Rachel Gilbert, 32, is a freelance beauty editor and blogger at Mummyliciousbeauty. Rachel is mum to gorgeous Anya, 14 months, who loves rummaging through her mummy’s make-up bag, eating pasta (“She can eat it quite well on her own without splashing too much on the walls, ceiling or floor!” says Rachel) and is never far away from her Mamas & Papas comforter, Mr Snuggles. Here, Rachel reveals some of her top beauty tips for mums…
Rachel, what’s your skincare regime and has it changed since you became a mum?
My skincare regime is less fussy than it used to be – I don’t have the time! But I still cleanse, tone and moisturise every day. I’m much more religious with my eye cream too because I’m conscious about looking tired. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Balm is dabbed on religiously before I fall into bed. I’ve also started using the Rodial Glamtox cleanser which has really brightened up my skin, although it’s pricey so I doubt it will be a regular purchase. But, normally Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser is my skincare faithful and much healthier for my bank balance.
Was there one product that got you through those early days as a new mum?
I love the Shiseido Accentuating Color Stick in Peachy Flush because of the way it brightens my face. I must have had my current one for about two years and I’ve used it every day. It’s the perfect coral shade and the creamy texture is a dream to apply. I’ve nearly run out so this interview has reminded me to go online and buy another one right now!
If a mum only has 5 minutes flat to slap on a face, what are the must-use products you’d recommend?
Clarins tinted moisturiser (it’s always been a favourite of mine), Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara because it makes lashes look soft and long, and Rosebud Salve lip balm because I can use it to hydrate my lips and keep brows in place. All three products are really easy to use, so perfect when you’re in a rush. But if you only have time for one thing, just a few sweeps of mascara on your top lashes will always give your eyes the lift they need and hide a 4am wake-up-call.
What are the things that a mum should do, to create that ‘groomed-and-in-control’ image that we all crave?
Since I had Anya I’m definitely less conscious of how ‘groomed’ I look. Don’t get me wrong I still make an effort, but I now realise there are more important things to worry about. But, I think a good haircut and colour are really important to helping you feel in control. On a weekly basis, keep on top of your eyebrow shape by plucking any regrowth every three to four days and once a week, make time to do a face mask if you’ve got dry skin, or if you’ve got combination skin treat yourself to a 15 minute face scrub to keep skin looking fresh, bright and to blitz any blemishes.
What’s your go-to hairstyle for when you’re in a hurry, Anya is shouting for you and you need to look good?
It’s all about dry hair shampoo for me – quickly followed by some ghd action. But, if you’ve got longer length hair, one of the first blog posts I ever did was how to use a hair donut and I still think that’s one of the quickest ways to wear your hair up stylishly without any faff! All you need is a few Kirby grips, a hair donut, some hairspray and you’ve got a sleek up-do in minutes. I promise!
(Psst! You can vote for Rachel’s blog to win a Cosmo Blog Award, if you like her advice)
1. Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Balm 2. Rodial Glamtox cleanser 3. Shiseido Accentuating Color Stick in Peachy Flush 4. Rosebud Salve lip balm