Michelle Kinsella Lee is one of Ireland’s leading freelance makeup artists with over twelve years experience in her field. She lives in Dublin with her husband, two little girls and her pug Coco Pop. Michelle specialises in bridal, editorial, TV and celebrity makeup and travels nationwide and internationally for her work. She tells us how […]
Ingrid Hoey is a fashion stylist and fashion presenter. Ingrid lives in Dublin with her husband Neil, two daughters, and a 9-year-old Bischon Frise dog that thinks she’s human. She sat down with us and shared how she practices self-care every day. What does self-care mean to you? Self care to me, is taking time […]
Adding an acid toner to your skincare routine provides multiple benefits, but it can be difficult to know which acid is right for you. Depending on how your skin feels, it’s a good idea to mix acids in your routine. Use our Simple Guide to Acids to figure out what’s right for you. THE […]
Fasten your seatbelt and listen up! We’re excited for you that you’re going on holiday and all that BUT we are worried about your skin. Did you know that the lack of humidity in an aircraft cabin is a whopping 20%-50% lower than what the skin is most comfortable in? You may not have known [...]
1.Use an Exfoliating Skin Toner Winter often leaves us with dry, flaky skin and more skin cells dulling the surface of the complexion. Before travelling, it’s essential that dead skin cells are sloughed away – otherwise, you’ll end up with flakiness, dry patches and an uneven complexion. Start using a mild acid toner such as [...]
In skincare, Acids equate to vitality. There are different types of acid, all with various functions and you do need to be aware of what is what, but when used correctly and in the right concentration, an Acid Toner is guaranteed to produce the following results: 1. Acids accelerate cell-turnover Essentially, they act like a [...]
It’s January so let’s assume we’re all bouncing off to the gym with ponytails swinging and lycra clinging after a session of transcendental meditation to start the day, the year, the New You. I said ‘assume’. Anyhow, well done - whatever it is you have decided to do or not to do. In the off-chance [...]
Dry, flaky skin and a feeling of tight discomfort are all skin complaints that we hear time and time again. A lot of people find that particularly in Winter time, their skin needs something extra to look supple and feel soft. Cold weather, lack of sunshine, indoor air conditioning and excess partying (!) can be [...]
It’s party season again and we would like to give you the gift of clear, glowing skin. If your skin is looking tired and dry unfortunately no amount of glitter will rescue it. These simple skincare tips will help your skin to look its best this Christmas.
Stocking Fillers for The Skincare Addict in Your Life
Looking for stocking fillers? Do ever wonder how the Christmas stocking tradition came about? Long, long ago, it is said that St. Nicholas, upon hearing the plight of a poor man’s three beautiful daughters, decided to help. He had to help in secret, as the man was too proud to accept charity. After dark, he [...]
Looking for Skincare Gift Ideas? Read our essential Gifting Guide first!
For the skincare addict in your life, gifting skincare might seem like a no-brainer. But beware! Skincare aficionados are notoriously fussy and often extremely well informed on all matters skin- related. When gifting skincare, you need to consider gender, skin type, serum- cream- or lotion- people, scent or no scent people, those who cleanse once, [...]
Put your Party Face On …..but please don’t leave it on!
Good Lord. It’s here. The time of year when the invitations fly in the door, whizzing across What’s App groups and snapping onto chat platforms. We say things like ‘every weekend in December is ‘booked out’’ and ‘I’m refusing from now on – there’s only so much partying one can do’. There are night time […]
Autumn is a time to appreciate the Beauty of Nature, a time when everything must Fall. With colder weather, drier air and darker days, Autumn is a time of change. Your skin changes too – dies a little, dries a little and changes colour just like the leaves on the trees. You might notice a […]
Deciding on your personal skincare routine can be confusing and time-consuming and can involve (often expensive!) trial and error. There are a few basics that are literally the Holy Grail of skincare routines. Once you have these basics covered, it’s easy to build your own routine to suit your specific skin needs.
