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.

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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…

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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”

Chanel Lift Lumière foundation – the ace of base

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It’s not only the evenings that are getting lighter, The Mumster’s foundation is changing for spring too. But which one to choose

After testing face masks, my skin is in pretty good shape (I’ve carried on doing them twice a week) but this hasn’t always been the case. After my fourth child, my face went into a hormonal meltdown of epic proportions and foundation was my saviour (and antibiotics!).

Today, however, I prefer a lighter cover (Huda and Nars have launched full cover bases which get good reviews). My biggest problem now is shine and that with my pale(ish) skin can make finding the right base difficult. Continue reading “Chanel Lift Lumière foundation – the ace of base”

Face masks: A detox for your skin

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Now is the time of year for a detox. At least, that’s what some magazines would have you believe. You spent Christmas (and some of January) merrily eating drinking your way through the contents of your cupboards (even that weird stuff at the back) and now you turn on the TV and the diet programmes have started. Well, I’m having none of it. No, instead I’m going to feed my face with face masks. Continue reading “Face masks: A detox for your skin”