Sunday 19 November 2017

Triona McCarthy: Wake up with the wow factor

Triona McCarthy advises how to wake up with the wow factor
Triona McCarthy advises how to wake up with the wow factor
Relaxing: thisworks deep sleep heavenly candle
Shine & Breathe, €17, Harvey Nichols
St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion
Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, €39.95
Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, €28,
Glowing complexion: Karlie Kloss

Triona McCarthy

Wake up with the wow factor after your night's slumber. Our beauty expert tells you how to get the most out of bedtime

Cult product

Nails without nasties? Yes, please! Dip your digits into Nailberry's collection of premium nail polishes.

They're free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP (dibutyl phthalate) and camphor, and they're nested on animals.

My hero product of the collection is Shine & Breathe, €17, Harvey Nichols - it's a very thin, oxygenated, crystal-shine top coat.

I pop it on over my manicure and my pedicure to make them last longer and look super shiny.

Shine & Breathe, €17, Harvey Nichols

Triona's most wanted

My two-year-old-teenager Maxim is doing his best to talk, but he can't pronounce 's'. So we put on his toos and tox and, at tix or teven, he has his tupper and then he goes to teep.

This is when I have a tower and use - OK, I'm going to top now, I mean stop, because I need your full attention for what I'm about to tell you.

St. Tropez's Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion,  €13.50, is the biggest tan-ovation yet.

St. Tropez’s Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion

The in-shower gradual tan is sold out everywhere because it's just so damn good. You simply get in the shower, turn off the water after washing yourself, then apply the product to clean, wet skin. Wait for three minutes - you can pop some conditioner through your hair or brush your teeth - then wash it off. And that's it!

DHA, which is what makes you turn brown, is actually water-soluble, so wet skin cells are more receptive to the reaction taking place. Who knew?

The tan then develops throughout the day and is 100pc natural. It contains almond oil so you don't even have to moisturise.

The gradual tan gave me a subtle glow after one day of use, which, if used daily, builds to a deeper tan.

Best of all it won't stain your sheets or your boyfriend!


Blast it

Prepare to be amazed! If you ever wondered how models like Karlie Kloss, or Stella Maxwell got their glowing complexion, wonder no more.

Let me introduce you to Elizabeth Arden's new Oxygen Blast Facial, €20, redeemable against any Elizabeth Arden purchase, and exclusive to Arnotts, tel: (01) 805-0400 for an appointment.

Appara, the Victoria's Secret Angels get a blast of this before they hit the runway and it's also a firm fave with A-listers before they hit the red carpet, so of course I had to try it! It's so quick and really made a huge difference to my skin.

Glowing complexion: Karlie Kloss

I had it done over my make-up and it really refreshed my skin and made me look way more alive! So it's a great one to do before heading out, although I could still see the effects a few days later.

A special air pump was used to deliver a shot of oxygen and serum deep into my skin to revive and refresh my complexion.

Of course, you can have the full cleanse and so on done, but honestly, before a big night out, you really will love how this facial makes you look.

Youth tube

Blur products are big biz in beauty at the moment. They protect and perfect the skin, along with skincare benefits over time.

Kiehl's Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, €28, is the perfect one to try if you haven't tried one before, as I swear it gives me the skin of a 25-year-old. Kiehl's recommend using this as the last step in your day and night skincare routines.

Kiehl’s Micro-Blur Skin Perfector, €28,

Before you apply your foundation, apply a pea-size drop of Micro-Blur Skin Perfector to the centre of your face and blend, for a finish that is very natural yet diminishes pores and other imperfections. It's almost like a primer, but with benefits, as it delivers improvement over time.

As I mentioned before, it's 25-year-old skin in a tube!

Triona's tricks

Do you want to get a 'filler' effect without actually getting a facial filler? Simples!

Just pop a little concealer under each corner of your mouth, so that it fills out the little hollows, making you look poutier and younger.

It's easy when you know how! #poutymouth

Triona's trends

My nickname is 3na Bed -geddit? I do some of my best work in bed, you see. No, no, no, not what you're thinking!

If you're pressed for time, try getting your beauty duty done at night.

First: use a serum at night. I like light, non-greasy night care, so I'm a little bit in The Love with Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, €39.95. This water-based serum is light and absorbs really quickly.

Dr. Hauschka Night Serum, €39.95

Top tip: Treat your neck the same as you treat your face. Cleanse thoroughly and moisturise from 'brow to bust'!

Did you know that you can tan while you sleep with James Read's Sleep Mask Tan, €30?


This night-time self-tanner is full of essential skincare ingredients. Simply apply it before bed and wake up with a subtle golden glow.

I adore Dream Dots, €15 for a box of 24 patches, see They are designed so that you can sleep your way to spot-free skin. They're unlike regular spot treatments because you totally cover the spot up. Because of this, Dream Dots prevent squeezing, which can lead to further spots.

If falling asleep is difficult for you, try thisworks deep sleep heavenly candle, €33. It packs a potent blend of calming lavender and soothing Roman chamomile in a pretty pot.

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