cancer Ireland.  Congratulations again to the event organiser Lisa from TanOrganic...It was a super night and I'm looking forward to next year already.

Of course every event requires a new outfit... I wore this navy and white dress from Harper - It was very comfortable and easy to wear.  I absolutely love Harper... you are always guaranteed to find the perfect dress for that special occasion. This dress came with a price tag of €125!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

The Handmade Soap Company

The Handmade Soap Company is a really lovely story. Founded in 2010 by Donagh Quigley and Gemma McGowan things have changed since the days in their cottage kitchen, ladling the ingredients themselves, until the early hours of the mornings. The Handmade Soap Company products can be found anywhere from Blarney Castle to Brazil.

All their products are made using only the finest natural ingredients from plant and mineral extracts and are free from all those horrible nasties like SLS, Parabens & Petrochemicals.

My eyes lit up when I discovered Yummy Chocolatate & Mint and Au Natural With Rosehip Oil lip balm at the bottom of my Into The West Blogger Network goodie bag.

The packaging is really cute and the product itself is fab. These lip balm are now coming everywhere with me and because of their size are so easy to carry around in any handbag big or small!

You can choose from 3 flavour for €4.95 each, buy online at

You will also find lots more beautiful products and gift sets from the Handmade Soap Company with free delivery on ordered over €50 across Europe.

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Into The West Blogger Network 1st Birthday Celebrations at The gHotel,Galway

Into The West Blogger Network a year in the making...and what a wonderful year it has been!  It all started with 20 bloggers meeting in The g Hotel for afternoon tea one beautiful day in April. I was relatively new to the blogging scene at the time and had so much to learn and had so many questions to ask, but didn't know where to start. I had searched the Internet looking for a bloggers network in Ireland, but it looked like there was no such thing.  Yes there were regular blogger events in Dublin, mainly meet-ups or Press Days but no network to support or connect Irish Bloggers. Being from the West of Ireland I though wouldn't it be great to bring people from all over Ireland and beyond to Galway and show them what the West of Ireland has to offer. And with that, Into The West Blogger Network was born.

Soon after I met with the talented and creative Photographer and Blogger Saibh Egan.  It was like the universe had aligned us to meet.  I remember meeting Saibh for a cuppa and I could hear the excitement in her voice as I describe my vision for the network. She was as passionate as me about creating a network that would support and connection Irish Bloggers.  Within hours a logo was created and our plans for ITWBN's second event in The Gaslight Brassier was well underway.

Within a few short months word of Into The West Blogger Network had started to spread throughout the country.  Our quarterly events had become very popular with the bloggers and each event seen an increase in numbers.  We successfully filled the beautiful Riverroom at the Glenlo Abbey, the amazing Veranda Lounge in the Radisson Hotel and our 5th and biggest event to date was a sell out with 126 bloggers travelling from all over the country and beyond to be with us to celebrate our 1st birthday in the stunning 5 star g Hotel, Galway.

It was always going to be The g Hotel... the stunning surroundings in the Philip Treacy designed 5 star g hotel was the perfect location for us to celebrate Into The West Blogger Network's 1st Birthday, where it all began. The enchanting elegance of the hotel and the excellent food and service made it a celebration we will never forget.

From the second we welcomed all the amazing bloggers I knew the day was going to be so much fun...the atmosphere was electric and every one had smiles from ear to ear. Even though some people traveled by themselves to the event the nerves soon faded as everyone was their to network and the positivity was magical.

Into The West Blogger Network is all about connection and supporting Irish Bloggers. Our mission is to grow a network of quality bloggers within the West of Ireland and extend an invitation to the rest of the country and beyond to join us in creating a group of passionate and creative individuals that can learn from each other.  

The agenda for the day was both educational and fun with an emphasis on networking and connecting people. The speakers included successful Irish Blogger and ISPCC Ambassador Sinead Burke, Dee Dunne from Castle Print, talented Galway impressionist Aiden Tierney, motivational speaker Wayne Denner and Karen Brown Co-Founder of Karora Cosmetics.

Sinead Burke is currently a PhD candidate within the School of Education in Trinity College, Dublin. She is an Alternative Miss Ireland emeritus and documents the lives of some of the country's most intriguing and empowering people on her blog, 'Minnie Melange'. In 2014, Sinead received Image Magazine's Blog of the Year award and is and ambassador for the ISPCC's anti-bullying shield campaign. Sinead's witty personality and genuine love for blogging left everyone in the room inspired.

Dee Dunne from Castle Print gave a presentation on the importance of personal branding and marketing of your busine both online and off line.  She stressed how it's also a great idea to bring your business cards with you at all times, as you never know who your going to meet!

Wayne Denner, speaker, author and expert on Online Reputation and Wellbeing gave a presentation about the importance of your online reputation and how easily it can be destroyed.  He also gave lots of great hints and tips such as the use of google alerts and talkwalker.

Karen Brown co-founder of Karora Cosmetics told her inspiring story of how at the young age of 19 she took off around the country for 6 weeks to sell a car full of tanning products.  Today her company Karora Cosmetic is one of Ireland's most popular tanning products and is now available in the UK and the US.

During the day the Bloggers got the opportunity to network with brands and browse the many stands on display including The Body Shop, Amber Galway, Insight Haircare, Debenhams & Cotton Face Vintage.
The Body Shop


Insight Haircare

Cotton Face

There was also some light entertainment by the talented Impersonator Tierney Talks... click here to listen to his ITWBN journey.

We had lots of fun with the photobooth by Mez's Masquerade...

Into The West Blogger Network event would not be complete without an ITWBN Goodie Bag and lots and lots of prizes... thank you so much to our wonderful sponsor for all your support:

A very special thank you to for my beautiful pink sequin dress... It was made for the g! Harper have an amazing range of ocassional wear and are located on Eglington Street, Galway.  You can also check them out on 

Finally, without all the great bloggers Into The West Blogger Network would not be possible.... so I would like to extend a massive thank you to everyone who attended the event in the g Hotel and we look forward to meeting your all again at our next BIG event in September.

Photo Credit: Love Joules

That's a wrap!!!!