Triona's Trends: All set for take-off
All set for take-off? Our resident beauty expert Triona McCarthy reveals how to take the stress out of preparing for a great break.
I have a black belt in packing. In my previous incarnation as a fashion buyer, years of hopping on and off planes made me a total minimalist.
Preparation is key. Before I go, I get my hair coloured and blow-dried; then I use a dry shampoo, such as the one my friend James Brown makes, Hair Reviving Dry Shampoo, left, €6.23, available at Boots. I get a He-Shi spray tan, a three-week mani and a pedi, and, finally, I get my brows shaped and my lashes tinted. Half the work’s done before I go anywhere!
Everything I need goes into a clear-plastic zipper bag from Boots. I take travel sizes of my favourites and I decant everything else into mini bottles.
Otherwise, get This Works Travel kit, €55.50, Harvey Nichols. It contains five miracle products including a multi-purpose balm, a natural cream cleanser and a face cream and a body moisturiser.
P20, below, €13.23, pharmacies nationwide, is a holiday must-have. The fragrance- and paraben-free, water-resistant formula is clear, non-greasy, and gives up to 10 hours sun protection.
Golden Silk Oil, above, €13.99, www.gentlebodycare. co.uk, can be used on the hair, body and face for cleansing and moisturising. I also love Hissyfit Saving Face Anti-Ageing Foundation SPF50+, €25, from House of Fraser. Colour Stop, €5.89, available nationwide, is a stabilising treatment which locks in and protects your hair colour after colouring.
I’m always trying to figure out new ways to make my blow dry last longer. As well as using dry shampoo, a new trick I have is this: before bed, I put my hair into a bun right at the front of my head as near to my hairline as possible.
Then, in the morning, when I take it out, the blow dry will have kept its shape and my hair will have great volume. Just the way I like it.