by ANEEKA WARD
SHERIDAN INGALLS, 27 YEARS OLD, STAY AT HOME MAMA/ SUBSTITUTE TEACHER/BLOGGER
Halifax, Nova Scotia
ON HER FIRST EXPERIENCES WITH MAKEUP
“I began dancing at the age of 5. I danced and danced and danced. At that young age, I was taught that makeup was for the stage. I could never understand why people would put it on while they were doing everyday activities. Consequently, I went through most of my school years without putting a single speck of makeup on. It was only in grade 11 that I realized there was more to life than Lip Smackers –not that it meant I knew what I was doing or anything! Makeup is an art and I’m still learning how to work with it to this day. I’ve never owned eyeshadow and asking me to put on liquid eyeliner is like asking me to solve the world’s most difficult mathematical equation. Now that I’ve become a mom to a one-year-old with another on the way, my relationship with makeup has elevated from frenemy to my current BFFL. Fortunately, I have learned a few tricks of the trade that makes it look like I know what I’m doing sometimes.
ON PERCEPTIONS OF BEAUTY
Today’s society bombards us with unrealistic images of women held to a certain standard of beauty all over social media. But we all know this is nothing new. When I was younger the media format may have differed but the idealistic criteria of what was considered beautiful were still forced upon us. Something that I have learned over time is that everyone has his or her own uniqueness and beauty that should be appreciated. There is beauty to be found in everyone and everything. As I have gotten older, I find so much more beauty in a hard-working woman who is a total bad ass, whether she is out in the workforce or a full-time mom, dedicating her life to her family.
ON FEELING BEAUTIFUL
There are many types of beauty in the world and each individual has their own perspective on the definition. As far as I’m concerned, being beautiful is a feeling. Beauty shines through people that radiate confidence. I do not know how mothers, and more specifically stay at home mothers to young children, manage to put themselves together each day. I’m lucky if once a week I jump in the shower and shave my legs. On these days, the ones where I attempt to do my hair and throw on some makeup, on these days, I feel beautiful. I also feel beautiful when I roll over in bed and my fiancé tells me so. Corny, but true. I know he’s full of it but it’s still nice to hear sometimes!
TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS
Lancome’s Teint Miracle Bare Skin Foundation makes me feel like a million bucks. I bought it specifically knowing that it would give my skin an airbrushed look. To apply it I’ll use a foundation brush, which I find, gives a much smoother application compared to my greasy, smudgy, fingers. I’ll put the tiniest dab on my finger and then use my brush to spread the foundation all over my face. I generally have nice skin, but there is something about the full coverage I get from this that makes me feel– cue Ariana Grande – like a dangerous woman. I’ve come to learn that in the foundation world you get what you pay for. I used to wear foundation that maybe cost as much as a Happy Meal at the golden arches. I made the decision to finally splurge on this foundation because I was awfully tired of buying mediocre products that 1) rarely matched my skin tone and 2) made me look like I was 18 years old getting ready to hit up Le Bop in Hull. It turns out, spending actual money on your makeup allows you to use less because it is often so much better in quality. Lancome has officially managed to convert me. I must say my skin is very appreciative of the new makeup avenue I have ventured down. This foundation effectively evens out my skin tone with minimal amounts, feels silky smooth on my face and it even smells nice. Bonus!
Arbonne’s Ultra-Hydrating Hand Cream is my crack. Matt always makes fun of my ridiculous bedtime routine of which applying this hand cream is the most vital part. I will also use this cream during the day if my hands are feeling dry but I honestly use it every single night no matter the circumstance. Going to bed with dry hands is like eating fries without ketchup – satisfactory at best. In my experience most hand lotions tend to dry out after a few minutes of putting them on, but not this one. It leaves my hands silky smooth and actually lasts. I received this hand cream as a birthday gift last year in June and I am only now finishing the tube. You do not need to use a large amount on your hands, a small squeeze will do. It goes on effortlessly and absorbs quickly. I know that Arbonne products are not usually on the cheap side, but I personally believe that hand cream is not something to skimp out on. There is nothing worse than dry cracked hands. Beauty, for me, goes much deeper than the application of makeup. I love having soft, smooth skin.
Only two words are needed to describe Charisma Skin Tint by Lush: instant glow. Luckily, I was introduced to this product during a period in my life where I was starting to realize that tanning, especially in tanning beds, was quite possibly the worst thing I could do to my skin. In the past, I have attempted putting Skin Tint on my entire body but I have learned from experience that for best results that this product should only be used on your face. It is so simple to use. All I have to do is mix a pea-sized amount of the tint with my foundation. It blends in seamlessly and my skin automatically looks radiant. I have had this container for over two years and have yet to make it even half way through the product. That’s not to say others may not use it more quickly than I have, but personally, I find it gives an amazing bang for your buck.
Whenever I head out, YSL Black Opium Perfume is on my body. Perfume is my lifesaver. I can leave the house with peanut butter stains on my pants, but as long as I have perfume on, life isn’t so rough for a gal like me. I have never been a fruity, girly kind of perfume person. This is also a pretty accurate description of me as a woman. I think it is so important that your perfume represents you and the type of individual that you are. How often do you walk by someone and think a certain thing because of the way they smell? Our noses are ridiculously powerful, especially mine right now being pregnant, and I love smelling good whenever I can. I love that this perfume isn’t too flowery or in your face. Its scent is more vanilla-centric which not only is an aphrodisiac but for me, a relaxing smell. The other day Matt crawled into bed and I thought he smelt really wonderful. Turns out he was wearing my perfume – yes, on purpose. All to say, everyone can wear it and enjoy it!
Tell me I’m not the only one who walks by the essential oil stores and immediately jumps for joy? I cannot get over how relaxed a store can make me feel. I’m so glad I finally went into Saje and purchased Mother’s Wellness. It is a roll-on product that is supposed to help with morning sickness and nausea. It helped me so much through my first trimester. I bring it with me everywhere, it’s basically as important to me as my phone. If I don’t have my roller we are not leaving the house! Sure, I look a little nuts while I rub it on my temples and down my nose in public but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do. If you do not have Saje products in your life yet, I truly recommend an introduction. I also use the peppermint headache remedy oil – it’s another lifesaver.”