Triona McCarthy: Hot looks
This week, it’s all about holiday hair, with the best handy hints and product picks. Beauty expert Triona McCarthy guides you through her latest lust haves
Triona's trends: Holiday hair, ooooh . . . the words bring excitement and fear, don’t they, ladies? Here are a few of my must haves, to protect your tresses from the sun and holiday wear and tear.
Schwarzkopf’s Hairtherapy Sun Protect range includes a Hair & Body Shampoo, left, €11.60, with a UV filter and “amino cell-rebuilding technology” to soothe sun-stressed hair. Schwarzkopf’s Sun Protect After-Sun Treatment, below right, €14.50, is a sprayable foam. It recovers the hair’s natural elasticity by strengthening the hair cells. Spray it on your hands, then work it into the hair and rinse out after 5-10 minutes. Schwarzkopf’s Sun Protect Range is also available in small sizes in a handy travel kit for your holiday suitcase. L’Oreal Professional Solar Sublime Protection Conditioning Spray, €11, also with a UV filter, feels light on the hair and instantly protects it from sun damage. Use L’Oreal Solar Sublime UV Protect after-sun nourishing balm, above right, €12, after shampooing and leave it on for five minutes. It restores the hair’s natural softness and suppleness after sun exposure.
Coloured hair brings up a separate range of problems — fading, drying out, chlorine! Kerastase Caressing Cleansing Balm, €12, helps prevent fading. Massage in 5-15 pumps, depending on the length of your hair, and leave for three minutes. Add a small amount of warm water and continue to massage in. Rinse thoroughly.
Is that a lip balm in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? Hahahahaha! If you’re out in the sun without any sunscreen, but have your lip balm with SPF in your pocket, simply apply to sensitive areas such as the nose, ears and hair parting which often suffer sunburn the most.
I was a virgin before I met my boyfriend, Will. Yeah, right! More like virgin on the insane, hahaha! Anyhoo, my favourite pastime is kissing my Prince Will, so I like my lips to look good. M&S Perfection Colour Rich Anti-Feathering Lipstick, right, €13, glides over my lips to leave them softer and fuller-looking, while colour stays put to resist feathering, or bleeding, as beauty peeps call it.
Vitamin E and Planell Oil, a naturally derived plant oil, help moisturise and replenish lipids, restoring youthful suppleness. For extra smile-appeal, innovative lip volumeboosting ingredient, Hilurlip helps to moisturise, and to protect lips from sun and pollution. With an SPF20 it has it all — sun protection, anti-feathering, anti-aging and volume boosting, as well as coming in 13 luscious and lip lickin’ shades.
I met top celebrity personal trainer James Duigan recently when he was in Dublin to promote his new book Clean & Lean Flat Tummy Fast!, €14.75, published by Kyle Cathie. Now, not being the fittest or healthiest person in the world, I thought James would be a bit intimidating — after all he’s responsible for keeping the likes of Elle Macpherson, aka The Body, and Rosie Huntington- Whiteley, aka FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman, in shape. But he was just lovely and not a bit starry or full of BS!
He’s not a hippy, but he is all about good self-image and loving yourself. You need to read his book if, like me, you’re a yo-yo dieter, as I’m now learning how to eat correctly and there’s no calorie counting or hundreds of sit-ups. The book is packed with good food/bad food swaps, tips on staving off hunger and how to de-bloat in a few days, while learning good habits for life. It’s a great read and my new body bible!
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So the last time you went for a facial, you got a quick scrub, mask and massage before being kicked out the door again. Not everyone has the magic touch, but Elaine Butler-Doolin does. An award-winning therapist, Elaine has been in the beauty industry for nearly 20 years and believes in building up a relationship with clients — after all, beauty is a very personal thing. This is the mantra of her intimate salon Bespoke Beauty. Elaine is as instinctive as she is calm, and her prescriptive Academie facials leave skin looking and feeling fantastic with her customised approach.
She’ll review your skin situation, then dip into her selection of top-notch lotions and potions from Academie and Darphin. She even does extractions, as she goes to town on every last blemish. Bespoke Beauty, 12 Morehampton Rd, Donnybrook, D4, tel: (087) 770-1999, or email bookings@ bespokebeauty.ie Open 10am-8pm Mon-Fri; Sat by request only
I’ve always thought that fleshcoloured tights were a bit grannyish, but then somebody sent me some Falke Shelina toeless tights, €11.45, and, having tried them out — I’m hooked on this hosiery!
You really can’t tell that they’re tights, and because they’re toeless, they’re perfect for wearing with sandals. Simply tuck the band under the strap of the sandal and brush some bronzer over your toes and you’re good to go. These ultra-transparent, silky soft, smooth tights give your legs the ultimate ‘faked’ natural look! The Falke Shelina toeless tights are also available as hold ups — very Dita Von Teese, left.