Recently, in the rush to grab a gift for a friend’s birthday lunch on a Sunday, I ended up in a local salon faced with a whole heap of beauty products and opted for what looked like some pretty staple cleansing options from world-renowned international brand YonKa. But staples these were not - because Yon-ka products are created with plants, fruits, and marine extracts to balance, soothe, revive and rejuvenate. Each ingredient has a specific role to play: fruit acids moisturise and enhance the complexion, vitamins combat free radicals, seaweed re-mineralizes and plant oils nourish and soften.  Of course, I am of the ‘one for you, one for me’ types when it comes to gift buying, so needless to say I picked one for myself too, and the results are fab.

Yon-Ka Gel Nettoyant, £26.50

I’m a suds ‘n’ water kind of girl, so this 2-in-1 azure blue gel for make-up removal and freshness is perfect for me, with its smooth and silky foam.  It gently cleanses and removes make-up from face, eyelids and eyelashes, and purifies and revives the skin. Gentle on the hydrolipid film, it leavesyour skinsupple, fresh and comfortable. You feel clean without feeling ‘stripped’. A delicate balance with a foam cleanser and this one hit the spot for me.

Yon-Ka Lait Nettoyant, £26.50

Silky and delicately scented, this milk is suitable for all skin types. It cleanses and removes make-up from your face, eyelids and eyelashes in a single wipe, and rinses off with water. It respects the hydro-lipid balance.

Yon-Ka Eau Micellaire, £26.50

This micellar water combines expert make-up removing agents and anti-aging prevention elements. In a single wipe, it gently captures impurities and removes make-up perfectly from the face, eyes and lips. No rinsing is required. High tolerance: suitable for sensitive skin and eyes.

Found in over 5000 spas and skin care centres worldwide, Yonka has gained the respect of beauty specialists for its achievements and professionalism over the past 60 years. To find a salon in Ireland, log on to

And if you’re anything like me, you look like you have two teeny peep holes for eyes once the make up is removed, so one thing you can plan to add the next day without affecting your skin is a set of Suzanne Jackson’s SoSu lashes, which are available to buy online at

If you don’t know who Suzanne Jackson is, let me explain, she was one of Ireland’s first beauty bloggers & vloggers with her So Sue Me blog - and, in shopping/fashion, her Primark hauls were once stuff of legend among her followers, spawning shopping sprees across Ireland by her hordes of teen and twenty-something fans.  As is the story for a lot of the early influencers and bloggers, her blog/vlog led to a book, then to appearances at events across Ireland and then to her own ranges of firstly nail products, and more recently, lashes.

On you can buy both the Luxury and Premium Lashes from Suzanne’s SoSu by Susanne Jackson ranges. The Luxury Lashes are made with the finest silk and are designed to be worn up to 25 times. They are available in 4 styles – Rosie, Chloe, Kim and Sue. Price €19.95/£16.95.

SoSo by Susanne Jackson Premium Lashes are made with 100% human hair lashes, that will give you the look of naturally full lashes. Available in 8 Styles – Sara, Sophia, Gigi, Ella, Erica, Naomi, Katie and Carla. Price - €5.95/£4.95.

Ella & Erica are personal faves for their slightly more natural look and feel - but there are some really fab party/evening wear styles which will really glam up your look for night time. As always with lashes, the application is a little tricky - but I have found that it is only practice which makes perfect. One tip I learnt from a make up artist friend of mine was to cut the ends off to fit your eyes - this is important as it avoids that obvious, sticky-out bit at the sides. Another tip is to let the glue sit on them for a minute or two to get it properly tacky and sticky. Plus a wee bit of patience and maybe even a squeeze with some special lash tweezers to hold them in place until the glue takes is another good tactic.

Once you have them on, all you need to do is find a handsome man to bat them at - or just a good camera lens for a few pouty selfies with friends of course!

Enjoy! And don’t ‘So Sue Me’ if you get the tweezers in your eyes!