Do you ever leave the house without your war paint?
I’m a work at home/stay at home mum. Even though that’s a great excuse to stay in my pjs all day and ditch the beautifying, I still wake up every morning and one of the first things I do is shower, get dressed and put on my make-up.
I have a feeling that some mums are going to be screaming at this and saying ‘Why what’s the point?’ and some mums are going to completely agree. Which one are you?
Make-up makes me feel energised, put together and ready to take on the world.
Do you feel the same?
I’m by no means a vain person. In fact, I’m actually really hard on myself.
But even if I’m not going out of the house, I find that getting dressed and putting on my face stops me from feeling sluggish and automatically puts me in better spirits.
I just bought a new make-up bag from a beautiful little company called ‘Lush Stuff’. Although I’m not a beauty blogger I just had to share it with you as the caption not only inspired this post, but it feels really fitting.
As a parent I genuinely do feel like I’m putting on war paint.
Even trying to accomplish the smallest of things with a ‘zero to tantrum in 0.2 seconds’ child can be difficult at times.
Not only does wearing make-up make me feel a little bit more in control of things, but it’s also great for hiding away those black ‘under eye’ shadows that appear after yet another sleepless night with a teething baby.
Someone actually got a bit cheeky the other day and asked me why I looked so polished with a toddler. Whereas some people assume that I have all the time in the world because I am just a ‘stay at home mum’.
Believe me, I really am swamped for time. Working 40 hours a week at home freelancing (mostly when Evie is in bed), is a hard balance with a growing child that needs stimulation and attention.
Like most mums, I’m constantly battling work deadlines with bath time and I do get very little, if no time for me.
One thing I will not let go of is my everyday make-up routine.
It’s amazing how just a little bit of lipstick can make you feel so confident and so motivated isn’t it?
I’ve perfected the art of getting ready fast and it now only takes me 20 minutes to get ready from start to finish. This is including a quick shower (have you ever tried to have a long shower with a toddler nearby), and quickly getting rid of my bed head.
As you can see from the pictures above, I don’t have a huge amount of makeup so my routine is pretty quick. Aside from a classic red lipstick and a few ‘I still want to feel like a teenager’ choice colour nail polishes that aren’t in the picture, this is it.
Evie loves to roam about and re-meet all of her toys in the morning. This independent playtime is enough time for me to wash off the porridge she’s just chucked in my hair and throw on my face.
Do you find that if you put on certain clothes or a uniform for work it puts you in a completely different mind frame?
Some people quite literally put on their ‘positive pants’, some people have a lucky pair of shoes, some people act differently in their workwear compared to their home clothes.
Even though there are days when it’s just Evie and I sat inside reading books and colouring in, I still wear make-up because it make me feel great. A happy mummy means a happy baby.
Do you wear war paint? Did you ditch the make-up post baby? Or do also need to wear make-up to help you take on the new day?
If you can never find time to do anything like this and are in need of a bit of humour, be sure to check out 10 Ways To Distract A Toddler So You Can Make A Cup Of Tea!
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