Friday 23 February 2018

Triona McCarthy: Angel's hair

Once upon a time, there was a beauty expert who waved her magic wand and gave herself a beautiful head of curls. Triona McCarthy tells you how to achieve big and bouncy on top

Triona McCarthy
Triona McCarthy

Triona's trends: The fashion gods have declared that the Seventies are where it’s at this season.

So I’m giving that era a bit of a beauty nod today by channelling my inner Charlie’s Angel and recreating the look with my new favourite girl gadget, the Yogi Styling Wand, €69, available at Peter Mark salons nationwide.

You can create a variety of styles, from big, bouncy waves to tight, defined curls, that will hold all day long. Hairspray is also your best friend for this look. L’Oreal Elnett, from €4.15, is still the dog’s, but you can also prime your hair with Redken Thickening Lotion, €15. If you have fine hair this helps to thicken the look of your hair. Here’s how:

1. Take a section of hair: the smaller the section of hair, the tighter the curl will be and the larger the section, the looser the curl will be.

2. Holding the end of the hair section, place the wand near the root, being careful not to touch the scalp, and wrap this section of hair around the wand.

3. Keep the hair in this position, wrapped tightly around the wand, for around 10 seconds.

4. Then, gently pull the wand out of the curled section, ensuring that you continue to hold on to the end of the hair.

5. Release the hair for a perfect Yogi curl. Use bobby pins to pin your hair up at the sides a la Farrah Fawcett.

Triona's tricks

Wipes really are the lazy gal’s best friend. Seriously, sisters, I’m never without a pack of Baby Wipes when I’m on a budget. Anyhoo, if you have guests coming and you need to clean your bathroom in a jiffy, simply take a wipe in one hand and a tea towel in the other and start polishing your bathroom surfaces with the wipe and buffing with the towel.

A new pal

The best vitamin for friendship: B1. During the bad times, and there’s been a lot lately, I’m always so glad of my fantastic bunch of friends — you know who you are. I always try to be the best friend I can be to them as well. Aww!

Now, seaweed is actually packed with vitamins B1, B2 and B12 and Irish seaweed-based range Voya’s new cleansing balm — Totally Balmy, is a friend for life for your face. The lavishly rich cleansing balm is guaranteed to become a daily addiction, as it decongests skin and its potent selection of essential oils also relaxes the skin without overloading it.

I love how it quickly dissolves my make-up, clearing away everyday impurities that build up and undermine my skin’s vitality.

This leaves my skin feeling pampered and velvety schmooth. For Voya stockists, tel: (071) 916-8956, or email

Mellow moments

Being a qualified beauty therapist there’s no fooling me when it comes to facials. Not everyone has the magic touch, but Ruth Doyle, from Mellow, certainly does. Ruth has over 20 years experience in the beauty biz and has worked with Hollywood hotshots, including Michael Caine and Christian Bale as well as my latest girl crush, Rihanna.

What I particularly like about Ruth’s set-up is that she uses a really wide range of products like Ren, Neal’s Yard and Amanda Lacey, as Ruth isn’t affiliated with any particular brand. Ruth also incorporates things like natural yogurt into her Mellow Advanced Facial, €70, which is what I had. Ruth inspected, then cleaned, exfoliated and extracted and healed every last inch of my skin.

An hour later, I floated out, relaxed. I suppose I left feeling all mellow!

Mellow, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, D2, tel: (086) 793-1890, or see

Cult product

So why did the blonde throw breadcrumbs into the toilet? To feed the toilet duck. Ha! I couldn’t resist it — sorry, all my blonde readers, including Jennifer Aniston, perhaps, who has been sporting a brighter look lately with her new blonde highlights.

I really must call her and tell her about boutique styling range Osmo’s new Colour Mission Silverising Shampoo, and Conditioner, both €10, which revitalise dull, lacklustre blondes.

The sulphate-free formula banishes any unwanted yellow tones in highlighted, bleached or blonde shades, and it’s also effective in enhancing silver tones in white or grey hair, leaving it smooth and polished.

Triona's most wanted

Clinique’s new Bottom Lash Mascara, €14, is the one new product I can’t stop banging on about to everyone this season.

Who knew we needed a separate mascara for our bottom lashes or ‘fringe’? The teeny-weeny brush is engineered for tiny tasks, and this mascara resists smears as it has a revolutionary thermal-active formula that keeps it looking perfect for up to 24 hours.

Honestly, I tested it on mad nights out, and it really doesn’t budge because, basically, it’s waterproof. Yet, when it comes to removal time it wipes off with warm water and a cloth. I’m McLovin’ this sooo much I’ve even started using it on my top lashes, as it’s dead handy for reaching those tricky inner and outer corner lashes.

It might look kinda small, but there’s actually a full 90-day supply — if you only use it on your bottom fringe, that is.

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