Triona McCarthy: Hair tips and why shopping in store produces good scents

I’ve never been to a party that I didn’t enjoy and the recent Image Business of Beauty Awards was an exceptional night! Not only was I able to bring my favorite accessory, my husband Will, but it was just so much fun. Pretty much the Irish beauty Oscars, the awards are always a great night to celebrate the industry professionals — or unofficial therapists, as I like to call them, for how brilliant they make us all feel.

I felt fabulous in bright yellow on the night – and I didn’t spend too much on my look. To be sustainable and save money, I went through my closet and ended up putting on old stuff and just making sure my hair and makeup was fine – what goes around with the best hair and makeup people, to examine them carefully !

So, to save some moola and not send loads to the landfill, fall is the perfect time to go through your clothing and beauty stash and use up what you already have before you buy something new.

It could be as simple as taking an old matte lipstick and mixing it with foundation to create a cream blush.
but I can assure you that it will make you feel extra fabulous.

You are welcome!


We all love to store the candle jar after the candle has run out. Instead of hacking at the leftover wax and making a goddamn mess, stick the jar in the freezer for a few hours. The frozen wax pops out like an ice cube, leaving an empty, pretty jar that you can reuse for makeup pieces.


We all love to store the candle jar after the candle has run out


Beautify Bio
It’s all about organic beauty these days, and of course what we put on and in our bodies makes a huge difference. So if your old serum is finally over and you fancy trying something more sustainable, new and Irish, check out these three new products, all for the face, from Sligo-based company Voya.
These Cosmos-certified serums harness marine science and biotechnology for great skin. Choose between Hyaluronate Anti-Pollution Serum, Bio Retinol Concentrate Serum and Vitamin C Antioxidant Serum for a natural and healthy way to combat your skin’s problems.
The brand spent two years working with cosmetic chemists and scientists to create these serums, which help with everything from fighting pollution to retaining moisture and balancing our skin’s naturally produced oils.
Try the Voya Bio Retinol Concentrate Serum, €78, with grapefruit and apricot. It reduces hyperpigmentation and promotes collagen formation. Add three drops to your fresh,
face without makeup before doing anything else.


Voya Bio Retinol Concentrate Serum with Grapefruit and Apricot


hair let’s go
My Instagram feed was on fire recently as all the Irish glitterati celebrated the launch of HairPeople, right, a new venture from TV star Jennifer Zamparelli and super hairstylist Bernadette Byrnes, aka Bee. They have created the beautiful new salon on Adelaide Road, Dublin 2. With sustainability and great hair at its core, HairPeople’s mission is to provide you with a premium experience the moment you step foot in the door – truly, with their fabulous Instagram feed showing off the salon’s work. Be sure to make an appointment next time you’re in the area; Online booking is possible. See


I was at Hillary’s in Ranelagh before the Image BOBs. Chloe took charge and told me what I needed was Hollywood glam hair as it was a quick and easy style. She used metal clips in my hair and placed them in a row at the front. I left the salon with them and strict instructions to remove them and
Gently comb my hair before I go out. I had a gorgeous mane of glamorous waves and was so impressed that I searched the internet for something similar myself. Check out these hair clips, eight for €8, from


Hair Setting Clips, eight for €8, from


power scents
It’s no news that my personal and work life has always meant my days are one big mix of press trips, parenting and public appearances. One minute I’m taking the kids to school or doing the laundry, the next I’m at a big event speaking on stage to hundreds of people. But the thread that connects my two lives has to be my love of shopping – actually physical shopping in brick-and-mortar stores. So I often come across new stocks and can try things firsthand to report on.

One of the newest is called Scopoli, a line of fragrances that you can find at Havana Boutique
Donnybrook. With Irish and French connections, the gender-neutral fragrances are created and hand-bottled in a Dublin perfumery, making the brand truly special. The cap is also made from cork bark mixed with recycled ocean plastic. I discovered everything because I went to the actual shop! I love the Markievicz fragrance, €90. His inspiration is Countess Markievicz, the famous Irish revolutionary leader.
So, on a similar note, here are a few more Irish shops I’m loving right now:

It goes without saying that perfumes can’t really be an impulse buy online. Most of the time, a visit to a store to try out a few scents is essential. So next time you’re in the ‘real’ capital, pay a visit to the stylish sisters Lisa and Susan-Jane at their swanky shop Olori in Cork City, which not only sells the most coveted designer yarns but also has a fabulous range of fragrances that should be on your be radar. Alchimista Enapay Parfum, €120,, has top notes of bergamot, lemon and rosemary, middle notes of jasmine, geranium and cinnamon and base notes of sandalwood, Asian wood and tonka bean. The word Enapay is associated with the ancient Sioux Indians and means “fearless,” so you know it’s going to be stunning.


Alchimista Enapay Perfume, €120,

Samui, the clothing store at 17 Drawbridge Street in Cork City, stocks Australian brand Aesop. This is a line of products that I believe should be tried in person and not bought online. Not just because of the price – yes, the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, right, will cost you €40 – but also because there are so many scents out there that you have to smell to believe. Samui also carries master perfumer Geza Schoen’s legendary Escentric Molecules range. See


The Australian brand Aesop Triona McCarthy: Hair tips and why shopping in store produces good scents

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