Mini mum: Travel picks and tricks from Triona McCarthy
Whether you're doing some long-haul travelling or sticking close to home, Triona McCarthy has travel picks and tricks especially for you
Greetings from west Cork!
I'm home in Schull at the moment, and having the best time with my family, but with Maxi and Mini to pack for now as well, luggage space is like gold dust - every product in my beauty booty has to be a multipurpose performer.
However, years of hopping on and off planes, from when I worked as a fashion buyer, has made me a total minimalist.
The first thing I always pack is a Cleanse Off Mitt, €5, above, from cloud10beauty.com. I adore this online store as it always offers free delivery, free returns and free samples with every order!
Anyhoo, this mitt is ideal for those who like wipes, as it's designed to remove all traces of make-up, just by using the mitt itself. The gentle microfibre cleaning action removes a full face of make-up, including mascara, with nothing but water.
Dr Bronner's Peppermint liquid soap, €5.09, is another essench. It cleans your house, your babies, your fur babies and you!
This 18-in-1 liquid soap can be used for shaving, shampooing, brushing your teeth, bathing, on babies, on dentures, as a deodorant, an aftershave, on silk, wool, pets, the car, hands, and feet. Phew!
For the more stylish, the Seavite Travel Set, below, €47.50, seavite.com, contains the bestselling face and body products in handy-sized jars, all packed into a gorgeous white cosmetic bag. This collection will keep your skin cleansed, moisturised and glowing with health, so you can concentrate on your holiday.
Maxi is currently wearing his sister's pink fleece - it has sand stuck to the elbows where he leaned on chewing gum. Mini has on what was once a white top, but is now a kind of chewing-gum colour. It's enough to make me reach for the wine . . . rack, which I've been using to store rolled hand towels and face cloths in the bathroom while on vaycay!
All that glitters
I always say glitter is my favourite colour. If you looked through my wardrobe, you'd probably think I inherited most of my clothes from Liberace, or David Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust years!
Glitter is your friend as you get older, though. The reflection of the sequins act as a mirror, reflecting light back on to your face, which is very flattering.
When it comes to make-up, though, glitter can be a bit aging. There's a fine line between glitzy and gaudy.
The new Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette, above, €40, available from House Of Fraser, Dundrum Town Centre, and debenhams.ie, is my new bestie. It contains a never-before-seen innovation in shadow - microfine bits of iridescent sparkle, for a dazzling effect like no other.
There are eight new shades, and I'm really McLovin Element, a beautiful peach colour; and Galaxy, the perfect smoky blue-gray.
Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, especially in Inchydoney!
If, like Katy Perry, above, you like to frolic in the sea with your own Orlando Bloom, then check out some of the treatments at The Island Spa at Inchydoney Island Lodge and Spa, near Clonakilty; it's a thalassotherapy spa, open since 1998.
Fresh seawater, sea muds, seaweed and fresh sea air create a serious sense of well-being. Seawater is pumped daily from the ocean into the seawater therapy pool and heated to 31 degrees. Try the Slimming Algo Body Wrap, and a full-body massage using Elemis Cellutox Body Oil, which contains sea buckthorn, sea fennel, lemon and juniper, to help cleanse the body. Then retire to a relaxation area with ocean views or have a swim in the nearby Atlantic.
Triona's most wanted
I bumped into the adorable Adrienne and Dave Bray the other day in the Harbour Hotel in Schull. They were telling me they'd just become grandparents - congrats, guys! Anyhoo, I couldn't believe it. Honestly, these two look the same now as they did 30 years ago.
What was their secret? The sea air? Love? Glenilen yoghurts or Gubeen Cheese? Hmmm. I thought about it as I tried out Clarins new Extra-Firming Mask, above, €62, which promised to "smooth stress lines, firm the skin and revive radiance".
As with all Clarins products, it smells divine. The lush lilac colour also appealed to me, as it looked great on my Instagram - @triona.ie, btw.
And according to Clarins, this colour is used in chromotherapy - a treatment that uses colours to heal - to encourage relaxation. Its soothing virtues on the mind are also recognised in the field of psychology, but back to the formula: it turns into a creamy gel once it's applied.
Top tip: this mask comes with really easy-to-follow facial-massage instructions. Try it when you're applying the product, to help relax the face, and smooth tension lines to give a natural 'lift' effect.
Leave it on for 10 minutes then wash it off, and it'll leave your skin looking refreshed and hydrated, as if you've had a week in west Cork!
I'm v lucky - my cousin Sinead O'Driscoll is a hairdresser in Lowertown, near Schull, so she always gives me the, eh, heads-up on all things tresses.
My latest must-have, thanks to Sinead, are these Doll Twiddle Stics, above, from €10. I found mine on amazon.com, but they sell them at most salon-supply places also.
Anyhoo, they're just genius. These are basically sticks you can use in conjunction with your hair straightener to create soft curls and, eh, west Cork waves. They cut down on clutter, and the unique heat-absorbing technology cools the hair while it curls, so it helps to prevent hair damage.
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