Sunday 21 January 2018

Head start: Triona McCarthy on the best products to build confidence

Flake-free hair from the first wash: Triona McCarthy with Head and Shoulders. Photo: Mark Condren.
Flake-free hair from the first wash: Triona McCarthy with Head and Shoulders. Photo: Mark Condren.
Head & Shoulders classic.
Dermo Capillaire Scalp Treatment.
Liner Designer by Beauty Blender.
Yummy mummy: Helena Christensen
Remington Wet 2 Straight Straightener.
Clarins Multi-Active Day, top, and Multi-Active Night, bottom.

Triona McCarthy

What makes a woman beautiful? It's confidence, according to our beauty pro who knows the best products to boost your self-esteem.

Triona's trends

Head & Shoulders classic.

The most important thing you need to make yourself look beautiful is not something that you can buy in a shop or online, oh no. It's actually confidence - that's what everyone needs.

It's one of the most attractive qualities in a person, the ability to feel beautiful without needing someone to tell you. I should know!

My top tip is to try to like yourself, and then confidence comes a lot easier, and, because this is a beauty column, we need to talk about dandruff!

So it's time to get your head examined! I'm not joking.

A healthy scalp should look like healthy skin and is essential to the look, feel, quality and even the quantity of your hair.

A recent survey by Head & Shoulders showed that 73pc of Irish people said dandruff has impacted on their confidence levels. A shampoo with zinc pyrithione, such as Head & Shoulders, above, €3.99, gives up to 100pc flake-free hair from the first wash, according to the makers.

Head & Shoulders is so, em, confident in its product, that it even has a money-back guarantee!

Dunnes Stores has 'proof of performance' black test strips in store, which you can pick up for free - so you can see the results clearly for yourself.

Eucerin also has a great on-the-go product called Dermo Capillaire Scalp Treatment, below, €14.99, a light, leave-on formula that calms itchiness. And, because it's a non-greasy formula, it can be used any time itchiness strikes.

Dermo Capillaire Scalp Treatment.

Triona's trick

Leo lesson no 333. Leos enjoy work that allows them to be creative, to organise, and to be told how fabulous they are! OK, so I might have made the last bit up, but, being a Leo, I really do love organising, and a kitchen utensil tray is my tip for storing all your beauty bits and bobs neatly in a drawer. Remember to separate items by category.

Get your flick on

Liner Designer by Beauty Blender.

I'm a little obsessed with the singer Adele. She's definitely a beauty junkie like myself, as she always has the best nails, dewy skin and eyeliner flicks.

I must have watched her Hello vid like a thousand times, and yeah, her music isn't bad either!

But back to those flicks. When I try to do my own version, I regularly make such a mess, so I'm constantly looking for the latest, greatest tool to help me wing my liner like a pro.

The Liner Designer by Beauty Blender, above, €15, is my most recent find. Although it's not available in Ireland until next month, this pink, triangle-shaped tool has three sides for different application techniques to use with liquid, gel and pencil eyeliners.

Basically, when placed on the eye it helps you draw a steady line and can also be used to perfect lip liner.

It comes in a convenient case, complete with a handy 5x magnifying mirror for fuss-free on-the-go application, and the case has a suction cup, so you can stick it to any surface.

Sugar rush

Yummy mummy: Helena Christensen


I'm sorry, it's just that I love what these guys do, generally taking me from a scummy mummy to, em, more of a yummy mummy - just like Helena Christensen, pictured.

The uber-talented Mark O'Keeffe has the Midas touch. His winning combination of cool, calm interiors, premium product ranges - including Kohl make-up and L'Oreal hair products - and the terrific team of hair and make-up artists, has once again created a seriously stylish oasis, this time in the vibrant village of Ranelagh - just up the road from my house!

Brown Sugar, 68 Ranelagh Village, D6, tel: (01) 616-9967 or see

Triona's most wanted

Remington Wet 2 Straight Straightener.

I've just started toilet training my two-year-old, Maxim, which is great fun, as you can imagine. It all happened quite spontaneously, really. We happened to watch a YouTube video of a little boy using the toilet and I decided 'no time like the present', so I whipped off Maxi's nappy and took him straight to the throne.

I didn't have a pair of underpants for him, but my five-year-old niece, Rose, had left a pair of yellow, frilly knickers in our house during the summer, so I improvised and used those. It's important to dress the part! And then we waited, and waited, and we waited . . . and, of course, nothing happened.

Until we were downstairs and then we had a whoopsie, with Maxi shouting "Ooh, hot water on my legs, Mummy!"

Speaking of water - I know, I know - the new Remington Wet 2 Straight Straightener, above, €109.99, is a must for mums like me - you can skip the hairdryer and save time styling your hair, as this straightens and dries your hair at the same time.

It's actually quite healthy for my hair as I'm using less heated products, and my hair is less prone to breakage because of the steam hydration therapy that locks moisture into hair.

It's also infused with frizz-resist micro conditioners to leave my hair soft, shiny and frizz-free.

Cult product

Clarins Multi-Active Day, top, and Multi-Active Night, bottom.

Thirty-something? Hectic lifestyle? Lacklustre skin?

Then you need Clarins Multi-Active Day, above (top), and Multi-Active Night, above (bottom), both from €57, to really treat your skin at night and then nourish it in the morning.

Thirty years after the original launch, the reformulated creams deliver miraculous results. Trust me, your skin will look energised and radiant after using them.

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