Getting ready in the morning can be overwhelming and easily skipped. When we throw ourselves together it’s common to feel less productive and lack self-confidence. Those are two traits that directly affect our success and growth in both our personal and professional lives. They are definitely areas we should all want to improve upon daily. So why is preparing ourselves to be our best version so hard? Check out 3 Simple Steps to creating a routine you look forward to and find out what you might be doing wrong…
STEP ONE: CREATE A SPACE THAT YOU LOVE
Finding a place in your home that is clean, bright, and organized is key. If you have the ability to set up your beauty area near a window that is ideal. If not invest in a mirror that has ample lighting and mimics the neutral tones of natural daylight. When choosing a surface to work on, consider something with storage so you can have everything you need with in arms reach.
STEP TWO: DISPLAY YOUR DAILY PRODUCTS
It’s common to collect an abundance of hair and makeup products. To make your routine quick an easy only display the products you use on a daily basis. Store specialty items in a cool dry space. Also, check your labels for shelf life. Most hair products are only good for 12-24 months and makeup can range from 3-24 months. Do not hang on to something that is expired just so you can “use it up”. Old products breed bacteria, which is bad for your health and just straight up gross.
STEP THREE: KEEP IT CLEAN
A clean space is inviting. If you consistently avoid cleaning up after yourself you will find you avoid the space altogether. If you don’t have a proper daily brush cleanser create your own by mixing water and rubbing alcohol equal parts with a few drops of lavender essential oil in a small spray bottle. I keep a clean washcloth in my space at all times. It’s great for cleaning my makeup brushes and wiping my hands after using haircare. Don’t forget to wipe your makeup containers off as well!
**A pro secret from makeup artist Amber Perry, ” Bathe your brushes weekly in a blend of dish soap, olive oil, and water. The dish soap deep cleans and cuts the oil residue from the olive oil while the olive oil simultaneously acts as a conditioner for your bristles.”
These simple tips will keep your daily routine organzied and inviting! Start your week off right with making these adjustment to your space, you will be so glad you did!
If you are anything like me, you have worked your face off the past few weeks. Literally! High stress work environments during the holidays bring on such wonderful things like breakouts, dryness, and dullness. Gross. So now is your time to shine my friends! Here are a few things you can do to get your glow back…
STEP ONE: SLOUGH IT OFF!
With the dryness winter brings it’s as if your whole body develops are hard shell. You must break through all the nasty dead stuff to expose the beauty underneath.
FOR THE BODY: Make your own sugar scrub! Its super easy and you can find all the ingredients in your kitchen. Add some of your favorite essential oils if you want to make it a little special. Check out this awesome recipe I found on “Love Grows Wild”
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 1½ – 2 cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon peppermint extract
- 1 drop green food coloring
- Place coconut oil in a bowl and microwave on HIGH 15-25 seconds until softened.
- Start by adding 1½ cups sugar to the oil, along with the peppermint extract and green food coloring. Mix until ingredients are well combined and food coloring is evenly distributed. If mixture is too wet, add another ½ cup sugar until scrub is to desired consistency.
- Spoon scrub into air-tight containers (such as a mason jar) and decorate with twine or ribbon.
FOR THE FACE: Which is a little more sensitive. I have discovered the holy grail of exfoliates! Blissoma’s “Glow” exfoliating powder is pure genius. Instead of scrubbing away dead skin cells, which can cause more damage than good, Glow contains natural enzymes that dissolves the dead skin! Also, you can mix this into your favorite cleanser or use alone with a little bit of water. Like I said, GENIUS!! For more in depth information on this product click the photo. Blissoma.com has so much valuable free information!FOR THE HAIR: You must remove build up of oils and product before you can feed your hair moisture. My absolute favorite clarifying shampoo is Davines SOLU shampoo. Solu refreshing solution shampoo has an innovative formula that effectively removes hairspray residues and other styling products, respecting the physiology of the hair and scalp. Thanks to its natural active ingredients, deep cleanses and instantly moisturize.STEP TWO: GET GLOSSY!
Now that you have removed all that unnecessary gunk we can create the ultimate vibrancy and shine!
FOR THE BODY: As soon as I get out of the shower, before patting dry, I immediately spray myself with Davines’ DeStress lotion. It’s crazy how soft my skin feels after using this! It has the same effect as Rain-X has to your car windshield! The water beads right off exposing super soft-glossy skin! Its velvety texture ensures fast easy absorption. The formula is enriched with UV filter that protects hair & skin from damage caused by sun exposure. Hair looks soft and silky, and the skin nourished.FOR THE FACE: I can not go a single day without my Blissoma Restore oil! This is literally the only moisturizer that hydrates my skin properly and keeps my lips chap free in the winter. I recommend applying to clean skin in the am, adding a few drops to your foundation, and applying to clean skin again before bed.
