Hair we go! Triona McCarthy's hair hero products
For your beauty pleasure, our expert has hair hero products, Dyson-designed gadgets, fragrance hacks and the salon the stars flock to.
Roll up, girls, it's time to talk hair trends for the new season. Actually, scrap that, it's time to talk hair for all seasons.
Healthy-looking hair is always in style, so this year, why not get your hair in the best condition ever? There are so many really amazing products and treatments available now to help your hair become your shining armour.
If your hair is damaged from too much bleach or dye, do yourself a favour and book in with Lorraine Carthy for an Olaplex treatment, €25, in Dublin salon Queen (see queen.ie) to revive your hair in just one salon visit.
I've already told you about Olaplex, above - the in-salon hair-repair treatment that can be mixed in with bleach and colour to minimise damage, or used as a separate treatment, leaving hair in better condition after you've coloured it.
The other treatment I trialled that made a huge difference to my hair was Pro Fiber by L'Oreal, €30, the first recharging, long-lasting and most prescriptive professional treatment programme to combat multi-levels of damage across all hair types.
While the treatment starts in the salon - I had it done at Dylan Bradshaw, see dylanbradshaw.com - it's maintained and recharged by you at home, wash after wash, with just four products that come in under €70. The result is healthier, shinier hair with improved resilience and manageability.
Want to know how to make the most out of your pricey perfumes? Of course you do!
If your bottle is nearly empty, the air above the fragrance will break down the scent and eventually destroy it, so it's best to mix the last little bit with an unscented body lotion and voila, you have a new home-made, great-smelling body lotion! #makesscents
"I know I'm not perfect, but my lips look fabulous!" That's according to the packaging on my Bagsy Wow Lips Chubby Stick in Killer Heels, above, €14.45, a raspberry red that really suits my pale skin - I'm wearing it in this week's main photo.
I can't remember the last time I got really excited about a new make-up range, but Bagsy, which is available online and at Debenhams, sure does tickle my pickle!
With only 23 products in the range, it's perfect for peeps like me who hate clutter, especially in our handbags!
The collection of multi-tasking must-haves are all designed to be compact enough to fit in your handbag, so there are essentials like Hair Wonder Dry Shampoo, €6.75; Wonder Wand Highlighting and Concealing Pencil, €26, and Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder, below, €22, which has "Sunshine is my favourite accessory" etched into the powder.
I love it!
If you only do one thing this month, book an appointment with Brown Sugar, see brownsugar.ie, beloved of Naomi Campbell, above, and you can oooh and aaaah like I did when I went in to see the recently refurbished salon on South William Street, D2.
Master of style, Mark O'Keeffe, called on designer Celine Cummins to do the refurb, which beautifully embraces the original architecture. As I sat on a luxurious leather chair and sipped my flavoured water and my coffee, I marvelled at what Mark has achieved in 10 years in business with this place, as well as Brown Sugar Blackrock, Sugar Cubed on Clarendon St, and Sugar Daddy on Exchequer Street, and a new salon opening in Ranelagh shortly.
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My other half, Will, is a design engineer, so we often discuss different designs. He hates Apple, I'm a fan; I hate Samsung, he really rates them; but we both love Dyson designs, such as the bagless vacuum cleaners, bladeless fans, hand dryers, and now they have a beauty gadget!
Yes, you read that correctly. Step forward, please, the Dyson humidifier, above, €699.98, see dyson.ie, which as you would expect from Dyson, is stylish and technologically brilliant, and easy to assemble and operate. It promises to improve dehydrated skin, combat chapped lips, blocked sinuses, ease eczema and asthma and, if there are any mums reading, it even helps with croup, because hydrated air moisturises the skin and airways, creating a barrier against infections such as cold and flu.
The humidifier uses ultraviolet light, so it kills 99.9pc of bacteria in the machine before projecting a hydrated mist evenly throughout the room, creating a more hygienic environment at home.
It's simple to use, and can also be used in the summer to cool the air. I have it next to my bed, and use the clever little remote control. I've noticed a big difference to my skin and quality of sleep and, best of all, it has passed my own gingeneer's very high standards!
Of all the moisturisers I've tried lately, Kiehl's Ultra Facial Deep Moisture Balm, above, from €28.50, is the one I keep going back to. It's especially nourishing for this time of year.
The luxurious, creamy balm just melts into my skin. It's the Edelweiss flower extract, a mountain flower that grows high in the Alps, that helps strengthen the skin's barrier function, to quench dry skin and retain moisture. #treatyourself
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