Life Column: Lush Locks

Calling all glow-getters, TRIONA MCCARTHY is lighting the way to super skin, happy hair and divine digits.



I cut quite a few inches off my hair recently, so I’m determined to keep it in good condition now, so I’m doing the following.


When it comes to shampoos, Jo Malone London Lime Basil & Mandarin Shampoo, €22.00, is a winner. With a delicate fragrance mirroring the perfume of the same name, the herb and citrus notes will give your strands a touch of scented magic, as well as leaving them clean and refreshed.


Now for the actual treatment and repair power. Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue Nourishing and Taming Overnight Serum, €44.40, is a deeply nourishing solution, ideal for damaged or weak hair. Infused with red camellia oil, it works as you sleep so you can wake up to gorgeous, rejuvenated hair.


Time to shine! And what better way to do it than with David Mallett’s Gold Dust, €55. Modeled after the brand’s Volume Powder, this version not only gives you volume and lift, but its added shimmer gives ultimate shine and a real hit of star-power. Gently work the powder through the hair and style! It’s as simple as that.


The biggest treat on the list in terms of price point, Frederic Malle’s Portrait Of A Lady Hair Mist, €135.00 for 100ml, is a lighter take on the original fragrance, perfectly balanced for spritzing into hair, lasting for hours and hours, resulting in sublimely scented strands.




Inspired by its stunning surrounding landscape, The Burren Perfumery have a fresh take on the natural world of beauty, while using the most magnificent ingredients.

Their Grassland Meadowsweet & Jasmine Day Cream, €28.50, Night Cream, €29.50, and Serum, €28, are all organic, moisture-maximising and nourishing products that complement each other and work in tandem to improve dry, lacklustre skin.


The Burren Perfumery, Fahee North, Carron, Co. Clare, +353 65 7089102,



Recently opened in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, CHIPPED is Ireland’s first subscription nail bar! Yes, it’s like Netflix for nails. Sign up to one of three packages, pay your fee every month and avail of multiple paints, polishes and treats. What a fantastic idea! Of course, you can book in for a single appointment, but if you’re a regular nail buff, it’s worth signing on to even the simplest package – the Basic Bitch – four file and paints on hands, one free gift per month and an annual manicure gift voucher for a friend. It won’t just be Rihanna walking around with perfected polish 24/7 now, will it?

Chipped, Unit 2, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 William St S, Dublin, (01) 691 8819;



Here’s an old MUA trick to thicken lashes: apply a coat of mascara, then dust face powder or eyeshadow on top. Apply a second layer of mascara.The powder will cling to the hairs, thickening them under the second coat #trionastricks.



Too Faced Diamond Fire Highlighter, €33.50, is the ultimate light booster for skin. Infused with actual crushed diamonds, this multi-tonal liquid-to-powder reflects a rainbow of colour when applied – a dominating radiance that works on the face and body. Hand poured, each compact really is one of a kind and makes for a really special make-up application. It’s buildable and feather soft, it can be worked all the way from sheer reflect to full-blown mirror power with ease and comfort.



The best-selling Bare Minerals’ BareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation SPF20, €32, is a champ at creating a flawless face, as it’s a healthy mix of make-up and skin care. It has a new friend – BareSkin Complete Coverage Concealer, €26. It’s a multi-tasking concealer that combines skin loving ingredients, to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish, while concealing dark circles and imperfections.

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