New Bar ‘The Tipsy Bird’ Hosts stunning Summer ‘Style Edit’

Style queen Rebecca McKinney and award winning makeup artist Stevie Lennox came together for a second sell out ‘Style Edit’ event – the Summer Edition. Ulster Tatler’s ‘Girl About Town’ Nuala was in attendance to bring us a very glamorous report featuring garnished chilled Shortcross Gin and Schweppes tonic as well as pop up stations from Urban Decay, Kiehl’s, The Walk in Wardrobe, Reiss, Ted Baker, Coast, Narah & co, The Vintage Satchel Company and Chloe Dougan Design.

If you missed this event don’t panic, there is an upcoming September Style Edit, this time an Autumn/Winter edition. Tickets are in high demand and selling fast so do your wardrobe a favour and book now!

Read More on this event in our September 2017 Ulster Tatler. 



Local Hairdresser Confirmed as Finalist in British Hairdressing Awards 2017

Local Hairdresser, Julian Dalrymple has been confirmed as a finalist in this year’s ‘British Hairdressing Awards.’ The hair stylist from ‘The Sitting Room Hairdresser’ in Ballymena is one of 98 hairdressers from across the U.K. who has made it to the final. The British Hairdressing Awards attracts hundreds of entries from hair stylists who summit a photographic collection to showcase their artistic flair and technical skill.

Now in it’s fourth decade, the awards hosted by Hair Journal International and sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional, continue to recognise the creative and diverse talents of hairdressing throughout the U.K. The awards have launched the careers of a number of household hairdressing names such as, Anthony Mascolo, TONI&GUY creative director Sacha Mascolo- Tarbuck and TV favourites Lisa Shepherd and Andrew Barton.

This year, The Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year Category seeks to recognise the most inspiring stylist within the region. This prestigious award will put the winning stylist on the map while recognising them as a creative leader within the Northern Irish hairdressing industry.

The winner of each category including ‘The Northern Ireland Hairdresser of the Year and the prized ‘British Hairdresser of the Year’ will be announced at The British Hairdressing Awards ceremony which takes place on Monday 27th November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, a JW Marriott Hotel in London.

The Best Dressed Ladies at Down Royal

Ladies in their brightest finery flocked to Down Royal this month where one Victoria Corr from Galbally, County Tyrone dressed her way to Miami and a Caribbean cruise after receiving the accolade of Magners Best Dressed in a red bell sleeved pencil dress and hat by Laura O’Hanlon Millinery.

Competition was fierce at this, one the most stylish events in Ireland’s racing calendar. Innovative headpieces, glamorous heels and brave colours paraded around the track of oblivious horses in blinkers. The judges however; Rebecca McKinney, Pete Snodden, Diane McStay, Julia Galbraith, Magners brand manager and Ulster Tatler’s Nuala Meenehan had their eyes peeled in scouting the very best of the day’s style which was copious.

Ulster Tatler’s own judge was among those dressing to impress, matching a vintage pillar box hat in marigold to her vintage floral tea dress and bag by Chanel. Her hat, as many other hats on the day, celebrated small Irish designers, provided by Laura McPolin at the Walk in Wardrobe Banbridge.

For more on this event, pick up the Ulster Tatler August issue which is now on sale.



The Latest Beauty Products Launched in Northern Ireland


Built on pure passion, the FABY brand was established in 2013, and with over 30 years industry experience, offers a wide range of fashion-forward nail lacquers, lacquering gels, professional treatments and stunning seasonal collections. Already a favourite in top salons, spas and hotels around the world, Faby’s Italian flair is now available for the first time in Northern Ireland!

As the safest nail brand on the market – for both clients and technicians – FABY proudly adheres to a ’10 FREE PHILOSPHY’, with formulations that contain absolutely no potentially problematic substances like: Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl  Phthalate (DBP), Camphor, Formaldehyde Resin, Ethyl Tosylamide, Triphenyl Phosphate (TPHP), Acetone, Parabens and Lead.*

Faby’s latest stunning ‘I’m Faby’ Seasonal Collection is comprised of shades that are inspired by true Italian culture and fashion with an expression of personal style that encourage you to make a statement and live, “La Bella Vita”!

