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Triona McCarthy's best advice to take you from gym to glam at warp speed



Bubbly beauty guru Triona McCarthy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bubbly beauty guru Triona McCarthy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Bubbly beauty guru Triona McCarthy. Photo: Steve Humphreys

This week, Triona McCarthy has the best tips, tricks and product picks to take you from gym to glam in record time

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The Dublin-based power couple behind LanaiBlo, Katie-Jane Goldin and Barry Scallan, welcomed a new addition to their hairdryer family with this limited-edition Chrome LanaiBLO, below, €99. It's very chic, with a shiny silver finish, not to mention the lightweight design and ultra-long cord. It gives pro results, even if you're not a hair expert. Gym bunny Vogue Williams and Love Island's Arabella Chi are already firm fans, and just look at their locks. See lanaiblo.com

Take a Break

On the hunt for some inner calm or a little social-media break? Celebs like Margot Robbie, pictured right, who I bumped into on a recent trip to LA, and even Kendall Jenner, have been known to put down the phone for a chance to recharge.

Now we can too, with a wellness weekend in Kerry. Not only has the spa at Sheen Falls Lodge had a refurb, it also offers yoga classes with instructor Darina O'Shea. It's the perfect place to switch off and make your own social-media detox all the sweeter.

Enjoy a Voya or Elemis treatment before or after your Saturday-morning yoga class. Heaven!

Easanna Wellness & Spa, Sheen Falls Lodge, Kenmare, Co Kerry, tel: (064) 664-1600, or see sheenfallslodge.ie

Yummy Gummy

Did you know that MUA Bobbi Brown is now a certified health coach, and Evolution_18 is her newest venture? It's a range of eight supplements, and focuses on beauty concerns involving hair, nails and gut health.

So if, like me, you've got a bit of a sweet tooth, then popping these berry-flavoured Evolution_18 Beauty Gummy supplements, right, €25, from Boots, won't be too hard. Two a day will support thicker and stronger hair and nails.

Beauty in a sweet? Now we're talkin'...

My sister Laura gave me this great tip for long-haul flights to prevent swollen ankles and deep-vein thrombosis. Use your feet to 'write out' the whole alphabet from A to Z. You might get a few funny looks like I did on my way to LA recently!

Cult product


It was my late sister Tricia's 10th anniversary this week. My sister Anna had the idea of planting a tree in her memory - after all, I nicknamed her Tree-hugging Tricia, as she was such a sustainability fan, and loved all things natural.

I feel she'd love Indeora Deodorant, left, €19.95, which uses magnesium to neutralise odours. It's free from chemicals and leaves a natural coconut scent behind. For stockists, see indeora.com

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Your beauty regimen shouldn't go out the window with your workout. So I have some tips and tricks on how to get savvy with your gym beauty bag.

Sweat is inevitable, so the right accessories are essential. I love the lululemon range of gym bags, micro towels and headbands at Brown Thomas. They're sure to make you feel ready for anything. On a side note, up until recently, I was pronouncing it 'le-moan', not lemon - what is actually wrong with me?

Being totally make-up free is ideal when it comes to working out, but sometimes that's not always possible, when you'd like a bit of coverage for a gym selfie.

So, if you do want a base, try a tinted moisturiser or a CC cream like IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+, above, €39. It gives you coverage and a nice glow, and it won't clog your pores.

If you prefer to take it all off and go naked, Jennifer Rock, AKA The Skin Nerd, has released a limited-edition pink The Skin Nerd Cleanse Off Mitt, €6.50. It's perfect for wiping away sweat and old make-up before you face the day. Just add water!

Dermalogica Redness Relief Essence, left, €46, is a great one after a workout.

This instantly calms and restores balance to sensitive skin. It'll visibly reduce post-gym redness and strengthen the skin's moisture barrier with its lightweight consistency of a toner but the concentrated benefits of a serum.

Sunday Independent