29 April 2011

Fluffy little pick of the week

This week’s pick is a hardworking little hero that should be a staple of any woman’s beauty kit. Johnson’s Baby Oil is not only a great multi-tasker but an absolute bargain to boot – my bottle set me back the princely sum of €1.99 when I bought it in a panic earlier this week. It turns out that applying your new gel eyeliner on the bus isn’t really such a great idea, judging by the strange looks and stifled sniggers when I arrived at work. Who knew?! Luckily I remembered a  post by the gorgeous beauty blogger Art Donatella (who I met this week along with a few other lovely women from our little blogging community), listing Baby Oil as one of her most reached for products. I ran out for a bottle and some cotton buds and they cleaned up my messy make-up in a jiffy.  The fabulous Rosemary Mac Cabe tells me the Baby Bedtime Oil makes for a relaxing evening body moisturiser and either version is great in the bath. You can also use the regular stuff in place of your usual shaving cream, on dry cuticles or cracked heels and, a favourite A-lister trick, apply to bare legs to make them seem longer and leaner.
I’m sure there are myriad other uses for this versatile product and if you have any tips, please share ‘em in the comments!

28 April 2011

Bobbi Brown Corrector and Creamy Concealer Kit: review and swatches

Concealer used to be the least important part of my beauty kit. A Rimmel Hide The Blemish stick knocked around the bottom of my makeup bag, rooted out on occasion to cover up the odd blemish. 

But age, stress and a few sleepless nights have combined to change all that. The skin under my eyes is dehydrated, I have a few fine lines and some very noticeable dark circles. My usual concealers weren’t cutting it in the coverage or hydration stakes for this delicate area and, on one particularly bad morning last month, after just a few hours sleep, I ran in desperation to the Bobbi Brown counter in Brown Thomas.

They recommended a three step process to banish my unwanted under-eye baggage:

1) Hydrating Eye Cream, which has an inbuilt primer, to prep the area

2) Their new Corrector, available in 12 shades, to brighten and neutralise discoloration under the eyes. This is recommended for very dark circles or days when you need extra coverage - which for me these days, is all the freakin' time.

3) Creamy Concealer kit, a repackaged version which includes a concealer and pressed setting powder. There are 14 shades to choose from so you should be able to find your perfect match.

Clockwise from top left: me, hastily applying the products to one eye; concealer kit (above) and corrector; product applied on the right hand side only (my left eye); corrector in Light Bisque shade; opened cases;  cool sand concealer with pale yellow powder. As with all images on the blog, just click to enlarge.

 Photos very kindly taken for me by my colleague, Deryck Tormey, of Deryck Tormey Photography. Check out his Facebook page to see some samples of his 'proper' work!
For budgetary reasons I passed on the eye cream, but purchased both the corrector and the creamy concealer kit. Bobbi calls these her ‘secret of the universe’. They weren’t particularly cheap: both products together cost around €50 – the concealer kit was just over €30 and the corrector just under €20. But these are effective, heavy duty products so worth every penny in my book: they really deliver on their promise to instantly cover and brighten dark circles, while maintaining the skin’s moisture levels.

Thick swatches of Light Bisque corrector (top) and Cool Sand concealer (bottom).
The pink toned corrector is brilliant at neutralising the green, blue and purple tones in dark circles. The yellow based concealer is applied over the top for a smooth look, to cover and brighten the area. The final step is the pressed powder which sets the concealer in place and makes sure it lasts all day. Have a look at the video above for tips on how to apply.

Both the corrector and concealer are rich and creamy in consistency but don’t feel too heavy on the skin. You do need the powder on top or the area feels tacky to the touch. It also ensures that everything stays in place for most of the day. I don’t find that these products cake or settle too badly into fine lines and in this regard, they are a world apart from what I had been using.

I’ve also used them on a few blemishes and found them just as effective so they get a big thumbs up from me all round , and I’m going back for that Hydrating Eye Cream just as soon as I’ve saved up my pennies.
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27 April 2011

My precioussss...Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Colour in Cherry Lush (review and swatches)

Given that this was a Christmas present from Himself, I’m amazed it’s taken me this long to write about my beloved Tom Ford lipstick. The recent news that this very talented designer has brought out another covetable beauty collection, this time of bath and shower products, has prompted me to write about my last beauty obsession, this ridiculously priced ivory and gold encased tube of fabulousness. The Private Blend Lip Color collection comprises 12 classic shades which claim to be universally flattering and of these, the man himself is said to favour my own preferred shade, Cherry Lush.

official product shot of Cherry Lush
This is a gorgeous, highly pigmented and ultra creamy red with definite pink undertones. I apply it like I do all lipsticks, straight from the bullet and without a lipliner (although I’m on the lookout for a pencil to match – there’s something about the elegance of this product that makes me want to achieve a more polished look). It smells lovely, lasts well, doesn’t bleed and fades to a nice, even matte finish – brilliant if, like me, you neglect to reapply throughout the day. It’s not drying or greasy and the finish is satin, delivering perfectly on its promise of ‘pure colour with just the right amount of luminosity’.

