doing nails myself in a lower maintenance approach

I LIVE for make-up (and, my kids of course-ha) and love nothing more than getting glammed up (those who follow me on social media, know that applying fake lashes is part of my make-up routine most days. as it saves me time as I swerve the obligatory eyelash curling and two swipes of mascara) and means I’m photo-ready when I’m working on shoots and campaigns.

Reflecting on the origins of my beauty obsession is rather baffling as my mother was low maintenance from memory, applying just a smidgen of  eyeliner and dash of red lipstick and often going without.

I on the other hand, was practically born with a passion for all things bright and sparkling and would beg my Mum to paint my nails from 4. It must have been a nature over nurture pull in this instance.

One of my sweetest childhood memories involved painting my nail when at 9, holidaying my aunt Eva, a beautician at the time, painted my nails with clear polish during a break in Cyprus. I loved how they shone in the sunlight and spent the entire holiday feeling mature, elegant and oh-so cool.

Despite this life-long love of beauty products, something has shifted lately and I’ve embraced more make-up free days, in part because it’s summer and easier to go bare-faced, and also in response to the compliments I’ve gratefully received on Insta Stories on a clear complexion and bright mascara-less eyes.

There’s something intrinsically liberating about embracing your natural face particularly at a time where filters and face-tuning is de rigour (it’s sad it’s deemed an act of rebellion to simply happy in your imperfect skin) and my lazy self too is rejoicing in being more low maintenance than before. I’ve been painting my own nails over visiting the salon which zapped my time and not to mention my nail-health (my nails are so much stronger and longer for giving gel nails a wide berth by the way) so win, win.

The change in my beauty routine doesn’t end there, either.

I’ve started dying my own hair at home too.

Despite many kind offers from frankly, some of the world’s finest hairdressers to tend to my locks, I’ve found it easier to whack on the dye to cover my greys at home before either leaving my hair to dry naturally in a mass of unruly curls or straightening it with my GHDs in less than twenty minutes. I’ve always loved natural products too and this will never change. Olive oil is still the secret to healthy skin…

Now, this post isn’t by any means an admission I’m shunning beauty products, make-overs or getting my hair done by the pros (all of which I love), it just means for now, right now, I’m embracing a more ‘DIY hair and beauty’ approach and low maintenance way of life.

Can you relate?


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12 Responses

  1. MomOfTwoLittleGirls

    I honestly have more make-up free days. Maybe more like your mum when I do bother, and yet my 5 year old daughter is obsessed with make-up and all things sparkly. Again, a total contrast to my other daughter, who isn’t the least bit interested any anything girly at all.

  2. Moonsparkle (ZM)

    I think it’s good to have a change sometimes. 🙂 I’ve never been very into make-up (I belly dance so about the only time I wear it is when I’m doing events with my group), but I’ve always liked painting my nails for some reason. Love sparkly nail varnish! lol.


  3. Lisa Pomerantz

    I’ve never worn makeup and my hair has been dye free, some 10+ years now. That said, there is a lot more snow on the roof. I am about to go cut my own hair — so rock on with DIY! #brillblogposts xo

  4. Jo Allison / Jo's Kitchen Larder

    I’ve been dying hair at home for a long time now. In the Summer lots of sun exposure gives me natural highlights too which is a nice bonus lol. As for the make-up occasional mascara and perhaps a touch of eye liner when I really want to push the boat out 😉 x

  5. emma

    With this lovely weather we have been having I have also been bracing the bare skin look, I love it.

  6. Michelle Frank | Flipped-Out Food

    It’s always so fun to read a very different perspective from my own! Although I do like beauty products, I can’t abide wearing much more than moisturizer on my skin. Sometimes, if I’m going out, I add a primer and light powder. I wear mascara and sometimes add eyeshadow (again, going out!). That’s it in the make-up realm. I’ve played piano since I was 8 and have always lopped off my nails, although I do shape them, give them a buff, and keep a tiny bit of white at the end. My one indulgence is that I get my hair highlighted. I’m not sure what I’ll do when the ever-accumulating greys demand that I color all my hair.

  7. Alice V

    I do a lot of my own “DIY” makeup and beauty but that’s mostly because I am too lazy to book a professional. LOL, I haven’t dyed my hair since my days of green and blond but I am assuming I will need to soon. I still pluck out the greys when I see them but I imagine that won’t last long.

  8. clare

    I’m with you! I simply have no time (apart from my hair as I’m allergic to hair colour) I’m doing a lot more myself at home – it’s nice!

    Big love Cx

  9. Laurie

    Gel nails? The worst! So many women have suffered from continuous application. Good luck with the new house move xx

  10. jodie filogomo

    How funny you said this. Because when I was younger and working, I would NEVER go without makeup. Yet now, it’s about half and half. Granted I wear it for blog photos, but there are many IG photos that I don’t. Maybe it’s being more comfortable in our own skin??

  11. amancay

    Fun read Vicki !Defo the practical approach of many working mother who can’t afford the treatments . Im all DIY too!


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