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Triona McCarthy: The best products for a back-to-the-office confidence boost

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Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment

Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment

Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder

An old, cleaned-out eyeshadow palette is a neat place to store lipstick ends

An old, cleaned-out eyeshadow palette is a neat place to store lipstick ends

Kotanical Unwind rollerball

Kotanical Unwind rollerball

L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox

L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox

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Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

Hands up who has been watching Sex/Life on Netflix lately? I am obsessed — and not just because it’s a little bit naughty (it’s basically soft porn, isn’t it?). I also love it because it’s breaking down our prudishness about sex. That’s Catholic Ireland for you. Sex is good for us, both physically and mentally, and it’s high time we embrace and talk about its many benefits.

As American actor Mae West once said, “Sex is emotion in motion”, so why should something so full of fun, love and emotion be spoken about in hushed tones? Just some of the endless positives of getting between the sheets include calorie burning, getting a sweat on and the production of feel-good hormones.

In fact, during menopause, if you don’t use it, you can lose it! Being sexually active during perimenopause and after menopause helps maintain the blood flow needed to keep vaginal tissue healthy and can stave off vaginal atrophy. Another thing I love about Sex/Life is how it shows that it’s also completely normal and OK to feel nostalgic about our past sex lives. It doesn’t mean we want a different life or don’t love our present partner, either. Will has to watch out every time I’m finished watching an episode. Ha!

The Trick

Decluttering your make-up as the season switches is never a bad idea, but it’s good to think of the planet while we’re at it. An old, cleaned-out eyeshadow palette is a neat place to store lipstick ends – it’s less clutter and less waste.

The Trend

Before I understood aromatherapy, I thought essential oils were those things that dripped from my pizza! Ha-ha-ha! But I now see the light, thanks to Kotanical, the Irish-owned company founded by kinesiologist Karl Murray. He specialises in sourcing essential oils from around the world and claims that Kotanicals is the only company in the country to grow and distil an organic and cruelty-free range of oils.

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Kotanical Unwind rollerball

Kotanical Unwind rollerball

Kotanical Unwind rollerball

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Now, Kotanical has joined forces with facial yoga expert Danielle Collins, to show us how we can infuse essential oils into our ‘me time’.

Combined with face yoga, which is proven to make you look three years younger in 20 weeks, the oils help improve physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Take the Kotanical Unwind rollerball, €22 — its floral and sweet notes will help you relax, while the rollerball works on muscles in the face. See kotanical.ie and reuzi.ie

The Treatment

When the big brands innovate, it can take years before we get to reap the benefits. So I was very excited to pop into Peter Mark and try L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox, €20, an in-salon add-on service when you’re getting your colour done. Backed by seven years of research, this new treatment targets copper elements the hair can pick up from water.

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L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox

L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox

L’Oréal Professionnel Metal Detox

While peroxide is still a culprit when it comes to hair breakage, metals like copper can contribute, too. The formula contains glicoamine, which is an active agent that neutralises excess copper in the hair. The end result is a more trustworthy colour that’s full of shine and contributes to healthier hair. You can also follow up at home by using the Metal Detox shampoo and conditioner, €29.50 each. See petermark.ie

The Tools

Calling all curly-haired peeps: big, chunky diffusers are out, Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment, €35, is in. Specifically tailored to reduce frizz and create more definition, this is a great addition to pop on your Dyson Supersonic hair dryer. See dyson.ie

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Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment

Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment

Dyson’s new Flyaway attachment

The Talk

With so much excitement — and, possibly, apprehension — around returning to the office, it’s a no-brainer that most of us will want to look and feel our best for a little bit of a confidence boost. Our online make-up routines can differ greatly with what we’d wear ‘out in the wild’. Add in the extra minutes it can take to apply a full face before popping out the door, and we also have to manage our time differently. There hasn’t been a better time to update our make-up routines for the real world. Plus, adding fun additions to your make-up bag might just help you get out of bed in the morning.

Investing in a foundation with a high SPF is essential as we brave the elements. With an SPF 20 and a choice between powder or liquid, bareMinerals Mineral Foundation from €37, is a clean vegan formula that works on the skin while providing coverage.

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bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

bareMinerals Mineral Foundation

The skin-loving base instantly minimises the look of pores, redness and imperfections. This foundation also works to improve the look of bare skin in just four weeks. It comes in in 30 shades that flatter every skin tone and type. Available at brownthomas.com and boots.ie.

If you’re set to present something to the team, rocking a lipstick is just one way toward a brave face. Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick, €22, Brown Thomas; Arnotts, and has introduced a super-sleek Mac embossed logo on the lipstick itself.

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Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

Mac has reworked its Lustreglass lipstick

Available in 28 shades, the colours include four limited-edition shades, along with six all-time favourites. Each one is packed with hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, shea butter and various oils to leave lips feeling hydrated, too.

With the weather a little unpredictable — warm one minute, chilly the next — a full face of make-up can feel heavy. It can also mean gleaming skin caused by sweat — not a fab look.

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Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Sprinkle something like Ayu Translucent Loose Setting Powder, €20, over a light foundation to combat any shine. This weightless powder with light-reflecting particles instantly blurs imperfections and minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles.


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