Why THIS is the only cleanser I recommend to EVERYONE

eh-cleansing-balm-groupAll Mumfaces can benefit from this cleansing balm. It’s not often that you use a product you know would work for everyone, but this is such a product and so I will shout it from the rooftops (unpaid, by the way) and urge you all to invest. The people I have forced it on have all loved it, it’s not just me.

Emma Hardie’s Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm is quite simply the best cleanser I have ever used, and the only one that I would use regardless of season or what’s happening with my skin. I did make use of REN’s ClearCalm Clay Cleanser when my gestational acne got really bad, but no matter how many other cleansers I try for work, Emma’s is always there to go back to. Other than the REN, it’s the only cleanser I buy, too.


  1. It’s packed with fatty acids and essential oils to plump up skin, so that when you rinse you don’t end up with that tight feeling, just soft and clean skin. It’s therefore perfect for dehydrated, mature and dry skin. it feels more like you’re conditioning the skin than stripping it.
  2. Extracts of Moringa and Sea Fennel purify and balance the complexion, so that with help from the cleansing cloth, it can remove all traces of makeup and provide a really deep clean.
  3. Jasmin and Rose oil recondition and tone, while orange and mandarin revitalise – no more dull skin.
  4. It smells amazing.
  5. My skin feels smoother, cleaner and looks far lovelier when I use it. Even my sensitive spots and dermatitis don’t worsen. It’s gentle but wow, does it pack a punch.
  6. Oily skin? This is balance it and keep pores clean. Dry skin? This will clean it without stripping essential moisture, helping to keep the pH levels in check. Dehydrated, dull skin? This will brighten it right up, plumping and nourishing as it cleans. GENIUS STUFF.

You can buy it here.



I love THIS IS LADYLAND – a really smart and actually very helpful E-Zine with click bait like ‘How to clear up glass with a piece of bread’ that is actually satisfying and true to its word. So imagine the THRILLS when Bella Binns emailed to ask for my #mumface essentials for bath time and beyond, now I’m a mum myself. Here’s the LINK to the story, also featuring two other mumming beauty editors. ENJOY!




HAUTE MAMA: Clemmie Telford

Clemmie Telford, aka Peckham Mamma, photographed in Shoreditch.
Clemmie Telford, photographed in Shoreditch. Emily Gray Photography.

A while ago on Instagram @peckham_mamma was calling for women to share their best bits and tell the world why they loved them, for a good show of positive attitudes towards body image. I immediately loved her and then realised she was also the editor of Motherofalllists.com which is also brilliant. What I didn’t realise was that she is also mother to Bertie and Woody, AND by day is Creative Director at ad agency, Grey London. Clemmie Telford is awesome, all told, and I’m so happy she agreed to reveal the secrets of that gorgeous MUMFACE. GT

“This  Maybelline concealer is insane. I’d spent my life using YSL Touche Eclat, then I got given this in a goodie bag and have been banging the drum about it ever since. Amazing coverage, non drying and bargain price. Oh, and most importantly it gets rid of my eyebags, which for a Mum is vital.
I am very late to the game with primers. I’m still not entirely sure what Smashbox Moisturising Photofinish Primer does but it makes my skin and makeup look great.
And for all my troubles – in pregnancy and in life – a long soak in the bath with a Diptyque Candle burning fixes everything. Yet to find my dream bubble bath though so all recommendations welcome.”
Clemmie, I think you’d love a good Aromatherapy Associates bath oil. Not during pregnancy, perhaps but now? Yeh, do it. GT

HAUTE MAMA: Clio Wood of &Breathe

Photo by Rebelandrosephotography.com

Clio Wood is one of those women who has used her experience as a new mum to help other women enjoy it. The &Breathe Postnatal retreats she began in 2015 combine fitness classes, healthy food and pampering treatments with your baby in tow, at the French manoir Clio owns with her husband (and former school friend of mine!). She is now launching the London branch of this genius concept, with mini day-long retreats and workshops closer to home. Here, she shares the products she swears by for her #MUMFACE. GT

