maven Loves: Our August Favourites

From a myriad of beauty, fashion and TV, find out what we loved in August

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Words by Nicole Thomsen
September 5th, 2016

At the start of each month, we like to round up all of the things team maven46 enjoyed in the previous month. From worthwhile staycations to a beauty treatment that will give you the best lashes of your life, keep reading to find out what was top of our hitlist in August.

Catch up on our July favourites here.

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La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant
As someone who doesn’t like to wear a lot of make-up, a one-product-does-all suits me down to a T. It helps that La Roche Posay is my go-to skincare brand, but I have to say I’m really impressed with the newest product in their range, Effaclar Duo+ Unifiant moisturiser. The product works to ‘unify’ the skin, correcting any redness and provides a very light layer of coverage almost like a BB cream. The product also contains blemish control features and is said to unclog pores. I’ve been using this for two-three weeks and I can see a slight change in my skin tone, it has a more even appearance. I use it alone with just some concealer under my eyes and on any red spots that haven’t been completely cured yet, but it can also be used as a base under your make up if you prefer more coverage. The product comes in two shades, light and medium and I use the light. The product couldn’t be easier to apply, I squeeze a little onto my fingers and spread evenly onto the skin- it glides on effortlessly, blending out with minimal effort. I’m no beauty expert by any means, but I would definitely recommend this product and will be re-purchasing as soon as my first tube runs out! -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick
It’s safe to say I’m obsessed with this lipstick range from Bourjois. They are almost like a liquid lipstick that dries matte, but not annoyingly dry like most matte lipsticks. I first got ‘Don’t Pink of It’, a perfect everyday pinkish nude that stays on for hours with just one swipe. Now I have added two more to my growing collection- ‘Peach Club’, a lovely summery coral and ‘Plum Plum Girl’, a darker raspberry shade. The deeper colours might need two coats of colour but it’s the finish that I love! -Adina, Marketing Manager

LVL Lashes
Before jetting off on my holidays last month I decided to dedicate a day where I could get all necessary (by my own standards) beauty treatments done, one of which being the LVL lash treatmentWhile I do have lengthy lashes, they are straighter than my poker straight hair and downright stubborn when it comes to holding a curl. Thankfully, this treatment which was innovated by the founders of Nouveau Lashes does the trick. LVL stands for length, volume and lift which just so happen to be the three words I would use to describe how my lashes look after the treatment. Whenever I get them done I forego using mascara for at least 2 weeks as it just isn’t necessary unless you are looking for a more dramatic look. This is my second time getting it done and it seems that I’m not the only one as LVL lashes are rising in popularity with many beauty salons now offering the treatment. If you’re in Dublin head to The Loft SWS for an appointment you’ll be glad you made.  -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

Staycations
There’s a lot to be said for Irish holidays, if we got the weather I think most of us would be happier to stick around here for the summer rather than jetting off to far-flung destinations. I spent last weekend in Dingle, County Kerry and had one of the best holidays I’ve had in a long time. With beautiful scenery, stunning beaches and great food you couldn’t ask for anything more. If you’re looking for some Irish destination inspiration have a look through our guide to the best yoga retreats in Ireland, a holiday that’s good for both body and soul. -Síomha, Editorial Assistant

All things Bostonian
Having just returned from a 3 week trip in America, it’s fair to say that I’m experiencing the common affliction known as the ‘holiday blues’. The time spent on public transport which I normally allot to Instagram is now dedicated to scrolling through the camera roll on my phone, wistfully perusing the images that depict sunnier climes along the east coast of the United States, particularly of Boston.

Despite only spending four days there, it was easy to fall in love with this city. Its chilled out vibe, delectable food (the North End is a must for lovers of Italian delicacies), friendly residents- the majority of which claim to be Irish in some shape or form- and accessibility made for a memorable trip. In comparison to New York City, the metropolitan area of Boston is easy to get around. You can walk to many parts of it and for times when you can’t, or your legs have gone on strike, The T, Boston’s Metro system is simple to figure out and relatively cheap to ride. Meanwhile, for the history buffs, this New England capital is not one to miss as the city has an in built map which you can follow on foot to all the historic landmarks along the Freedom Trail. If you’re planning a trip to the East Coast make Boston top of your list. -Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

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The Get Down
Set in the wonderful era of the ’70s on a street estate situated in The Bronx, The Get Down follows the life of Zeke, a young boy torn between following his dream of starting a music group with his friends or becoming a well-known political figure. A story focused on the difference between Dreams VS Money. Directed by Baz Lurhman, this made-for-Netflix musical drama peaks just around the time Disco died and Hip-hop was welcomed into the music world. With every character having a different backstory to the next, no personality is the same and the series does not lack any outgoing characters that’s for sure. Its vibrant music and exhilarating narrative stories make staying up till 2am to watch the next episode a necessity. -Hayley, Editorial Assistant