Skin Pollution is the current buzzword in skincare. What is it and what can we do about it? Is it even a thing that we need to worry about? Is anti-pollution skincare worth investing in? We’ve waded through the research, read the literature and summarised all you need to know about protecting your skin from […]
Listen up Brides, this is important. We know that you know that glowing skin is your number one bridal beauty accessory. We also know that you’re probably investing in facials, treatments and miracle pore-reducing therapies. And possibly putting them into the wedding budget planner under ‘miscellaneous’….
All Dressed up and nowhere to Glow? You can buy the outfit, put on the make-up, false tan the bod, but how oh how do you get The Glow? Glowing skin tops the list of beauty must-haves this Summer – nothing shouts youth, energy and vitality quite like a face that has The Glow now […]
Winter B-Gone! Transition your Skincare from Winter to Spring
As Winter finally draws to an end and we look forward to longer days, balmy weather and sunshine, our wardrobe is not the only area that needs to be transitioned. As a living, breathing organ, the skin is highly sensitive to environmental, daylight, humidity and weather changes. Read on for some transitional skincare tips…
Our new eye cream, Recover, launched recently. Recover is a lightweight, rejuvenating and non- irritating eye-cream which is packed with multi-tasking ingredients specifically targeted to address eye area skin concerns such as puffiness, fine lines and dark circles. Recover hydrates, protects, smooths, soothes and restores the skin around the eye area. But, it doesn’t matter [...]
Busted: The Real Truth about Makeup Removing Wipes and Cleansing your Face!
Are you using makeup removal wipes to clean your face? Skincare experts suggest staying away from them! Find out why… Wipes seem to be the easiest and quickest way around to clean skin. But is that for real? Discover the real truth behind wipes and what they do to your skin.
Squalene may be a relatively new buzzword in skincare but it is a natural chemical that has been existence since the very beginning of Life on Earth. That’s about 3.5 billion years ago! It may in fact, have played a very significant part in sustaining life on earth – when the surface of the earth […]
Dry or Dehydrated? Every Woman needs to know the Difference
You might be thinking that dry skin and dehydrated skin are one and the same thing but this common misconception can lead to complexion problems. Dehydrated skin is not the same as dry skin and the two require different treatment when it comes to skincare solutions. Read on to find out what the difference is, [...]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar I have decided to share out one of my favourite recipes – this dish ticks all the boxes for me. The boxes that I need ticked these days are: -Easy -Nutritious -Healthy -Tasty -Quick -All my children eat it -Filling -Not much equipment required (translation: minimal washing […]
Not Clear on the difference between Vegan and Cruelty Free? Read on …
In order to make ethical choices in the cosmetics we buy, we need to understand the terminology that brands use. Cruelty free and Vegan are two terms that can be confusing for consumers. Can a product be both? Can a product be cruelty-free but not vegan? If a product is vegan, does it necessarily follow […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar Sitting around the table last week at home, I posed the question ‘What would you like to do when you are grown up? My audience consisted of four girls aged 7 – 13. Also present were my sister and mother, three generations of women all in all. The answers […]
A Campaign to #PressforProgress International Women’s Day celebrates the political, cultural, economic and social achievements of women everywhere. Gender Parity won’t be achieved overnight, but with collective action that draws awareness, everyone can play their part. This year’s Campaign theme is #PressforProgress. It’s a strong call-to- action to press forward and progress gender parity. A […]
Less than a year after Pestle & Mortar CEO Sonia Deasy appeared on QVC USA, we are thrilled to announce that she will be launching on QVC UK on March 7th at 8.00pm! It’s an exciting opportunity and we’re right on track to hit our distribution goals for 2018. Our launch on QVC USA last […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar Well read it if you must then. Because I have been instructed by my Husband and Marketing Manager Padraic to write a monthly blog-post when I’m really not a writer, and because it’s December, a month when my head spins while the tills ring, a month which arrives out […]
