Fair City’s Clelia Murphy picks her objects of desire
The Fair City and Elvis Is My Daddy actress tells Andrea Smith about her favourite purchases
My daughter Clarabelle bought me a pair of Dr. Martens black 8 tie boots (€131, Schuh.ie) for my 40th birthday in December. We moved house the previous day and are living in the middle of Dublin city centre now. It was always my dream that we could be within walking distance of everywhere, and now we are.
This one is a real treat item for me. I really love the smell of the perfume Acqua di Parma Colonia Assoluta (€75 for 50ml, BrownThomas.com). One tiny splash of it and I feel like a lady. If I could, I'd wash myself in the stuff.
I'm mad about Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream (€26.85, Evergreen.ie). I'd also use the Soothing Cleansing Milk (€25.95) and the Daily Hydrating Eye Cream (€33.75). I find that when I'm dehydrated or really tired, along with drinking copious amounts of water, these products are the best in the business for my skin.
Hair and Nails
I'm slightly old-fashioned, and believe that if you have your hair and nails done, you're ready to go anywhere. The only place for me is Salon Rouge in Inchicore, as that's where I get my hair, nails and make up for events done (cut and blow dry €32-€40, Shellac nails, €20, SalonRouge.ie). Tish and the girls there know my innermost beauty secrets, and they were also the make up geniuses behind my character's look for Elvis Is My Daddy. They are beauty storm-troopers of the first rank.
I never thought I would buy an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite eReader (€149.99, Currys.ie), but I did and I love it. My next download will be my pal Claudia Carroll's latest, All She Ever Wished For (€16.99 paperback)and I can't wait to get dug in. My other guilty pleasure is Joseph Delaney - I can't get enough of his Spook series. (The Spook's Sacrifice, €6.49 e-book, Easons.com).
I am getting great use out of my Coca-Cola Zero DublinBikes scheme card (annual fee €20, DublinBikes.ie). What a revelation it has been. I cannot tell you how much I'm loving being able to hop on one and cycle off around Dublin city centre.
If I don't eat regularly I actually put on weight., so the Body Volt Power Ultra High Protein Shake (€13.60 for 500g, ClubVits.com) is a godsend. I'm constantly on the go, and all I have to do is throw the shaker into my bag and I have a ready-made meal. I also love catching a body burn class (10-class pass, €130, LiftTraining.ie) as it's my form of meditation. I actively try to forget about everything for 45 minutes, and if I don't get to at least four per week, I go off-kilter.
How to get Clelia's favourite things on a smaller budget
We agree with Clelia that you're good to go with great nails, and advances in beauty innovation mean you can get a long-lasting, salon-like result at home. Try Rimmel Super Gel nail polish (€7.99 each, top coat and polish, LloydsPharmacy.ie), which dries like a regular polish with no UV lamp required.
Clelia is into fitness, so these Irish-made Bounce Balls (€3 for 2, HollandandBarrett.ie) might be a good choice for a gal who is kept busy on set playing Fair City schemer Niamh. There are six in the range of award-winning healthy snacks, and all are made from 100% natural ingredients.
Clelia is great for minding her skin, and it's so important to keep it hydrated and moisturised at any age. This fab Holos Love Your Skin gift set includes a cleansing cream, floral toner, anti-ageing facial oil and face cream (€60, DolledUp.ie) and the products are made with rose, palmerosa, benzoin and frankincense.
Elvis had a fondness for his blue suede shoes, while Clelia is rather partial to her classic black Docs. We think that these Burgundy patent ankle boots (€34.99, Korkys.ie) are just the thing for making a stylish statement this spring.
Catch Clelia Murphy and Eilish O'Carroll in 'Elvis Is My Daddy' at the Everyman Theatre, Cork, from May 3-7 and Olympia Theatre, Dublin, from May 11-14 and 18-21