April’s Look Fantastic Beauty Box review

Baby present with a twist, my sister @rafferty_katie was trying to think of a unique baby gift for me and I think she outdid herself, she subscribed me to #lfbeautybox for the year – a gift for mammy – Happy mammy equals happy baby 💙 her thinking was also a monthly review of products for our page, I had so much fun trying out the April box 😍Here are my verdicts:

#lfbeautybox I just love it💕, it was delivered by courier, is fabulously packaged and feels so luxurious to unwrap, also love the booklet that comes with the box. It gives a full run down on each product included detailing how to use the product and some tips. It also gives recipes to make a number of masks and products yourself

The products:

@purcosmetics #fullychargedmascara I liked this mascara, I felt it added length (but not a lot of volume) and it lasted all day, I hadn’t come across the brand before, I would defo buy it but would use it only for a daytime look

@glamglow #supermudclearingtreatment this cracked me up, literally! It came out in a gray Clay like substance, after I awkwardly broke the seal of the tube it exploded across the room, I then put it on my face and it completely dried on my skin making laughing/talking impossible!! I had to soak it to remove it from my face, I found my skin tight after using it, I didn’t have any spots to hard to tell if it cleared the skin as promised!

@emmahardieskincare #moringacleansingbalm this smelled gorgeous and was really silky on my face, really nice product to use but it has to be washed off so it may not be everyone

@nuxeireland #cremefraichedebeaute daily face moisturiser I think this was my favourite product this month, made my skin really hydrated, definitely going to purchase

@dr.botanicals #veganbergamontandpoppyseedsoap this took me back in time as it’s a soap, I can’t remember the last bar of soap I used!! Smelled really nice and a nice product for the shower, the poppy seeds are actually quite abrasive so I imagine give good exfoliating results, I enjoyed this product as it smelled good, left my skin feeling good and was quite different to what I normally use

@nipandfab #glycolicfixdailycleansingpads these are refreshing however they are tiny, also I wouldn’t buy again simply as they recommend to use them throughout the day but on cleansed skin, as I wear makeup everyday it doesn’t work well with this type of product

Safe to say I am excited to see what next month brings,

Roll on May!!

Love T x

The Hospital Bag

On the countdown to the arrival of your little baby the hospital bag becomes a big topic and of course an important element as you want to make sure you have what you need for those precious first few days of your little ones life.  As many things as you can have organised will naturally help!

On my first pregnancy I read lots of other people’s lists online and in magazines and compiled what I thought I’d need.  Luckily I had kept a list and packed pretty much the same this time.  As I’m only home a few days I thought it was a good time to write this post comparing what I packed versus what I used.

My strategy on both stays was to have three bags:

  1. The Labour Ward Bag
  2. The General Hospital Bag
  3. The Going Home Bag

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As I went through the few days stay I repurpose the original bags, so after the baby’s birth the labour ward bag becomes my bag, the general hospital bag becomes the baby’s bag and the going home bag becomes the laundry bag!!

Bag 1: The Labour Ward Bag

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What I used (and couldn’t of done without!):

  • Sports bottle for water (so much easier then trying to sip water from a glass)
  • EOS lip balm (my lips were so dry, this really helped)
  • Hair bobble to tie back my hair
  • Fresh underwear for after
  • Nappy for the baby
  • Night dress (they gave me a hospital gown as I got an epidural and they needed to access my back easily, I put a night dress on after)
  • A magazine (this was handy before the labour ward, I was induced so I spent quite a few hours waiting for anything to happen!)

Extra items I packed (I didn’t use any of these this time but some are nice to haves!):

  • Outfit for a boy (Babygro, vest, nappy), Outfit for a girl (Babygro, vest, nappy): I didn’t need these as you don’t dress the baby until you are back in your room
  • Ankle socks
  • 3 pairs of underwear
  • Hand towel
  • Big towel (handy for a shower, I got the epidural early so I couldn’t walk around but others may have more time)
  • 2 night dresses: if you don’t have an epidural, therefore you may not be gowned so it’s nice to have a second night dress to put on after the birth
  • Maternity pads (they also have these in the labour room
  • Packet of tissues
  • Hair bobbins and pens
  • Breast pads
  • Hair brush
  • Note book and pen (really… no time or interest in writing anything!!!)
  • Sucky sweets
  • Toiletry bag (tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, facewash) I got the epidural earlier this time so I wasn’t able use the bathroom to freshen up but the last time I definitely brushed my teeth and washed my face to freshen up)
  • Slippers (didn’t need them in the Labour Ward bag but I did use them on the ward after, or flip flops could be handy too for going to the bathroom)

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Bag 2: The General Hospital Bag

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For me:

What I used (and couldn’t of done without!):