It’s finally here! The long awaited new eye-cream by Pestle & Mortar has hit the shelves amongst a flurry of anticipatory excitement. Aptly named Recover, the Pestle & Mortar eye-cream is a virtual powerhouse of goodness for the skin around the eye area…………but why? Well, first things first. Why do we need to invest in […]
Pestle & Mortar’s Double Cleansing System is a Winner in Red Magazine’s Best of Beauty Awards
The Beauty Editors at Red Magazine – that inspirational lifestyle edit for smart, confident, fashion forward women – have announced the Pestle & Mortar Double Cleansing System, as a WINNER in their Best of Beauty Awards 2017! Launched originally as a set, the 3-component double cleansing system, comprising Erase, Renew and the double-sided face cloth, […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar About a year ago, my sister who – it’s important to note – is older than me and therefore used to bossing me around, rang me. That in itself is not blog-worthy but the conversation we had is relevant to the recent launch of my new Pestle & Mortar […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar November. It kind of rhymes with Remember. Which is appropriate, as in the month of November, I need to remember four significant birthdays – three of my children were cursed blessed with the Scorpio birthright and so was my only sister. This November, I have hosted three birthday parties […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar CEO The Pestle & Mortar creative director who also happens to be my husband asked me (told me) to write this blog post – I agreed with a groan because I don’t generally micro-examine what I do and I’m not a pro-blogger by any stretch of the imagination! Anyway, […]
Six Simple Travel Skincare Tips to keep your Skin Hydrated!
Travelling for work or going on a holiday? We bring you our Super Six Travel Skincare Tips to keep your Skin Glowing on the move! Hydrated skin is far from your mind when you’re out and about. But the damage may not be easily reversible! Our simple Travel Skincare Tips help you keep it glowing […]
Heard of Meadowfoam seed oil but don’t know how it benefits your skin and what it is doing in your skincare? Here’s an ingredient spotlight telling you why it is great to have it in your daily skincare routine!
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar Children ruin your life as you know it but there is a better life to know. There is always one child in a family who can never find his (yes, his) shoes. Your teenager is the only person who can say ‘I hate you’ and you will understand […]
We bow to the Retinoid Royal Family of Skincare, but what is the hierarchy and which family member deserves our adulation most? Retinol, retinoids, retinoic acid and retinyl palmitate are known to be super-effective topically applied anti-ageing ingredients, but this family can be confusing for anyone seeking the best non-prescription retinol product to incorporate into […]
by Sonia Deasy, Pestle & Mortar It’s February – the month when the Western World celebrates Love. Heart emojis bombard us and anyone who is over one year married avoids restaurants. Marriage. Now that’s another story altogether. I read somewhere once that love is a verb. Like walk or run, it is an action […]
They say you can’t love anyone unless you love yourself. Who’s they? The people who say things, and even if they don’t say it, we’re saying it now. Valentine’s Day in all its commercial glory can make some people want to pyjama-up, lock the doors, turn off the phone and indulge in a Netflix binge. […]
Turmeric – Ingredient Spotlight Written By Kate O’Brien I’ve been preaching about the benefits of turmeric for some time now so I am delighted that this powerful Indian spice is finally enjoying its superfood moment. I use it so often that the tips of my fingers even have a rich saffron tint from peeling and chopping the […]
Oils and Skincare Secrets – Top Oils for Better Skin – the Next Mile!
Oils and skincare are the best kept secret in the world of beauty. Do you know what the top oils can do for your skin? And which are the ones you should try? Here’s our starter guide to help you get going! If you’ve liked and tried some of the great skincare oils we introduced […]
5 tips to help kick the sugar craving but still keep that sweet tooth satisfied!
