Makeup For Mums

Makeup For Mums

I’ve spoken many times about how I am more than ‘just a Mum’ and how I have managed to cling on to some parts of the ‘old me’ over the last five years of my parenting journey. One of the things that has contributed to this is my love of makeup. I never used to go out of the house without a face of makeup before I had my Little Man, and I rarely do now. I know a lot of Mums, may want to add makeup to their daily routine, but don’t have the time. Some may want to start wearing it but don’t know where to begin. I have decided to do a little take on the popular ‘What’s In My Makeup Bag’ posts but share it with you as Makeup For Mums. After all, that’s what I am.


Makeup For Mums


Primer, Foundation & Powder

I’ve had unpredictable skin for as long as I can remember and for years and years I have never managed to find a foundation that doesn’t slide off my face by the time I reach lunchtime. I ended up having a good old Google at some point during last year to find the best foundation for combination skin and someone, somewhere recommended Revlon’s Colourstay foundation. I had nothing to lose so I went along to my local Boots and picked some up.

It changed my life. Seriously. From the first wear, I no longer had the problem of shiny skin that I have had for twenty years. I had combined it with their Colourstay powder and I can honestly say, hand on heart that I don’t have to touch this up at all during the day. It looks as good when I get home in the late afternoon as it does in the morning when I put it on.


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My skin type has changed over the last few months and for some reason has gone quite dry. I’m in denial that this has something to do with my age, but whatever it is, the foundation type I was wearing wasn’t going on as well as it used to. The next time I needed a new bottle, I went for their ‘normal/dry’ type and I am now back to having fabulous foundation again. This just goes to show how important it is to buy the right sort of foundation for your skin type.

It’s also worth noting that this foundation gives amazing coverage. Again, likely down to an age thing (sob), I have recently developed slight rosacea on my nose and cheeks but the Revlon Colourstay covers it brilliantly. If you like a foundation with great coverage then this is for you.

My Primer is W3’s cheap as chips Prime Magic Camera Ready. I am currently using the anti-redness one but I have used the normal one and I don’t think there is much difference. I don’t even always use this every day. It depends how my skin is feeling or if I’m likely to be needing my makeup to really last. But at the price, I can’t complain. I think I picked it up from B & M, of all places!



Quite possibly the most important product in my makeup bag! Us Mums know all about under-eye shadows and circles and this Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer is a complete godsend. It brightens and covers perfectly and I really can’t be without it. I have been known to wear it on its own without foundation on days that I might not want to bother with my full face and it makes me look perfectly presentable. It even covers up that annoying rosacea I mentioned earlier. You don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive makeup. I used to be a big fan of the YSL Touche Eclat but there’s no way I’d waste my money on that now. This is far better.


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Bronzer & Blush

You could be forgiven for thinking that this post is sponsored by Revlon, but I can assure you that it isn’t. I am just a huge fan. I bought the Revlon bronzer and blusher at the same time as the others. I think there was a 3 for 2 offer on at the time and it was one of those occasions where I was running out of everything so I picked these up. Again, the colours are perfect (my blush is shade 20 Ravishing Rose) and the bronzer is just the right amount of glow for my pale skin (shade 24 bronze beauty). I have tried others since and nothing compares, so I won’t be straying from them anymore. We are a match made in heaven.


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Brows & Mascara

I can’t believe there was ever a day that I left the house without doing my brows. And I did, for years! There is no way I can now. I look incomplete without doing so and whilst to anyone else, I probably look fine, to me it just looks like I forgot to do it! I use Benefit’s Browzings. I picked it up when I went for a brow wax a while back and I find it lasts really well. It has a powder and a wax so it has great staying power. Great for busy days where your makeup will be put through it. I am sure there are cheaper alternatives around, but this is the one I have simply because it’s in my makeup bag. Once it’s all gone, I will likely try and find another.

As for mascara. This is a bit of a cop-out. For years I hunted for the best mascara. I had short lifeless lashes and mascara was always a bit of a nightmare as they all promised the world but very rarely delivered. I don’t have this problem anymore as I have found the solution that works best for me. Lash extensions.


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I first had lash extensions last Summer. I had them paid for as a birthday treat and I have been hooked ever since. My eyes have always looked tired without mascara and on no makeup days, I looked ill. Well, no more! Lash extensions not only lengthen your lashes but they make them darker so you always look like you have mascara on – without the need to apply any. Now even on days where I choose to go sans makeup, I look half decent and not half asleep! They save me so much time in the morning because mascara was by far the one thing that took the longest to do. Now I give my lashes a quick comb and I’m good to go. I sometimes put some mascara on my lower lashes if I feel like it and when I do, I use Benefit’s Roller Lash. Quite simply because that’s what I have left over! But I barely use any. I can’t imagine life without my lash extensions now and really recommend them to anyone who may be thinking about them. Take a look at my lash technician’s Instagram page to see how amazing lash extensions are – The Lash Lounge on Instagram.


