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Triona McCarthy: Hail pale


Triona's trends: Recently on the Midday show on TV3, the panel and I were discussing fake tan and how the Irish-dancing industry, in particular, has gone overboard with it.

If you’re pale naturally, put down the fake bake and rediscover your inner Casper. Bronze do not have more fun!

This season the Seventies-style natural look is king. Jessie J, Alexa Chung, Pearl Lowe and Kelly O all rock this look. Palester Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud created Dainty Doll, a make-up range for the pale skinned. Let’s be honest, there’s nothing like a bit of fake tan to hide imperfections, so, when it comes to the pale and interesting look, the key is layering. Start with a really good moisturiser and hydrating eye-cream such as Estee Lauder’s Time Zone range, and everything else slides on easily. Don’t forget about using an SPF daily. I particularly like Australia’s cult range Hissyfit, especially their Saving Face Anti-Ageing Foundation SPF50+, €25, from House of Fraser.

I’m also McLovin St Tropez’s new Illuminator range, €19.99 — three skin-finishing products that add a glamorous, on-trend, iridescent sheen. They can be worn alone or used with any of the St Tropez Self-Tan, Everyday or Wash Off products — if you must tan — to create a dewy, illuminated look. Banish the bronzer and invest in a pretty pink blusher such as Bobbi Brown Sheer Colour Cheek Tint, €22. Now, let’s see how interesting pale can be!

Triona's tricks

I’m learning how to be an egotist! Me, me, me, me, me! As Lucille Ball said, “Love yourself first and everything else falls into line.” So, all you multi-tasking mums, freelancers and burnt-out business peeps, there are so many things you can do for yourself every day to make yourself happy.

A quiet cup of coffee while reading this, a walk outside, a nail paint. You are worth it!

Feel better

Elave, the Irish skincare brand for sensitive skin, has, for the second year running, lent its support to the Irish Cancer Society’s Look Good . . . Feel Better programme this month by donating €1 from each sale of Elave Shower Gel, €6.99, Elave Shampoo, right, €8.99 and Elave Intensive Cream, €6.99.

Patients can attend free skincare and make-up workshops which help them to address the appearance-related side effects of their cancer treatment and to boost their confidence and self-esteem. All the products in the Elave range are low irritancy, and are suited for patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as they are free from chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, perfume and dyes. Elave products are available in all major pharmacy outlets nationwide.

Lady in red

“3na na na, what’s my name? 3na na na, that’s my name!” I always sing that to the air of Rihanna’s song What’s My Name? It’s become my official theme song! Speaking of Rihanna, I just love her look. She makes me want to dye my own hair red and run round like Jessica Rabbit! I could try John Frieda’s Precision Foam Colour, €12.49. According to makers, the unique foam technology effortlessly covers all areas with minimum mess, fuss, drips or staining. Available in 20 beautiful, wearable shades for blondes, brunettes and redheads, it works in 20 minutes for a precise colour result, or takes just 30 minutes to cover stubborn grey.

The application is easy — mix the developer and colourant together — tilting rather than shaking the bottle to blend — then gently squeeze the bottle to dispense the foam into gloved hands. There’s no need to section or part the hair, just massage the foam through with your fingertips. Once the colour has been rinsed, the hair is treated with the Colour Keep Conditioner, which has great colour-protecting technology.

Cult product

The iconic Touche Eclat, €35, now comes in seven different shades making it suitable for everyone from the palest of the pale — moi — to beautiful black women such as Naomi. I went to the launch in London where there was a live demo by Fred Letailleur, YSL’s make-up artist. He showed us how these new shades could be used to contour and highlight features.

I use the best-selling pen-like brush around my eyes, the sides of my nose, and the hollow of my chin and also to contour my lips and prevent bright lippie bleeding. The new shades launched exclusively in Brown Thomas nationwide last week.

Triona's most wanted

I’m all about staycations this summer. So, if you’re a struggling spaholic, why not make a daytrip to Farnham Estate in Cavan? This peaceful haven entirely captures the spirit of relaxation, with its stylish and comfortable hotel and its magnificent health spa, all set in 1,300 acres of stunning grounds. A natural fit for a place with such a focus on the outdoors, Farnham Estate Health Spa at the Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel offers the rather indulgent Yon-Ka treatment, €100 — a combination face and body treatment involving aromatic compresses, masks, scrubs, brushing, relaxing massage and cool mists using five essential oils: lavender, geranium, rosemary, cypress and thyme.

From the tall trees in the forest to the exhilarating plant-derived scents of the Yon-Ka products, inside and out, Farnham Estate is a true playground for the senses. Radisson Blu Farnham Estate Hotel and Spa, Cavan, tel: (049) 437-7700, or see www.farnhamestate.ie