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
I felt like I was the only person in the world that didn’t know the OJ story. Ok, I knew who he was and what he supposedly did, and of course that the Kardashians were linked somehow, but that’s as far as my knowledge went. This series is not only extremely well written and directed, but the casting is terrific, especially Cuba Gooding Jr., who masterfully plays the part of O.J. Simpson. The ten part series tells a compelling story while shedding light on the facts you may or may not have already known along the way. Whether you know the story or not, if you start this you won’t want to stop. –Adina, Marketing Manager

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Feng Shui
Last month I completed a full day course in Feng Shui with QI Consultancy. Their Hong Kong based founder Sam McDaid was in Dublin for a few weeks, and so I grabbed the opportunity to get some invaluable tips. Feng Shui seems to have a bit of an “air-y fairy” reputation this side of the world, but I learned it is actually a form of environmental psychology. And in our fast paced world, where people and their moods are shaped by the space they surround themselves in, it really should be viewed as a crucial to our work and home life.

I’ve since Feng Shui’d my house which has taken a good bit of time and effort over the last few weekends but the results have been worth it. Through the creation of my bespoke floor plan and through the application of the five element theory, my house has become much more balanced. I’m sleeping better, working better and everything I own and where it is placed, has significance. -Leona McDaid, Publicity and Partnerships

Upcycling
As my colleagues in maven46 know, I’ve a very healthy interest in all things interior. My husband thinks I’m obsessed. But there is always something new to learn and I’ve not even scratched the surface with my new found hobby. I’m an environmentalist at heart and hate waste and so, when a local course in upcycling got on my radar, I immediately signed up. And the upshot is that upcycling is easy, hugely enjoyable and rewarding. Once you’ve started, you won’t want to stop and you also won’t look at furniture the same way again. Everything you see will have potential, something you can make your own. Believe me, anyone can do it. So get down to your nearest DIY store or local flea market (Dublin Flea Market is a great place to pick up treasures) this month and while away the wet Autumn evenings with some upcycling. -Leona McDaid, Publicity and Partnerships

Monki
I am obsessed with this Swedish fashion brand. After discovering it online it has become my new source of inspiration and a new way to empty out my entire bank account! Online shopping is one of my weaknesses and currently Monki is one of my favourite brands. I don’t take myself seriously and this brand reflects my personality! I am in love with colourful graphics, oversized silhouettes and minimal designs all of which are key components of the pieces that Monki sells. The quality is great and prices are affordable, as you would expect from a brand that is part of the H&M group. I love it. -Giulia, Marketing Intern

Blanket scarves
It may be hard to accept but summer is over for yet another year and autumn has settled itself down for the coming months. While I find that particularly hard to swallow, the blow is lessened by the autumn fashion that inevitably comes with the season. Bomber jackets, ankle boots, and sweaters make for cosy dressing but none more so than the blanket scarf. Perfect for when the office heating system lets you down, leaving you shivering at your keyboard and for the days when you misjudge the weather and forget about the umbrella- the blanket scarf is large enough and thick enough to keep you dry on the evening commute home. So practical, in fact, that I find myself with two in my wardrobe and another two in my online shopping cart. The first comes from Zara– no surprises there as the behemoth drops at least one blanket scarf every year that sells out instantly and can be seen on everyone from your auntie Mary to your co-worker Kate and all those in between. Its extravagant size and multi patterns make this a wardrobe winner that will freshen up the most simple of looks but it’s not without competition from Stella McCartney whose wool scarf can be wrapped around like a blanket or worn as the chicest poncho you’ll ever come across. –Nicole, Senior Editorial Assistant

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Chopped
I moved to Dublin at the beginning of August and it was hard to adapt my eating habits to a new culture. I don’t like cooking (strange for an Italian girl, I know!), but I love eating healthy and fresh products. When I first discovered Chopped it seemed a dream! With a great variety of salads at a competitive price and the possibility to create your own one, a salad bar like this suits me perfectly. During my internship here at maven46 I work all day so I need something quick and easy to eat during lunch time. I’m not one to prepare everything the evening before so this is the perfect solution! Easy, quick and healthy and with the possibility to pre-order online and pick your salad up in 10 minutes means I can skip lines without extra fees. Chopped, I feel at home in a new city! -Giulia, Marketing Intern

Doughnuts
Since there seems to be a doughnut craze sweeping the world at the minute I decided to try one myself and, needless to say, I love them! Before I tried out this latest craze I had to take where I would get my delicious doughnut from into consideration and let me tell you it wasn’t easy. I never knew there were so many doughnut shops here in Ireland to choose from- after my thorough research I found out The Rolling Donut, Offbeat and Aungier Danger were my best bets. In the end I settled on Offbeat at Pearse Street Station because it looked cool and, in all honesty, my friend said she’d drive me there. However, ordering your doughnut is serious task- don’t just go up to the till and ask for a regular ol’ jam because the opportunity to try an Oreo garnished sugary treat is a much more worthy decision. I received a stern look from my friend when I did just that and chose a plain jam doughnut instead of the more decorative selections. -Hayley, Editorial Assistant