As a new Mum I think it’s really important to try and keep up some kind of beauty regime if that is what you were used to before babies. Even if your regime is lot quicker than it was previously it’s important to just to keep some sort of identity and also to ensure you are feeling at your best, so you can be the best Mum you can be at all times. When Violet was a newborn I spent weeks in my PJs, with my hair in a bun (usually stuck together with baby sick) and no make-up. I soon realised that was part of the reason I stopped feeling like me – I’d forgotten to care for myself. I personally feel like I make a better Mum if I care for myself too, so I wanted to share a few of my favourite Summer Beauty products that have given me a boost in the last few months and helped me to feel like me again! As I don’t often post beauty posts, this will be a bit of a ‘bumper post‘ but bear with me, there are some great products here worth talking about!
When it comes to skincare, my normal day-to-day cleanse, tone, moisturise routine is pretty samey so I won’t bore you with that here – instead I wanted to talk about the additional products I use on my skin that have that extra wow-factor and leave my skin feeling super pampered….
Heaven New Edition Cleansing Cream | Heaven Chamomile Densitising Hydrogel | Bio-Essence 24k Bio-Gold
So, first up I wanted to talk about the Heaven Skincare range. This is a brand I’ve only just discovered as I was recently invited to a blog event at The Grand Hotel in Brighton, where Heaven Skincare is now the range of products they use within their spa for treatments. The event was to try out some of the products and meet the owner and creator of the brand Deborah Mitchell, who was a super creative, inspiring lady who has been in the industry years, eventually creating her own brand -She even does beauty treatments for the Royal Family so we enjoyed hearing some of the stories about that! We were given a goodie bag of treats to take home, so here are my two favourites from that – the New Edition Cleansing Cream and Chamomile Desensitising Hydrogel. One of the things I really love about the Heaven Skincare range is that all of the products are totally natural, with no preservatives, so when you read the ingredients you aren’t slathering your skin with chemicals. She also has come up with some rather radical ideas too – such as Prism technology that reacts to light, even the light from your computer or smart phone – this comes with a rainbow-light app that visibly plumps the skin and adds a radiant glow within seconds. I know, you have to see it to believe it! I look forward to giving more of the range a go soon.
Second on my list of slightly unusual but awesome skincare products is the 24k Bio-Essence Gold Water – If slapping gold on your face doesn’t make you feel like a princess in the mornings, I don’t know what will! Bio-Essence Gold Water is applied like a serum after cleansing and quickly absorbs into the skin. I was particularly excited about this one as it genuinely has shimmering gold pieces within the product, making it feel just that little bit extra special. Apart from the bling-factor, I’ve now learned that using gold on your skin is said to be a superior anti-oxidant which effectively blocks away free radicals to help skin defy signs of ageing. Bio-Essence Gold water helps to tighten pores, boost firmness and suppleness, plump wrinkles, balance sebum and give a luminous radiance. I’ve been using this product around a month and have certainly noticed softer, more radiant skin – so in my opinion this one is a win!
Image Biomolecular Anti-Ageing Radiance Mask
I’ve always been one for face masks – especially in the bath, with a good book – that is my idea of heaven. Before baby I tried to apply a mask to my skin at least once a week, now it’s more like once a month if I’m lucky as I just don’t get the time. However, just recently I’ve found that I can save time by using a sheet mask. Although I think it makes me look like a crazy about to rob a bank (they look like balaclavas!) they are so quick to just peel out of the packaging and pop on and then peel off again, rather than slathering on a traditional mask, usually making a mess along the way (if you are like me). One of my favourites has got to be the Image Skincare range, especially the Biomolecular Anti-Ageing Radiance Mask. It’s so cooling and refreshing to apply, you can literally feel the goodness sinking into your skin from the word go. This always leaves my skin feeling so rehydrated and silky smooth, even a few days on.
Necta Perfecta Beautifying Mask by Bee Good
The Necta Nerfecta Beautifying Mask is a product I’ve been wanting to try for SO LONG and I finally got my hands on this little beauty and I haven’t been disappointed at all. if anything I’ve been more wow-ed than I expected! I’m not sure what I was expecting to be honest, probably a standard face mask with a honey twist, but this isn’t like anything I’ve tried before. The blend is thick and balmy, literally like applying a sweet honey bees wax to your face. It’s just gorgeous and so luxurious. I also love that this is a 4-in-1 mask which means I can just go to town in lots of different areas at once, again a luxury product that is a time saver too (can you see the pattern here!). This handy mask is not just for the face but also can be used as a weekly scalp treatment, an SOS mask on dry and ‘challenged’ areas or a hand rescue remedy too. I also love Bee Good as a brand, I’ve used their products for a few years now and love supporting a British company that is so kind to our friends, the bee!
Onto make-up now. I mainly wear the same daily make-up that I can now apply in about 2-3 minutes. I’ve even learned to do it one handed too (the things we do!) However, like with skincare I’ve learned that a little extra goes a long way – a bold lip for example can totally change a look and makes me feel great too. I feel like you can’t have a bad day if you have a bold lipstick on or glitter eyes, so I’m rolling with that and it seems to be working. So, with that in mind, here are a few additions to my makeup bag….
Carrying on my theme of timesaving – I’ve been loving bold lip shades that last. Honestly, if you don’t have much time for makeup in the morning, my tip is to apply a bold colour in a lasting formula, like these 12 hour Timeless “kissproof” lipsticks by Lord & Berry. They stay on no matter how much cold tea you sip and you can actually fool people that you put some effort into your makeup. Perfect!
This one was a naughty treat to myself. I’ve been looking for a bold metallic eye shadow forever (honestly, for years) that actually pops with a bright shimmer when you use it and THIS IS IT. I’ve finally found my dream glitter eye! This is the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eyeshadow in Metallic Dusty Rose it is so, so beautiful! It comes with this super cute little primer with a tray and dropper (that are so mini you’d think they were for borrowers) so you can blend it and create different looks. I love using this for a sweep of shimmer using an eyeliner brush or a bolder more dazzling look all over the lid.
Last on my list is this gorgeous eyeshadow palette – it’s the Estée Lauder Smoky Nights palette. I realised not so long ago that I’ve been wearing the same eyeshadow blends for nearly 4 years now (!). My go-to palette is the Urban Decay Naked 3, I’m on my second one as I wore my favourite shades out on the first one, but I think now it’s time to try some new looks. I love a smoky eye, so the Smoky Nights palette was perfect for creating a slightly bolder look with some lovely purples and blues – my favourite!
So, if you’ve read this far – thanks for sticking around through a MASSIVE beauty update post – I hope you found some fab product recommendations here. Let me know what you thought of my favourite summer products and if you have any favourites at the moment, share them in the comments below! 🙂
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