Confession time: I may or may not have used a bit of creative license when choosing the title ‘Make-Up Products For Getting Ready In A Hurry’. I mean, it all depends on your version of the term ‘in a hurry’, really. Since having Lila, I’ve certainly had to make changes to the time I can allow for my make-up routine; these days I can have anything from ten minutes to forty minutes in order to look presentable. And I know what you’re thinking. Forty minutes? How much slap is this girl putting on?! And the answer to that is, it depends on the occasion! Sometimes I wear the bare minimum, and sometimes I contour every possible angle. Some days I’m feeling like a dewy glow, other days I’m applying powder atop of double-wear atop of concealer. If I’m feeling pretty good, I’ll put make-up on, and if I’m feeling particularly bad, I’ll definitely put make-up on. I think it’s safe to say that I use make-up almost as a form of meditation. I get all my tools together, stand in front of the mirror and happily zone out (and completely lose track of time) and I always, always feel better afterwards. I mean, I’m not a completely obsessed ‘did-she-shoot-herself-with-a-makeup-gun?’!, spidery-eye-lashed chisel-cheeked weirdo (although I think I just accurately described half the cast of Geordie Shore); I’m well aware of the adage ‘less is more’, but I also think that if a shimmery brow bone highlight makes me feel good, then get out of the way and pass me the NARS!
Now that I’m dealing with a rambunctious toddler instead of a sleepy little newborn, I’ve had to pare my make-up routine down to the least amount of products, but with the best results. I have perfected my mum-face so that I can be ready in ten minutes…although that’s not to say that I do get ready in ten minutes. The products I’ve listed are all pretty speedy to use and will give you a fair amount of coverage without having to use ten other items to set them in place, but if you’re anything like me you’ll know that doing a defined brow can take mere seconds with dipbrow pomade, but doing the perfect defined brow with dipbrow pomade is an art-form that shouldn’t be rushed. (Do you hear me, lads? SHOULDN’T. BE. RUSHED.)
My make-up collection used to include a wide array of items which became so extensive that I needed a drawer for each section of the face – one for foundations, one for concealers, one for primers, one for lipsticks, one for palettes…you get the idea. Plus a drawer full of every applicator known to man-kind ‘cos, yes – a gal does need several different blending brushes for different degrees of smokey-eye-ness. And alright, I’ll be completely honest. My make up collection still includes the giant chest of drawers, which I have no intention of parting with any time soon. To quote my favourite fictional bookshop owner – ‘whores will have their trinkets’. But like I said, since becoming a mama and realising that there are only so many minutes in the day to primp oneself, I pretty much only use the same products day in, day out. Now I’ll shuddup and get to the good stuff!
(Also, this post is completely 100% not sponsored.)
Soooo let’s start with the basics – skincare!
Lancome Youth Activating Concentrate Serum $55-180 – this comes under the category of ‘Things That My Mum Bought Me’. I can’t confirm whether or not a youthful glow has been activated, but it feels pretty good on my skin.
Sukin Organic Rose Hip Oil $17.95- I have recently run out of my Sukin Rose Hip moisturising cream, so this is what I’ve been using on my face instead. And now that we’re coming into the colder weather, it’s been helpful to have something a little more hydrating on my skin. The low price-point on this one is a winner, too.
Benefit the POREfessional $53 – This came in a benefit pack I received for Christmas. I don’t use it every single day, only when I want a bit of extra staying power. I probably won’t purchase it when this mini runs out because primer isn’t an essential for me, but out of all the primers I’ve used it’s one of my favourites.
LUSH Sweet Lips Lip Scrub $9.95 – Usually in my hurry to apply foundation I end up getting half of it on my lips which results in that weird ‘I’m-going-to-pass-out’ look. This lip scrub is my favouuuuurite lip product because it rubs off the foundation, exfoliates my lips and then YOU CAN EAT IT. (It’s essentially just sugar so if you wanted to DIY you could. Consumerism will be the death of me)
Mac Prep + Prime Fix+ $27 – This was purchased for me by my bestest gal pal, who exclaimed “I’m not sure exactly what this does but I think it’s possibly amazing”. Well, yeah. Pretty much! It should really come under the category of make-up, but it has so many uses that it’s kinda one of those dream products you can use for a multitude of things either on bare skin OR your finished look. It is not a setting spray, but a finishing spray. It gives your skin a genuine dewy glow, refreshes, hydrates, primes, and finishes make up beautifully. If this list inspires you to buy any of these products, let it be this one! It’s a winner.
