31 August 2012

Inglot Hawaiian Bar Review: AMC Multicolour System Face & Body Matte powder #92; Freedom blush shade #9



Shocking confession time - would you believe, until these two items dropped through the letterbox at Fluffy Towers, I had never tried a single Inglot product? I know, it amazes me too.

30 August 2012

YSL Contemporary Amazon: Review and Pictures of Rouge Pur Couture Mat in Orange Imagine; Dare To Glow Silky Highlighting Veil in Fatal Red

YSL Contemporary Amazon Collection

There are very few things in life as pleasurable as a good lipstick. And this one here, YSL's Rouge Pur Couture Mat in Orange Imagine, is a very good lipstick indeed. It's one of six modern matte shades that are new for Autumn, as part of the brand's Contemporary Amazon collection - and it's absolutely gorgeous.

29 August 2012

New! No 7 Foundation Match Made Service (AKA when Fluff and Fripperies Met The Fabulous Lisa Eldridge!)

Starstruck!

So I gave you a hint in yesterday's post and today I'm spilling the beans on what Boots No 7 have been up to for the past three years, under the guidance of their supremely talented creative director, Lisa Eldridge.

28 August 2012

Lisa Eldridge, The Art of Kissing and a Teaser for Boots No 7!



When I met Lisa Eldridge a few weeks ago she was wearing the most amazing lip print dress. She was in town to tell us about the latest beauty innovation from Boots No 7, and I'll fill you in on all the details later this week. For now let me just tell you that, as gorgeous as she is in her videos, she's about a million times more gorgeous in real life - and just as gracious and charming as I'd hoped.

27 August 2012

Lada Gaga Fame Fragrance: Review


Remember this?

“[Blood and semen] is in the perfume, but it doesn’t smell like it. You just get sort of the after feeling of sex from the semen, and the blood is sort of primal. And the blood was taken from my own blood sample, so it’s like a sense of having me on your skin.”

24 August 2012

L'Occitane Bonne Mere Review: Gentle Body Wash and Gentle Cream



Just launched this month, L’Occitane's Bonne Mere - named after a French saying, expressing kindness - is a gentle, family orientated range. The products come in two varieties, milk or honey, and I was lucky enough to receive one of each - the gentle cream in milk, and the honey body wash.

23 August 2012

M&S Autograph Beauty Range Review: Ultimate Wear Nail Colour in City Grey; Pure Colour Mono Eyeshadow in Mushroom


Marks and Spencer's Autograph clothing range has lots of fans - myself included - but did you know the range extends to beauty, too? When I came across the inviting looking stand at the Grafton Street store I couldn't resist picking up a couple of bits to try out. I know, I know - I'm not meant to be buying new things, but it's all for the good of the blog! At least that's my excuse, and I'm sticking to it...

22 August 2012

Urban Decay Naked Skin Liquid Foundation; Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush



Urban Decay have extended the Naked franchise with their new liquid foundation, boasting a weightless, oil-free formula for a flawless finish. A specially designed Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush joins it on counter; I’ve had both to play about with for the past couple of weeks, courtesy of the brand.  

21 August 2012

NARS Autumn/Fall Colour Collection 2012: Review, Pictures, Swatches



NARS were recently in town to talk us through the new collection for Autumn 2012. It’s a beauty - an edgy, modern edit centred around smoky jewel shades or icy metallics for eyes, richly shaded lips and cool grey nails. 

20 August 2012

Make Up Shake Up! Shopping My Stash #8, with Maybelline, Clinique, Chanel, Armani and Estee Lauder


It's a pared down make up bag this week because, even for a beauty blogger, I've been carrying around a ridiculous amount of products. Last week my bag was so heavy I struggled to lift it and on emptying it out, discovered three bottles of perfume, a tub of hair mask, four styling products and a shameful eight lipsticks - as well as that week's make up bag. No wonder my shoulders ache! So let's take a look at this week's slimmed down products.

17 August 2012

Green Tea - the skincare and makeup ingredient du jour!


Green tea is having a moment. I realised this the other night as I was enjoying a cup of it with lemon, sent to me by the lovely folk at Barry’s (you can check the range out here). We’ve known for ages that drinking the stuff is good for us – the Chinese use it to treat everything from depression to tooth decay – but now it’s popping up in skincare, makeup and fragrance , too. Thanks to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it both soothes the skin and helps fight the signs of aging. Definitely the ingredient du jour!

16 August 2012

L'Occitane Volumateur Volumising Hair Mask and Mist Review


I had mixed feelings when L’Occitane’s volumising hair products landed  here at Fluffy Towers. On the one hand I was happy because they sound like amazing products. But I was also sad: they’re for fine to normal hair, and I knew I’d have to pass them on to someone with that hair type. Step up my lovely co-worker, Emily…

15 August 2012

Ellis Faas Cosmetics: Overview, FOTD, and Skin Veil Foundation Review



I've written about Dutch beauty brand Ellis Faas on the blog before (see here and here) and each time, people seem fascinated. And hey, no wonder. These are gorgeous, unique and innovative products that we don't hear too much about, so I'm happy to help spread the word.

