We may be staying in, says Triona McCarthy, but that's not an excuse to stop looking and feeling our best. Here is her weekly round-up of the hottest tips, tricks, and trends out there.
I love a cheeky product that can double up to work as something else. Nars Hot Fix Cheek Palette, below, €49, Brown Thomas, does just that.
Dab from one, or mix the four beautiful shades for highlighting and blushing. There's Gold Leash, a shimmering gold highlighter; Spark Got Hot, a shimmering beige pink; Dream Place, a matte warm peach brown; and Sugar Spirit, a shimmering nude rose.
Now go on and use the same palette for your eyeshadow!
Once Covid-19 has passed, and it's safe to reopen their locations, Mink Dublin will be looking after all its clients with complimentary repair and hydrate add-ons to each treatment to help get their clients' nails and hands back to feeling strong and hydrated again.
This is the way to do things!
I cannot wait. In the meantime, they've shared details of a DIY gel-removal hack we can do at home if you had nails like Rihanna, pictured, a few weeks ago, and they need to come off!
Check them out on their Instagram feed @minkdublin for lots of hand-care health tips and hacks.Thanks Mink!
I'm giving up drinking for a month.
I'm giving up. Drinking for a month! Hee-hee!
As we're spending more time than ever inside and on our screens, it's important that our skin care also protects us from the blue light that screens emit.
Elizabeth Arden's Great 8 Eight Hour Daily Defense Moisturiser SPF 35, above, €40, Boots, is formulated to combat blue light, but it also brightens and purifies the skin - perfect for those staying in complete lockdown.
Are you up the walls at the mo? Find 10-15 to minutes to put your bum and feet up against a wall. Doing this every day is known to help relieve stress, ease lower back pain, improve circulation and minimise varicose veins, among many other concerns.
If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know I often resemble a shaggy sheepdog without my regular Brown Sugar blow-dries!
I had to learn how to do a home blow-dry recently as I'm still on Ireland AM every Friday, so I ordered a ghd helios professional hairdryer, above, €169, see petermark.ie. I'll never be a pro, but this hairdryer has the perfect flow of air when I'm drying my tresses, which gives a natural fullness, stunning shine and smoothness.
While the corona-crisis has ruined my hands, my husband has never been happier and the house has never been so clean and organised. I've finally become a bit of a domestic goddess after years as a domestic godhelpus!!
But back to my lamha - yes, I've even refreshed my Irish with the RTE Home School Hub!
I've lost count of the amount of times I wash my hands every day and I'm driven mad with Maxi and Mini constantly singing Happy Birthday!
Anyhoo, one company that has pivoted during this time is The Handmade Soap Company, see thehandmadesoapcompany.com. They have started making Lemongrass & Cedarwood Hand Sanitiser, from €4.50 for 50ml, which has 70pc isopropyl alcohol content. The WHO recommends 60pc, so they're taking no chances and claim it kills 99.99pc of bacteria. They also have a whole range of gorgeous candles, diffusers and soaps.
Hand cream is essential now as well.
I love Eucerin Advanced Repair Hand Cream, above, €€6.74, Boots. It provides the moisture my hands are craving these days.
Will prefers Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream Concentrated Unscented, above, €4.99. This is the best-selling hand cream in Ireland. Only a dab is needed, so a 50ml tube contains over 200 applications. The glycerin-rich formula instantly relieves chapped hands.
Sunday Indo Life Magazine
I love nothing more than getting together with my fellow beauty-writer friends for a good old beauty gossip, and during last month's London Fashion Week, the whispers were mainly about what Dyson's latest invention would be.