Within the general bag I pack 3 toiletry bags (this sounds like OCD but having everything in it’s own bag or compartment makes it so easy to just grab what you need and it stops you having to route around):

  1. Shower bag
    1. Shampoo
    2. Conditioner
    3. Shower gel/bodywash
    4. Body moisturiser
    5. Facecloth
    6. Deodorant
    7. Hair brush
    8. Hair bobbles and pens
  2. Toiletry bag
    1. Tooth brush
    2. Tooth paste
    3. Facewash / mini cleanser/toner, cotton wool and face moisturiser
    4. Spare pads (these are handy to have in the bathroom or are discreet to take this small bag to the bathroom with you when you have visitors)
    5. Arnica tablets – very handy to start taking for bruising
  • Cosmetic bag – I am a big believer that if you look good you’ll feel good, so at the risk of sounding vein I brought a little makeup bag with me and applied it each day after my shower J
    1. Foundation
    2. Powder/blush
    3. Mini eyeshadow palette
    4. Mascara
    5. Make up brushes
    6. Lipgloss
  • Socks x 2
  • Underwear x 5
  • Big towel
  • Small towel
  • PJs x 1
  • Packet of Maternity pads
  • Large cotton wool pads – extremely useful for dampening and cleaning stitches if you have stitches

Extra items I packed (I didn’t use any of these this time but some are nice to haves!):

  • More socks
  • Extra under wear – I only stayed 24 hours after having baby so I didn’t go through many socks and underwear, this will depend on how long you stay so it’s nice to have plenty packed rather than not enough!
  • Spare PJs
  • Dioralyte: I drank so much water I wasn’t dehydrated but thought in case I was these would be handy
  • Solpadeine: The midwives give you all the tablets you need for pain relief before and after so you won’t need extra

For baby:

  • 7 x Ikea/ freezer zip bags each packed with one Babygro, one vest, one nappy, one bib (I used 4 packs, again this will depend on how long you are in hospital, I would also increase to 2 bibs per pack, my little guy got a lot of mucous up so we went through a lot of bibs! I also only had one new born outfit and the rest were up to 1 month or small 0-3 month Babygro’s as I knew I was in for a big baby!!) (the ikea bags/freezer zip bags are useful to put in the dirty items as you use them)

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  • Cellular blanket
  • Burping cloths x 4
  • Extra bibs x 4
  • Hats x 4
  • Packet of nappies
  • Water wipes
  • Sudars

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For toddler:

  • Present from the baby

For the nurses:

  • 2 boxes of chocolates and 2 thank you cards, I gave one to the labour ward midwives and one to the midwives on the ward as they do such a wonderful job

What I didn’t have but would have been nice:

  • An extra towel for the floor for coming out of the shower
  • Leggings / t-shirt to change into from PJs for a change during the day
  • More bibs and more cloths – I had spare at home and hubby had to bring them in!

Bag 3: The Going Home Bag

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  • An outfit that fitted you at 26 weeks pregnancy, that is apparently the size of the bump after delivery)
    • Jeans, vest top, top, socks, shoes, underwear, maternity pad

As I mentioned I moved the purpose of these bags after the labour ward.  I used The Labour Ward Bag for all of my stuff and then the General Hospital bag for all of baby’s things.  This is useful again just for easy access of what you need.  I left the going home bag in the car and hubby brought it in when I needed it.  Once I took my going home clothes out of the small bag I repurposed this bag and used it for the laundry.

One last bag that’s useful is a bag for himself! Hubby packed an overnight bag and ended up in the hotel next door while he was patiently waiting to be needed!!!

I hope you find this list helpful and happy packing!!

Love T xx

Dyson Hairdryer review

The #dysonhairdryer …

I took the plunge and invested in the dyson the Christmas before last, before that I wasn’t a hairdryer fan, infact I never used one as my hair is so thick and long I always ran out of patience trying to dry my hair. After months of lusting I clubbed a few Christmas gifts together with a gift card from work and invested…

#myopinion – Honestly now I couldn’t do without it, I find it super quick to blast dry my hair after a shower, it gives it the soft salon feeling and keeps my frizz calm!!

I’ve gone from never drying my hair to using this a couple of times a week which I think says enough! It comes with multiple attachments but the one in the pic I tend to stick with out of habit! It has 3 heat settings and 3 speed settings, if you use it regularly I would suggest turning down the heat a little, while they claim it doesn’t damage your hair I have heard a few say they find it a little drying on the hair

The challenge I think is the price point, it is quite high and definitely an investment piece, I’m sure it will stand the test of time but the initial cost is considerable. I’ve yet to see it reduced/on sale anywhere, the only place I see value is purchasing at Boots during triple point events

Summary

😌drys hair incredibly fast

😌lightweight – easy to hold and handle

😊salon smooth hair without product

😊easy to use

😞pricepoint

😞not as quite as they claim

😞doesn’t come with a hairdresser!!

