We all suffer with waning confidence (it’s a natural part of life, people) but along with practising techniques to remind ourselves of our self-worth along with mindfulness, there are several beauty items I’d be at a loss without that also help me feel #MyBestMe.
I remember feeling happy and confident when this picture below was taken-it was a moment in time I truly felt good in my skin!
My make up was on point thanks to a super make-up artist Lauren Kay who I wish would just move in with me and make me look like this every day- and I felt sooo comfortable on the shoot with the don of A-lister photography, Joseph Sinclair.
The ultimate dream team to making a Mama feel FIIINE!
This isn’t my everyday though but even if I can’t look as camera-ready as that shoot when blogging, I still make an effort with how I look. I do it for me.
I refuse to pretend beauty isn’t important to me and why should I?
That I might somehow be judged or be less of a feminist (I’m a proud one btw) if I admit bronzer makes me feel a bit better about life.
Well it does #sorrynotsorry.
I want to look my best ‘me’ and so do most people.
It’s not about (pointlessly) competing with supermodels on instagram but accepting who I am and enhancing my features (hello eyeline flick) to make me feel like I can face the world with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
Lipstick can do that to a girl ya know!
If I have to pinpoint my beauty ‘can’t-live-withouts’- it’s all about pearly teeth, concealer, mascara and a lick of lipstick at the bare minimum for me. So, erm, basically, beauty basics which will see me through the school-run, working from home or nipping to the local shops (the people in the post office see more of me than my own husband #truestory).
…Now, when it comes to me getting somewhere which might be a WHOLE car- journey away I like to add eyeshadow, liner, bronzer and lipliner to the mix (baha)!
That’s just me though- and I do love my make up! Love? I’m OBSESSED!
As a public-facing blogger with sleep-raiders for kids (lucky me), I have to feign looking more awake for the majority of my life-and breaking down the ESSENTIAL essentials (like desert-island must-haves) goes something like this:
Whitening toothpaste, concealer (cement thick please) and bright pink or red lipstick- the antidote to the palest of lips (mine blend into my olive skin annoyingly)!
Thanks pale-lipped parents!
Thank goodness for pinky lips hey! Apols for my wonky eyeliner-see, I told you I need make up artist Lauren to move in with me!
Then, once my face is on, I instantly feel better about myself.
What did Gwyneth Paltrow say? ‘Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.’
This doesn’t mean I, (nor Gwyneth, I reckon) advocates that you must wear make-up in order to feel more confident but taking time to do the things that increase your own sense of well-being (whatever they might be)- and anything which helps to amplify confidence is definitely the way to go in life!
Right Gwynnie?! She’s totes subscribed to my blog 😉
…Of course, clean and healthy teeth are non-negotiables here and Colgate Expert White not only tastes delicious (don’t eat it folks), it also works brilliantly too- my teeth have NEVER been more sparkly nor white (eat your heart out Simon Cowell 😉 )
…When it comes to bold pink or red hues for my pout, it’s ‘Risk it All’ by bareMinerals or MAC Ruby Roo and my love for pro longwear concealer by MAC or the miracle that is Max Factor Pan Stik, runs deep.
That trio makes me feel #MyBestMe effortlessly and easily.
I have to add and those that follow me here know this goes without saying for me but it’s NOT just the outside that counts-we all need purpose and passion in life to feel happy and content.
I love my job as a blogger, vlogger and filmmaker-my purpose is my children, they drive me everyday to create the best life I can for them.
I’d love to know your own must-haves which help you feel more confident, in the comments too.
Check out my video as well to see this post in moving pictures 😉
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