14 August 2012

New! Chanel Coco Noir Eau De Parfum



Are all the new fragrance launches starting to smell very, very similar to you? Well, with the launch of Coco Noir, the third fragrance in the Coco franchise, Chanel have created something that stands apart from the crowd. Just look at that gleaming black glass bottle – elegant and mysterious, it’s the perfect indicator to what lies within.

13 August 2012

Make Up Shake Up! Shopping my stash #7 - plus, does anyone want to do an international makeup swap?!?


Week 7 of the Make Up Shake Up Series and this one's a good 'un, if I do say so myself! There are a few bits and bobs in this week's make up bag that I'm really looking forward to using. Read on to see what I'm planning on wearing this week.

10 August 2012

Paese Cosmetics now offered on Cloud 10 Beauty - huzzah!


Remember Paese Cosmetics? I told you about them here, and I bought and reviewed a few more products over here, too.  I was super impressed with the price and quality of this award winning Polish brand, but considerably less happy that we couldn’t easily get our hands on the products.

09 August 2012

Dior Golden Jungle Collection: Photos and Swatches of Dior Vernis in Amazonia, Bengale; Dior Addict Wild, Daring


How luxe and elegant is this promo shot for Dior's Autumn Collection, Golden Jungle? As a big fan of smoky khaki shades, I couldn't wait to clap eyes on this collection.

The Golden Jungle and 5-Couleurs eyeshadow palette are the stars of the show here - they both contain a selection of matte and shimmer shadows in browns, golds and khakis. I'll be visiting them ASAP at my nearest Dior counter.

08 August 2012

My precioussss...latest jewellery purchase, from Astley Clarke


If you remember this post, I think you’ll see where this is going…! Shortly after writing it, I made my first purchase from the online jewellery boutique, Astley Clarke - and I have to say I’m impressed. I’m in love with my new ring and it arrived quickly, beautifully packaged in this sophisticated little box.

07 August 2012

Laqa and Co Fat Lip Pencil in Wolfman - Review, Pics, Swatches


A nice chunky lip pencil is a lot of fun to use. I like 'em best when they're cute, glossy and self sharpening. Until recently I only knew of Clinique's Chubby Sticks (this one's my fave), but Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and Urban Decay's Super Saturated pencils are also on my list. But they can wait a while, because this Fat Lip Pencil from Laqa & Co has completely stolen my heart.

06 August 2012

Monday's Make Up Shake Up! Shopping my stash #6, with Ellis Faas and Clarins



Welcome to week 6 of the Make Up Shake Up series, where I give you a sneak peek into the contents of my weekly make up bag.  Things are a bit different this week as most of the products I'll be using are from just one brand, the absolutely fabulous Ellis Faas.

05 August 2012

Fifty Years Gone...

Photographed by Sam Shaw, 1958

 
…but never forgotten.

04 August 2012

I've Been Shopping - New Beauty Bits from Chanel, MAC, Clinique, Revlon and Maybelline



I've been making an effort lately to rediscover bits and pieces in my own make up collection and use up the products I actually own, instead of constantly pining for the latest releases. That said, I have been in a few situations recently that were just irresistible - like duty free, a cosmetics outlet store, and the discovery of cut price Revlon lip butters in Superdrug! So here are a few bits and pieces I've picked up over the past few weeks...

03 August 2012

New Skincare Routine: Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Range and Retin-A gel


About a year ago I went away on holiday with perfectly normal skin, and came back with a chin full of blocked pores and bumps under the skin. No amount of specialised expensive skincare or fancy facials cured it completely, so recently I bit the bullet and made an appointment with the Skin Deep service at The Hospital Group.

02 August 2012

Nails Inc - Nailing The Neon Trend! Ladbroke, Kensington Park Road Neon Nail Polish; Nail Jewellery in Princes Arcade



By far the easiest way to channel this summer’s neon trend is with a bright flash of colour on your nails. And we’ve been so disappointed with the weather in Ireland this year that, frankly, we need a little cheering up. So I've forced myself to put away my neutrals and nudes, and to sport something just a little bit more cheerful instead...

01 August 2012

Lancôme's La Vie Est Belle launches in Brown Thomas today



Lancôme's latest fragrance, La Vie Est Belle, launches in Brown Thomas today. Fans of warm, sweet, floral scents will love this, with its notes of iris, orange blossom and jasmine, blended with tonka bean, praline and vanilla.

Based on the concept of simple, natural beauty and breaking free from convention, the scent was three years in the making and contains just 63 ingredients – far fewer than most perfumes on the market.  

The bottle is lovely - taken from a 1949 design, it features a ‘crystal smile’ and grey organza ribbon which, tied jauntily around the bottle neck, represents freedom.

La Vie Est Belle is priced from €47 for 30ml. It’s available at Brown Thomas now, and nationwide from September 1st.

July Favourites from NUXE, MAC, Creme De La Mer, L'Occitane and Chanel


I was a bit worried when I started these monthly favourites posts (check out the others here  and here). What if nothing stood out or impressed me in any given month? What if I didn’t try anything new, or rediscover any old favourites? Well, all I can say to that is, HA! With the amount of love in my heart for toiletries, make up, hair care and all things beauty, I can’t see that happening anytime soon. So without further ado, let me introduce the five stand-out products of July…