Liquid hand soap is out, liquid lips are in, says our beauty buff. Coloured hair is hip, while cocoa isn't just to sip - now read on for many more top tips!
Well, dayum! Lips are really having a moment this season. If you're not wearing a lip print, like I am in my photo, above, then I bet you're trying to figure out if you want to wear a liquid lipstick or a matte velvet or a 90s grungy gloss.
Let me help you there, ladies - I am dressed for the occasion, after all!
First things first, the lippie I'm wearing, above, this week is from Ken Boylan's Makeup/Play range and it's called Debutante, €20. It's the perfect pink for daytime chic; ideal when you don't want a full-on red, but you don't want to fade into the background, either, in a pink the equivalent to magnolia paint in interior terms!
Next up, Urban Decay. They've decided to venture into the liquid lipstick category with the launch of their Vice Liquid Lipstick line, €22, above. It comes in two finishes, Comfort Matte and Metallised.
Regular readers will know about my obsession with the colour Firebird, the perkiest pink ever, and it's in this range too, below left. The pigment is sensational and the payoff is perfect.
Finally, benefit's They're Real! Double the Lip, below, €22, is the launch on everyone's lips. Instead of the whole lip pencil /lipstick combo, one tube combines a darker shade on the pointy tip as the liner, while the main lip shade is alongside. Even though they're two different shades, they blend perfectly! Fuschia Fever is my must-have.
The internet is full of beauty tips or hacks and yes, I try most of them, 'cos I love a fad. The more ridic, the more I'm on it. So I've done teabag tanning, coffee grounds tanning and now the latest is cocoa powder tanning. Simply mix in some cocoa powder with some body moisturiser and you'll not only have a subtle glow, you'll smell good enough to eat!
Glitter lips, fluoro lashes and eh, eye art - yes, it's a thing - are what I call 'trend traps' that can substantially add years to women of a certain age, rather than keep them looking 'on fleek'.
Alright already, of course I know nobody cool says 'on fleek' anymore, I was just checking you were paying attention!
Now, what were we talking about? Oh yes, how to look 'lit'.
If you still hanker after hair that's say silver, turquoise, lavender or mint, you can still go for it, but for one night only, with the new L'Oreal Paris Colorista Sprays, above, €10.75.
Basically, they're all the fun of coloured-hair trends but without the commitment.
Thanks to some sort of wizardry, these instant-colour sprays are simple to apply, dry quickly and work on every type and colour hair, including my very dark shade.
Best of all, once you wash your hair, all traces of them vanish.
"She's been through more hell than you will ever know. But that's what gives her beauty an edge. You cannot touch a woman who can wear pain like the grandest of diamonds."
This quote popped up on Pinterest recently and, as Kylie Minogue, above, sings, it's been spinning around in my head. I thought of it when I heard that Preen Hair and Beauty founder, Katherine Sweeney, is holding a High Tea Charity Day on Sunday, March 5, from 10am-6pm, in honour of her mum and brother, both of whom were diagnosed with cancer in 2016. Book in for that day and you'll get 25pc discount off hair and beauty services, as well as a goody bag, along with lots of treats and bubbles. Ring for an appointment and you'll not only be helping yourself but the Irish Cancer Society, too. Preen Hair and Beauty, 52 Dame St, D2, tel: (01) 670-8080, or see preendublin.ie
"Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can't cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It's just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it, and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams, across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal."
That's taken from Cheryl Strayed's book, Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice On Love And Life From Dear Sugar. It's a book that I like to dip into when I need it. Sometimes life doesn't always go the way we think it will, so I find this book almost like a healing balm.
Speaking of balms, L'Occitane's Solidarity Balm, above €5, is a multi-purpose balm for the skin and, all profits from the sale of this product will be used to support women's leadership in developing countries.
"There is no cure except to live the hell out of our lives, to take it apart, to put it back together, to dig it all up, and then fill the hole. To help ourselves and one another to the best of our abilities."
How are you feeling now? I'll leave the last line to Cheryl: "The best thing you can possibly do with your life is to tackle the motherfucking shit out of it."
"It smells like butterflies!"
is just one of the remarks that Maxi and Mini made when I produced these delightful Jo Malone London Michael Angove Patterned Soaps, above €16 each.
We like to talk about how things look and make us feel, as I try to show them how art connects us to the world around us.
These soaps were so beautifully packaged, I got the feeling I didn't really want to open them!