The downsides? Well, as with all red lipsticks it makes my teeth look more yellow. But that’s just the price you pay. That, and in the region of €45, which is steep no matter which way you look at it. If you ask me is it worth the hefty price-tag I’ll admit I’m not convinced - but I’m already planning my next purchase from this beautiful collection.

Clockwise, from left: Cherry Lush on my lips; swatched (centre) with Rimmel's orange-based shade Alarm to the left and Ilamasqua's blue-toned red, Box, on the right; Cherry Lush taken in natural light; modelled by my gorgeous god-daughter; flanked by Rimmel's Alarm to the left and Ilamasqua's Box to the right; PR shot for the collection.

26 April 2011

Old dogs, new tricks: my serum story (and thanks Elle)

Despite having the sort of hair that should respond well to serum - thick, wavy and prone to dryness (especially now I’ve started to lighten it), along with a few flyaways and a bit of frizz on a bad day – I just never got along well with this product. I couldn’t see the point. Hairdresser after hairdresser recommended it, I read rave reviews, my friends told me wonderful things, and yet, on my hair, serum just had no impact whatsoever. I never got what all the fuss was about.

Then one day, roughly a year ago, that all changed.

My friend Eleanor and I were visiting another friend, Lola, and staying overnight.  Elle had forgotten her hair serum and borrowed Lola’s, which was my cue to launch into the whole never-works-on-my-hair sob story, while Eleanor worked the product through her chin length hair.

And the penny dropped.

“How much of that are you using?”

“At least four pumps, because my hair’s quite thick. How much were you using?”

“Er…one. And my hair’s about three time’s the length of yours. And equally thick.”

“Like it’s owner.”

Ok, so Elle is far too lovely to have said that last bit, but she might have thought it, and it’s certainly how I felt. But since that lightbulb moment, I’ve never looked back and have worked my way through bottles of MOMO Moisturizing Curl Enhancing Serum, John Frieda Frizz Ease and Toni & Guy Tame-it. They’ve all worked pretty well (as soon as I started applying enough product), and been effective in defrizzing my mane and coaxing it into some semblance of a style.

But my favourite product in this category has to be the Aveda Light Elements Smoothing Fluid (pictured above), that I’m using at the moment. I bought this in Brown Thomas a while back and, while I don’t remember the exact cost, it would have been towards the pricier end of the spectrum compared to the other products I’ve listed. But this colourless, lavender scented product delivers great results, so in my eyes it’s worth it: it leaves my hair shiny and smooth with softly defined, frizz free waves.  I comb it through while my hair is wet but sometimes add just a tiny drop to dry hair too, to tame any stubborn flyaways and add extra shine.

You can pick this up from Brown Thomas, salons like Whetstone or the Aveda website (where it’s priced at £20.50 for 100ml).

Photo from Aveda website

22 April 2011

A valuable life lesson...

We were talking about Liz Earle on fluff and fripperies earlier this week, and it's great to see so much love for this brilliant, no-fuss beauty brand. I was happy to note that Sali Hughes, beauty columnist for The Guardian, is a fellow fan - in her recent column on hot cloth cleansing, she said that she can't live without Liz's Cleanse & Polish. However, I confess to giggling a little bit when I saw she'd gone to the effort of recording a litle video, showing us how to clean our faces - and encouraging us to do so rather than sleeping in our makeup. Right so, thanks for that Sali - I can't believe I've been doing it so wrong for so many years!

Have a look, and let me know what you think - did you learn anything new, or is Sali teaching her Granny how to suck eggs with this one?!

21 April 2011

Drumroll please...it's the first fluffy pick of the week!

I'm on my Easter holliers but such is my dedication to readers of fluff and fripperies that I interrupt my lounging to bring you this, my first pick of the week. Yellow is BIG this summer (being, of course, the colour of sunshine and, er, bananas) and here's a cheap and cheerful way to buy into the trend. For the price of a bottle of Chanel's Mimosa nail polish you could buy two of these happy little Penneys satchels at €9 each - and still walk away with enough change for a Tangle Twister.

