Sunday 28 July 2013

Mummy dresses up

I've been lucky to have some time off from mummy duties recently - one night and one day, both work related events - thanks to my lovely husband. 

With the heat, I've needed to rethink my make up and I didn't want to look 'over done' for either event. So, the tools of my trade at the moment are as follows:

- Garnier Moisture Match Protect and Glow: SPF20 and leaves you with a healthy glow, fast absorbed so you don't feel like an oil slick

- Soap & Glory One Heck Of A Blot: mattifies without leaving you looking caked in powder

- Benefit Perfect 10: a classic but a good one for a subtle sun-kissed look and highlighted cheeks

- Softly pencilled eyebrows: my eyebrows are quite fair and sparse so need a little help to accentuate them

- Soap and Glory Lid Stuff in Off The Wall Flowers: bright shades that last a very long time, the beige/mink/shimmer gold shade is light enough for day but still a glam touch that's great if you've caught a little sun

- Eyeliner and lashings of mascara: my staple look, but instead of black, I sometimes choose a coloured liquid eyeliner for a softer look

- Soap and Glory (yes, again!) Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Fuscia-ristic: gives a gorgeous gloss finish that's not sticky and has a lovely flush of peach colour on my lips (Nudist is also a very wearable shade in the day) plus it has a delicious scent too

- Gok Body Butter: I love this range from Boots which comes out around Christmas and my friends have bought me tons of, because it smells divine and leaves my skin looking great and feeling really soft - it feels very luxurious 

As for my hair, since Ethan has come along, I tend to wash, add a spritz of leave-in conditioner then let it dry naturally, but for a special occasion, I need to make more of an effort.

Here, I used rollers at the front on damp hair to give a nice flick at the front.

For the races on Friday, I used my new Mega Volume Sleeprollers the night before on freshly washed and dried hair. 
First of all, I used the Sanctuary Daily Spa Escape Rescue Hair and Scalp Mud Treatment and can honestly say this made such a difference. 
Used before you shampoo and condition, this mask left my hair feeling softer than it has in a long time.

As for the Sleeprollers, these were easy to use but with a full head of rollers in, it was a little tricky lying down. They stayed in well overnight and I could feel they had added real lift. The results were more subtle than when you use rollers on towel dried hair then blow dry, so perhaps a little disappointing after wearing them for 11 hours. My hair did look good with the added volume I wanted but the results only lasted around five hours.

I looked forward to and enjoyed both events immensely, especially having a little time to treat myself, BUT I did miss my little man and was oh so happy to be back with him. I guess it's all about balance and I think it's true what they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.


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