Triona McCarthy on handling luck, making “moisture sandwiches” and planning the big Five-Oh

Did you know that we can manage our own happiness? So says social scientist Arthur C. Brooks, whose book From Strength to Strength: Finding Success, Happiness, and Deep Purpose in the Second Half of Life recently piqued my interest. He calls pleasure, contentment and purpose “macronutrients” and says they are essential for happiness.

Rooks advises that we learn to manage our feelings because if we don’t manage them, they manage us. So, paying attention to how we’re feeling before we react can have tremendous positive benefits. It takes practice, but it sounds so worth it.

Second, he speaks of the hedonic treadmill. We need to get off that and stop chasing the next best thing because we think it will make us happy. Obviously doing and making more things is essential to a greater sense of satisfaction. To me, this could seem like creating more content instead of filling my online shopping cart – more satisfying and not half the price.

I’m also guilty of getting a little too nostalgic and not being in the moment anymore. Brooks says that not enjoying life in the moment also has a big impact on our overall happiness. It’s called “fading effect bias” when we convince ourselves that the past was better than the present. These are just a few ways to keep luck at bay. I love this advice!

Apply your cream blush and bronzer first—and go heavy on both. Get your cheeks, forehead and nose looking almost sunburned, THEN apply your foundation on top. Mix well. This approach avoids a cakey look and leaves skin looking radiant from within.

Fifty and fabulous

My big brother Brendan just turned 50 – which means my own big birthday is not far away, so I’ve decided that I need to do some major maintenance to look as bright and gorgeous as JLo in his 50s. My first point of contact? the dr Mulrooney Clinic in Dublin 4 where the amazing Paula Healy, a medical esthetician, put together a plan of action for me. Paula specializes in advanced skin treatments and laser procedures. She has extensive knowledge when it comes to various skin problems such as acne, rosacea, pigmentation, spider veins and premature aging. Find her at the Clinic, 69 Eglinton Road, Donnybrook; see drmulrooney.com.

hair there

I can never get enough of new shampoos and conditioners because hair can be so fickle. Dry one minute, oily the next means there’s no one hair care combo that fits 24/7. Magazines in the 1990s always told us to switch hair products, and I’m taking that advice while also being careful not to contribute to the global plastic problem.

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Hair care brand Living Proof

The hair care brand Living Proof won’t make you feel guilty about swapping. This new launch is a collection of products, each with a specific purpose. For more volume see Full; For smoothness, try No Frizz; for strength, see Restoring; and for shine and moisture use Perfect Hair Day. Everyone has a conditioner to match, and repairing and protective benefits thanks to a proprietary Amino Cleansing Complex – a sulfate-free surfactant blend that cleanses hair without damaging it. Each 236ml bottle of shampoo or conditioner costs £25 (approx. €30); see livingproof.co.uk. Note: Additional charges may apply to customers in the Republic of Ireland.

For everyone who is looking for the ideal

Luxury gift for him and her, you can’t go wrong with the big ones. Gucci just launched a perfume duo called Guilty Intense. Think woody, amber flavors for both, but with an added hint of floral for the girls. Pour Homme starts at €95 for 50ml, while Pour Femme starts at €77 for 30ml. Both are available now nationwide and online from McCauleys Pharmacy, CH Pharmacy, Arnotts, Shaws and Brown Thomas.

skin sandwich

Ask a group of people what word in the English language they hate the most, and you’re sure to hear at least one person address it as “moist.” Ha! If this is you, then this next craze might give you the chills — but it’ll also hydrate the bejaysus out of your skin, so stay with me.

A “moisture sandwich” sounds pretty unappealing, but it’s the latest trend in skincare and we have Charlotte Palermino, co-founder and CEO of Dieux Skin, to thank for it. On Instagram, she highlighted the benefits of wetting your skin and then layering your products to keep the water inside. For example, for the lips, Palermino recommends wetting your mouth with tap water, applying a moisturizer, and then applying a balm. Your biggest rule of thumb for moisture-sandwiching your face is to make sure you apply your moisturizer to skin that has been dampened with a mist or tap water.

With that in mind, I’ve put together a collection of new products that will help you absorb moisture in no time.

First we have Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist €37.45, brownthomas.com or asos.com. The aim here is to give the skin radiance and luminosity. When we think of sandwiching, this should be spritzed onto the face before your moisturizer and facial oils etc – although it’s also suitable after makeup. It’s made with micellar technology, so it penetrates makeup and products to nourish your skin.


dr Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Perfect Skin Set & Refresh Mist

A good moisturizer that really locks in the tap water already applied is a must. Check out Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Smoothing Moisturizer for €59. The formula contains niacinimide (vitamin B3) and 3-0-ethylascorbic acid (vitamin C) which help to smooth the skin and contribute to an even skin tone. See ultraceuticals.com.

Moisture sandwiching is all about locking in moisture, so check out the Skin Proud Refresher – Hydrating Face Mist, €10.99. Vegan and cruelty-free, it awakens tired skin, smells like pineapple and contains rose water, aloe vera and witch hazel extract. A great one to keep in your purse and get out on a particularly hot day. Find it in Boots or visit boots.ie.


Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Smoothing Moisturizer

Each of Vichy’s latest launches is the perfect top layer for your moisturizing sandwich. LiftActiv B3 Dark Spots & Pigmentation Serum €39 does exactly what it says on the tin – fights dark spots and pigmentation. This is thanks to a blend of 5 parts Niacinamide and 8 parts AHA Complex, which leave skin more radiant. There’s also LiftActiv Vitamin C Serum, €39. Be religious about sandwiching and you’ll see a difference in about 10 days. Available in local pharmacies nationwide.


LiftActiv B3 serum for dark spots and pigmentation

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