Last night I ventured out for my first proper 'night on the town' sans child and husband. Ok, so I was only staggering 5 minutes down the road to go for a meal with the other NCT 'muthas' - but it felt like quite a big deal. It turned out we ended up travelling as far as the late 1990s by venturing to a 'brasserie' come 'wine bar'. All a bit Pinot Grigio and pot plants but in truth the ideal venue for acquainting myself with mid life motherhood nights out. Fizz, steak and chips, great company and no queue for the loos. Nice.
I decided to wear the 2 things that motherhood has so far taken from me: high heels and red lipstick. So, on with the All Saints boots (look great, seriously uncomfortable) and most importantly my lips - Bobbi Brown Art Stick in Hot Orange.
I bloody love wearing lipstick with hardly any other makeup. It feels like I am channeling my inner French goddess. Sadly I tend to get more 'Joker' references than Catherine Deneuve but I'll keep trying. This lipstick is a winner. The colour is a cool orangey red which feels fun and a bit less severe than some darker red hues. Also, miraculously this lipstick DOES NOT BUDGE. I put it to the test by drinking, eating and inadvertently dribbling a lot and it stayed put the whole night. Top marks.
Predictably I peaked early (got pissed and a bit shouty) and had crashed by about 10pm. I can't blame my post pregnancy state for this behaviour as I've always been a lightweight - friends have tried (and failed) to use a careful Redbull titration to prolong my evenings..... but it never works.
And so I crawled back from 1997 in my inappropriately high heeled boots and staggered into my front door (literally). This brings me to the second point of this article: What to do when your husband is asleep in the bedroom with all of your skincare regime and you don't want to wake him and your baby. Shit.
It was suggested by Emma Hardie (I'm guessing not her good self but someone representing their IG account) that their Moringa cleansing balm works not only as a cleanser but also as an overnight hydration type thing.
I was vaguely aware that with a lot of the higher end cleansers you can leave them on your face for a good while to act as a sort of mask. I definitely try and do this in the morning (do my teeth and have my shower with my cleanser on) to maximise the goodness leaching into my skin - obviously screaming child dependent. However, it had never occurred to me to leave it on overnight. I also have quite a weighty arsenal of night potions which normally trump leaving a cleanser on.
Anyway, last night, through necessity, I finally tested the Moringa cleansing balm as an overnight treatment. All I had at my disposal was what was in the bathroom as the majority of my skincare was being held hostage by my husband and child. I have been informed that skincare 'goes off' if you leave it in a hot, humid environment, hence most of it is scattered haphazardly around the bedroom, much to my husband's displeasure.
Thankfully my Moringa balm was loyally waiting for me on the side of the bath, fresh from its duties that morning. I had only 1 cleanse as I was pissed and couldn't be arsed with my usual 2. I then applied a small amount of the Moringa balm all over my face and that was that.
I was woken at 3am for a feed and am pleased to report that my face felt nice and hydrated - apart from the bit where I always dribble on my chin. There is NOTHING I can do about this short of surgery. When I woke for the second time this morning my skin looked pretty good and was still very nicely hydrated. A miracle considering my alcohol intake. I did, however, recoil at the state of my flannel which was draped on the floor of the bathroom. I had used it to remove the non budging, red lipstick and it resembled an accessory on a crime scene.
So, many thanks Emma Hardie for the tip and I am pleased to report success. A multipurpose Moringa balm - now, if only it cured hangovers.........