20 April 2011

Sing it sister: Reese Witherspoon in Elle UK

Reese Witherspoon used to bore me a little bit. But then I read what she had to say about Hollywood awards shows, in the May issue of Elle UK:

“I feel for these women,” she says. “The guys get dressed and it’s no big deal, and they’re there because they’ve given a great performance. For every woman it’s, ‘What is she wearing?’ And, ‘But did she wear that to the last awards show?’ And, ‘What will she wear to the next awards show?’ And none of it is about her performance or how hard she worked—and those are the women who did extraordinary work.”

“I’m not going to lie, it’s fun to watch. But at a certain point, I go, ‘Wait, strip it all down.’ These girls—I shouldn’t say girls, these women—worked really hard, really hard, and now it’s reduced to … ‘She looks frumpy.’ How hard we are on people who are just doing their best. When we start measuring women on their appearance … We’re just too hard on each other. Women need to be more supportive of each other, stop tearing each other apart. There’s plenty of room for all of us. There’s plenty of men for all of us. There’s plenty of jobs. There’s plenty of room! I really believe it. Another actress out there has a number-one movie? They’re going to make more movies about women. A female writer sells a script? They’re going to look at another script from another woman. The better one woman does, the better all women do.”

For a Hollywood movie star, wow, Reese Witherspoon is making a hell of a lot of sense. The fresh-faced 35 year old actress is doing the rounds to promote her new film Water For Elephants - out any day now - in which she co-stars with reluctant teen dream, Robert Pattison. 

It’s not a once-off thing either, this whole talking sense malarkey. I’ve done a bit of digging and it seems Ms Witherspoon has a habit of making honest, thoughtful and intelligent remarks. Here’s another few quotes from this refreshingly down-to-earth actress over the years: 

"Certain people are systematically ripping feminism down because of their lack of regard and their ignorance about what the women before us had to go through. I don't think these women are stupid. I think they're selling a personality that's very marketable: 'Wouldn't it be fun if we were all gorgeous and didn't have a care?' But creating a cultural icon out of someone who goes, 'I'm stupid, isn't it cute?' makes me want to throw daggers at them! I want to say to them, 'My grandma and mother did not fight for what they fought for so you can start telling women it's fun to be stupid.' Saying that to young women, little girls, my daughter? It's not okay."

“What gets me is how many women – young women – give up their power and their sense of self. Thinking they’re going to get more out of life if they take off their clothes and objectify themselves, instead of functioning on the principle that they’re smart and capable, that you can be an actress and not be on the covers of T&A magazines. I’m flabbergasted by how many legitimate actresses do that. It blows my mind."

“I love books.”

What do you think of Reese, boring or brilliant? Or somewhere in between?

19 April 2011

Review of Liz Earle Skin Repair Moisturiser (Normal/Combination skin)

I received this unassuming little pot of loveliness from the Liz Earle PR team back in January and left it to one side as I finished up the jar of Chanel Beauté Initiale that had served me well all winter. Coming into the sunny weather I wanted something less heavy and dug out the Skin Repair. That’s when I noticed what is really my only bugbear with this product: there’s no inbuilt SPF.  But this isn’t an oversight - it’s a deliberate policy by Liz Earle which you can read about on their website and the company does offer a separate range of non-chemical suncare.
Sunscreen aside, I’m getting on very well with this product. Although I’ve been using it now for about 6 weeks I’ve hardly made a dent as a little really does go a very long way. I use Skin Repair every morning after my Cleanse & Polish (which reminds me, I’m running low so must repurchase – I absolutely love this cleanser) and use a different night cream in the evenings – though you can, of course, use Skin Repair both morning and night.
Packaged in Liz Earle’s trademark duck egg blue, which just happens to be my favourite colour EVAH, Skin Repair comes in an elegant 50ml tub that normally retails for €19.75. There are three formulations: mine is for normal/combination skin and they also cater for combination/oily or dry/sensitive skin types.
The product is a delicately scented, off-white cream that feels quite thick and balmy but absorbs quickly.  My face feels soft, smooth and nourished and the cream serves as a good base for makeup, too, as it leaves my skin quite matte. I still get the odd hormonal breakout around my chin, but where this has made a discernable difference is with the dry, flaky patches around my cheeks. These have been beaten into submission since I started using this product and my skin looks and feels more balanced, overall.
Like all Liz Earle products, Skin Repair Moisturiser is packed full of active, natural ingredients which include the wonderful sounding borage oil, derived from what the Romans called ‘the herb of gladness’ for its use in treating depression. The oil helps to lock moisture onto the skin and, with other ingredients like beta-carotene, echinacea extract and avocado oil, serves to replace lost moisture and deliver just the right level of hydration.
Overall, this is high quality skincare that delivers results at affordable prices. What’s not to like?

