Having a household full of hungry mouths to feed and scraped knees to soothe doesn’t leave a lot of time for preening.
Gone are the languorous sessions in the bathroom with hair masks, foot scrubs and tweezers. Instead, there’s a mountain of permission slips, muddy sportsgear and kiddie crises to wade through. And then, of course, there are the seemingly endless demands of a cute but needy newborn.
To help the time-poor sisterhood out, I recently reached out to part-time supermum and Editor of Stay At Home Mum Jody Allen, to share some of the best beauty hacks I’ve learnt from my time as Bellabox Editor. (For those who don’t know, Bellabox is a fab beauty subscription service, which gives you the chance to try all the latest and greatest beauty products each month, plus a few all-time classics. It’s super easy to join; once you’ve signed up, you just sit back and eagerly await your monthly delivery of goodness).
So if you’re feeling frazzled and tempted to give the glamour game away altogether, don’t despair.
Here’s my top 10 busy mum-approved beauty hacks that might just change your mind and buy you a few extra minutes each day.
And that’s a truly beautiful thing indeed.
1. Tint it.
Let’s face it, since becoming a mum, a full face of slap has probably dropped waaaay down your list of daily priorities. If you can’t face the world without a lick of mascara and some brow powder, consider getting a tint. This’ll drop five minutes from your daily regime and make you look put together with no effort whatsoever.
2. Repeat after me — BB.
These genius beauty balms typically provide a light coverage, sun protection and moisturisation, with a bunch of added benefits — from antioxidants to intense hydration. Like a souped-up version of a tinted moisturiser, BBs are a real time-saver and perfect for the mum-on-the-go. (Note: for extended periods outdoors, these should not replace a quality, broad spectrum sunscreen).
3. Micellar water for the win.
Although they’ve been around for yonks, these clever cleansing waters are really having a moment right now, with virtually every beauty brand jumping on the bandwagon. And for good reason. Super easy to use, micellar water whisks away all traces of makeup while cleansing the skin, with a soap-free, alcohol-free, non-greasy formula that’s suitable for the most sensitive of skins.
4. Sign up to Bellabox.
A trip to the shops sure ain’t what it used to be, so skip the hassle and sign up to Bellabox for a monthly delivery of new, cult and must-have beauty prods. Each month, you’ll receive five products and one can’t-live-without sachet, painstakingly selected by the in-the-know Bellabox editors (moi included!). Then, try out your new loot at home (I suggest during a few pepper pig eps) free from wardrobe judgment and pushy salespeople. And if you discover a life-changing serum or ‘oh-so-you’ lip shade, you can purchase the full size in the Bellabox shop. If you’re like many of us who can’t seem to create #onfleek brows, don’t worry – we’ve got your back. The beauty guide is a gold mine of busy mum-friendly tutorials and advice to help you navigate the beauty world from home.
Hurry, we have a special offer at the moment and you can get your first box for $10 instead of $17.95!
5. Tan while you shower.
It’s amazing what a little bit of colour can do, but who has time for a fortnightly spray tan or the messy waiting game of self-tanning? St. Tropez’s new in-shower gradual tanner is a lifesaver. Apply when wet in the shower, wait for three minutes (come on, you find three minutes for yourself!), then rinse off. After a few days, you have built up a nice little glow and will be collecting compliments from strangers.
(You probably want to give this one a miss if you’re breastfeeding or expressing).