Faby lacquering Gels are the first and only soak-off in the world without TPO (Trimethylbenzoyl Diphenylphosphine Oxide) and redefine the concept of professional gel colour. The FABY colour cult transforms into Lacquering with all of the beauty, wear and quality of gel in a new, safe formula.

Faby Nail lacquers RRP £10.95.

Faby lacquers and lacquering gel applications are available from selected salons nationwide. Faby lacquers are also available by visiting:



The team behind the award winning Professional Tanning brand He-Shi, are delighted to introduce the latest innovation in skincare – Collagen Lift™ Paris.

Collagen Lift™ Paris is a daily collagen drink that is easily absorbed by the body and has been clinically proven in trials in Germany and France to increase collagen densities, reduce wrinkles by up to 50% and increase skin elasticity and hydration.

Collagen Lift™ Paris is further enhanced with Mediterranean seaweed extract and Vitamin C making it a potent source of anti-ageing collagen, minerals and antioxidants.

Collagen is a critical component of skin, providing structure and elasticity to keep it looking plump and youthful. With age, collagen breaks down and over time the body’s capacity to regenerate collagen reduces – a double whammy for ageing skin!

Collagen Lift™ Paris provides healthy and younger looking skin by working from the inside out.   Combined with a personalised professional skincare regime, it actively improves the appearance and long-term health of the skin. By using an SPF based facial moisturiser as prescribed by a skincare professional and making good lifestyle choices such as a balanced diet, both contribute to the effectiveness of the clinically proven results Collagen Lift™ Paris delivers.

Collagen Lift™ Paris comes in a user-friendly ampoule to be taken in the morning diluted in water or juice, packaged in a one-month supply and compared to most other face care regimes, is a simple one-step process with incredible long-lasting results.

He-Shi co-founder, Hilary McMurray said, “We are delighted to be able to bring such an exciting and truly innovative product to Ireland and the UK. The results really do speak for themselves – I’ve been using Collagen Lift myself now for a number of weeks now and am amazed at how much younger-looking my skin appears – my complexion is much brighter, redness is reduced and the fine lines and wrinkles around my eyes are much less prominent.”

Collagen Lift™ Paris (28 ampoule box) RRP £68.

Collagen Lift™ Paris is available from salons and department stores nationwide or by visiting

Fashion Show at Castle Mall

The search was on to find Antrim’s next top model(s) as Antrim & Newtownabbey Borough Council hosted their first ever major fashion extravaganza ‘Step in Spring’ at Castle Mall in the heart of Antrim. After weeks of model searching, and a little nail biting from some hopefuls, 10 of the very best were chosen to take to the catwalk for two runway shows and PR fashion shoot to promote the event. The tough task of model selection was down to Noreen McClelland, Dave Pettard, Pearl Mitchell and your very own girl about town. Model winners included Lauren Wilson, Steffan Kerr, Emma McCappin, Deborah Moore, Cara McGuigan, Nicole Curran, Sophie Jayne Cowden, Lauren McCarroll, Jordan McCrissick and Sarah Boyd with mini models Scarlett Uprichard, Mikayla Brown, Katie Steele, Sophie Postle, Lewis and Elliot Millar and Harry Kennedy.

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event. 

UU Graduate Fashion Show

Students from Ulster University’s Textile Art, Fashion and Design course, showcased their collections at the much anticipated end of year graduate fashion show. St Anne’s Cathedral made for a stunning venue as hundreds of spectators gathered down the aisles to see the creative and professional work by the students. The event was hosted by Cathy Martin and attended by fashionistas who has the chance to see a range of styles in clothing, in a range of techniques, including knit, embroidery and weave.

Check out our July issue, on sale Tuesday 27th June, for more coverage of this event. 


The Style Edit

Media personality, stylist and breakfast Rebecca McKinney joined forces with award-winning Belfast makeup artist Stevie Lennox to host their very first collaborative style event at the Fitzwilliam Hotel. The Style Edit was attended by nearly 100 eager style fans who gathered to find out the latest trends in fashion and makeup.

