Triona McCarthy: Up in the hair
Sometimes you have to fake it to make it when it comes to your lovely locks, says Triona McCarthy, andlessisnotalwaysmore
Triona's trends: I love having long hair as it is just so versatile. Some mornings I wake up and I look like Yoko Ono, with the bed head on me, but a few well-picked products and I can transform my tresses.
I can conjure up Katie Holmes’s classic style or, if I’m feeling funky, a bit more Imelda May with a quiff — see my main picture. Not Jedward, big difference! Believe it or not, day-old hair works best when styling it into a quiff. If you’ve washed it and it’s still a bit slippy, spray on some dry shampoo. Tease the front section of your hair with a comb to create the required height for the quiff. Gently brush the hair back, smoothing the front, and push it either forward or backward on itself and pin to secure. Generally two kirby grips in an ‘X’ shape will hold the roll. You’ll need a good blast of hairspray to keep this style in place.
There’s nothing like Elnett, from €3.98. Finally, on your way out of the house, throw some Uniq One, €18, into your bag. This is the first leave-on mask on the market that offers 10 of the main benefits that the hair needs to be stunning, healthy and well protected. These include the repair of damaged hair, heat protection, the promotion of silkiness and smoothness, and easy styling. Use in damp hair for a smooth, silky blow-dry or in dry hair to add lustre and refinement to your finished look. Finish off with a pink pout — red is too severe with such statement hair. I wear Perfection Super Gloss Lipstick SPF 20 in Hot Pink, €10, from M&S.
I never used to use fake tan on my face as I found it always sunk into my pores, making it look like I had a right dose of blackheads. I now know the secret, however. Just rub an ice cube all over your face before applying tan as this closes the pores — so no Black Eyed Ps!
Lancome’s most innovative product Visionnaire, €70, will be available exclusively at Brown Thomas Lancome counters from today and at Lancome counters nationwide in September. Every beauty editor and expert I know is going gaga over this, as it’s the result of a 12-year research programme. So what’s so great about it? Lancome’s labs have apparently discovered a unique multi-tasking ‘beauty’ molecule, LR 2412, which was independently tested by Prof Chris Griffiths and Rachel Watson of Manchester University with impressive results. Visionnaire was so convincing in testing that more than 50 per cent of women who tried it and were previously tempted by a dermatological procedure, decided to postpone the procedure. Appara, wrinkles and pigmentation appear reduced and pores are tightened. It made my skin feel fab from the first time I put it on. I’ve certainly noticed a difference.
It's the bees lips
I’m McLovin the new Tinted Lip Balms, €7.95, from Burt’s Bees, as not only do they give my kissers a hint of colour, these 100 per cent natural balms are also super-nourishing, leaving my lips feeling fabliss altogether. As I have time-management issues, with this I get my lips looking good and feeling good in one move. There are six summer shades — Hibiscus, Tiger Lily, Pink Blossom, Honeysuckle, Rose and Red Dahlia, my fave. Best of all, Burt’s Bees products are free of all the nasties such as petrochemicals and other synthetic ingredients, such as phthalates, parabens and sodium lauryl sulfate. And they are never tested on animals — though I like to test the softness of my kissers on my own manimal. Available from Nourish Health Stores, Dublin; Arnotts, D1; selected Sam McCauleys & Hickeys pharmacies; and health stores and pharmacies nationwide
You know me — I only love multi-use products. May I please present my latest lust-have: Aromatherapy Associates Support Lavender & Peppermint Bath & Shower Oil, €45, which came to my rescue after a bbq. Not only does this stuff cool your skin after too much sunshine, it’s great to use when suffering from a headache or experiencing a sensitive tummy — aka, a hangover! The cooling and refreshing blend of lavender and peppermint can also be massaged on to the torso.
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Helena Christensen, Erin O’Connor and our own Ali Hewson love to get Nude. That’s Nude Skincare, the brainchild of Ali and Bryan Meehan, of Britain’s legendary whole foods chain, Fresh & Wild. Nude Skincare is one of the pioneers of prebiotics and probiotics in skincare. The range uses what they call biocompatible ingredients, which they say the skin recognises to correct the signs of ageing. You can now get Nude facials from this cult brand in the sublime surroundings of Vedas Beauty, in Dun Laoghaire. The Nude Intense Smoothing Facial, €95, uses an intricate dual facial massage technique on pressure points, as well as lymph drainage and deep muscle relaxation. The Nude Recontouring Facial, €125, combines deep-tissue facial massage and micro-facial contouring to resculpt facial muscles and visibly lift and firm skin. A vibration technique is used to stimulate the nerve endings of the face, boosting micro circulation. Vedas Beauty, 19 Lower Georges St, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 214-0222, or see www.vedasbeauty.ie