“Since becoming a mum I’ve definitely noticed my laughter lines and wrinkles increasing so it’s given me a kick up the bum to take care of my skin.  I also make sure to always moisturise my tummy too – all through my pregnancy and ever since.  Since it was kind enough to expand with a baby and shrank back down again without complaint, it’s my way of saying thank you to it! My go-to pot of goodness is MOA’s Green Balm – which has a multitude of uses, from lip balm, to stretch mark cream, make up remover, to soothing eczema and sore noses as also for cold sores, small cuts and even baby bottom cream!  It’s perfect to just chuck in your bag and take with you wherever you go.
I rarely wear make up, but I try to wear SPF and I’ve just recently discovered Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream SPF50 Sun Defence, which is super light and can double as a moisturiser if you’re pushed for time, like me.
When I get the chance to sit down and have a face-mask night (Must. Do. More. Often.) an AMAZING and good value is Queen Helene’s Mint Julep Masque.  My skin is always utterly rejuvenated afterwards.”




KNACKERED? Yeh, me too. For me, it’s a busy work month combined with going back to pre-school, so late nights and early mornings. In the past it was because I was pregnant and couldn’t sleep, then we had a newborn to feed every hour through every night, then my daughter stopped sleeping again (we’ve experienced ‘sleep regression’ about 8 times) and thrown into the mix there have been countless childhood bugs to interrupt our circadian rhythms.But thankfully I know the tricks of the trade to cheating the system and faking sleep. Here’s the FAST morning routine I fall back on when I’m going to work straight from the school gate…












The MUMFACE Foundation Guide

g1Foundation is the item I’m most often quizzed over. It’s often the priciest bit of kit you’ll buy but also the one that you wear most often. And if you get it wrong, it’s the worst. But finding the right one depends a bit on your skin and what it’s doing, also what you’re environment is like and what demands you’re placing on this skin perfector. Here’s my cheat sheet to picking the best of what’s out there right now.

  1. HOURGLASS ILLUSION HYALURONIC SKIN TINT – This is a good juicy option, so if your skin is dry to normal, or you’re keen to soften fine lines I recommend this above all else. It is quite a substantial coverage, so it’s possibly not for you if you’re used to tinted moisturiser or BB Cream, but that also means it lasts well.
  2. CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION – This is a good all-rounder – dewy finish, middling coverage, nice texture to wear. I mix with a little serum if my skin is feeling tight and always pre-soften fine lines with eye cream or serum before applying. I will need a little concealer around the nose and on any blemishes, too. The colour has to be spot-on – get colour matched by someone on counter whose makeup you think is immaculate!
  3. BOURJOIS AIR MATTE – I love Bourgois foundations – Healthy Mix is uncannily similar to a lot of the luxier L’Oreal brands, and performs just as well. When I’m on a budget, it’s my top pick. Air Matte is great if you have an oilier texture. I would still prep the areas that show up dehydration and fine lines – between the eyes, under the eyes, sometimes around the mouth – but it’s got a nice level of coverage without being obvious.
  4. L’OREAL GENIUS MATCH 4-IN-1 FOUNDATION – This is the compact I carry around with me. It truly does adapt to your colour (within reason – you need to be in the right ball park with the shade) and it blends seamlessly to lightly even things out. It takes the edge off my shine in the ‘dewier’ end of the day (aka 3pm) and covers any redness. No need to carry foundation, concealer or powder when you’ve got this on board.
  5. GIORGIO ARMANI FACE FABRIC – I wore this on my wedding day. It is the greatest foundation for that gorgeous glowing summer skin. I didn’t need a primer, powder – just this. It’s not substantial enough for a really bad breakout or the days that follow truly sleep-deprived nights, unless you’re under 30, in my opinion.

I very rarely bother with primers at the moment – I feel if you’re paying a fair whack for your foundation you should expect the best that doesn’t need another level of underpinning, although I know others swear by them – and usually slap foundation on with my fingers for speed’s sake. But I am partial to a blending sponge with all but the Hourglass which is best warmed between clean fingers. At the moment it’s Barely’s Not Your Average Makeup Sponge. The most important part of this whole foundation shebang? The colour. GET COLOUR MATCHED! And by someone who has the right colour on themselves. Or else test it out and walk outside to check it in natural light. Good luck.


