How to revive a tired mum: I’m on a mission to refresh and revive after the long weeks of summer. The lack of routine has been a welcome break during the holidays but 6 weeks of entertaining the kids and trying to slot work in when I can means that now they’re back at school all day I’m feeling tired.
But I don’t have time to be tired! There are some exciting work things happening this month and some city centre meetings to be had where I’ll need to look and feel my best. I find that I get energised when I go into a city centre for work – the pace around me, the hustle and bustle and people walking with purpose is exhilarating and I get a kick out of dressing up and putting lippy on! Most of the time I work from home around the kids wearing my gym kit so you can see why a change of scene is necessary.
So this month I’ve been seeking out the beauty products that are best for renewing tired skin, brightening up my face and making my body feel alive!
I’ll be starting my day with a shower and a cleansing body wash from Mia and Dom Organic Skincare. I love this brand as all its products are made in the UK by mumpreneur Jen Feltham. I recently interviewed Jen about her business which she started around her kids, and you can watch the interview here.
When I have a busy day I use the Sure Maximum Protection Stress Control Anti-Perspirant £3.99 from Boots and followed by the Manuka Doctor Aspirefine CC Cream as my moisturiser. It has an SPF20 to protect throughout the day and is purified with bee venom. I’ve heard that the celebs swear by this too! Now £13.29 (reduced) from Superdrug.
I’ve also been trying some other moisturisers to revive a dull complexion and this combo from TEN is nice. The Instant Lifting Cream and the Revive Eye Contour both have dual synergy action to lift and rejuvenate the skin and the area around the eye. £23.99 and £21.99 from www.scrubsuk.com
Out & About
My make-up routine at the moment is to use the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer £4.19 from Superdrug under my eyes. Then dust with the Max Factor Creme Puff (£4.60 from Just My Look) as a foundation. Once I’ve done that, I apply my favourite smokey eye look and use the Eye of Horus black mascara to open up the eye. This mascara is inspired by Egypt and costs £16.50. To finish this area off, I have the Hi Brow 24 hr Brow Powder for perfectly defined brows. When your brows are neat and tidy, it helps make the rest of your face come alive and stops you looking tired! This palette is £19.99 from Just My Look.
When I’m out and about I like to carry an eye reviver with me – I used to take drops but I find this Optrex eye spray is handy. You spray onto closed eyelids (even whilst wearing make-up) to instantly moisturise dry eyes. (I’ve had laser surgery in the past so my eyes do get a little dry as the day goes on). It’s handy to keep in my make-up bag and costs £15.99 from Boots.
The Murine Bright & Moist eyes (£4.59 from Boots) are good when I’m at home as the gel is quite thick and can blur your vision temporarily until it absorbs so it’s best used when you’re not driving!
The Dr Organic Dead Sea Mineral is a nice eye brightener for around the eyes to combat puffiness and reduce dark circles. If you like a rollerball application, this one costs £8.99 from Holland and Barrett.
The ‘That’s So Pure White’ is something I’ve kept on my desk for the days I’ve been working at home and make-up free. You spray onto clean skin to feel refreshed and it has the added bonus of helping you even out an uneven skintone and brighten up your face! It is available from That’so, find your local stockist here.
At the end of a busy day working from home it helps to change the mood from work mode to home mode by doing something ultra relaxing like a face mask. The ARK Hydration Injection Masque is indulgent and helps to quench skin. Enjoy with a glass of wine to wind down after a busy day, it costs £35 for 75ml.
For more beauty tips for busy mums, you may enjoy how to do a frizz eliminator blow dry. Do you have any favourite products for refreshing a tired mum? Share in the comments below!
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