Beauty bitch: Herald Heritage! Leighton Denny Expert Nails Review

Despite 12+ hours a day typing and countless others at home doing mummy duties and household chores most days, I really do try to keep my nails well-manicured, because often they are the first thing people see after your face and a great manicure can seamlessly pull your look together. Personally, I am big fan […]

Beauty bitch: Howe good are these organic and vegan products?

As I age, I have become much more aware and better educated about what goes into (and onto) my body and skin. And despite technological advances in skincare, sometimes it is the most simple and natural products which have me most excited. I really love local companies and brands emerging too, so I was delighted […]

#BEAUTYBITCH by Cathy Martin – QOD Blow out

#BEAUTYBITCH by Cathy Martin – QOD Blow out One thing you’ll rarely hear me complain about is summer. It is my favourite season – fruit is ripe and flowers are blooming, everything seems brighter, fresher, happier even. And that’s just nature! But summer can wreak havoc with hair. In summer we all want our hair […]

Lashing Out And Talking Tips With Sensational Kiss

Beauty bitch: Lashing Out And Talking Tips With Sensational Kiss On one of the hottest days of the year, we arrived at one of my favourite establishments in Belfast – the rooftop bar at the stunning Merchant Hotel for the ‘KISS – Bring the Salon Home’ Summer Party and was immediately transported to a lash […]

Throwing a revolutionary spotlight on beauty

#beautybitch :House of Fraser throws a spotlight on beauty House of Fraser is a one-stop-shop for everything for so many people, so when I heard that they were launching Beauty Spotlight – a revolutionary in-store beauty concept that aims to shine a light on the latest innovations in beauty products – I was more than […]

#beautybitch SIMPLY THE ZEST by Cathy Martin

#beautybitch SIMPLY THE ZEST If you are lucky enough to escape the unpredictable Irish weather in favour of some hot beach sunshine this summer, then pre-holiday pampering will no doubt be high on your getaway prep-list. Last week, as my own getaway countdown began, I decided to boldly go where I hadn’t been in about […]

#Beautybitch Clarins Men Booster Bronzant Tanning Booster

#Beautybitch Clarins Men Booster Bronzant Tanning Booster  This week I handed the reins of Beauty Bitch over to my intern Gerard to review the Clarins Men Booster Bronzant Tanning Booster. Men are often sceptical of bronzers and fake tan products – very few are made specifically with men’s skin in mind, but the Clarins Men […]

#beautybitch :Can’t get enough…. of beauty by Claire Duff

CANT GET ENOUGH… OF BEAUTY BY CLAIRE DUFF! Environ Hydroboost Facial at Claire Duff Beauty, Dunmurry At this time of the year, the weather can often leave skin dehydrated. Combined with pollution, daily stress and everyday activities means everyone’s skin could do with a little TLC right about now! Admittedly, I am very lucky to […]

#beautybitch : Glow Up!

#BEAUTYBITCH : GLOW UP! I am sure many of you will agree that trying to be a healthy, happy, full-time working mummy quite often means something’s gotta give. In my case, sleeping is often virtually non-existent as I juggle deadlines, meetings, email mountains, homework, exercise and good eating along with everything else that life throws […]

#Stylewatch at Belfast FASHIONWEEK

Who better than the director of West Coast Cooler FASHIONWEEK to pick the best dressed audience members at the shows? The Belfast Times team has handed over the fashion reins to #BossLady Cathy Martin to choose the super stylistas at the shows last month in the latest edition of our #STYLEWATCH… Here goes: It’s not […]

STYLEWATCH – MAXMARA

STYLEWATCH  by Cathy Martin- MAXMARA As I mentioned in a previous blog, one of the biggest events on Ireland’s social calendar in the first half of 2017 was an exclusive fashion show by luxury Italian design house Max Mara, as it brought its full Spring/Summer 2017 collection from the catwalks of Milan to Belfast City […]

#beautybitch :Make Up Forever? Hell Yeah! by Cathy Martin

#beautybitch :Make Up Forever! Hell Yeah! Towards the end of last year, multi-award-winning Irish artist Paddy McGurgan celebrated being awarded the UK franchise of iconic French make up brand MAKE UP FOREVER. I was so personally pleased for Paddy, because quite a few years ago, just before he started his Belfast make up studio and […]

#beautybitch :Spring into Spa at Hastings.. by @cathymartin

There’s little haste at Hastings Culloden Spa – and rightly so, it was a total den of zen for me recently as I tried out their new Spring Spa Experience which has been carefully tailored to ease the face and body out of “hibernation” and refresh and revive skin in preparation for summer. The package, […]