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Travel Post 3: I continue to torture my face, and the upside of said torture.

February 10, 2014

I think I may need some kind of intervention. I had created a nice little washing routine in Kuwait with my beloved honey and rosewater, and then when it was time to leave for Italy, what did I do? Intentionally NOT pack these items. I like to travel light, which is difficult with a baby, so of course, being a mother, this often means sacrificing my own creature comforts to make sure the baby Z has all the socks and array of cute hats his little heart could ever desire.

So anyhow, here I am in the Eternal City with nothing to wash my face with, and my poor confused skin adjusting to the absurd amount of Mediterranean humidity, just when we were getting used to the desert. Mama mia! I have not yet figured out what I want to use as a face cleanser yet (the local Erboristas have a disappointing array of greenwashed products) and so today I’m going to do my groceries with DIYing a facial scrub in mind.

But this isn’t about my next beauty hack. This is about what I’ve been doing to camouflage my less-than-perfect complexion. Something that every other woman has known about for basically ever.  (Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake.) You see, one of the reasons I love natural skincare is because it makes your skin look so good, you don’t need to put on makeup. So, laziness, really.

So, back in Kuwait I decided to wear a little more makeup than I normally do. A when in Rome situation, but in this case, when in a Gulf country, do as the locals do. The women there certainly enjoy makeup, and although it’s not always well achieved in my opinion, when it is? Exquisite. Especially the way they can rock eyeliner. I went to a traditional wedding, where the men and women are separate most of the night, and when the women took off their burkas and veils and whatnot, I was stunned by how beautiful they are! I don’t know what I was expecting, as Kuwaitis who don’t wear burkas are beautiful, too, but it was this whole…revealing. They totally went all out with makeup and fashion. It was a good reminder that I have the freedom to be as feminine as I want to be, any ol’ time. So why not wear my favourite red lipstick more often?

Also, in Italy there’s this whole la bella figura thing going on. It basically means to keep up appearances, and to try to look your best. It’s nice, you know? There’s something about putting on clothes a little more carefully, actually attempting a hairstyle (!), and putting a little makeup on that is a great confidence booster. As a work-at-home mom, you can forget these things.

So, I have decided that makeup is my new friend, namely a little mascara and lipstick. In the past few years, I’ve been pretty meh about it, even though I do love quite a few green brands (Ilia, Vapour, RMS to name a few) but this trip has reminded me that makeup is fun!

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