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How to Create the Ultimate Night Out Look

Night OutWhen you are talking “night out”, this is your opportunity. It is your opportunity to let loose and feel completely confident in your skin. A “night out” is going to be different from the normal. It is going to be exciting. You are intentionally getting ready to be unrestrained in some way, form or fashion.

A “Night Out” Means Different Things Depending Upon the Company You Keep

A night out with the girls is different when you are on the prowl or happily married and content. A night out with your spouse is different if it’s your anniversary, or just a chance to catch a flick without the kids. Your night out is also coloured by who is accompanying you on the excursion.

Whatever your night out is all about, we want you to make the most of it. The way to make the most out of any evening is your attitude about the opportunity.

Feeling Sexy Goes with Everything

Taking the extra time to slow down and appreciate yourself as a woman should be the backdrop of every night out. Your attitude is an essential part of the wardrobe. Now that you have an attitude of latitude, you are starting to feel sexier by the minute. Now, your night out can go higher and higher.

So, what other things should be an essential part of your special night out wardrobe? Well, we are glad you asked.

Like the 70’s hit song declared, “Let’s Make This a Night to Remember”

Crotch-less Tights – is an essential part of your grown and sexy wardrobe. It is not trying too hard. Nobody but you will know you are wearing them. It is a constant reminder that you have removed a barrier to your fun this evening. Tease your spouse and let them know you have a surprise for them. You can purchase some new crotchless tights and wear with or without undies. You determine your level of naughty for the night out mood you want to set.

A Dramatically Different Hairstyle or Wig – This element gives you permission to be someone different on your special night out. You may pass by a mirror and not even recognise yourself. Donning a different hair colour, length or style will be fun. Trying something out of the ordinary will set your night out apart from the rest of your week with distinction and style.

Stilettos – Here is yet another opportunity to take your night out up a couple of notches. Wearing those four inch heels will be a real escape from the everyday. Women feel sexy in heels and they will definitely be a great compliment to your crotch-less tights. Depending upon your level of comfort, you can go up or down a few inches in heel height. Be careful though – no one feels sexy with aching toes. You don’t want to turn your night out to a “let’s sit this one out”.

A Dramatically Different Makeup Style – Try something you’ve always wanted to try; perhaps a trending trick you saw on the Internet will set your night out makeup apart from your work-week. Staying in line with our sexy theme, you may just apply a little more makeup than usual to give you a sexier edge for the tone of the evening.

Gloves or Costume Jewels – Topping off your night out duds is the embellishments you crave, the finishing touches. If you’re strictly a pearl stud earring lady by day, vamping up with finger-less, lace gloves and long dangling earrings for your night out will be just the level of sexy you desire.

Give your night out look some added glamour or naughtiness with any of the above items!

You Beauty!

Everyone wants to look their best, whether it’s just for day to day life, or you have a special occasion coming up like Valentine’s day. But along with all the stresses of being a mom,  it can be hard to find the time to devote to our beauty regimens. Does this sound familiar? Do you find yourself smothering on some lipstick in between burping the baby, and doing the hoovering? Then read on for some tips that will help you look great.

Take that makeup off

One of the best, small things you can do to look your best at all time is to take your makeup off. I know you probably thought that it’s better to put it on!

But actually, it’s great to have a day, or two where you don’t wear makeup so your skin can breathe. That will help it from getting blemished, and that grey pallor!

Of course, you have to make sure you remove your makeup at the end of the day too. Use micellar water for this is gentle and effective!

Get dressed in the morning

Something else that is going to help any busy mum look good, and feel better is to get dressed in the morning. I know that it is so tempting to stay in your comfies all day long. They are warm and cosy, and you hardly have a minute to yourself, but getting dressed can make all the difference.

It makes you feel like you are part of the real world, and that you have made an effort. It also makes going out anywhere a lot more likely so it can help you from living a hermit-like existence when the baby is small.

Your smile is golden

Another great tip for looking and feeling better is to smile more. The act of smiling actually produces endorphins, even if you don’t feel that happy! Plus smiling people always look better than grumpy ones!

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But is there something that is holding you back from smiling, like broken or uneven teeth? Then it can be useful to speak to a professional about treatments like invisible teeth straightening. Things like this can help you have a great smile all of the time, so you look happy and healthy, even if someone does catch you without your makeup on!

Mascara is your friend

Taking of makeup, if you are under the impression that its full face or nothing, you need to have a rethink. So often, if its choice of applying a full face of makeup and just not bothering, we go for the latter.