Buy Liz Earle online or from Wilde & Green in Milltown, Dublin 6.

Will you be influenced by The Leona Look?

Somebody needs to have a quiet word with Leona Lewis.

The 25-year-old X-factor winner, who last month was voted ‘the most influential woman to live or work in London in the past century’ -  part of a poll to mark the centenary of International Woman’s Day* – has recently been snapped out and about in a variety of identikit outfits of her own design.

She has reportedly told People magazine: "I’m having loads of fun and just feeling so inspired and excited about what’s going on! I’m in a very creative zone right now and really enjoying experimenting with fashion.”

The Leona Look seems to consist of a series of interchangeable novelty belly tops, teamed with tight, high-waisted skirts. If nothing else, at least she was consistent.

Then she stepped out in this little number at the Genesis Awards.

Hey Leona, why the long face? (Sorry, I just couldn't resist!)
According to her Facebook page, the dedicated animal rights supporter was making a deliberate statement with this odd attire: "Now Leona LOVES her horses and proudly announced this on her outfit at the award ceremony, which raises awareness of animal issues." Ok, then.

While a part of me admires Leona for her commitment to her principles, I can't help wishing she'd do it in something other than these peculiar, repetitive outfits.

So far, her designs aren’t available to the public, but there has been talk of her starting an ethical clothing line ‘sometime in the very near future.’

What do you think? Would you wear the Leona look?

*Yes, really. Metro readers in London picked Lewis from a list that included Virgina Woolf, Emmeline Pankhurst, Vivienne Westwood and Millicent Fawcett.

Images from Leona Lewis's Facebook page

18 April 2011

Luxe Lips for Less

A key trend for lips this Spring/Summer is for sheer, hydrating lipsticks offering subtle, wearable colour with natural shine. Most of the big beauty houses have launched highly covetable versions this season, with Chanel’s Rouge Coco Shine particularly tickling my fancy. But the good news is that you can easily buy into this look on the high street or at your local pharmacy. I’ve had a rummage through my stash and found these three to show you, that would all come in at under a tenner.

Above you can see my lips in their natural state (and looking extremely dry, which they are at the minute). Next up we have the three tubes I used - theBalm's Read My Lips in Classified, Bourjois Sweet Kiss in #47,  Rose Paré, and another offering from theBalm, Wanted. They're swatched in that order, from left to right. And here they are on the lips:

First up we have theBalm Read My Lips lipstick in Classified. This is my go-to colour for work as it’s a lovely, moisturising nude that feels just like a balm. It’s extremely sheer and gives a lovely sheen for that natural, ‘my lips only better’ look.

Next is the Bourjois shade. The Sweet Kiss range promises a luminous satin finish in one stroke, and that's pretty much what you get. Rose Paré is a sheer coral rose with a subtle shimmer and a moisturising finish. There’s more colour payoff here than with theBalm lippies and it lasts longer than I expected with this formulation.

Finally, theBalm's Wanted is a sheer cherry red with bluish undertones that looks intense in the tube but gives just a wash of colour to the lips. It’s a great introduction to red lipstick and you can build up the colour for a deeper finish.

Other good pocket-friendly picks would be the Catrice Ultimate Shine range, or Poppy King for Boots No 7. While not one for hardcore colour fans, this look is perfect for those who like the appearance of a gloss but without that gloopy, sticky feel.

You can pick up TheBalm in A-wear and Bourjois is stocked in most pharmacies. And a final comment: with all soft, sheer formulations, be alert to the prospect of breakage; when I was swatching these, Wanted broke off on my hands and I’d trampled it into my white bathmat before I knew it. Just don’t twist the lipstick too high in the tube and you should be fine.

15 April 2011

Happy Ears and April Skies

My colleague Nicola travels to India a lot for work, and inspires much envy with the gorgeous array of scarves and jewellery picked up on her travels. She put big smiles on the faces of all the women in the office yesterday when she arrived back from her most recent trip, generously bearing a bulging bag of pressies for all. I love my pearl drop ear-rings and black chiffon scarf with embroidered bronze edging. Aren’t they pretty?

