The heroes, tips and tricks we’re loving this month to perk up non-stop mums
The power nail
When your hands have been covered in paint, glue or, erm, the contents of your baby’s nappy, this is the perfect shade to transform your nails. The brush makes painting fast and easy, plus the formula contains nail-strengthening biotin.
Nail Polish in It’s Raining Men, £16, Deborah Lippmann at selfridges.com
The balmy lipstick
Dubbed a ‘CC’ (colour and care) lipstick for its high pigment content paired with a buttery, hydrating texture, this creates the ultimate night-out lip.
Lipstick Rouge Ecstasy in 401, £25, armanibeauty.co.uk
The glow giver
Once you get used to the unusual texture, this collagen, elastin and peptide-rich jelly firms skin and leaves tired complexions glowing. Warm a pearl-sized amount in your palms until it turns to an oil, then massage in. Astalift Jelly Aquarysta Rejuvenating Concentrate, £26, boots.com
The mood-setting scent
If a babysitter is off the cards come date night, cosy up at home. The mimosa and jasmine notes in this candle will set the mood perfectly.
Love Candle, £42, neomorganics.com
The ultimate bath soak
After a day spent racing around after your toddler, there’s nothing more indulgent than bathing in Chanel No 5. This divine oil turns to a luxe milk in the water and doesn’t leave a slippery film.□Chanel No5 Intense Bath Oil, £65, boots.com
The love flush
This powder blush may look a little scary, but honestly gives a brilliant pop of colour to cheeks and can be worn barely-there, or more intense for evenings or on darker skin tones. Swirl the matte, easy-to-blend pigment onto tired cheeks and watch your face come alive.
Nars Cosmetics Blush in Exhibit A (£21.50, narscosmetics.co.uk)
The lash maximiser
When you only have two minutes before your babysitter arrives and the taxi is due, get this plumping, clump-free mascara onto your lashes. The hourglass brush fans, plumps and separates each lash with ease, so you can forgo any other make-up when you're pushed for time.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Retro Glam Mascara in Extreme Black (£6.99, boots.com)
The spicy room scent
If a babysitter is off the cards, cosy up at home with dinner a deux and an adult catch up over candlelight (rather than to the sounds of CBeebies playing in the background). The suede musk and patchouli notes in this spicy candle will set the mood perfectly.
Timothy Dunn Candle (£42, timothydunnlondon.com)
The light-as-air base
If foundation feels and looks too much like, well, foundation for you, give this a try. Velvety-matte, yet super-airy, it's the perfect no-make-up make-up and blends out easily, even when applied in a hurry.
Lancome Miracle Air de Teint Perfecting Fluid Matte Glow Creator SPF 15 (£29.50, lancome.co.uk)
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