Triona McCarthy: Baby bumps, hidden lashes and a scent inspired by Dublin rain

Triona McCarthy: Baby bumps, hidden lashes and a scent inspired by Dublin rain

Forget social-media posts of ultrasound scans. The best way to announce a pregnancy these days is to show off your bump, loud and proud and in public. Rihanna stunned us all when she stepped out with boyfriend A$AP Rocky and revealed the news at the start of February. Pregnancy really can make us glow and that was certainly the case with the Barbadian singer; she looked entirely content and loved-up.

aybe the glow was partly due to her pink Chanel coat. Just as this wasn’t an ordinary announcement, this wasn’t just any Chanel coat. Designed by Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel’s autumn/winter 1996 collection, there are some fetching up to €20,000 on 1st Dibs.


Rihanna’s public pregnancy reveal. Photo: Instagram @badgirlriri

When it comes to pregnancy beauty, Rihanna has taken it to another level. I can’t wait to see if the Umbrella singer has kick-started this pregnancy accessorising trend. It might be considered brave by society’s standards, but being proud and excited about a pregnancy shouldn’t be something to hide. Why not adorn your bump in jewels, I say!

Get your glow going by hanging your head upside for three minutes a day — whether it’s with yoga or simply by lying off the side of the bed. Doing this will get more oxygen to the skin cells and promote better blood flow, which works to combat a tired and dull visage.

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Hyaluronic acid is still all the rage and it’s not hard to see why. It can be brilliant for healing scars faster, reducing lines and wrinkles, helping acne and plumping up the skin. This is all down to its ability to retain moisture, so, for extra hydration, it’s a good product to apply before serums and moisturisers.

Newbies should check out this exclusive release from Dr George Nema — Dr George Nema Hyaluronic Serum, €95. With a medical degree from UCD, Dr Nema has practised in Ireland and in the US and is the man behind Sculpture Clinic, which has branches in Sandycove, Co Dublin and Nenagh, Co Tipperary.


Dr Nema, Hyaluronic Serum, €95.

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He specialises in non-surgical aesthetic treatments and this serum is the first product in his new beauty line. It works to plump the skin, increase firmness, reduce fine lines and improve collagen and elastin production. Use it every day to feel and see the benefits in two weeks. See

Fresh face

We’ve welcomed the return of nights out and, with them, has come the evidence of very little sleep. With branches in Donegal and Dublin, Fitzgerald Private Clinic is the place to nip into for a lunch-time facial or a bit of a confidence boost if your skin looks and feels a little weary but you want to look as fresh as J-Lo does.

Located at 3 Anne’s Lane, just behind Cafe en Seine on Dublin’s Dawson Street, it was almost like I was returning to the scene of the crime! Dr Deirdre Fitzgerald, who is a practising consultant surgeon and aesthetic medical doctor, will alleviate any signs of too much partying. There’s no doubt you’ll be in safe hands, whether you go for some anti-wrinkle injections, a chemical peel or a non-surgical rhinoplasty. For the full list of treatments, see

Hidden Agenda Undetectable Lashes from SOSU by Suzanne Jackson, €19.95,, are cleverly designed to go underneath the lash line for a more natural look. Each pack has three lengths — 10mm, 12mm and 14mm — and they can last for up to three days without having to worry about reapplication.


Hidden Agenda lashes, €19.95,


Spring is the perfect time of year to update your signature scent. Add this lovely season to the lifting of restrictions and seeing more people in person, and a new fragrance seems like a no-brainer.

These days, a spritz of perfume isn’t just for the obvious areas on the body. To really let it linger, spray it on a scarf, a sweater and even in the car, to really embed your new scent for 2022.


Rose de Russie, Private Rose Garden collection by Tom Ford, €206

Private Rose Garden is a new trio of perfumes from Tom Ford,, inspired by the roses in the designer’s very own garden along with three destinations. Whether you favour Italian bergamot and mandarin (Rose D’Amalfi), Chinese peonies (Rose de Chine) or Russian black leather (Rose de Russie), you’ll find one to suit your taste. Each one is €206 for a 50ml bottle of eau de parfum.


When the Rain Stops, Replica by Maison Margiela, €113/100ml

A solid fragrance choice is one that really lasts and Glossier You Solid, €28, is just that, because well, it is solid! With notes of ambrox, ambrette, musk, iris root and pink pepper, it’s available in a pocket and travel-friendly soft pink compact. And the good news is that it’s refillable; the compact features a removable, recyclable tin tray of solid fragrance that secures into the metal base with a magnet. A refill is €18.

If you’re looking to treat yourself as well as himself, Valentino has released his and hers fragrances called Born in Roma Coral Fantasy. They come in super swanky bottles and the scent is said to be inspired by the golden hour, that time just before sunset (also the best time to take a flattering photo). Hers (50ml, €68; 100ml, €95) is fruity and floral, while his (50ml, €67; 100ml, €94) is an ambery-fruity scent with woody notes.

If fresh, floral and feminine is what you’re after then check out Narciso Eau Néroli Ambrée, 30ml, €51; 50ml, €73. New for 2022 and harnessing the sweet-scented orange blossom, find it at Brown Thomas and Arnotts.

Replica fragrances by Maison Margiela are inspired by the brand’s collection of clothing and accessories. When the Rain Stops, below, €113 for 100ml, is the newest addition to the family of perfume. This new scent conjures up the scents associated with a rain shower on a beautiful Irish spring day. A woody aquatic fragrance, it opens with a vibrant pink pepper essence blend with the fresh and luminous rose-petal essence.

Sustainability is at the heart of this perfume; the rose-petal essence is processed by LMR-Naturals, a vertically integrated rose platform in the Isparta region of Turkey, while the essence of patchouli comes from a sustainable Bali supply chain. Find it at Brown Thomas and Arnotts.

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