Saturday 24 September 2016

Beauty: Skin is in... says Triona McCarth

Triona McCarthy

Published 07/09/2015 | 02:30

Just peachy: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Just peachy: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney.
Emma Watson
Elave Rejuvenating Cleansing Treatment
Kinvara's 24HR Rosehip serum
La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+
New lipsticks from Christian Louboutin
Miu Miu

Discover the latest in serious skincare with our peachy beauty expert and all of the looks for the new season.

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Triona's trends

Yaaay! It's September. Time to explore new-season trends. But before I tell you which lip colour will instantly update your look, let's talk skincare.

The big trend I've really noticed is how even Hollywood hotties are moving away from fillers and Botox - they're too obvs - and instead they're going for really serious skincare. Make-up always applies better and looks better when you've been looking after your skin. Boring bit first, but you really need to use sunscreen every day, and drink lots of water.

I'm a big fan of Irish brand Elave, see elaveskincare.com, which has recently rebranded some of my favourite results-driven products, such as the Rejuvenating Cleansing Treatment, €26.95, which contains 12pc glycolic. I use it with their Daily Skin Defence SPF 45, €22.95, for protection, and to rebalance, Rejuvenating Night Treatment, €27.95. A dab of the Daily Lip Defence SPF 20 balm, €7.95, and I'm done.

Continuing the Irish theme, I've already extolled the visage-brightening brilliance of Kinvara's 24HR Rosehip serum, €24, see kinvaraskincare.com. But as a multi-tasking Mama, I need my products to multi-task as well. So this little pump-action glow-in-a-bottle is also doing wonders for the delicate skin on my decolletage.

And low and behold, mottled skin begone - which makes for low-cut tops and even tan applications for the new season.

Triona's trick

I think make-up sponges are a complete waste of money altogether.

They tend to soak up way more liquid foundation than is needed, plus they get smelly and dirty and harbour germs. I much prefer to use my fingers, and save my money for more useful things like shoes! #getyourfingersout

Louboutin yourself

News just in! You can now 'Louboutin' yourself from top to bottom with the launch of these new lipsticks from Christian Louboutin. When your name is now a verb, sure what else would you do only create the most luxurious lipstick line - like, ever!

Following the launch of his signature nail-polish collection last year, it makes sense, really, to have matching tips and lips.

There are 38 shades: think burgundies, delicate nudes, and, of course, an iconic crimson; and three different textures - Silky Satin, Velvet Matte, and Sheer Voile, all inspired by Louboutin's iconic handbags and shoes.

The cap comes with a small ring at the top to put a ribbon through, so you can turn it into a necklace. It makes the price tag of €80 seem more reasonable now!

Short cuts

Emma Watson is now rocking long tresses, but I loved her pixie-crop phase. There are not enough pretty girls with short hair in this country. I can't stand hair extensions; I much prefer to see a girl with a 'proper' haircut.

I really can't talk, because I've been rocking the same 'Miss World hairstyle', as I call it, for years. I'm just not pretty enough for the cropped look I love on others, including my friend Sophie, who recently had most of her beautiful long blonde hair cut into a sophisticated 1980s style that makes her look so edgy - and no, I'm not jealous at all!

Sophie went to Fiona in Zeba Hairdressing which is at 90 Sandymount Rd, D4, but Zeba also has salons at 60 South William St, D2 and Manor Mills Shopping Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare.

See zeba.ie

Triona's most wanted

When I was a young fashion student, working in Brown Thomas, my very first pay-packet purchase was a black nylon Prada bag.

Since then I've been slightly obsessed with everything Miuccia Prada does. I even had a cat called Miu Miu, after her diffusion line, which was often referred to as "Prada's little sister".

I've glammed up in the label's glitter-heeled pumps, donned their daring half-cut sunnies and swanned around in swallow and crazy cat prints.

So can you imagine my delight when I heard Miu Miu was releasing its first fragrance. I had high hopes it wouldn't stink - sorry, smell - like most fashion fragrances, which tend to favour sweet scents.

And it didn't disappoint. It really stands out with its fresh, floral fragrance, combined with a spicy, woody undertone.

Then there's the fabulous sky-blue porcelain bottle, with the ridges referencing Miu Miu's classic matelasse quilting, which is topped off with a retro red cap that's inspired by the vintage caps women used in bygone days to apply fragrance to their necks.

Safe to say I've gone goo goo for this new new Miu Miu, from €61.

Cult product

Right, you can replace all your body creams, hand creams and foot creams, and even your face cream, with this jumbo 400ml bottle of La Roche-Posay Lipikar Baume AP+,  €19!

I'm not joking and no, you don't have to have eczema to use this. This has become my must-have product of the year, having brought it away with me to west Cork this summer.

The lipid-replenishing, balm-like-lotion forms a protective, hydrating film over the skin to protect it from external aggressors. It contains high concentrations of shea butter to nourish skin, and niacinimide to soothe itchy skin.

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