The Lunchtime Edit

Your 5 key buys this month

Words by Nicole Thomsen
July 27th, 2018

From the latest fashion trends to the newest book releases and beauty launches, the Lunchtime Edit is all about the little things that you can shop or simply enjoy on your lunch break. This week we’ve found the next ‘It’ bag, a beauty breakthrough and something to add to your reading list.

1/ Useless Magic: Lyrics and Poetry by Florence Welch

Delve into the inner workings of Florence + the Machine with frontwoman Florence Welch’s debut poetry book. Titled ‘Useless Magic’, the book contains never-before-seen poetry, lyrics and sketches from the English musician, allowing fans an insight into her creative process. In describing the idea behind Useless Magic, Welch stated, “songs can be incredibly prophetic, like subconscious warnings or messages to myself, but I often don’t know what I’m trying to say till years later. Or a prediction comes true and I couldn’t do anything to stop it, so it seems like a kind of useless magic.” Take this with you on your next getaway or while away time on your lunch break.

Shop Useless Magic, £12.16, at

Meet your new favourite ‘It’ bag. Inspired by modern architecture and favourited by Pandora Sykes, Danse Lente’s signature style is redefining the bucket bag trend with its cool and contemporary shape. Not too big, not too small, this mini ‘Johnny’ is just right for carrying your daily essentials. Expect to see more of this bag come September on the arms of the fashion elite. Buy now before everyone else does.

Shop Danse Lente Mini Leather Bucket Bag, €355, at


3/ Pestle & Mortar Balance Spritz

Pestle & Mortar has become something of a cult beauty brand of late and for good reason; its latest release, a hydrating facial mist, is just what your skin needs this weather. Thanks to its soothing blend of deep sea Irish magnesium, amino acids and herbal extracts, it delivers hydration, improves skin health, balances sebum production and reduces skin pollution. Not to mention it feels incredibly refreshing to spritz on your face on a hot and heavy summer day.

Shop Balance Spritz, €32, at

4/ Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse

photo: Urban Decay

Forget about those unbearably drying matte lipsticks of the past: Urban Decay’s new innovative lip mousse is here to save your dehydrated pout, offering up a velvety smooth finish but without the weight and dryness associated with a liquid lipstick. Lo-Fi is a weightless, buildable, waterproof lip colour that can be as opaque or sheer as you want it to be and comes in 8 shades, ranging from a nude baby pink to the perfect autumnal berry. Low maintenance and travel-friendly, the new collection is available in Urban Decay Grafton Street now and nationwide from 2nd August.

Shop Lo-Fi Lip Mousse, €22, at Urban Decay and Debenhams stores nationwide


photo: Urban Decay

5/ Mineheart Sanctuary Skull Cabinet

This is definitely one of those defiant ‘Because I Can’ moments that Diet Coke has been advocating for all along. The Sanctuary Skull Tall Cabinet is an investment piece designed by Chinese contemporary artist Jacky Tsai. Created in collaboration with interior design store, Mineheart, the one of a kind piece is said to represent where “past meets present, and East meets West”, celebrating the heritage of the artist and the contemporary ethos of the retailer. This stunning piece is for anyone looking for something truly unique with its own unique story, for anyone who likes Alexander McQueen, and for anyone looking for something “wow” that will have a lasting legacy.

Shop Sanctuary Skull Tall Cabinet, €4725, at

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