‘Tans fade, but memories last a lifetime’
As a new Mum, you don’t often have time for self care. Before little man was born, I used to love doing my nails and having a good pamper session. Now I find whenever I have any time to myself… which is very rare…I fill it with chores or taking the opportunity to sleep!
We’re about to go on our first holiday with Thomas and I decided to use this opportunity, as an excuse, to have some well needed me time. I mean after all, getting holiday ready is part of the excitement!
1. Life is too short to have boring hair
I’ve been suffering with a bit of postpartum hair loss, another joy of pregnancy! My hair has looked quite lifeless and boring, so I decided to give my hair a good pamper. For the last couple of weeks I’ve been cutting the straightening right down to a minimum (an addiction of mine) and treating my hair to deep conditioning masks. I then booked in a half head of highlights to get me holiday ready! My hair already feels in much better condition and has a bit of life back into it.
2. Life is not perfect, but your nails can be
Having a manicure is one of my favourite self care treats and I tend to always treat myself to one before I go on holiday. I decided to go for a lovely bright pink (very fitting for a holiday) with a graduated glitter effect, on each of the nails. I love how they turned out.
When I’ve got holiday ready for pervious holidays I’ve also treated myself to a pedicure. However, I didn’t feel I could justify the cost this time, what with being on maternity leave currently. So I gave myself a pedicure at home. At least my toes will still look presentable around the pool!
3. If you can’t tone it, tan it
I will be 5 months postpartum when we go on holiday and despite being very proud of how my body has recovered, I have to be honest and say I’m not feeling very confident about myself. I’m also incredibly pale, I always have been, but I have incredibly low iron at the moment, left from birth, so I’m practically see through!
I decided to give myself a little pick me up and purchase some gradual tanning moisturiser to use before we go. I was really nervous about trying it, I mean orange isn’t a good look. But, I watched some YouTube videos about application and it went well. The tan didn’t make a lot of difference, but it made me feel a bit better.
I took the time to shave and exfoliate before application, so if anything it was just a good cause for some more self care.
4. Behind every great beauty, is a great pair of brows
Holiday means no (or very minimal) make up. It’s one of the rare times I feel ok about venturing out of the house with my hair shoved up in a messy bun and no make up on. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not someone who wears much anyway, but it’s nice to let your skin breath and work on your tan.
Before I go on holiday I like to give my brows some attention. I give them a good old pluck and tint them. This leaves them looking ‘done’ throughout my holiday.
When I first tried home tinting, I was really nervous. But it’s so easy, looks great and is much cheaper than getting them done! I use Eylure Pro-Brow Dye each time and it works really well.
5. Shaving is like mowing the lawn – No one wants to do it, but after its done it looks and feels nice
I don’t know about you, but my legs get very neglected during the winter months and this year I was either pregnant or with a newborn… so they were practically wolf like. I decided it was time, and cracked open a new razor and gave my legs… and any other areas… a good pruning! While pruning, I used the opportunity to also enjoy a nice face mask and light a candle this just added to the pamper vibe. Afterwards, I moisturised throughly and my legs felt very smooth, so much better! It was really nice to finally feel put back together.
That’s it, the headings have cracked me up and I’m finally holiday ready… get me on the plane!
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