Check out our June issue, on sale now, for more coverage of this event. 


Get Your Tickets for the Fashion Event of the Summer

Katherin Farrie (centre), from Victoria Square, is joined by Slieve Donard Spa therapists, Rebecca Murray and Sambie Lee, to help prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square.
Katherin Farrie (centre), from Victoria Square, is joined by Slieve Donard Spa therapists, Rebecca Murray and Sambie Lee, to help prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square on 22 June 2017.

Fashionistas take note! The stunning Slieve Donard Resort and Spa will become a catwalk for lovers of fashion, make-up and style on Thursday 22nd June.

The Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square, promises to solve all your summer fashion worries, says Helen McCune, Spa Manager at the Spa at Slieve Donard.

“Last year’s event was an overwhelming success so we are delighted to once again be working with Victoria Square. Katherin Farries, the fabulous personal stylist from Victoria Square, will be giving her expert tips on what to wear this season and what styles, colours and trends to follow for every type of occasion. Beauty consultants from CID Cosmetics will also be on hand to provide their top tips on how to achieve the perfect summer looks.

“Not only that, but the event also includes summer cocktails and delicious canapés, a gorgeous goody bag and the chance to enter a wonderful prize draw in aid of Daisy Lodge”, concludes Helen.

Get your tickets whilst you can for this popular event by calling the Spa at Slieve Donard on 028 4372 6166 – tickets are priced at £15 and £10 for spa members.

Katherin Farries, the fabulous personal stylist from Victoria Square, gets help from the Slieve Donard Resort concierge Greg Bowie, to prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event.
Katherin Farries, from Victoria Square, gets help from the Slieve Donard Resort concierge Greg Bowie, to prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event.
Katherin Farrie (right), from Victoria Square, is joined by Slieve Donard Spa therapists, Rebecca Murray and Sambie Lee, to help prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square.
Katherin Farrie (right), from Victoria Square, is joined by Slieve Donard Spa therapists, Rebecca Murray and Sambie Lee, to help prepare for the Summer Styling Showcase event, in association with Victoria Square.


Anna Henry is Crowned 2017 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland

Anna Henry has been crowned the 2017 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland at the glittering black tie event at the Europa Hotel, Belfast on Monday 15th May.

The stunning 22 year old Renewable Energy engineering student from Portglenone impressed the panel of judges on the night with her beauty, charm and personality, giving her the winning edge over twenty-three other finalists, to acquire the coveted crown from previous titleholder, Emma Carswell.

The exclusive gala final was a glamorous affair hosted by Q Radio breakfast presenter Stephen Clements and former Miss Northern Ireland and television presenter, Zoe Salmon Corrie.

Full coverage of this event will be available in our July issue. 

 Miss Anchor Anna Henry is crowned 2017 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland.

Miss Anchor Anna Henry is crowned 2017 Insanity Tan Miss Northern Ireland.

Walk of Life Fashion Show at the Crowne Plaza

The (CAT)Walk of Life Fashion Show was the brainchild of Julie Duckworth-Fitzsimmons in partnership with Cathy Martin, after the success of the Fifty over Fifty show at Belfast Fashion Week in 2016.

Julie’s unique, 1980s-themed event was dedicated to her Mother and Father John and Sheila Duckworth who both sadly had passed away from illnesses. She wanted to fundraise for the two charities close to her heart – and their illnesses; The Boom Foundation and Parkinson’s UK.  She enlisted a group of 16 models from the 1980s era and together with Cathy, they produced the show to a backdrop of popular music from that era, with a twist of 80s in the styling and event entertainment such as ghost actors dressed in 80s vintage dress, milling around two Delorean Cars displayed at the front of the hotel, an 80s retro film and a classic 80s disco hosted by Pete Snodden from Cool FM.

