Don’t get me wrong I love being a mother…most days. Honestly, I never knew I had the capacity to love another being as selflessly as I do my kids and I am forever awed by the fact that I created two little individuals who can be so charming, frustrating and disarming all at once. Despite how exhausting and oftentimes thankless being a mother may seem, when my kids put their arms around my neck and tell me they love me, all the chauffeuring, vomit cleaning, homework assistance, meal planning and refereeing seem to melt away. These two happy, little people I have sprung from my loins are daily reminders that the sacrifices and grinds that can sometimes make mothering feel like all work and no play are proof that ultimately its gifts are boundless.
And yet- in the same breath there are moments- though few and far between that I might hear the lyrics of a song or stand on my front porch at the peak of a crisp, early evening and for a split second feel like I’m back in my early 20’s when evenings signaled a freedom and possibility to be, explore or just relish in being as selfish and self-indulgent as I wanted to be( key word for buy a pint of Ben and Jerry’s Chunky Monkey and sit in bed watching marathons of Bewitched till I felt satiated).
Then I became a mother and well- the opportunities to be as self-indulgent as I want have become as scarce as my ability to down a pint of Ben and Jerry’s and not have it add 15 pounds to my butt by the next morning – unfortunately my metabolism at 43 is not burning calories as fast and furiously as it was in my 20’s. But there is something about indulging in glosses that is just so divinely egotistical. It is an action that is all about me-and as a mother sometimes the ability to separate who you are and what you need from the needs and wants of your kids is an impossibility, yet with dab of some skin drops – for those brief moments I indulge myself – not to appease my kids- but to appease me, and it feels great.
So in honor of Mother’s Day, I want to help you embrace your inner single, indulgent-self- and pamper that woman inside who is not only an individual with wants and needs that deserve to be attended to. And yes – it might just be a great moisturizer- but if you see it as a metaphor for giving yourself permission to indulge- the possibilities are endless. So without further ado Ashley Mandy– makeup artist extraordinaire is sharing her Mother’s Day makeup tips to help you get your GLOW ON… check out my video below and keep reading for Ashley’s tips!