As a busy working mum of 4 year old twins, I love to internet shop at 2am. I know I’m not alone. I often get emails and whats app messages from other busy working mums at crazy times and I smile, as I know like me the witching hour is the only time you can get anything done, trying to juggle not only motherhood, work but also some personal playtime. On such a night I was on and grabbed some of my all time favourite products.

I’m not ashamed to say I’m slightly obsessed with Aveda’s Damage Remedy Reconstructing Conditioner, £24.50 for 200ml. This heavy duty conditioner is laced with protein rich quinoa to help strengthen and repair the hair of even the most chemically addicted amongst us- yes I’m talking about the creamy crack or relaxer.  I used to be sceptical that this conditioner wouldn’t be intense enough for my now natural, super thick and coily 4C hair but it leaves it silky soft, detangled without any nasties in there and with a fragrance of sandalwood, bergamot and ylang ylang, transports my spirit to a spa in the Maldives.

I feel like I’m late to the party when it comes to Naked palettes. On shoots every make up artist has them and I have fallen in love with the pigment rich fun neutrals. The Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, £38 is fabulous, it’s packed full of rose gold shades, which I think look amazing on deeper skin tones and is less obvious and in your face than 24K golds that can look a bit brash and brassy. I’m such a natural neutral girl and only like dragalious make up for special occasions or red carpet dos. Some of my favourites from the palette are mugshot, factory, liar, buzz and darkside for the crease. This palette is great if you’re stuck in a blah blah blah make up rut and want a fun change without going nuts.

I also clicked on By Terry Baume De Rose Nutri- Couleur Lip Balm in Cherry Bomb, £35.50.“Thirty-five pounds and fifty pence”, I hear you say. Yes it’s one of the most expensive tinted balms ever but I love a tinted lip balm and I have to say it’s one of the best I have ever used. It’s also so pigment rich, it’s great for darker skin tones and is more of a moisturising lip gloss than just lip balm. It’s so hard to find pinky cherry shades that pop on darker skins without being too sugary and wishy washy but I think this brightens your whole face up (also try Fig Fiction for an everyday easy to wear shade). The butter like texture also feels healing with shea butter, essential rose wax and vitamin E.

If like me your skin can be a bit reactive to traditional physical exfoliators you will love Ole Henriksen’s blue/black berry enzyme mask, £36. My husband and mother are the only people who can tell when I’m sick or tired as my skin goes ashy or dull. Radiance is my friend and if I want to look like I’ve slept for 8 hours while meditating on top of a mountain at a yoga retreat when I have in fact been eating Ben and Jerry’s before going to bed at 3am, I use this mask. The Blue/blackberry extract not only brightens but helps refine skin texture, while calming lavender means your skin won’t freak out. If you’re super busy multi task by popping on the mask while you have a bath in Aromatherapy Associates Support Equilibrium Bath & Shower Oil, £40. This bath oil is so delicious your whole house will smell like a spa. With the highest quality  geranium, frankincense and rose essential oil the bath oil is spiritually balancing and naturally knocks you out for a peaceful deep sleep before you can say quaalude.


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