Review|Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask


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This is probably one of my favourite face masks that i repurchase and always have in my bathroom.

Una Brennan Fask Mask

If your skin is dry or dehydrated, this mask will boost moisture levels and quench thirsty skin in five minutes leaving your skin feeling replenished and soothed. It contains some great ingredients including vitamin E, white willow extract, urea and marshmallow extract.

This mask is suitable for even the most sensitive skins. I can testify to this as i used it liberally post-babies during my most dry and blotchy sensitive skin phase.

It has a thick creamy white opaque consistency and a has bit of an ‘old lady’ musty rose scent which isn’t everybody’s cup of tea. It is recommended to use the mask once or twice a week on a thoroughly cleansed face and neck, leave for five minutes and rise with lukewarm water.

If your skin is quite dry, dehydrated or sensitized i would recommend applying a thick layer before bed and leaving it overnight to for maximum benefits. It is one of those creamy masks that sinks into the skin so it won’t rub off on your pillows. You will wake up with your skin feeling plumper, nourished and more radiant.

Una Brennan Rose Hydrate Intense Moisture Mask is €11.99, a really great price point for such a good product. I would certainly pay double that and the tube lasts for ages.

Dublin Mummy x

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Creamy Cauliflower, Broccoli and Cheddar Soup


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I whipped-up this soup in a hurry last week before my girlies (aka my sistas from anotha mutha) called over for lunch. The soup turned out really well and the girls have all asked me to share the recipe which is always a good sign.

I use frozen veg which makes this soup very quick and easy to make. This soup freezes really well too. 20151102_131659

Serves: 6 people


1 tablespoon oil

1 large onion chopped

2 large garlic cloves crushed

1 large potato peeled and quartered

600g bag of frozen broccoli

600g bag of frozen cauliflower

1 veg stock cube

100ml cream

100g red cheddar grated

salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large pot, add the onions and sweat for about 5 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent.
  2. Add the garlic to the onions and cook for a further minute.
  3. Add the cauliflower, broccoli and potato to the pot and give everything a good stir.
  4. Pour boiling water from the kettle over the vegetables until they are just about covered in water. Crumble in the veg stock cube and season with plenty of ground black pepper. Give everything a good stir.
  5. Cover the pot, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat to simmer. Let the soup simmer until all the veg is cooked (about 20 minutes).
  6. Next blend the soup until smooth in a liquidiser or using a stick blender. Once the soup is blended, stir through the grated cheese and cream until all the cheese is melted. Season to taste.


Dublin Mummy x

Review | Aveda Tourmaline-Charged Exfoliating Cleanser


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Aveda Tourmaline-Charged Exfoliating Cleanser. This is great product for time-poor ladies and busy mums. I adore this product. I am always looking to cut down on the number of steps in my daily routine and this is perfect as it’s like a cleanser/face wash/exfoliator all in one, perfect to use in the shower!


Aveda Tourmaline-Charged Exfoliating Cleanser daily cleanser with jojoba exfoliating beads helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities. It has a lovely creamy consistency that smells of mangos.

It leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean, refreshed and nourished. I’ll admit it is a little pricey at €31.30 but the tube I have at the moment has lasted nearly 3 months, a little goes a long way with this cleanser.

Have you tried it? What did you think? What are your hero time-saving products? Let me know in the comments.

Dublin Mummy x

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Slowcooker chilli con carne


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This is an ideal dish for families and leftovers freeze really well.

Slowcooker chilli con carne


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1 tablespoon of hot or mild chilli powder

500g lean mince beef

1 can of chopped tomatoes

1 red pepper cut into chunks

5 sun-dried tomatoes finely sliced

1 can red kidney beans drained and rinsed

1 beef stock cube


Heat olive oil in a large pan and fry the onions for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the garlic, chilli, cumin and oregano and cook for a further minute.

Add the mince to the pan, stir well until browned.

Tip the contents of the pan into your slowcooker and stir in the chopped tomatoes, peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and beans. Crumble in the stock cube, season well.

Cover and cook on low for 8 -10 hours or on high for 4- 5 hours.

