Really. I do not do the woman gig well. I look at women whose make-up is put on well, even artistically and I sigh. I see beautiful up-dos or even simple braids and I imagine it was my hair on my head (my mom did my hair even in high school because I struggle with even ponytails). I had some silly poem going in my head earlier, but alas, it’s gone out the window along with my understanding of feminine things. I know there’s a lot more important things in life than being able to understand toners and bronzers, or having smooth legs, but damn it, I want those too!
Just like my belief that there should be some serious, hardcore mom classes to teach people how to not be idiots and risk their kid’s lives, I also wish there were “girl” courses that taught you how to rid of blackheads and tame fly-a-ways.
Are there more important things? Of course there are. But when you’re a mom and your body changes immensely after childbirth, or you get super lucky like me and develop PCOS, your self-image can really plummet, which often takes your marriage down with it – especially your sex life. Taking some time for yourself, to feel pretty and nice, can really help… but what about when your body is still all icky and lumpy, you can’t afford (and don’t want to buy) new clothes for the tire around your middle… and you can’t even make yourself look pretty in the face when you try? Well, I’ll tell you what. It. SUCKS.
I’m the type who watches YouTube videos to help explain how to put on eyeliner (which I still don’t get) or desperately wants to believe hair-straightener commercials that my hair would look that pretty. So when I’m feeling icky, ugly and unattractive, I still put forth the EFFORT. Even if my end results aren’t Hollywood-worthy (those people spend HOURS with pros anyway!), the fact that I smell pretty and my blackheads are less visible and my hair’s a little extra shiny is good enough for me. Checking out some celebrity “without makeup” photos can make you feel especially gorgeous!
Eventually I’ll figure out how to make it look amazing… but for right now, looking better than normal is enough of a moral boost to get me through a bad day (or night with the hubby). Watch out, Albertson’s! I may just be grocery shopping but I put on my Bare Escentuals and actually did more than brush my hair!