Life column: Pack Hacks

I’ve already been on 31 flights this year, so I’m an expert packer. Here are my top tips…

Triona’s Top Trends

When it comes to packing, lay out all your clothes and all of your money. Then take half the clothes and twice the money. That has been my advice for years now. I am such a last-minute Lizzie. My friends and family know that I need a deadline to make me do anything in this world.

Generally, when the taxi is pulling up, everything is clearer and I know exactly what I need to pack! I definitely need a good sense of urgency. Having gone to boarding school and been a fashion buyer for years, packing is no big deal to me. I have been on 31 flights this year, and always have a bag of make up and skincare products ready to throw in my bag, for travelling. I have a Bisous Make Up Bag,in Fuchsia  75, from, that goes everywhere with me.

I also have an Anya Hindmarch inflight bag, 250.It’s specifically designed to be used as carry-on luggage as it’s clear exterior means you can see everything you need in the two zipped compartments – one is filled with products I use at take-off and in-flight, while the other is filled with things I need after I land.

My new favourite multi purpose product is Botánico Vida Omega Oil, €14.95 as I can use it on everything from my skin to the kids, and Will, of course.

My other top tips include: Put disposable shower caps over shows to avoid stains.

Use cling-film and tape to prevent liquid leaks.

To stop pressed powder and eyeshadows cracking, put a thin layer of cotton wool inside the compact.

Put scented fabric-conditioner sheets in your suitcase to keep everything smelling fresh.


Triona Tries

I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!

Oh yeah! Cult skincare brand La Mer are opening their first ever pop-up in Dublin next Thursday 25th till Saturday 27th July .

The brand beloved by celebs such as Chrissy Teigan-pictured-will occupy The Irish Georgian Society, to not only showcase their  lotions and potions, but to educate as well.

Pop into the luxury lifestyle space for some complimentary drinks at the Miracle Broth bar, try one of the 15 minute services – available to book now on – along with exciting immersive brand activities such as a multi-sensory Pilates inspired by the sea and seaweed pressing workshops with a local forager.


Most Wanted

Choosing the right foundation for your skin can be a tricky task-at any age!

My Mum Margaret was in the market for a new foundation so I set about 3NA testing my fave formulations on her.

Vichy’s new MinéralBlend, €18.95, the brands first mineralising foundation, was what made it into her make up bag.

The clever clogs at Vichy have popped the power of Mineral 89, their best selling booster into this so it is super plumping and hydrating, beautifully buildable but very natural.

The Covermatte powder compact is the perfect partner for touch ups on the go.

Not only will you love the finish, you’ll also love the price.


LA Story

Bright, white teeth without a huge price tag? Yes please.

L.A Pacific EXTRA SENSITIVE ENZYME WHITENING TOOTHPASTE, €8.99, from Boots, is no ordinary toothpaste.

It is kind to your teeth whilst it whitens and brightens them! No bleach, No UV Light and no fiddly kit to put together, just a simple but effective whitening toothpaste!

An enzyme converts the sugars in your mouth into natural hydrogen peroxide, helping to remove stains, while also protecting your mouth from bacteria.


Triona’s Trick

Greetings from Barleycove beach where we’re swimming, surfing, and kayaking galore. When stashing money or valuable on the beach, use empty cosmetic bottles to hide items. No one will know your tenner is in that old shampoo bottle!


Cult Product


Indoor air pollution is real folks, and can be a very significant health problem. I never realised how many pollutants are in our home – I just thought, ”If the house is clean, the air is clean.” Wrong! Then we got a Dyson Pure Cool Me Purifier, above, 549.99, which is engineered to help improve air quality. It projects cooling, filtered air. I feel much better knowing this gadget effectively decomposes harmful gases, including nitrogen dioxide, formaldehyde and benzene.

Dyson Pure Cool™is available to purchase from and Dyson Demo Zone in St Stephen’s Green shopping centre, priced from €549.99.


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