Thick of it: Triona McCarthy's expertise on everything from foundation to French kissing
Our giddy guru knows how to lay it on thick when it comes to all things beauty. From foundation to French kissing, our beauty buff has the usual mix of facts and fun . . .
Thick isn't a bad thing, you know! My friend Melanie always says I have great, big, country hair! She reckons girls from the country always have much thicker hair, but I actually have lots of fine hair, which is a very Irish thing, apparently.
So I like to wash my hair with a shampoo that will encourage fullness, such as Pantene Volume and Body, above, €4.19. Then I blast my hair until it's damp with my Dyson Supersonic hairdryer, below, €399 from Arnotts. I just can't get enough of this hairdryer. Honestly, it has encouraged me to blow-dry my own hair at home much more.
Anyhoo, next I apply a little Pantene Repair and Protect Dry Oil, €10.19, through my hair to smooth the cuticles and maximise shine. I use a large round brush to blow-dry my hair - making sure to pull each section of hair upwards as I am drying it, to create volume. I also point the hairdryer's nozzle downwards, to smooth the hair shaft.
When the volume has been created and the hair is dry, I take random sections, and I use a large tongs to wave the hair away from my face. I leave the ends out to create a more relaxed movement in the hair.
Then I leave my hair to cool for at least 20 minutes before gently running my fingers through it to loosen up the wave. I finish off with Pantene Perfect Volume Hairspray, below €5.39.
Recently, I was lucky enough to have lunch with Michael Bronner, grandson of the Dr Bronner, and the president of the cult beauty brand, Dr Bronner's. I told him of how my kiddies have very sensitive skin and how I use Dr Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap, from €8.70, to wash their clothes, and now they don't have bumps, redness or a rash.
Will likes to tell people he's a single dad with, em, three kids. The pup! Truth is, Will is six years younger than me, but nobody ever guesses, as he's quite mature and I'm so flipping immature.
But while I might act younger than my years, my looks might betray my real age, and one of the things I always tell peeps to do, in an effort to hold back the years, is use SPF.
In fact, a recent study for Olay revealed that protected skin looked 20 years younger than skin that had been damaged by UV rays.
So I'm always on the lookout for a day cream with enough sun protection for the summer months, and this new one from Olay, Regenerist 3 Point Day Cream SPF 30 Moisturiser, above, €39.99, is a winner. I'm also holding it in my photograph, above. Not only does this moisturiser have sun protection, it also has all the anti-ageing qualities of the original Regenerist, and it's also a great base under my foundation. #win
Calling all Galway gals! I recently popped into the Beauty Quarters in Oranmore, where the proprietor, Melissa Naughton - who is a dead ringer for actress Hilary Duff, right - showed me round her chic salon.
They have the best of the best. They offer Waxperts waxing, Bellamianta spray tanning - the tan I'm always harping on about, as it really suits Irish skintones; and they use Jan Marini skincare, which gives great results.
The staff also told me how they're now doing semi-permanent make-up; the eyebrows are proving to be the most popular area to have done.
The Beauty Quarters, Unit 8 Howley Sq, Main St, Oranmore, Co Galway, tel: (091) 788-222, or see beauty-quarters.com
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I'm sitting here typing this, with Will roaring laughing at me. He says it looks like I'm trying to French kiss myself! Eh, nothing new there, either!
What happened is, I put my fave new lippie on - more of that later - and decided to brush my hair as well and drink my coffee, and in the middle of all that, I somehow got a hair in my mouth. So I've been swirling my tongue around my mouth, as you do, trying to locate the flipping hair, looking like a loony!
Right, I had to just grab it off my tongue with my hands, which has resulted in even more hysterical laughter from himself, but now, at least, I'm ready to tell you about the new lippie!
If you only buy one new lipstick this summer, make it one of the new Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, €19.50. I'm totally addicted.
There are 100 shades and six different finishes from matte to shimmer to choose from - I know it's a cliche, but there's something for everyone.
My go-to daytime shade is Backtalk, above. It's the perfect pink for just a hint of colour, in a Comfort Matte formula that's loaded with nourishing ingredients, which leave my lips soft and conditioned.
Just perfect for a spot of French kissing on yourself! I know, I know! #mwah
Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation, above, €17.99, is the biz! It instantly smooths the look and texture of my skin without settling into my, eh, frinkles - that's fun-induced wrinkles - or fine lines, as they're better known.
It transforms from solid to liquid on contact with the skin, and I use a large brush and my fingertips to blend it. It offers incredible coverage - it even hides tattoos, as MUA Lyndsey Cavanagh recently told me.
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