The first 20 weeks of my pregnancies are just plain awful. I am extremely exhausted, lack motivation and have terrible morning sickness. If I didn’t have other responsibilities, like caring for my little ones, I could just lie in bed, live in my sweats and munch on potato chips all day. Unfortunately, my reality is different.
I have to drop and pick up my kids from school and actually get out of the car. And run errands. And attend meetings. I have little energy to get all dolled up or even slightly presentable (haha!) but I try to muster up enough to do the latter. Sometimes. There are some things I have done, however, to make the process easier. I went to Pureza Spa, in the Riverwoods in Utah, and they pampered me with the essentials to get me through most of my first trimester. I might as well try to look better than I feel, right? Plus, it always gets my spirits up when I don’t feel like I look like death. Here are some things that are helping me look and feel better than I actually do, a few pick me ups if you will 🙂
1. Eyebrows. I don’t know why but eyebrows are so important. I used to not care about my eyebrows until I finally saw what I looked like with eyebrows and couldn’t go without. They help frame the face and make it look polished and put together. To help with my eyebrows, Katie tinted, waxed, trimmed and filled in my brows. You guys I can’t even begin to tell you how magical this all was! She showed me how to fill in my brows and she made it really easy to reproduce it because of the tint, wax and trim.
2. Nails. Nails are like the icing on the cake. And getting a pedicure just channels the warm weather! I chose lilac for my toes and peach for my nails. What is it about getting your nails done that makes you feel so pretty?
3. Quick Make-Up Tips. Do you ever feel like you get stuck in a makeup rut? Like you put on the same makeup all the time? I feel like my makeup routine was very boring and could have used some improvements. Lani, was so gracious to share a few of her tips with me to spice up my routine a little bit. One was to apply my concealer/foundation at the end. Makes sense so you can cover up any shadow residue and other stuff. The most important one was so not be so afraid of putting on a little more. I always get so nervous with makeup because I want it to look natural and not high-maintenance. The thing is, what I think is enough, is not actually enough. It isn’t until I take a picture that I see that you can barely even notice I did anything! Lani used a Frankie Rose Cosmetics neutral palette for my eyes and used a liner on both the top and bottom on my eyes- something I rarely do because, again, the fear of looking too made up. But, when I see it in pictures it doesn’t look made up. A little liner, shadow, cheeks and gloss can go a long way! If you can’t get this done that’s ok….throw your hair up in a topknot, a little lip gloss and add a little color to your cheeks.
4. Essential Oil Body Lotion. I actually hate lotion. It makes my hands feel all greasy. When we went to Leavenworth, WA for a quick getaway, we stopped by this cute little shop that makes their own soaps and lotions. They custom made my lotion according to the scents I wanted. I chose a Ginger Mint lotion because ginger helps with my nausea and mint gives me a little burst of energy as well as helps with my nausea. AND this lotion does not leave my hands or belly greasy. I usually put it on when I go to bed because the smells soothe me into a good night’s sleep.