Sugar Dolls: Shellac Review

Recently I had one of the girls hen party to go to so needed to get prepped for the big event. I usually go to my friend Gemma to get my shellac done but with being super busy I had to look at somewhere close to the office. My office is based beside Liffey Valley S.C. so I decided to try out Sugar Dolls. Some of the ladies in my office recommended Sugar Dolls so I booked myself in.

 

My appointment was booked in with Laura for lunchtime. When I arrived I was greeted by a staff member who asked me to wait for Laura. She noticed I had shellac on so to speed things up she proceeded to take the shellac off and asked me to choose my preferred colour.

The Atmosphere:

This is something I always notice when I go to a new beauty salon for an appointment whether it be hair, brows or nails, its important. The girls were lovely, regular customers were coming and going and the footfall coming into book appointments was good. I asked the girls “are you always busy”? they say yes “people book well in advance to get their appointment”.

The People:

We all know that a business is not a business without the people behind it. Laura was so professional, in fact, all the girls were lovely and they really engage with customers. We had some serious craic talking about almost anything as girls do. Most ladies who sat beside me were regular customers and were already booking in their next appointment before they left.

Pros of Shellac:

I’m no expert at all in beauty but the pro’s of shellac is that your nails will look gorge. They say that shellac helps your nails from not breaking and avoids a shabby look. If you’re using a computer all day say goodbye to the appearance of your nails. Plus it’s always a nice treat!

Cons of Shellac:

The con’s are that it’s a bit addictive; once you get shellac you want to keep getting it which doesn’t help if you’re on a budget but who cares you’re worth it. If you decide that you don’t want to continue with the shellac the safest option is to go back to the salon and get them professionally removed. Your nails won’t be as strong as they were before so best advice is to get some sort of treatment to keep them strong.

Review:

I really enjoyed the experience getting my nails done by Laura. She seems to have her fair share of regular customers who return to Sugar Dolls which I’m not surprised. I loved the colour and the finish. I will 100% be back to Sugar Dolls and might go for the extended nails the next time.

About Sugar Dolls & Nail Beauty

The atmosphere was fun and the service was really good. They also understand how important customer feedback is and send you a thank you text after asking you to rate their service.

Cost of Shellac: €30

You can view their full price list here.

Cliff House Hotel Review #fivestarstuff

So it was recently my birthday and one of my bessie’s decided to spoil me by surprising me with a night in The Cliff House Hotel. I’ll be honest with you, at first I hadn’t heard of hotel (my bad) but soon I got to know it. From the moment I start researching online I uncovered that this was a special sort of hotel. What I mean is, it had beautiful seaviews, a well-known spa with outdoor jacuzzi and a michelin star restaurant that is super difficult to get a booking.  Eh you had me at surprise!

On Arrival we were greeted by the lovely staff at reception. The staff offered us a signature cocktail for the #threewordtweet we tweeted in advance with excitement.

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The Cottage

We had booked the cottage across from the hotel so required the staff to show us around.  It literally could fit a family of 12 it was that massive. Three double bedrooms, a room with twin bunkbeds and a cot, two different sitting rooms; one with a fab fire, a massive kitchen with an Island and stunning views.

The Spa

The Well is just gorgeous so much so in my whole 24 hours of being there I went twice. It consists of a swimming pool with chillout area, sauna, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi. It was raining Saturday but we didn’t care. It was uber relaxing.  There’s nothing more annoying that forgetting your shampoo & conditioner. Well guess what I did but delighted to find out that the hotel had got this covered. There was Voya shampoo & conditioner available for guests to use. Winner!

The Michelin Star House Restaurant

So this was a big surprise for both of us as we had originally booked the bar because the restaurant was booked out. The hotel receptionist Derbhla asked where we were dining and said she would try get us in. To our delight we got a table at 7.30pm. Fair play Dearbhla!

The Food

Well it was an experience from the moment we sat down to be fair. The seaview to start with and the experience that kept-on-giving. We opted for the 3 course meal that costs €75 a head. But it wasn’t just three courses, it was more like 7 and well worth the money. The meal started with a choice of three breads hot from the oven that came with different types of butter. There was a series of amuse bouche in between each course. The waiting staff explained every single course when it was presented and were so attentive. I can’t explain how enjoyable it was.  The breakfast the next morning was delicious too. Bread, pastries, fruit, yoghurt and a full Irish.

 

The Cliff Walk
Well what better way to walk of all that gorge food than have a cliff walk. The walk was an hour in total and really helped us feel better about ourselves after indulging so much. The hotel even thought of your shoes and have an outside cleaner to dust off all that muc. Hunter wellies are also available to borrow for the cliff walk.

All in all my experience at the Cliff House was one to remember! I will be back again sometime soon and will leave you with a three word tweet #itwasbliss

Mayfield Brunch Worth A Visit

 

Probably one of the most under-rated places to eat brunch in Dublin!

Brunch has become so popular in Dublin that it can often become a problem getting a table. Dillinger’s was literally out the door along with a couple of others like Whitefriar Grill and Bow Lane.

My twin sister and I wanted a place to bring our Mum for a nice brunch and where you’ve enough privacy to have good chats. As the weather has picked up – it seemed everyone and their mother (excuse the pun) was out for food.

It dawned on me that Mayfield was the perfect choice as it’s closer to home and a short distance from the city centre so the chances of getting a table was good.

The Atmosphere

On arrival we didn’t think the place was as busy but it’s very deceiving. The waitress took us through the main room and into another room.  In each room the place was pretty lively but with an atmosphere that you could relax and talk. The decor is old fashioned but that’s what I liked about the place. It wasn’t a pretentious setting.

The Service

A Spanish lady served us, and from the moment we sat down she had water and menu’s on the table. We weren’t waiting too long for the food either and had adequate time for chats in between the brunch and dessert. There’s nothing more off-putting that being rushed between course.

Berry Proscecco – to start (partly to celebrate a belated Mother’s Day)

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What We Had – The Brunch

Both my sister and I went for the Rancheros and the my mum chose the Mayfield Breakfast Hash. We also opted for a nice glass of berry prosecco to wash the brunch down with. We ordered a side of chunky fries for the table too.

Rancheros
Poached Eggs, Tortilla Cheddar, Spiced Beans, Chorizo, Avocado Salsa & Sour Cream

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Mayfield Breakfast Hash
Slow Roasted Ham, Black Pudding, Red Onion, Potato with Poached Eggs & Hollandaise served with Toast

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Chunky Fries – served in a quirky cup

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Chocolate Brownie & Cappuccino

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Family – A very happy Mum & Sister

The food was to a very high standard and all was pleased with the service. We’ll be paying Mayfield a visit again in the very near future.

For more information, go to www.mayfield.ie