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”

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette: Adding sunshine to a grey day

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When times get tough, you should “pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick, and pull yourself together,” said Elizabeth Taylor. There’s something in that, says The Mumster

Things were shitty Chez Mumster last week and while it may sound banal, at times like that sometimes you need to count your blessings and find comfort in the small things. And for me the small things include make-up.

Few people appreciate the restorative power of a bright eyeshadow or bold lips but when the world seems a dark place, an orange eyeshadow can bring much needed cheer. Continue reading “Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture Palette: Adding sunshine to a grey day”

The one primer you should get

face with Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless FilterTime was you when you bought a foundation and expected it to do it’s job, i.e. look good, stay put and feel comfortable. Now you also need a primer to hydrate, blur, highlight or generally solve any number of other “problem areas” the cosmetic giants come up with.

But is this really just another way to get you to part with your cash – or are we at 50 Sense turning cynical with our years? The Mumster tested out a few to see if they really do make any difference…

Boots No7 Skin Illuminator £12.50 (30ml): On first application, the illuminator looks very shiny and I had my doubts. However, once you put your make-up on it gives you a nice glow – although I felt adding a strobing highlighter would be one step too far.

Clarins Instant Light – sorry SOS Primer in 01 Rose £26.50 (30ml): Don’t get me started on the need to rename and repackage products – I only bought this last summer and now it’s called something new entirely! Anyway, this is more of a subtle pearly-pink glow than gold and I don’t think I could get away with wearing this without foundation or a tinted moisturiser as I looked a bit ghostly without. However, it’s not hyper sparkly and it gave a lovely inner glow with foundation over it.

Becca Back Light Filter £32 (30ml): I got this is as a gift-with-purchase as a travel size. It’s not OTT shiny sparkles, but more of a golden glow. Apply a light layer and you could get away without foundation.

Estée Lauder EE Enlighten Cream Even Effect Skintone Corrector Spf30 £36 (30ml): This has the added benefit of an Spf but it is very sparkly – the glitter particles are quite large in comparison to other illuminating primers and it is quite shiny. It does have a bit of cover in it so in theory you could wear it without foundation. I wouldn’t.

Boots No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer £16.50 (30ml): I know some people say this has a slippery silicone feel that they find unpleasant, but I don’t mind that as your foundation almost slides on over the top. It doesn’t stop your base settling into creases, however, but it doesn’t exaggerate them neither. I like it and for the price, it’s a bargain.

Kiko Matte Face Base £9.90 (30ml): if you want a very matte base then this is the one. For me, however, I felt like it sucked the moisture out of my skin and gave my foundation a flat, dull and chalky appearance. It also made creases look bigger and all my make-up got sucked into my pores.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Oil Free £30 (50ml): This also gives a matte effect to foundation but I did get oily shine later in the day. And – and it’s a big and – it turned a wrinkle on my forehead into a furrow so deep I could have planted potatoes in it. I was not impressed.

Despite liking some, I was left feeling rather ambivalent about primers – after all, if I want a glow I could apply a highlighting powder to my cheekbones, chin, nose, forehead and cupid’s bow.

But then I tried the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter in 02 Light £30 (30ml) and I fell in love.

With and Without Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

It makes me look healthy and and glowing but not shiny nd even when applied alone, it’s like walking around with the best Instagram filter on your face, blurring out the lines and making you look radiant.

In the summer (whenever that comes!) I’m going to buy the slightly darker shade in 03 Light/Medium for when I’ve used a little fake tan.

I’m primed for your thoughts (sorry!)…

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Make-up rules for older women? I turn my nose up at that

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Our lovely Mumster is getting rebellious and throwing the rules out of the window. If you’re walking the dog, watch out…

I’m going to be 50 in six months and I’m not sure how I feel about it. In fact, I don’t think I’m dealing with it that well – hence I went and got my nose pierced a couple of weeks ago.

Mid-life crisis or delayed teenage rebellion? I’m not sure, but if not now then when? So I went to a local tattoo shop and the lady who did it was lovely. I even got a lolly. I don’t even get that when I have a smear (they ought to think about doing this, though.) Continue reading “Make-up rules for older women? I turn my nose up at that”

Feeling flushed? I have the answer

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This week, The Mumster gets cheeky with her make-up skills to help a friend out

Red cheeks and thread veins can be a problem as we get older. But how to cover them without feeling like you’re wearing a mask?

There are lots of foundations out there that will give you full coverage if that’s what you like, as well as colour-correcting primers to counteract the redness. However, if, like my friend, you don’t like the feel of heavy make-up or an overdone look, can you hide the flush with only the tools in your make-up bag? That’s the challenge 50 Sense set me…

Continue reading “Feeling flushed? I have the answer”

Celebrating the joy of six

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With a bulging make-up bag to her name, can The Mumster survive on just the bare minimum?

Products. I love them – and it turns out I love them a lot because I have loads.

Primers, highlighter, contour, bronzer, eye shadows – all those things that you don’t really need (though, frankly, do any of us actually need make-up? Probably not, but you’ll have to prise them out of my cold dead hands before I give it up.) I wear make-up because I love the self-expression, I love the ability to change how I look from day to day with a different lipstick and eyeshadow.

So how would I cope when 50 Sense challenged me to do a face with the minimum of products? Continue reading “Celebrating the joy of six”

Benefit They’re Real – the holy grail of mascaras?

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Eyes are the windows of the soul, they say, so make sure they’re framed properly with a good mascara, says The Mumster

For some people, it’s lipstick. But for me, if I could only use one item of make-up for the rest of my life, without hesitation it would be mascara.

I’ve always felt my eyes are my best feature, so why not exaggerate them? Which is why I’m always on the look out for THE ONE: the holy grail of mascaras that offers length, separation and volume.

So I thought I’d test out the many I have and see how I got on. To give them a fair go, I left off the THEY’RE REAL TINTED PRIMER by Benefit that I normally use, but actually, it didn’t really effect the end result that much. Still, I do feel it stops panda issues and keeps my lashes soft.

Here we go… Continue reading “Benefit They’re Real – the holy grail of mascaras?”