Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Five ways to feel pretty + a beauty-themed giveaway

I believe that every mom deserves to feel beautiful every day. And while I think that beauty can sometimes seem complicated and overwhelming, it doesn't have to be complicated and overwhelming. It doesn't even have to be expensive. In fact, it can really be quite simple once you incorporate it into your daily routine. Remember: you are worth it. Yes, your children are always the top priority -- but that doesn't mean you are low priority. They will benefit (in so many ways) when you take care of yourself. 

Here are a few easy things you can do every day to help yourself feel pretty ...

Wear mascara and lipstick. Even if you aren't planning to leave the house all day. This is an instant pick-me-up, and it takes no time at all.

Wear clothes that fit. I know this is a hard one ... especially if you are still recovering from pregnancy. But motherhood is not an excuse to look frumpy. If the frumpy look is your thing, that's different -- go for it (although my guess is that it really isn't your thing). Otherwise, find clothes that flatter your figure and wear them no matter what you are doing. Grocery shopping, play date, pediatrician appointment, whatever. You do not need an "occasion" to get yourself put together.

Polish your nails. I get pedicures regularly, but I rarely get manicures -- I've kept my finger nails short and plain for years. A few nights ago, though, I felt compelled to put on a coat of polish. What a difference! I am now totally hooked. 

Wear perfume (or even just scented lotion). I spray perfume on my wrists every morning. It takes two seconds, and it makes me happy. Right now I'm really into Marc Jacobs Amber, but I also like Angel by Thierry Mugler and the Victoria's Secret Pear Glace lotion/body spray.

Look good for your man. This might hit a nerve with some women, but I feel pretty strongly about it. If you've had one of those days where you're still in pajamas or sweats at 5:30pm, no make-up, baby puke on your shirt, etc., no worries -- we all have days like that. But take a few minutes before your husband gets home to put on that lipstick we talked about and change into a decent outfit. He'll appreciate it, and you'll feel better about everything you accomplished (or didn't accomplish) that day.

In light of this list, I've decided to do a beauty-themed giveaway! One beautiful mom (or mom-to-be) is going to win three beauty treats: A bottle of Essie nail polish in Penny Talk, a Maybelline Shinesensational lip gloss in Crushed Candy and a Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black (my favorite mascara -- in my opinion it totally beats all the department store brands).

To enter, simply leave a comment telling me what you do every day to feel beautiful. You have until 9am Pacific Time Friday to enter, and I'll announce the winner on Facebook Friday afternoon. Also a quick reminder about the Love Struck giveaway -- I messed up on the dates, so I extended the giveaway. You can enter that one until 6pm today (Wednesday)! I'll announce the winner on Facebook tonight.


  1. I always powder my face and wear mascara or eyeliner. My husband laughs when I do this before going to the grocery store. He thinks I look just the same. Maybe I do, but I definitely feel better!

  2. I have a strict no sweat pants rule (outside of bed). It's motivating to have some style even if its a "no make-up" day.

  3. i always wear foundation and mascara!

  4. I think a hair-do also changes the way you look 100%! I wash my hair daily and keep it looking as good as possible :) plus my husband loves the way freshly washed hair smells! I try to put make up on fairly often as well. I love to do my nails too, but that isn't so easy when you have a baby that wants to nurse!

  5. I always put on mascara and primer at least! :)
    also i never wear sweatpants outside of the house.

    thanks for the great giveaway!

    rlahardison at gmail dot com

  6. I wear mascara! And also like to have regular pedicures!

  7. I currently have a 4 year old, 2 year old and a 2 week old and have made a promise to myself to put makeup on every day. So far, it has really staved off the baby blues and made me feel more energized. There's just something about cleaning yourself up that makes you better able to face the day (and having your husband tell you how beautiful you are when he gets home sure does help raise your confidence levels!)

  8. I wash my hair every other day but I style it most days. I also brush my teeth. I know that seems a given but when you are home all day with a baby who is teething brushing your own isn't priority. Making sure I do that makes me feel a thousand times better.

  9. I wear nice clothes! Not always dressed to the nines, but something to show I made the effort.

  10. I err on the side of presentable, clean and brushed. I do *not* wear my good clothes M-F though. I stick to basics, but even with donning an apron for the big stuff, I still find myself covered in the day's activities--a saucy finger print here, a paint splash there, dirt (we garden a lot). My 9-6 Mommy Job is not conducive to the clothes I really like, so, I keep with my basic black pants and a pretty patterned shirt of some kind. I have to shower everyday for my sanity. Especially in the new early days of motherhood--being clean with freshly brushed teeth can do wonders!

    I'd check the Skin Deep Database about fragrances/make-up (especially lipstick) and whatnot. I stopped wearing most make-up and perfumes years before having my kids just because of negative health effects. I do still own some make up for special occasions, but I only get it from Coastal Classic Creations or some other company that uses natural ingredients. Same is true with all the body products we buy (and we only buy a few these days). I think the most glamorous thing we can all do for our health is eat well and exercise. Shiny hair and nice skin are certainly perks!

    1. Great reminder about the Skin Deep Database. I'm always really good about that when it comes to sunscreen, body wash and baby products. I often forget, though, about checking on my make-up and other beauty products. And I agree with you about eating well and exercising!!

  11. I don't do much, but you've inspired me to go out and buy a new lipstick!

  12. I'm thankful for having to work from home (teaching), so that I make an effort to make myself look presentable. Perfume is a must, concealer, eye make up, a little lipstick, polish on my toes, and untangled hair. If I have extra time, I straighten my already straight hair (haha), or curl it, and.. skirts do make me feel prettier! :)

    And, even if I look just plain, solid colored top and jeans, I'll add a touch of cute purse/diaper bag.

    I'm still recovering from pregnancy (shape wise), but there's no excuse to look frumpy! My little girl is already outdressing me, so I can't look frumpy, right? :)

  13. Yep, looking good for your man is important! I know some people might freak out at that on the list, but I couldn't agree more.


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