Baby love: Triona McCarthy on beauty the products the whole family can use
Gently does it. Treat your skin like a tot's and get great results at bargain prices. Our resident beauty expert tells us how the whole family can win
'When they were wild
When they were not yet human
When they could have been anything,
I was on the other side ready with milk to lure them,
And their father, too, each name a net in his hands.'
We haven't had a poem in a while now, have we? That's why I've started with this Louise Erdrich poem, titled Birth.
When I read it, I feel the love in the words. For me, the poem is all about love. Love between the mum and dad and towards their children.
So this week, I want to tell you about the beauty products that all the family can use.
I was reared on Sudocrem, from €3.39, and am rearing my own babies on it, too. The cult product, beloved of beauty buffs, as well as mums like me, treats spots, cuts, sunburn, dry skin, and is even popular as a face mask. Oh, and it treats nappy rash, too!
If you're out of shaving cream, use a little baby oil. It can also be used to take off make-up - especially stubborn eye make-up.
I know that Bepanthen, below, from €3.99, is normally used on babies' bums, but as it contains pro-vitamin B5, lots of lush-looking ladies also use it as a face moisturiser.
Laundry detergent that's made especially for kiddies is also terrific for adults with sensitive skin, while baby shampoo is great for cleaning make-up brushes and for hand-washing those delicate cashmere jumpers.
I'm sick of peeps always saying "expect the unexpected", because if you expect the unexpected, isn't it expected?
Well, sometimes when we think we are hungry, we are actually dehydrated. So when you feel that pang for some food, instead of opening the fridge, have a glass of water first - you might just quench that urge, unexpectedly!
Boy: "How are you?"
Girl: "Do I know you?"
Boy: "Hmm . . . no . . . but I'm rich."
Girl: "Really? OK, hi! I'm Kate, but you can call me Baby. I'm 25, live in Dublin, and I just love short, dark guys, especially someone like you. I'm glad to meet you."
Boy: "No, no, 'Rich' is my name."
Girl: "Sorry, what? I don't talk to strangers. Now flip off!"
Hahahahaha! I just love the name of this hand cream, Rich Girl, above, by Deborah Lippmann, Harvey Nichols. She's the celebrity go-to manicurist for all the fashion houses, celebs, magazines and, well, rich people, basically.
The moisturizing hand lotion contains shea butter, avocado and jojoba oils for super-soft paws, while a botanical brightening complex helps even out the skintone for a more youthful appearance. Best of all? It comes with a twisty cap for handy application while on the go.
The 'B' in bride
Here come's the bride! Yes, I'm a bride-to-be, but when we talk about me being a bride, the b is silent. Hee hee!
If, like me, you're planning your wedding and want locks as smooth as Dita Von Teese, above, then you need to know about Lorraine Browne, see lorrainebrownehair.com.
Lorraine was the hairstylist for my brother Aidan's wedding, and, honestly, any time I've recommended her, people are just blown away by her skills.
Lorraine has the most beautiful, calm voice, and can take you from bridezilla to 'bridezilla with a silent b' in no time.
I know I will be on the phone to book her in for my big day.
Lorraine is based out in Clontarf, Dublin 3, but she travels all over the country with her magic hair wand and dryer, transforming brides everywhere.
Triona's most wanted
I don't think anyone under the age of 35 should be allowed to write a beauty column!
I'm not joking. When I first started out writing this column, I was in my late 20s, and honestly, I didn't really need much more than a bit of moisturiser and whatever make-up took my fancy, because I had great skin. Fast forward a few years and a few babies, and now I need all the lotions and potions to keep me looking half right!
I've noticed I'm way more jowly - lovely! - and my cheeks have less volume, as do my lips, but the worst thing is my eyes. They have got so droopy, next thing I know, I'll be tucking them into my drawers!
It's really noticeable when I'm tired, and, these days, that's often, so I have to do something about it. The most important thing is not to use any shimmery shadows; matte is best. The Blank Canvas Master Palette, above, €34.99, is a must, with a large mirror and brush, and 11 gorgeous gradients of matte-finish, luxuriously smooth, pigmented eyeshadows that are velvet in texture and easy to blend.
I use the Hickory or Corruption shades on the baggy skin to make it recede, and it really works. I use the palette when I'm on TV, as all eyes are on me, and I don't need my eyes wide shut.
Missoni, the classic Italian fashion brand, best known for its multicolored, zig-zag patterns, has just launched an eponymous new fragrance, from €56. The bottle, above, inspired by the art of Venetian blown glass, is just gorgeous - it's sitting on my desk as I type - while the scent is quite sweet, with jasmine and mahonial combined with notes of wood and tonka bean to give it its floral, fruity, woody balance.
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