Triona McCarthy says it's time to shake up your make-up
Turn a blind eye to boring old make-up conventions by really going for it this season, because, as our beauty buff reminds us, you only live once
Sometimes fashion and beauty can get a bit, well, boring. All this 'stick to the classics' and keep to the 'tried and tested' - well, you know what I think: you only live once, so shake up your make-up. What's the worst that could happen? You can always wash it off.
What would life be without the occasional ridiculous indulgence? Come on now, stretch that style muscle, and start by not wearing boring browns on your eyes. It's the same as always being dressed in black - dull. Not forever, mind, I'm not that cray-cray, just try something new for a week or two, and see what happens.
The easiest way to try out a new trend is on your eyes. Blue eyeshadow was a big trend on the SS16 runways, with Chanel models sporting blue shadow in the shape of bandit masks. OK, now that may be a bit far-out, man, but Chanel's Les 4 Ombres eye quad, above, €50, in Tisse Jazz, will perk up your peepers.
Faux freckles looked beautiful at Emanuel Ungaro. Once the bane of Irish women, freckles are a big story this season, and so simple to do. The smattering-of-freckles effect can be achieved using Nyx's Wonder Pencil, above, €5.99, which comes in various brown shades. Make different-shaped dots, as that will look more natural.
What about lips? Prada pushed the boundaries with futuristic gold lips. Try Tom Ford's Lipstick and Boys in David, below, €33 - it's totally worth the splurge. I'm also wearing it in my photo, above.
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer left his nose behind - on my face! I'd been blowing my nose for a week and had the reddest, driest nose, with flaky skin. Sexy! So I started using lip balm on my nose - on the outside, the top and even the inside. It instantly eliminated flakiness and gave great relief. Just don't use a coloured lip balm! Now, that'd be sexy!
When I wasn't watching Making a Murderer on Netflix over Christmas, I was busy following the advice of Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo, from her New York Times best-selling guide to decluttering your home, called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up .
Yeah, we had a really rock 'n' roll Christmas in our house!
I'm a total minimalist, anyway. I have to be, as we live in what was meant to be Will's bachelor pad - and, as I told you before, that didn't work out so well for him, what with two babies, me and my mum, and a load of Xpose presenters and MUAs and what-not hanging around the house.
So yeah, I love multi-purpose products, such as Elizabeth Arden's Eight Hour Cream All-Over Miracle Oil, above, €40, as I can use it on my face, body and hair, and I also love the spritzer bottle because it makes it super easy and very quick to apply.
Fit for a king
The Queen of Brows, Claudine King, has just opened Claudine King Brows & Beauty in Dublin city centre.
Best known for her brow and lash expertise - worthy of any devotee of Cara Delevingne, above - Claudine is also a whizz at waxing, facial treatments, manis and pedis, as well as being a trained microblading semi-permanent make-up artist.
Check out the Rodial facials; known as the glamorous alternative to surgery, they bridge the gap between scientific and natural skincare.
Or try the Yumi Lashes, €80, a super alternative to false lashes, as this treatment curls and tints your natural lashes to give them the ultimate lift, creating a false-lash effect.
Claudine King Brows & Beauty, 22 South William St, D2, tel: (01) 633-6737, or see claudineking brows.ie.
Triona's most wanted
Right, we need to talk about Making a Murderer, the Netflix documentary that Will and I watched - along with the whole of Ireland, it seems - over Christmas. After each episode, we'd say, "We'll just watch 'one more' episode before we go to bed", but we ended up staying up until 4am the first night, having binged on six episodes in a row.
The most heartbreaking part for me is when Steven Avery says, "poor people lose, poor people lose all the time".
Anyhoo, a month later, and we're still talking about it. In fact, if my keys are missing, Will tells me to wait for a few days and I might find them in the bedroom, or to call Manitowoc County Police, because they might have them!
If you've been up all night for whatever reason, then you need to know about Ren Wake Wonderful Night-Time Facial, above, €40, a leave-on, overnight treatment. It works while you sleep, for a more even, luminous complexion, thanks to lactic acid and glycolic acid for exfoliation, along with plumping sodium lactate. So it gently resurfaces and hydrates all at once. The results are instant. The morning after I've used it, I always feel and see a difference.
It's the best 'slap it on and sleep' product, so it's perfect for late-night nonsense.
If you're a woman who wears Chanel No 5, then I know you'll adore Amouage Gold Woman, above, €250, from my favourite fragrance boutique, Parfumarija in the Westbury Mall, see parfumarija.com.
Created in 1983 by Guy Robert, it is one of the most sophisticated scents I have ever worn.
I can't go anywhere when I wear this without people stopping me and asking what it is. #scentsational
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