Category: Shop Irish

A Redhead American Favourite: Green Angel Skincare

Green Angel has been a favourite of mine for over a year now. It’s a line of products that I’m excited to wake up and use and I don’t say that about many! When I went home to America for Christmas last year I brought some for my mom and she instantly loved the products too and put them on THIS year’s Christmas list. If she’s good Irish Santa might pack some in my suitcase for her!ūüėČ

The new luxury line consists of fresh Irish seaweed (rich in iron, iodine, trace elements and vitamins) products like cleansing lotion, facial toner, moisturiser and body oil. All of which are so refreshing and leave your skin feeling nourished and clean. Each Green Angel product is made with natural and organic ingredients too which adds an element of relaxation, and for myself, the assurance that I’m not putting anything dangerous on my face or body. In fact, everything I’m massaging in, is benefiting and nourishing my skin. In the little routine I’ve developed with this line,¬†I use the gentle cleansing lotion then remove with a warm wet cloth followed by spritzing toner to remove any excess dirt and then finish with the seaweed moisturiser (my favourite!).¬†The other day I forgot to put on primer and just had the moisturiser on underneath my foundation and it stayed surprisingly really well so that’s also a major plus for all makeup wearers.

Also I must say, the new packaging is really gorgeous. It’s definitely an excellent Christmas present for anyone, for those of you who may be potentially shopping around already or seeking inspiration!

As always, I love supporting quality Irish brands and I can’t say enough good about Green Angel! Their award wins speak for themselves!

Definitely a ‘bedside staple.’

x

*Kind thanks to Mary and Chris at Green Angel for gifting me these products. Really happy to work with a great brand again!

Interview & Review with Sana Naturals

I’m so excited to share this brand. Firstly, because it’s an absolutely fantastic company I can’t say enough good things about. I’ve been using the products everyday since I got them and I noticed the difference in how my skin looked and felt within a few days. And secondly, it’s my first interview on Redhead American! Kasia, the owner, is a really interesting and inspirational woman. I’m delighted to share her insight into her Irish brand.

Sana Naturals are handmade in Ireland and based in Cavan.

What I Tried:

The products are all natural and smell divine. I’ve incorporated them into my daily skincare routine, which says a lot! What I really loved was that they have such various uses. That’s a massive perk of natural products. And Sana Naturals gets even better, they are eco-friendly.

Serum: it can go on your face, a drop in your foundation (really makes a difference!) and as a cuticle treatment.

Balm: this can be used on your lips as moisturiser, your hair for styling, and even on a pregnant belly for preventing stretch marks.

The Interview with Sana Naturals creator Kasia O’Reilly:

Where did you find the inspiration for your brand?

The love for nature has been passed down by women in my family for generations. Growing up I‚Äôd spend days in my granny’s luscious¬†garden picking wild plants, digging clay from the rich Polish soil and making herbal potions. This passion has naturally developed into natural skincare, especially as¬†I struggle with problematic skin. It’s¬†dry and oily in places, easily irritated and prone to breakouts. Years ago I didn‚Äôt realise that additives in skincare may cause these skin problems.

Straying from the trend of a complicated skincare routine with endless list of synthetic laden¬†products I took a back to basics approach and I started formulating with the Earth’s treasures¬†such as wild plants, botanical oils, healing clays etc. After all they’ve been cherished by women since ancient times for their healing and beautifying properties.¬†Sana Naturals eco-friendly skincare was born out of passion for nature, offering highly concentrated botanical products so you can have a healthy glowing skin with fewer products and fewer steps involved in your skincare routine.¬†The formulas are free from nastiness and are¬†handcrafted to be kind to sensitive skin and kind to¬†the Earth. It’ s a win-win for both our skin and the wellness of our planet.

Where do you want Sana Naturals to be this time next year? Any specific goals?

Getting positive feedback from ladies who tell me that my skincare treats helped them feel good in their skin again makes me incredibly happy. It’s an inspiration and the motivation for what I do.¬†Of course, I’d like to sell more products nationwide and start exporting abroad but the main goal is to¬†share the beautifying magic of plants and minerals to help women heal and nurture their skin, bring them joy and a peaceful mind and inspire them to reconnect with the healing powers of nature.

What has been your biggest milestone so far with starting Sana? 