By Doireann Wylde Let’s talk food! Don’t worry, this isn’t a rant or high-horse blog post, it’s actually about how to look and feel better while still having a good time! All the deliciousness we love comes from the sugar and fat in food. However, they are also the worst foods for your skin. Sugar […]
By The Beauty Informer We invest a huge amount of time and money into finding skincare products that’ll give us beautiful, glowing (and youthful!) skin. However, it’s important to remember that what goes into our bodies can help too. There are so many great foods out there that not only taste great but do wonders […]
9 Top Tips For A Fun Filled Outdoor Irish Adventure!
By Doireann Wylde The key to a healthy balanced lifestyle, in my opinion, is good food, exercise, self-love, and people to share it all with. Summer time makes me want to get outside and see some of the beautiful island of Ireland! And it’s a brilliant way to get some exercise in and release […]
Envy people who sleep easily? How you wish your brain had a switch that would turn your mind off at night. Thanks to the 24x7x365 office-at-your-fingertips, run-run-run, work-until-dawn-and-collapse culture that we so often fall short on shut-eye. And that brings us face to face with the whole baggage of dark circles and puffy eyes!
Let’s talk about Pomegranates! Skincare and pomegranates go together – Yes, that seedy bright red fruit that looks like it’s too much effort to peel and eat? Yes, you’ll be surprised to discover how great those small red pearls are for your skin.
You wake up one fine day and notice those dreaded fine lines on your face and neck. And you wish it were a bad dream. But time and wrinkles have a bad habit of slowly and surely creeping up on us, no matter how hard you wish them away. Wouldn’t it be great if you […]
You love your skin and pamper it too, but you maybe actually harming your skin more than anyone else. Our top skincare experts at Pestle & Mortar bust the most common skincare and ageing myths for you – so that you know your angels from your demons!
Stay Warm and Glowing this Winter – with Pestle & Mortar’s Winter SkinCare Tips!
Winter is here. Is your skin ready to face the change? Find out what you can do now! Your wardrobe has changed with the weather, but what about your skincare routine? Is your skin prepped up for the winter? Pestle and Mortar bring you five simple steps to get you through the winter – with glowing […]
You’ve read what to eat for good skin. Now here’s what not to eat! After all, what you eat impacts not only your health and figure but also your skin. GIGO or ‘Garbage in-garbage out’ becomes the golden rule when we’re talking about our body. So, a bad diet means dull, lifeless, problematic skin.
Children, family, work, home, friends… when you’re running around to juggle all these and stay calm, looking beautiful and fresh can often take a backseat! Here are our Top 5 Beauty tips for women on the go .
It’s no secret that healthy foods give you younger fresher smoother skin. But which ones should you root for? Our nutrition and skin experts at Pestle & Mortar bring you the list of Top 5 foods for great skin!
5 Great ‘Do it Yourself’ Tips to totally cure Puffy Eyes
Big day ahead and you’ve been working hard… late nights, lots of pressure, but you’re holding up all right. Sounds good, except that your eyes might begin to look like heavy sacks with every passing day (and night). What can you do? You hardly have the time for a full night’s sleep; forget a facial! […]
Summer’s knocking on our doors and we all love the outdoors – going to the park, the family picnics, hitting the beach and more… But are you and your skin ready for the sun? Here’s our mantra of five simple tips to help you enjoy this summer without the simmer –
Hyaluronic Acid Products Are The Latest Weapons In The Beauty Arsenal.
Hyaluronic Acid anti-ageing products are the latest weapons in the beauty arsenal and, everywhere you go, there’s talk of this secret component that turns back time! Who doesn’t want to look young forever? Nature usually has its way with lines and wrinkles creeping up on our best laid plans, but not anymore!
The only 3 things you need to know about Hyaluronic Acid
It’s one of those skincare ingredients which definitely has ‘can’t do without’ status for anyone serious about skincare, but Hyaluronic Acid can be a confusing ingredient to understand, and not least because of its name. We’ve simplified it for you. Three stand-out benefits make this ingredient a skincare must-have and we’ve summarised them for you […]