Triona McCarthy: Powered up
Following the latest make-up trends is a fool's errand unless you have the right base, says our beauty buff, who reveals her top picks
Late last year, the rather dapper Darren Kennedy - formerly of DWTS - debuted his five-piece grooming collection, Kennedy & Co, available in Dunnes Stores and pharmacies nationwide.
The chic collection includes a Purifying Peat Face Scrub; a Hydrating Beard Oil; and a Daily Moisturiser With SPF 20, but it is the Kennedy & Co Matte Hair Clay With Baicapil, below, €12.95, that has had rave reviews. Not only does it help sculpt the hair and add texture and volume, but Baicapil,which is a combination of three botanical active ingredients, visibly reduces hair loss, stimulates hair growth and increases hair density.
Me: "I bet I can make you say red!"
Me: "What colour are my eyes?"
Me: "Ha ha ha ha! I made you say blue!"
Maxi: "Wasn't I supposed to say red? Oh!!!"
Something else to make you go 'oh!' is Cellfina, the minimally invasive procedure that's clinically proven to improve the appearance of cellulite. According to the makers, it works because it targets the structural cause of cellulite, resulting in a smoother look and the confidence to wear what you want, like Cindy Crawford, pictured.
It costs €3,000, and only one treatment is needed, with the results lasting for three years.
Check out this cheeky chappie, Revlon Photoready Instant Cheek Maker Blush and Highlight Duo, above, €14. The clever shape fits the countours of the cheekbone, so in just one swipe, the two-tone split stick with blush and highlighter gives the most gorgeous fresh-faced glow.
I thought it would be a bit gimmicky, but it is too easy not to use every day. I have it in colour 002 Rose Quartz, a perfect pink that suits just about everyone.
Most hair products contain a little alcohol, but adding a shot of vodka before the final rinse gives your hair a super shine. Don't do it every day, keep it for special occasions, otherwise it will dry out your hair. Not to mention wasting the precious vodka!
As regular readers know by now, I'm a little in love with the CeraVe range, as it is it very well-priced, yet developed with dermatologists, and is available from pharmacies nationwide.
Its latest launch is CeraVe Eye Repair Cream, above, €12, which contains all the good stuff such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin, yet feels so lightweight, giving long-lasting hydration while restoring the protective skin barrier.
Triona's top trends
It's all very well trying out new make-up trends, but if your foundation isn't right, trust me, nothing you apply on top of it will look good.
Thank the beauty gods for Armani and the modern-day wizard Linda Cantello, the international MUA for the brand, who whips up the most fabulous formulations for our face.
I recently got to sit down with Linda to talk through new additions to the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation, above, €47; a new concealer and a balm.
Linda let me in on a secret; as L'Oreal - which makes Giorgio Armani beauty products - has bought Dermablend, the make-up brand best known for its camouflage products, they might just have used some of that tech in the new Giorgio Armani Power Fabric High Coverage Liquid Concealer, below, €37. It combines the blendable qualities of foundation with the coverage of concealer. Perfect for concealing spots or carving out brows! I also wear this under my eyes, and find it's actually quite hydrating and it doesn't flake.
But it is the Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Compact Foundation Balm, €70, above, that I'm going absolutely gaga over!
Perfectly portable, it provides high coverage with a velvety second-skin feel, and it comes in 50 shades to suit every skin tone without crackingand dulling.
I wear shade 5.5 - it melts into my skin, blurring imperfections with a lightweight matte veil. It feels like you're not wearing make-up at all, so I find I don't give my make-up another thought as I go about my day.
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