Sunday 23 October 2016

Triona McCarthy says - Paint it pink

Triona McCarthy

Published 26/10/2015 | 02:30

Paint the town pink, urges Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Paint the town pink, urges Triona McCarthy. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Charlotte Tilbury's new Magic Foundation
Buy a GHD vintage pink platinum styler, €215, and €10 goes to the Irish Cancer Society.
Double-ended Complexion Brush from Hourglass at Harvey Nichols
Lindi Skin Fight Back Pack
Stunning Suki Waterhouse.

This week, our resident beauty expert is not only painting the town pink, she's doing tricks with cola, and making magic with a new, must-have base.

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Triona's trends

I did a photocall recently with the wonderful Miriam O'Callaghan for the #paintitpink campaign with the Irish Cancer Society,  see Miriam and I have both lost sisters to cancer, so it is a cause very close to our hearts.

We had great fun mucking about with paint brushes - several passers-by asked us to come and paint their houses. It reminded me of when Tricia was desperately ill, yet we actually used to try to laugh our way through all the weird things that were happening to her, because sometimes, even in the strangest circumstances, laughter really is the best medicine, and Tricia had a great sense of humour!

When she had been in a coma for a few weeks and had to relearn how to walk, I used to wheel her around in the mankiest wheelchair; we used to joke it was like something from a horror movie, as it had 'Psych Ward' scrawled in black marker on the back of it!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so here are my top pink picks!

Buy a GHD vintage pink platinum styler, €215, and €10 goes to the Irish Cancer Society. Creme de la Mer's special-edition BCA Lip Balm, €58, Brown Thomas, sees €12 go to the Cancer Clinical Research Trust at St Vincent's Hospital; while will donate €1 to the Irish Cancer Society, for every Irish order they process this month.

Triona's trick

We can thank Suki Waterhouse for this week's wacky trick."I rinse my hair with Coca-Cola sometimes. I don't like my hair when it's washed - it's fine and limp - but Coca-Cola makes it tousled, like I've gone through the Amazon or something."

I had to try it, and yeah, it works; it's kind of like a salt spray, for a beachy-hair effect.

Fight club

I'm a qualified massage therapist, so when Tricia was ill, I would often give her a massage, which really helped either lift her mood or give her comfort and support.

So I was delighted to see Spirit One Spa, at the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Galway, has a thoughtful and innovative series of nurturing treatments for cancer patients, called Touch Therapy. Throughout the month of October, these treatments - which are normally priced €80 - cost €60; just quote Breast Cancer Awareness Month when booking; tel: (091) 538-423 or see

Spirit One Spa uses the Lindi Skin line, developed specifically with the skincare needs of cancer clients in mind. The line can bring relief in reducing some of the side effects of cancer therapies.

There is also a selection of the products available to purchase, such as the Lindi Skin Fight Back Pack, €39 - it's filled full of trial sizes of their seven most popular products.

Raven mad

Session hair-stylist Trudy Hayes has worked with Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, and with all the models, including the stunning Suki Waterhouse.

However, lately Trudy identified a gap in the market and she's developed an app called Raven, to connect clients with top hair-and-beauty professionals all over Ireland; see

Raven is for women like me - busy mums needing maintenance, who have no time to get to the salon. The app and website send high-end professionals to you, when and where you need them; whether that is to your hotel, office or home.

You can book a professional for a blow-dry, nails, make-up, tanning, up-styles, lashes, massage, Shellac, or manis and pedis.

Triona's most wanted

I love a bit of magic.

Try this, and be amazed :

Think of a number between 0 and 20;

add 32 to it;

multiply by two;

subtract one.

Now close your eyes.

It's dark, isn't it?


Speaking of magic and being amazed, Charlotte Tilbury's new Magic Foundation, €40, from Brown Thomas, has half the country going gaga for it. Can Charlotte do no wrong? Having met her a few times, I can confirm that the flame-haired multi-tasking make-up artist/businesswoman really gets what women want.

If you like a pretty good coverage, almost like Estee Lauder's Double Wear, than you'll love this, because even though it has all that coverage, it feels light on the skin.

I loved how I felt like I wasn't wearing anything, and no, I will not insert a joke here - for once!

It was five years in the making, and Charlotte wasn't happy until she hit on the perfect formula; it covers acne, scarring, redness and discolouration, smooths out wrinkles and wakes up tired-looking skin.

So this foundation really is a game-changer, as it gives you the most fabulous and flawless - yet natural - appearance.

Cult product

I'm all for reducing the amount of clutter in my crammed make-up bag, so even though this Double-ended Complexion Brush from Hourglass at Harvey Nichols, is a whopping €70, it is dual-ended. It works as a foundation/concealer brush, or a bronzer/blusher brush, and as it only takes up the space of one brush, it is a very travel-friendly, must-have, multi-purpose magic wand.

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