By now, I’m sure most of us have ugly-cried to Adele’s new song Easy On Me. Or is it just me? I love a good cry — it releases excess stress hormones such as cortisol. But back to Adele. I think we were all suitably blown away by her Vogue covers — she appeared simultaneously on the November editions of American and British Vogue — and how open she has been about her divorce. She also spoke candidly about how exercise has helped with her anxiety and how it was never about weight loss, which is a great message. But can we take a moment for her consistently brilliant make-up? She was always amazing at pulling off a good winged eyeliner, and the new video for Easy On Me features her eye-conic (sorry!) lewk. We have New Zealand-born make-up artist Michael Ashton to thank for it, as he was the first to try a wing on Adele in 2007. He recommends starting from the outer corner and working inwards; doing so helps your hand create a straighter line, apparently. So next time you’ve had a good ol’ stress-busting cry and need to redo your wings, begin at the outer end of your lash line, and work towards the middle. Then, draw a fine line from the inner corner of the eye to join the lines together and finish by doing the flick at an upward angle towards the temple.
Between virtual parties and Zoom press shows, a lot has changed in the last two years. But one thing hasn’t. Hangovers. We may not have been heading out, but I was still getting them, even after a glass or two of vino at home. It really is true what they say: hangovers get worse as you get older. Of course, avoiding a hangover is all about prevention in the first place — simply put, that means not drinking. But if we really have the urge for a tipple, maybe we should learn a few ground rules. We need to stay hydrated and replace the nutrients that alcohol is stripping away while we’re out-out. First of all, a nutrient overload before you fill up a glass of bubbly should help. If Michael Jackson were still alive, he would say ‘just beet it’. Sorry! Anyhoo, downing some beetroot juice before boozing helps to activate liver enzymes and increase bile, which helps the liver’s detox function. It may also improve blood flow and oxygen levels, which should mean less of a headache. As well as that, chlorophyll water is a super detoxer. It’s said that it will combat the alcohol before it even reaches your lips. Just add a few drops to the water you drink on the run-up to a night out. While you’re out, it’s key to stay hydrated, so try to have a glass of water in between each drink. I didn’t make the rules (and obviously the best way is not to drink), but believe me when I say they work!
Anyone else obsessed with Meredith Duxbury’s videos online? The NYC-based make-up artist and beauty influencer just reached 12 million followers on TikTok and has almost a million on Instagram, @meredithduxbury. But while the amount of product she slaps on is mesmerising and, let’s face it, it’s the main reason I watch, did you know that most of us — including Meredith – probably have no clue about the amount of product we should be using?
When I met the marvellous Iris Apfel in New York a few years back, I made a promise to myself to never, EVER complain about feeling old or being tired ever again, as the Accidental Icon (the title of her book), had just flown in from the south of France a few hours earlier. She was full of beans, with baubles swishing round her neck, bangles lining her wrists and a pop of coral on her lips and nails.
When Tyra Banks coined the term ‘smize’ — smiling with your eyes — back in 2009, she couldn’t have guessed that in 2021 it would be more relevant than ever. With all of this mask wearing and video calling, the eyes have never had to work so hard. Seeing as masks are set to remain the norm for the foreseeable future, it’s time we all mastered the smize. Lately, when it has come to personal interactions, our eyes have had to carry a lot of emotional weight. We may be flashing our best smiles underneath our masks but that’s no good unless we have the correct eye contact to match. Anyone who watched this year’s Love Island will know the gals put a lot of emphasis on the importance of eye contact when it came to the guys for whom they stepped forward. But this is often an area where many of us can feel anxious. Direct eye contact can sometimes seem intimidating, so what should we do when we find ourselves feeling a little shy? Well, one way is to make sure we absolutely love our make-up. Believe me, it will make it impossible for people to resist making eye contact with you. And you’ll be all the more confident giving it back, too.
We Irish are a good-looking lot, so it comes as no surprise that we can claim smoking-hot supermodel Ashley Graham as one of our own. We just won’t let the fact that she grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, get in the way…
Feel Good is my latest Netflix obsession. I inhaled the first two seasons recently. If you haven’t started it yet, I am jealous. Created by Mae Martin, the Canadian comedian, actor, and writer who is based in England, it received a Bafta nomination — proof that it’s well worth a watch.