HAUTE MAMA: Helen Cordy of Wood/Grey


Bloody hell. I’ve just recently discovered Wood/Grey and now I need to change everything in my home in order to be happy. Helen Cordy has THE most beautiful taste and brilliant collection of what are now ESSENTIALS in my mind. The cushions! The throws! Also, the gorgeous Herbivore range for bath and body – the Coco Rose Body Polish is enough to send me into a spin. Helen is also a mum, and so here are her top tips on the products that got her through pregnancy and beyond… GT

“My beauty routine has vastly changed in the last few years.  I certainly choose my products a lot more carefully, considering the ingredients in a way that I didn’t really do before my pregnancy.  Something that’s also changed is the convenience factor; products need to be easy and quick to use as the luxury of time for myself doesn’t really exist anymore between being a mum and running Wood/Grey!

Some friends gave me a lovely care package when I was expecting and that’s how I discovered Bloom and Blossom Indulgence Bath Oil £18.  It’s a blend of natural essential oils including Sweet Almond, Ylang Ylang Flower and Lavender and several others.  I became totally addicted, it made a huge difference to my skin, with the oil continuing to be absorbed into the skin after the bath.

036My make up routine is pretty minimal these days; mascara, loose powder, a little blush/bronzer if needed and the most important one, concealer.  I suffer from what must be a pretty common mum problem, dark circles under my eyes!  T
he most effective one I’ve found is Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer £22.50.  I definitely couldn’t be without this little saviour.

I often end up letting my hair dry naturally as I always run out of time, so my go to hair product is Herbivore Botanicals’ Sea Mist Salt Spray in Coconut £18.  It helps create those elusive beach waves and smells truly amazing.  All Herbivore products contain only natural ingredients with no fillers of any kind.  I’m a real convert.”


Handy scents for your changing bag

Screenshot 2016-07-19 10.40.03In my latest video I reveal the contents of my carry-around-with-me makeup bag – the little pouch I had in the changing bag and now have tucked in my handbag for touch-ups. A very edited version of what I took around with me pre-baby, but who has the upper arm strength for that shit when you’ve also got another human to carry and potentially a buggy/toys/water/ton of nappies. Nowadays it’s the essentials only, thank you very much.

And for me that includes a miniature scent, preferably roll-on. With all the sweat, sick and other unfortunate STANK that comes with being a mum, I like to freshen up with a handy-sized scent now and again. It’s an easy way to lift your mood a wee bit and waft nicely around people, and you can do it one-handedly. Hurrah.

My favourite is Francis Kurkdijan Extrait Apom pour Femme, which at £95 for a set of 4 5ml vials might seem a bit pricy but those little things have lasted me 5 years at last count. A roll on scent tends to last longer than something you’d spritz, and who wants to douse your surroundings (or god forbid, baby) in your precious scent?! I also love the roll-oils from Lola’s Apothecary – as pictured above. Slightly less spendy at £25 for 3x 10ml bottles, you can switch it up depending on your mood, from the relaxing lavender to the downright sexy rose. Or next time you’re stocking up on your signature scent, ask if they do roll-ons. Chanel does, Estee Lauder does, L’Occitane does, even Diptyque does. I’m telling you – it’s all about the roll-on.






The Perfect MUM-MANI

Screenshot 2016-04-20 20.05.47I have NAILED it – sorry – and discovered the perfect manicure for mums. If you don’t have time to squeeze in the brilliantly long-lasting CND Shellac treatment, how about a spot of glitter?! I’ll tell you why HERE but rest assured, there are many highly convincing reasons.

And the products I swear  by:

  1. Intensae Nail Lacquer in MUSE – £14.95
  2. Essence The Gel Polish in ON AIR 44 – £1.60 wilkos.com (seriously – £1.60?!)
  3. Little Ondine in COPPER SPARK LO25 – £11 (non-toxic and peels off so your kid can wear it too)
  4. Nails Inc Boho Luxe in NOTTING HILL – £15