I often make a double batch of this, i serve the first batch with rice, freeze the second batch and then serve it the following week with wraps, shredded iceberg, grated cheese, sour cream and guacamole to make delicious burrito-style wraps.


Dublin Mummy x

Review |Talika photo-hydra day cream


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I was delighted to uncover Talika photo hydra day cream in this months Glossy boxTalika Photo Hydra Day Review

Talika Photo-Hydra Day Cream is a deeply hydrating moisturiser which smoothes and re-plumps the skin. It contains Lipopeptides that soothe the skin; Hyaluronic acid, a powerful humectant that plumps and hydrates. Photo-Hydra Day Cream is also enriched with Mango Butter which nourishes and prevents dehydration.

This cream is suitable for all skin types. It has a serum-like texture which absorbs immediately into the skin. It feels light on the skin but yet skin feels really nourished and it’s gelish consistency lends to a soothing feeling.

I have noticed a positive improvement in my skin from using this, my skin looks and feels smoother and less congested. The downside of this product is that it doesn’t contain an SPF. I also found that for best results use this product over a serum. I found when i used it on its own that it didn’t make a great base for make-up, but when layered over serum it worked as a great make-up base.

Overall, i give this cream a 7/10. I think ladies in their 20’s & 30’s with oily, combo and sensitive skin will do well with this product but, if your skin is more mature or indeed quite dry then i would recommend something more nourishing or oil based.

Dublin Mummy x

Family friendly events in Dublin this weekend


Cabinteely carnival 2015

Cabinteely Carnival 

Sunday 13th September, from 1pm to 5pm

Cabinteely Park will be transformed for a free family fun day featuring circus performers, activities and a chance to learn some circus skills. For more information, please see

the doggie do

The Doggie Do

Saturday 12th September

The Doggie Do is a family festival happening in Merrion Square. You can expect talks, demos, grooming, chow, screenings and a canine costume competition to crown the ‘Dog Of Dublin 2015’ hosted by Darren Kennedy. For more information, see


Dublin Gallery Weekend

Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September

30 galleries, 60 events, 1 weekend! Dublin Gallery Weekend is a new visual arts festival happening throughout Dublin. For more information, see

Have a great weekend,

Dublin Mummy x

Parent and Toddler Groups South Dublin



At a recent development check for my little boy, the health nurse gave me this list of Parent and Toddler Groups in the South Dublin area. I thought that i would share for anyone who might be interested.


  • Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, 10am – 12 noon, Ph: 01 298 5491


  • Mount Merrion Community Centre, Alex Nolan, 10am -12 noon, Ph: 086 332 4091
  • Oakhill School, Leopardstown Road, 10:30 am – 12 noon, Ph: 086 332 4091
  • St. Patrick’s Church Hall, Harbour Road, Dalkey, 10:30am – 12 noon
  • Evangelical church, Lwr Glenageary Road, Glenageary, 10:30am – 12 noon
  • St. Brigid’s Parish Centre, Cabinteely, 10:30am – 12 noon


  • Mount Merrion Community Centre, Alex Nolan, 10am -12 noon, Ph: 086 332 4091
  • Oakhill School, Leopardstown Road, 10:30 am – 12 noon, Ph: 086 332 4091
  • St. Paul’s Church Hall, Adelaide Road, Glenageary, 10:00am – 12 noon
  • Community Hall, Foxrock Church, 10:30 – 12 noon
  • Dundrum Library, Upper Churchtown Road, 10:30 – 12 noon
  • Sandyford Community Centre, Baby Clinic 10:30 – 3:00, Ph: 01 295 9149


  • Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, 10am – 12 noon, Ph: 01 298 5491
  • St. Thomas’s Fosters Avenue, Mount Merrion, 9:30am – 10:45 am & 11:15am – 12:30, ph: 086 332 4091
  • Every second Thursday for mums and young babies & mums-to-be. Held in the home of a Cuidiu member. Contact Liz McGovern 01 285 3179


  • Dublin Mummy x St. Thomas’s Fosters Avenue, Mount Merrion, 9:30am – 10:45 am & 11:15am – 12:30, ph: 086 332 4091
  • St. Laurence’s Parish Centre, Kilmacud, 10:30am

Dublin Mummy x