We all know that there are young wans out there making a mint on YouTube from their beauty vlogging, and that teenagers spend every scrap of money they have on products, but when it comes to mum-beauty, there isn’t generally the time or the finances to indulge yourself that much.
Of course, if it’s a genuine passion the force is still probably strong in you post-baby, but if you’re anything like me the closest thing you’ve had to an epiphany is when BB Cream reached our shores.
I rarely go totally barefaced, but tend not to trowel it on that much either. I’m also not particularly brand-loyal. The MAC habit of my early twenties sadly fell by the wayside a long time ago, but I have a very soft spot for Benefit. I still read about beauty ( I really enjoy Sali Hughes’ writing in The Guardian) and lust after ‘must-haves’ but it’s more Catrice and less Charlotte Tilbury round these parts. Nothing satisfies me more than discovering a good posh beauty dupe from a cheaper brand. So when Sinéad from Bumbles of Rice suggested a mum blogger makeup linky where us humans that don’t get enough sleep divulge our beauty* secrets, I hopped straight on board.
*Beauty is stretching it. Looking okay enough not to scare the kids might be more accurate.
I don’t wear smokey eyes or red lips for a school run or a day in the office, but the rest of it is basically the same day or night. Without further ado…
Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Fatigue Blur: The name makes loftier claims than it can deliver on, but this does give a nice base either on its’ own with concealer or before your BB Cream/foundation. Maybe they mean it can blur the signs of fatigue for a twenty year old who only had seven hours sleep rather than a woman in her mid thirties with two small children.
No7 BB Cream (I’m out of this right now) or Catrice Nude Illusion Make Up. I also have a Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Wow – I love the light texture and buildable coverage but the shade I have is a little too dark for my post winter paleness so the Catrice one is a lighter shade stop gap .
(Catrice and Essence are a pair of the cheapo brands far removed from the Constance Carrol stands of my youth. They regularly knock it out of the park on nail varnishes and blushes.)
Maybelline The Eraser Concealer: I love how the sponge applicator of this concealer doesn’t drag across your skin. I also have wogeous dark circles what look like blue biro marks under my eyes, so this goes on every day. Clearly I need to drink more water and buy a new one of this.
No7 Instant Radiance Highlighter: My preference here would be for some Benefit Sun Beam but funds don’t allow for it right now. It’s a little too cool a tone for my liking but it’ll do for now. This push up stick can be applied like a big crayon, something any self respecting mum should be able to handle. Just watch out for robot-face. We’re looking for ‘glowy sheen‘ not ‘child’s space toy‘.
Catrice Blush Tint for cheeks & lips: A dupe for Benefit Benetint with a little sponge tip applicator. I love it.
Benefit Bad Gal Eye Liner: I like it smudgy rock chick style rather than perfect so this fat pencil works better than liquid for me.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara: I am blessed of eyelash and yet a bit of mazzy is an absolute essential in my book. I got this sample size with a magazine a couple of months ago. It’s waaaay better than any Benefit mascara I tried before and gives a proper wide eyed bright look with no clumsiness or colour shedding. Their ‘Bad Gal’ & They’re Real’ mascaras were pandatastic by early afternoon.
However I plan on replacing it with the new Rimmel Wake Me Up mascara soon, because y’know, the name! The price! And it’s getting very good reviews.
Sleek Brow Kit: Dupe alert: I had Benefit Brow Zings before but this Sleek one is a tenner and is a marvellous replica. An everyday essential as far as I’m concerned.
Urban Decay Naked Palette: I basically stopped buying random single eyeshadows and just live out of this one palette. It’s a total workhorse in my pared down makeup kit. Drawback: I can’t replace the third one from the left, clearly my favourite.
I seem to be a one-brand woman here.
Rimmel Oh My Gloss lipgloss: Because when things are 3 for 2 in Boots you cannot just buy the thing you went in for. It’s a pinky rose, and it adds a bit of pep to your pout.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Colour Rush Balm (The Redder The Better) & Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick (110): For going out rather than the schoolyard. Though plenty of mamas do seem to manage a level of glam far beyond me at 820am.
In terms of removing it all, it happens on the sofa in front of the tv, with a bottle of Micellar water and some cotton wool pads.
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