Who's this? Triona McCarthy tracks down the latest in skincare
This week our beloved beauty boffin tracks down the latest in skincare, hair and make-up to keep us beautified.
There are some days, I wonder who the hell I am anymore. My transition from Party McCarthy to, eh, Mother Triona was a swift one, once Will came along. I don't think any man I met before Will minded me. I suppose. I'm the eldest girl in my family so I've always minded everyone else.
Well, let me do the same for your skin and hair with these new hair and skincare launches!
You need to know about Armani Prima, Giorgio Armani Beauty's first complete skincare line that not only enhances make-up and its staying power, it also claims to improve skin quality.
There's a serum, €45, which you pop on first, followed by the Glow-On Moisturizing Balm, €85, which maximises hydration, thus enhancing skin. Next, I use the Day-Long Skin Perfector, €75, on my T-zone, as it absorbs sebum and repels sweat, leaving my skin smooth and matt. The Eye & Lip Contour Perfector, €55, reduces dark circles and finally the Make-Up Fix, above, €45, is perfect for popping in your bag for freshening up. Available from Brown Thomas.
On to to haircare now, Ouai (pronounced 'way' btw) is the brand everyone's going crazy for since it landed in Space NK.
Brought to us by Jen Atkin, one of the world's most influential hair stylists, the range includes all the essentials: shampoo, conditioner, finishing cream, matt pomade, texture mist, wave spray, and supplements.
I'm totally lovin' the texturising hairspray, below, €28.50.
I always think skin looks way more youthful when you can actually see it through foundation. So, beware of matt foundations, which can sometimes exaggerate pores and wrinkles when they settle on the skin. If you have a foundation that does this, simply add a drop of serum or facial oil in with it to get that youthful, dewy look.
The mice is right
Guess what gals? It's OK to use mousse again! I remember doing the whole big-hair, Bananarama thing in my teenage years. I cringe when I see photos of me with my mane of sticky, candyfloss hair.
Now cult hair brand Elnett of the hairspray fame, have reinvented mousse with L'Oreal Elnett Creme de Mousse, above, €8.99.
No stickiness or crunchiness, this is a mousse that feels nourishing and kind on hair, yet styles beautifully.
Now, question? Is mice the plural of mousse? If so, there are three different formulas of mice: Curls, Volume and Extra-Strong Hold.
The Volume variety is my fave. It's non-greasy and doesn't weigh my hair down and it smells divine.
It also provides humidity protection and frizz prevention, for smooth hair.
Two pumps is all I need and I have a lorra, lorra hair - OK, 1980s phrase thrown in there for good measure!
Unique like everyone
I really hope this trend where everyone wants to look the same as everyone else ends. I don't get it! I sound like a right ould wan but it's all perfect fake teeth, tan, tits, lips and lashes. Everybody is different, and we should embrace that and be happy to be unique.
Whatever happened to 'enhancing' one's features? Maybe that's why Kendall Jenner, pictured, is my fave of the Kardashian/Jenner clan. She looks real and hasn't morphed into a Kardashian klone.
Appara, Kendall has real lashes, so she would love the Yumi Lashes treatment, €65, new to The Salon at The Shelbourne.
This Swiss technique is designed to lift, curl and tint natural lashes, adding volume and length for up to 10 weeks.
Maxi loves Montessori. I can't believe how grown up he's getting, although he told me the other day when I was walking him to school how 'growing up takes a long time, Mummy!'
His vocabulary is also expanding, although he seems to have a bit of a Cork accent, which sends Will wild. Will speaks in a very clipped accent, unlike Maxi and, eh, me! We like to put a lot of extra vowels on to the end of every word as well as talking a few octaves higher than everyone else in the house, boy!
Triona's most wanted
Maxi also says things like 'that's divine', which in no way leads me on to a delightful new range from L'Occitane called, eh, Divine Harmony.
More than 10 years in development, this anti-ageing breakthrough is designed to visibly improve skin texture, tone and refine facial contours.
Using a unique blend of high-performing, age-defying ingredients, the formulas work together in, I suppose divine harmony. Clue is in the name!
The serum, above, €185, is spendy but it contains over 5,000 encapsulated micro-drops that claim to help firm the skin, lift and redefine facial contours.
The Divine Harmony Cream, below, €168, has plumping hyaluronic acid and a dose of vitamin C that literally melts into my skin, leaving it nourished and supple.
I'm a minimalist, so the Glov Hydro Demaquillage microfibre cleansing cloths, above, from €13.99, available from Shaws (almost) nationwide and selected pharmacies, are a must. They remove all make-up, without any products. Just moisten your Glov and wash your face with it. It's ideal for sensitive skin or skin prone to allergies or acne, as no chemicals or irritants are used.
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