A busy mum’s beauty routine

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I’m going to put it out there first and foremost, I don’t wear makeup everday.  But for me a beauty routine is not just about makeup it’s about looking after your skin, your future self. To prevent the wrinkles and keep your skin toned as you age.

Looking after young kids it’s always inevitable that we let certain things go as we don’t have time, be it exercise or forgetting to shave your legs (I’m sure many of you have gone 3 weeks without shaving, or is that just me LOL).  Very early on when my twins were first born it wasn’t uncommon for me to still be in my PJ’s at 10am.  This wasn’t good, whenever I wear my PJ’s I’m in go slow mode, so I found a new routine that worked well for me. The twins always woke around 7am, I made sure I was up and out of bed just before this (6.50am) and quickly jumped in the shower.  To this day (11 years later) every weekday I still get up and have a shower before I leave my bedroom.  If the babies woke while I was in the shower, they were safe and happy in their cots.  It simply just made my mornings manageable.

Naw… my twinnies were such happy babies


Here is my quick beauty routine:

This isn’t anything special, but just an idea of how looking after yourself doesn’t take much time at all.

  1. Shower before the busy-ness of the day starts
  2. I have always used a loofah and body wash on my skin
  3. I wash my hair everyday as it’s very oily (if I could every 2nd day would be preferred)
  4. Towel dry hair, wrap in towel
  5. Put on deodorant, I use roll on
  6. Dab on face moisturiser, I use one with SPF protection in the cream, as I burn so easily in the sun
  7. Put cream around my neck to prevent the inevitable wrinkles.  I use Avon’s ANEW Clinical Amino -Fill 33 on my neck.  After losing all my weight I am getting a few wrinkles under my chin, so it’s definitely an area I need to concentrate on. It’s a very lightweight cream, refreshing to wear even on hot days.
  8. I also like to rub in some moisturiser into my arms and legs, giving them a soft and smooth feel
  9. Then I comb and style my hair, when it was longer I used to do the pony tail or mum bun!
  10. At this point I then get dressed, have breakfast, prepare kids lunches and potter around the house.  If I am going out I will then put on some makeup
  11. I don’t like heavy makeup on my face, I usually use a light foundation and brush on some powder to give my face some colour
  12. Put on some eyeshadow typically a neutral shade
  13. As my eyelashes and brows are so blonde I always put on some mascara and colour in my brows with an eyebrow pencil (even on the days I don’t go out).  I’ve been trialing Avon’s Mega Effects mascara.  It’s cased differently to usual mascara, but I found it very easy to use and gave my lashes an even coating, making them feel and look fuller.  The brush bends allowing you to comfortably hold and position it allowing you to easily coat each lash from root to tip.
  14. Add a little lipgloss, some jewellery and then I am ready to go!


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Mamma April 2, 2014 - 9:49 PM

This is a bit of a silly post. It’s not so much a beauty regime as a hygiene regime.
Shower, get dressed, put on make up of going out….isn’t that all of us?!?

Nellie April 5, 2014 - 10:27 PM

Not me. I shower at night so I can sleep in until the very last minute.

Renee Simpson April 3, 2014 - 5:17 PM

Love this routine. Just started this day and I feel so much fresher and not look so much like a daggy mummy.

Kat - The Organised Housewife April 4, 2014 - 1:38 PM

Thank you… so glad it has helped Renee!

Shelley April 4, 2014 - 7:16 AM

I too love this. I came across this website looking for help as I am at the extreme end of unorganised! Yesterday morning I got up and showered rather than just putting on whatever I could find and getting out the door. It made a huge difference rather than coming home from dropping the kids off and showering sometime throughout the day! I actually went straight from there and did groceries etc. You wouldn’t believe how much extra time I had from this one little thing.

I’ve never really worn makeup mainly due to not knowing where to start. So what might be a normal everyday thing for one person certainly isn’t for another. The simpleness of this post makes it not overwhelming to start looking after yourself rather than everybody else. Thank you!!

Kat - The Organised Housewife April 4, 2014 - 8:43 AM

Shelley, you have truly brought a tear to my eye…. thank you. Why I write this blog is exactly what you have explained in how it has helped you. Whilst my ways may be ordinary sometimes people just need a glimpse of how somebody else goes about general day to day tasks and is an idea of how they can adapt it to their lifestyle. I can only imagine how much extra time you have by not having to come back home to shower and then more than likely get distracted with other things, but rather drop the kids and continue on for the day…. good on you. You have truly made my week, thank you xx

Amanda April 4, 2014 - 1:19 PM

If looking after your skin and preventing wrinkles is your goal, daily sunscreen use (rather than just when you think you need it) is the key, and has scientific evidence to prove it! A big study called the Nambour skin cancer prevention trial showed very clearly that people who used sunscreen daily had far less ageing of their skin after 4.5 years – imagine how that translates if you start the sunscreen young and continue it throughout your life (not to mention the reduced rates of melanoma and other skin cancers)! I think it is important people know this fact and spend their time and money on sunscreen rather than unproven creams and formulas…

Kat - The Organised Housewife April 4, 2014 - 1:39 PM

absolutely Amanda, sunscreen is always important, I make sure I purchase my creams with sunscreen in it, as I burn even putting washing on the line, my skin is that fair.

Sam April 5, 2014 - 12:37 PM

I’ve been rocking the avon magic face cream stuff and eye wand (face cream make pores and flaws look less aggressive and the eye wand brightens the eyes) then chuck on some avon bb cream, flick of mascara and a run over the eyebrows with the mascara wand (very lightly…helps them stay in place too) and I am done. Takes less than 5 min. And I agree…showering before taking the kids to school def kick starts the day on a good note. On days when I don’t….I find myself wandering in circles and keep passing the mirror thinking how awfully tired and haggard I look.

Melanie April 13, 2014 - 4:52 PM

This isn’t a beauty routine as much as a cleanliness routine, not helpful

Alison Fusca April 14, 2014 - 8:11 AM

Love this!! I too, shower at night (as my 3.5yo showers with me – so much faster than a bath and she feels like a ‘big girl’!) it saves me so much time in ams. Just run the straightener over my hair and quick splash of makeup I’m done!
Love love love your blog – always inspiring 😉
Keep it coming xx


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