There is nothing better than finding that perfect lipgloss shade or that new scent that brings you happiness at every sniff – but there is also a comfort in having your own little armoury of beauty essentials, the key products that you can turn to day after day and know they will make all the difference. I wanted to share my personal armoury with you in the hope that some of these products might be just what you’re looking for to help with those joys of motherhood that like to sap the glow.
Laura Mercier – foundation primer – hydrating: this little beauty of a product is something I use every day even when I am not wearing makeup. It sets your face up ready for foundation and / or powder but is amazingly hydrating for tired thirsty skin like mine. Pile it on and pat it into the skin. buy here
Chanel – Vitalumiere foundation: describes itself as an anti-fatigue foundation, my absolute go-to product for when my skin is looking grey. You don’t need to use a lot, I just smooth it into my skin it has a lovely texture too. buy here
Shu Uemura – eyelash curlers: the only eyelash curlers you will ever need. buy here
Chanel – Inmitable Intense mascara: I searched for years for the perfect mascara and I have been using this for about five years now. Also comes in a waterproof version for getaways! buy here
Eve Lom – Kiss Mix lipbalm: I bought this in Space NK as an impulse purchase, where they leave pretty looking trinket sized temptations by the till. Never without one in my handbag now. I dab a little on just the front of my lips and it gives a subtle sheen and smells amazing. buy here
Laura Mercier – secret camouflage concealer: this concealer has two colours inside matched to your skin so you can really be precise with matching it to the different areas of your face. Amazing piece of kit! buy here
MAC – Groundwork paint pot eyeshadow: this is the perfect day to night shade, a putty brownish colour that you can build on for evenings or just use a light smattering for the day. buy here
Nuxe – Huile Prodigieuse – multi purpose dry oil spray: this is seriously amazing, you can use it on your body, face and hair and just a few spritzs (the smaller bottles don’t have the spray head) you can create the effect of gorgeous sexy long limbs! buy here
REN – Flash rinse one minute miracle: this is a super speedy one minute facial in a bottle and I notice the effect immediately. The morning after your skin just looks that little bit better and feels more supple. Thumbs up all round. buy here
Clarins – HydraQuench cream – mask: this is a moisturising mask you have on for about ten minutes but I actually love to treat my skin to a weekly night mask with it, just slather it on and head to bed. In the morning you cleanse as normal and the difference is obvious. buy here
Rapid Lash – eyelash enhancer serum: this is pricey for such a small bottle but every time I make the effort to use it each night the comments I get from friends and family – have I got fake eyelashes on, what new mascara am I using etc etc. Well worth remembering to use each night! buy here
Dermalogica – overnight clearing gel: if you suffer from the odd hormonal breakout like I unfortunately do then this is a life saver. I use a thin layer across my problem areas and it keeps the monsters away. buy here
I hope this has been of interest – I’d love to hear about any beauty essentials you have, it seems the best discoveries are always from recommendations, I know mine have been!