To finalise launching Sana Naturals was the biggest challenge. I worked in a corporation before and didn’t have much time to focus on pursuing this dream. I was working on it at weekends and nights. Everything was ready in 2015 but then my little boy was born with reflux that seriously affected his sleep therefore the project was further postponed. The products were finally released in 2017. This was my major milestone.

How has the experience of starting a small business in a place like Ireland been for you?

Starting a business isn’t easy as you take a huge leap of faith stepping into the unknown.¬†I pour my whole heart into every jar and bottle and receiving support and positive comments from clients is incredibly encouraging. The help and support of the Cavan Enterprise¬†Office has been absolutely¬†invaluable and I find Ireland very friendly and supportive of small businesses.

What’s the best piece of advice you can give a new Irish brand just starting off? 

To be honest I’m not yet an expert by any means as I’m still learning, but I would say to just follow the dream, move one step at the time while enjoying the journey and and hope for the best.

What’s your favourite product from your range? Tough to pick I’m sure! 

Tough to pick indeed. I spent years perfecting that velvety texture and divine scent of the Heavenly Balm that offers the ultimate, luxuriously self- indulgent replenishing skin treatment. It’s my first product and an all over saviour for dry skin and hair.

The multitasking Serum is a lightweight¬†cocktail¬†of botanical¬†oils and for me it’s an absolute skin saver that helps heal and restore the natural healthy glow. All the products are versatile¬†and designed to compliment¬†each other but these are the two¬†that I can’t live without.

Thank you so much, Kasia! I can’t recommend her products enough.¬†

Find out more about Sana Naturals and shop the brand:

Website: https://www.sananaturals.ie/

Instagram: @sananaturals

Facebook: Sana Naturals

Pinterest: Sana Naturals

What’s in your skincare bag?

x

Irish Brand Alert: Mungo Murphy Seaweed Co.

Mungo Murphy’s Seaweed Co. very kindly sent me some product samples to test out including sea soap, a face mask scrub and their lovely seaweed bag. All ingredients are natural.

I’ll get into why I really appreciate this brand. They’re pretty cool.

The brand name is a tribute to the farmer himself, Mungo Murphy, who lives with his quirky pets including a one eyed rabbit and a tailless cat. His passion for farming and seaweed seems to be what made the company bloom.

A CONNECTION

My mother hails from the deep Bronx of New York City but moved to Connemara when she was 13 with her parents who are Irish born. She brought my brother and I there nearly every year or every couple of summers growing up to visit our grandparents on their farm. It’s an extremely gorgeous setting with true rural charm. So when I found out Mungo Murphy Seaweed products are made and based just down the road from my sweet second home, I instantly was like ‘this is a match’ for Redhead American! Supporting Irish to me is already so excellent but Connemara hits really close to my heart!

SOCIAL PRESENCE

The company is a very interesting one because they’re a jack of all trades. On their Instagram they display their rural Irish life, like their local cuisine, their lovely pup, AND beauty/bath products. To me, this is a very well rounded account. By showing various aspects of where they are based and what they’re passionate about, they’re really drawing in a loyal and connected audience who are more likely to engage with them.

THEY DO TOURS

Their farm can be directly booked for visits (‚ā¨20-50) and is also a tour destination for tour companies like Connemara Food & Pub Tours and My Ireland Tours. Visit their website to find out how to book yours!

THEY SHARE RECIPES

On their website you’ll find recipes for really lovely looking meals. The sea grass, mint and marjoram yeast bread looks very much like something my dad would love. I might make that at Christmas when I return home. There’s plenty of fishy recipes for those who enjoy seafood.

THE PRODUCTS WORK AND ARE AFFORDABLE

The products themselves are just lovely and work really well. They make fantastic gifts for someone who loves Ireland or even natural bath products! I should also mention they’re insanely affordable, ranging from ‚ā¨5.95 for a sea bag to ‚ā¨60.00 for a pair of their gorgeous Abalone Shell earrings designed by Kate Dune.

L

X

Irish Brand Alert: Tantastic

I’m as pale as they come. If you don’t know, Irish girls love love love their tan. When I first moved to Ireland the girls I made friends with were like ‘where is your tan Laura?!?’ Amongst other things like ‘you can’t wear flip flops to the club’ and ‘do you have a dress with you?’ Haha, so American upon arrival. I’ve really settled in well here…maybe too well some may say!

If I’m going out out, I’m using tan. I do it the day before. And the day before that, I shave and moisturise to prevent the tan from settling into pores leaving dark little spots. It makes such a difference and Tantastic advises this on their bottles as well!