“Young, healthy skin is protected by its own natural oils but as skin ages it produces less, leaving it vulnerable to environmental damage and stress. The right balance of antioxidant-rich seed oils offers regenerating nutrients without clogging or greasiness. Restore Oil Serum provides an elegant shield to keep skin looking firm and glowing.” -Julie LongyearFOR THE HAIR: Feed your hair moisture and it will give you incredible shine! When the hair is properly hydrated it is soft and reflective of light due to the cuticle layer laying flat as it should. The Davines OI products were designed for all hair types and textures to create softness, shines, and protect the hair from the environment and natural aging. Roucou oil, which is the most prominent ingredient in the line is responsible for prevent hair aging & having a strong anti-oxidant action.
I love Sundays! I feel such a sense of renewal. It’s a day to take your time waking up and enjoy some fresh air! Many are obsessed with football games and I regret to inform you that I could careless. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy the occasional beer, wings, and game. I just don’t build my Sunday Fundays around it. I guess I’m just your average girly-girl.
So here are a few of my little moments and things that I love on any given Sunday…
I can’t think of a better way to wake up on a Sunday! Plus I love the pumpkin they draw on my latte! Check out Gelateria Tavolini in downtown St. Louis, MO.
Minimal Makeup and glowing skin is my general rule to Sunday. Today I spritzed a hint of CHANEL’S “Mademoiselle” onto my scarf. My Sunday attire was inspired by the lovely CHANEL polish colors! I love EcoTools Sheer Finish Kabuki for giving my foundation an airbrushed finish. Blissoma’s “Intense Hydration Tonique” is perfect for setting my makeup and giving me that extra bit of moisture I am looking for.
Who needs perfect hair all the time? Not me! For this quick and easy style I created two French braids in an asymmetrical fashion on both sides. I then intertwined the braids when they reached my neck to create one. Need added texture? Try a bit of Davines Sea Salt Spray!
My main man Charlie and I love cuddling up and posting away! 🙂
Who has time to pull a Kim Kardashian in the morning? I sure as hell don’t and quite honestly I don’t feel like painting my face into something it is not. The best way (in my opinion of course) to look glamorous in 5 minutes is to…
STEP ONE: Have GLOWING skin
Now I don’t mean bathe in bronzer, however do bathe in amazing skin care. I am IN LOVE with Blissoma skincare! It is 100% organic, not a stitch of artificial ingredients. I use their Gel Cleanser which is a makeup remover as well morning & night, after cleansing I use a few spritz of the Toner, and then my most favorite product of all Smooth serum. Smooth serum has changed my skin in the best way possible! NO MORE ACNE. It contains celery enzymes which apparently act as a natural form of retinol. When you turn your makeup routine into a lifestyle it becomes so much easier to get ready in the morning. Your skin feels balanced, clean, and GLOWS.
STEP TWO: Enhance your best features and even out your flaws.
I battle dark under eye circles yet love to enhance my eyes. Lately I’ve been using a BB cream and applying it with my ring finger under my eyes. ALWAYS be gentle to the skin around your eyes. The skin is very delicate and wrinkles can appear easily. There is no need to apply foundation or concealer to every part of your face. This will only make you look cakey and is completely unnecessary if you have healthy skin. To draw give the appearance of wide open eyes apply a peach eyeliner to your water line. Glominerals carries a nice peach liner. Tight line (apply liner in between top lashes) with a dark brown or black to add density to your top lashes. Use your favorite mascara to finish the eye and maybe a quick sweep of a lighter shadow. **HOT TIP: lighter colors highlight & darker color recede/ contour.
STEP THREE: Be prepared
In order for your makeup application to only take 5 minutes you need to have everything ready to go. Stock your 5 min face bag with…
- Your favorite glosses in a nude and a pop color
- chap stick
- favorite blush/bronzer
- blush brush and eyshadow brush
- eyeliner in peach and dark brown or black
- Setting spray
STEP FOUR: Set it and forget it.
Use a setting spray to make your look flawless and last all day. I personally use Glominerals makeup so I love Hydration Mist. Mineral makeup under a microscope looks like fish scales. Hydration mist melds those scales so your makeup looks like hydrated healthy skin.