Beauty Essentials for Busy Babes

Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective.


Busy. You ask anyone how they have been, there’s a good chance they are going to tell you how busy they are. Whether it’s a demanding job, needy children, a time-consuming side hustle, or all of the above, we all could benefit from products that are no-bullshit, practical and effective. If something saves me 10 minutes in the morning and gives me the luxury of a hot coffee, or a few extra minutes in bed, you bet your sweet little bum I’m going to use it.

Bobbi Brown 5-in1 Essential Face Palette*

This palette is almost all you need when it comes to make-up on the go. Including a concealer, corrector, foundation, face powder and blush, the 5-in-1 palette is an essential in any busy babes collection. All of the products are up to the Bobbi Brown incredibly high standard. The colour corrector and concealer are perfect for that under-eye discolouration. The foundation, powder and bronzer work so well at evening out skin tone and making me look alive.  This palette is great to pop into your handbag/babybag to have on hand if you’re looking like a hot mess and need to freshen up. I cannot fault it.


Maybelline Tattoo Brow

If you had a gander at my previous blog post, you’d know that I recently had my brows tattooed. This has been my biggest time-saver yet. However, I understand that this isn’t the most budget friendly option. So, I give you the Tattoo Brow. This nifty little brow prod tints your brows for 3 days, so you can go without filling them in for a little while. The tint peels off after 15 minutes and gives you instagram worthy eyebrows without much effort at all.


Now, as much as I am a makeup lover, I know that your makeup only looks as good as the skin underneath. Time and effort spent on getting your skin into tip-top shape not only makes your make up look its best, but also allows you the confidence to go without. Minimal makeup means more time on your hands to get shit done.


Cinch Face Cheat

This. I am all about this bottle of magic. Face Cheat is another 5-in-1 product (Who knew there were so many?) that is all about glowing hydration on the go. The spray delivery makes it a ridiculously easy moisturiser to use. But not only does it hydrate, it illuminates, as well as acting as a primer, pore-filler and anti-ageing treatment. No other moisturiser makes me look as fresh and healthy in one simple spray. I keep this within reach to ensure my skin is getting a little bit of loving and to make me look as fresh as a daisy.


Pre-Soaked Chemical Exfoliator Pads

If you have known me for any amount of time, you would know my undying love for chemical exfoliators.  But, if you are new to my little corner of the inter-webs, just know that AHA’s are my number 1 skincare product, by far. I have been drawn to pre-soaked pads recently, because it makes it all too easy to swipe all over my face one-handed while feeding Bubba Lou, blogging or carrying out all my domestic goddess duties. I have been using and loving the Murad Rapid Resurfacing Peel*, First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads*, and Go-To Skincare Exfoliating Swipeys. Dr Dennis Gross’ Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels are my ride or die, but because I am breastfeeding it is best to steer clear of BHAs.

These bad boys and a good moisturiser are absolute essentials in my day. Regardless of how tired I am, I make sure I at least follow this two step routine to make my skin look fresh and healthy, even when I am running on 2 hours sleep.


Dermalogica Sound Sleep Cocoon*

Speaking of moisturiser, this special little guy has been getting workout! What is better than a product that works its little butt off for you? It is one that does so while you sleep, while actually helping you drift off at the same time. This is actual sorcery. Sound Sleep is a gel like cream that works with your skin’s natural overnight recovery mode to replenish and repair, enabling you to wake up luminous and fresh without any sign of fatigue in sight. It contains essential oils (Lavender, Sandalwood and Patchouli) to promote a deep and restful sleep. This product is an absolute dream – pun most definitely intended.


Peter Thomas Roth Rose Stem Cell Mask*

While on the topic of sleep, it is really clever to utilise this time to make products work for you. This is another overnight mask that will have your skin glowing without needing to put in much effort at all. This particular mask targets  lifeless, sagging skin (the new mum type of skin) and transforms it into younger-looking, silky soft skin. This delicious smelling gel dries down pretty quickly, so you are not dirty-ing up your pillowcase (yay for less washing) and you wake up bright and fresh.


Laneige Sleeping Lip Mask*

This is another little miracle in a tub. I have chronically dry lips, and I mean chronic. It has previously felt like a constant battle trying to make my lips feel plump, smooth and flake free. But this has been my absolute saviour. I no longer need spend half the day applying balm to my lips. This sweet smelling thick and creamy balm is applied before bed and gets to work treating that sweet little pout of yours. It is comfortable on the lips, not sticky but smooth and buttery. When I wake up there is still the slightest little slick of balm there and my lips feel so bloody soft. I have noticed a huge difference in the condition of my lips and feel so confident when wearing liquid lipsticks, knowing that I won’ t have any little dry scraggly bits. An absolute winner and time saver.


