Multi Mum - the beauty multiple-use products
Meet the multiple-use products that rounded up to use day or night, summer to winter, as well as celeb-endorsed handcreams and hair you can buy!
I amaze myself sometimes with my make-up skills! On a weekend away in the west, I forgot to pack my make-up bag, and had to make do with a few bits that had gathered at the bottom of my handbag, in the baby bag and in the glove compartment!
Brown Eyeliner: at the bottom of my handbag was a Mac eye pencil in Coffee, €18, which I used to fill in my brows, as well as using on my lash line to define my eyes during the day. At night, I applied the pencil all over my lids in place of eye shadow,, and blended it out with my finger for a dramatic look.
I found another light-brown eye pencil, which, popped on the hollow of my cheeks and blended well, gave me a soft, contoured look.
Translucent Powder: in the glove compartment, I found Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre Natural Finish Loose Powder, €44, which I dusted over my face to disguise imperfections without emphasising lines. It looked lovely and fresh on its own and stopped any shininess throughout the day. It also combats oil on the hairline when sprinkled onto my roots.
Lipstick: a pinky lipstick - which once had a brand name but I couldn't make it out - I found under the car seat and used it on my lips, obviously, as well as on the apples of my cheeks, to create a natural flush.
Finally, I had a tube of Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant, €33, in Mini's changing bag, as I use it on her bottom sometimes if her skin is irritated. This skincare classic soothes roughness, redness and minor skin irritations, so this one tube can pretty much solve any beauty problem from cracked heels, dry elbows, rough cuticles to pesky flyaway hairs and split ends. Will even uses it after shaving. All I needed to buy was mascara!
Maxim, my little assistant, loves to sit on my lap when I'm putting on my make-up at my dressing table. It's not ideal, as I often end up with more make-up on my clothes than my face.
Usually, a face wipe will remove most make-up marks, but for stubborn stains, try a mixture of white vinegar and water. It works well on dried-in stains on the vanity countertop as well.
The best will in the world
"With the best Will in the world" is how I like to describe the joy that is the love of my life, Will. It's hard to believe we only met this time four years ago - little did I know then that we'd fall in love so quickly and go on to have a beautiful boy and a gorgeous girl.
Wearing perfume reminds me that life is also full of joy. I love how it makes me feel, and when I wear something really sweet, a certain man in my life, leans in, inhales deeply, and gives me a kiss. Have I made you gag yet with my lovey-dovey-ness?
Anyhoo, the new limited-edition Delicious Delights collection from DKNY, €49, is seriously sweet, as it's inspired by sweet sorbet treats and packaged in pretty frosted-glass bottles. Basically, these scents are like a reinvention of the classic and original Be Delicious Green Apple fragrance.
Fruity Rooty contains a cocktail of blackberry, mandarin, candied apple, rose petals and violet flower, vanilla and musk; while my favourite, Dreamsicle, contains notes of green apple, blended with peach nectar and apricot sorbet, as well as cedarwood, sandalwood and vanilla.
Cool Swirl is a more tropical blend that has notes of blackcurrant, coconut water, magnolia, jasmine, pistachio sorbet, musk and patchouli.
My little man, Maxi, has a mobile disco business going at the moment and he's not even two yet! It all came about after a trip to Tiger, which, incidentally, has stores popping up everywhere lately!
I never mind bringing himself in there for a treat, as nearly everything is under a fiver. They're kinda like a posh pound shop! Anyhoo, I like to buy their rose-scented candles, below, that come in a glass, at €1 for two.
Maxi, meanwhile, has this disco-ball-light thing that he loves to put on at night when it's dark, and we all dance around the kitchen like a pack of eejits pretending we're at a disco, much to Maxi's amusement.
Triona's most wanted
I grow my own hair in my spare time, and sometimes I feel like I'm the only brunette in the village with real hair!
Everywhere I look, hair is getting blonder, like Poppy Delevingne's,; and longer, like Miriam O'Callaghan's, who recently confirmed her hair isn't all her own and that she wears hair extensions.
Appara, the only hair to buy is new Irish brand, Gold Fever Hair Extensions by Katie Jane Goldin, whose family pioneered the quality hair-extension back in 1990. Everyone who's anyone - from Rosanna Davison and Georgia Salpa, who feature in their new campaign - uses this brand.
I like that it's the only company in the world that has full ownership of its own supply chain, from sourcing to processing and delivery of the final product, which guarantees that their hair is the best ethically sourced hair on the planet. So it's 100pc ethical and 100pc traceable. See goldfever.com for salons nationwide.
I swear, I never nip into Seagreen in Ranelagh, see seagreen.ie, when I'm out walking my babas, and douse myself in fragrances from Terry De Gunzburg, Hermes or Escentric Molecules. Because that would just be cheeky. And I would never be so rude as to lash on a different Royal Apothic hand creme, above right, €30, such as Holland Park, every time I'm in there.
They're just so prettily packaged in their vintage-looking metal tubes.
A little goes a long way, and sinks in immediately, with no greasy residue, so I can grab the handles of my buggy with my well-moisturised, light-fingered hands, smelling super expensive!
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