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Mums' Best Beauty Tips

30 April, 2022 - 03:21pm by - Head Pixie | 14 Comments

by BR Kellie

"When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway." - Erma Bombeck

Never has a quote so resonated with me as the above from Erma Bombeck. Mums sure like giving advice. I should know... I am one. Daily I dispense with my thoughts in the hopes that the blessed child will avoid the pitfalls of life that I fell into having ignored my own mother's advice. Lately, said advice has turned to skincare as my daughter reaches the tween age and her skin has sprouted the odd pimple, and my advice to her is based on my own failed experience: cleanse twice a day with a gentle cleanser. Don't strip your skin. 

Good advice, I think. Whether she continues to take it in the future once she's the one in charge of buying her own cleanser, well... we'll see. As for the advice that the Beauty Review Crew was given by their own mother's that they took rather than ignored? There's some real gems in there...

BR Kellie

My mother wasn't one for dispensing beauty advice. Luckily I had others around me who were happy to let me in on their beauty secrets, the best being that you should always moisturise your decolletage and chest area. Something I didn't appreciate in my youth, but now as I gather more years under my belt and can see the lines and crinkling on that area, I can't help how much worse it'd be if I hadn't followed that piece of advice. 

BR Queenie

My mother's best piece of advice to me was to avoid applying mascara to my lower lashes if I wanted to avoid walking around with what looked like spider legs in that area. Suffice to say, I ignored her advice. Once. Turns out tarantula legs aren't that pretty, and she was right all along.

BR Natalie

My mother has the most beautiful skin. Smooth. Soft. Flawless. Her trick? Moisturising with Johnson's Baby Moisturiser twice a day without fail. It's a gentle product, without many nasties, and it's served her well.

BR Amelia

Back in the day foundation was slapped on until it was mask-like. Eyeliner was thick and black. Blusher was clown-like. More was more. For some. I had a mother who gently directed me to make the most of my features but in a subtle way. A little mascara. Eyeshadow to enhance. A flush of blush. A slick of lipstick. To this day I follow her advice and my photos from decades past are grateful for it.

BR Tabatha

'Mum, I'm tired.'

'Drink water.'

'Mum, I have a headache.'

'Drink water.'

'Mum, I'm thirsty.'

'Drink water.'

I'm amazed I'm not half-camel. While other kids were swilling juice or Coke, I was gulping back litres of water. Something I resented at the time, but am gratful for now since hydration is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall look. Brighter eyes, plump skin, fewer pimples - and it's all down to my mum setting me up with a good hydration habit from an early age. Thanks, Ma! 

As for the advice we're universally giving our own children, godchildren, nieces and nephews...

We bang on about it here, we bang on about it there, we bang on about it everywhere. The best thing you can do for your skin is to apply sunscreen. And that's the biggest piece of advice we'll give to anyone and everyone whether it's wanted or not. 

So, my lovelies, what was the best beauty advice the mum or mum figure in your life gave you? What advice will you be passing on to the youngsters around you? Sharing is caring so get chatting below!


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14th May, 2022

My mum and Oma like Nivea cream in the little round tin.

11th May, 2022

I love these old faves . Mum was all about Ponds , Olay and especially loved making manuka honey and oatmeal face masks.

11th May, 2022

Johnson’s baby moisturiser also helps remove makeup and the skin feels so soft afterwards.

10th May, 2022

Good tips for sure!

9th May, 2022

Water and sunscreen are definitively up there - I wish I had started listening earlier!

8th May, 2022

Definitely wear sunscreen. I always remember watching mum put on makeup growing up nice memories

4th May, 2022

Honestly mum didn't share much with me at all but I don't think she was ever shown much herself. I was horrified when looking in her bathroom drawers to find blush and even eye shadows not only from when I was growing up but I swear some from the 80's. I have been slowly buying her better and NEWER quality creams and even a bits of makeup. I hope that as I learn more slowly about skincare and makeup that I will be able to pass this on. Likely a lot of my friends are make up artists or work in the beauty industry so I know one day they will get the help from their 'Aunties' when they need it.

2nd May, 2022

My mother bought me a moisturizer and a few make up items but she didn't really give me much advice as she only wore lipstick. I do agree with drinking plenty of water and moisturize and now that serum is thrown into the mix I think it does help. Also less is definitely more when applying some make-up.

2nd May, 2022

Everyone will know what I'm going to say .............EGG WHITE!!!

2nd May, 2022

My mum is not into skincare or makeup so no advice there. Just what I've picked up through magazines back in the day or social media, YouTube, BR or Google searching.

I don't have kids but anyone that asks about how my skin looks good (friends, family, work colleagues) I do advise a skin care routine and sunscreen. Always.

2nd May, 2022

My mum's beauty advice was pretty much limited to using Oil of Olay every night (not bad advice at all, back then). But she did ply us with water, when I think about it - we never had fizzy, sugary drinks in our house - and my teeth, weight, skin and general health are, I'm sure, better overall for that. I still drink like a fish. Water, that is. Mostly ;)

2nd May, 2022

Mum used to say don't pick ya pimples lmao. Good advice!

2nd May, 2022

Years ago l did use the Johnsons products, they were good in their day .

1st May, 2022

Johnsons baby products were my first ever go to. Especially the pink moisturizer.

2nd May, 2022

My Mum loved her lipstick and always had a lipstick and a comb in her pocket. She loved perfumes as well.


Last month we sent out the Olay Collagen Peptide 24 Serum and Moisturiser to reveiwers - the results are in and it's safe to say we'll be sneaking these into our trolleys when we're next buying groceries!

We're giving two of them away - all you need to do is tell us which product you'd most like to easy is that?!