See the light - Triona McCarthy has the tool to change your life
Lights! Camera! Triona McCarthy action! Learn about lighting, lotions, potions, and the tool to change your life, plus the hottest insider tips
"Light up, light up/ as if you have a choice/even if you cannot hear my voice/I'll be right beside you dear."
My brain is about 50pc song lyrics and the rest is beauty stuff, so this week I'm talking light, as Snow Patrol led us in there, with their song, Run. Thank you, boys! Ha ha! Bet you can't get that song out of your head now.
Anyhoo, Aisling O'Loughlin on TV3's Xpose has taught me how important light is. She's obsessed with good lighting, especially on TV or in photos, and now I'm equally obsessed, standing in front of mirrors that have lights around them at every opportunity - see my photo, above!
Bloggers also know the power of good lighting and adore the front-lit LuMee iPhone covers, above, €60, from customvintagedublin.com, for any impromptu photo-ops.
'Lit from within', or 'lightbulb skin', is a thing now - we all want to look glowy, and the Hourglass range just do the best products for this look. The Hourglass Ambient Light Powder, €52, from Space NK, is a favourite of mine.
The setting powder features cutting-edge technology to mimic the effects of the most flattering types of light. For some serious luminosity, sweep it on after you've applied your foundation.
I follow it with Aerin's Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder, below, €67. I adore the floral-scented formula as well as the silky finish it gives my skin.
It was a lovely lady from Limerick who gave me this very clever trick that all you dancing queens are going to love. Before a night on the tiles, or when you're wearing sky-high heels, pop some Voltarol gel on your feet to cut down on the pain and inflammation associated with these activities. It's a good one, isn't it? I tried it, and it really works.
"Fashion fades, only style remains," as Coco Chanel famously said, and now, your Chanel nail polish won't fade either - well, for up to a week anyway, with the launch of their new longwear formula, Le Duo Vernis Longue Tenue, €23.50, which will replace Le Vernis.
Don't worry, cult-favourite colours such as Pirate, Particuliere, Ballerina and Rouge Noir, above, remain, and then there are some gorgeous newbies. But it's the top coat, Le Gel, which is activated by natural light, not a UV lamp, that's just magic. It gives nails a super-shiny gel-manicure effect that's long-lasting and so luxe looking.
Top tip: My top tip when painting your nails at home is to always give the tip of the nail an extra swipe of polish for extra protection, and use a top coat again a few days later to freshen up and extend wear.
My mantra: Repeat after me . . . Only fools use their nails as tools.
Only fools use their nails as tools!
When I'm finally crowned Queen of the Universe, I'm going to make sure everyone gets to have a facial acupuncture treatment with Brian Condon at Dynamic Skin Therapy in Dublin.
With only one treatment, he claims he can help your skin to look younger, healthier and more radiant naturally, like Hollywood beauty Sofia Vergara, above, who is also an acupuncture fan.
Brian studied under some of the world's leading experts in holistic facial rejuvenation, and he offers an array of therapies.
My treatment instantly rejuvenated and deeply nourished my skin, leading to a healthier appearance, and I continue to see improvements in my skin a few weeks later. Fabulous!
Dynamic Skin Therapy, 29 Wicklow St, D2, see dynamicskintherapy.com
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I'm so incredibly proud of my brother, Aidan McCarthy, who recently won Young Farmer of the Year 2016 at the West Cork Farming Awards. His hard work and dedication inspire me daily!
He took over the farm at home in west Cork 15 years ago, after Dad died following a short illness. Paddy Mac would be proud as punch to see what a fantastic farmer and father Aidan is.
As a parent now myself, I think happiness is when your children turn out to be good people.
So hard work is my point here, and now for the beauty-product link-up . . . the StylPro Make-Up Brush Cleaner and Dryer, £49.99 (around €63) from stylfile.com. This is the hardest-working product I've seen for years! It cleans and dries a make-up brush in seconds. I'm not kidding! It's unreal. It's my new favourite thing to take out and show peeps when they call over. It's like magic.
It's created by The Apprentice star Tom Pellereau, remember him? I love good design, and it's basically a handle you attach to the end of your brush to spin-dry it. You dunk the brush in soapy water for 10 seconds, spin it for 10 seconds and then spin-dry it for five to 10 seconds. There's a bowl supplied, a cleaning solution, and eight holders in various sizes, so you can do all your make-up brushes, no matter the size. It's life-changing for me as I've always hated having to clean my make-up brushes.
My son Maxi is now a 'threenager'. Three years old, and he's all attitude. Don't ask me where he gets it from!
Speaking of three-in one, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, above, €26, is a rich, creamy lotion that's really three products in one. I use it as a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover, while Will uses it after shaving to prevent irritation. Hmm, must use on Maxi as well, so!
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