How my skincare routine is becoming as easy as Pai

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After many false starts, the Mumster knows what suits her skin – and a new discovery is helping make all the difference

If you’re one of those people who comment below articles about skincare saying how you merely wash your face with soap and water and have skin that people stop you in the street to ask about, then you carry on with what you are doing. For me, it’s your more-typical cleanse, tone and moisturise.

It’s been a case of trial and error finding what works, what doesn’t and what is simply a waste of time and money. Even when you think you’ve got it nailed your skin can change with hormones, ageing and the seasons. So this routine is what is currently working for me. It may not work for you, but it might give you some ideas and if you have any suggestions, please let us know in the comments below. Continue reading “How my skincare routine is becoming as easy as Pai”

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How to summerproof your make-up

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It’s wonderful to have warmer weather, but the heat can play havoc with your everyday look. Luckily, The Mumster has the answers…  

I have a confession. Summer isn’t my favourite season. It always feels like every grey, rainy day is a disappointment while every nice, sunny day in spring or autumn is a bonus. I also find the heat difficult when it comes to applying make-up that stays put. However, in the spirit of embracing change, I am taking a more positive attitude to the rising temperatures and sunny days and have created a face that will stay put. Continue reading “How to summerproof your make-up”

Seven steps to cleansing heaven

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It’s an important step in your skincare regime, says The Mumster, so take as much care removing your make-up as you do putting it on

I love wearing make-up, but there’s something almost meditative about the routine of taking it off at night. Which is just as well as my three-step routine has now expanded to six.

But it’s not about spending a fortune (although that is incredibly easy to do), rather more about finding a routine that works for you and your budget and lifestyle. Continue reading “Seven steps to cleansing heaven”

Putting a spring in my step – and the rest of my body

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The Mumster has a girls’ weekend to look forward to, so it’s time to shed her winter body and spring into action

If my face is a temple then my body is most definitely a shed – it gets a clear-out once a year. Frankly, though, if I didn’t have to bother then I probably wouldn’t; but a girls’ weekend away and the thought of sandals motivated me to do a bit of housekeeping… Continue reading “Putting a spring in my step – and the rest of my body”

Can you teach a not-so-old dog new make-up tricks?

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The Mumster has plenty of experience when it comes to make-up, but what can she learn from her young daughter?

It’s with a certain amount of trepidation that I allow someone else to do my make-up. Too many times in the past, sales assistants have caked me in so many products I barely recognise myself. And then there was that memorable make-up party where I was volunteered to be the guinea pig only to be turned into an orange-faced, silver-eyeshadowed clown. So when 50 Sense asked my daughter and I to do each other’s make-up to see if we would learn anything, I was rather apprehensive, to say the least. Continue reading “Can you teach a not-so-old dog new make-up tricks?”

How to do the perfect cat’s eye

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It’s a make-up trick everyone should have in their repertoire, but it’s not always the easiest look to master. Never fear, says The Mumster, help is on hand

I love playing with different looks but there’s one that has always defeated me: the cat’s eye – or flicky eye – is a bugger.

I’ve watched YouTube and Instagram tutorials galore to no avail. They make it look so easy, one swoosh and it’s done. But no matter what I do it never quite works.

So why not get help from someone trained, especially if that help is free? Continue reading “How to do the perfect cat’s eye”

Cult Beauty – my online superstore

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The Mumster likes nothing better than heading to the make-up counter. Can shopping online compete? 

I don’t live in the middle of nowhere. There’s a town centre nearby with a John Lewis, Debenhams, Superdrug, Kiko, Boots and Marks & Spencer. And then a shopping centre with access to Urban Decay, Charlotte Tilbury and Mac.

But what this means is I’m confined to the mainstream brands. Not for me the likes of By Terry, Becca or Hourglass.

So if The Mumster can’t go to the mountain, then the mountain can come to The Mumster – virtually at least.

Continue reading “Cult Beauty – my online superstore”