Triona McCarthy: Are oils an anti-ageing necessity?
From glossy locks to fancy frocks, our chatty beauty buff has all the best beauty news, right here, right now!
I was just typing this when Will rang. I'm a right chatterbox altogether, and completely forgot to whisper, so I woke Seren, my nine-month-old baby, who was napping next to me in her pram. I leaned in to kiss her and rub her ginger hair. She looked up at me, with her big, bright eyes and her perfect, unblemished skin - the rest of her life ahead of her.
It got me thinking about how life is all about renewal, and, appropriately enough, Creme de la Mer's new oil, which I'm writing about today, is only called The Renewal Oil, €180.
I am at the age where anti-ageing skincare is a necessity, and oils are the big buzz in the beauty biz ATM. Anyhoo, this potent potion is packed full of ingredients guaranteed to make a difference to your skin, such as the sea-kelp-infused "miracle broth" found in all Creme de la Mer products.
You activate it with a gentle shake, and obvs use it on your face! The luxurious elixir envelops the skin in nourishment that you will feel straight away, and you'll see a difference when you use it daily. It's also great for cuticles and dry areas of the body, as well as in your hair. My mum Margaret actually uses it in the bath.
I've also got great results from The Body Shop Oils Of Life range, which I'm using with their Twin-Ball Revitalising Facial Massager, €42.50, to give my face a workout, and encourage lymph drainage to reduce puffiness and improve circulation every day, for renewed skin.
I was no beauty-school drop-out, y'all. I graduated from the Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School, just so I could keep you, mna na hEireann, looking real good! I learnt a lot of little tricks that I'm still using 20 years later - such as always apply nail polish starting at the pinky, working toward the thumb, to avoid dragging your other hand across wet nails.
Keep calm and beautify
"Girls just wanna have funds, oh, oh, oh, girls just wanna have funds!"
Oh yeah! That's the song going round my head whenever I'm in Brown Thomas, especially since their Extraordinary Beauty event is on now, until November 1, with a mix of product launches and events, with international make-up artists from Giorgio Armani, Mac, Laura Mercier, Nars, YSL and Benefit in store, sharing their expertise, so you too can look and feel, well, extraordinary!
Among many marvellous things, Chanel will be celebrating the exclusive launch of Chanel Sublimage L'Extrait in the Dublin store this Friday, October 23; while the following Friday, October 30, sees the launch of Chanel's highly-anticipated new No 5 fragrance, released in all stores. See you there!
For more information, see brownthomas.com
Get lippy for charity
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I've been flat out doing as much as I can, having lost my sister Tricia to the disease five years ago.
Look Good Feel Better, see lookgoodfeelbetter.ie, is a charity that does some really amazing work, and desperately needs funds in order to keep operating its free hospital workshops.
Basically, it supports women undergoing cancer treatment, improving their well-being and confidence by providing free, non-medical, brand-neutral workshops, and sharing advice on how to manage the appearance-related side-effects caused by cancer and its treatment.
I'm helping the charity with its campaign day, which is this Thursday, October 22. Arnotts are donating €2 from the sale of all lipsticks and lipglosses on the day, so why not treat yourself to a new lippy like this YSL Rouge Pur, €33, in No13 Le Orange: an exotic, rich red-orange.
I am now seriously obsessed with supermodel Karlie Kloss since meeting her backstage at the Diane von Furstenberg spring/summer 16 show in NYC recently, as she rocked an amazing pink floral-print dress.
Karlie, BFF of Taylor Swift, is the face, or should I say hair, of the L'Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss Luminiser range, which I've just started using, having seen her swishy, gloss-tastic hair in real life. This laminating system consists of a shampoo, conditioner and my favourite, a lovely leave-in gloss spray, €12.99, which is kind of like a top coat for your hair.
It makes my hair look shiny even when I haven't had time to blow-dry it, so I spray it on and it shines bright like a diamond. The range is inspired by magnet technology, which is used on cars to give the bodywork that incredible sheen. It realigns the individual hair fibres to create a smooth surface that maximises light reflection, to give your tresses an unbelievable gloss for up to 48 hours.
"YSL own the light, we just borrow it from them," said Aidan Corcoran, beauty stylist at Brown Thomas at a BT Trend Masterclass I recently went to.
He was talking about YSL's Top Secrets All-In-One BB Creme SPF25, €52, and now I have fallen back in love with this iconic wonder product.
It's great on its own with a little cream blush and mascara for a natural, no-make-up daytime look; or you can use it as a primer for foundation.
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