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5 minute mum makeup

I don’t know about you, but I’m terrible at worrying (remembering) about makeup at the best of times. Now I’m a mum, I find it even harder to fit a makeup routine into the mix, and am lacking motivation most of the time.

However that lack of time doesn’t stop me noticing that actually my face can look dull and tired, or a breakout can takeover my chin, or actually, sometimes, you just look a bit more approachable when makeup is covering all the flaws. Plus, it’s nice to look and feel nice sometimes. So I’ve devised my own sort of 5-minute mum makeup routine that can get you from bare-faced to bright-eyed without too much effort.

Here’s how I do it:

Moisturise!

I confess, I’d love the time to be able to cleanse, tone and mosturise every single day, but it just isn’t feasible. That said, a good moisturiser or primer is key for makeup to sit well (on my face at least!). I use Astral Cream and have done since I was a teen and used to nick my mum’s, and genuinely can’t flaw it. I’ve spoken about the many benefits of this wonder product here before.

The face part

Foundation, blush and powder – no more, no less. A comfortable foundation base, followed by a sweep of blush, then set in place with some powder usually does the trick. The products I use for this are all Avon – True Cream to Powder Foundation, True blush and Mark Loose Powder Foundation – but obviously everybody has their own makeup preferences and budgets. This simple face brightening usually takes 2 minutes tops – and that’s if I have to add a bit of concealer in to cover any breakouts.

Eyes/brows

I find that to get on the go, a good brow and mascara product are all you need. I am a self-confessed mascara junkie, and have found loads of favourites over the years but for the moment I’m really digging Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2, which only needs a couple of strokes of the wand to create a dramatic, lengthy lash effect. For my brows I use Beautaniq fill & tame brow gel – it’s cheap and cheerful and came from my Birchbox – something which I shout about regularly. Again, a couple of sweeps of this sort out your brows by taming rogue hairs and filling in any gaps.

Lips

Last but not least, a good lip balm or sweep of favourite lippy does the trick to get you on the go – no need for any faffing around with lip liner or coats of gloss on top of colour. For me, I sometimes skip this step (ensuring I’m not sporting foundation lips!) as I find lipstick on my coffee cup annoying, but in the winter my dry lips normally demand it. Currently, my favourite lippy is Charlotte Tilbury Superstar Lips in signature shade Pillow Talk, but it could just as easily be a Rimmel lippy for under a fiver as I tend to go for shade and texture over anything else.

 

And that’s literally it. That whole routine takes 5 minutes tops. Granted, I could take longer contouring or adding more coats of mascara, eyeliner etc, but this routine is enough to give coverage and appear bright eyed and natural, without too much time or effort – because, as we know, toddler mums are rarely afforded such luxuries!

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Unlikely Mum’s Quick Skincare Routine

I’ll let you in on a little secret… I was always lazy with skincare, even before Travis made an appearance. I’ve always been a fan of quick and easy personal care products, and if they can do more than one job, even better!

Now that I’m a mum (and a toddler mum at that) I have even less time to dedicate to my own skincare, though I know it’s still important to have some self care and look after the skin I’m in. So you’ll barely ever find me wearing makeup unless I’ve got an important work meeting or a night out. However there are 3 magic products I try to use on a daily basis where possible.

Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these brands, and have not been paid or approached to promote them – they are just genuinely the products I use and love.

Liz Earle Naturally Active Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser
I was first told about this by a former boss when I was around 23. She explained about the benefits of the cleanser and why it was so much better than face wipes, but all I heard at that age was that it was a cleanser for older folk worrying about their ageing skin. I didn’t think I had time (or the cash) for the faff of using a hot cloth cleanser and I certainly didn’t think it would work on my spotty still-teenage-in-nature skin. Fast forward seven years, and now that I’ve reached the age my boss was when she told me all about this product, I’m a total convert. There’s literally no faff in using it – simply use one pump, massage into the skin and wash off with the hot cloth.

It’s so simple I tend to do it either right before bed, or right before the shower in the morning, washing it off as I’m in the shower. I’m a big fan as it ticks all the boxes – it’s less wasteful and environmentally damaging than face wipes, the natural ingredients cleanse without reddening and the cleanser even removes stubborn mascara!

For 100ml it costs £17 and you get 2 hot cloths with it, which is perfect to rotate for washing them. You can buy it from the Liz Earle website here.
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Pixi Glow Tonic
I first fell in love with this around Christmas 2018, when I received it in my Birchbox Advent Calendar. I hadn’t heard of the brand before and was totally intrigued when I found that loads of people were raving about it on my Twitter feed and Insta stories.
Not normally a toner kind of gal, I went in open-minded to see if I actually felt any added benefit of using this each day. Guess what? This is definitely a product that lives up to its name, as skin instantly feels more refreshed, and is noticeably brighter and glowing after just a few uses.
To buy the product from Birchbox, it’s just £10 for 100ml or £18 for 250ml, depending how dedicated you are! Now to give you an indication of longevity, I used my 40ml Birchbox sample size bottle every other day, give or take, since around Christmas, and only just ran out in August, so it’s great value for money.
Astral Cream
This is a cheap and cheerful moisturiser which my mum has used since before I was born I think! As a teenager, my mum told me about how versatile this product is, and since I didn’t really have an endless source of pocket money to be spending on makeup at that time (and if I did, it was going on blue mascara!) I began to use hers to see what the fuss was about, and then adopted it as part of my makeup routine.
It’s such a great moisturiser for under your makeup, especially in the winter, as it’s thick and creamy and gives your skin that much-needed hydration boost. It’s also a fab eye makeup remover – just layer some on your eyes, rub gently then massage away with a cotton pad. Hey presto! Stubborn mascara is removed!
I usually just buy the small 50ml tubs as they are handy for travelling and taking away, and in all honesty I only have to buy a little tub about twice a year. Get it from Savers and it costs around £1 – best beauty bargain ever!
So there you have it, a fool-proof, 5 minute skincare routine for busy mums, for under £30!
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