Verdict: overall definitely a thumbs up 👍🏻 put it on the bucket list

Rating 4 out of 5 (lost one point purely on the high price point)

Love

@justtwocailini xx

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day… what’s going on today?

As busy ladies we love that there is such a thing as International Women’s Day, it gives a nice salute to all the wonderful women out there doing a great job juggling life

We were delighted to see so many companies partaking in today’s festivities and so many running events, here are a few we thought were great…

·      AerLingus are giving all women priority boarding flying from Ireland to the UK and Europe.  If you are flying transatlantic they are running one all female crew #girlpower

·      Waterford IT are celebrating women in technology More info here

·      ICA are having a free coffee morning from 11am to 1pm at their ICA Central Office, 58 Merrion Road, Dublin 4 More info here

·      UCD are doing a host of events, check them out here More info here

·      Google are swapping out their logo to showcase 12 doodles of international women artists.

Here’s to strong women everywhere, May we all know them, May we all be them & May we all raise them 💖

Wishing all ladies a very Happy International Women’s Day

@justtwocailini

The low down on Pippa’s Fashion Factory – Part 4

Clayton Hotel, Cork – February 2018

This was the second time I went to Pippa’s Fashion Factory (I went last November in Limerick to Part 3 & last weekend in Cork to Part 4).  I think this in itself was testament as I returned for a second day out!!  I’ve also been to Marissa’s Master Class and Lisa Lust so I feel I have some basis to go on for a review!

I absolutely love days out like this, I think it’s a great way to spend time with family and friends.  This time I went with all my in-laws, we haven’t gone out all together in a long time as we weren’t all in the one country so it was a real treat!

First piece of advice is to arrive at least an hour early to get your seats! We arrived an hour beforehand and were greeted by really friendly members of the Pippa team, who were ready to register us and provide us with our goodie bag (more about them below).  Then there was free tea and coffee to take to the table which is a nice touch. Even arriving an hour beforehand I would say over half the room was already filled!

The show kicked off on time, and while the line-up was similar between Fashion Factory 3 and 4, Pippa and co have simply created a formula that works.
First up was make up guru Aimee Connolly who has recently rose to fame and no wonder with her amazing and flawless make up skills, I found her tips and tricks practical, realistic and useful.  She’s so full of enthusiasm and passion.  On stage she demoed a look and had a good discussion with Pippa where they recommended a whole series of products that they liked, not in a promotional way, simply in a “we like these and they work” type of way – similarly they weren’t shy of discussing products that don’t work so well.

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The day progressed with Pippa showing how to apply Tan which she did so on a model.  Also handy tips and no major product pushes, more about technique which in a world of product pushing was refreshing!

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Pippa went on to showcase some staple pieces and how she would style them, again useful tips, trucks and some style inspo!

Wrapping up the first half of the day was a fashion show with outfits from H&M, Pennys, River Island, Littlewoods and Coast – I wanted it all… enough said!!!!

With an hour of a break for Afternoon Tea (served by the hotel and seriously yummy) we were all well fed with some time left over for shopping at a couple of pop up shops – Betty and Biddy, Cloud 10 and The Pippa Collection.

IMG_5641The second part of the fashion factory featured The Skin Nerd Jennifer Rock.  Jennifer gave her views on good skin care routines and recommendations and again some really useful tips.  I liked that she spoke a lot about the ingredients in the products to look for as oppose to pushing particular brands.  Pippa did ask her to recommend products which she did but for Jennifer it was more about the routine and the ingredients!

IMG_5642The goodie bag is fab, really nice selection of products and plenty of full size ones to try out!

I believe these vary from show to show but here’s what was in our one:

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There are a number of prizes on the day, they have hidden a number of tickets for spot prizes and then there are prizes for best dressed, best shoes, best twitter and best instagram.  JustTwoCailini were lucky enough to win best Instagram so needless to say we were thrilled! While there aren’t a huge number of prizes, they are really generous!

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#pippasfashionfactory verdict:

Definitely a lovely girlie day out.

Whether you are a Pippa fan or not I think you will like her after the day out, she is extremely down to earth and knows how to connect with the audience.

Pippa & co have nailed the content of the fashion factory, she appears to have a great team behind her and has put the proper set up in place such as the lighting and sound.  I’ve been to events with poor sound and inexperienced sound guys and trust me this is an important feature!

The content of the show is definitely informative and not a product push (products mentioned ofcourse but not shoved in your face and no representative there from the brands saying how great the brands are!!)

Tickets sell out in minutes so if you are lucky enough to get them I would have no hesitation to say go for it…

Love T xxx

@justtwocailini