Wednesday 22 November 2017

Triona's trends: Patriotic St Patrick's Day beauty

Especially for St Patrick’s Day, we’re embracing everything green, white and gold, and Irish. Our beauty expert, Triona McCarthy, gets the party started, right here, right now

Triona McCarthy puts the finishing touches to her gold nails.
Triona McCarthy puts the finishing touches to her gold nails.
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Triona McCarthy

Would you look at me being all patriotic this week in my photo with my green top, white skin and gold nails!

As we're in the middle of tackling the new spring/summer 2014 beauty trends, thankfully talons of gold are in keeping with things round here.

In fact, pastel shades, such as minty green, are bang on trend this season.

Add a little spring to your fingertips this weekend with Spring Meadow, below left, €8, from the new, Limited Edition No7 Stay Perfect Nail Colours.

The ultra-glossy finish, means, in just a few strokes, you'll have a hint of green for the weekend's festivities.

Eimhear Kennedy, No7 Ireland make-up artist, says, "To make the most of these pretty pastels, apply a No7 base coat to prevent your nails from staining, leave to dry, and then apply two coats of nail colour.

"To finish, use a glossy No7 top coat, which will leave the nails lovely and shiny, and prevent the colour from chipping," Eimhear says.

White nails are also having an extended moment.

When I met Made in Chelsea's Binky Felstead recently, she was sporting white nails, which looked really good against her Sun Shimmer-ed skin.

Essie's nail polish in Blanc, above right, €9.99, is a great one to try as it doesn't give you that Tippex look, but more of a soft, sexy white.

Finally, for gold fingers like mine, check out the to-die-for Tom Ford limited-edition nail lacquer, right, €32, in Incandescent, from Brown Thomas.

I love it. The formula is fabulous, and it's foolproof as it doesn't show up mistakes. If you use a top coat – such as Seche Vite Dry Fast, €14, from Boots – it will last a good few days, so you can dazzle dudes with your digits for days on end!

No, I haven't been sniffing the fumes!

Boxing clever

Ireland has gone cray-cray for the whole beauty subscription service thang. is a fully Irish-owned business, which delivers five beauty products, such as those pictured right, straight to the subscriber's door each month.

I love that they have an Irish focus, as an Irish beauty product is always included.

Each product is a deluxe travel size or a sample, and there will be at least one full-size sample in each box.

Every box comes with expert reviews, as well as helpful hints and links if you'd like to purchase full-size products.

Subscription to the beauty- box monthly service is three-tiered: €12 (plus P&P) for a monthly plan; €60 (plus P&P) for a six-month subscription, which includes one free box; or €120 (plus P&P) for a 12-month subscription, which includes two free boxes.

Triona's trick

For the weekend that's in it, folks, my beauty trick this week is a 'green' one.

Try to squeeeeeeeeeze every last bit out of products before you bin 'em. Less waste is better for the environment!

I picked up a cute lip-shaped product-squeezer-outer in a Tiger store recently – although cutting a tube in half also works really well.

Cult product

So, these lovely lassies from West Cork got in touch with me on Twitter to tell me about their brand-new company in Castletownbere.

As I'm from the 32nd county myself, I was only delighted to help out.

These clever clogs have designed a I-wonder-what-I-did-without-it product for creating fab, flawless flicks every time, when you're using eyeliner.

Apply a Flicket! sticker, left, €1.99 per pack, diagonally under your eye, then follow the line of the sticker to achieve the look you thought only a make-up artist could create. There's an instructional video on the website, but it's so easy!

I'm impressed. Go west Cork women!


Be my guest

At 3na Towers, where I work, rest and play, there's always a steady stream of peeps in and out of the house. I film here, write here and hold meetings.

So I keep all my fancy handwashes and lotions in the downstairs WC, to impress my guests.

I adore the Irish candle company, Max Benjamin, and I have their relaunched range of natural lotions, and hand & body washes, below, €14.95, with new ingredients and a new pump dispenser.

The range is available in four scents: Lemongrass & Ginger; Grapefruit & Pomelo; Dodici; and White Pomegranate .

Stockists include Brown Thomas; House of Fraser; Avoca; Arnotts; Kilkenny; Meadows & Byrne; and Carraig Donn.

Triona's Most Wanted

We all want to look good for our age, but, remember, ladies, there are lots of anti-ageing treatments out there that do not involve knives or needles.

So, in my quest to keep you – the Mna na hEireann – looking good, I went to We Love Laser in Dun Laoghaire to try out a non-invasive skin treatment called Intraceuticals – they say all the A-list celebs, such as Madonna and Victoria Beckham, left, are having it done before they hit the red carpet. Salon owner, Julia McHugh, told me the Intraceuticals machine is used to pump hyaluronic acid – which can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in moisture – into the skin, followed by essential vitamin serums to plump and lift the skin.

I was super-impressed with the instant plumping and line-smoothing.

The effects lasted a week. Best of all, there is no redness.

Intraceuticals – which costs €150 a treatment – is ideal for premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone, and age spots, and can even be used on sensitive skin. It's said that even clients with skin conditions such as rosacea can benefit from the treatment.

We Love Laser, 82 Upr George's St, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin, tel: (01) 214-3635, or see

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