Leeds, UK

During pregnancy it’s often said that your body doesn’t feel like your own, but when baby arrives I think it becomes even less so. Your body is a tool for keeping your new bundle of joy alive & feeling back to your regular old self is something that doesn’t quite come back as quickly as you’d necessarily like. I’m five months into this parenting gig now & although there’s days when I’m totally not feeling myself, like not even in the slightest, there’s some where I am & it’s all down to some fab makeup products which make me feel like a hot mama.

I think it’s safe to say with the lack of sleep that comes with having a newborn, something the skin desperately lacks is a bit of glow! Luckily for me I was introduced to the Illamasqua Beyond Powder Highlight through the Look Fantastic Advent Calendar last year, in fact I received it on day 24, the day after Amelia was born… Anyone else thinks that’s a sign?
Deighty is quite a pale highlight which works lovely with my rather wintery, pasty skin tone in giving me just the little bit of shimmer & awake-ness that’s very much needed. I use the Look Fantastic Fan & Highlight brush popping the product on the tops of my cheeks as well as under my brow bone & the tip of my nose, which gives a subtle, yet effectively awake appearance. Hallelujah!

I have two shades of the suede cream liquid lipsticks, but by far this shade is my favourite. It used to be my go to ‘night out lipstick’ but now those drinking and dancing days are behind me (woe is me) I’ve been wearing this shade on pretty much a daily basis.
Anyone else think there’s a strong correlation between reliving your youth & feeling like a hot mama? Because I do.
It’s obviously the shade which mainly draws me to this lipstick, but the formula is pretty darn cracking as well; It’s easy to apply, feels lovely on the lips and is really long lasting, especially for a drugstore lipstick - I love it!

If there’s one product I could recommend for new mums, or equally just people in a rush or not wanting to spend too much time on their makeup it’d be the Loreal Infallible More Than Concealer… Because it does exactly what it says on the tin! This product is like your regular concealer, but the 2.0 version - It’s bloody brilliant!
The large doe foot applicator ensures the high coverage formula is distributed evenly across the skin and it’s up to you whether you use it just as a concealer or as more of a foundation too. Some days I do the latter, but mostly I use this as a concealer as it covers up those dark under eye bags brilliantly…. And lord knows they need covering up!

Alongside giving your face a flawless base I think it’s important to add a pop of colour to the skin, which is where floret comes into play. I don’t actually have all that many Bare Minerals products, but after using using them at Whinstone View Spa for my wedding makeup, I haven’t been able to put this down.
I love the mineral formula as I think it’s so much easier to apply & be less heavy handed with - In my opinion there’s a very fine line when it comes to blush and how much product you apply, one minute you’re looking like a hot mama & the next you’re looking like something from the 90’s under 18 clubs… And I know which one I’d prefer!

I think if you’ve gone to all that effort of making yourself half decent that morning, you may as well make sure it stays, which is where the Insta Fix & Go comes into play. I’ve never really used a setting spray before, even after hearing raving reviews of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, it’s never really something that jumped out at me.
I was kindly sent Fix & Go in a PR package a little while ago & even though I did use it, it’s only since having Amelia that I’ve gone in hard with it!
The spray makes sure whatever makeup I do have on that day stays & it actually feels really lovely and refreshing - A fab way to finish off your makeup routine!

There’s some days where I’ll wear all of these products, others it might be a few, and other days it might be none of them at all… But one thing’s for certain in that I love them all & they all make me feel a little more human & more like I have my shit together after while looking after a five month old baby.

What makeup products make you feel like you have your shit together?



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