Sunday service... our beauty sleuth Triona McCarthy is on the case
Have you heard of 'hygge' or why your belly button is the place to put perfume? Thankfully, our beauty sleuth Triona McCarthy tells all . . .
Hygge. Have you heard about this yet? It was my mum, Margaret, who introduced me to this Danish lifestyle concept.
She bought The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking - and has been all about it since!
Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) roughly translates to 'cosiness', so it's kind of where you take simple, everyday tasks and make them more meaningful - and that, folks, is what we're talking about today, but in beauty terms.
So let's talk about products to help us feel warm and cosy this winter. The Body Shop's Spa of the World Blissful Ritual Collection, above, €59.50, will turn your bathroom into the greatest spa in the world!
Exfoliate and nourish your skin with the Hawaiian Kukui Cream and the Brazilian Capuacu Scrub-in-Oil.
Best of all, the beautiful box can be kept forever to store stuff in, like a memory box.
For a morning pick-me-up, try using an uplifting essential oil such as Daybreak, from Absolute Aromas, below, €7.42. This refreshing citrus-based blend is a natural alternative to awaken the senses, as it contains invigorating essentials oils such as lemon, tangerine and orange. Simply add 10 drops of oil to 100ml of unfragranced shower gel, and use in your morning shower.
You can also pop a few drops onto a tissue and inhale it - this, my friends, is a really effective pick-me-up and is very hygge!
Careful, now! Pulses may start racing when I tell you the hot new way to wear perfume. On your belly button! Body heat helps to intensify fragrance, so your belly button is a nice warm home for scent. I put some on my finger and pop it on my belly button, which makes my BFF Maureen squirm, as she's weird about belly buttons!
Gimme all your lovin'
I cannot cope with how wonderful the Jo Malone London Christmas Collection is. I want it all. Hint, hint Will, if you are reading this! The striking harlequin print is totally my thing. There's a Limited Edition Pomegranate Noir Cologne, and the first ever Orange Bitters Christmas Cologne, €114.
But if I could only choose one thing, I'd get the Orange Bitters Scented Candle, above, €155. Look at it! Isn't it just divine? I could always use the ceramic holder as a make-up-brush holder after I'd used up the candle. So it really would be the, eh, gift that keeps on giving! Go on Will, if you, eh, really, really loved me, you'd get it for me. Please. Pretty please!
Having kids has definitely helped me focus. Pre-babies, I would have been browsing net-a-porter for hours, as well as wasting time watching the wonderful Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.
Michelle Grimes of Maven Hair Studio is also a busy mum, so she totally understands how precious time is.
Her stunning studio is the perfect escape to go to relax - and get your hair cut, coloured, styled, or all three. Aoife also looks after beauty, so maybe squeeze in a brow shape or tint, or treat yourself to some Mink lashes for Christmas - very Kyle Richards, above, from RHOBH. Maven Hair Studio, Suite 5, 9 Eustace St, Temple Bar, D2, tel: (086) 1037-328, or see hairmaven.ie
Triona's most wanted
I'm so excited! I'm literally counting down the days to the long-awaited opening of & Other Stories on Grafton Street, on December 9.
For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of shopping in any of their stores in the UK or US, & Other Stories is part of the H&M family - kind of like the older, more sophisticated sister! Obvs, I'm a huge fan of the clothes and accessories - the black sequined starburst dress is on my wish list - but the beauty offering is what will really have me popping into the store, to swipe and wipe and rub and scrub at their beauty basins.
Their new Paris Atelier Beauty Range - which is available for Irish customers to shop online at stories.com, ahead of the Dublin store opening - is full of active, natural ingredients of certified French origin, such as white truffle, saffron and oyster shells. All the products are designed to "take you on a journey through France, embracing its many aspects and special riches".
The Fathom Bath Cologne, above, €55, is a refreshing bath cologne infused with soothing eau d'Ajonc, and nutrient-rich fucus extract of brown algae.
Pour it under running water, breathe deeply and let the delicious aromas do their thing.
The Floribunda Lip Balm, €20, is also a must. I adore the packaging as well as the deeply nourishing balm with rose extracts, honey, and saffron.
Repeat after me - pores are not doors . . . they do not open and close! You can't shrink pores, but you can make them appear smaller with something like this L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Mask, above, €11.49. In only 15 minutes, it does an amazing job of cleansing my face deep down into my pores, leaving my skin clarified and beautified, without drying it out. Use it once a week.
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