Monday 11 December 2017

Triona McCarthy on how to liven up your mane: Hair we go!

Give yourself a lift says Triona McCarthy. Photo: David Conachy
Give yourself a lift says Triona McCarthy. Photo: David Conachy
BaByliss Diamond Heated Smoothing Brush
Lycon Aloe Vera Soothing Gel
McQueen Parfum
Object Of Desire Face And Eye Palette
Pureology Smooth Perfection
Helena Christensen

Triona McCarthy

Live, love, laugh and give yourself a lift as our beauty buff sounds off about her latest round-up of her beauty tricks and product picks

Triona's trends

BaByliss Diamond Heated Smoothing Brush

"A woman who cuts her hair is about to change her life," Coco Chanel is quoted as saying. Well, I chopped about 10 inches off my hair recently, and what's changed is how easy it has become to manage my mop!

I didn't really think about my hairstyle too much for the last few years - I just let it grow. And grow. And grow!

Lately, however, I noticed it looked a little lank and lifeless in photos. So I called into Darren Lacken, recent winner of the prestigious Gold Award at the Wella Professionals TrendVision Awards, and before I knew it, I had a new do.

Darren and his partner, Mark, run the seriously chic salon, Crow Street Collective, at 1a Crow St, Temple Bar, D2, see

Getting the right cut makes managing your hair so much easier. The right tools are next.

I recently picked up a BaByliss Diamond Heated Smoothing Brush, €99.95, above, from Harvey Norman, and it's so much better than a straightening iron, which clamps your hair between two ridiculously hot plates!

The other thing I've done to liven up my hair is change to sulphate-free haircare formulations, such as the Pureology Smooth Perfection range, below, from €17.55. The shampoo, below, and conditioner, below left, result in the perfect frizz-free at-home blowout, and they are suitable for all types of colour-treated hair.

Pureology Smooth Perfection

Triona's trick

Some beauty products are expensive. So to make sure I'm not broke and always running back and forth to Boots or Brown Thomas, I like to get every last bit from a product. I always cut tubes open to retrieve the dregs. I even take my favourite Shiseido lipstick apart - I'm holding it in my photo, above. You'd be amazed at how much is left!

All for one

Regular readers know how much I love a multi-purpose product. My latest fab find is this Lycon Aloe Vera Soothing Gel, above €15, which is available in Lycon salons nationwide, and online at

It's a great one for all the family, really, as, like all Lycon products, the moisturiser has natural ingredients, such as arnica and aloe vera, to heal and soothe the skin. So it's good for wounds, burns and minor skin infections, while the hyaluronic acid in it revitalises the skin's outer layer so that it feels softer and smoother.

I chase after Mini and Maxi with it, and apply it if they have cuts or scratches, while Will uses it as an aftershave treatment. It really is the perfect skin solution for lots of issues, and all in one tube.

Lift off

Helena Christensen

Ladies, I'll let you into a secret. There's only so much a cream can do to address your skin concerns, especially as you get into your 40s, like me and Helena Christensen, above.

My go-to skincare expert is Sue Machesney from Ranelagh's fabulous Bellaza beauty salon. Sue knows exactly when I need a little lift - an advanced facial with serious results, that is. There's no rubbing in creams, with wind chimes and pan pipes playing in the background - instead, Sue uses state-of-the-art technology, all of which is non-invasive, to stimulate my production of collagen and help give me tighter, brighter, rejuvenated-looking skin, with no downtime and immediate results.

Bellaza, 27 Ranelagh Rd, D6, tel: (01) 496-3484, or see

Triona's most wanted

McQueen Parfum

Fashion fascinates me! When I was a young wan, I worked my way around the rag trade, starting out at 18 as a window-display artist, then opening my own boutique while studying fashion in college, before Brown Thomas beckoned and I became a retail manager, buyer, stylist, designer, and then agent.

I'm such a dedicated follower of fashion, I even called my kiddies Maxi and Mini, after. . . can you guess? Anyhoo, Alexander McQueen has always been a huge influence.

I worked in London a lot in the 1990s and his impact was everywhere, and still is, since his tragic death in 2010.

His legacy lives on at his label, thanks to Sarah Burton, who has done a marvellous job at the helm of the design house, and has now launched a magnificent fragrance, exclusive to Debenhams - McQueen, labove, from €65.

Using a trio of nocturnal bloomers - tuberose, ylang ylang and sambac jasmine - these night-blooming florals befit the dark side of McQueen.

As you would expect, the packaging for the perfume is a luxurious, heavy flacon in black, with a gold wreath, while the eau de parfum is a pale-pink versh. How does it smell? Let's just say it's pure McQueen.

Cult product

Object Of Desire Face And Eye Palette

Dear Marc Jacobs,

Please, please, please can you stock your cute cosmetics range over here in Ireland?

On a recent trip to NYC, I picked up this Object Of Desire Face And Eye Palette, above, about €62, which you can also buy online from Sephora.

I adore the eyeshadows, bronzer, blush and luminiser, in the metallic-gold patent-leather case.

That's all.

xxx 3na

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