Get That Mom A Makeover!

Last Friday I had a makeover. Ok, not a full makeover, because I feel like for a makeover to really be a makeover it needs to include a shopping spree for new clothes. Right? I plan to do the new clothes thing on Black Friday, with a fist full of gift cards I’ve been holding onto for just that day. Last Friday though I made over the rest of me… hair, fingers and toes!

So my finger nails grow really quickly, but they didn’t look nice. In fact, thanks to two of them breaking a couple of days before they looked rather dumb.

What a mess. Even more of a mess though, were my feet…

Oh dear. There’s even some polish left from who knows when. I’ll spare you how the bottom of my feet looked – let’s just put it this way, I had never had a pedicure before last Friday…

My hair was getting long and “eh”, and I was getting lazier and lazier with it. Pretty sure it was pulled back into a pony tail for a month straight at least. Time for a change!

Pretty toes! They’re a deep cranberry, sparkly color. Oh, and a pedicure is the greatest thing ever! I’m hooked.

Oh, much better. The color is Black Cherry Chutney, and is a very deep purple with some sparkle to it. Jackson was convinced my nails were still wet because they were so shiny.

I sprang an extra $5 to get the shellac/gel style manicure done. Well worth it I would say! Look at how great they still look 7 days later! The handful of times I’ve gotten manicures before, my nails have been smudged or chipped by the time I get home from the salon, and at 7 days post manicure they would have been terrible looking.

And finally, the hair….

I feel like a new woman!

My little afternoon of beauty was courtesy of a Groupon, and it all took place at a beauty school. Everything took twice as long (at least) as it would have if I’d gone to a regular salon (I was there 3.5 hours!), and while my finger nails weren’t done exceptionally well (she didn’t get very close to my cuticle), they were done well enough for the price.

My haircut was done mostly by the instructor, because it was clear my student wasn’t sure exactly what to do with all of my hair (it’s super thick and there’s a lot of curl in the back). My friend said she could see my student’s hands actually shaking. Good thing I didn’t notice that at the time!

Bottom line: awesome afternoon spent with a great friend and I felt fabulous about myself afterward! Watch for Groupons, ladies and treat yourself to one. You deserve it!

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  • Aunt Sue

    Helen!! You look mahvelous!!! (and younger!) I especially like the hair. How fun for you! I had my first pedicure last summer – they are amazing. Ally and Jo and I gave them to each other this past summer. That was pretty fun too! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • So glad you were able to spend some time on yourself! Welcome to the Wonderful World of Pedicures, and your hair looks great! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • How awesome. I LOVE getting pedicures. Love your hair. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Alicenne

    you look really great! love the color!ReplyCancel

  • You are so beautiful. I love your freckles. And as for your haircut- fabulous! Good for you for pampering yourself. Inspires me to do the same.ReplyCancel

  • pop pop

    LOVE the new you !! But then, I loved the old you as well……ReplyCancel

  • You all are too kind! Thank you 🙂

    And ladies, go pamper yourselves!ReplyCancel

  • I love pampering myself!! I use to do it all the time before kids and now its getting a little less but I still enjoy it!!

    You look great and I am so glad you got to get out and do this!ReplyCancel

  • Monica

    You look lovely! Nick you better watch out for your Hot Mama!ReplyCancel

  • Since I’ve never had a pedi either… is it everything people rave about? I’m so nervous about doing it especially with my “running” feet.ReplyCancel

    • Oh, you need to do it! Reward yourself after finishing your first half-marathon, Brenda! Did you know the chair you sit in even massages?!ReplyCancel

  • I’m torn on the shellac. I love that the fingers stay looking good over days or even weeks, but the problem I find is getting it taken off. It takes ten minutes or so of soaking in straight acetone plus scraping and the like and this means when you get them you are committing to either looking raggedy when they grow out orr going back to the nail salon. But I still think I’m a fan.ReplyCancel