Triona's trends: If you fancy something besides sox and jox for your father or fella this Father’s Day, I’ve rounded up the latest goodies for the fella you call Daddy.
The Remington Challenger Gift Pack, €49.99, seems to cover the lot. It includes the Challenger Pro Power hair clipper, a Remington Smart Nose and Ear trimmer, in a luxury storage bag, and it comes with a three-year guarantee.
To go with it, you could get Roger & Gallet’s L’Homme After Shave Balm €15, which keeps the skin soft, matt and scented from morning to night.
Skin care is no longer just for sissies. Men might not always act their age, but why should they have to look it? A face wash, facial scrub and moisturiser can really make a difference. Bobbi Brown’s range, which all us ladies know and love, has fabulous unisex products. The Buffing Grains, €28, are a true skin-care innovation. They can be mixed with any cleanser or water to create an exfoliator to remove dry surface patches.
Finally, I don’t care what scientists say about women being attracted to male sweat, I think it’s the pits! Buy your boy YSL’s L’Homme YSL Cologne Gingembre, €52 — so good, you’ll use it yourself!
My beauty prayer: As I lay me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my looks to keep. Please no wrinkles, please no bags; please lift my bust before it sags. Please no cellulite, please no grey. And as for my belly, please take it away. Please keep me healthy and looking quite funky, Bless me, dear Lord; I’m a total beauty junkie!
I’m all about good self-image, so I think we need to hear beautiful words about age and about celebrating our wrinkles. Here’s something that really inspired me, from Naomi Wolf: “You could see the signs of female aging as diseased . . . or you could see that if a woman is healthy she lives to grow old; as she thrives, she reacts and speaks and shows emotion, and grows into her face.
Lines trace her thought and radiate from the corners of her eyes after decades of laughter . . . a lifetime of kissing, of speaking and weeping, shows expressively around a mouth scored like a leaf in motion.” But, um, let’s face it, a good moisturiser is also a skin-care essential. Check out the Body Shop’s Vitamin E SPF15 Moisture Lotion, €16.50. It’s a light and non-greasy formula that suits all skin types.
DIY face mask
Many, many years ago, when I was at Bronwyn Conroy’s studying to become a beauty therapist, I was on a tight beauty budget and could rarely afford fancy lotions and potions. Luckily, I was taught how to make my own masks and learned that sometimes the best beauty ingredients are in your kitchen.
This is a favourite formula that will leave your skin feeling like buttah — as Nicki Minaj, would say. Now, raid your fridge and revitalise your skin with Triona’s Good Enough To Eat Mask. You will need: 1 tablespoon live natural yogurt 1 tablespoon honey (2 tablespoons for dry skin) 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice (for oily skin only) Method: Simply mix together in a bowl. Apply to face and neck or, indeed, hands and feet. Lie back and relax for 20 minutes. Remove with a facecloth wrung out in hot water.
During the good weather, I always say the days are hot but the nights can be hotter — if you know what I mean. To keep your kissers in kissyfit condition, check out Aussie brand Hissyfit, which has a great lip balm with SPF called Lip Service Anti-Ageing Lip Balm SPF 50+, €15, available in five luscious, glossy colours. Hissyfit was developed by Australian Olympic gold medallist Louise Dobson and magazine editor Sue Smethurst in frustration at the lack of skin-care and make-up products to provide a daily and, crucially, invisible sunscreen. They believed that if high-SPF products were also a pleasure, people would use them more and so reduce their chances of developing skin cancer.
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Thank God I didn’t inherit my dad’s crazy eyebrows, which grew upwards and outwards, like the infamous boxing promoter Don King’s. Whenever Dad dozed off on the couch, my poor mum would get a scissors to them. What I’m grateful I did inherit from my late father were his big blue eyes.
But while you can’t change your eyes’ shape or colour, with a little attention to your eyebrows, you can make your eyes seem like your best feature. The perfect eyebrow shape varies from person to person, depending on individual bone structure — but fuller eyebrows with a high arch suit all face types.
Make an appointment at the Shavata Brow Studio, Harvey Nichols, as Shavata is a trusted and well-respected figure in the beauty industry, with over 20 years of experience, and has a great team who have been trained to work at the same level of expertise. It’s like a mini face-lift and takes no longer than 15 minutes. Hmm, I wonder what they would have done with Dad’s.