As a mother, multi-tasking has become a daily occurrence. I will be feeding Cabbit, drinking tea and writing while listening to music. These days I’m lucky to find time for myself, a long hot bubble bath and face mask only happens when my husband is home and I can escape the world of spit up and baby poop for an hour. So you can imagine my confusion when I found myself putting on more than foundation when I applied my make-up the other day. Back before Cabbit was born I wore make-up a lot. I didn’t pile it on my face like a scary clown; I just wore what I liked. Foundations, eye shadows, eyeliner, mascara, lip gloss, etc. I had all the time in the world to experiment, to “put my face on” as I say to my husband before leaving the house. I don’t put make-up on every day like I used to when I was 18, I only really put it on if I am going out for the day. I like to let my skin breathe and don’t see the point in wasting costly cosmetics when I’m just having a pyjama day. Make-up to me is a little pick-me-up, it makes me feel more confident and good about myself when I’m out in the real smelly world. I thought I would share with you a few of my favourites, things I like to use and I have found are amazing for my skin. Enjoy!
I have recently started using a new foundation. I used to use Maybelline Dream Matt but thought it was time for a change, plus I had just run out of my last bottle. Seventeen Sheer Moisture Light Foundation SPF 12 is my new best friend. I find this foundation very easy to apply as it is smooth and silky. I feel like my skin can breathe with it on, also it gives me a bit of sun protection and colour as I can look as pale as snow half the time.
I like to use a little bit of powder on my face after I have finished applying foundation. I find it gives it a finishing touch. I use Pastel Teint Essentiel 65 Sable by Bourjois Paris. Again, like foundation it gives my skin a little bit of colour and doesn’t leave me looking like I work for Willy Wonka.
I only use blusher now and then as my cheeks can get pretty rosy without any help. I have been loving Chilli Pepper London Blusher lately. It’s a gorgeous light pink and has a tiny bit of glitter in it to give you a bit of sparkle. I only ever add just touch of blusher; I don’t go overboard like a scary clown. I believe less is more.
I love using Barry M’s Dazzle Dust. They have so many vibrant varieties that give your eyes an explosion of colour. I use Limited Edition Dazzle Dust LED2 for a night-time look when I’m going to gigs and such with the husband. It’s a beautiful purple that gives my eyes a hint of a gothic look which I love. I also use Dazzle Dust 95 which is an emerald-green. This makes my green eyes stand out loads and is great for using in the day and at night.
As much as I love using eye shadow to va-va-voom my eyes, I also love using glitter eyeliner. I discovered this incredible invention when I was working at Superdrug many years ago. Collection 2000 do a range called Glam Crystals and I just fell in love. I prefer using it to eye shadow as it stays on all day, where eye shadow has a tendency to slowly wear off throughout the day which is a royal pain in the butt. My favourite out of the range is 12 Spandex which is a light glittery green. Again it highlights my green eyes and gives them a boost of colour. My husband loves it when I wear it; I even wore it on our wedding day.
I’m not too fussed when it comes to mascara and I tend to use whatever I can afford at the time. I don’t like to apply tons of it and clog up my lashes. Lately I have been using N07 Intense Volume Waterproof. It seems to do the job just fine. What I really want to try is a purple mascara that Barry M does, it looks interesting. And it’s PURPLE!
I don’t wear a lot of lipstick but lately I am trying different colours out. I’m more a lip gloss kind of gal. The problem I find with lip stick is applying it, it gets on your teeth, goes outside the lines, and it’s a nightmare. But I have found with Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist by Soap And Glory, it’s a dream to apply. It’s more of a crayon shape which makes it much easier for me to apply. It feels smooth and moisturises my lips. I don’t get that faded look I have had in the past with lip stick, that annoying line outline on your lips that always seems to stay as the rest fades away throughout the day. I have also fallen in love with Barry M Touch Of Magic. I think it is amazing. It looks green but when you apply it, it is a lovely light pink. It lasts throughout the day and shocks people when applying in public. YOU’RE GOING TO PUT BRIGHT GREEN LIPSTICK ON! ARE YOU CRAZY! Yes, yes I am *wink*
I have tons of lip gloss, it’s hard to pick one so I will just go with what I use the most at the moment which is Barry M Limited Edition Lip Gloss (Yes, as I am sure you are aware by now I LOVE Barry M) I got this free with a magazine, best make up freebie I have ever gotten. It smells lush! Like strawberries and candyfloss. I could just eat it! Although I probably do throughout the day when it’s on my lips. Anyway, it’s a baby pink with a sparkle of glitter to make your lips look not only kissable but edible too. Yet my husband is not a fun of lip gloss as he finds it gets in the way when we kiss so I don’t wear it around him. I do love my kisses!
Overall I always aim to have a natural look when it comes to make-up. I hate anything thick and heavy, as I always say, less is more. I like to highlight my features and try to achieve the natural beauty look. If I’m going out for a special occasion then I like to add a bit of glam but still keep it light.
However you wear your make-up it’s up to you, enjoy it and experiment! Just remember to take it off before you go to bed. That was my worst habit when I was 18 and out clubbing all night. I would come home and fall straight asleep. Boy was I a horrific sight in the mornings. Oh dear, the days of youth and drunkenness! I hope now I am a little older I am more sensible when it comes to looking after my skin. I really hope I don’t look like one of those people on Snog, Marry, Avoid! EEEEEKKK!