How to turn thirty and into a Mrs without going stir crazy

I’m sat here writing this blog looking down at my hands and wondering “When did they go from glowing, silky paws into something which resembles the outside of a tree?” Yesterday I looked at my make-up application and thought, “Have I done this in the dark?”

Granted, our bodies change slowly as we get older, but my problem is, I think I missed keeping track of these changes, and now I’m in a position where I look at myself in the mirror and wonder what happened. I’m getting married in November (did I mention that before?!) and I won’t want to shell out hundreds of pounds for someone to slap some make up on my face, I’d rather by the products and learn how to use them so I can make myself look (and feel) beautiful each and ever day, not just on November 17.

Not only that, but I prepare to turn thirty (52 days and counting) I thought I’d have a look online for some skincare products to help with the transition from a young and spritely twenty something, into a thirty year old wife. I want to do everything I can to look after my skin, and make the most of the face I am given. Look at some of those Hollywood starlets, they look better than I do at twice my age!

I’ve been feeling this way for around a year now (the curse of the 29’s). My best buddy is an expert with make-up and when we share hotel rooms on a race weekend, within an hour she can go from waking up to looking like an absolute glamour puss. She has every single make up product under the sun, a plethora of brushes and sponges and a knowledge of application tips in her head that I want in mine. She cites investing in products she has seen in YouTube videos as the key to her regime, but for me, I’m in turmoil… I’m afraid of investing £100’s on products without trialling them first but I want to look as amazing as she does at 7am.

With just six months to go until my wedding, I’m feeling panicked over not knowing what make up and skincare to invest in during the run up, on the day, and for the rest of my life. I took a look on House Of Fraser and Boots.com to see what taster make up and skincare packs were on offer to allow me to ‘try before I buy’.

Then I decided to look at some of the product boxes you can buy, such as the Glossybox and Birchbox (both of which I tried before) as well as Cohorted, which looks immense but I’m a bit of a chicken when it comes to spending my hard-earned cash on unknown products. Have any of you wonderful readers tried any of these, or can you suggest any brands I should be checking out?

With SO much on the market, I am feeling swamped with promises of products which can stop the signs of ageing, foundation which looks like I’m not wearing any make up, and illuminator which promises a ‘healthy glow’. My make-up bag currently consists of moisturiser, BB cream, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. I think it’s about time to up my game… but where do I even begin?

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