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Girls Night In

Stay in your Pj?s, sip cocktails and get pampered ? The Perfect Girl?s Night In

What better way to catch up with friends than a Girl?s Night in with some nibbles, cocktails and well-deserved beauty treatments! It?s in an informal environment where you can relax, wear your PJ?s if you want and chill out.

It?s a great idea for Hen Parties if you want to get your nails & makeup done while getting ready to go out for the night, or if you decide to stay in and get some relaxing treatments such as massage & manicures at your own leisure.

Bridal Prep with bridesmaids in your home or hotel takes the stress out of getting to a salon the week of your wedding. We use a fabulous spray tan that is very popular with brides as it gives you a golden glow, and fades like a dream. Perfect for photos and if you are going on honeymoon, you don?t need to worry about patchy tan!

Here at Skin Kandy, we bring everything to you, so you don?t need to worry about a thing. We only use high quality products at affordable prices. All treatments from manicures & pedicures, massage, makeup, spray tan, threading and more?

So get your friends together and enjoy some time out!

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40 Shades of Flawless Foundation

Flawless Foundation by Make Up Forever

The original Make Up Forever HD foundation has been around since 2008. Now a new HD Ultra foundation has been formulated.

It is silky on the skin, not greasy and not drying. It is water based which explains how it glides into the skin so easily but it has a very smooth almost light silicone feel once blended, even though there is no actual silicone included. It contains luminosity boosters which stimulate the blood circulation. These skin boosting ingredients help to give the skin a natural oomph and radiance. It contains hyaluronic acid so it plumps a dehydrated skin and evens fine lines.

When tested on oily skin and a dry skin, it performed exceptionally well on both types.

Make Up Forever HD Foundation has 40 shades??..

  • The shades are categorised into four main colour groups. Light, medium, tan and dark.
  • Within each of these groups there are red based foundations and yellow based foundations.
  • The numbering system on the base of each bottle consists of a letter and then a 3 digit number.
  • The letter is either an R or a Y depending on if it is a red base or a yellow base. The light shade numbers all begin with a 2, medium with a 3, tan with a 4 and dark with a 5.
  • The numbers all go up in 5’s so the lower the number eg R210 the lighter the foundation compared to R260 which is a higher number and therefore darker.

Once you get your head around that it’s actually easy to pinpoint what shade you need.





Acne Myths Dispelled

blog-acneTypes/causes of acne:

If you are an acne sufferer, below you will see what category your skin fits into. Antibiotics just don?t work for some people.

Hormones – just starting periods, just finishing periods, peri-menopause, menopause or all of them

Bacteria – Propionibacterium Acnes is the bacteria that gives our friend its name – all it needs is the perfect environment to spread

Inflammation – illness, foods, stress – a system fighting illness is inflamed on its own, add medication and you are doubling your potential problems, foods can cause inflammation (especially food allergies) and stress always causes inflammation – all breeding grounds for acne

Sensitivities – allergies, reactions to products, reactions to foods/environment


Dispelling some Myths and Old Wives Tales:

Acne is caused by dirty skin. Not true. There is a massive difference between bacteria and dirt. Over-washing your face destroys the acid mantle that protects your skin, makes an alkaline environment, makes your acne worse and your skin a dry, dull, sore breeding ground.

You can ‘dry up’ spots. Not true. A spot is a mixture of oil, inflammation, bacteria and dead skin cells. No water in that list. All you are doing is drying the surrounding area in the hope that it will make the spot look smaller. What it actually does it put the spot on its own ‘look at ME’ platform.

You can use toothpaste or nappy cream to spot-treat acne. Really! A one-off spot may have its redness taken down – temporarily – by applying one of the above. If acne could be fixed by Oral-B or Sudocrem all of our problems would be solved.


Things that may help:

Avoid mineral oils when cleansing. Natural oils are better for the skin.

Avoid too much alcohol in products. A ‘tingle’ is ok. A ‘burning’ is not. Products where the main ingredient listed is alcohol will dry out the surface of your skin, destroy the acid mantle and make the perfect breeding ground. However: alcohol is sometimes a necessary evil for suspending things like glycolic acid in a solution – where they would normally not work as well. Remember the glycolic benefits override the alcohol.

Avoid soaps and foaming washes. These break down the acid mantle of your skin (think: armour) and make your skin a 10 on the 1-10 acid/alkaline scale.

Don’t pick red cysts. A whitehead can be popped in the correct manner. A cyst is going nowhere and will always, always prevail if you battle it. And then it will scar.

