Friday, July 26, 2013

Mommy Makeup Experiment -- Part 1

After Marty was born, I went through the typical new mom "my hair/face/clothes/personal hygiene are the last thing on my priority list" phase... which morphed into the "okay, I'll shower and brush my teeth, but I can't fit into anything but sweatpants, so why should I fix my hair and wear makeup" phase... which eventually led to the "when I lose these last 5 pounds, I'm gonna buy new cute clothes that fit and start making myself pretty again if I magically get more than 2 seconds to myself." This is normal, no?

These days, I'll admit I still like to keep things simple. I'm not usually fussy about my appearance, but I've recently decided that I need to step things up a notch. Get gussied up a little more often. Gotta remind that husband of mine that the young, hot, fashionable girl he married is still in here somewhere and he just never can tell when she might emerge (--> insert inappropriate tiger roaring here <--).

This morning I played with makeup for 30 whole minutes (gasp) and put on my first "full face" in over 2 years. Since before Marty was born, my weekday makeup routine has slowly dwindled to either a few swipes of whatever I can put on before my toddler catches me, or just forget the whole thing because no one really cares if I wear makeup anyway. On church days and/or date nights, I may spend a little bit of extra time applying my Bare Minerals, a little blush, and mascara (eyeliner sometimes). I can't remember the last time I applied eye shadow, and I know I haven't worn foundation in several years...

So anyway, I was surfing the web earlier this week and I came across the most adorable vlogger, who just so happens to do makeup tutorials (and also happens to be 15 years younger than me without a fine line or mysterious brown spot in sight, but I tried to overlook that small offense). Her "Summer Makeup Tutorial" caught my eye, and after watching it, I decided to have some fun. I want to share my results and some thoughts on this little experiment, but first let me say 2 things:

Thing 1-- It has been years since I put my face as close to a mirror as I did this morning. You know that saying about ignorance being bliss and all? Truth.

Thing 2-- The second my husband walks through the door tonight, I am high-tailing it down the street to the Indian eyebrow threading place. Sheesh.

By the way: Are selfies not the most awkward?! Here we go...

Before and after. No filter, no editing. 

My first thought when I finished the last stroke of mascara was, "Wow, I really like the way this looks, but dang, that took 20 freaking minutes." Before I had Marty, I probably spent way more time in front of the mirror every single day... but when my favorite kiddo in all the world is tugging at my sleeves and begging me to read him Dr. Suess, it is so easy to forget those days ever existed. And wouldn't I rather have my little man and his book than myself and a mirror? Any day of the week.

(Product reviews on my next post...)


Mel said...

Yay, glad you are back! Now I can keep up with you ;) Oh, and I've never heard of Indian threading! Please, do share :)

jo said...

First of all, this was way fascinating to watch. Who has that many brushes?? Anyway - it intrigued me enough to try an amended overhaul with my measly two or three brush applicators. We were on vacation after all so I had the time. 37 is high time for a refresher course on makeup. SOOOO much I have to learn - but also - I'll never have that kind of time. :) It was cute to watch and for those special nights out.... -ive learned a few new tricks. Thanks for sharing. Glad you're back.

Anonymous said...

I am going to check the video because you know I need help but first...what Bare Minerals product is your fave?