Team ICM: what we’re loving this week

On the search for a new nude lipstick? Our editor has found her perfect nude and you won’t believe where it’s from!

  • The Devlin Hotel, Dublin

  • Standing, Sitting, Lying Down at St.Patrick's Day Festival

  • L'Oreal Elvive Dream Lengths hair care range

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Flash lipstick in Boy

  • Jessie Doodles

With St.Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’ve got some really great recommendations on what you should do and where you should eat this bank holiday weekend. Along with these riveting finds, we’ve have also listed our new beauty must-haves and our favourite fashion designers that we’ve been obsessed with this week. Keep scrolling for more information of what the Irish Country Magazine team have been loving this week.

Kate Devereux, Advertising Manager

24 hours in Ranelagh

Was coming to Dublin for a match lately and decided to make a girly weekend out of it. For once I took no part in selecting the itinerary, which would usually send me into a panic frenzy. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with my 24 hours in Ranelagh. From accommodation in the Devlin, dinner in the Nightmarket, drinks in McSorley’s and breakfast in Dillinger’s, it was a fantastic girly getaway without having to venture into Dublin city centre. The Devlin, a relatively new boutique hotel, is ideal for an overnight visit where you don’t plan on being in the room all night. The cosy and quirky rooms are a real novelty hit, a little tight on space but that’s the idea; snug and compact. The Nightmarket is literally one of the best authentic Thai restaurants I have ever tried. With endless dishes with an array of flavours across the menu and great customer service, it is an amazing restaurant. To end the trip, we indulged in American-style pancakes and coffee for breakfast in Dillinger’s which lived up to its reviews. Ranelagh I will return!

Klara Heron, Acting Editor

Oh Boy

The latest launch from Chanel beauty is Rouge Coco Flash, a reformulated lipstick collection to replace the Rouge Coco Shine line. Fans of Shine need not despair, the new collection is a dream. With 27 shades, the lipsticks have been redeveloped to give a high shine and gorgeous pigment payoff. They’re really comfortable on the lips and feel really hydrating, thanks to nourishing plant oils – so much so that I’ve barely had to reach for my lip balm as I’ve been trialling it these last few weeks. Having tried a few shades, I’ve fallen head over heels for Boy, a beautiful pinky nude I now never want to be without. Chanel Rouge Coco Flash (€36), out now.

Keeva Tyrrell, Journalist

McDreamy

My hair has never been something that I’ve struggled with, until recently. I have always had thick, long brown hair and I haven't really changed up styles, bar the occasional trim on the ends, so when my hair began to feel weak and look oily, I knew something was wrong. Up until about three months ago, I would usually wash my hair every third day but at Christmas I found that all of a sudden my hair began to appear greasy just two hours after washing it. I originally put it down to diet or hormones and I tried different shampoos and conditioners but nothing seemed to work or restore it to its former glory. My friend recommended the L’Oréal Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair range as she said she was surprised at how much loved the products - and it's worth noting that she has short hair and they worked for her! With my hair at its worst, I decided to try the shampoo and conditioner from the range and i am glad to say that I have never looked back since. I am not sure if the range is designed to target oiliness or limp hair but it's worked wonders for me. I'm still not sure what was causing my hair issues but for now order has been restored and once again I can get up to three days out of my hair and it looks strong and healthy again. The L'Oréal Elvive Dream Lengths shampoo (€5.99) and conditioner (€5.99) is available in boots and in supermarkets nationwide and they are always on special offer so you can definitely bag yourself a bargain.

Maeve Barry, Marketing Manager

Spring style sensations

You’ve got to hand it to them, the Danes have it down when it comes to ultra-cool fashion brands. My current obsession is to scroll – and drool – over dresses from Ganni, Stine Goya and Rotate Birger Christensen. These three labels, all based in Copenhagen, couldn’t be any hotter and the women behind them have serious style credentials. The two ladies behind Rotat, Jeanette Madsen & Thora Valdimars, are Instagram gold, follow them for Scandi-cool style inspiration and be prepared to fall down a serious Insta rabbit hole. Ganni have been making use swoon for some time now and have made cowboy boots an investment purchase rather than a fad – something I am very much on board with thanks to a cowboy boot obsession and a Texas husband! Stine Goya’s dreamy cotton candy dresses in pink and blue make you feel like you are playing dress up – and who doesn’t love that? Having all three brands from the same city, and on the tip of fashion editors and mavens tongues, shows the talent coming from Denmark, and the influence their fashion week and street style stars are having on the industry. Plus, as designer duds go, they are not extortionately priced. Don’t blame me if you credit card takes a hammering though! All three brands available in Brown Thomas and many online outlets.

Róisín Healy, Features Writer

Thoughtful gifts

The team recently gifted me prints from Jessie Cave, otherwise know as Jessie Doodles, which made me smile. Jessie’s work is bright, cute and full of attitude. Plus, fun fact, Jessie played Ron’s cringe-worthy girlfriend in the Harry Potter movies.

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Laura Merrigan, Art Director

Standing, Sitting, Lying Down…Literally

As part of the St.Patrick’s Day Festival, tonight and tomorrow night, four contemporary composers will perform their work on a multi-speaker sound system transforming the confines of the incredibly sounding Knight of Glin Room at the Irish Georgian Society on South William Street. Artists include Simon Cullen (Ships, Music For 18 Machines) Michael Gallen (Ana Gog, Sudden Wells), Glenn P Keating (The Bons Ensemble, The Redneck Manifesto, Jape) and Jennifer Moore (Dream Cycles). Each offer their own all-encompassing sonic experience, which you can choose to engage standing, sitting or lying down.

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