Bad hair day - Triona McCarthy's quirky beauty mix
From hair gadgets to skin soothers, and perfume-bottle coats, our bold beauty boffin has her usual quirky mix.
When I was younger and having a bad-hair day, I'd just wear a low-cut top to distract from the disaster on my head.
Now that I've been practising 'adulting' for a while, I'm not so keen on this course of action, and besides, my boobs ain't what they used to be!
So while I love the look of perfectly polished hair, let's get real here - that's never going to happen at home in the morning. In a rush. So I have an easy-to-do, 15-minute hair routine - the results are in my photo, above. Not perfect, but quick 'n' easy. Anyhow, hair that's too done looks too 'Miss World' for my taste.
First things first: you need a great hairdryer, one that's really quick and powerful, such as the GHD Air hairdryer, above, €109, from Peter Mark.
It has a professional-strength, 2,100-watt motor, GHD ionic technology for less frizz, and a long lead.
The only thing I don't like about it is that it's a little heavy, and my arms get tired. I have absolutely no upper-body strength. Or lower body, let's be honest!
Anyhoo, I use this hairdryer with Shu Uemura's Art Of Hair Straightforward Time-Saving Blowdry Oil Spray, below, €27, as it helps to tame my crazy flyaway hairs - and I dry my hair twice as fast as usual, thanks to black cumin oil and a mix of omegas 3, 6, and 7, which, together, help me achieve smoother, shinier hair.
Simply spray it onto damp hair and blow-dry. There you go now.
Burnt your hand with your hair straighteners or curling wand? Then grab your earlobe - go on, do it - until you can apply natural yogurt or tea tree oil to soothe the burn. Having your hand above your heart when you're holding your earlobe means you no longer have blood rushing down to increase swelling and throbbing pain.
Honestly, if I had a euro for every time I got distracted! I love Flaked on Netflix. How many days to Christmas? See!
I'll tell you what else drives me to distraction: the amount of eye creams that are a total waste of money. I don't waste anyone's time writing about the things I don't like - I'd much rather tell you about the stuff that works, and right now I'm McLovin Eye Wow! by Kinvara, above, €29.95, which is available online from kinvaraskincare.com, and from leading health stores and pharmacies nationwide.
I adore the metal rollerball dispenser, as it's instantly refreshing - especially in the morning, thanks to the fresh formula, full of fabulous natural ingredients such as baobab and fig extract, which help to diminish dark circles, hydrate the skin, reduce puffiness and plump out fine lines.
Top tip: Store it in the fridge for an extra kick.
Now, how many calories are in a Butlers hot chocolate with marshmallows . . .
Five years with Will, two babies later, and I swear I still get giddy when I see him, kind of in the same way I get when I see my food arriving at a restaurant!
Something else making me giddy right now is the new Bronze Leaf tan, see bronze-leaf.com.
I feel all Helena Christensen-esque, above, with it on - and everything looks better on me, even my lingerie, and, sure, that gets Will giddy too!
Anyhoo, it's a really long-lasting tan, and has a very natural colour and smell, and the most even fade I've ever experienced - there are still no streaks five days after I had it done at Brazilia on South William St, D2, tel: (01) 675-0000, or see brazilia.ie.
Helena, who's a bit of a haute hippie, would totally approve as the tan is organic, and contains lemon peel extract and bergamot.
I often think of all the really lovely drunk girls I met in the bathroom when I was Party McCarthy, and I wonder where they all are now.
Hello girls, I miss you!
Triona's most wanted
I was reminded of this when I opened the stunning Limited Edition Urban Decay Alice Through the Looking Glass eyeshadow palette, above, €49.99, released in honour of the Disney Alice In Wonderland sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass.
The pop-up butterfly palette has a mirror on the inside of it that says "We're all mad here!"- that's what reminded me of drunken diva talk from my past! Then, on the doors of the palette, it says, "I'm not strange, weird, off, nor crazy, my reality is just different from yours." This sure does tickle my pickle.
Anyhoo, the eyeshadows, of which there are 20, are so pretty, going from the softest shades, to full-on shocking hues, and there's a great mix of matte and shimmer textures.
The pull-out drawer says, "I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I must have changed several times since then." Love it!
The range also features five limited-edition lipsticks, €19.50, and includes some pretty shades such as Time, a gunmetal-navy colour, which, when I got up this morning, I didn't fancy, but now I've changed several times - and yes, I am mad!
Feast your eyes on the Memo Monochrome Galuchat Purse Spray, above, €196, see memoparis.com. I can't stop staring! It's just the ultimate in luxury.
It's almost like a very expensive party jacket, as you pop it on over your Memo fragrance for when you're out 'n' about. Buy it empty, then top it up, time and time again, with its clever perfume kit.
There are three phials of Memo perfume especially designed for it - Inle, Lalibela, and my fave, Granada.