Just in case you weren’t aware - and just in case we haven’t been talking about it enough - Mother’s Day is this weekend. Whether she’s your actual mum, sister or even a best friend, the mother figures in our lives are often the hardest working people we know. One of the best things that you can give them on their special day is a bit of time for self care - or a self care plan they can follow.
The definition of self care differs for each person but generally self care refers activities that help restore your physical and mental health, boost your energy and reduce stress. It can include being active, eating well, make time for your interests. Some of these are long term projects and coping strategies that we encourage writing down and setting into motion one step at a time. But there are smaller things that you can treat yourself - or your mum - to!
Here at Oz Hair & Beauty, we’re all about taking some time out for yourself as an exercise in self care. Even half an hour a day to take a real shower where you can wash your hair - properly - and put some luxe skincare products on using your facial cleansing brush afterwards can make all the difference in the world. So dads - take the kids under your wing, even just for half an hour this Sunday - and let our girls action some self care practices.
In honour of the day, we thought we’d shine the spotlight some of our favourite mums that we follow on Instagram, and picked out our version of self care plans - of the skin and hair care kind - for them.
Self Care Plans For Mums in Every Walk of Life
1. Emilee Hembrow - @emileehembrow
Surely you’re already following all the Hembrows on the ‘gram already? If not, what are you waiting for? Today, we’re fangirling over their second sister, Emilee, who hails from the Gold Coast and is mum to adorable Aaliyah and Gabriel. Follow her for the cutest photos of her kids (of course) and also some killer makeup looks and her perfect hair. AND don’t forget about her youtube channel either where you can get an insight into her life, her sisters, fun pranks they play as well as a lot of motherhood-related videos.
For Emilee’s pack, we focused on her love of hair and flawless beauty looks, but instead of picking out more makeup, we decided to go with skincare instead. We’ve mentioned it in the past and it still rings true, to create a flawless makeup look, you’ve got to start by looking after your skin. Based on her more natural looks, Emilee has pretty amazing skin and we wanted to make sure that she keeps it that way. Good skin starts with a good cleanse so we’ve picked out the Nion Beauty Opus Luxe Facial Cleansing Brush. This incredible facial cleansing brush will give users the ultimate spa experience at home thanks to its kinetic skin cleansing vibrations and ridged back which boosts circulation while cleansing. To ensure that her skin stays super smooth, we’ve also included the Black Chicken Remedies Complexion Polish - an all-natural powder exfoliant that works its magic without damaging your face. We’ve also added the Bioderma Sebium Exfoliating Gel - another gentle exfoliant that brightens complexion and is perfect to prepare the skin for moisturiser.
2. Jamie Reilly - @jamie.loves
Impeccable style and perfect skin are only a few reasons why Jamie is one of our fave mums on Instagram. The Adelaide-based stylist shares all her outfits - and most importantly is happy to share where she got it from - and does easy tutorials on her favourite skincare routines and makeup looks. PLUS she makes some seriously good smoothies, which she also shares the recipes for, and that we’ve tried ourselves. What’s not to love? And let’s not forget about her adorable son, Jax.
Despite being on-the-go all the time, Jamie is already looking after her skin pretty well - have you seen it? It’s so good! But we wanted to add a little more to her repertoire with the Salt By Hendrix Mermaid Oil and Rose Quartz Roller. If you’ve been sleeping on face rollers then you better get to it, there are so many benefits! It stimulates the lymphatic system to combat puffiness and water retention, and it helps boosts infiltration of your serum and oil as well. Which is where the luxe Mermaid Oil comes in. Filled with fatty acids and vitamins, it’s a bit like a super food for your skin. Apply onto your face them start rolling away! To top it off, we’ve also included the cult favourite Pixi Glow Tonic, which is a gentle chemical exfoliant that will simply wipe away imperfections. Leaving your skin super soft and smooth.
