my 10 favourite lipsticks


Good jaysus it’s been a minute since I wrote something on this blog. January 18, 2014! Anyway I won’t spend too much time ruminating on the vagaries of time, because I know what you’re really here for: Lipsticks.

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53 Irish Women to Watch Out For in 2014

First off, I’d like to mention that this piece is directly inspired by a similar article done by the College Times, which listed 52 Irish Men For 2014 in painstaking detail. There are men from many different fields and professions, respected for their talents. When asked if they were going to do a similar article for women, they produced a list of nine Irish women that they felt were doing anything of note.

I sincerely doubted there were only nine women in all of Ireland worth watching out for, and I obviously was proved right – in the space of an hour I had found about 40, with a significant amount of help from Twitter. This list isn’t in any way to diminish the work of the women who made it on the College Times list, but more to add on all the other women who are also doing great things in and for this country. 

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Less Than Zero: An Interview with Little Green Cars


What were you doing when you were 14 or 15? Probably sulking or shouting at your parents and slamming doors, determined to shake off the last vestiges of childhood. The members of Little Green Cars, however, were channelling that special brand of teenage frustration into making music. Primary school friends Adam O’Regan (guitars) and Donagh O’Leary (bass) met Faye O’Rourke, Stevie Appleby and Dylan Lynch in secondary school, and Little Green Cars was born, along with their brand of dreamy, lyric-driven, harmony-laden folk rock. If only all our teenage angst sounded this good.

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Grrrl Talk: An Interview with Kate Nash

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“Kate Nash? Is she still going?” Probably the most common reaction to the announcement that an interview with Kate Nash would be appearing in this issue of Flux. “Ask her if she still eats so many lemons, cos she is so bit-ah.” Hmm.

When we talk to Kate she is wandering the streets of Montreal, searching for sushi. The Canadian city is the second stop on what seems to be an endless tour – from North America to her home country and back to the US again for the next two months. “It’s going really well, we had two shows so far but they’ve been really good,” Kate says. “My friends from LA surprised me in Boston so it kickstarted the tour really well – we’re all in a great mood.”

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Five Very Funny Programmes You Can (And Should) Watch Instead of “The Big Bang Theory”

Sometimes, when it’s 2pm and you’re still in your jammies watching yet another repeat episode of The Big Bang Theory on E4, it gets hard to believe there are actually some pretty funny TV shows out there. But there are. Really! There are comedies out there that don’t revolve around laugh tracks and making lame jokes out of the protagonists. How exciting!

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Bright Sparks: An Interview with Delorentos

Lauded by critics, championed by music bloggers, and mates with The Arctic Monkeys (Delo taught the Sheffield foursome Gaelic when they supported them in 2007) – Delorentos have it made. The release of Little Sparks in early 2012 cemented their status as one of Ireland’s most respected bands, earning five stars out of five from pretty much every music journo there is. To support Little Sparks, Kieran, Ro , Ross and Níal are in the process of a winter tour of Ireland, and with a date in Vicar Street on the 21st of December. So far, so good for the Dublin four-piece.

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Cracking the Code: An Interview with Kodaline

(Don’t mind me, just throwing up a few things I did in the last while that I hadn’t got round to putting here yet.)

When you think of big Irish bands, who springs to mind? U2, obviously, but more recently we’ve had The Script, Snow Patrol and Two Door Cinema Club, who have all enjoyed massive success at home and abroad. Next year, Kodaline may just be on that list.

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