Thursday 22 February 2018

Eye See! Triona McCarthy on how to sparkle

Pale and interesting: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Pale and interesting: Triona McCarthy. Photo: Tony Gavin
Mum-of-two: Abbey Clancy.
Seavite: Firming and toning lotion.
SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit.
Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil.
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

Triona McCarthy

Our pale-and-interesting beauty boffin has all the latest skincare must-haves to keep you looking well-polished, with an added dash of sparkle

Triona's trends

Seavite: Firming and toning lotion.

I'd do absolutely anything for my children, so I completely understand how Patrick Mulrooney set out to find a cure for his daughters' severe eczema.

The marine scientist believed the ocean was the perfect place to start, having noticed how his daughters' skin always seemed to be soothed whenever they spent time by the sea, and so Seavite was started in Galway in the 80s.

Those little gals are now all grown up - Dr Jane Mulrooney and Dr Katherine Mulrooney, who are both cosmetic dermatologists based at the Dr Mulrooney Clinic in D4, have recently created the next generation of the range their dad created.

Seavite is now called Seavite by Doctors Mulrooney, and features the Super Nutrient Skincare Range, as new, clinically proven, anti-ageing organic seaweed extracts have been added to all the products.

These extracts are so pure they are edible, and have been proven to boost skin collagen, slow skin ageing and increase skin brightness, and are particularly suitable for sensitive skins, eczema and rosacea.

I love the products, but I especially love using the Super Nutrient Illuminating and Firming Body Exfoliator, €17.50, in the shower, as it's instantly invigorating and smooths my skin, while removing impurities. I follow it with Firming & Toning Body Lotion, €25, above, to tone and firm while nourishing and hydrating. See

Triona's trick

Lots of hair means lots of problems! When I put it up in a ponytail, I hate when my hair gogo is too tight if I twist it around three times, but too loose if I wrap it twice. A great trick is to cut up your old tights into lots of rings and you'll never have this problem again, and you won't have a meltdown when you cannibalise your Wolfords on a night out!

Toe handtum

I've told you before how my two-year-old, Maxim, can't pronounce the letter 's', so the latest thing he came out with recently, as I was heading out the door to present Xpose on TV3, was "Mummy, you look toe handtum".

You see, I always tell him he looks 'so handsome' when I dress him up, and so he decided he needed to tell me this too. Aaaaaw.

Now, Will and I call everyone who's a bit dressed up - even a tiny little bit dressed up - handtum. So if you fancy dressing your nails up to make them look, em, more handtum, then check out SensatioNail polish to gel transformer starter kit, above, €48.99, from Boots. This revolutionary gel system transforms any nail polish into gel, so there's zero drying time, zero smudging and 100pc high shine.

Mum time

Mum-of-two: Abbey Clancy.

Did you forget Mother's Day was last Sunday? If you need to make it up to your mum, why not book her into The Spa at Druids Glen in Co Wicklow?

An hour-long Elemis Biotec facial is €99 midweek, as opposed to €110 on the weekends, from now until May 31. Mum-of-two Abbey Clancy, above, is apparently a big fan of Elemis, which combines new machine technologies with hands-on therapy, creating immediate, long-term results, while targeting specific skincare needs.

Plant actives work with the body's natural bio-electrical field and enhance the skin's ability to rejuvenate, resurface and radiate.

The Spa at Druids Glen Resort, Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, tel: (01) 287-0834, or see

Triona's most wanted

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow.

My face really fell apart after I had Seren, my second baby. I'm not even joking. I couldn't find my cheeks to put blusher on, which was always my go-to thang for perking me up, while contouring - which I had always thought I was really good at - failed me entirely.

I'd have my make-up done and marvel at how a make-up artist (MUA) could give my face some badly needed definition, but when I tried it myself at home, I only had one look I could do - balloon face.

Six weeks after Seren was born, I had to film a series of videos for YouTube, in between feeding her, but thankfully there was a great MUA on hand to literally paint on my face.

Personal Beauty Stylist, Nicole Lynch, in Brown Thomas, used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, above, €65. The compact - with a dark shade for shading and a bright shade for highlighting - has a lovely, light texture, so it's really easy to work with and blends subtly, so you don't have to worry about mistakes.

The most important thing, though, was finding out exactly where to put the product, as my face had literally fallen. Once Nicole was able to, eh, point me in the right direction, everything else began to look a bit better again.

So my advice is to get a lesson in how to use something when you buy it.

Cult product

Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil.

I'm not much of a tan fan. Most of my friends, though, are total tanorexics, and amuse themselves hugely by comparing their arms to mine. Yeah, great fun, you know who you are! Irish tan brand Cocoa Brown has a Golden Goddess Shimmering Dry Body Oil, above €11.95, that works a treat if you simply want to make your skin sparkle. Without changing nationality!

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