One corner of the house that is just mine, and mine alone, is my dressing table. In a house full of action figures, batteries, teddies and Lego, this is a purely girly area.
It's a sanctuary, a shrine to pampering, "me-time" (how I hate that phrase) and beauty.
Five minutes here, even with a kid in the room near me restores my mental energy and keeps me sane.
I suppose I, like many women, equate grooming with self-love. I groom myself, to show I love myself, it fills my metaphorical cup, and then I can give love to others.
When I'm groomed I feel more in control of the messy, chaotic world around me, I can glance down at pink nails and feel polished and neat.
I'm open on this blog about my grooming and hygiene, and still only get to shower maybe 3 times a week, so I'm not saying I'm on top of things. But maybe 3-4 days out of 7 I do my make-up, hair, and pick out a necklace/bracelet to wear and it makes me feel good. I'll dress for the day ahead, knowing I can run into people and feel ok with how I look. (The other days I'll send a child to check who's at the door, and freak that I'm still in my pyjamas at 1pm.)
So this is my throwback to feminine glamour. I paint my nails here, I pick my spots here, I rub my face oils in here, I mix up new lip colours here, I do my hair here, I feel at peace here.
Sometimes there's a baby poking through the drawer as I do my make-up, he'll break a blusher (only my favourites, mind) and I'll thank the heavens I don't have a high-end make-up habit. He'll poke his fingers into lipsticks and smear them on his face, and I'll kiss it off, and that's ok.
Other times I get a whole half hour here, I'll do my make-up, film a video for my Youtube channel, then it's back to nappies and games for the rest of the day. But my cup is full.
I don't have the patience to sit and read in the daytime anymore. I can't concentrate. So grooming is my way of meditating, putting effort in that pays off over the next few days as I admire my neat brows, my lilac nails. It's my present to me, and I like it.
I filmed this video to show you my make-up storage, as I love watching similar videos on Youtube. Feel free not to watch, it's just a few boxes and containers, or watch and get inspired to maybe create a corner of your own. It's a far cry from my previous haunt (the bathroom mirror, a basket of make-up and a sink ready to dissolve anything that happened to fall in there), and I suddenly love this dressing table again for the first time in years.
(TK Maxx did not sponsor the video, despite being mentioned here a lot! Though they gifted me 10e towards the storage boxes. Kind souls.)
Where do you go to chill out?