Animal magic - hunt down those miracle moisturisers
Hunt down the latest miracle moisturisers, leopard-print products, and hip new cosmetic collaborations, all brought to you by our beauty expert, Triona McCarthy
"As far as I'm concerned, leopard is a neutral."
I'm with the Creative Director of J Crew, Jenna Lyons, when she says this, and, so it seems, is the beauty world, because everything I see lately is covered in animal print.
In my picture, above, I'm holding a limited-edition YSL Touche Eclat Wild, €35.
The iconic beauty product has had a makeover, 22 years after it first hit the shelves.
It's still the same magic formula, featuring an engraved gold-and-black animal-print design on the packaging, and it's still a firm favourite for fixing under-eye shadows and highlighting facial features.
Good old Elnett have also come out with an animal-print can, Elnett Volume Excess Hairspray, right, €8.89. I've been using the original Elnett for-ev-er. No other hairspray compares.
This new formula contains texturising powders, so it's for peeps who like to use dry shampoo for a bit of volume, but don't like the heavy, powdery feel that comes with some dry shampoos.
It gives strong hold, with a bit of backcombed volume, but the product disappears at the stroke of a brush – it's one of the best things about Elnett.
Even hair tools are going wild for animal print, with Corioliss C3 Gold Leopard Professional Styling Iron, below right, €162, www.feelunique.com.
The ultra-smooth plates effortlessly glide through hair, while the pro variable temperature adjustment allows you to straighten, curl, flick and twist, in one effortless stroke.
Even high-street favourite, Marks & Spencer, has a new animal-print bronzing range. I particularly like the M&S Limited Collection Shimmer Bronzing Oil, €10, as it gives a subtle hint of colour and shimmer that really suits Irish skintones.
Finally, a fun way to incorporate animal print into your look is on your digits! Gold Leopard Print Nail Wraps, €10.99, are Nails Inc's way of bringing the trend to your talons. They are so easy to use, and will create a show-stopping finish.
Each Nails Inc Nail Wrap pack includes 24 wraps, for a full set of hands and feet, with spares. Raaaar!
I've got 99 problems, and 86 of them are made-up scenarios that I stress about for absolutely no logical reason. Oh, yeah!
But, for about 119 skincare problems that I have, I use Dr Pawpaw Original Balm, right, €10. This multi-use miracle product has just launched exclusively at Harvey Nichols Dublin. The handbag-friendly tube contains pawpaw, the hero ingredient, along with olive oil and aloe vera oil, making it super-moisturising. It can pretty much solve any beauty problem – from cracked heels to split ends. I use it to soothe dry skin and soften chapped lips.
Get the Osbourne look
I had a great chat with Sharon Osbourne recently, ahead of the launch of Mac Osbournes, her and daughter Kelly's new limited-edition colour collection with Mac – on counters exclusively in Brown Thomas from June.
Sharon, who's in her 60s, was full of helpful tips on how to look good as we get older.
Sharon told me, "Women are like classic cars – beautiful to look at, but they must be brought in and serviced!"
So Sharon believes that, as a woman gets older, she should use less obvious make-up . . . or else face looking like a transvestite. Sharon reckons it's all in the application.
The Mineralise Skinfishing Duo, €32, in Refresh – Light Summer Peach Tan and Golden Pink – is a must-have, along with the Powder Blush, €30, in Peaches & Cream.
However, the Duchess Quad for eyes, left, €44, with great browns, golds and nude colours, is my favourite, and I reckon there will be a stampede when they're launched. Get in line!
If you're a false-lash fan, then you're going to absolutely love this new tool from Bourjois called the 2-in-1 Tweezer and False Lash Applicator, right, €6.99, from Boots stores nationwide.
One end holds false lashes in the perfect position for easy application, while the angled tip at the other end is designed to help fix lashes at the corners of your eyes.
A word to the wise, though – false eyelashes need to be subtle.
They shouldn't be so long that you could plait them, or have you fly away in a strong gust of wind!
Triona's Most Wanted
Kim Kardashian, pictured, is a woman who is well aware of the benefits of a good facial.
The Viora Reaction facial claims to tighten the face, eye and neck area.
It stimulates existing collagen and elastin fibres, enhances collagen secretion, and improves skin elasticity over time.
The clinically proven, and FDA approved, medical aesthetic device for facial-skin rejuvenation, body contouring and cellulite reduction, uses short bursts of radio frequency.
Beauty therapist, Sinead Gallagher, of Renew, says, "Viora Reaction is one of the most effective treatments we've ever had at Renew. Our clients are having wonderful results very quickly, and the tightening effects can last up to six months."
Renew Aesthetic Clinic, 30 Lower Hatch St, D2, tel: (01) 661-9261; 7 Basin St, Naas, Co Kildare, tel: (045) 901-111, or see www.renewclinic.ie
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