My Top 5 Beauty Hacks for the Special Needs Mum on the Go

Emily Sutton by Emily Sutton Additional Needs

Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton

I was launched into the world of special needs on New Year's Eve 2012, on the birth of my son, Jenson. He is fabulous, sprightly and loving, and ha...

Our appearance has slipped way down in the list of priorities with makeup becoming a thing for rare nights out only.

Grey hairs are sneaking through at a rate faster than we can possibly make it to the hair salon, and those unruly eyebrows seem to have a mind of their own!

Here I’d like to share with you a few short cuts that you might find helpful, to save yourself time and feel slightly more confident about stepping out of the house!

Batiste Dry Shampoo

Gone are the days when I could spare half an hour of my own time to shampoo, condition, blow-dry, and style my hair.

These days it is more a case of sticking a beanie hat on top of my greasy, lank mop and hoping I don’t bump into someone I know.  Then I discovered Batiste dry shampoo.

This product actually prolongs the time between washes, and leaves your hair with a fresh aroma and some refreshed vitality and bounce.

When your hair is ‘on the turn’ and about to cry out for a wash, simply spray Batiste into the roots and massage in with fingertips.

This 30 second procedure will buy you another day or two before you need to wash your hair.  Best of all, unlike your standard dry shampoo, this product comes in a range of colours.

As a brunette, I use the 'dark and deep brown' variety, and unlike other dry shampoos, this does not leave your scalp looking like you've doused yourself in talc.

The only slight downside is the brown powder that remains under your fingernails and round the rim of the bath or shower after you’ve washed it off.

W7 Cover Up

I am finding that those evil little grey hairs seem to be showing up more and more these days; perhaps it is the stress and anxiety, or simply a sign of my age!

I am finding that I have to get my hair dyed more and more frequently, but the reality is that I simply do not have two hours to sit in a salon every two months!

This product is no miracle cure for grey hairs but it does provide you with some temporary respite from those pesky little intruders.

You simply apply it like a blusher to your roots, and it takes just a few seconds and no skill whatsoever.

The product is available in a range of colours and I have found that it lasts overnight without staining the pillow or your scalp.  I found it online at Amazon.


My favourite phrase at the moment is: “To be honest I’m just winging it, life, eyebrows, everything”.  It just about sums me up!

I’ve got about fifteen thousand things that take priority over plucking, or pencilling-on my eyebrows every morning.

On the rare days that I do attempt this task, I seem to abominably fail in the art of symmetry or precision.

However, with a bit of practice and half an hour set aside one evening, this product can save you considerable time!

Wunderbrow is a revolutionary ‘permafix’ gel that contains hair fibres specially treated with pigments that fasten onto skin and hair.  It will stay put for a few days, or until you decide to remove it.

It claims to only take 2 minutes to apply although it took me slightly longer the first few times, but once you’ve nailed the technique it’s relatively easy.

Carmex Lip Balm

Gone are the days when I meandered down the beauty aisles of Boots looking for my perfect shade of lip gloss.  These days I prefer just to have moist and healthy lips.

I simply cannot leave the house without my Carmex and it is by far my preferred brand of lip balm.

Available in a range of aromas, and in tubes, sticks and pots, you are spoiled for choice.

Boots No. 7 Primer

I have to say that the one cosmetic that I could not live without is foundation.  It works wonders at disguising the dark circles and blemishes on my face.

However, foundation often does not last the day.  I have found a brilliant product that fixes this problem!

Boots No. 7 Primer works as a base layer below your foundation and goes a long way towards keeping your foundation in place throughout the day.

It is easy to apply, and only requires a small amount so the tube lasts a long time.

It adds just a matter of seconds to your morning routine but can buy you a few extra hours of flawless radiance.


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