Triona's most wanted
Roll up, roll up, lovely ladies, Triona McCarthy is on to a winner as she gives a hair masterclass on recreating the retro Victory roll, and we also discover why she’s untying the knot
Vintage style has always fascinated me. The Forties is my favourite era, what with the veiled hats, the shoulder pads, the seamed stockings and the clothes, which really suit my hourglass shape. Forties-style hair, though, is complicated; because of fabric rationing, those chiconomic ladies got creative with their hair instead of getting a new dress.
The talented Sinead McGoldrick from Hession Hairdressing transformed my hair for a Forties-vixen look, as you can see from my picture.
If you've freshly washed hair, give it a lift with Kerastase Volumactive, a volumising spray, top right, €28. Simply apply it to the roots of towel-dried hair and blow dry. Then section off the part of your hair you want to roll. Tie the rest of your hair up into a neat bun, so that only the part you want to roll up is down. Now you can do rolls on both sides of your head, or join two to make one large, asymmetrical roll, as in my picture. Divide the hair you've left in two and roll each section, using a comb to smooth it as you roll. Two kirby grips secured in an X shape will hold the roll in place.
Spray your finished quiff with a strong-hold hairspray such as L'Oreal Paris Studio Line Silk & Gloss Fixing Spray, €6.39, or my favourite, L'Oreal Elnett Satin, €10.49, left, and you're all set!
Hession Hairdressing, 4 Vernon Ave, Clontarf, D3, tel: (01) 883-0110 and 108 Upper Drumcondra Rd, D9, tel: (01) 837-6265, or see www.hessionhairdressing.ie
Eye spy with my well made-up eye . . .
Here's a clever little beauty tip by Maybelline New York's new global make-up artist, Charlotte Willer. Charlotte likes to apply an eye pencil to the eyelids before applying eyeshadow so that the pigment will have more depth and adhere for longer.
Try a black pencil and brown shadow for an autumnal eye.
Grace and favour
Somebody sent me Inner Grace, Perfumed Shampoo Bath & Shower Gel by philosophy, right, $22. I've checked, and it seems you can only get it online, see www.philosophy.com
While it's a lovely product to use, I get more pleasure reading what's written on the bottle.
This is an extract:
"We are multi-sensory beings that are cued by sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
"And yet there is one dimension, one sense that is not of this world or any place we know of.
"It is found in our inner space and is known by a name called inner grace.
"It is a still, quiet voice that connects us to places that live inside our hearts and places beyond this galaxy and the next.
"To live in inner grace is to be embraced by the deepest, sweetest peace you will ever know."
My friend Trevor thinks he's very clever, buying me wacky birthday presents.
So far, I've gotten pink plastic jewellery for a four-year-old, a make-up manual for teenagers, and a talking mirror!
Not to be outdone, I decided to give him some random necessities for his birthday.
Among other things, Trevor got some of my friend Helen's home-made jam, headphones, a portable coffee cup, a pink grapefruit and -- wait for it -- a jar of Nescafe Green Blend, below left, €4.59.
You see, everyone is familiar with the health and beauty benefits of green tea -- but I bet you didn't know that one of the foods highest in antioxidants is coffee?
Now, while all coffee has high levels of antioxidants, the goodness that lies in Nescafe Green Blend is the unroasted green coffee beans used, which are naturally rich in polyphenol antioxidants to help protect the body's cells from day-to-day damage.
Hmm -- I wonder what Trevor will get me next year!
I think of brightly painted nails as an accessory; almost like wearing jewellery.
It's great for when you're wearing black and you need a pop of colour to lift it.
I now think the same of my skin, having tried Girl Meets Pearl by Benefit, right, €34.50. It's the shiz!
This raspberry-scented, golden-pink liquid highlighter is similar to Benefit's High Beam, but it can be used as a highlighter or it can be mixed with your foundation.
Use it on your face, cheekbones, brow bone or anywhere else you want to highlight.
Or you can use it on your decolletage to accentuate your lady lumps!
Triona's most wanted
So it seems like everyone around me is tying the knot.
Even comedian Russell Brand and singer Katy Perry, left.
Me? Well, I'm busy untying them -- knots, that is -- at Seoid Spa -- a luxurious sanctuary of calm within the walls of Dunboyne Castle Hotel in Meath. It's the perfect place to go when you're pooped!
Restorative treatments include specialised massage, varied facial therapies, body rituals, a rasul Turkish mud chamber, dry flotation and balneotherapy baths.
Best of all, it won't break the bank.
For €120, you can get a detoxifying balneotherapy bath, a half-hour Anne Semonin sea-salt body exfoliation, a mini facial as well as a mini mani and pedi from Monday to Friday.
Now, that has a nice ring to it.
Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, Dunboyne, Co Meath, tel: (01) 801-3500, or see www.dunboynecastlehotel.com