When I’m not on maternity leave, I’m editor of Sofeminine.co.uk and one of the perks is beauty products and treatments. Trialling new facials, testing new creams and potions, getting complimentary perfume… it’s all part of the job. Who doesn’t love a beauty freebie? The downside is that I’ve developed an obsession with products that I can’t quite justify the spend on, especially while on mat leave pay.
Nonetheless, I’ve still got a stash of my can’t-live-without beauty products that I’m hoping will last me until I go back to work!
My so called Rich Mum Beauty Must Haves include the following products; they’re all multi-tasking, beauty enhancing and a joy to use, but come with a price tag that makes you wonder what you would have to sacrifice to own them…
This smoothes away fine lines and literally blurs your skin so that it appears smoother and fresher. Anything that can blur away the constant fatigue and dehydration is good news for me! The fact it has SPF30 to protect your skin as well is a huge bonus. Anything that protects skin from harmful photodamage is always a winner.
I’m a total devotee to all things Murad. Their products just work. My go-to moisturiser of choice is definitely their Essential C-Day Moisturiser, again with SPF30 it protects while the Vitamin C helps revitalise tired skin.
I like to get the biggest tube I can of Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish. It’s hands down the best cleanser I’ve ever used. It smells divine and removes all traces of grime and grease, and best of all can take off all your make up too. Even caked on mummy mascara. If I give up on everything else while on mat leave, I’ll make sure I still stay true to Cleanse & Polish.
Mui Mui Fragrance – £48
I’m not gonna lie, this is mostly on here in the hopes that my husband might read my blog and buy this for me for Christmas. (100ml please if you’re reading). Mui Mui’s first fragrance is just gorgeous. I’m a sucker for anything with rose tones and this combines rose absolute with jasmine and a beautiful earthy base of Akigalawood. Yum. It definitely beats the aroma of dried baby puke.
Nowadays I slather my limbs in the remains of the Bio-Oil I bulk bought while I was pregnant, but even though it’s great for scars and stretch marks, I’ve never been a fan of the smell. What I LOVE most is Bliss’s Body Butter in White Pepper and Blood Orange. The fragrance is so moreish and the cream literally melts into your skin leaving it ultra smooth. I know it’s not super expensive but I can’t justify it right now when I have so many nappies to buy!
I use this more as an exfoliator as the glycolic acid in it helps to gently exfoliate away dead skin cells. A couple of times a week I’ll use this on my face and neck and find it helps to keep my skin clear from acne. With twins the last thing I need to worry about is break outs. No mum got time for that!
Electric Hair Hydrate Shampoo – £17.50
Right now my hair gets washed with baby shampoo, but in my former life I was a fan of Electric Hair’s Hydrate Shampoo and their conditioner too. Formulated by hair god and all round lovely bloke Mark Woolley, this really does make stressed out, dry hair, feel revived and silky once more.
By Terry Serum De Rose – £82
I LOVE anything that smells of rose so it’s no surprise I lapped up the chance to try this serum out when offered. My skin loved it! It firms and tightens your skin and leaves it looking radiant and smooth. Basically sleep deprived-knackered-mum-face can be transformed into giving the illusion of ‘I just got 8 hours sleep’. That’s an impressive result. By Terry sure is expensive but at least their products make you feel like you’re having some sort of spa treatment at home.
What girl doesn’t love to fantasise about living in a world where Jo Malone candles are part of normal life? Especially when your house smells of the nappy bin, baby sick and formula milk? At this price though, I’ll have to keep fantasising. Besides, candles are a fire hazard.