Many celebrities  supported the event by taking part in the catwalk or creating support messages via video – names such as Eamonn Holmes, Jamie Dornan, Nick Kershaw, Jimmy Nesbitt, Nuala McKeever, Peter Corry, Pamela Ballentine and May McFettridge all lent a hand, as well as Dame Mary Peters, Paul Clark, Tim McGarry, Big T, Caroline Fleck, Paddy Jenkins, Alison Fleming, Patience Bradley and Jim Dornan. They all gave their time for free and added the wow factor to the show.

There were many sponsors, donors, retailers and media who all added quality elements to the event, which saw 550 guests attending and £10,000 raised for the charities. Watch out for Walk of Life 2, in 2018!

Check out our June issue for more coverage of this event. 

St Anne’s Set To Become Couture Catwalk

Northern Ireland is set for an evening of wonder as the future faces of fashion design prepare to descend upon the city’s cathedral for the highly-anticipated Ulster University Graduate Fashion Show. The event, which will take place at St Anne’s Cathedral on Friday 19 May, will showcase the creative and innovative flair of Ulster University’s fashion and textile design students.  
Supported by Santander Universities, Ulster University’s graduate fashion show provides an invaluable platform for young designers to reveal their runway collections as they prepare to launch their fashion careers, both locally and globally. Previous Ulster University graduates have gone on to work for international designers as well as major retailers including House of Fraser, Inishmaan and Douglas & Graham. 
Course Director of Ulster University’s Textile Art, Design and Fashion degree, Alison Gault, said: “Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art is helping to nurture and develop the fashion world’s next generation of talent. Our students take the lead in organising the annual event, which has become one of the premier graduate shows nationally. It demonstrates the unrivalled skills, creativity and diversity of Ulster University’s student body and helps to put Northern Ireland firmly on the fashion map.”
Ulster University’s BA Hons Textile Art, Design and Fashion course is truly unique offering practice-based study of print, knit, weave and embroidery across high-end conceptual garments, accessories and ready-to-wear designs. Students get the opportunity to explore both traditional and contemporary design at the University’s state-of-the-art studios and workshops on its Belfast campus. 
Leona O’Reilly, a final year fashion design student said: “Ulster University’s fashion design programme is dedicated to creating an environment that encourages young designers to really push the boundaries and that is a very exciting environment to learn in. The graduate show is a momentous occasion, because for most of us it is the first time that we will see our collection on a runway. This show is the culmination of years of hard work and it will be great to see that displayed on the catwalk.”
Hair will be styled by multi-award-winning stylist Andrew Mulvenna hair while Paddy McGurgan’s Make Up Pro team will create the make-up looks. The addition of Northern Ireland’s leading creatives in these fields as sponsors really adds to the world-class level of show that the students will create. 
Tickets are on sale now at just £15 per ticket via:

The ticket price includes a fab Gin Fusions cocktail along with Skinny Prosecco.

He-Shi Launches Limited Edition Summer Pack

Launching April 2017, the Gordons Chemists Exclusive, Limited Edition He-Shi Express Liquid Tan and Tanning Mitt Pack contains everything you need for the perfect, long-lasting summer glow!

He-Shi’s original tanning hero He-Shi Express Liquid Tan 150ml is quick and easy to apply with a light liquid, ‘see where it goes’ formula that dries in minutes, delivering a gorgeously natural-looking golden colour that lasts up to 7-10 days.

As with all He-Shi formulations, the Express Liquid Tan can be layered to achieve a darker depth of colour –simply let dry and reapply! And a little goes a long way…just one 150ml bottle tans up to 5 bodies!

He-Shi Express Liquid Tan is paraben and alcohol free and as a serious multi-tasker, has been formulated with Moisture Lock Technology that helps to keep skin hydrated and prolong your tan.

The essential tool to create a flawless, streak-free finish, the He-Shi Tanning Mitt ensures ease of application for all He-Shi tanning products with a double lotion-proof barrier that helps to ensure that hands remain stain-free…and it’s machine washable for repeated use!

Gordons Limited Edition Offer Price £9.99

Value £25.75

Available exclusively from selected Gordons Chemists nationwide, while stocks last.