Friday 28 October 2016

Triona McCarthy's Body Talk

Triona McCarthy

Published 02/11/2015 | 02:30

Triona McCarthy might reveal her legs, sometime soon. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Triona McCarthy might reveal her legs, sometime soon. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Dove's Derma Spa body oil.
Glee star Lea Michele. Photo:
Scrubby gloves from Boots
Wella's Eimi Sugar Lift.

From baby-induced receding-hair faults to positive thoughts, our beauty pro has got you covered, body and soul!

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Triona's trends

I swear I’m not a mermaid! Readers have remarked that they never see my lower body in my picture here each week, just my mug, which made me think how, in our social-media-obsessed, neck-up world, the body often plays second fiddle to product-pampered faces!

So I’ve decided that I have to make peace with what lies beneath, and maybe — just maybe — the mermaid might reveal her legs here sometime soon. Skin brushing is a great, inexpensive and very effective way to get softer skin. I use those scrubby gloves from Boots, €2.99 (for a pair), and start at my feet, working upwards, towards the heart. It’s best done immediately before a bath or shower so that the dead skin cells are washed away.

I’m a bit in love with Dove’s new luxe Derma Spa line, their most scientifically-advanced body-care range, developed with dermatologists and spa consultants; it looks and feels very high-end. The Derma Spa Body Oil, €13.99, infused with omega oil, smells heavenly, thanks to the creamy vanilla, coconut and musk, providing long-lasting hydration and visibly softer, smoother skin.

Not being a big tan fan, I actually really rate the Dove Derma Spa Summer Revive Cream,€9.99, as it glides on like a dream, for  a fabulous faux glow.  If I keep this up, maybe I won’t be the funny-looking fully clothed person at the pool!

Triona's trick

I look a lot like my dad, the late Paddy Mac, as not only do I have his baby blues, I have his receding hairline!

This always happens after I have a baby, but a quick mist of coloured dry shampoo hides any sparse patches perfectly, making my hair appear

thicker and fuller.

Just don’t get caught in the rain! #shizfaced!

Sugar rush

“Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.

Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviour.

Keep your behaviour positive, because your behaviour becomes your habits.

Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.

Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.”

I love these inspirational  lines from Gandhi, as they

lift my spirits.

However, for, em, lifting my hair, I use Wella’s Eimi Sugar Lift, €11.65, after washing, and just before blow-drying.

This rich, flexible spray, infused with sugar, provides lift and shine. It gives my hair a grippy yet shiny texture, all without overloading my hair or making it feel sticky and icky. It’s a good ‘un.

Dipili dippy

Sweating while shopping counts as exercise, surely?

I’ve been exercising my credit card a lot at Dipili Boutique on Ormond Quay in Dublin,


Alma, the feisty fashionista, has everything you never knew you needed, such as the Murchison-Hume range, beloved of Glee star Lea Michele.

The beautifully packaged, glorious-smelling home-and-beauty range was founded by husband-and-wife team Peter and Max Kater, after their youngest son developed allergies to common household cleaners.

The range is made from all-natural ingredients, and their two sons, Ben and Charlie, were the inspiration behind the fab Boy’s Bathroom Cleaner, €24, also great for the guys in my life!

Triona's most wanted

I’m a terrible interrupter.

I don’t mean to be rude, but I just randomly remember things sometimes, and then just get very excited and blurt out whatever it is — in the middle of ‘listening’ to somebody else talking. It drives my friends nuts. Will, who has  very good manners,  just laughs and says, “That’s my girl”.

So now, I’m interrupting this beauty column to blurt out something. OK, to show off about something . . .

I was at the Alexander Wang 10th anniversary show at NYFW in September, and it was un-freaking real! Tickets were like gold dust, but I managed to get access-all-areas backstage, and then out the front, where the crowd went wild as crazy-loud, stomping music played. Later, a wall opened up and the show then morphed into the after-party, complete with flashing lights, DJs and pole dancers, as well as food and drinks served by Hooters waitresses.

It was full of the hippest peeps in ze world, and only a matte orangey-red lip would do, so I wore my Maybelline Color Sensational Mattes lipstick in Craving Coral, €10.59, which is my favourite matte lipstick ever, as it’s the most wearable of these lipsticks.

The clue is in the name — Maybelline Creamy Matte lipsticks are super-soft but the effect is simply to-die-for.

Cult product

I’m a Leo, so I love anything sparkly and glamtastic. My friends call me Christmas

Tree-na, because I often look like a human Christmas tree!

So the new Michael Kors Gold Collection of fragrances, from €55, had me at the packaging.

The White Luminous Gold is a pear/jasmine/amber combo; the Rose Radiant Gold is a musky floral; while the 24k Brilliant Gold, is great if you like a floral, woody scent that’s feminine and seductive to boot.

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