Triona McCarthy: How to lighten up your beauty bag for summer, and a new treat for menopausal women

I recently had a celebrity weekend when I went to Schull for the Fastnet Film Festival. For a small seaside village that doesn’t even have a cinema, this festival is a feat. Businesses from across the city come together every year to screen movies and shows, hold conferences, and celebrate all the things we love on screens big and small. Kudos to Hilary, Helen, Barbara, Siobhán and the whole committee who work so hard to make the festival bigger and more renowned over time. This year’s participants included the cast of Conversations With Friends, actors Ciarán Hinds and Stephen Rea and film producer David Puttnam. And the icing on the cake was the weather, which was scorching. Now I may be biased, but when the sun is shining West Cork might be the best place to be. So I was delighted that Paul Mescal, Joe Alwyn and Alison Oliver were able to experience Schull in all its glory. Another great thing about Schull is her laid-back attitude, which definitely fuels the sense of fashion and beauty out there – understated and chic is what you’re looking for – probably because of all the water sports and casual pints in the sun. OK, I’m going to stop now before I start sounding like a Fáilte Ireland advertisement. I couldn’t be more proud of my home town of West Cork.

THE TIP

If the heat and humidity of summer are making your mane frizzy, grab some hand lotion! Rub an amount about the size of a dime between your hands, then run it over the lengths and ends of your locks – but don’t overdo it, greasy isn’t the look we’re going for !

THE TREATMENT

2022 is definitely the year in which we spoke and wrote more openly about menopause and it was about time. We really need to be more open and honest about all of this – like Oprah Winfrey, who is well known for being candid about it.

Well, if you and a few buddies are at this point in your life, a weekend that’s completely understanding of what you’re going through might sound pretty appealing. The Farnham Estate Spa and Golf Resort in Cavan has just launched Menopause Care, a selection of treatments specially designed for menopausal women. During an initial consultation, you’ll discuss with your therapist anything that might make you most comfortable, from a lighter bathrobe to cold compresses to combat hot flashes. Even the herbal tea in the relaxation room that follows is specific to this important time in your life. A one-hour Intense Regenerating Facial Treatment with a 30-minute Calm Interior Massage is €159 (access to the facilities included).
See farnhamestate.com

THE TREND

Honestly, is there anything the Kardashians won’t do to get us talking? As if we haven’t seen newlywed Kourtney in the media enough lately, she’s now teamed up with Gwyneth Paltrow to release The goop x Poosh This Smells Like My Pooshy candle, $75, goop.com. In all honesty, a lot of people think that these two lifestyle brands are in direct competition with each other, so it’s a stroke of genius on their part.
The candle was announced on a recent episode of The Kardashians, and joins the This Smells Like My Vagina and TSLM Orgasm candles that Paltrow released a few years ago. This Smells Like My Pooshy is described as playful and sexy, thanks to notes of black gardenia, geranium, green peppercorn, timur berry, honeysuckle, ylang-ylang and oakmoss – of course we don’t smell don’t we all like that over there? Goop currently doesn’t deliver to Ireland, so you’ll need to ask a friend in the US or someone traveling there to get one for you. It’s not just a candle, it’s a statement about teamwork and successful women joining forces – and a prime marketing lesson more than anything…

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The goop x Poosh This Smells Like My Pooshy candle, $75

The goop x Poosh This Smells Like My Pooshy candle, $75

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THE TOOLS

If you’re looking for a gift for a family with a newcomer on the way, check out this Dublin Herbalists New BabyCollection, £36.95. It includes baby oil and baby balm for the little one, plus a mango body butter for parents and older siblings. The products are formulated to nourish the skin and are delicately scented to create a calm and peaceful atmosphere – exactly what is needed for such a change in the life of a family. See dublinherbalists.ie

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Dublin Herbalists New Baby Collection


Dublin Herbalists New Baby Collection

Dublin Herbalists New Baby Collection

THE SPEECH

My beauty bag definitely sees a huge change once the summer months roll around. When it’s warmer outside, I favor formulas that are lighter, easier to apply and heat resistant. So this week, I’ve rounded up a few of my favorite new arrivals so you can get a little makeover for the beauty bag, too. It’s time to ditch heavy foundations and let our skin breathe.

The Clean Girl look is all over Insta and TikTok these days, so if you’re looking for something to give your skin a beautiful summer glow, check out the Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse dry oil range. Multipurpose dry oil, €33, is a spray that contains vitamin E and six vegetable oils: camellia, hazelnut, borage, St. John’s wort, sweet almond and macadamia. These not only moisturize the skin but also the hair. It’s super light and smells divine, thanks to the top notes of orange blossom, middle notes of rose and lily, and base notes of vanilla.

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Multi-Function Dry Oil, 33 €


Multi-Function Dry Oil, 33 €

Multi-Function Dry Oil, 33 €

Given reports from the airport lately, it’s not news that travel is back in full swing. Packing your beauty products always takes a bit of preparation to make sure you have enough of everything. Up cosmetics takes the guesswork out with its If We Took A Holiday set, €138, which includes everything you need for your next trip, taking you from foggy sunny days to late nights. Everything comes in a beautiful velvet bag and the products include the Ten Palette, Peach Glow Cream Blush, Perfect Nude Lipstick and Como Lip Gloss. See upcosmetics.com.

Get ready and protect yourself from the heat with this starter set (Malin+Goetz) in trial format, at 32 €, including four of its top products for healthy-looking skin and lips. The set includes a detoxifying face mask, grapefruit face wash, vitamin E face moisturizer and lip moisturizer. They are all 100% vegan and cruelty free. See eu.malinandgoetz.com.

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(Malin+Goetz) trial size starter kit


(Malin+Goetz) trial size starter kit

(Malin+Goetz) trial size starter kit

Mini beauty buys are a godsend for hand luggage and less bulky in the suitcase. Sculpted By Aimee knows the sentiment and has released a Travel Hero line to lighten the load. All in mini sizes, you can find three products for €30, while stocks last. The offer includes primers, compact powders, lip balms, highlighters, blushers and also a stamp brush. Another Sculpted product, and a great one to keep in the purse when your lips need nourishment and a color boost, is HydraLip Balm, $17. Available in six shades, each is infused with hyaluronic acid as well as jojoba seed oil. An excellent one for the summer, as it also contains SPF 25.
See sculptedbyaimee.com.

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