Before Violet, I loved looking after my hair, I used to spend ages each day blow drying it, straightening it and keeping it in top condition. I also loved getting it coloured and would spend a fortune on full-head highlights too. How did I have the time or money for all of that? Seems like a distant memory now. If I manage to wash it and rough dry it, that’s a good day. Bad days are usually when I try and hide the fact I’ve just wiped baby sick out of it with a baby wipe and shoved it in a Mum-bun. Yep, it’s true, but most Mum’s are in the same boat, so we don’t judge. If you’ve made it out the door you are onto a winner, whatever you look like.
So, I thought I’d write a post today about a few things that have surprised me about my hair, since having a baby. No one really talked about anything like this before I had Violet so here are a few of my experiences….
Your priorities change
First and foremost, my priorities have totally changed. I did think I’d continue to blow-dry and straighten my hair religiously, but honestly – to have ten extra minutes to play with Violet, write a blog post or just sit and have a cup of tea is worth SO MUCH MORE. It’s really put into perspective how I want to use each precious minute in the day, as there really aren’t enough of them, so wavy hair will have to do. I live right on the seafront too, so the minute I go out the door it’s blown to oblivion anyway, I’ll just blame the sea air.
It will fall out
WHY didn’t anyone tell me this, or tell me about the little wispy bits of regrowth you’ll get around your face when your baby is about 6-8 months old!? I was loving my thick, shiny pregnancy hair but I think it’s just a facade to help you through pregnancy when you feel like a whale (a whale with nice hair though) because once that baby pops out, your hair decides to fall out too. Great.
There are easy ways to cover regrowth
The regrowth stage is only temporary and usually you can hide it underneath your existing hair, so don’t worry! I found products that really helped was the Paul Mitchell Anti-Thinning range which really helps your hair to look fuller. Wearing your hair down or with a thick fringe also hides a multitude of sins. If all else fails, you could work out the hair transplant cost and see if thats an option for you too.
Dry Shampoo is your best friend
I can’t count the amount of dry shampoo I’ve worked my way through since Violet was born. I find the best kind is that with a bit of extra volume to give your hair a boost even on the flattest of days. I have been known to run a little of Violet’s talcum powder through my hair too when the dry shampoo has run out, although try this tip only if you have blonde hair, it makes anything darker look grey!
I’m happy embracing my natural colour
The one thing that has surprised me the most is how comfortable I’ve become with embracing my natural colour. I just don’t have time to sit in the salon for 4 hours getting my highlights done, or the money! So, I’m seeing what my natural colour looks like after colouring it since I was 16 years old. I have horrific roots at the moment but it’ll grow out and I’ve been told that roots are ‘fashionable’ these days, so if anyone asks…. I’ll just have to say my weird half grown out colour is intentional………😂
Has your hair and hair styling changed since having a baby?
For the last few years, a trip to the Pharmacie was always a highlight of my French holidays. Caudalie, L’Occatane and Vichy are some of the brands I usually look out for, but now Violet is here my love for French skincare has extended to her too, having recently discovered lovely French brand for babies and expectant mothers, called Mustela.
When I was pregnant their Light Legs Gel got me through the night with my horrific fidget legs, but today we will be talking about their extensive baby range, plus I have a few goodies to giveaway at the end of the post too, so keep reading!
A couple of months back, Violet was sent this amazing care package of products for us to try out at her bath times. It took her a while to enjoy bath time, so having some lovely products that smell gorgeous and relaxes little ones really helps. We have since fallen in love with the Mustela baby range and use it daily.
Mustela was founded in France 60 years ago and over the years has grown a great following – they have now become the number one baby skincare brand across Europe, which is pretty incredible seeing as they aren’t the most common over here in the UK! They cover all skin types for your little ones – such as normal skin, dry skin, very sensitive skin and atopic prone (eczema) skin.
I’m sure you know by now that I am a firm believer in only using natural products with Violet and more importantly products that are free from nasty chemicals. Mustela’s new baby skin care range is just that – natural and free from parabens, phthalate and phenoxyethanol.
Among our care package we received:
Hydra Bebe Facial Cream – This is the first facial specific cream I’ve seen for babies! It’s ideal as I wasn’t sure with other baby lotions whether they should be applied to the face or not, so knowing this created purely for the delicate facial skin is ideal.
No Rinse Cleansing Water – A really handy product, gently clean the face, body and nappy area with no need for water, just wipe away with a cotton pad. This was extra useful on our recent weekend away where we were without a baby bath but can be used any time for a quick clean and freshen between baths.
Hydra Baby Body Lotion – Soft and delicate body lotion that gives lasting hydration to the skin, perfect after bath time.
Gentle Shampoo – We’ve just started using this and it’s a no-tears formula that can be splashed about in with no worries about getting in little eyes, it also cleanses without drying the skin out.
Baby Massage Oil – I love to give Violet a baby massage before bed, this oil is just perfect for this as it’s a dry oil, so it doesn’t leave her all greasy to the touch afterwards. The Avocado oil helps restore and protect the skin’s natural protective barrier too.