- Salt by Hendrix Mermaid Oil
- Salt By Hendrix Face Roller - Rose Quartz
- Pixi Glow Tonic
- Inc.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher
3. Dasha Gaivoronski - @dashbody_
You might know her from being a contestant on Nick Cummins’ season of The Bachelor but we’ve loved Dasha for a lot longer than that. She’s a fitness star in her own right but the best thing about her is her refreshing honesty and quirkiness. Follow this Russian babe for great work out tips that you can do yourself at home, hilarious videos and of course, her gorgeous son, Leon. We’ve followed her on her fitness journey for years and celebrated with her and little Leon when they became Australian citizens - so it’s safe to say we’re a little emotionally attached.
With her incredibly luscious long hair - seriously, it’s never looked less than perfect - her self care pack had to include the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner as well as the famous No. 3 Hair Perfector. It’s a misconception that only blondes can use it because it acts to repair bonds in your hair that can also be broken by heat styling as well as chemical treatments. Barely having time to look after themselves, some mums wouldn’t even dream of adding a hair treatment to the mix but Olaplex is worth it plus it’s short and sweet. For after the three-step Olaplex process, we gave Dasha the Salt by Hendrix Hair Oil to use as an extra treatment to really lock in that shininess.
- Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance
- Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance
- Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
- Salt By Hendrix Glossy Hair Oil
4. Emily Tomini - @lovedbyemily
You might have come across Emily in your Instagram travels or even earlier as she runs a beautiful blog, Loved By Emily. She originally started it when she fell pregnant with her first child, Alina, as a dedicated space to document her pregnancy and it has grown into a community for other mothers to meet and connect. She has since had her second child, Neiko, and has added style guides (for mums and kids), product reviews and recipes to her ever growing ‘Loved By Emily’ brand. So mums, you know where to go next time you need some advice!
As a mother of two young children, it can be hard to find time for yourself. So we wanted to give Emily the luxury of proper hair washing by introducing her to one of our favourite brands, Davroe. Her self care plan includes the Moisture Senses Hydrating shampoo and conditioner, which are vegan as well as sulfate and paraben-free, but most importantly - they actually work magic. It’s packed full of moisturising ingredients that get rid of frizz and add shine, and because there are no nasties, it’s gentle enough for coloured hair as well. To finish it off, we’ve added the super luxe Salt By Hendrix Luxe Oil + Salt Scrub which is made up of salts from the dead sea and nourishing oils to keep your skin smooth. Oh, and we had to throw in our favourite Inc.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher as well aka the prettiest lip balm ever.
- Davroe Moisture Senses Hydrating Shampoo
- Davroe Moisture Senses Hydrating Conditioner
- Salt By Hendrix Luxe Oil + Salt Scrub
- Inc.Redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher - Pink
5. Gretty Rose - @grettyrose
Owner of her own eponymous clothing label and another fit mum, Gretty Rose is definitely one to follow if you don’t already. Gretty Rose The Label creates wearable and affordable pieces that are true to her beach babe aesthetics - she wears them all herself as well. Follow her personal account for great recipes - she’s another smoothie mum! - as well as cute photos of her daughter, Zahara.
The first thing we noticed about Gretty is that she’s blonde - obviously - and we all know that maintenance is key when you’re sporting lighter locks. So the first part of our ‘Gretty’ self care package is the Nak Structure Complex Shampoo and Conditioner combo. It’s pumped full of deep conditioning plant proteins and hydrating sea minerals that will help reconstruct chemically damaged hair from within. We also couldn’t help but throw in a cult favourite, the Tigi Bed Head After Party Smoothing Creme, to really lock in that moisture - it visibly makes your hair silkier and smoother. And because all you need in a quick makeup routine are brows, we’ve thrown in the MCo Beauty Brow Gel, which creates perfect natural brows - and that’s super easy for any mum to slip into her bag.
- Nak Structure Complex Shampoo
- Nak Structure Complex Conditioner
- Tigi Bed Head After Party
- ModelCo More Brows (Light-Medium)
Now that you’ve read about some small self care plans for all these mums - with different hair and skin concerns - you need to put something in place for yourself as well! Take time out of your day and spend it with yourself. If you need hair and beauty help, feel free to contact our helpful customer service team who can make up a little package for you too.
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