Life column: Nailed it!

Beauty expert Triona McCarthy rounds up all the best beauty bits and haircare hits.

Nail It

I always take my nails up a notch in simmer.

With less layers of clothes, I love to use my fingers as an extra accessory!


Well-groomed nails will never go out of style, so try CND’s  new Carre Pens, €14.95 with  their cult classics RescueRXX and Solar Oil in a handy, easy to use, pen form.


Whilst my own favourite is still squoval (square and oval), this year’s hottest nail shape to ask your manicurists for next is…almond!
The nut-inspired nail shape is a more narrow version of the oval and far more chic than the coffin trend last season.


Find a nude polish that matches your skin tone perfectly, whether that’s a pale pink or cappucnino coloured to make your fingers look longer

Chanel Le Vernis in Afterglow is, eh, hands down, my go to colour of the season, for a super sophisticated look.


Tippex-ed nails are a thing as well!

YSL La Laque Couture, €26, is delightful for that Khloe Kardashian vibe.


As seen at Armani and Anna Sui, glitter made an appearance on the nails.

Buy Nails Inc The Future is Fairy Duo Kit, €15, wear alone or together.

Don’t Give a Flutter, a soft pink with a pearlescent shimmer, or Fairy Freckles, a clear pink base with delicate pieces of crushed iridescent jewels.


This trend is all over Instagram at the mo!

Why choose one colour when you can have them all!

Mini my four year old manicurist is a fan!


Triona Tries 

Rathmines is the place to be these days.

Not only are there fab restaurants opening at every corner-hello  Elephant & Castle – and chic boutiques –hiya Beautiful South-but now that I’ve discovered L’Ombre in the Swan Centre Rathmines, tel (01) 538 8881

Or see,  I might never leave!

L’Ombre is a one stop shop doing everything from hair,cut, colur, blow dries, to mains and pedis, make up, tan, facials, massage and not forgetting the boys, barbering.

Jamie the manager is a ball of beautiful energy while Valerie, the facialist of dreams, puts the therapist into the term beauty therapist with her calming, nurturing way.

I bounced out of the palce like a new woman, full of Miley Cyrus high octane energy!


Most Wanted

If you only buy ONE make up item this summer, make it the Flirting Palette , €70, the star of the collection by chiara ferragni for Lancôme
Glowing skin with a glowing palette is all yours all summer and yes, all colours are great!


Glow West

Gucci Westman-now there’s a name-has finally brought out her own range-Westman Atelier-and I love it nearly as much as her distinctive name.

I’ve met the renowned MUA when she artistic director with Revlon and Lancome so I know how much she loves skincare as well, making sure to add lots of actives to her own range.

I also love how it is mostly stick based so very portable and easy to apply just with fingers.

Baby Cheeks Blush Stick – Petal, €54, can be worn on your cheeks, lids and lips, with Vitis Vita Grape Extract and Ayurvedic oils to soothe and nourish while boosting the natural production of Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid.


Triona’s Trick 

Need a sleep in, in the morning?

Use dry shampoo like one of my faves Alfaparf the night BEFORE to ensure it will blend in with your hair and look fresh, not powdery.


Cult Product

When I am finally crowned Kween, I want to gift all my peeps a La Roche-Posay, My Skin Track UV!

This very clever, wearable sensor measures your exposure to UV, pollution, pollen and humidity and records it all in a companion app on your smartphone.

A revolution in skincare technology, it gives relevant and real-time warnings and advice to keep your skin healthy.

Available at Apple store.

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