If there's one texture - or textile - the beauty world can't get enough of right now, it's velvet. On our eyes, on our lips or on our faces, this almost powdery, soft and modern matte finish has a chic, expensive and completely of-the-moment vibe.
The bolder, the better is my rule for wearing velvet on the lips. A bright, opaque matte lip not only looks amazing but has amazing powers of distraction - magically diverting eyes from tired roots or less than perfect skin.
If there’s one thing that can cheer us up on the Tuesday after a bank holiday, it’s a little giveaway – am I right? And with Easter under our belts – in more ways than one – our thoughts might be turning to alternative snacking options to chocolate, chocolate and, er, more chocolate.
Which is why I am SUPER EXCITED to tell you about today’s prize because, with my ever-keen sense of duty and diligence, I have personally sampled each and every flavour of Popchip and found them to be delicious. Like, seriously delicious – I’d be hard pushed to pick a favourite of the four. (Oh, ok, maybe BBQ. Or Salt and Vinegar. Perhaps Original? Or possibly Sour Cream and Onion. AIEEEEE!)
But what the heck’s a Popchip, I hear you ask. Made with the magic of heat and pressure, but no frying or baking, a popchip has half the fat of a fried crisp, fewer calories (less than 100 per single serve bag), none of the fake colours or flavours but are every bit as tasty and satisfying – and I say that as self confessed crisp addict.
Popchips can be found at Tescos, Dunnes, Supervalu and - a regular sized bag is €1 and a sharing bag is €2.69 – but one lucky reader, resident in the Republic of Ireland, is about to win AN ENTIRE MONTH’S SUPPLY. Pop in your info below – and good luck!
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When you're as fond as I am of matte lipstick, you'll know the vital importance of lip treatment. Pots and tubes of lip balm are squirrelled away all over my apartment, office and in most handbags and pockets and I'm excited to share my current favourite combo, which is working wonders to keep chapping and flaking at bay.
This little duo is a dream team when it comes to nourishing and caring for my lips. I use the La Roche Posay Cicaplast lips balm as a night-time treatment. Slicked on just before sleep it gets to work overnight and really tackles dry and flaky lips.
This month saw the 20th anniversary of the death of Kurt Cobain. His death hit me hard: I made a scrapbook, played Bleach constantly and cried for weeks – maybe months. And shortly after that I swapped my peasant skirts, plaid shirts and Doc Martens for Britpop’s denim miniskirts and my Dad’s vintage bottle-green Lacoste tee. (Don’t scoff: as scenes go, Britpop might not exactly stack up against, say, early New York punk, but it was happening right around me and it was fun).