Don’t completely strip your skin of oil and moisture. An acne skin that sticks solely to foaming cleansers and oil-free products is nearly always – always – reddened with inflammation and sensitivity. Thus making more work for yourself.

Cleanse with good quality oils and balm cleansers. There is absolutely no reason to avoid oil when you have acne.


Use topical exfoliants. Acids used topically help alleviate blocked pores, dead skin cells, trapped hair follicles and reduce your acid mantle to the lower end of the scale – usually around a 3/4 – which is in layman’s terms, strengthening your first line of defence to the acne. Think glycolic and salicylic.

You can use products like benzoyl peroxide, found in spot treatments, to topically treat bad acne spots. It can penetrate the pore and kill off the bacteria specific to acne, but I prefer the acids in the step above. Sulfur is more commonly used, but a word of warning – in my experience, both can be drying to the skin in high %’s. Go easy.

Hydrate your skin and consider that it might need oil in places. You can have acne in areas and be really dry/dehydrated in others.

Consider supplementation such as fish oils. Fish oils work for acne OR psoriasis and eczema – so if you have any of those – or all – I would definitely recommend. I take anything between 3000 and 10,000mg a day depending on the day, my skin and circumstances. If you are vegetarian you can use flax – but fish is much better. (Sorry!)

Probiotics are a must. Especially if you are on anti-biotics. Your skin is the first place to show anything going on in the gut. Keep your stomach/intestines as strong as possible. Go for the highest dosage you can find – and remember with probiotics – they degrade very quickly so if it says 2 billion on the packet – by the time it gets through processing, packaging, delivery and shelf it could have gone down to 1 billion – literally halved. I always take double the RDA.

Avoid moisturisers with shea butter. Yes its natural but its harder than most oils for the skin to break down and thus tends to clogs pores and give you nice whiteheads. For additional questions contact the Skin Kandy Team!


May is skin cancer awareness month and to support this we highly recommend applying a good Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant ? we love?Jan Marini?s SPF?s as they are the ultimate in wearability! Below we will explain the benefits of both. With the expected hot weather, one particular thing is very important – SPF, which stands for sun protection factor. Many people in Ireland have fair skin, freckles, moles, go red and burn very easily. .


?The Jan Marini products are a medically graded skin care line which have the real science behind them that people can count on to make a difference to their skin?. While cosmetic surgery seems to be all the rage, the truth is that most of us want to know how to work with what we have in the most natural way we can. That means eating right, living a healthy lifestyle and finding the .


At Skin Kandy we use Jan Marini for facials and peels which use the most modern ingredients and technology in their products.?Jan Marini Skin Research is known for creating breakthrough product solutions and dramatic technological advancements. Jan Marini targets anti-aging, hyper pigmentation, acne, rosacea and generally clearing sun-damaged, dehydrated skin. Choose from our variety of facials and peels for younger, healthier more hydrated skin. We have done a mini Q + A below with .


Skin Kandy makes staying beautiful and groomed a breeze by bringing beauty to your office. Twice a week, every second week Skin Kandy beautifies employees at the Eir HQ in Dublin. The beauty of having a private room on site makes it perfect for offering our full range of services – nails, spray tan, hair removal, massage, skin treatments and make up. Employees have the chance to secure their appointment by booking in advance .

What You Need To Know About Rosacea

Rosacea (pronounced, rose ? ay ? sha) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin which appears on the face – most commonly the nose and cheeks, creating a butterfly effect. It largely effects people with fair skin and this is why it’s known as the curse of the Celts. The severity varies a lot with each person. It is believed that some individuals are predisposed to developing Roascaea because of hereditary factors. These .

Why We Should Be Using Fruit Acids In Our Skin Care

Many people are aware or have heard about fruit acids, but can be a bit scared of using because they aren’t really sure what they do and think they are “harsh”. ?Yet they are very important for maintaining healthy, youthful skin. Let’s get to know why they are so powerful, safe and becoming frequently used in skin care products… What Are Fruit Acids? Fruit acids are referred to as Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHA’s) and .

The “Shellac Wrecks Your Nails” Debate!

So many people these days say that Shellac ruins their nails, but when it is applied correctly and removed correctly, there will be no damage to your natural nails ? I genuinely believe that, I know it! So lets discuss why people think it’s damaging! First of all, I’ll be mentioning both Shellac and Gelish, because they are the 2 brands that I use and work with. The Difference between Shellac & Gelish: Shellac .