Life Mag Column: Hot Air

Want to smell good, look good, and feel fantastic? The scentsational Triona McCarthy shows us her weekly round-up of lotions and potions to keep you looking hawt!




 Created by an Irish female  natural beauty entrepreneur, YourBeautyTonic has everything your skin needs to boost beauty.  Its key ingredients, collagen  and hyaluronic acid, are the  building blocks of youthful skin,  and it also contains vitamins  and minerals.

YourBeautyTonic, above, costs €59.95 for 30 days’ supply, and is available from independent health stores, selected pharmacies and online at



Emily Ratajkowski

 I’m off to Inchydoney, in west Cork this weekend, so I’m waxed.

Front. Back.


The gals at Brazilia are so profesh, and they make the waxing experience so easy, painless, and, actually, almost pleasurable.

I don’t know if I’m quite ready to rock a teeny-weny little bikini like Emily Ratajkowski, above, but you never know!

Brazilia, 50 South William St, D2, tel: (01) 675-0000; 4 Sandyford Office Park, D18, tel: (01) 293-4858, or see



Image PREVENTION + Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray 30+ SPF, below, €47.50, is so quick and effective. Before walking Maxi and Mini to Montessori in the morning, I cleanse and moisturise my face, and spray on this ultra-lightweight, anti-pollution, anti-aging, pure mineral sunscreen spray with superior UVA/UVB and infrared protection.

Image PREVENTION + Pure Mineral Sunscreen Spray 30+ SPF

Infused with antioxidants and plant stem cells, it nourishes and hydrates my skin with organic ingredients, including jojoba and sweet almond oil ­- and, best of all, it’s free of parabens and chemicals.



We have my kiddies, Maxi and Mini, to thank for this week’s beauty trick. If, like me, you don’t like your Beauty Blender sponge getting all grubby in the bottom of your make-up bag, simply pop it into an empty Kinder Egg container to protect it!



Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette

 Inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding make-up, this Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette, above, €69, in Beauty Glow, is perfect for popping in your purse for on the go – goof-proof glam, as it has everything a gal needs to get gorgeous.

This is the fourth versh released, and definitely my fave, as the rose-gold and bronze tones are darker and more dramatic. I found the previous versions a bit too wishy-washy colour-wise, whereas this slays.



Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Gel

 ‘Summer lovin’ had me a blast,

Summer lovin’ happened so fast…’

I love a bit of Grease, but not on my head!

However, if like me, you have long hair and it’s leaving you hot and bothered this summer, why not try a chic model-off-duty topknot.

Kate Moss pulls this look off so well, making it look stylish and hot, yet so nice and cool, as the hair’s up and off your neck.

Best of all, a high bun has a cheekbone-lifting effect, so it’s a win-win.

Slick your hair back with Shockwaves Ultra Strong Power Hold Gel, above, €2.50, which also helps fight frizzy fine hairs around your forehead, making you look hot in a good way!

If you’re hitting the beach, make sure to layer this Philip Kingsley Sun Shield, below, €30,, as hair can burn just like the skin when it’s left unprotected.

Philip Kingsley Sun Shield

This super-lightweight nourishing mist provides an invisible shield of protection over the hair. I always make sure I have it in my beach bag for myself and Will and the kids.

Best of all, it guards against colour fade from sun exposure, and diminishes damage and dryness caused by UV rays, chlorine and salt water.

‘Summer days driftin’ away, to uh-oh those summer nights…’




*This piece first appeared in the Sunday Independent Life Magazine on July 25th 2017*

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