Beauty: Triona McCarthy's... Lip trick
The temperature is rising and the sun is out, so our beauty buff has rounded up everything you need to be cool while looking hot!
If in doubt, wink, peace and pout! After several seasons in style Siberia, lipstick is certainly back on the scene for summer 2015. All the cool chicks on Instagram are back wearing lipstick as they pull the peace pout (make a peace sign while pouting) in every one of their photos.
Cara D and Miley C do the peace sign and pout to the side, which I swear I never do in an effort to look cool. Em, it actually does work!
Now, not being one for slavishly following trends, I'm always all about lipstick for moi/mwah! I love a red lip, but at the moment, I prefer a less obvious red like this Shiseido Lacquer Rouge Lipstick, €30.50, in Nocturne RD607. Inspired by Japanese lacquerware, one coat provides intense colour and deep lustre. The deep, velvety burgundy with a hint of red is really long-lasting - it's almost like a regular lip stain. I like to blot it with tissue for a modern matt finish.
The other colour I'm going gaga for lately is Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution lipstick in 1975 Red, €30, from the Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson collection - one of the hottest make-up collections right now.
This classic colour was inspired by Jerry Hall's 'Jamaica Blue & Beautiful' British Vogue May 1975 cover, her first ever Vogue cover. It's a fun, orangey-red, retro colour that's perfect paired with a 'beach-bronzed skin' look for the summer.
If you need a new make-up bag, then check out the Charlotte Tilbury X Norman Parkinson Bathing Beauty Bag, €60, which features another Jerry Hall shot from 1975.
Wink, peace and pout!
'Don't half-ass anything -whatever you do, always use your full ass.'
I love silly/inspirational quotes like that. I keep one on the wall, near the sink where I brush my teeth every day, so I see it first thing in the morning and last thing at night - while I'm brushing, I stand on my tippy-toes to tone my tush! #fulllass
Paddy Mac Syndrome
My two-year-old son, Maxim, has PMS! That's Paddy Mac Syndrome.
He's very like my late father, Paddy, who was forever fixing and fiddling with engines. So Maxim didn't lick it off a stamp.
Right now, as I'm typing this, he's lying on the ground outside the French doors, tinkering with his little bike, pretending a garlic crusher is a screwdriver.
Daddy, meanwhile, is in his man-cave/shed, fiddling away with his radio-controlled cars and covered in oil.
The only oil that I'm concerned with is Vichy's New Beautifying Cleansing Micellar Oil, €16.50, which removes even the most waterproof of make-up without pulling and dragging the skin.
It's especially good for those who love a smoky eye, I know they can be fun to do, but a pain to take off.This product glides nicely around sensitive areas, such as eyes, and turns into a milky texture when mixed with water. I might have to use it on my two boyos!
Jessica Alba has stepped off the red carpet and seems to be swanning around on a green one now, as she's passionate about all things eco. I reckon she'd love the Nadur Spa Organic Beeswax Lip Balm, €8, created by Gina Groves, Nadur Spa Manager at Ballygarry House Hotel & Spa in Kerry.
All balms are not created equal. I avoid any that contain phenol or menthol, as both create a tendency to use the product more frequently, and prolong chapping. The main ingredient in Gina's lip balm is organic yellow beeswax, a by-product from Gina's very own beehives. Other ingredients include shea butter, cocoa butter, apricot oil, and honey. The creamy balm, available from Nadur Spa, will nourish even the driest of lips.
Ballygarry House Hotel and Spa, see ballygarryhouse.com
I have hair like a two-year-old - it's very badly behaved - so I'm always on the lookout for a super-duper hair-superhero product.
The latest one I've been trialling, and getting excellent results with, is the new Shu Uemura Art of Hair Wonder Worker Air-Dry/ Blow-Dry Perfector, €27. This is a great little multi-tasker. A hybrid hero product, it's a leave-in conditioner/heat protector/styler, all in one single spray, and it has a 360-degree nozzle.
It's enriched with moringa oil, an extract from the moringa tree, often called 'nature's miracle tree' or 'tree of life', as it's a drought-resistant tree, native to the foothills of the Himalayas.
I love this for an air-dry 'I let my hair dry naturally' look, or for a frizz-free home blow-dry with benefits.
To use, simply spray it on towel-dried hair along the lengths and comb through to spread it evenly.
Top tip: Use in between washes for a 'refresh and re-style' jobbie.
The Body Shop is like, I dunno, a friend I've lost touch with over the years. Happily, we met up again recently.
The Body Shop has had a complete makeover - new fancy-pants packaging and some fabulous new fragrances, such as those in the Voyage Collection, €29.95 each, created by some of the world's top perfumers and based on ingredients from some of the world's most beautiful places.
The Italian Summer Fig Eau De Toilette, above right, is reminiscent of southern Italy with aromas of succulent figs, green leaves and comforting woods. Although, for night-time, I prefer the floral Indian Night Jasmine.
All are available as bath and body products as well, and they all contain natural, hand-picked ingredients from all over the world.
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