Vitamin Barrier Cream – helps to prevent, soothe and recover the skin from nappy rash also comes in a handy tube, perfect for the change bag.
Hydra Stick – ideal for targeting spots of dry skin, Violet gets little patches behind her ears so we’ve been using this here.
Cleansing Wipes – these aren’t just any wet wipes, they are soft and luxurious to the touch with a lovely gentle scent too!
Plus the lovely Mustela team kindly sent an amazingly cute, plump, pink teddy bear, which Violet LOVES and plays with all the time!
We’ve been loving trying the Mustela range, there hasn’t been a product I wouldn’t recommend. For babies skincare the products feel higher-end and much more caring on delicate skin than a lot of products I’ve tried so I’ll certainly be re-purchasing each product as they start to run out and sticking with a brand we know and trust.
Now for the exciting part – I have a little goody bag of treats from Mustela to giveaway to one lucky winner! The winner will receive all the products in the picture below, plus the CUTE teddy bear (honestly, your baby will think thats the best bit) – and don’t worry, I’m not taking Violet’s teddybear away from her, I have two!
I don’t know whats wrong with me this year – usually I have a ban on talking about Christmas until after my birthday (next week, don’t worry – still time to pop your presents in the post!) but this year I just can’t help myself. I think it’s because this Christmas is the first as a family I’m getting in the festive spirit SUPER early. But – surely this is good as it means I can post about all my present ideas with plenty of time, before the mad dash of Christmas shopping in December!
In the last couple of weeks, my family have been asking what I want for Christmas and I think this year I’m a bit blinded by the baby-bubble I’ve been in for the whole of 2017. Apparently ‘baby grows‘ are not a valid thing for me to put on my Christmas list, so I’ve had to go back to the drawing board about what I’d like santa to bring me this year. Me-time is the thing I’m lacking the most at the moment, I do miss the long bubble baths and pampering sessions I used to enjoy pre-baby -so I think a few beauty treats will be going at the top of my list.
So, I’ve been scouring the Internet for inspiration (hint hint santa) – so here are a few of the top Christmas Gift Sets I’ve found that will be going on my list this year:
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….
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! 🙂
Post contains PR samples – words and opinions are my own
Everyone keeps telling me ‘when you have a baby, you won’t have time for makeup‘ some Mums even say they don’t have enough time in the day for a shower! Eek! I know this sounds terribly vain, but if I’m totally honest – whether I’m rushed off my feet or not, I just wouldn’t feel confident going about my day-to-day without a drop of make-up or a quick freshen up – busy Mum or not! So finding that elusive balance between the two is really important to me. If I feel myself, I’ll have a brighter, happier day, so in preparation – I’ve been trying to streamline my routine into a few easy steps I could do in just seconds, so I can leave the house looking at least like I’ve put a tiny bit of effort into my appearance!
Here is my little collection of some of my favourite beauty products and make-up essentials that are going to save me that extra precious time, but keep me sane, once baby arrives:
Hair: My hair is probably the easiest, most manageable to look after – I’ve practically mastered the ‘Mum Bun’ throughout pregnancy and am happy to sweep my hair up into a hairband at the drop of a hat! To ease things along, it’s always good to have a great hairbrush to hand – my Tangle Angel is perfect as it detangles so quickly and easily (plus it’s SO PRETTY!) and a bottle of Dry Shampoo for those days where washing and blow drying are just not an option. I love Bumble & Bumble Prêt-à-powder for adding a touch of volume and bounce to flat hair too.
Face:My go-to product for skincare when time is tight is always Micellar Water – my favourite being my trusty Bioderma Sensibio H2O that always comes away with me on trips and in my weekend bag. It’s just so quick and easy at the end of the day, removing makeup and cleansing the skin way more thoroughly than so many I’ve tried – a must have product!
Makeup:When it comes to applying a quick face, my go-to products are always concealer (a MUST for tired Mums), blush, brows, mascara and lips. I can leave the rest. This makes my make-up routine pretty quick to be honest as all the products I’ve picked are super easy to use as they don’t require too much precision to apply. I start with concealer underneath my eyes and on any blemishes, I then use a Beauty Blender to blend this quickly into my skin, I love the mini’s as you can just pop them into your handbag to use on the run too. Next up is a sweep of blush and if there is time a little eye shadow, the Bobbi Brown Sultry Nude Eye and Cheek Palette has everything in one for this. The Estee Lauder Automatic Brow Duo is perfect for a quick sweep of colour as my natural brows are SO LIGHT, the pen style applicator means it’s easy to apply without too much effort. Lastly, a quick sweep of lip colour always brightens up any look – I absolutely love the new Crayola Chubby Sticks by Clinique, a fab collaboration and pretty colours too!
What are your essential time-saving beauty tips? I’d love to hear your advice and favourite products!
Collaborative Post – thoughts & opinions are my own, as always.