Saturday 27 December 2014

Triona's trends: The best beauty duos and time-savers

Want to know the best beauty duos or shortcuts, and top time-saving treats for your hair and skin? It's all here

Triona McCarthy

Published 02/06/2014 | 02:30

Triona McCarthy.  Photo: Tony Gavin
Triona McCarthy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Lauren Conrad
Nars nails

It's time to get matchy-matchy with your make-up, ladies! There was a time when wearing matching lipstick and nail colour was seriously passe. However, recently, red carpets and runways rocked lips and tips sporting the same colour, for a sophisticated, coordinated look. I think that, just like Will and me, lips and nails were made for each other. Awww.

There's a love affair going on, em, right under your nose – between lipstick, nail polish and blush right now. I'm really glad this is a 'thing' right now. I love a retro red on my lips and tips. In my photo, above, I'm sporting a crimson polish, Lacquered Up, from essie, €10, and my lippie is Revlon Rouge Edition Velvet in 13 Rouge Jet Set, €12. Actually, it was Revlon who, in the early 1950s, started the matching trend with their Fire and Ice Collection. The iconic ad featured one of the first supermodels, Dorian Leigh.

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If you like an on-trend hot-pink colour for summer, check out the NARS take on matching lips and tips with their Schiap lippie, above right, €25, a flattering hot pink, and matching polish, above left, €18.

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If you want to go all out, you can match your favourite benefit blusher with a corresponding lip gloss that complements your cheek colour perfectly. I love the Coralista blusher, €34, as it's such a kind colour on my skin, along with Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, €21.
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Triona's Trick

My little sis, Anna, has got me into spooning! To create the perfect eyeliner wing tip, use the straight part of a spoon handle as a guide when you're drawing your line, then use the spoon's outer edge to fill in the wing tip. Anna also uses the curve of the spoon as a makeshift lash curler.
 

Lucky Number Seven

Seven is definitely a lucky number, especially for anti-ageing, with the launch of No7's new all-singing, all-dancing Protect & Perfect Serums.

It's been seven years since the original top-selling anti-ageing serum launched, so the experts went back into the lab to see if they could improve on the already outstanding formula. They have come up with a new, enhanced formula, clinically proven to give even better anti-ageing results.

The range has two serums. No7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum, €30.50, is to tackle the fine lines that usually appear between the ages of 25 and 35. The one I'm using, and getting unbelievable results from, is No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum, left, €33. This is for deeper lines and wrinkles that often start to appear from age 35 onwards.
 

 

Funday Best

Beauty fades, but funny lasts. I had to remind myself of my own motto recently after I, em, accidentally twerked on the altar, in Goleen at my brother Gavin's wedding. Oh, the embarrASSment!

Somehow, as I walked towards the lectern to read the reflection, I got tangled up in the lead for the microphone.

After making a grab for the altar boy, who backed away, having the good sense not to get taken down by me, I grabbed hold of the radiator on the wall. I wouldn't be surprised if it falls off some Sunday.

That will be a Sunday Funday, which, incidentally, is also the name of the essie nail polish, €9.10, that I wore to the wedding.

I adore this beautiful nail polish in tangerine crush coral, with a soft shimmer. It really suits pale Irish skin AND red faces!

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Cult Product

Have you had a go in the scentsational scent booths in Brown Thomas? They're showcasing the new range of perfumes by Roads, €98, created by Danielle Ryan, the granddaughter of the late aviation tycoon, Tony Ryan.

I've had great fun sticking my sniffer in the scent bowls, trying to pick my favourite. It's hard to pick just one, but, if I had to, it would be Cloud 9, left, with its clean, calm scent that reminds me of babies! Or, as they put it, a "feeling of floating happiness. Clean air, hot milk, comfort and lightness." Mmmmm!
 

Triona's Most Wanted

What separates the best from the rest is how they manage the gift of their time, according to leadership guru Robert Sharma.

Some of my friends think I have a charmed life, like beauty guru, Lauren Conrad, left, as I pop up on tv all the time, host events and stick my puss in here every week. But the reality is very different. I'm always chasing my tail.

So, thank the beauty gods for the LA/Creative store and salon on Dublin's Chatham Street, which now offers a "Beautified in 45" service.

That's hair, nails and make-up, all in three-quarters of an hour! It's the "dry bar" that really saves time.

You must arrive with freshly washed hair, and then they'll style it for you.

Once your hair is done, your nails will be given a quick file and polish, and, as they are drying, a make-up artist does your face.

The Beautified in 45 service costs €40. LA/Creative, 11 Chatham Hse, Chatham St, D2, tel: (01) 607-4075, or see www. lovecreative.com

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