Tuesday 20 February 2018

Triona McCarthy: Shiny and new

Fun beauty tricks: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Steve Humphries
Fun beauty tricks: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Steve Humphries
Vitamin C Suspension 23pc + HA Spheres 2pc from The Ordinary
La Culture Face Mask & Scrub
Conscious Blueberry lip balm, €7.99
Grapefruit & Green Tea from Brooke & Shoals
Hair by Sam McKnight

Triona McCarthy

Fast-track your way to bright and beautiful skin, says our beauty guru, who has all the latest product picks and fun beauty tricks.

Triona's trends

Vitamin C Suspension 23pc + HA Spheres 2pc from The Ordinary

2017, still all shiny and new, step aboard, I've been expecting you! Now that the decorations are down, the dust/glitter has settled and we're a week into January, let's check out some new product ranges to try this year.

The Ordinary is a skincare brand I'm very excited about. This is brought to the market by the brilliant Deciem - a group of brands focused on functional products, without any of the flowery, misleading language that others may be slightly guilty of using.

Championing integrity, The Ordinary has released a range of straight-talking skincare treatments that do exactly what they say on the tin, and they won't burn a hole in your post-Christmas pocket.

Their product names may seem a little overwhelming - the Vitamin C Suspension 23pc + HA Spheres 2pc, above, for example - but it is, as it says, a topical Vitamin C treatment, at the affordable price of €5.80.

Tailored toward the busy (yes), urban (yes) woman, who wants to make healthy choices (eh, mostly), Gallinee is a skincare brand focused on taking care of the microbiome - the good bacteria and microorganisms on and in the body, which apparently are important when it comes to protecting our skin.

The delightfully small La Culture product collection caters for your skin from head-to-toe, with a silky Body Milk and Hand Cream, accompanied by a Hydrating Face Cream; Foaming Facial Cleanser; and Face Mask & Scrub, below, €23. An excellent way to get your skin off to a good start.

La Culture Face Mask & Scrub

Triona's trick

I dusted down the disco dresses to doll myself up in glitter galore over Christmas, and, when a thread on a sequined dress broke and beads threatened to scatter everywhere, I just popped on a drop of clear nail polish where the thread had snapped, sticking it to the fabric beneath. From Party McCarthy to Smarty McCarthy!

Irish blessing

Grapefruit & Green Tea from Brooke & Shoals

One of my New Year's resolutions is to buy Irish. As much as possible.

Every year, a massive amount of beauty products land on my desk: good, bad and brilliant, and it's a real blessing if they're Irish and as fancy as any French brand. 

Brooke & Shoals, see brookeandshoals.ie, is a captivating candle company created in the Wicklow countryside. It has diversified into diffusers and body products, and now into fabulous fragrances, with the launch of a gorgeous range of Eau De Toilette fragrances, €59. There's Pink Petals, Sandalwood & Mimosa, a delicate, pretty combo of floral and vanilla notes. Lemon Leaves, Grapefruit & Green Tea, above, has a fresh hit of citrus and magnolia; while Orange Flower, Amber & Vetiver is a soft floral concoction, with woody base notes.

Help me Beysus!


I can't believe it's been a year since I decided to be a better person. Less Lindsay Lohan and a bit more Beyonce, above.

Yeah, that worked out well, alright. At least I can make my hair look good. My hair doesn't put on weight or behave badly!

Dublin's Davey Davey salon stocks one of my favourite haircare brands - Sachajuan, a superior Swedish range. I adore the Ocean Mist Spray, €20. Simply spray a little on damp hair, allow your hair to air-dry, then blast it with another spray from the mid-lengths to the ends. Make sure to give your hair a little scrunch with your hands, to create Victoria's Secret-style waves, with piecey definition and no 'crunchiness'.

Davey Davey, 23 Drury St, D2; tel: (01) 6111-400, or see daveydavey.com

Triona's most wanted

Conscious Blueberry lip balm, €7.99

I love a little online shopping. I mean, you can't exactly go into a shop in your PJs, with Sudocrem on your spots, and a glass of wine in hand - which is how I like to shop from the comfort of my own couch!

However, I love a little wander about town too, especially after I popped into H&M recently and discovered their new range of beauty products. The collection is split into two; a premium line and a Conscious range of Ecocert-approved sustainable products.

There will also be limited-edition colour palettes released throughout the year, and specific beauty areas in stores where peeps can experiment and test out products galore; something you can't do from home, either.

I picked up this Conscious Blueberry lip balm, above, €7.99, which leaves my lips soft and supple, with a subtle shine that's fragranced with natural aromas and coloured with natural minerals.

Everything is available at H&M's College Green and Liffey Valley stores, in Dublin, and obvs online at hm.com. If you happen to splurge after having a glass of wine or two, don't fret - I always think it's so much fun seeing what drunk me buys sober me!

Cult product

Hair by Sam McKnight

Thinking of changing your hair for 2017? G'wan, I dare you! Have a goo first, though, at Hair by Sam McKnight, above, €45, for some serious hairspo. The legendary hairstylist's work spans 40 years, with iconic images ranging from Princess Diana's short crop and black-polo look on the cover of Vogue, to Kate Moss editorials, and Tilda Swinton channelling David Bowie.

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