26 August 2016
I was very taken with the Armani Beauty eye tints when they launched, but I’m even happier with the latest incarnations, which have one important difference: they’re matte.
Why is this so great? Well, if you read my original post, you’ll know that I like to wear these in a very imperfect way, as a smudgy, veil of colour all around the eye. And that’s just easier to do, every-day, with a matte as opposed to a shimmer: you can bring the colour up higher above the eye and lower below, and it looks modern and under-stated and effortless.
24 August 2016
Brushed metals are our new accessories crush here at Fluff and Fripperies HQ.
And not just because the new Irish jewellery e-boutique, Lauryn Rose, was kind enough to send myself, Emily and Allsun a pretty bracelet each from their collection.
There’s something really simple but elegant about this piece – it’s a classic style, but the fact that the metal is brushed, and therefore quite matte/satin instead of super-shiny, makes it feel nice and modern, too.
I picked the gold one (hey, I got to the envelope first), and discovered it’s a near perfect match for this ring I picked up in Spain. I’ve been wearing them together pretty much non-stop since the bracelet arrived. Now I just need some similar ear-rings to even things out...
It’s really nice quality - Lauryn Rose is all about bridging the gap between high-end and high-street jewellery. Prices are affordable (the bracelets are €45), there’s loads of choice on the site, they offer next day delivery and beautiful wrapping – and they donate 10% of profits to LauraLynn Children’s Hospice. Oh, and did I mention they’re Irish? You can check them out here.
22 August 2016
What better way to celebrate the anniversary of Kate Moss for Rimmel than with a special edition lip and nail launch? And of the six new lipstick shades in the collection, three red and three nude, I was sent four to play with and to show to you today.
19 August 2016
I have been lucky enough to have indulged in two lovely recent facials, from two great therapists. On both occasions, I was told I should add a mask into my skincare routine, which is something I just never seem to get around to. Luckily, Emma had this Glacial Marine Mud mask from Epoch in her testing pile, which I kindly took off her hands to lighten her load…
It came from www.nuskin.com where it’s described as a revitalising clay mask with sea botanicals, to draw out dirt and impurities from the skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, can be used on the face and body, and contains extremely fine mud particles to leave the skin feeling fresh, renewed and healthy-looking.
17 August 2016
If you only treat yourself to one makeup buy this autumn, make it something from Chanel's Le Rouge Collection No 1. It's the debut collection from make-up artist Lucia Pica - and it’s worth every second of the two-year wait, since she took over from Peter Philips as head of makeup at Chanel.
16 August 2016
Benefit have opened a shiny new Dublin boutique - and it's gorgeous! Emily has all the deets...
The first thing that comes to my mind when I think of Benefit is the packaging; it’s always gorgeous, isn’t it? Well, their new boutique on Fleet Street is packaged just as prettily as any of their products. The space is colourful and fun and suits the energy of the staff perfectly. The massive windows that look like they belong on a doll’s house give so much daylight that it’s the perfect spot for testing make-up and ya know, taking a selfie or two.
Pop in to get your brows waxed, tinted, or just plain sorted out in my case (that's the after shot, above left). You can also pop in for a spray tan or a wax – as Mr Benefit himself, Mark said, they take it all the way to Hollywood now!
So, what are you waiting for? Oh, a discount? Alrighty then! Use the code Bloggers Boutique and get 20% off their products and services until the end of August.
Check out what we're loving from the new Benefit brows collection.
15 August 2016
10 August 2016
It will come as no surprise to regular readers that I love an aul’ spa treatment - but I’m definitely a creature of habit. Nine times out of ten I will opt for a massage or a facial, and when I do choose something different, it’s often because it’s bundled up in a package that’s too good value to ignore.
Seoid Spa at Dunboyne Castle does a great job with their seasonal specials and I was delighted when they invited me in to try out their Summer Goddess package. There is something really special about this spa: the refreshment room is stocked with fruit and my favourite Voya Chamomile Calm tea, the hydrotherapy pool is an excellent size and the outdoor hot-tub is the cherry on the cake.