I’ve resolved to ask Nicola to pick something up for a little giveaway the next time she sets off on her travels. But in the meantime, here’s a treat to make your ears as happy as mine are this morning. April Skies is my favourite song from the amazing Scottish indie band, the Jesus and Mary Chain. Please ignore the dodgy 80s hairstyles and focus instead on the puzzle of the Reid brothers sounding both light and dark, crisp and fuzzy, melodic and heavy, all at the same time.  It’s beautiful stuff. But don’t take my word for it, have a listen for yourself.

14 April 2011

Penneys Limited Edition Collection launches today

Irish high street favourite Penneys are launching a Limited Edition Collection today in selected stores. The capsule collection of 5 pieces promises clean lines, more luxurious fabrics and best of all, the same affordable prices we’ve come to know, love and even rely on in these *shudder* recessionary times.  The collection of kitsch, pared back pieces is intended to act as ‘a building block of staples’ and includes cute monochrome and print dresses, a big bow detail blouse, a scalloped shell collared top and a retro playsuit. I’m on a bit of a shopping moratorium at the moment, but with pocket friendly prices ranging from €17 to €25, and those adorable collars (below), I think I might have to indulge…
The following Penneys stores will stock the collection from today, 14th April, for a limited time only: Mary St., Blanchardstown, Dundrum, O’Connell St, Swords, Galway City, Newbridge, Wilton and Cork.
Limited Edition Chiffon Dress with Scallop Collar €25

Limited Edition Playsuit €25

Lmited Edition Butterfly Dress €21

13 April 2011

Free Style Workshop, tomorrow at Clerys

Stylist Cathy O'Connor
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have your own personal stylist? To have professional help in shaping your individual look? Once the preserve of the rich and famous, now Clerys is offering us all the chance to bring our personal style to life with a FREE Style Workshop happening tomorrow, Thursday 14th April, in their second floor Tea Rooms.

From 6pm, stylist-to-the-stars Cathy O’Connor – who you may have seen on  Off The Rails, Xpose and Ireland AM - will be on hand to teach you how to effortlessly look your best, and answer all your individual fashion queries.

The event will show you to how to dress for your shape, incorporate the latest trends, manage your wardrobe and accessorise your outfits to find your own unique look.

Places are limited so email promotions@clerys.ie or call (01) 817 3287 to snag your place.

12 April 2011

Comfort Is Not A Dirty Word - feet rejoice as new Rockport concept store to open in Dublin

Rockport's Sasha peep toe bootie in black suede
I nearly spat out my coffee when I read Christian Louboutin’s ridiculous notions on comfort over on Nicky’s Rag Tales recently.

He opined: “I hate the whole concept of comfort. It’s like when people say, ‘Well, we’re not really in love, but we’re in a comfortable relationship.’ You’re abandoning a lot of ideas when you are too into comfort. ‘Comfy’ – that’s one of the worst words! I just picture a woman feeling bad, with a big bottle of alcohol, really puffy.”

I suspect Mr Louboutin’s opinion would change pretty quickly if he himself had to wear his towering 8-inch-high creations. Not to mention the fact that uncomfortably high shoes can cause the wearer all manner of problems, like corns, bunions, joint pain and an increased risk of stress fractures and osteoarthritis. And Planet Fashion dwellers wonder why they sometimes seem a little disassociated from us mere civilians who have to live - and actually WALK ABOUT - in the real world…

I’m much more of the Tom Pecheux school of thought. The Estee Lauder creative makeup director advised InStyle magazine that “instead of flat shoes in the morning and heels at night, wear a small heel all day. It’s more chic.” As well as practical, and that dirtiest word of all: comfortable, too.

To date, these have been our only options: suffer in a pair of cripplingly painful shoes, lug around an extra pair to change into, or wear a small heel or flat shoe for the duration. But for those of us who can’t resist the leg lengthening properties of a high heel, while preferring something we can actually wear all day, then rejoice. Because there is another option.

From the end of this month, those lovely, lovely people at Rockport are finally opening their first concept store in Dublin. Already situated in Clerys on O’Connell Street, with one word, Rockport have opened my eyes to a whole new way of life. And that word is: walkability.

Because as well as being stylish and on-trend, Rockport has invested its footwear with high-tech, athletic inspired comfort. Part of the Adidas family, Rockport’s footwear benefits from their shock absorption technology, adiPRENE, as well as other leading edge initiatives that include: nano-glide technology in the lining, for less friction; additional arch support for a lovely cushioning feel; rubber outsoles for grip, and breathable materials, for moisture absorption.