My favourite out of the 4 tans was the liquid! It goes on so well and gives you a colour immediately then sets in over the course of the day. I wear shade medium so you know it’s not too dark for you if you’re pale and wondering if it’ll be too much.

Tantastic is a Belfast based company. Which is supporting super local for me because I live in the cityūüėäūüĎćūüŹĽ The brand is super popular with Irish gals and here’s why!

The best things about Tantastic:

1. It’s Irish ‚ėė Support local, guys! Tantastic can be found in pharmacies across the UK and Ireland.

2. It doesn’t smell like tan. It smells good actually. The lotion smells really nice.

3. It dries quick. There’s no need to feel like you’ve to stand around for an hour, preventing you from getting dressed and going out.

4. You don’t have to wash it off a few hours later. Wash it off 7 hrs later or leave it on depending on the type of tan (liquid, spray etc).

5. It hydrates your skin instead of drying it out.

6. Vegan for all the vegans out there! I’m not vegan but I always am happy to use a product that is.

7. It’s controllable. Usually I shy away from the shade medium as I’m seriously pale but medium was perfect and not an overbearing colour like other tans.

My top tips when using this tan is make sure you’re using the recommended mitt and also make sure you apply generously!

x

Irish Brand Alert: Crann Co. Sunglasses & Watches

I’m really happy to have worked with Crann. Co who are a fantastic up and coming brand who are Irish owned and operated. They sell hand made wooden watches and sunglasses made from Irish wood. If you dont know Gaeilge, ‘crann’ is Irish for tree, hence the wooden aesthetic. All their products have and Irish name. I’m all about repping Irish brands and this is a cool example of a brand that has taken a product and made it truly Irish.¬†So naturally, I love it.¬† It’s the little cultural touches that make it special!

Plenty of Irish bloggers are rocking their pair online. So here’s little ol’ me in mine. I love how lightweight they are. Also am a big fan of the tortoise shell. Not a sunny day, but a warm overcast one requiring some sunnies.

*I’m wearing the Bo frames in these photos. Sunflower field is outside Ballymena, Antrim. It costs¬†¬£2 to get in and walk around the maze is¬†¬£1 for a sunflower of your very own. See more on my Instagram here.

“During my time living and traveling south east Asia I had seen wood items for pretty much everything but what really caught my attention was the sunglasses and watches because I’m a watch freak! I love the idea of them being handmade from Ireland and just beautiful simple and timeliness. From over three years ago I guess I have been building up the courage to start a new business. I think building a brand is hard but it’s so rewarding and Crann is no different. For the brand I wanted to make match my love of nature, travel, being Irish and sustainability… Yes, it’s a weird mix but I believe that’s what makes a brand stand out, being different and standing for something. I come from a marketing and business background so I love building something fresh and new but the product side is something very new for me. I needed to learn a lot about product design and development so it took me quite some time before launch testing suppliers and designs until I had every product right. As every item is handmade and I wanted each item to be ¬†unique so getting this right was had but I’m so proud of what we have created!”¬†¬†

– Crann Co. creator Eoin

Check out Crann Co online:

Website

Instagram

Sl√°n (sorry couldn’t resist),

x 

Irish Brand Alert: Don’t Kill My Vibe Jewellery

I’m on a mission to give Irish brands a special amount of exposure on Redhead American. I love supporting Irish. It’s not always easy on a graduate budget but I have good intentions for the future. Don’t Kill My Vibe is brand that stands out to me for it’s bold designs!¬†They were featured recently in Lovin’s ‘Eight Irish Brands That Every Fashionista Needs to Check Out.’

This brand describes itself as ‘the love child of two fashion designers.’ The styles range from loud festival pieces to classy statement pieces. Such an amazing selection and really affordable! Not as important as the product but I feel the need to note that packaging is really cute too.

*The designers. Follow them on Instagram.

They super kindly sent me some jewellery to show you! Below is the Lil Hoop Gold Bangle and Delicate Disc Ring.

Some of their jewellery on the website has cute little expressions. This one’s is, ‘Shake yer lil hoop ;)’¬†¬†

Loop de Loop Earrings Gold

These are all available in silver too!

Some pieces by them I love:

Blue Candy Shop Hoops

Make A Wish Silver Necklace

The Mercury Fringe Pendant

Go check them out on their website here!

x