Busy family Sunday yesterday, running around after my three girls, catching up on homework, making sure everything was ready for Monday morning, having a bit of fun, sorting out ‘sister’ stuff …. all the working mum things we know and love (sometimes).

The UK Vogue Festival was running under my radar a lot of this weekend too: Twitter gems from Michael Kors (bone dry funny as per), Mario Testino talking about his weight loss (250 grams apparently), Natalie Massenet on everything Net-a-Porter and Victoria Beckham still has four children (I was sure I’d heard that somewhere). Got me thinking. Did I want full on glamour with hand massages and Dior goodie bags at Vogue? Or did I want to be makeup free mum and expert on trench warfare? Well a bit of both (WW1 comes up in conversation more than you’d think).

Here are five fast fixes for some instant glamour and a quick hit of that ‘I’m still gorgeous after all’ feeling everyone needs from time to time – even La Beckham, or so she claims.

1. New Clinique Chubby Sticks for Eyes
chubby eyes
Really does work slick of smooth, instant colour for eyelids, updated smokey eye for spring/summer, metallics for swift glam and subtle for sun-kissed definition. No creasing, long-lasting, colour building controllable and 12 shades.

2. Clinique Chubby Sticks for Lips
chubby lips
All lip looks (grown up and serious, 60’s, beachy summer etc.) in controllable, easy to use crayons. Not so new but tried, tested and addictive. Street photographer and voice of style reason Garance Doré admits to prowling NY’s late night chemists when her Chubby Stick runs out

3. Soap and Glory ‘One Heck of a Blot’
soap and glory
I’ve got this in my personal and professional kit permanently now. Soaks up shiny but still leaves skin velvety and no nasty powdery residue. Slightly colour correcting and soothing too.

4. Illamasqua ‘Paranormal’ Séance UV Nail Varnish
Illamasqua have just released the Paranormal range and this rich, intense purple nail colour is a real glamour essential for those ‘binary maths’ homework’ moments.

5. Egyptian Magic Cream
I love this packaging and the cream is a great go-to solutions for all sorts of stuff from skin soothing to hair taming and eyebrow grooming.

cream and varnish

May’s mantra is ‘can’t compromise, won’t compromise’. My five favourites might not sort everything but think of it like a work in progress, get in touch and share your own fixes.