Making Time for the Little Luxuries

As a new mom, I’m finding that my beauty routine has changed a bit. Even up until the day Madeline was born, I was (I’ll admit) quite the diva. So much has changed, being that time and funds are more limited nowadays.

Now, the things I would have accomplished without batting an eyelash are falling by the wayside. Things like bubble baths, curling my hair, and even shaving my legs (horrid, I know). Professional pedicures, where I used to spend $30 every two weeks, are few and far between. Tanning was a daily addiction, getting highlights every 5-6 weeks was a must, and I can’t forget how relaxing it was to get those massages.

Looking back, most of those little luxuries were pretty costly and unnecessary for me… to a point.

I know bottle blondes really do NEED highlights that often or else you start looking skunky and cracked out. I’ve been there. You might remember when I recently and very briefly made the switch back to blonde. Though I loved it so, the upkeep just wasn’t realistic for me at this time in my life. So back to low maintenance brunette I went, and I’m kind of loving it more than the blonde.

Tanning, well, I still love it despite all the damage it does. But I’m having a really hard time justifying spending $40+ for a month when I could just go outside and use the sun for free. Slathering on a little bit of self-tanner works just as well (and more quickly).

Pedicures on the other hand… I just can’t part with them. When we have the extra money to splurge a bit, the nail salon is the first place I’ll go. When we don’t have the extra money, I do what I happen to be doing right this second… soak my feet in a tub and paint my nails myself.

I never wanted to be the mom who made excuses for why her appearance went downhill, but now I can sort of understand it all. Babies have a way of sucking up your energy. Making time for the little things that make you feel relaxed and beautiful is still very important, you just have to work on finding new ways to make it happen.

What is the one thing in your beauty routine that makes you feel the most beautiful? What luxuries do you splurge on? Is there anything you absolutely can’t live without?

I told you it’s the pedicures with me… crusty feet have never been my thing. Do share!

17 thoughts on “Making Time for the Little Luxuries

  1. Sucking up your energy…that is a PERFECT way to describe babies! It is amazing the things I don’t get done anymore. The pedicures though, love ‘um. I have girls night out about once a month too and that is a great “refresher”, althgouth I didn’t start until Cooper was about 10 months old.

  2. Lately I’m with you on the pedicures. I hate seeing the people that I work with have crusty heels and chipped toenail polish.

    I think I may start getting mani’s too, I have never had one!

  3. For me it’s a good shampoo. I have thin, oily, low volume hair. So a good shampoo is a must or I start looking pretty gross.

  4. I think my hair is probably my biggest thing, but I do my own color and highlights. I don’t shampoo it that much because it’s easier to style when it’s a little on the dirty side and I just like the way it feels when I do wash it :)

  5. I know it’s not that expensive… but eyebrow waxing! I inherited my fathers devil brows and ever since I discovered that for under $10 I can make them purty… I haven’t turned back. Although it’s been a while simply because of finances… I figured I’d pluck them myself but I’d rather deal with the pain of waxing than plucking, go figure!

  6. I have yet to experience the way babies make a new mama ‘let herself go’, but I’m sure I will be there come September! Like you, though, I’m hoping not to let it get too out of hand and still make it a point to care of myself AS WELL AS the baby!

  7. I have no babies, but after I got married I realized just how much money I spent on beauty stuff! Like woah, I should have owned stock in Sephora.

    I’ve stopped tanning, and told myself if I was going to be tan, I would have to be outside and get one. That way I was getting out of the house (good for the soul) as well. I’m dying my own hair (love the easy maintenance brunette). and you know me and my sacred mani/pedi nights at home. The only things I spend a lot on are my OPI nail polishes, bare minerals make up and shampoo and conditioners. By cutting back on the services I was getting I could spend more on the products, which go a long ways.

  8. Ohhh, I like this! I’ve got to have good make-up. Pregnancy has caused some funky face discoloration and I just can’t have that. MAC’s studio fix is a MUST.

  9. When I moved out on my own I had to stop my $40+ a month tanning, so I haven’t done that in quite a while (um obviously, hello whiteness, i love you?). Otherwise, all I really splurge on is my hair every 2-3 months. I guess I’m pretty low maintenance!

  10. I’m veeery low-maintenance (for example, would you believe that I have never, not once, dyed my hair?? ). But, I do love a good pedicure. And I have my brows waxed from time to time. Oh, and I cannot use cheap makeup. I LOVE my good natural products–those are probably my biggest must-haves.

    you’re one hot mama, there’s NO way your appearances have gone down-hill!! :)

  11. Seriously, you are gorgeous as ever. I would go as far as to say “total MILF Status” but that’s highly inappropriate, so nevermind.

    Heehee.

    Out my sisters, I’m the least high-maintenance, and I proudly wave that flag (even when my husband thinks I spend too much – psh!). However, I’ve been trying to pare down on expenses these days, too. I get a pedicure only when I have extra spending money (and more times than not I end up doing them myself). The only makeup I splurge on is my MAC studio fix powder and the Benefit Hoola bronzer – everything else is totally cheap drugstore stuff. And I pretty much LIVE for Jergens Natural Glow lotion to give me a bit of color.

    Oh! And recently I figured out how to save money on my hair – I’d usually pay about $100 every two months to get highlights. My stylist is a peach, and suggested that I try to just “bump my base” (AKA: “pump up the jam, pump it up”) every other time I’m in. It only costs $45. WHAT. That’s hot.

    This comment is way too long. The end.

  12. i just died laughing after reading Kerri’s comment. Love her.
    umm, i’m cheap. I use LA Looks gel and Aussie hairsray lol! I splurge on MAC studio fix foundation & blush and I adore getting my eyebrows waxed. (which i DESPERATELY need ot get done. oy.)
    You are gorgeous, your hair always looks perfect and your makeup amazing, have NO fears about having “let yourself go” woman, you are without a doubt, a hottie!
    :D

  13. I think it’s important to take the time out to do little things for yourself that make you feel beautiful. While some may say that is vanity, it still doesn’t negate the fact that you feel better on a whole if you look better. So if making time for a pedicure makes you happy, then you should definitely do so!

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