Wednesday 22 January 2020

Fall in love with the new season's beauty products

Fall in love with the new 
season's lotions, potions and 
high-profile promotions brought 
to you by Triona McCarthy, 
our resident beauty buff

Triona McCarthy
Triona McCarthy
bareskin by bareminerals
Coconut Oil is a wonder
Eva Mendes is glowing
Dream Dots
Essence pallette

Triona McCarthy

Time to talk new trends for autumn 2014, or 'fall', as they say Stateside. You'll be pleased to learn that there are no extremes this season, so no crazy brows or extreme eyeliner. The mood is much more relaxed and natural.

Speaking of natural, bareMinerals' new bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, €35, below left, is their biggest launch since they debuted the original loose mineral foundation in 1995. The serum looks and feels amazing on the skin as it's packed full of goodness as well as a non-chemical SPF 20. Best of all, the patent-pending intelligent-design brush applies the product seamlessly.

Essence is my go-to brand for inexpensive trend bits and bobs, and the latest launch is aptly named Hello Autumn, which is available in Penneys as well as pharmacies nationwide, for a limited time only. The colour scheme of the whole collection is just like the beautiful shades of nature. The eye-shadow palette, €4.79, below in 01 walk in the park, features six long-lasting autumn colours, each in the combinations gold-brown and beige-green, with various effects ranging from semi-matt to metallic. Also available in 02 keep calm & go for a walk.

Top your eyes off with Urban Decay's new Perversion mascara, €21, from Debenhams, and get a free sample of the new Subversion primer. The ultra-black, lengthening and volumising mascara looks super on its own, but with the primer it gives me insane lashes - see my photo, above!

Work it with benefit's new majorette cream blusher, €33.50, a pinky-peach shade that works well on everyone. The smell is pomegranate and pom-pom peach, whatever that is! I don't know, but it smells divine. Top tip: Use it like a primer under your regular blush to give more durability and a more intense colour.


My sis-in-law Sarah is very proud of the fact that Oscar and Rose, her two children, have never, ever had head lice.

This is something every parent fears. My head is getting itchy just typing this! Sarah's top tip is to dab a 
little tea tree oil behind the kids' ears every morning when they head out to school to keep the critters at bay.


'Start spreading manure,

I'm making the hay,

I want to be a part of it,

West Cork, West Cork . . .'

Hee hee! That's my version of Frank Sinatra's New York, New York, which leads me nicely into my new favourite fragrance: MYNY by DKNY, below left, from €49.

The scent celebrates the energy of New York with songstress and style icon Rita Ora, who is the perfume's face. Like Rita, it's kind of urban, yet feminine. Like NYC in a bottle, really. I particularly love the pretty, heart-shaped bottle with its skyline-inspired cap.

Top notes of raspberries and pink pepper, with a heart of Egyptian jasmine and freesia, and a dry down of patchouli, vanilla absolute and musk, make it sweet, but not sickly .

Basically, if you like Miss Dior and Chanel Chance, you'll like this too. And no, it smells nothing like manure!


I've had great results with skin guru Sarah Chapman's Spot Stickers, €24, from Space NK. These invisible stickers are loaded with salicylic acid and vitamin C to help decongest and reduce the redness from my pregnancy-related spots. And now, there's a similar Irish spot solution, Dream Dots, €15, right, for a box of 24 patches, available from branches of LloydsPharmacy, McCabes, Sam McCauleys and Cara pharmacies, or see Designed to work overnight, they won't interrupt your daily beauty regime, so you can sleep your way to spot-free skin. Unlike regular spot treatments, they prevent squeezing which can lead to further spreading 
and scarring.


Now there's a few ways you can get gorgeously glossy, healthy looking hair like Eva Mendes, left. You can get yourself up the duff like Eva and I have done, or you can pay a visit to Queen salon for a BTX treatment, €60, which makes your hair lovely and soft and shiny and frizz-free for a full month.

It's kind of like Botox for your hair, really.

Alternatively, you could try the Keratin Complex, €160, which is a 90-day hair-smoothing treatment that keeps the movement in your hair, but makes it much easier to blow dry. And again, it takes out the frizz.

It's lovely because it doesn't deaden the hair, making it too straight, and hair can be shampooed immediately after using it. It's basically the new 12-week blowdry from the original company that launched the craze. The difference is that it's now formaldehyde free. They've put a lot of time and energy into getting this to work. It's active ingredient is now glycolic acid and is super safe for all - even if you're preggers!

Finally then, there's Vit Shots, which cost €35. These instantly leave hair shiny and glossy, with frizz reduced. It's a concentrated shot of keratin protein and a great way to add life to a Keratin Complex 90-day treatment.

A Vit Shot can be applied quickly and easily as part of an add-on to a colour or cut visit. 
Queen, 66/67 Aungier St, D2, tel: (01) 478-9633 
or see


We are nuts in our house . . . about coconut oil that is! Right now, Vita Coco Coconut Oil, right, from €7.49, right, is our favourite. It's a brilliant 
beauty/cooking multi-tasker. I use it as a hair conditioner, a cleanser, a body moisturiser, and I hope to get around to 
'oil pulling', the big trend in health right now.

Will, my live-in lover/chef loves to cook our favourite snack with it when watching Netflix - popcorn made with coconut oil. Not to be left out, Maxi, our one-year-old, gets it in a smoothie, and also gets it rubbed on his tum-tum and bum-bum.

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