When it comes to hair, I have always been a bit lazy.  My hair is pretty oily, so most days I just wash it and let it air dry, only occasionally making the effort to actually style it. But with time being limited, I haven’t been able to wash or style it as often. Recently I have been reaching for products that refresh hair between washes and products that prolong my hairstyling. NAK Aromas Style Therapy* is a fabulous spray that acts similarly to a dry shampoo but with the added benefit of revamping styles while adding a touch of body to flat-looking slept in hair.  OUAI Memory Mist* is another similar product that allows you to get the most out of your blowdried, curled or straightened locks. This however is used before styling to make your style last longer. Both sprays include a heat protectant, so you get more bang for your buck.


I know this was a hella long post, but hopefully there’s a few products mentioned that will save you some valuable time in the long run.

Camille x


*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.


Dermalogica // Adore Beauty

I have heard so many great things about Dermalogica, but I have never got around to getting it all up in my face. I adore cosmeceuticals and have been converted – I don’t really like using much else at the moment. So if I said I wasn’t looking forward to using the brand, I would most definitely be lying.


As an introduction to Dermalogica, I thought the  Skin Kit would be a good start. Due to the greasiness of my mug, I opted for the Normal/Oily variation. This kit contains sample sized Special Cleansing Gel, Multi-Active Toner, Active Moist, Skin Prep Scrub and  Total Eye Care.

The Special Cleansing Gel* is a great all-round cleanser. It worked well with my Clarisonic , by foaming up just slightly. The gel is light, but removes makeup and dirt like a charm. My face doesn’t feel dry or tight afterwards which is usually what happens after I use a foaming cleanser. So that’s a huge plus. I think that this little guy would be ideal for sensitive skin. I like the cleanser, but to be completely honest, I don’t find it particularly special. There are other cleanser I  have used in the past that have given me great results for a fraction of the price.


Multi-Active Toner*

I love me a facial mist, especially this time of the year. I look for something light, soothing, refreshing and not too sticky. This little guy ticks all the boxes. Full of Aloe, and Arnica, this toner is repairing and hydrating, plus it has a subtle lavender scent.I really love that I have this in a travel size. It is perfect for my handbag and for little refreshing sprays during the day. I find that it works particularly well in conjunction with the Active Moist moisturiser.


Active Moist*

Active Moist is a super light-weight, gel like moisturiser that is perfect for my skin. It isn’t too heavy, too greasy and it absorbs quickly without leaving a film on my face. It works really well under makeup and doesn’t seem to cause any breakout or any extra texture to my skin. The only thing that I am not a huge fan of is the scent, it is quite strong and artificial smelling.

Skin Prep Scrub*

This scrub is quite thick and grainy in consistency, with a subtle woody kind of scent. It is a really nice physical exfoliator and polishes the skin nicely, without leaving it tight or dry. Although it does feel rather grainy, it doesn’t seem to scratch or irritate my skin. This little guy is probably my favourite from the skin kit, and I often have to pry it out of my boyfriend’s hands. Winner.


Total Eye Care*

This little baby is really smooth and spreads nicely under my eyes. It doesn’t sting and absorbs relatively quickly, which  is perfect for pre-makeup prep. The eye cream isn’t too heavy and has a slight salmon tinted which is really great for dark circles. I really like this eye cream and will look into giving it more of a go to see if it’s worth the moolah.

I also have another few goodies that weren’t included in the starter kit.

Charcoal Rescue Masque *

Masks are my favourite, especially ones that target my pesky pores. And this one is a winner! This mask leaves my skin clean and fresh. It feels and looks a little less congested. I like to use this mask when my skin is looking a little dull and lack-lustre. I like to think of myself as a mask connoisseur, and Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue mask definitely ticks all the boxes. Probably my favourite Dermalogical product to date.


Oil Free Matte SPF 30 *

I have always really struggled with the sunscreen every damn day  routine. Not because I forget, or that I don’t care about sun damage. It is because I haven’t found a sunscreen that sits perfectly under my makeup. It usually makes my greasier – if that’s even possible? I break out, stink like chemicals or my makeup just slides right off. But, now I have found this. As the name suggests, It is matte and remains matte for the entire day. It’s light, absorbs quickly, doesn’t clog my pores or leave a white or oily film.  It sits perfectly under makeup and doesn’t reduce longevity, but actually controls my t-zone. Completely obsessed!


Daily Resurfacer*

Since giving my skincare a lot of thought this year, my favourite discovery has been AHA’s and chemical exfoliation. Resurfacing and refining is what I am all about. And these little guys are no joke. These little swipeys fit right on the end of your finger (cute!) and removes any dead skin,  unclogs pores and gets to work on my textured skin. I love using these once a day, after cleansing and before moisturising. My skin glows and is left smooth and happy. I simply adore these. If you are having trouble with dullness, oil control, texture and blackheads, I could not recommend these enough.

Dermalogica can be found at

Have you used the brand before? What is your favourite product?

Here is to happy and healthy skin over the holiday period.

All the best,

Camille xx

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.