I used a blush brush to apply the bronzer around the perimeter of my face and down my neck to blend.
I then "sucked in" my cheeks at an attempt to contour my cheekbones. Then I went a little overboard and just started applying bronzer wherever I thought it looked good. I finished off with the blush on the apples of my cheeks. But, a while back, I discovered this lightener and brow fiber gel by Hard Candy and it was a game changer.
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I love that it has a highlighter to use under your brows to help define them. The gel darkens and keeps your brows in place. Against everything I've ever been told, I put my eyeliner on first. I'm dreadful at putting on eyeliner, so I love the fact that putting eyeshadow on over it helps cover up and blend any uneven lines. Next, I did my eyeshadow. It's probably expired. I really think you can use any eyeshadow of your choice, though.
I don't really have a special way of applying eyeshadow, I just try to put the light colors toward the inner part of the eye and blend the darker shades on the outer. I'm sure y'all are better than me, so just keep doing what you're doing. Lastly, I put on mascara. I will be honest. Sleep deprivation and depression form a vicious cycle that can be impossible to break out of without help.
The mom job is hard enough. But if you add on a child with mental illness, chronic health issues, or disabilities, it becomes monumental.
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I know many moms like this and many have suffered through depression. When you spend your life, your LIFE, taking your child to appointments, fighting for their access to an education, managing their illness, dealing with their meltdowns, wondering how you will ever pay for it all…there is no time for exercise, for self-care, for all the things you should be doing for yourself. Near the end of that most difficult year, I was talking to a good friend on the phone who had moved away. We had been neighbors when our babies were small and had been great support for each other.
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There comes a point where you must just STOP and put your own oxygen mask on first. We are no good to anyone, least of all our kids, if we are a shell of a human being.
But I also reached out to friends. It can be hard to make yourself so vulnerable, especially with the lingering stigma of mental illness. But allowing vulnerability is what makes us strong. We met for drinks.
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She introduced me to a private online group of moms with similar experiences. The relief of knowing I was not alone, of having a safe place to say whatever I was feeling, is indescribable. The burdens so many of these women carry are huge, and they are my heroes, my definition of courage and strength. Having a community of support like this makes all the difference in the world.
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So something else has got to make way. Why would a clean house be more important than our own mental health? What do our kids possibly need more than a fully-functioning mom capable of connection? We are their deepest need. All three of these costumes are great for girls of all ages… from little girls to teenagers. I love to create. Sewing, crafting, writing, photographing — I always need to be making something. Each year I get so busy with blogging projects and photographing weddings, that I never take enough time to sew or knit.
And I miss it so much. My sewing machine sits untouched, collecting dust and waiting for the one time of year I HAVE to pause everything and sew like a mad woman — Halloween!