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.

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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

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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!

Thank you,

V x

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I remember, vaguely, the days I wouldn’t dream of leaving the house without at-least a lick of mascara and the straighteners were on every morning without fail. My poor bleached locks!

But to be honest most ‘home’ days I won’t even pick up the BB cream. Days with the small are days I let my skin breath… soak in a good facial oil and then come ‘bedtime’ I finish with a wholesome clarisonic cleanse and estee lauder night mask.

So I wanted to explore hair…  I thought I’d impart my very limited knowledge of mum hair, what has worked well for me, what actually I wish I’d have had the advice on back in those early days….

Relax, put the straighteners back in the box, hairspray back on the shelf and your time back in your pocket for some well deserved ‘reclaim’ time.

Number 1

The Topknot

The topknot can look very good but its a fine line… aim for messy, not too messy but more ‘been like this for a few hours’ messy. From my experience this has been the perfect mum-do, I have (mostly) dirty hair so it stays put like a mo-fo… apart from those pesky baby hairs that grow post birth like alien antenna (serum is needed)… pick up your hair from the back, starting low and working up, scooping left to right, twist as you scoop and keep on scooping… as high as you like.. then copy these pictures which are far better than my rambles….

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Number 2

The half topknot

I have found this to be ideal when you have made an effort and washed and styled perhaps for a weekend do or weekday meeting… then the following day its looking less than lustre but time is limited so grab those front bits and scrape high to create a mess on the back. The trick is to use a lot of dry hair spray, if it looks too neat its doesn’t look right. Messy is key so put the dry hairspray right into the roots and wriggle around to create a sexy mess, leaving flowing loose messy waves or if your hair is straight.. more sultry messy locks…

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Number 3

The low pony

This looks great with less than clean hair, perfect stylish mum look, just pull it back and finish with a black ribbon or bow, or a statement pom-pom! Not something I have done myself but I have admired others from afar and it can look so chic.

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Number 4

‘The small did-it’ 

For this very intricate style I would suggest creating your usual look, giving the small a tight hug and letting them enjoy tweaking and styling the hair as they wish. Result – photo worthy with the small in shot. Unfortunately no inspiration shots available but you can imagine the result!

Please let me know if you have any questions or want product advice! Would love to help thank you!

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