Life Column: GoldiLocks

Get set to look and feel better because beauty guru TRIONA MCCARTHY is leading the way to healthy skin, happy hair and a lighter handbag.



“Women always try to tame themselves as they get older, but the ones that look best are always a bit wilder,” says Miuccia Prada. I couldn’t agree more.

Now that I’m in my 40’s, lots of peeps tell me I might need to lighten my hair, or at least cut it shorter! While I admit my, em, natural highlights – grey hairs – are coming through faster than ever, meaning my colour needs to be done every three weeks, I’m still not ready to lighten or chop my hair.

However, golden hair is killer this season. Blonde with a gold metallic edge is so chic. L’Oreal Professional previously launched their Majirel Metals in salons and their no. 12 Ash Gold (Ash Golden) is a perfect option when it comes to this trend. This champagne colour has a serious sheen, too gorgeous and noticeable to be anything other than a metallic finish.

To keep the shine and gloss, at-home maintenance is key. A good conditioner is vital.  PRO:VOKE’s  Liquid Blonde Intense Shine Conditioner, €7.29 restores the glow, and softens and soothes the hair, working almost like a treatment, rather than a conditioner.

If you don’t want to permanently colour a metallic tone into your hair, there are some fabulous cheats out there. Redken’s Metal Fix 08 Metallic Liquid Pomade, €18.45, is a medium-hold hair styling product, that when applied on your finished style, will add highlights of metallic shimmer and shine. And when you’re done, just wash it out!



Happy Alentine’s Ay for those who don’t get any V or D on Valentine’s Day! Hee-hee! I saw that on a card and it cracked me up.

Anyhoo, ahead of the biggest date night of the year, The Salon at The Shelbourne has a marvelous Valentine’s Date Night offer, running until the 28th of February.

Get a blow-dry as gorgeous as Rosie Huntington-Whitely’s glossy do, followed by some super glam evening make-up – all for the purse friendly price of €80. If you’re feeling like a little extra luxury, add a glass of champagne to that for €20

The Shelbourne, 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, 2 (01) 663 4500;



My top tip when buying new make-up brushes sis to bend the bristles on each brush as far as you can to one side. If they are good quality, none of the hairs will pop off in your hand.



When it comes to perfume, I always buy the 100ml bottle, as it’s often the best value. However, as I travel a lot, hauling a large glass bottle around with me is not ideal. So, I generally get around this by decanting my signature scent into a Travalo, €14.99 from secretfashionfixes. It’s the original easy-t-refill fragrance spray bottle and definitely the best. Otherwise, I bring my latest discovery, Diptyque Eau Rose Eau de Toilette Roll-on, €39, from Brown Thomas.




One of the best bits about working on Today with Maura and Daithi on RTE is having marvelous MUA Kate Noonan do my make-up. Kate waves her magic wand over me and suddenly, when I step out on the set, I look like I have an Instagram filter on my face. We’re both obsessed with the L’Oréal Paris X Balmain Color Riche lipstick collection, especially Color Riche  in 647 Urban Safari, €15, as it;s a super kind of colour that suits everyone, while the  Bijou Necklace in Confidence, €280, is on our wish-list.



Did you see The Truth About… Looking Good on TV recently? The key thing I took from it was that retinol is still the only clinically proven ingredient that helps to stimulate collagen renewal. So right now, I’m lashing on my IMAGE Skincare Ageless Total Overnight Retinol Masque, €90. It has a whopping 3pc retinol in it for faster and more targeted results, with none of the nasty side effects. You’re welcome!

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