Emerald Isle

Infuse a Little Irish Into Your Beauty Bag With These Products

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Ireland may be known for its rolling green hills, beer and pub culture, but it’s quickly making a name for itself in the beauty industry worldwide. From homegrown brands to influencing collections of large cosmetic and skincare companies, we can’t get enough of its purifying muds, revitalizing seaweeds, and soothing countryside fragrances. Here are some great products that are bringing a little piece of the Emerald Isle across the pond fro the United States and straight into your beauty bag.

1. Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask and Cleanser Gel

The Irish Moor Mud collection from Peter Thomas Roth is my current skincare obsession. Made with 9,000 year-old mud harvested from the Irish country side, this duo decongests pores, refines and brightens, and leaves skin feeling smooth and revitalized.

peter thomas roth mud mask (Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Black Mask, $58.00, Sephora)

peter thomas roth irish cleanser (Peter Thomas Roth Irish Moor Mud Purifying Cleanser Gel, $38.00, Sephora)

2. Zoya Nail Polish in “Ireland”

Soft and subdued, this mossy green polish is the perfect Emerald Isle shade for not only St. Patrick’s Day but all year round.

zoya polish in Ireland (Zoya Nail Polish in Ireland, $9.54, Amazon)

3. Seanik Solid Shampoo

Soften and add volume to your hair with this shampoo bar infused with Irish moss seaweed and Japanese nori seaweed.

lush irish solid shampoo (Seanik Solid Shampoo, $11.95, Lush Cosmetics)

4. Inis Moonlight Eau de Parfum Spray

There are several different fragrances in the Inis line, but Inis Moonlight is my personal favorite and current signature scent. Floral notes of peach and jasmine blend perfectly with earthy musk and orris for a versatile scent that works for both day and night.

inis moonlight (Inis Moonlight Eau de Parfum Spray, $45.00, Amazon)

5. Garden of Ireland Soaps

With scents like Sweet Lavender, Morning Rose, and Heather and Moss, these pretty little soaps will transport you to a little cottage on the coast every time you use them.

garden of Ireland soap set (Garden of Ireland Soap Gift Box, $25.00, Fragrances of Ireland)


Get a Daily Dose of Ireland with These Irish Blogs

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If I could choose to live anywhere in the world, Ireland would be right up at the top of the list. I was lucky enough to spend ten days in the Emerald Isle back in 2010 as part of an accelerated study abroad program at my alma mater DeSales University, and I found myself falling head over heels in love with the country of my heritage. I walked streets lined with candy-colored buildings, explored ancient and historical sites, and shared a pint or two with the locals. Never had I experienced a place so peaceful yet vibrant, old yet modern, tragic yet full of of joy, nor had I ever been somewhere that looked exactly like all the pictures I looked at over the years. It was a place that made feel welcome, made me feel at home, and awakened my creativity. It really is true what they say. Ireland truly possesses a magic that is all its own.

While my next adventure in Ireland may be a couple of years off, I can still get a daily dose of the my favorite country in the world with a wide array of Irish bloggers I have discovered over the years. (Thanks Google and Pinterest!) So, if you’re planning a trip or simply dream of going one day, here are a few great Irish lifestyle and beauty blogs you should definitely check out.

From China Village

The Life of Stuff

The Look o’ the Irish

Gingerly Pale

Irish Allure

In an Irish Home

Irish Fashaholic

A Year in Redwood