Leanne Moore, Richard Lynch, Cllr James Collins, Mayor of Limerick City and County, Bev Missing, Rain Africa, Patrick McLoughney, and Edwina Gore. Pic: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

International Beauty Brand Rain Africa Opens Flagship Store in Limerick

RAIN Africa, an international brand of luxury bath and body products, has opened its flagship store for Ireland in Castletroy Town Centre, Limerick.

With a focus on natural ingredients from Africa, Rain Africa offers a unique experience with an extensive range of luxury body and bath products to those who desire only the best in personal pampering. Rain products are responsibly handmade from natural ingredients with African botanical actives.

Rain Africa has 22 stores across South Africa, one in New York, three in Cork. With 35% Irish shareholding, the company has ambitious plans for opening more stores in Ireland and using its base here as a springboard for the UK and Europe.

Attending the official opening, Mayor James Collins said, “Rain’s new store is a welcome addition to the retail offering in Limerick. It allows Limerick people to shop with a conscience and, in the world we live in, this is very important. I’m impressed with their five-star products.”

Other guests included fitness blogger Leanne Moore, men’s style expert Patrick McLoughney, Luke Culhane of Create no Hate and Richard Lynch of ilovelimerick.com.

Bev Missing, Co-Founder of Rain Africa, said, “We have been extremely grateful for the way in which our concept and products have been received so far. More and more, consumers want to know that the products they’re buying are natural, handcrafted and harvested in a sustainable environment. With Limerick’s fair-trade status it made sense for us to launch our flagship store here as we share the same values of fair trade. We want to firmly establish ourselves in Ireland with a few more stores and then use it as a launch pad to tackle the UK market.”

The company is proud to have recently achieved “Fair Trade Guaranteed-status” and is one of the few companies in the international beauty industry that is both Fair Trade and Beauty Without Cruelty accredited.

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Bev Missing, Rain Africa Founder, with Leanne Moore. Picture: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick

Their focus on offering only natural products, which are ethically produced, and Fair Trade certified would appeal to those who shop with a conscience.

Rain offers natural skincare products made from wild harvested ingredients that captures the goodness of Nature in a refined elegance and replaces the much-needed nutrients back into your skin that everyday stress and environmental contamination remove from your body. With eight ranges, Rain will wet anyone’s appetite for a little pampering.  Their baby range is as gentle as spring rain and contains no parabens, no SLES’s, no synthetic perfumes or any mineral oils. The Wild Cotton range is a firm favourite with its clean fresh linen fragrance, while Savannah offers that touch of sophistication and elegance. Men are not forgotten with a dedicated Men’s Range that was launched earlier this year.

Also, the store offered are natural room sprays, candles and reed which bring smells of nature, evocative of, Africa, into your home, together with a wide range of handmade gift items – each box individually cut from recycled cardboard and covered with local materials.

In support of breast cancer awareness month, Rain will be showing its support to ladies suffering from breast cancer by supporting the Marie Keating Foundation. Rain will donate 50c from each sale of Savannah products during October to this worthy cause.

Come to visit their new store situated in the Castletroy Town Centre, Limerick and experience the Rain difference!  Other stores can be found in Kinsale, Winthrop Arcade in Cork City, and Douglascourt.

Leading eco-ethical skincare company, Rain creates luxurious bath and body products by hand using natural ingredients and African Bio-actives.  The company is proud to have recently achieved “Fair Trade Guaranteed-status” and is one of the few companies in the international beauty industry that is both Fair Trade and Beauty Without Cruelty accredited.

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Cailyn Ireland counter launch at Shaws, Crescent Shopping Centre, Limerick make up artist Michelle Regazzoli Stone, fitness expert Leanne Moore and style and Cailyn Makeup Artists Aimee and Lisa. Picture: Zoe Conway/ilovelimerick 2018.

MRS MakeUp and Leanne Moore celebrate the new Cailyn Ireland Cosmetics stand at the Crescent Shopping Centre

by ILoveLimerick correspondent Eimear Kelly 

Cailyn Ireland have opened a new island floor cosmetics stand in Shaw’s Department Stores at The Crescent Shopping Centre and to celebrate the official launch on Wednesday, May 30 at 7 pm, Michelle Regazzoli Stone aka MRS Makeup, one of the most well-established make-up artists in Ireland and the UK will be holding an instore masterclass, doing a makeover on fitness guru, Leanne Moore.

