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.