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But make it a little easier on yourself, especially if you only have limited time in which to do these things. Instead use a BB cream which is moisturising, evening and SPF protecting all in one. Finish this off with a little mascara to accentuate the eyes, and you will look like a fresh faced and natural version of your best self.

Treat yourself

Something else that is super important when you are living a hectic life is to find some time, to treat yourself to a spa treatment or facial, on occasion. This can help keep your skin in the best condition, so you look amazing. For a super skin boost, chose one with collagen included. This will help plump the skin, making it look younger and firmer.

Taking some time out to have a spa treatment or two, like a mud wrap or Swedish massage, will also provide a rare moment of ‘me time.’  Which can in itself be refreshing and revitalising. Making your look and feel much better.

Why not make a mini break of it and stay overnight? Then you can relax by the pool, chill in the hot tub, and treat yourself to a well-deserved meal in the evening. You could even take your other half if you were feeling super nice!

Contour Dejour

For those special occasions you may want to put a little effort in, so why not try contouring. I know you’ve probably been scared stiff by all of those long tutorials on the internet! Those ones where you have to put on different shades, and layers, and blend, and set them all individually! But it doesn’t actually need to be that complicated.

Instead invest in a contour stick, with a light colour on one side and shade on the other. Then simply draw in the contours and highlights following these simple patterns. Then blend and finish with your normal powder.

It’s easy, it makes you look amazing, and it doesn’t take five hours to get right! What more could you want?

Why I’m Not A “Cool Mum” (And Why I’m Totally Okay With That)

Cool MumBeing a parent really makes you view things in a totally different way. I was talking to some friends the other day about how, when we were kids, we did the whole ‘hanging out in front of the shops to ask an adult to buy us cigarettes’ thing. We were all saying that, now we’re mums, there’s no way in the WORLD that we’d buy cigarettes for a child who was underage and that when we look back, it was terrible of us to have been coercing adults into our naughtiness, but it’s a prime example of how our views have changed with our personal circumstances.

Last week was Sausage’s school disco and it’s kind of a tradition that I always go along and help out, usually on the stall which sells all the novelty neon crap that the kids absolutely lap up. I commented to another mum that there seemed to be a whole lot more make up, perfume, body glitter and skimpy clothing at this disco, which is mental given the fact that the oldest kids there would have been 9. I know they’re in the juniors now, but it seems like they’ve all suddenly taken a massive leap away from childhood and towards the hairy, scary teen years.

It got me to thinking; should I be letting Sausage experiment with these things more to help her to fit in? Obviously, my brain screamed ‘NO’ before the thought even completely formed, and here’s why: I firmly think that allowing her to wear make-up to events would be selfish of me. You see, I’m completely against it, so if I were to loosen the rules, the ONLY reason would be so that she’d think I was a “cool mum”. I’m sure she’d be thrilled if I let her leave the house in make-up, but who would ultimately benefit?

The thing is, for me, parenthood is about being the bad guy sometimes. I’m sure Sausage would think I was the best Mum ever if I suddenly became permissive and let her wear make up, skimpy clothes, forget her homework, generally get away with living the easy life. But as her mother, it’s ON ME (and Husband, obviously) to make sure she does things, no matter how much it might make her resent us or how horrible it feels to be the bad guy. And, I’ll go as far as to say that, sometimes, I really don’t give a toss how much they hate me – homework needs to be done, manners need to be remembered and some rules MUST be followed, no exceptions.

Don’t get the wrong, I’m not talking about being a hard-ass all the time; she’s a really good kid which means she often gets leniency just because we know she’s the sort of kid who won’t take a mile when given an inch. We use our judgement to decide what’s okay and what’s not and I’m sure that, sometimes, our version of okay is different to what other people might consider suitable (for instance, she’s a huge fan of Bob’s Burgers, which is probably not aimed at her age group but we know she’s mature enough to deal with the slightly more grown-up themes in some episodes).

The main thought that I can’t shake is simply that Mums aren’t supposed  to be cool. Sure, there are times when mine and Sausage’s interests overlap but largely, kids are supposed to cringe at their hideously outdated parents. As a person, I’m not trying to appeal to a 7-year-olds sensibilities and I feel like it would be really weird if I did. It’s one thing to enjoy watching Harry Potter together, but it’s quite another when you realise that the parent is actually sadly immature and is trying to avoid being a grown-up!

