Today, I’m thrilled to begin a new, regular feature at nonstopmama – My beauty secrets – by interviewing homes, crafts and cooking mama Cherry Menlove about her busy mama beauty tricks and tips …
Cherry’s first eBook - Cherry Menlove’s Easy Jubilee (a snip at 99p!) - is THE perfect read right now for celebratory decorating, baking and craft ideas. It’s as warm, inspiring and packed with lovely ideas as her much-loved website on homemaking and family life …
… and, whilst this mama is still searching for her crafting mojo (I try and stay out of Sunday School make-and-do projects – the results are frankly embarrassing), I feel some Jubilee cupcakes coming on and have my copy downloaded and ready to dive into for inspiration!
Nonstopmama asked Cherry for her busy mama beauty secrets …
• What are your everyday make-up must-haves?
I feel that a good mascara is important for me. I’ve been through a few of them, some cheap and some expensive and I find most the Maybelline mascaras work pretty well. I have also worn MAC ‘Captive’ lipstick since 1998 and still love it.
• How do you style your hair in a hurry?
When I’m rushing about I wash it, brush it using a Tangle Teezer (the best!!!) and put it wet into a plait. When I’m off out, I use those tiny wee bulldog clips to keep it back and huge amounts of Elnett.
• Any bodycare favourites and products you love?
I dry brush my skin every day before having a shower to wake me up a bit and keep it all smooth and I quite like Palmer’s Natural Bronze tanning lotion to get me going on the first occasion that my bare legs make an appearance. It’s a scary time!
• Nails – nude, bright or au naturel?!
Au naturel for everyday and Rimmel Lycra Pro Nail Polish in Celebrity Bash when I’m feeling fancy. I’m not kidding, it’s my favourite red nail colour. I ALWAYS have my nails short, really can’t get to grips with long nails.
• Any beauty indulgences you try and make time for?
A long, hot bubble bath. But when it comes to products, I love products and have no problem buying products. If I had millions of pounds I would use Sisley and La Prairie skincare for the rest of my life. But I don’t so I’m sticking to Nivea and Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil. I do however insist that my husband buy me perfume for Christmas and birthdays so I always have some. I wear it daily, even if I’m slopping about. I wear Eau du Soir by Sisley.
• What’s the best beauty trick you’ve ever been shown?
Rio Rosa Mosqueta oil on a clean face before bed and sleep, whenever I can get it. I am absolutely convinced that sleep is one of the best healers in the world for a tired face and body. But with two year old twins I have to take it when it comes.
Thanks for talking to nonstopmama, Cherry!
Look out, too, for Cherry’s first book (in hardback), The Handmade Home, due out later this year.
You can also stay up to date with Cherry on Twitter and Facebook, and read her monthly crafts column in Sainsbury’s Magazine.