Friday 23 March 2018

Triona's beauty picks

Triona McCarthy
Triona McCarthy


Ooh! I love September, it’s like the New Year all over again, when I try to undo all the damage of the summer and start afresh, kinda like going back to school. So this week, beauty class, you should prepare your beauty bag for the season with . . .

You can’t go ‘back to school’ with that tatty old pencil case! Time to check out Jimeale New York, below, which has finally arrived here. Beloved by Isla Fisher and Gossip Girl Kelly Rutherford, these cute cosmetic cases, make-up bags, shower caps and more, are ‘function meets fashion’ with their double-lined pockets and water-resistant interiors. Prices from €8.99, for stockists, tel: (01) 890-3070. Bobbi Brown’s Chocolate & Navy Collection, €80, exclusive to BTs, contains everything you need: a palette of four shimmering shades for eyes in Navajo, Cement, Gold Bar Sparkle and Copper Cocoa; new Royal Navy Eyeshadow; Everything Mascara in Black; an ultrafine eyeliner brush; Caviar Ink Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner; Brownie Lip Color; and Pink Blossom Lip Gloss.

Lancome’s Touche Miracle Perfecting Concealer Pen, left, €30, gets a gold star from me as it’s the best new concealer I’ve tried in a long time. Use it to brighten the eye-contour area, the bridge of the nose and around the lips.

The essence nail-whitening pencil, right, €1.49, will make your nails look naturally white if you colour in nail tips from below with the moistened tip.


Are you a good girl or a bad girl? Do you ever binge drink, do the dirt or go knickerless? Both good and bad girls get blemishes. Simply pat some loose powder on top of a spot to take the shine off it.


Roger & Gallet, the number-one perfume brand in French pharmacies, has arrived in Ireland. With concentrated rare natural essences and essential oils, these perfumed soaps, shower gels, body creams and milks come in six fragrances. They are: Jean Marie Farina, which is refreshing; Bois d’Orange, an invigorating scent; Citron, which is energising; Rose, a relaxing scent; Ginger, which is stimulating; and last but not least, Green Tea, which is soothing.

Their Bois D’Orange Huile Sublime range has my favourite Dry Body Oil for face, body and hair, right, €25. It’s just perfect for putting a pep in your step at this time of year


You might have heard that Celia Larkin recently closed her business, Beauty at Blue Door, after 10 years in the beauty biz.

Annette Agar, who trained with Celia and took a similar path by buying Lemons Beauty Salon, has kindly helped out her pal by honouring, for a six-month period, all gift vouchers valid at Beauty At Blue Door and also any pre-paid courses.

At Lemons they have both Dermalogica and Yon-Ka treatments and products, and are winners of the Yon-Ka Salon Of the Year for 2009. They also do the Manicure Everlast Polish, €58, which means no chipping or breaking for nearly a month. Lemons Beauty is only 10 minutes’ drive from Beauty at Blue Door. So get to Clontarf to be prettified and polished like Carla Bruni, left. Lemons Beauty Salon, 48 Clontarf Rd, Clontarf, D3, tel: (01) 833-7907 or see


Suffering from the menopause? No, I don’t mean a pause between men, silly! Seriously now, soya is nature’s answer to HRT and many Irish women say they find it really helps minimise hot flushes or ‘tropical moments’.

This positive effect is attributed to phytoestrogens, substances of plant origin, abundant quatities of which are contained in soya in the form of isoflavones. Now, if soya doesn’t appear on your dietary menu too often, there’s Phyto Soya, above right, €25.40, a supplement which, it’s claimed, delivers a high dose of isoflavones.

Equally, those who suffer from night sweats may benefit from Phyto Soya’s sister supplement, Night & Day, €30.90, which is formulated for those who wake up to drenched nightclothes and sheets. Soya is also great for improving the condition of dry skin and hair. See, or


’You’ve got the love I need to see me through’ I’ve been singing this song by Candi Staton since back in my Sir Henry’s clubbing daze in Cork! It was revitalised by Florence and the Machine, and we all remember it from the SATC film, don’t we? Lately I’ve gotten a whole new meaning from it . . Speaking of love — check out Chloe’s Love, left, from €35, a modern floral fragrance with a twist of tomboy attitude. Perfect for the refined, individual woman who wants to feel strong and sophisticated

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