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”

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Spring fever with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation

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The Mumster has been “fluttering and dancing” with the daffodils this week and put a spring in her step – and her make-up

Nothing says spring in The Mumster household like the sight of daffodils in the local park where I walk the dog. (Unfortunately, this sight is often accompanied by the dog having a crap next to the said daffodils, but you get my drift.)

Lighter evenings and warmer days mean a change in clothing and in make-up. Suddenly the foundations that felt right in the depths of winter feel too heavy, especially when you get a few days of unseasonably hot weather.

With this in mind I went in search of a lighter formulation, somewhere between a tinted moisturiser and a medium cover foundation. Continue reading “Spring fever with Nars Sheer Glow Foundation”

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”

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”

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.

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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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