MRS Makeup, Michelle Regazzoli Stone is a very well established and talented makeup artist whose work is regularly featured in many publications and magazines such as Hello!, Closer, VIP, RSVP and Confetti Bridal to name but a few. Some of Michelle’s regular clients include former Miss World Rosanna Davison and The Only Way is Essex stars, Samantha and Billie Faiers.

Leanne Moore, You’re a Star winner, journalist, TV Presenter, panto star, fitness guru and blogger is Mrs. Makeup’s model for the evening. Mrs. Makeup will guide guests through the Cailyn Cosmetics product range, showing her tips and tricks to make the most out of the products.

Michelle said, “I am so excited to meet everyone in Limerick and thrilled to be making over one of Limerick’s leading ladies Leanne. Leanne is a fitness expert and I want to do a look on her focusing on the 3 key essentials of Cailyn – Long wear, smudge proof, waterproof. Leanne is the ideal person to work on to show just how incredible Cailyn cosmetics are.”

Leanne said, “ I am so excited as I love makeup as much as any girl. As a girl on the go, I am extremely active and I want to learn how to apply my makeup so it lasts throughout the day, but stays looking fresh. I am also eager for Michelle to show me how to take my day look into night. She is the expert!”

Annette Gayson of Cailyn Ireland adds, “Makeup application, one on one lessons and fantastic customer service awaits you at Cailyn, where our wonderful makeup artists Aimee and Lisa are on hand to pass on all the tricks and tips to get the most out of your products. We are honoured to open our first national outlet showcasing over 60 lines in Limerick, my home and my favourite place to be.”

Produced in L.A., Cailyn Cosmetics was established in 2000 and the brand was introduced to Ireland in 2014  and has gone from strength to strength. They provide a variety of high-quality product lines including mineral based face and body makeup, as well as naturally inspired skin care lines and nail care products.

Cailyn was originally created for the high fashion industry so it is high definition, super long lasting, hard wearing makeup. Mineral based and certified cruelty free, it truly is beauty engineered!

Tickets for the Cailyn Ireland MRS MakeUp Masterclass taking place from 7 pm to 9 pm on Wednesday, May 30 in Shaw’s Department Store at The Crescent Shopping Centre can be purchased on Eventbrite and instore for only €20. Ticket price is redeemable against the purchase of two products on the night. For more info contact Annette at [email protected].


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Climb for Style at the ultimate Ladies Luncheon in aid of Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin

Will O’Brien (Be Fabulous), Sharon Tucker (Style Columnist), Asta Lee (Asta Lee Personal Development, Padraic Frawley (Cornstore Limerick), Richard Lynch (ILovelimerick), Sinead Clohessy (Specsavers Limerick). Photo: Jonathon Baynes/ilovelimerick

Specsavers Limerick is thrilled to announce that they are hosting an exclusive ladies luncheon Climb for Style in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital on Friday April 15th 2016, in the Cornstore, on Thomas Street in Limerick. All proceeds from the event, hosted by Richard Lynch of ‘I Love Limerick’, will go towards the refurbishment of The Department of Ophthalmology in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

Sinead Clohessy, Chairperson of Specsavers Ireland said, “This year is an extra special year for the Specsavers Limerick stores, as Limerick native and Specsavers staff member Tony Power has pledged to climb to base camp of Mount Everest this June, for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Tony’s incredible generosity and determination will see the money raised from his initiative going towards the refurbishment of The Department of Ophthalmology, which typically diagnoses and treats over 10,000 children annually, making it one of the busiest departments within the hospital.”

Specsavers Limerick is encouraging locals to climb on board with the store’s efforts and join them for the ultimate ladies day out. Kicking off at midday, guests will have the chance to win a covetable selection of prizes as they enjoy a day of relaxation, fun, music and fashion.

Upon arrival, guests will be greeted with a glass of prosecco. Once seated, guests will be served a delicious three course meal and entertained with all things glamourous for the day. If that’s not enough, Limerick’s favourite style and beauty gurus will be on hand to talk to guests about the latest trends, whilst sharing insider top tips and tricks.

One of Limerick’s most vibrant personalities, Richard Lynch will be your host for the day. Joining him will be fashion guru Will O’Brien, make up expert Fiona McNamara, style columnist Sharon Tucker and skincare specialist Ita O’Donnell.

Will O Brien from Be Fabulous Limerick will be talking you through how to select that all-important special occasion gown. Asta Lee from the Asta Lee Development Agency will join Will to give tips on how to find that perfect pose.

Fiona McNamara has become a household name in the Irish makeup industry as she has done many workshops for Irish blogger Suzanne Jackson aka SoSueMe. Fiona will be advising all you ladies on makeup bag essentials for everyday beauty. Ita O’Donnell of the Otto Clinic, will be talking you through skincare tips and how to get that healthy glow before summer.

