5 Minutes With… Clemmie Hooper

This month, we’re SO excited to have teamed up with the incredible Clemmie Hooper (aka @mother_of_daughters) to create a fabulous limited edition box packed with beauty must-haves for hectic lifestyles. As the author of new book How To Grow a Baby and Push It Out, midwife to many, mum of FOUR daughters, and Instagrammer-extraordinaire, Clemmie certainly knows a thing or two about being busy. Luckily, though, we managed to grab a few minutes with the superwoman herself to chat babies, blogging, and beauty – in honour of the launch of Birchbox X Mother of Daughters today!

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When did you know that you wanted to be a midwife?

From around the age of six I loved playing with my dolls and wore a nurse dressing-up outfit. As soon as I understood what a midwife was that was it for me!

What made you decide to start your blog Gas & Air?

Lots of friends were having babies and would ask me things they said were too embarrassed to ask their midwife. I also realised that women needed a reliable place to read about pregnancy and birth online without feeling judged or receiving incorrect information

How did you find time to squeeze in writing a book amongst everything else you do?!

God knows, looking back it was a bit of a haze but the babies were so tiny they slept lots in the day I couldn’t do it now they’re far too energetic! My Mum came and stayed for two nights a week and helped loads plus Simon is a brilliant husband and father and very very supportive!

Midwife, blogger, mother, and author – what does a typical day look like for you?

It varies from week to week, if I’m working at the hospital I leave the house at 6am and I’m not home until 8:30pm. I only have childcare 2 days a week so other ‘work’ I fit around naps and then start again in the evening once the kids are in bed. I’m not sure I have quite got my work/life sorted yet.

Talk us through your daily beauty routine and your go-to products.

I always no matter what time Ive gone to bed take my make up off and cleanse (my mum taught me that from a young age) using Trish McEvoy skin cleansing water and Charlotte Tilbury magic night cream. In the morning I usually have a shower and use my Liz Earle hot cloth polish. It really wakes up my skin I’m really into the Organic Surge range and wear their nourishing rose day cream which smells amazing before applying make up. I wear Laura Mercier silk creme foundation which is the best for my skin, a light bronzer and blush (usually Mac) and always my favourite mascara ‘They’re Real’ by Benefit. And to finish off the look I’ll slap on a lippy often red but I’m experimenting with a few pinks and oranges.

Any pearls of wisdom for new mums?

Have low expectations of any beauty routines, washed hair was my no1 goal make up was not important. I actually found I didn’t want to be smelling of anything artificial when the babies were tiny. Plus you do a lot of smelling and kissing them. I do swear by a bright lippy to distract tired eyes, I often have one in the car and a one in my hand bag – again all tips inherited from my mum who wouldn’t got anywhere without her pink lippy!

Finally, what’s the best thing about being a mother of daughters?

Knowing how lucky they are to have 3 sisters each, everyone needs a sister! I love watching them interact with each other, even though they are all at different stages they can really make each other laugh!

Hurry – get your Limited Edition Birchbox X Mother of Daughters before it flies off the shelves!