Post kids however, and living away from home with no babysitters has, means nights out are few and far between. When we do get to go out, I'm lucky if I get time to slap on some make-up and throw my hair up into something that resembles a fashionable pony tail, between feeding, bath and bed time.
So you can only imagine how excited I was to travel home for my sisters 21st. The kids were being minded for a full 24 hours, so I got to get ready properly. I say properly, flying with two toddlers and a husband (I don't know who's worse) the night before meant it was a rushed job but there was still time!!
With compliments of Cosmetic Alliance there was a box of goodies waiting for me when I arrived in Dublin. Including the new Abella Viva self tan mouse. People are going nuts for this tan across social media so I was excited to try it out. Developed specifically for the Irish complexion, it's only available in salons and online.
I used the mouse in Golden. It went on like a dream, no streaks, and came up beautifully and evenly. It also didn't have that usual self tan stench, which meant I was able to wear it all day before showering just before the party.
Myself and the girls were booked into Inglot to have our faces painted. My MUA was a sound young artist, who I had great chats with about pregnancy and breastfeeding as she is expecting her first baby this year. It's mad how good, honest conversation with a stranger can set you up for the day. Inglot are always spot on with applications, and we all left delighted.
I also tried Depend Cosmetic false eye lashes, in style Vanessa. I'm always a bit dubious about lashes, especially after having my make-up done. I love the look of them, but I'm terrible at applying them. These went on so easily I surprised myself. They were light, and fit just right. They were so easy to apply, I even decided to try another pair, in style Chloe a few nights later for a dinner out.
Over the next few days (and nights) we took full advantage of the offers of babysitting and went out every chance we could. It's all we can do to fit 6 months worth of socialising into 10 days. The tan held up well, and I felt done up even with minimal effort.
I can't wait to try the rest of the goodies I was sent, including a stamper set from Depend Cosmetic to go with my ever growing collection of Depend7Day polishes. If you've been following me on Instagram you'll know it's one of my obsessions.
Cosmetic Alliance are currently running a give away of Depend Cosmetic False Lashes on their Facebook page. Be sure to check it out here https://goo.gl/qVycjq