Sharon Tucker, Limerick Chronicle style columnist, will be helping all you ladies with dressing for your body shape and embracing your curves.

Climb for Style at the ultimate Ladies Luncheon in aid of Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin

Asta Lee (Asta Lee Personal Development), Sinead Clohessy (Specsavers Limerick), Sharon Tucker (Style Columnist), Will O’Brien (Be Fabulous), Richard Lynch (ILovelimerick), Photo: Jonathon Baynes/ilovelimerick.

At the event Specsavers will also be launching the highly anticipated new Love Moschino eyewear collection and Kay Mulcair, owner of The K Boutique will be on hand introducing the new Love Moschino clothing collection for Spring/Summer.

The Climb for Style Ladies Luncheon in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital takes place on Friday April 15th 2016 at noon, in the Cornstore, Thomas Street, Limerick. Tickets are priced at €75 and are available to buy online at [email protected] or call Dee at 085 111 6514.

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On Wednesday 4th March, the launch of Celia Holman Lee exhibition ‘Celia Holman Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon’ took place in The Hunt Museum. 

Mary Kennedy, from RTE’s Nationwide and Celia’s close friend, was there on the night to help launch the exhibition. In her speech, Mary mentioned ‘Celia is a champion of Limerick and Irish design, and it’s lovely that The Hunt Museum is putting on this exhibition in this, the year of Irish design. She is a great person for supporting the Limerick boutiques. It is a wonderful asset to the city of Limerick.” 

On the night, Celia said ‘I’m overwhelmed, I’m honoured. I’m so proud of Limerick design because 99% of the clothes that are on show are manufactured here in the area of Limerick over the past 30 years that I have been wearing them. There is a story from every single one of them and it makes me think back on many wonderful memories. She joked about her husband complaining about all her clothes in the loft, saying ‘at long last I’ve cleaned out the loft Ger!”

Mary Kennedy, Celia Holman Lee and Richard Lynch at the launch of Celia Holman Lee's exhibition in The Hunt Museum.

Mary Kennedy, Celia Holman Lee and Richard Lynch at the launch of Celia Holman Lee’s exhibition in The Hunt Museum.

Celia Holman Lee is a well known fashion commentator and television presenter along with being a respected model and agent. Both nationally and internationally-recognised, she has been active in the fashion industry for five decades. During this time she has received a myriad of awards and plaudits. She was voted by the public as the winner of the first ever VIP Style Awards in 2002 and has not been off the country’s Best Dressed lists since. Throughout her career she has continually promoted Irish designers, gathering an extensive collection of their work which the Hunt Museum is delighted to showcase in Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon from March 5th to May 3rd.

Celia began modelling at the age of 15 while she was still at school after being approached while working as a shop assistant in a boutique in Limerick. Her early career as a model saw her featured in magazines, newspapers and fashion brochures and she subsequently started the Holman Lee Agency when she was 22 and it is now the longest established model agency in Ireland.

Over the years she has developed her signature style, appropriately glamorous on the “red carpet” and classically chic in her everyday life. She has always been a great supporter of Irish designers and has generally favoured them for some of the landmark occasions of her life, from choosing a figure hugging cerise dress by Limerick knitwear designer Caroline Mitchell for her only daughter Cecile’s wedding to a bronze sequinned strapless dress from designer John McNamara for her 60th birthday party. Amongst the renowned Irish designers’ clothes hanging in her wardrobe and due to be featured in the upcoming Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon at the Hunt Museum are a selection from Michelina Stacpoole, Paul Costelloe, Miriam Mone, Patrick Casey, Joanne Hynes, Aideen Bodkin, Marian Murphy Cooney, Vonnie Reynolds, Peter O’Brien and Don O’Neill along with some custom made outfits from local designers Alison Cowpar, Fiona Whyte, Mariam O’Donovan, Linda Wall and Clair Costelloe.

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Celia Holman Lee in her early modelling career in the 1970s.

Celia Holman Lee exhibition at Hunt Museum

Celia Holman Lee in her early modelling career in the 1970s.

Celia has also gathered an amazing archive of press clippings from magazines and newspapers spanning the many decades of her career including cover-shots from magazines along with lots of magazine photos features on Celia with many featuring some of the outfits that will feature in the Hunt Museum exhibition Celia Holman-Lee: Limerick’s Style Icon. She also has many photos from her early modelling career in the 1970s and some very interesting original brochures with her modelling for Shannon Airport Duty Free Mail Order and various other companies during that time period.


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