We had a quiet home day today; staying cozy and slowly removing ornaments from the Christmas Tree. I am hoping for this change to be gradual up until Thursday evening, the Eve of Epiphany.
As we begin the New Year, I am thinking of aspects of my life I'd like to...refurbish...revist...revitalize?
Ah, before anyone starts groaning about reading one more New Year's resolution, hear me out...
This isn't so much a resolution, but a part of my life I'd like to remember.
I am sure I share the sentiment of many mothers who feel like they have forgotten about aspects of personal care (ok, that sounds bad..)
I'm talking about the details which may serve to make us feel even more good and beautiful.
Since becoming a mother, I've taken a backseat to caring for my appearance. It's so difficult to write about this without sounding vain or shallow! Sure, I run a brush through my hair, wash my face, and surely brush my teeth every day, but I am looking into getting back into a...revised beauty routine.
A good friend and I took a trip to a large cosmetics store tonight. I came with a short list and stuck to it; feeling uncomfortable with all of the sales associates schooling me on pores and exfoliation.
I decided to spend $50 on quality and organic skincare and makeup. The bare essentials, in my opinion....
Organic 100% Argan Oil
-this is a fantastic and all purpose moisturizer and anti acne treatment. It also serves to prevent split ends (hair) and promote healthy growth. I highly recommend this product!!
(not my photo...but a very nice representation of Argan oil)
An Eyelash Curler
-an easy and painless procedure which takes about 8 seconds. An instant eye opener! The deal I got was great; it included a generous sized sample of natural mascara, another easy way to open your eyes.
A Face Complexion Brush
This brush makes face washing a treat. I felt invigorated after my first time using it.
I also purchased a color palette with a few natural colored eyeshadows, a bronzer, and a lip gloss. This will be for special occassions.
I feel good about these purchases and I am looking forward to spending a little bit more time on caring for myself. Just this past week, a teacher from our local Waldorf school observed during playschool for the morning. We had a wonderful discussion to follow this with many memorable suggestions, observations, and information. One of the snippets of our discussion I have been thinking about lately is the fact that as a teacher (and mother!) of young children, I must take care of myself and be well rested. The energy and "life force" I bring to my space has much to do with who I am and I how I perceive myself and others. This is not to say that I must be "beautiful", for that could mean anything and everything...but I feel that I must make sure that I make time for myself in the morning, that I look in the mirror and take the time to...take care of myself. I'm worth it...and so are you:)