Talking Beauty With My Mum

13 April, 2015 Talking Beauty With My Mum

My love of makeup, skincare and beauty wouldn’t be so obsessive without my mum Shelley for inspiration. The woman gave birth to me with a full face of makeup on, and from that day it was pretty much set in stone that I was going to love the stuff.

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I thought it would be useful to see a different perspective on beauty – being only 23 I’d hardly call myself a seasoned expert, but my mum at 51 years young has tried and tested a LOT of makeup and skincare. She also went through chemotherapy in 2011 which delightfully introduced her to early-onset menopause, and with that some pretty crazy hot flashes. Because of this, she knows the struggle of keeping makeup in place and maintaining a shine-free complexion throughout the day.

1) What’s the one product that made you fall in love with makeup? Mascara! I have always had light blonde lashes, so mascara helps to add definition. My favourites are the Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes (£22 here) for lots of volume and length, and Max Factor’s Masterpiece MAX for definition (£9.99 here). Eyelash curlers are also great for ‘waking up’ my eyes, especially when I’m tired and need a boost in the morning.

2) Tell us your skincare regime: I cleanse using the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (£24.93 here) – one pump in the morning, and then two in the evening for removing makeup and then giving my skin a thorough deep cleanse. Twice a week I use the Clarisonic Mia 2 (£125 here) for exfoliation. I’ve noticed a huge difference since using the Clarisonic, as it helps to plump and tone my skin without it feeling tight or irritated. Instead of toner I splash my face with cold water, then add my serum and moisturiser. In the evenings I’ll use Estee Lauder Advance Night Repair (£69 here) and then the L’Oreal Age Perfect Rehydrating Night Cream (£12.99 here). In the mornings, I’ll use the No. 7 Protect and Perfect ADVANCED Intense Serum (£24.95 here) before the daytime version of the L’Oreal Age Perfect (also £11.99 here). Protect and Perfect is fantastic for mature skin, feels lightweight and absorbs really quickly. I normally brush my teeth in between serum and moisturiser to allow it to completely absorb.

3) Biggest beauty faux-pas: In my 20s I would always use a darker foundation than I needed to. It left me with the dreaded orange tide-marks that would never blend in, no matter how hard I tried! Since then I’ve always used a slightly lighter shade to keep my skin from looking too warm.

4) What do you think of the resurgence of the 90s lip trend? I’ve always worn a deep nude so it’s nice to see everyone wearing it again, however MAC’s Spice (£12.50 here) has been my lipliner of choice for years now so it’s a pain when they’re always out of stock.

5) Favourite base: The products I almost always reach for are the Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer (£25 here), the Bellapierre Derma Renew BB Cream for daytime (review here, £34.99 here), and the Estee Lauder Double Wear Light in the evening (£29.50 here). My go-to concealer is another great find from Estee Lauder, and it’s the Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Wear Concealer (£21.50 here). I’ve got my eye on Charlotte Tilbury’s The Retoucher (£25 here) for lighter coverage this summer.

6) What products do you use to keep your makeup glued to your face when you’re having a flash? I’ve recently got into primers, which are fantastic and really help to keep my makeup on all day. I love the Smashbox one (same as above), and they also do a brilliant 24 Hour Shadow Primer (£18 here) which keeps liner and eyeshadow on no matter what.

*I’ve seen it in action and it’s incredible!

The Charlotte Tilbury mascara stays on really well, as does the Becca Lip Priming Perfector (£18 here). It keeps my lipstick in place without drying my lips out or making them chapped. I’ve recently started using the Bourjois Healthy Balance Powder (£8.99 here) and that doesn’t make me too matte, but still blots away shine and oil. Another long-lasting Charlotte Tilbury product that I love is the Brow Lift in Grace Kelly (£22.50 here) which doesn’t smudge, move or streak and gives a really natural shape without blending into my skin.

7) Favourite luxury bath products: The Jo Malone Grapefruit Bath Oil (£40 here) is lovely and rejuvenating, as is the Fenjal Creme Bath Oil (£7.50 here) which always smells so comforting and warming – plus, very affordable! I also really like the & Other Stories Fleur de Mimosa Shower Gel (£7 here), which is nice for the evening.

8) What are the brands and stores you’re most loyal to? The shop I visit the most and am most loyal to has to be Space NK. They offer great brands like Laura Mercier, REN and NARS, they always have new stock, the customer service is great, and I like to buy birthday presents and gifts there too for friends and family. MAC is my one-stop shop for lipstick (Mehr and Brave are my current favourites after Jess recommended them to me). Net A Porter is also amazing for Charlotte Tilbury and Sunday Riley, or to repurchase tried and tested products.

9) Any tips for maintaining healthy skin? Hydration is the key. Drink lots of water, and always moisturise. It might seem like a pain but it’s worth it in the end. Soap & Glory’s The Righteous Butter (£10.50 here) is my bedside table body lotion of choice, and it smells lovely!

10) What advice would you give to other women of a similar age? As I get older I have found that I need a little more help in the makeup department, so it’s important to choose products that are going to flatter and enhance. Vaseline is cheap, easily accessible, and helps to protect the skin around your lips and avoid those dreaded wrinkles and fine lines. Everyone looks better with a little bit of blusher and mascara, but it seems women over 50 are afraid to wear more makeup – if you find the right products, it can really improve your confidence. Brands like Charlotte Tilbury and Estee Lauder are great for mature skin and I rely on them everyday. Find brands that work for you and don’t be afraid to ask for help at a makeup counter if you’re unsure of what to go for – that’s what they’re there for!


I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post – please share it with your relatives who are going through a similar process, and let me know in the comments below of any recommendations or tips you would like to share!

Have a great week!

Jess (and Shelley), X