Some people look forward to that Konga class on Monday nights or that glass of wine after all the kids are in bed or that cake on cheat day or that cold beer after a long week's work. Me? I look forward to my morning makeup routine every.single.day.
1. I wake up half an hour before everyone in my household
2. Browse Instagram for inspirations (them Socials I tell you)
3. Finally get up and gather all my makeup bits and bobs, usually contemplating if I should change it up a bit because another beauty blogger sported a silver eyeshadow and it looks "natural"
4. Browse through my stash looking for "that" item that I think will change my look for the day
5. It's normally a lipstick or a single pot eyeshadow (maybe a silver one)
6. Start piling the usual makeup shiz
7. Attempt some sort of contouring and highlighting
8. Decides it's too defined for a work day so blend, blend, blend
9. I try to Snapchat or Instagram Story the makeup look but decided I look too puffy
10. Decide what to wear while thinking what lipstick to use
11. Find the outfit and checked if it matches the look, if not, look for another outfit.
12. Finish the whole makeup with my favourite setting spray sans any lip product
13. Remain undecided in the lipstick area. Most likely end up with a nude lip but will deal with that later when in the car.
14. Declares self ready for the day and wakes up the toddler if he's not awake yet.
Before babies, my makeup obsession was unstoppable (borderline out of control). I found something so fun and exciting that I can put my time and $$$ in without feeling guilty. People were going out and partying while I sat in my PJs and played with my makeup and started a makeup blog. Blushes won over wine.
When I become a mummy, the changes in my lifestyle and body were significant. Time was precious and very limited. Mornings were hectic and suddenly there was no such thing as "mummy me-time" anymore. Everyone said to me, the first few weeks (or even year) of parenthood will change you, sometimes losing yourself in the process. I wasn't an exception. I forgot how to make time for myself. I missed me.
That's when I started taking half an hour to myself when I can, usually in the mornings and just put whatever makeup on, a BB cream and lipgloss and immediately felt better. Then it progressed to adding mascara and blush, and before I knew it, a (mummy-friendly) makeup routine has been established.
My working days came back and I found myself committing to a more solid makeup routine aka full face makeup to look more put together. My job requires me to be in meetings and presentations so really I just found an excuse to apply/buy more makeup.
My go-to makeup looks are more subdued and mummy-appropriate, borderline predictable. Neutral shades of golds and browns with the occasional blushed/berry shades create my signature look. Gone are the days when I would sport a bright blue and silver smokey eye to work (#majorcringe) and no it wasn't sport your best 80s look day at work, it was 2008 and a new MAC mineralised eyeshadow duo just came out. Let's not even discuss the day when I sported a bright yellow and black smokey look. #doublecringe
Makeup is my way of self-love. And you have to love yourself first before you can love others.
What do you look forward to?
Do you keep a gratitude journal?
What do you do for your self-love?
Hope everyone is ready for the (Aussie) Father's Day weekend!
Speak to you soon!