And for the holy grail among my skincare products, we have this jar of goodness –
Absolute Organics Extra Virgin Coconut Oil $16.95 -This should be awarded an exposure-therapy medal for me, because I have to haul ass all the way to Costco in order to buy it. I go through a jar of this sooo quickly; I actually started buying two at a time. One to keep in my bathroom, and another for the kitchen (Also to avoid the look of horror I got when Jordan found me in the kitchen cupboard slathering this onto my face). I use this to take my make up off, and then I apply more before I go to bed so that it sinks into my skin overnight. I also eat spoonfuls of it, and use it for oil-pulling, and for shaving my legs, and for using in pretty much every single thing I cook.
Onto the make up!
NARS blush in ‘Desire’ $47 – This is my favourite of favourite blush shades. It’s looks like a horrendously violent candy pink, but it’s extremely buildable and has complimented my colouring regardless of how many odd shades I’ve dyed my hair over the years.
Too Faced Absolutely Flawless Concealer $20usd – A great coverage concealer that doesn’t go weird on my skin when I sweat profusely during HIIT workouts. Which is a plus when you have to fit workouts in wherever you can, and may or may not have time to reapply make-up afterwards.
L’Oreal True Match Foundation $29.95 – When I have the money to treat myself I like to use MAC Studio Fix foundation, but you can’t go past old-faithful True Match for a drugstore foundation. Awesome coverage, easily applied, and you’re bound to find your shade (although 9 times out of 10 mine is sold out at Target, boo.)
Anastasia Beverly Hills DipBrow Pomade $32 – After ignoring my mothers advice and over-plucking my brows as a teenager (sorry mum) I have been left with such sparse eyebrow hair that you can hardly tell I have eyebrows at all. I used eyeshadow for such a long time until this heavenly pomade came out and saved my l̶i̶f̶e̶ brows. It’s waterproof (aka HIIT workout proof) and makes for a killer defined brow.
Bobbi Brown Corrector $40 – Mum-life equals no sleep ever which equals some pretty severe under-eye bags. I use this underneath my concealer to hide my zombie eyes. It mostly does the job, but probably 48 hours of sleep would do it better…I guess I’ll never know *sniff*
Revlon Age-Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer $26.95 – I had my doubts with this concealer but I was left eating my words. Undereye bags, I’d like you to meet your match. Okay, that was cheesy. I apologise. This concealer works – forreal.
KIT cosmetics Lipstick in ‘Lunch With The Girls’ $25 and MAC Matte Lipstick in ‘Velvet Teddy’ $36 – I didn’t really start wearing lipstick on the regular until I had Lila. These are two of my favourites for a low-key look.
Australis AC On Tour Contour and Highlight Palette $16.95 – You can’t be too heavy-handed with this and you definitely need to blend the shit out of it to avoid a contouring nightmare, but I use it every day and now I feel like my face looks weird if I don’t use it.
Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Lash Multiplying Mascara $52 – This is another of ‘Things That Mum Bought Me’, mainly because I’m not crazy enough to spend $50+ on mascara. But it’s beaut and makes me look awake which is a key factor in mum-face.
Revlon Colorstay Eyeshadow Quad in ‘Excited’ $7 – Standard eyeshadow quad – I switch between a few eyeshadow quads/palettes but this is the one I’ve been using lately. I tend to stick mostly to neutral colours on my eyes.
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Highlighter $47 – I use this on my brow bone and cheekbones but most of all I dab a little (or a lot, depending on how sleep deprived I am) on the corner of each eye to look like I’m actually alive. Pretty pricey for a highlighter but it will probably last me forEVER because a little of this stuff goes a lonnnnng way.
Whew – exhaustive list! Honestly, I could probably get by with half the products I’ve listed here, but a) I would feel bad letting my make-up collection gather dust, and b) there are few things more soothing to me than getting a hot cup of tea, putting on some music and standing in my bathroom with all my pots and potions and making myself look lovely (because unlike Beyoncé, I certainly did not wake up like this). It’s a form of self-care, after all, and we know how much I like to bang on about the importance of self-care, don’t we? (Refer to blog posts a), b) and c) for confirmation on this). If anyone has any holy grail items they are in love with that I can add to my mum-face repertoire , let me know in the comments!