‘You can’t wait until life isn’t hard any more, before you decide to be happy.” Nightbirde, aka Jane Marczewski, the breakout star of this year’s America’s Got Talent, said this when discussing her song It’s Okay, about her cancer journey — she’s had it three times and she’s only 30. Her positivity reminded me how sometimes we need to hear something like this to be grateful for what we have. July always makes me feel happy — the kids are off school, the weather is hot and it’s my birthday month — but it’s a little bittersweet as it’s also my father’s anniversary. Today, actually, is his 20th anniversary. But, “It’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok, it’s ok/If you’re lost/We’re all a little lost and it’s alright/Oh, it’s alright to be lost sometimes”. I find the sentiment behind these lyrics really reassuring; it makes me feel as if I’m not alone, which helps me to stay focused on positive things. And two great things spring to mind right now. My sister Laura gave birth to her son, Archie, just a few weeks ago and my youngest sister, Anna, is expecting her first in November! As I think of my sisters and their new arrivals, all I’m reminded of is how I can always see Dad in each new niece or nephew that joins our family. This makes me feel excited and a little less lost, which is more than OK.
Reunited, and it feels so good/Reunited ’cause we understood... Whenever I see anything about the Bennifer — that’s J-Lo and Ben Affleck — reunion, this is the song going round in my head. Even if you’re too young to remember the Peaches & Herb classic, it’s totally understandable why this feels so good. I just love love, and, as I always say, never give up on love — no matter what age you are. We say we get wiser with age and, for most of us, that usually means kissing a few frogs before we meet a prince or princess. We also know that going back to an ex can be tough, seeing as friends probably know all the details of the first break-up, which can be awks. But Ben isn’t exactly a frog. I met him many years ago at the premiere of his movie The Town, and he is hot, hot, HOT! I’m sure you’ve seen the meme of Blanche Devereaux in The Golden Girls and J-Lo — who is now the same age as the classic character — showing just how much 50 has changed over the past three decades or so. And, on that note, see The Talk, right, for tips on how to look your best in your golden-glow years.
Between that awful term ‘beach body’ and the rise of TikTok beauty hacks, the summer months were hardly going to arrive without some controversy, were they? The latest, errr, burning question centres around the correct application of SPF. Last year, a TikTok post on ‘sunscreen contouring’ by a young model called Eli Withrow went viral, and sparked an unhealthy trend. She used a higher-factor SPF solely under her eyes and on her cheekbones. And, based on a recent video she shared of her beauty routine, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow might be a fan of this beauty hack, too. But don’t try this at home, folks! Eli and Gwynnie have received enough backlash to leave them more than a little red in the face. Slacking on SPF is not a smart move. To quote the Baz Luhrmann hit, “if I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it.” Young or old, the sun doesn’t discriminate and we all need to stay protected. And, newsflash — you don’t have to buy a separate bottle just for kids. Shop smart and you’re sure to find a sunscreen to suit the whole family. Or go the completely safe route, stay out of the sun and hit the bottle — of tan, that is. I am looking forward to some al fresco drinks, though — and call me old-fashioned, but I’m not so sure about using fake tan on the kids!
Are we suffering from stuffocation? Anybody else realising that clutter accumulates so much faster seeing as we’re at home all the time? I feel like I’m always bringing more into the home than I’m taking out. So I’m simplifying and organising what I have and creating beauty zones with clever storage in my house.
I was a mahOOOOsive baby — nearly 10 pounds, in fact! I remember as a child my mum, Margaret, telling people about all eight of her children and whenever she told them about me, she’s say in hushed tones, “And Triona, would you believe, was nearly 10 pounds — 10 pounds!”
Right, I know I've been writing about positivity a lot lately but it's hard not to in these challenging times. We've got to keep on going, so this week I'm trying to see the beauty and goodness in the simple things while we find our way in this 'new normal'.
There's a party goin' on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years. So bring your Life mag and your going-out gear. We gonna celebrate with Party McCarthy, my dear! Come on now. Celebration. Let's all celebrate and have a good time!
Zendaya is quite a force to be reckoned with. At only 23 years old, she is already a member of the 'first name only' club alongside Beyonce, Madonna, Rihanna and, eh, Pippa! Her cool moniker comes from the African language Shona, and means 'to give thanks'. And FYI, it's pronounced Zen-DAY-uh - and not Zen-DIE-uh as I was saying, in the same way one pronounces 'papaya'!
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