'Beauty is in feeling good about yourself and putting a pretty dress on, that's when you tend to sparkle'
Ultimately I lean towards being the 'run, shower,quick lippy and fly-out-door' sort of girl. I do love to feel sparkly clean and can often be found under running water, but after a quick moisturise that's where it ends, as I am usually more focused on getting out into the world and living. Apart from the Sunday manicure and occasional fake-tanning sessions that come before a big night out, I find the beauty is in feeling good about yourself and putting a pretty dress on - that's when you tend to sparkle.
My Mum brought us up to be confident from the inside, so there wasn't a huge focus on ritualistic beauty regimes growing up, it was more about health and hygiene, and I am grateful to that as I think I have the balance pretty well made. That said, I think regular 'grooming' is essential too as it can actually help relax the mind, the physical aspects of a good old pamper are quite often for me just the by-product of what has ultimately been a quite indulgent, meditative session of 'me time'.
Over the years I have succumbed to some basic beauty habits that I had previously thought I could afford to opt out of or just couldn't afford to maintain. Many of these habits have caught up with me, mainly because my best friend is a successful beautician & make-up artist and she's been known to stare at me aghast when I come out with things like 'oh I never condition my hair'. That was Summer 2006 , she gave me what for, my hair has never had a dry day since. While we're confessing, I only started using a facial moisturiser on a regular basis 3 weeks ago (sorry Abbi...) and I do feel fresher for doing it.
As part of my new year's strive to be easier on myself, I have promised myself a massage a month, more rest and more pampering injected into my daily routine - not to look better, but to feel more taken care of. There isn't time for everything, and sometimes it's a choice 'exercise or have nice hair today?! hmmm', but we make the time for the things we need to and I have found that in doing what I am in the mood for and following my body's orders, I tend to get the balance okay.
How do you balance the need for both beauty and exercise? Let me know your tips!
Here's what I got up to last night:
|No pamper is complete without a face mask....|
Beauty Zone on Eccleshall Road as they offer a Back, Neck & Shoulder massage for £18, an extra free manicure each when you bring a friend AND 50% off your first treatment.