Since becoming a Mum, I’ve found that my beauty regime went a bit kaput, but I decided that just because I’m a Mum now, it doesn’t mean I can’t still be fabulous. It just means that I have to adjust and my 90 minute make up routine into the spare 15 – 20 minutes I have in the morning and it just means I need to find products that don’t need touching up constantly throughout the day – because quite honestly, I just don’t have the time.
As I embark on my beauty adventure to find products that will work with my 15 – 20 minute beauty regime, I thought I would review the products as I went along. So here are the reviews for my latest beauty buys.
Dior – Pore Minimizer matte primer (£29.00)
So I was told to invest in a primer as it will help my make-up stay in place all day. I’m entirely sure why I went for this one, but If I’m completely honest I’m not overly impressed. I don’t feel it minimises my pores overly well and it doesn’t spread very well either. What I will say is, that this product is very light and does brighten my face somewhat, but under make-up that doesn’t really show. Overall rather disappointing and not really worth the money.
Estee Lauder – Double Wear, stay-in-place concealer (£21.50)
This has quickly become of my favourite products in my beauty box and is certainly a saving grace for the dark circles that have appeared under my eyes since entering motherhood. I went for the shade that matched my skin tone as I tend to find slightly lighter shades actually highlight the dark circles under my eyes, instead of covering them up. This product does exactly what it says on the tin and stays in place all day, which is perfect for all women on the go, especially Mum’s who tend to be on the go all day after a night of broken sleep. It also blends onto the skins very nicely and doesn’t get caught up in any lines or creases. I couldn’t recommend this product enough.
Estee Lauder – Double Wear, stay in place foundation (£29.50)
I was expecting this to be as great as the concealer that is also in the double wear, stay in place range. However I’m not quite as excited about this product. Unfortunately this foundation is really heavy, but the good news is that is stays on all day without the need to top it up. So it’s swings and roundabouts really. Another great thing about this foundation is that a little goes a long way, which is always a bonus when it comes to foundation. Overall I would recommend this product, but if you want a light, airy breathable foundation then this one may not be right for you.
Benefit – High Beam (19.50)
I’m a huge fan of Benefit make-up and their products never disappoint me. Now we are moving quickly into the sunnier seasons of the year, I wanted something to make me a little more radiant. When you have little ones, your skin can begin to look a little tired and so what better than an illuminating pick me up. I dot this along the top of my cheekbones and voila instant radiance. This product is great and again a little goes a long way, meaning this products tends to last. I couldn’t recommend this product enough.
Bourjois – Cream Blush (£7.99)
This product was actually given to me as a part of a Christmas gift and quite honestly I wouldn’t have bought it myself. I’ve always had this idea in my head that blusher is meant to be a powder and that was the end of it. However, I’m glad I have discovered this product because it is easier to apply than powdered blusher, especially when you are in a rush. This cream blush can be applied using your fingers and leaves you with a lovely glow, perfect for the upcoming summer months. The only problem with this product is that is does need reapplying throughout the day, but because it is so easy to apply, I won’t hold that against it. Overall I would recommend this product, it is definitely worth the money.
Urban Decay – Eyeshadow (£14.00 each)
I thought I would try the Urban Decay eyeshadow range because everyone was raving about it and there are so many colours to choose from, it made it easier to find the exact shades I was looking for. I did find that these eyeshadows have a very vivid colour and look really great when your first apply them, however I was slightly disappointed as I didn’t feel the eyeshadows lasted any longer than any others I have used, but were double the price. Overall I would say that you are most likely to find the shade you are looking for with Urban Decay’s range, but I’m not sure I would recommend this product.
Chanel – E’CRITURE DE CHANEL Eyeliner Pen (£27.00)
I think eyeliner is a distinctive beauty product and really finishes off most looks. Unfortunately since becoming a Mum, it is slightly too time consuming to wear every day. When I do get the chance to wear it though, I want it to stay on all day without cracking or smudging. This eyeliner by Chanel is great for that and generally stays on perfectly all day without the slightest bit of smudging (which is impressive when I have little hands wiping banana or snot on my face most hours of the day). The applicator tip is a great shape, which makes application rather easy and even if you do make a mistake, it is easy to fix. This product lasts ages as well, I’ve had this eyeliner four times longer than any other I’ve bought and it’s still going strong. This product comes highly recommend from me.
Dior – Diorshow iconic overcurl mascara (£25.00)
I was given a sample of this when I made my last purchases on the Dior counter and thought I would give it a go. I’m very lucky and have very long, full eyelashes naturally, but I did find that this mascara added to the length and volume slightly without creating a dramatically heavy and overpowering look, which I think a lot of mascaras create. Instead this mascara creates a dainty natural look – which I absolutely love. I wouldn’t say this mascara curled my lashes as such, but it definitely made them look longer and slightly fuller. I would recommend this product if you like natural looking lashes.
Dior – Rouge Dior Lipstick, Couture Colour, Voluptuous Care (£26.50)
I think having the right lipstick can give you that little sparkle as you set about your day and for me Dior adds that little extra to that little sparkle. I always find myself pouring over their lipstick counters, torn between their bold reds and their understated nudes. Regardless of what colour I buy though, I always love the product. I find Dior lipsticks always looks elegantly classy and leave my lips feeling well moisturised. The only downside is that this lipstick does need a few top ups throughout the day. If you only have one Dior make-up product in your beauty box, make it this one as I can’t recommend it highly enough.
So there you have my review of all of my latest beauty products. What are your favourite products in your beauty box at the moment? You can let me know in the comments, on Twitter, Instagram or on Facebook.
*Prices are correct at time of purchase