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Diary of a sleep deprived yummy

Laura Davidson, travel editor, columnist and journalist, is mum to two-year old Hannah, and year-old Lucy.

What with all the sleepless nights, a collicky baby, a turbo-charged toddler, and a home to run (we all know how hard this time is), Laura is determined to keep up her nana’s legacy of looking fabulous even when she is feeling less than human most days…

So while she reckons she needs a little help in the beauty department to feel less slummy mummy and more yummy mummy – though we think she looks great – here is how she’s getting on…

So little Harper Beckham is a style icon. At the tender age of two? Things have changed a lot since I was in nappies, that’s for sure.

Growing up in the 70s meant my toddler years were spent in a mishmash of orange and brown hues. I committed some serious pint-sized crimes against fashion, I can tell you.

Look at little Harper, though. In last week’s Sun newspaper. they really put the tot’s catwalk credentials to the test by scaling up similar outfits and dressing an adult model in the same gear at the littlest Beckham. It was hilarious.

But really proved that her outfits didn’t look so out of place in a big girls’ wardrobe. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’ve got enough trouble getting out in the morning minus clumps of porridge in my hair without being ‘outdressed’ by a two-year-old at toddlers’ group.

Still, I can’t blame Posh for going to town dressing up her little girl after having three boys. And Mrs Beckham is definitely relaxed with it comes to rigging out her kids. Who can forget the picture of her marching the kids to the cinema in LA all decked out in her designer shades and figure-hugging shift dress … with a three-year-old Cruz holding her hand in a Batman costume. Priceless.

I think I’ll stick with dressing my girls in Peppa Pig and Dora The Explorer couture for now. Cartoon chic for them, high street chic for me.

This month, I’ve been trying out Merumaya, a new skincare brand that’s been making big waves in the beauty industry since its launch last year.

Founder Maleka Dattu clocked up years working for brands including Clinique and Origins before going it alone and launching her own company in 2012. This is the result.

I tried the Skin Brightening Exfoliating Peel (£19.50 for 50mls, www.merumaya.com and selected John Lewis stores). I’ll be honest, I was a bit nervous about the name – a ‘peel’ sounded a bit extreme to me. In reality, it’s more of a face mask that’s left on for 10 minutes and then washed off, taking your dull dead skin cells with it.

Fears allayed. My skin was left feeling smooth and refreshed. It’s a great product – it just needs a new name. The idea of a ‘peel’ could put people off.

I really liked the Intensely Youthful Eye Cream too (£24.50 for 15mls, www.merumaya.com). It contains all sorts of goodies to tighten and firm as well as help banish dark circles. After a week’s use, I definitely felt brighter eyed. Can’t wait to try more products in the range.

With summer’s light nights on the way out for another year, I’m using the early darkness as an excuse to vamp up my make-up bag.

My fave of the new season has to be Smashbox’s new Fade To Black range. A true saviour of my daily kit is the brand’s Waterproof Shadow Liner – I smudge it onto my lids every morning on mummy duty in a daywear-friendly navy blue.

Imagine my delight when my new favourite liner dropped through my letter box only this time in the gorgeously glamorous new shade of Black Gold (£17, www.smashbox.co.uk). Apply this fantastic burnished shade over your lids and create a smoky effect with the smudger end of the pencil and go from drab to fab in seconds. It sets off the shades in the Fade Out Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette (£32) perfectly. Top off with Black Cherry Lipstick (£15.50) and you’re good to go.

The change in season hasn’t just seen an overhaul of my make-up bag – I’ve been experimenting with some new fragrances too, and not one of them will break the bank.

Next’s new line of perfume and eau de toilette start from an unbelievable £6.50 – perfect for a guilt-free treat or an inexpensive pick-me-up gift for a friend.

Adore (£6.50 for 30mls, www.next.co.uk) mixes light florals with a deeper background hint of amber while Cashmere (£7.50 for 30mls) has more of a sensual musky fragrance. My favourite is Eau Nude (£12 for 100mls) with sumptuous vanilla and beautiful florals – a beautiful everyday scent with a definite air of sophistication. There’s a gorgeous range of home fragrances too – perfect for any yummy mummy’s boudoir.

Another big discovery I’ve made this month is CC cream – Clinique’s Moisture Surge CC Cream, to be precise. Just as I was thinking I was right up to date with my latest BB cream (Blemish Balm cream), beauty boffins have gone one better and produced CC Cream (this time the initials stand for Colour Correction).

Basically it has all the properties of a BB cream (hydration and light coverage plus an SPF of 30) but with the added bonus of colour correction too so if you suffer from super-rosy cheeks or an uneven complexion, this one is for you.

The medium shade (£28 for 40mls, www.clinique.co.uk) is a fabulous tinted moisturiser that keeps the skin hydrated from the second it’s applied in the morning to the minute you cleanse at night. A great alternative to foundation, it gives good coverage while still maintaining a sheer finish. Love it.

Finally, don’t forget to take care of your lips as the weather turns colder – forgetting to smother on the lip balm before facing the autumn chill could spell disaster for your pout.

Origins’ Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm ( £16, www.origins.co.uk) comes in eight shades and has just a hint of a tint. Cherry pop is a sheer red that flatters most skintones with avocado oil and wheatgerm to nourish and protect against dryness.

So that’s the perfect pout, autumn colour palettes and scents sorted. Just need to give Miss H Beckham a call for some style advice now.