However, the fact is, as parent, it’s our job to make the tough decisions, to be the ones to guide the girls in right or wrong and to make them do the things they don’t want to do, regardless of how much it might make them hate us, or how ‘uncool’ we seem. So, you see, I’m absolutely FINE with not being a ‘cool’ mum, because that means that I’m being a good Mum. What do you think? Is it possible to be “cool” and consistent? Do you go our of your way to be a cool Mum or would you rather be seen as a stuffy old adult if it means your kids are safe and happy? I’d love to hear what you think, so do leave me a comment below.

Make-Up: Beauty Essential or Social Norm?

The other day, I was looking in the mirror (Husband thinks I’m vain. He’s probably right) and assessing my facial features. I’d just taken my make-up off using one of those cloths that are pre-impregnated with cleanser and I was a little bit shocked by the amount of product that was left on the cloth after. I don’t think I wear a huge amount, in comparison to a lot of other women I see, and on lazy days I forego it altogether. Not because I’m so flawless that I can go without, simply because I often can’t be bothered.

It got me to thinking about what make-up actually does. I wear foundation to even my skin-tone, mascara to enhance my eyes and a bit of bronzer on my cheeks for colour and definition. If I’m on a rare night out, I’ll go a bit heavier on the eyes with some eye shadow and eye liner, but still nothing too drastic. But the destination for my ever-roaming train of thought was this:

Does make-up genuinely enhance our features or is it just social programming that makes us think that it does?

Why do I think that my eyelashes look better with black paint on them? Why do we believe that an even skin tone is better than a natural one? Why are shiny lips so coveted?

So, I thought I’d do a comparison:

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I definitely look more tired in the photo without glasses and make up and possibly slightly older. The make up in the photos is fairly subtle and to be fair, both were taken on days when my rosacea was very mild, so on a bad day the foundation does a lot to cover that up, although I’m still in search of the perfect product to help me in that area. I’ve been swimming today and this is what my cheeks look like after a session in the pool:

I suppose what I’m trying to get at is this: I don’t know if make-up really makes me look better or if my idea of ‘better’ is just a socially accepted norm of women sporting painted faces.

We don’t expect men to wear make up and they aren’t considered less beautiful if their eyes and cheeks aren’t defined with cosmetics (although I did recently have a rather candid conversation with my Husband about how I don’t find Jason Momoa in the least bit attractive, but I think he’s a lot better looking in costume as Khal Drogo, who wears eyeliner!).

Historically speaking, make-up was a sign of wealth and status in many cultures; women and men painted their faces white to signify that they didn’t do manual labour or work on the land and therefore weren’t coloured by the sun, and the trend obviously continued in a watered-down fashion, which is my point about social programming. Female faces now look naked to us when not made-up.

So, what do you think? Better with or without? I challenge you to post a with and without photo of your own and try to make a measured decision about whether make up makes you look better and why. I’d be genuinely interested to hear everyone’s thoughts and if you’re male I’d be especially interested to hear what you think on this topic.

Mummy’s Make Up

EDIT: Although I started by tagging people, it’s just so flippin’ fun that I want everyone who wants to join in to be able to, without having to wait to be tagged, so if this takes your fancy get involved and tweet me the results! (@jaynecrammond)

Sausage decided this morning that she wanted to pretend to give me a make-over and I thought “what the heck!” and gave her free reign over my actual make up. These are the results…(click twice to enlarge the pic)

Despite encouraging Sausage to add as much as she like, she was actually quite muted…I expected to look like a clown! Her blending skills leave something to be desired and I got poked in the eyeball with a mascara wand but I think she’s done well, all things considered.

So, now it’s a challenge!

I’m going to tag some other bloggers who have to let their kids loose on them with the contents of their make up bags! The rules are:

  • You must offer them everything you have in your bag (except scissors or eyelash curlers, obviously!)
  • You must not influence colours or products being used
  • You must not help with technique
  • The photo you take after must be unedited and you cannot do any blending or adding before snapping

So, who are my victims participants going to be?

Well, I’ve actually had a slew of willing volunteers who want to get involved, so it’s over to you, ladies:

Minty from Waterbirth Please

Susanne from Ghostwriter Mummy

Laura from The Mummy Life

Lauren from The Real Housewife of Suffolk County

Maggie from Life at the Zoo

Fi from Childcare is Fun

Sian from The Yummy Mummy

Pippa from A Mother’s Ramblings

Nickie from I Am Typecast

I cannot wait  to see the results!