Rockport's Sasha peep toe in teal
Anna motor boots in tar

And while that all might sound like marketing mumbo jumbo, I urge you to try a pair of Rockports for yourself. Because as anyone who complimented my lace-up Anna boots this winter can attest, I am a complete and utter convert to this brand. Shoes that look good and feel good – well, it’s about bloody time. And now Himself has invested in a fetching pair of Rockport boots, he’s waxing lyrical about air and slippers and clouds an’ all.

Janae pull on boots in black

Janae pumps in heather grey

Janae booties in dark brown
But it’s the ladies shoes I’m interested in, and I’m delighted to report that Rockport’s Autumn Winter 2011 women’s collection covers all bases, from office to bar to club and pretty much everything in between. There is so much here that I love and want to own, from the Anna biker boots to the teal Sasha peep toes to the high black suede booties. But the cream of the crop has to be the Janae collection,  in 3 styles and 4 colourways of black, dark brown, raisin or heather grey. According to Rockport’s research, Janae has the ultimate heel height to pitch ratio which, alongside a platform in the forefoot, combines to create an elegant, comfortable, more-than-4-inches-high, stylish yet walkable heel.

So the only foot problem we’ll need to worry about is which pair to invest in first.

The Rockport Concept Store will be housed at 33 Wicklow Street and open from Saturday 21st April. Prices will range between €80 and €240.

07 April 2011

Will you be rocking the turban trend this Summer?

Turbans have been threatening a revival since 2007 when Prada featured them as a key part of their Spring collection. Since then, there’s been talk here and there of a turban ‘microtrend’ and they’ve cropped up in a few high profile places - like when Kate Moss wore one in '09 to the annual Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, and atop Carrie Bradshaw’s tumbling waves as the best part of the Sex and the City 2 movie last year -  but they’ve yet to be fully embraced.  For a while, it seemed like the turban proper had been eclipsed by the more wearable headscarf, but there’s something so old school glamorous about the former that I find it oddly compelling. And now, with the 70s trend being the big story this summer, I’m hoping it’s finally turban-time!

But what do you think, dramatically different or best left to the dressing up box?


1. Vintage Vogue Cover
2. Grace Kelly, original champion of the turban trend
3. Grace rocking a pink towelling turban in the 70s
4. The look returns at the Prada Spring 2007 show
5. Kate Moss in a jumbo turban at the Met in ‘09
6. Carrie in SATC 2. Awful film, fabulous headgear
7. Ashley Olsen in turban-inspired headscarf
8. Kylie in turban-inspired hat
9. Me, camping it up in Cannes last year

04 April 2011

Fluffy little giveaway: Catrice Urban Baroque (Limited Edition)

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A really lovely weekend was rounded off to perfection yesterday, when a trip to my local chemist revealed this heaving stand of gorgeous Catrice goodies.

I’ve been hearing so many great things about this brand recently and only own one paltry eyeshadow set, so I immediately set about putting that right and snapped up an Ultimate Colour lipstick in Pink Me Up, nail polish in Blue Cara Ciao and a single eyeshadow in 060, I Love Champagne.

And while I was at it, I decided to share the love by picking up a few bits for you guys, too:

Here we have three pieces from the limited edition Urban Baroque range: smooth lipstick in #1, Marie Antoinette, nail polish in C02, Rock Barock, and Absolute Duo eyeshadow in Fleur de Lis.

While I haven’t swatched ‘em, these all strike me as very pretty, natural shades – the lipstick looks like a sheer, peachy pink colour and the nail and eye colours are wearable nudes with a hint of mauve.

Beauty Addict has some great pictures and swatches of the shadow duo, while Everythingism.net has a good post about the lippie.

Marie Antoinette is the first lipstick shown here

To get your hands on ‘em, you just need to be following Fluff and Fripperies on either Facebook or Twitter (see buttons to the right, and tell me which one in your comment) and by email, using the shiny new box to the right of the blog, above the Irish Blog Awards button. Then just leave me a comment to say what you’d like to read more of on Fluff and Fripperies. I’ll pick a winner using Random. Org on Monday, 11th April, and the competition is open in Ireland and the UK.

Good luck, and thanks for reading!

Edit: This competition is now closed - thanks to all for entering. Congratulations to winner Elaine Kirwan, who writes the brilliant Irish music blog, Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff - why not check it out for yourself?