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It’s rare I wear lipstick. But when I do, my colour of choice is red. Nothing makes you look more awake than a splash of red lipstick. Again, my brand and colour of choice is Revlon’s Rouge Edition in shade 02, Velvet. I didn’t buy this because it was Revlon, but because I wanted a long lasting matt lip colour and this was the first one I came across. It lasts so well. So much so I’m having to wipe it off at night. But, I have a horrid feeling this was a limited edition as I haven’t been able to find it since! If anyone knows about this, or where I can find one similar, please let me know! It’s become my signature colour and it will soon be running out!


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And that concludes my daily makeup. This little lot takes me about ten minutes to apply. No word of a lie. Maybe it’s because I’m well practised and have it down to a fine art, but just those ten minutes in the morning take me from not wanting to leave the house, to feeling confident enough to face anyone and everything.

Some may say it’s sad that I need makeup to do that. But I’m not sad about it. Makeup is a part of me. I don’t cake it on. I don’t go crazy with eyeliner and eyeshadow, it’s all very natural. It makes me feel more comfortable and confident and that’s what is important. It’s my thing. And that’s perfectly okay.


I hope you have enjoyed rummaging through my makeup bag. What are your go-to favourites? Perhaps I’m missing out! Let me know in the comments.




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  1. 10th April 2018 / 10:17 am

    This is great. I really need to update my makeup bag. My usuals aren’t cutting it anymore, like you said, it’s probably to do with age. The colour stay foundation and powder sound fab, so I’ll definitely give them a try 😁 #TriumphantTales

  2. 10th April 2018 / 3:10 pm

    I love these posts, I never used to go out with out make up either but now I just don’t have the time #TriumphantTales

  3. 10th April 2018 / 3:12 pm

    I am all about drug store make-up! I’m lucky to have tough skin that doesn’t react to anything.
    I do not leave the house if I don’t have my brows and lashes done. I am very pale and they disappear and make me look pretty sickly if they’re not dressed up.
    I have been so curious about eyelash extensions but don’t want to dive into the cost and maintaining appointments. But yours are working very hard to convince me to drink the KoolAde!

    • Jaki
      12th April 2018 / 5:50 pm

      Do it! You won’t regret it! 😉

  4. viewfromthebeachchair
    10th April 2018 / 3:18 pm

    I pretty much hit the eyes and call it good. I need to spend more time on me and getting myself together. #triumphanttales

  5. 10th April 2018 / 5:58 pm

    Great post, I’m on the lookout for a decent bronzer. Must check out Revlon, thanks! #TriumphantTales

  6. 10th April 2018 / 6:14 pm

    I don’t wear bronzer or blusher and have no idea how to blend, but I’ve had a colour of really good make overs and i should’ve paid a bit more attention in the tutorials. One thing I did pick up that makes a difference is not using powder under the eyes. Can’t remember why but it does make the concealer look less heavy #triumphanttales

  7. 10th April 2018 / 10:10 pm

    Oh your eyelash extensions are gorgeous! That concealer sounds good, I need one for my MASSIVE eye bags!! #triumphanttales

  8. 11th April 2018 / 12:35 am

    Mine will have to be concealer to hide how exhausted I am half of the time, great post #TriumphantTales

  9. 11th April 2018 / 6:43 am

    Being busy moms, we hardly find time to put makeup on face. These makeup tips are superb, quick, and easy.

  10. 11th April 2018 / 11:24 am

    I never wear make up but think I might have a play as I approach middle-age fast so this post will be a big help thanks #TriumphantTales

  11. 11th April 2018 / 1:22 pm

    I love seeing what other people do with make up. I’ve always been a bit useless at it but as I’m getting older I’m more interested (and can afford better stuff too which helps). I am a huge fan of Revlon. It always stays well and the skin tone matches are always great. #TriumphantTales

  12. 12th April 2018 / 9:24 am

    This is really useful, I am rubbish with knowing primer etc a bit old school. Couldn’t live without concealer X #triumphanttales

  13. 12th April 2018 / 9:56 am

    I’m always interested in what other people chose make-up wise. I’ve been less and less bothered lately as I feel like I’ve let myself go after baby number three, but it’s getting to a time where I want to smarten up again. I shall give soe of your products a whirl. #triumphanttales

  14. 12th April 2018 / 11:55 am

    I think I might have to try this foundation/powder combo. My skin gets so shiny and I can’t find anything that works #triumphanttales

  15. aliduke79hotmailcom
    14th April 2018 / 9:06 pm

    I might have to keep an eye out for that primer, I like to try different things.

  16. 16th April 2018 / 3:33 pm

    Lovely post! I’m also a big fan of Revlon and most of my cosmetics of this company. And I still use mascara for eyelashes Revlon 🙂

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