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It’s funny how early it starts, isn’t it? I’m talking about the act of getting ready WITH friends, or getting ready FOR friends. I have an older sister and a younger sister, and my mom is pretty hip too. Some of my earliest memories involve special baths, painting my toenails with my sisters, and having my baby sister pluck my eyebrows – back in the days of plucking eyebrows. She was like a pro! I’m not a makeup girl, and I’ve only gotten one pedicure in my whole life – for my wedding – but I’ll still tell you to the moon and back that primping and self care are important. What else is important to me? Girls Night Out.
I’m no stranger to Girls Night Out. While it has taken different forms over the years, from poetry cafes and concerts in high school, parties and late, late nights in college, and all of the fun nights I had in my 20’s, it’s perhaps even more fun now in my 30’s. Many of us are moms now, and the act of getting together is important. I have always been a floater – since middle school until now – and I’ve never had just one group of friends. I have several! I love the different combinations, and I don’t mind overlapping either. I welcome it. Especially during these mid-winter blues, and during or after a full week of work.
Do you still get ready to go out WITH friends? While that’s harder as a mom, I remember those days so well. I loved the sharing of information, stories, products, and tips. I loved how all the little steps we took to get ready for our night made it more special. I loved the possibility, and the lasting effects of self-care. Girls Night Out IS self-care. Now matter how you get there – solo or together – it just matters that you get there. The act of getting ready is sometimes half or all of the fun!
1 – FRESH color. Sometimes, I add color to my hair and I LOVE IT.
When I have done it and I’ve told people, they mentioned how lovely and natural it looked. Other than that, I don’t think I get one double take. I had waited a long time to color my hair. I’ve always loved the deep rich brown with slight red highlights that I have, and I never felt like changing that. Until the day I did. Over time, my hair had become four colors.
I have had blonde and grey hairs under the top layer of my hair for as long as I can remember. I’ve kept my hair super long for over a decade, and the hair on the ends has gotten lighter over time, and with sun exposure. A not-nice, two-tone sort of thing. I was sick of it. I was ready for something new for spring. I’m in my 30’s and I’ve always had thick and glossy hair. I thought it would break my heart to buy color for it, but the experience was anything but heart-breaking. It was..fun. It was a way to keep my own hair color with a slight boost and add some shine as well. My natural highlights would remain, but I would be able to put my hair up again, without people seeing all the grey, blonde and light brown underneath. I was over it!
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2 – Use an in-shower moisturizer for a genius getting ready tip!
Do you hate showering, toweling, and then lotioning? Use an in-shower moisturizer after using your usual soap or body wash. The warm water will open up your pores, allowing the moisturizing ingredients to be absorbed quickly. It’s really genius!
3 – Rock that music. I’m not saying you should be singing into a hairbrush like an 80’s movie, but it probably wouldn’t hurt either! I love to dance with my daughter while getting ready. She even helps me with my wardrobe choices.
4 – Get that glow. Exfoliate your face to make a fresh and smooth clean slate. Maybe even add a hint of bronzer? I like to do face masks. I can’t help myself with those. A long soak in a bath with a face mask. It makes you glow!
5 – Get your beauty sleep, or fake it. How do you do that? There’s a few ways. One is to be and remain hydrated. Use an eye cream to stimulate circulation, and then use a touch of concealer under your eyes. Also, curl your eyelashes! This is a fun, special occasion thing but it makes your eyes look open and awake. It’s been my “looking more awake” tip for over a decade!
6 – Did you exfoliate your face? Exfoliate everything for some serious, all-over, smooth skin.
7 – Last minute touches. Breathe. Wear your favorite scent, but apply with care. Red lipstick is my favorite special occasion trick. It gives me a boost. Go for a slightly tousled look with your hair. I like mine loose, personally.
I have loved discovering that Schwarzkopf Keratin Color AND Schwarzkopf Color Ultime™ help my hair maintain its thickness, gloss, and the color just like I love it. Right now, you can grab a digital coupon to earn $2 through Ibotta!
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