My Top Ten Beauty Products for the Thirty Plus Mum’s

Dirty Thirties

Dirty Thirties

So it’s no great secret that once you hit thirty, those little tell tale signs start to appear. Faint lines around your eyes, hair a little dryer, skin a little duller, wow i’m starting to depress myself! But with the wonders of modern science there are lots of products out there to banish those bloody awful tell tale signs and make you look as glamorous and youthful as those darn twenties.

Being in the modelling industry for many years i’ve tried my fair share of products but there’s certain products i go back to every time because they just can’t be beaten.  If they can help you lovely lot then my work here is done 🙂

1. Waterwipes

Water Wipes

Water Wipes

Let’s face it, people see your face first so it’s important to have that healthy, clear complexion. I won’t lie, i tend to use babywipes quite a lot to take off my make up as soap products can be quite harsh and babywipes, theoretically, should be quite kind to the skin.  Waterwipes are one of my favourites as that’s exactly what they are, wipes with water and a little seed extract. You can even use them on eczema and they take every last bit of make up off!

2. Perfectly Clean by Estee Lauder

Perfectly Clear

Perfectly Clear

This facewash is gentle, it foams up into a luscious lather and most importantly, doesn’t dry out your skin.  Yet it makes your skin feel fantastically clean and fresh.  It even doubles up as a purifying mask, win win.

3. Daywear by Estee Lauder

Day Wear

Day Wear

You’d think i was being paid to write up an Estee Lauder review but i promise i’m not.  My face moisturiser is a very important product.  I need my skin to feel completely clean and fresh and fully moisturised without it feeling heavy clogging all of my pores.  Daywear is a rich yet light cream and i feel like my skin is actually moisturised all day long, even when i have no make up on. It’s great used as a primer too and the great thing is a tiny bit goes a long way.

4. Clarins Pure & Radiant Mask

Face Mask

Face Mask

So it’s hump day, you’ve ran yourself a fabulous bubble bath and maybe even a cheeky glass of wine.  Ok so you’ve brought up the bottle and popped it in a wine cooler, it’s been a tough week and needs must.  Pop on this Clarins mask and feel that clay get to work, sucking that nastiness out of those pores and closing them bad boys up.  But seriously, from the first application, you will see your pores minimised, it’s fab.  One downside, because it brings all the nastiness out, you may end up with one or two spots just in time for the weekend.

5. Bodybrush by Body Shop

Body Brush

Body Brush

I read in a magazine about a certain celeb using a bodybrush to get rid of cellulite and thought, hmm she looks quite good, i think i’ll give it a go. Now i don’t have a huge amount of cellulite but around my bottom and thighs the orange peel effect is most definitely visible. I used it each day before i showered.  Starting from the knees up using a dry brush and circular upward movements, i spent around 5 minutes before i showered.  After a few days i was little gutted that i looked no different.  However after a couple of weeks of doing it out of habit and not really checking, i was pleasantly surprised that my skin was so much smoother and the orange peel was almost gone.  I now do it a few times each week but not only does it reduce the signs of cellulite but it’s a great exfoliator, my skin has never felt so soft and smooth.

6. Coconut Shower Cream by Body Shop

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So i think most people know The Body Shop don’t test on animals which is great but they also don’t have soap in their soap products.  I promise you still feel clean but without any of the drying effect.  I love the coconut as it leaves a subtle scent all over your skin which is totally maximised but not over powering when you add a touch of Coconut Body Milk by The Body Shop to moisturise your lovely exfoliated skin. Be warned, it may cause partners to sit extremely close and even kiss your skin all over, it smells so delicious!!!!!!

7. Mythic Oil by Loreal

Mythic Oil

Mythic Oil

Ok so you can’t tell in most of my photos but i have the hair from hell, hate it.  It’s neither curly nor straight but if a drop of rain hits it, wowzers, it looks like i’m recreating the Monica humidity scene from Friends. The reason you can’t tell on my photos is because i use this little life saver.  I put it on damp hair before i blow dry it, i use it as a serum after i straighten it, i use it when i wake up in the morning and can’t be bothered to wash it or i run it through my curls after i’ve scrunch dried it.  I don’t think i can live without it.  As it’s an oil you really only need a tiny bit and it will last FOREVER.

8. Hocus Focus by Soap & Glory

Hocus Focus

Hocus Focus

Make up, i’m not a huge fan of the matte foundation look i love a youthful glow.  I tend to think the matte look makes all of your wrinkles…sorry, fine lines stand out more and your skin dry and dull.  Either a few drops of this illuminator across the cheek bones, brow and the temples, on it’s own or mixed with your foundation, gives your skin that youthful dewey glow that i love so much.

9. Nuts

Seriously, ask my beautician, if i’m on a health kick eating lots of nuts and flax seeds my hair grows like wild fire as well as my nails and unfortunately my brows.  My nails and hair feel stronger and thicker.  Your diet really does make a difference to how you look and feel. But i still live by the rule ‘a little of what you love’.  Does a glass of wine every night count??

10. H20

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Water water water, my goodness, this may be my favourite drink and i can’t get enough.  I may drink around 2 or 3 litres every day.  However if i have a busy week and my water intake is reduced to a few glasses per day, my skin looks dull, i get dark circles around my eyes and generally feel YAK.  I honestly believe that water is a key ingredient to looking and feeling great.  Stock up the fridge, buy a new fruit infused bottle but ensure that you are drinking lots of this magic ingredient every single day.

Click on any of the images to take you to the website to read more on each of the products.

Michelle xx

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