So I’ve made a start on the weight issue (still haven’t got the fitness DVD out though!), and as I’m on a normal eating day, I can’t really do much else other than keep an eye on my diet and ensure that I don’t binge on anything.
I think the next logical step for me is to look at my beauty routine, or rather lack thereof.
I’m going to start to make myself feel more polished by doing a few basic things.
1. Start moisturising daily.
My skin is ageing and getting drier and I’m back in the office working, and the stuffiness of the office (heaters/fans) is exacerbating the issue. So my first task is to moisturise daily; face, body, feet and hands.
2. Always do my hair.
I have curly hair which goes very frizzy if I just leave it to dry after washing it. Even if I can’t use the hairdryer, I’m going to try to put on the hair products to make my hair less frizzy when I shower in the morning; there’s not much point if I shower at night – pillow hair never looks good for me!
3. Remove excess hair.
I don’t think I’m alone in confessing that I have a unibrow if I don’t keep on top of it. My task will therefore be to invest in a good set of tweezers and a magnifying mirror – and then to use them. I’ve taken the first step though, and I have booked an appointment with my local beauty salon to get them waxed (I’ve tried threading and I nearly passed out, so waxing works for me) so that I have a blank canvas to start from. I’ll probably also try to maintain a visit every few months so that my brows don’t lose their shape.
4. Put on some make-up.
And this is where things get trickier. I’ve never been one for makeup, but sadly I’m getting to the age where my flaws are becoming far more apparent and I can no longer get away with just a bit of spot cover. On the other hand, I hate feeling caked in foundation as it feels like my skin can’t breathe.
Bobbi Brown (http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/) has been my skin make up of choice for a few years now – no other brand seems to be light enough in tone for my skin.
I used to use the tinted moisturiser as I liked the colour and the fact that it was SPF15, but with ageing comes the need for more coverage, so I’ve upgraded to the BB Cream with SPF35. I use it with her primer so that finer lines are smoothed out before I apply the cream, but I do this very rarely.
So now I’m back working in the office for a few days a week, my challenge to myself is to wear make-up at the office so that I look (and hopefully feel) more polished. I’ll use the BB cream, plus some eyeliner and mascara so that my eyes don’t fade away into nothing. Nothing that shouts “LOOK! I’VE BEEN TANGOED!”, but enough that I look professional and (dare I say it) a bit more like a grown up. This leads me nicely to…
5. Take make-up off before bedtime
I’m not too bad at this, but I have a tendency to resort to makeup remover wipes – nice and handy, but not really a substitute for proper removal. So cleanse, tone and moisturise for me if I’ve been wearing make-up.
Let’s hope I can manage to fit all this in around a slightly demanding toddler!