Before I gave birth, I envisaged Maternity Leave to be a time where I would successfully juggle a newborn baby with a lot of free time to do whatever I wanted. I imagined me being one of those Mums who would get up bright and early, do some yoga, make some fabulous smoothie concoction in a hipster Mason jar (and Instagram it!) and drink it with a stripy straw, followed by Baby Time and when she napped, I would be able to carry on my day and do plenty of blogging and make plenty of clean-eating meals, blah blah blah. It all seemed so easy…
Reality check – it has been the total opposite!!! I just have NO free time!!! Motherhood is hard work and I’m not afraid to say that some days are a struggle because it is so intense and full-on. It is, by far, the most difficult thing I have ever encountered. But at the same time, I love it soooo much and I feel immensely blessed.
Anyway, I am rattling on (not an easy feat typing with one hand as the other hand/arm is cuddling the baby) when I am supposed to be introducing you to the Matte beauty stash I have been loving lately… Yes, I still have a bit of time for makeup. I refuse to be a frumpy mummy so I am happy being a semi-yummy mummy hehe…
Rimmel Matte BB Cream : BB creams have been a lifesaver for me recently because of the limited time I have to apply makeup. I just slap this on all around my face and I look more “alive” and it hides a multitude of I-have-a-grumpy-teething-baby sins!
Time spent using this = 3 minutes for entire face
Maybelline Fit Me Shine Free Foundation : I was having one of those I-haven’t-slept-all-night-because-of-grumpy-teething-baby mornings when I was frantically looking for my concealer as I was meeting a girlfriend for lunch. But for some bizarre reason, this beauty blogger here who has drawers full of makeup could NOT find a concealer ANYWHERE (does that happen to you too??!!) so I grabbed this and slicked some on under my eyes to camouflage the eyebags and used my fingers to blend. Brilliant!!!
Time spent using this = 2 minutes for both undereye areas
Maybelline Bold Matte Lipstick Mat 4 : To perk me up even more, I’ve been loving vibrant lippy shades lately. I used this without prior lip balm application and I was slightly worried that it would dry out my lips due to its matte nature… But it didn’t! I really really like it! And it helps that Mat 4 is a gorgeous kind of tomato coral shade.
Mat 4 is the last shade swatched on arm. I was comparing that to the other Maybelline lippies in my stash but that’s another post for another day.
Time taken to apply = 1 minute
OPI 4 In The Morning : I’m finishing off this post with this OPI matte black shade which is aptly named “4 In The Morning” because of afore-mentioned grumpy teething baby! Sadly, I haven’t been able to paint my nails lately as it takes too long for me to apply and wait for them to dry… BUT I will try and get back to nail painting soon.
Time taken to apply = Non-Applicable
Anyway, I hope you have all enjoyed having a look at this selection of Matte beauty products. I have more matte stuff like a matte eyeshadow palette I bought in UK which I still have yet to show you my haul… Hopefully, I’ll get back on track next week because surely, teething cannot go on forever, right??!!
Have an awesome weekend everyone!
*All matte products were generously provided for editorial consideration.