That Thirty-ish Year Old Glow (You know you want it)

I spent most of my weekend sitting around like this:

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I’m not sure what happened, because I felt okay after the AC half last weekend. I had a couple of rest days and then ran four miles at the gym. Still feeling fine, I took my littles to the play gym and when I bent down to put my daughter’s shoe back on, a shot of pain went up my shin and I literally limped around for the rest of the afternoon. Compression and ice feel like old pals after spending all weekend together.

I don’t know what to think. I guess it’s still shin splints? I’ve never dealt with prolonged pain from running, so I have no clue how long it will take to heal. Boooo. Over the weekend, I was a bit sore in the mornings but once I got moving, I felt better. I haven’t done any cardio (I had planned on the elliptical but a busy weekend got in the way), but I’ve been fine during my strength workouts. I even did legs/butt on Saturday (my fave right now is the Malibooty routine by the Tone It Up Girls, mostly because it’s fun to say “Malibooty”). I’m going to try to run a short distance today-slow and steady- and see how it goes.

During one of my icing sessions, I received the following text from my best friend:

“Have you heard about the ‘toddler glow’?”

Now we both have toddlers, so I thought it might’ve been some new toy, but noooooo. Apparently, it’s a new makeup technique to make women look younger. Specifically, like a two year old. I mean, really. Really? REALLY?!

I researched this “toddler glow” and it seems that what you are supposed to do is wake up at 5am demanding to nurse in the big bed, ask for a cookie, break it into tiny pieces and rub the crumbs in your hair, and get someone to carry you everywhere. Unless you want to walk. Then you scream.

No, wait. That’s just how to be a toddler.

For the toddler glow, you are supposed to apply highlighter everywhere the sun hits, so you look like a a dewy JCrew model. Or like this girl:

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And I want to be like “Eff you, makeup industry. Stop telling me that I should look younger, younger, younger.” It’s so unfair. Just last week, Mer and I were texting about our day (like what we were doing right that second) and I told her I was researching botox. Which is insane, because I’m in my early thirties, and I’m pretty sure Mer fell out of her chair before typing “Whattttttt?!” But I’ve lived in Florida my whole life and I have these forehead wrinkles and the elevens between my brows and I don’t know. I guess maybe I want to look like a toddler? Or I should have been wearing sunglasses since I was one, at any rate. But really, what is next? Should I aspire to look like this?

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For the most part, I embrace my age. Sure, I miss having a perky booty and boobs that didn’t require a push-up bra (it’s crazy to me that there was a time when I could go out sans bra. Madness!). And as I’ve mentioned, I sure do miss that metabolism. But I love my life right now. All these years and choices and life has lead me to this time; with my husband and kids and so many wonderful things. But you know what? I am also a little bit vain and would like to get rid of the elevens.

Anyway, I am a girl who loves makeup and even though I think the name “Toddler Glow” sucks, I already sort of do this stuff.

My friends often ask me what I’m using on my skin. Just last week, my daughter’s dance teacher asked me if I’d recently had a chemical peel because my skin looked so great. (No, ma’am. My baby just started sleeping through the night. And I just got home from a girl’s weekend. I highly recommend it.) Here are some of my suggestions for glowing skin:

My arsenal of illuminating makeup.

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From left to right: Physicians Formula Shimmer Strip in Miami Strip, YSL Touche Eclat, Clinique Airbrush Concealer (I AM OBSESSED.), Stila Illuminating Foundation (I mix this with bb cream and apply only where needed), Clinique Chubby Sitck Shadow in Bountiful Beige, Girl Meets Pearl by Benefit, Watt’s Up by Benefit.

I use some combination of these every day. The Clinique concealer is my absolute favorite. It makes me look like I’m Sleeping Beauty, waking from a 100 year nap.

I also recommend actual sleep. Little Dude started sleeping through the night three weeks ago (Yes, he’s 16 months. Yes, that’s a long time to go without sleep.) I feel like a new woman.

Drink your greens.

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It’s supposed to help. My skin has never looked as good as it does when I regularly drink something green.

Get laid. Be safe about it.

Exercise! Obviously.

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Take that, Toddler Glow.

Drink water.

Spend time with your friends. Laughing with your girlfriends is the best.


Tell me your favorite makeup product. Any tips for youthful-looking skin? Or we can talk about shin splints. What should I do?

11 thoughts on “That Thirty-ish Year Old Glow (You know you want it)

  1. Boo to shin pain! I hope it heals quickly, but have no advice other than maybe adding KT Tape to yur current arsena.

    Toddler glow?! Ridiculous. This weekend, in the dozens of pics at my reunion, I noticed my little eye wrinkles and it kind of made me happy. For years, people haven’t believed I am my actual age, and in the workplace it’s a never ending battle against ageism. So I’m embracing my little eye wrinkles, but they can now stay exactly as they are, and ever get worse 🙂

    • You looked fabulous this weekend. I love your style! I wish we lived closer because we could be shopping buddies and running buddies and tbh, I would probably ask you to cook for me.

      Oy, eye wrinkles. My husband repeats the Friends joke a lot- “It’s your eyes. They have too much wisdom.” We have these crinkles around our eyes from smiling and laughing so much through this wonderful life. C!

      I can’t imagine what you deal with in your career. It’s sort of the opposite with the stay at home mommy set- we are all trying to be super hot and look like we’re 23. I blame American Pie for that whole MILF thing. And the weather in Florida makes it worse because bikini season is long. Meh.

      • Aw, thank you! I’m always up for shopping buddies, running buddies (you could make me faster) and if I’m cooking anyway, I’m happy to make more 🙂

        Oh the horror of the expectations for a Floridian STAHM (I’m not being sarcastic). I couldn’t imagine living with that stress. I’ll stick with a bunch of middle aged men giving me a hard time!

  2. At the beginning of the year, about a 1.5 months after my last hair dye job, I decided to embrace my natural hair color which means that I also have to embrace the silver tinsel that is growing in too. For me, it is not just about embracing aging but embracing who I am completely, especially as I get older. I just want to feel content in my own skin without caving to the pressure to look younger, ya know? Great post! ; ) Hope your shin heals up quick!!

    • High five! You are absolutely right. I cave to the pressure more than I want to, but I’m working on it.

      Thank you. Apparently this shin business can be a long process. Womp womp.

  3. JCrew models…… why are they ALL so dewy??

    Love this post. And all your tips. And now I want a smoothie. And maybe a baby….. but it might be easier to just get a smoothie.

  4. Shin splints suck. The End. And you look fab. I am pushing mid-forties and NOT embracing my eye wrinkles and the lovely little bags / circles that are forming. I think I need to crumble some cookies. And get some greens.

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