All Ears - Make 2014 the year to sort out your skin
Listen up ladies – make 2014 the year to really sort out your skin. Triona McCarthy, gives us the lowdown
I keep going on about stuff-ocation. I just think we have too much stuff. It's like an epidemic.
The more stuff you have, the more responsibility you have, looking after it. Remember, the best things in life aren't actually things.
I'm a minimalist -- I always have been -- so I choose the stuff I actually need very carefully.
I try out lots of stuff, but I only write about the products that really work and make their way into my bathroom.
So, before we even start talking trends for 2014, let's get your basic skincare sorted.
There's the three steps of cleansing, moisturising and protecting with SPF.
I use a Clarisonic to cleanse (see 'Face-off', below right). But I also find oil cleansers marvellous, such as pure clarifying gentle cleansing oil from shu uemura, left, from €30, or dermalogica pre cleanse, below left, €35. You could even try using coconut oil or castor oil. A double cleanse is best, so follow your cleanser with a facial wash.
If you like toners, the Gentle Exfoliator Brightening Toner from Clarins, above right, €28, is great. Or try La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution, right, €12.50, as a quickie, as it helps remove make-up and impurities from face, eyes and lips. Wipes are a big no-no!
Next week, we'll turn our attention to the best moisturisers out there.
Recently, this clown asked me if my carpet matched the curtains. So I said, "Do I look bald?" Hee, hee!
My hair is naturally very dark, but I am going so grey that I now need to colour it every 3-4 weeks. I've tried hair mascaras -- dry shampoo with colour -- but now I've found Color Wow Root Cover Up, left, €35, from Space NK, I've consigned everything else to the bin.
Brush the product on your dry roots to disguise them, and it will last until you wash it out.
There are four shades; I use dark brown. Blondes will love the lighter shade to conceal grown-out highlights.
Will is the apple of my eye, but it was his banana that got me out of a really prickly situation lately!
I got a needle from the Christmas tree stuck in my thumb and, believe it or not, a banana skin helped to dislodge it. Will cut a small piece and put it over the needle using a Band-Aid. As the banana skin ripened, it produced enzymes; they helped draw out the needle, and also helped to heal the skin.
Will, my boyfriend, is a typical Sagittarian -- often oblivious to his bluntness.
So, while he has ferocious foot-in-mouth disease, he never really means to hurt anyone's feelings.
Recently, I was trying on an outfit for an event and asked him if the dress made me look fat, to which he replied: "It's not the dress that makes you look fat, it's the fat." Riiiight!
The only fat that I really want right now is a Fat Pencil by Illamasqua, below, €13.50, at Debenhams. These are multi-purpose, blendable, soft pencils in various metallic shades that can be used anywhere on the eyes, the face or the body. Perverse is a fab grey shade and Fickle is a very versatile nude.
I'm really McLovin' the colour, em, Wilful -- a coppery gold that really makes my blue eyes pop and looks great on my lips, but not on my hips!.
Triona's Most Wanted
When it comes to men and hairdressers, we women are always searching for The One -- the person or the hairdresser who understands you/your hair like no one else.
It's a bit like dating -- you need to try out a few before you can commit to a long-term hair affair.
My glamorous mother-in-law, Vivianne -- a redhead like Julianne Moore, left -- trusts few with her tresses. I'm afraid to recommend someone I know in case she goes and hates it.
On a recent trip to Clifden, where Vivianne has a house, she told me she had found The One -- Joanna Galloway, from the Hair Gallery on Bridge Street.
"Beautiful hair that looks natural is what Joanna is known for," she told me.
"Joanna does hair colour that is like the colour you had as a child. She's the best around and knows how to get gorgeous colour without damage."
I love a personal recommendation, especially from a tough critic. I am sure you will agree that, once you have found The One, you don't hesitate to commit.
The Hair Gallery, Bridge St, Clifden, Co Galway, tel: (095) 21901